Board of Trustees & Standing Committees

Our Vision  

A community of empowered professionals creating a healthy global water environment.  

Our Mission  

Since 1928, the Water Environment Federation and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water-sector leader, our mission is to:    

 Connect water professionals     
 Enrich the expertise of water professionals    
 Increase the awareness of the impact and value of water   
 Provide a platform for water-sector innovation   
     
 

2016-17 WEF Board of Trustees

The WEF Board of Trustees (Board) serves as the governing body of the Water Environment Federation and holds legal authority and fiduciary responsibilities on behalf of the Federation and its membership. The Board of Trustees also provide guidance and direction to implement the WEF Strategic Plan. 

The Board consists of the President, President-elect, Vice President, latest living Past President, Treasurer, and six WEF members recommended by the WEF Nominating Committee and confirmed by the House of Delegates – the member advisory body of the Board. The WEF Executive Director serves as Secretary of the Board. 

 
 Rick Warner_2016-17-lowRes  Rick Warner, P.E.
President

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Job Title: Senior Engineer, Engineering and Capital Projects
Company: Washoe County Community Services Department
City and State: Reno, NV USA
Member Association: Nevada Water Environment Association 
 Jenny Hartfelder 16-17 LoRes  Jenny Hartfelder, PE, PMP
President-Elect

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Job Title: Vice President
Company:
 MWH
City and State:
 Denver, CO USA
Member Association:
 Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association 
 Tomas Kunetz_2016-17-lowRes  Thomas Kunetz
Vice President

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Job Title: Assistant Director of Engineering
Company:
 Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
City and State:
 Chicago, IL USA
Member Association:
 Illinois Water Environment Association 
  
 Paul Bowen_2016-17-lowRes  Paul Bowen
Immediate Past President

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Job Title:
 Director, Sustainable Operations
Company:
 The Coca-Cola Co.
City and State:
 Lawrenceville, GA USA
Member Association:
 Georgia Association of Water Professionals    
 Ralph Exton_2016-17-lowRes  Ralph Exton
Treasurer

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Job Title: Chief Marketing Officer
Company:
 GE Water & Distributed Power
City and State:
 Trevose, PA USA
Member Association:
 Pennsylvania Water Environment Association 
 Eileen O'Neill_2016-17-lowRes  Eileen O'Neill
WEF Executive Director

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Job Title: Executive Director
Company:
 Water Environment Federation
City and State:
 Alexandria, VA USA
Member Association:
 Virginia Water Environment Association 
 Lynn Broaddus_2016-17-lowRes  Lynn Broaddus
Trustee

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Job Title: President
Company:
 Broadview Collaborative Inc.
City and State:
 Wauwatosa, WI USA
Member Association:
 Central States Water Environment Association
 Joan Hawley_2016-17-lowRes  Joan Hawley
Trustee

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Job Title: President
Company:
 Superior Engineering LLC
City and State:
 Muskego, WI USA
Member Association:
 Central States Water Environment Association 
 Claus Homann_2016-17-lowRes  Claus Homann
Trustee

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Job Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company:
 Aarhus Water Utility Ltd.
City and State:
 Aarhus, Denmark
Member Association:
 N/A
 Jackie Jarrell_2016-17-lowRes  Jacqueline A. Jarrell, P.E.
Trustee

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Job Title: Operations Chief
Company:
 Charlotte Water
City and State:
 Charlotte, NC USA
Member Association:
 North Carolina Water Environment Association 
 Karen Kubick_2016-17-lowRes  Karen Kubick
Trustee

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Job Title: Wastewater Enterprise Capital Program Director
Company:
 San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
City and State:
 San Francisco, CA USA
Member Association:
 California Water Environment Association
 Peter Vanrolleghem_2016-17-lowRes  Peter Vanrolleghem
Trustee

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Job Title: Director of CentrEau
Company:
 Water Research Center of Université Laval 
City and State:
 Québec, Canada
Member Association: R
éseau Environnement   

*The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under the U. S. Internal Revenue Service Code, §501(c)3 in the State of Illinois.   

If you wish to contact a Board Member or request copies of WEF Board Meeting Minutes please send your request to Sandi Grooms at sgrooms@wef.org.    

 


 

2016-2017 Board Standing Committees

Audit Committee 

Recommend a firm to provide an annual audit of WEF’s financial records; review financial and annual audit reports; and recommend acceptance of the audit report to the Board.

Members: 

Ralph Exton, Chair
Doug Henrichsen, House of Delegates Liaison
Keith Hobson, House of Delegates Liaison
Penny Young, Staff Liaison 

Finance Committee 

Develop high level, strategic financial policy recommendation to the Board to ensure WEF is financially sustainable; review the annual WEF business plan and budget and recommend adoption by the Board; and report to the Board, the House of Delegates, the Committee Leadership Council, and the Membership annually on WEF’s financial status.

Members:

Ralph Exton, Chair
Jackie Jarrell, Vice Chair
Jenny Hartfelder, WEF President-Elect
Tom Kunetz, WEF Vice President
Howard Carter, House of Delegates Speaker
Penny Young, Staff Liaison 

Governance Committee 

Develop high level, strategic policy recommendations, for adoption by the Board, to ensure effective, efficient and sustainable WEF Governance necessary to achieve our Organizational Mission, Vision and Critical Objectives.

Members: 

Lynn Broaddus, Chair
Claus Homann, Vice Chair
Rick Warner, WEF President
Jenny Hartfelder, WEF President-Elect
Paul Bowen, WEF Immediate Past President
Eileen O'Neill, Staff Liaison  

Global Committee 

Develop high level, strategic policy recommendations for Board adoption, to help ensure that WEF will achieve our:  Vision – “A community of empowered professionals creating a healthy global water environment”; Critical Objective – “Provide a broad range of professional content and programming that is relevant and widely valued by the water sector worldwide.”

Members:  

Tom Kunetz, Chair
Peter Vanrolleghem, Vice Chair
Claus Homann, Board Trustee
Daniel Nolasco, Past Trustee
Paul Bowen, WEF Immediate Past President
Laila Sukkariyyah, Staff Liaison 

Strategic Planning Committee 

Develop high level, strategic policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees, to help ensure that WEF will achieve the Critical Objectives of the Strategic Plan

Members: 

Karen Kubick, Chair
Rick Warner, Vice Chair
Jenny Hartfelder, WEF President-Elect
Tom Kunetz, WEF Vice President
Jackie Jarrell, Board Trustee
Peter Vanrolleghem, Board Trustee
Tim Williams, Staff Liaison  

WEFTEC Advisory Committee 

Focuses on the strategic direction of WEFTEC in alignment with WEF’s Critical Objectives and Strategic Goals, ensuring that WEFTEC remains relevant to the industry and THE water conference to attend.

Members: 

Jenny Hartfelder, Chair
Pam Henry, Vice Chair
Charles Bott, Past Trustee and Program Committee Vice Chair
David Briggs, House of Delegates Liaison
Robert Domkowski, Manufacturer's and Representatives Committee Vice Chair
John Dyson, Manufacturer's and Representatives Committee Vice Chair
Mark Halm, House of Delegates Liaison
Carl Janson, House of Delegates Liaison
Stephanie Jones, Staff Liaison
Adrienne Mills, Louisiana Water Environment Association Representative
Sarah Reeves, Program Committee Chair
Louis Storino, Illinois Water Environment Association Representative
Scott Trotter, Central States Water Environment Association Representative