WEF 2018-19 Board of Trustees — (Standing, left to right) Tom Kunetz – President, Eileen O’Neill – Executive Director, Jenny Hartfelder – Immediate Past President, Peter Vanrolleghem – Trustee, Joan Hawley – Trustee, Jackie Jarrell – President-Elect, Lynn Broaddus – Vice President (Seated, left to right) Mark Poling – Trustee, Ifetayo Venner – Trustee, Aimeé Killeen – Trustee, Jamie Eichenberger – Treasurer, Rajendra Bhattarai

2018-19 Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of WEF 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.

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 and;
★ Provide a platform for water-sector innovation.

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.

Thomas E. Kunetz is the 2018-2019 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Tom is the assistant director of monitoring and research for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, leading the district's efforts on key strategic engineering initiatives. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental engineering in both the public and private sectors, focusing on design of wastewater treatment facilities, improving the water environment, and protection of public health.

A WEF member since 1992, Tom is the past chair of the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Symposium, and served on the Program Committee, and the Municipal Water Resource Recovery Design Committee. He was a member of the Chicago WEFMAX organizing committee, and served on the Stockholm Junior Water Prize organizing committee with the Illinois Water Environment Association.

Tom is a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois. He is a graduate of the WEF-sponsored Water and Wastewater Leadership Center at the University of North Carolina, the 2012 recipient of the Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence from the American Public Works Association, and a WEF Fellow. . He has served as technical advisor to the student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World at Northwestern University, traveling to Panama with the students.

Tom earned his B.S. in environmental engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in water resources engineering from Villanova University.

Updated Dec. 14, 2018

Jackie Jarrell, P.E., is the 2018-2019 President-elect of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Jackie has been with Charlotte Water for more than 29 years. For the past 18 years, she has been responsible for the overall management of the operation and maintenance of five wastewater treatment facilities consisting of a total capacity of 123 million gallons per day (MGD), with the largest plant permitted at 64 MGD. She is also responsible for the related Residuals Program, producing more than 90,000 wet tons/ year, and the Industrial Pretreatment Program, with more than 60 significant industrial users. Recently, Jackie serves as the Operations Chief responsible for wastewater operations, and includes oversight of regulatory functions, process control, industrial pretreatment and continuous improvement programs within the operations areas.

As a WEF member, Jackie has held multiple leadership and committee roles, including serving as the chair of the Utility Management Program Symposia and the first vice chair of the Utility Management Committee.

Also an active member of the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NCWEA), Jackie helped develop NCWEA's strategic plan in 2013 and is the current chair of the Nominating Committee. She has also chaired the Public Education Committee, the Annual Conference Committee, and the Program Committee. In 2013, Jackie served as the MA chair and worked on related subcommittees such as Water for People (including a trip to Bolivia in 2011), the Wastewater Schools Committee, the Endowment Committee, and the Plant Operations Committee. She is actively involved with the North Carolina Water Quality Association, a regulatory advocacy organization of utilities in North Carolina, and is a past chair and a current board member.

Jackie is a registered professional engineer in the state of North Carolina and holds a Biological Wastewater Grade II OIT. She received a B.S. in engineering from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Jackie is the 2014 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award. In 2015, Jackie, along with her colleagues, was awarded the Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal.

Updated Oct. 25, 2018

Lynn Broaddus is the 2018-2019 Vice President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Lynn is president and founder of Broadview Collaborative, Inc., a private sector firm that assists clients looking to provide water services sustainably. She is the former director of the Environment Program of the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, where she led more than two dozen high-level convenings and subsequent reports on pressing concerns regarding water and society. This included the nationally recognized “Charting New Waters” (2010) and “Navigating to New Shores” that was released at WEFTEC 2014, as well as playing a key role in WEF’s nutrient roadmap.

Prior to joining The Johnson Foundation, Lynn served for six years as executive director of Milwaukee Riverkeeper® and spent 12 years working for The Nature Conservancy and a related organization, NatureServe, where she negotiated the first set of national data-sharing agreements among the nation’s Natural Heritage Programs.

Earlier career experiences included energy conservation program work in the low-income neighborhoods of Lawrence, Mass., and teaching biology and mathematics in rural Virginia; Lynn also served as the nonresident fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program of The Brookings Institution from 2015-2018. She serves on the board the River Network, where she is the immediate past-president, and is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Lynn lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband Marc Gorelick and has two (very independent!) adult sons.

Updated Oct. 25, 2018

Jenny Hartfelder is the 2018-2019 Immediate Past President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. 

Jenny is currently a vice president with Stantec, and serves as a national campaign manager out of Denver, Colorado. In this role, she provides strategic planning and leadership for the business development activities for the water sector across the United States. She also serves as a project manager and design engineer on numerous water and wastewater projects including utility privatization, master plans, preliminary and detailed designs, and engineering services during construction. 

A WEF member since 1997, Jenny has held multiple leadership and committee roles within the Federation. She has served on the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Committee and the Public Communications and Outreach Committee for many years, chairing the SJWP Committee. Jenny also has served in the House of Delegates as the Speaker of the House and as a member of several HOD workgroups and committees. She is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers and a recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award.

Also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, Jenny chaired several committees including Public Education, Nominations, Awards, and the Joint Annual Conference committees, and has moved through the MA officer chairs serving as the president from 2006 to 2007. 

Jenny is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Washington and is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP). She received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1990 from Michigan Technological University, and an M.S. in civil engineering in 2002 from the University of Colorado - Denver. 

Updated Oct. 25, 2018

Jamie Eichenberger, P.E., is the 2018-2019 Treasurer of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Jamie is the Colorado Area Utility Management Leader for HDR in Denver, Colo.

Jamie has been an active member of WEF since college, participating in student chapter events that ultimately led to his first job in the water sector. A member of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, Jamie served as its Treasurer (2007) and President (2010). He also chaired its Government Affairs Committee (2006), before joining its Executive Committee.

Jamie is a member of the inaugural class of the Water Leadership Institute, and was the 2015-16 Speaker of the House of the House of Delegates (HOD). He has served on several committee and is a past chair of the HOD Budget Committee, and from 2015-2016, he served on WEF’s Board Finance and Strategic Planning committees.

Jamie is a professional engineer and received his bachelor’s and master’s degree—both in environmental engineering—from the Colorado School of Mines.

Updated Oct. 25, 2018

Job Title: Executive Director
Company: Water Environment Federation
City and State: Alexandria, VA, USA
Member Association: Virginia Water Environment Association

Eileen O’Neill is the Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. In this capacity she oversees a staff of 100 and an annual budget of $27 million and serves as Secretary of the Federation’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. O’Neill was appointed WEF’s executive director in January 2014. She had previously worked with the Federation for more than 20 years in a variety of positions, including overseeing WEF’s technical, international, and communications programs, and serving as the organization’s chief technical officer before becoming deputy executive director in late 2011. She also serves as an officer of the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation.

Before joining WEF, Dr. O’Neill worked as an academic and in environmental consulting in the U.S. and in Europe. She has a B.S. in soil science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in soil science from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.). Dr. O’Neill undertook a postdoctoral traineeship in environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and holds the Board Certified Environmental Scientist (specialty certification in Environmental Chemistry) credential from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists.  

Rajendra P. Bhattarai is a member of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Raj is the president and founder of Clean Water Strategies that provides technical and regulatory services for sustainable water solutions. Hehas nearly four decades of public sector experience in water quality management and water resource recovery as the manager of Environmental and Regulatory Services Division at Austin Water for almost 35 years and as an engineering assistant at the Texas Department of Water Resources for three-and-a-half years.

Raj served as the 2007-08 president of the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT), as a WEF Delegate, and as a member of several WEF Task Forces and Committees. He was president of the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies in 2001, 2013 and 2014, and a board member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and of the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, where he also chaired the Research Council.

Raj received the Gascoigne Medal and the Bedell Award from WEF, and the Mahlie Award from WEAT for “significant contributions to the art and science of wastewater treatment and water pollution control.” He has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a master’s in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Raj is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and a WEF Life Member and a WEF Fellow. He has more than 130 presentations and publications to his credit.

Updated Oct. 29, 2018

 

 

Joan Hawley is a member of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Joan is president of Superior Engineering, LLC, in Milwaukee. She founded Superior Engineering in 2002 to provide solutions to preserve the environment with specific focus on operations and maintenance (O&M) at water resource recovery facilities and collection systems.

She has more than 30 years of experience in the water industry in municipal, consulting and construction including: utility assessment and asset management programs; O&M programs for resource recovery facilities and collection systems; collection system rehabilitation; resource optimization; and sustainable O&M and capital programs.

Joan has been a WEF member since 1986. She started as a member of the Water Environment Association of Texas and is now a Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) member.

Joan became involved in the WEF Collection Systems Committee (CSC) in 1990. She was on the CSC Steering Committee in 2003, was vice chair in 2005 and chair from 2008 to 2010. She served on the Committee Leadership Council as vice chair from 2009 to 2012 and chair from 2012 to 2015. She was part of the team that restructured the WEF committees for the first time in more than 30 years, and has served on many task forces.

Joan is the recipient of the WEF and Central States Golden Manhole Award and the 2011 WEF Collection Systems Award. She is also a proud member of the 7’s Central States Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.

Joan is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Washington and Michigan and has a Professional Operator Class I Collections License and a Grade IV Wisconsin Operator License and a Professional Operators License/ABC in Collection Systems Class 1. She received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1982 from Marquette University and a M.S. in civil engineering in 1990 from the University of Texas - Arlington.

Updated Oct. 29, 2018

Aimee’ R. Killeen is a member of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Aimee’ is currently the Water Quality Services Director for Providence Engineering and Environmental Group LLC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At Providence, Aimee’ is the Water Quality Services Director and is responsible for all surface water-related projects and an awesome team of employee owners. Aimee’ and her team oversee all client efforts related to ambient water quality monitoring and modeling, industrial wastewater treatment, effluent monitoring and modeling, municipal separate storm sewer systems, water discharge permitting and regulatory compliance.

Aimee’ is an active member of the Louisiana Water Environment Association where she served as President of the Association from 2012 - 2013.  She also chairs the MA Public Education Committee, is the MA Stockholm Junior Water Prize representative, and a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.  Aimee’ has spent the last five years serving WEF in the House of Delegates as a representative of the Louisiana Water Environment Association. During that time, she has served as Speaker of the House of Delegates, chaired the Outreach Committee and has been an active member of numerous Workgroups and Committees.

Aimee has been working in the water profession for over 20 years, including 10 years as a state regulator.  She is a 1997 graduate of Louisiana State University.

Updated Oct. 25, 2018

 

Mark Poling is a member of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Mark is the business operations director for Clean Water Services, the public wastewater and stormwater utility serving Washington County, Ore.

A member of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association, Mark served as the 2012-2013 President. Mark is a leader within the utility management project of the WEF-WE&RF Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT). He has served on WEF task forces, including those responsible for the development of operations training based on MOP 11: Operation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities and of the Water Reuse Roadmap.

Mark has more than 30 years of experience working for utilities, and has served in management for more than 20 years. He is a certified Group 4 operator and has a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Grand Valley State University, and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Washington.

Updated Oct. 29, 2018

Ifetayo Venner, P.E., is a member of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Ifetayo is a Professional Engineer and Envision Sustainability professional with Arcadis, a global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets. She is the North America Wastewater and Water Sustainability Leader. In these roles she has led efforts around strategy, campaigns, strategic pursuits, thought leadership, collaboration, and project delivery related to water and wastewater treatment, and the sustainable design of water infrastructure. She has also been a project manager and design leader for several municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facilities throughout the United States.

Ifetayo has been an active member of WEF since joining after college, participating in committees and task forces related to water resource recovery facility design, sustainability and WEF governance. Most recently she was a member of the Committee Leadership Council Steering Committee and director of the Sustainability Community of Practice. She is a member of the Florida Water Environment Association and the Water Environment Association of Texas. Ifetayo is also active in organizations related to sustainable infrastructure design and sustainable cities. She currently serves on the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Review Board and has previously served on the Industry Advisory Board for the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University.

Ifetayo is a licensed professional engineer in Florida and Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from McGill University, a master’s degree in environmental engineering and science from Stanford University, and an MBA (with a concentration in management and sustainability) from the University of South Florida.

Updated Oct. 25, 2018

Peter Vanrolleghem is a member of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Peter holds the Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling and is the director of CentrEau, the interdisciplinary Water Research Center of Université Laval in Québec. He is a full professor in the university's Civil and Water Engineering department.

Peter's multicultural research team, modelEAU ("eau" is French for water), consists of three postdoctoral researchers, two research assistants, 12 doctoral students and five masters students. His teaching responsibilities include pollution dispersion, wastewater treatment, river basin management, and modeling and control of the urban wastewater system.

Peter's research focuses on urban wastewater systems and tackles challenges such as nutrient removal and recovery, micropollutants and greenhouse gases by developing and using mathematical models, automated monitoring stations, process control and performing in-house pilot and full-scale experimental work. Peter has published more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been instrumental in the development of the WEST modelling and simulation software for wastewater systems, next to robust measurement devices such as respirometers for use in water resource recovery facilities.

Throughout his career, Peter has been involved at the global level, and he has participated in large international research projects. His involvement in the International Water Association (IWA) included chairing a specialist group, initiating task groups, and serving on IWA's Strategic Council and its Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. He was a guest professor at École Polytechnique in Montréal (1998), Lund University in Sweden (2003), the Technical University of Denmark (2012) and most recently EAWAG, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.

Peter has participated actively in WEF since he became a member in 1996, but stepped up his involvement after his move to Canada from Belgium in 2006. Since then, he has served as chair of MEGA, the Modeling Expert Group of the Americas, Quebec delegate in the House of Delegates, and for many years has been a member of the Research and Innovation Symposium subcommittee. He organized a number of conferences in North America, including the highly innovative IWA/WEF Water Resource Recovery Modeling Seminar in Québec City.

Peter has undergraduate and graduate degrees in bioengineering – industrial microbiology from Ghent University in Belgium. He also has a Ph.D in bioengineering – environmental technology from Ghent University. Peter is a registered professional engineer in Québec.

Updated Oct. 25, 2018

 

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:

  • Jamie Eichenberger, Chair
  • Patty Kennedy, House of Delegates Budget Committee Liaison
  • Ted Baker, House of Delegates Budget Committee Liaison
  • Penny Young, Chief Financial Officer & 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:

  • Jamie Eichenberger, Chair
  • Lynn Broaddus, Vice Chair
  • Jenny Hartfelder, WEF Immedicate Past President
  • Ifetayo Venner, Board Trustee
  • Keith McCormack, Committee Leadership Council Chair
  • Ted Baker, House of Delegates Budget Committee Chair
  • Christine Volkay-Hilditch, House of Delegates Budget Committee
  • Penny Young, WEF Chief Financial Officer & 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:

  • Mark Poling, Chair
  • Aimee' Killeen, Vice Chair
  • Jenny Hartfelder, WEF Immediate Past President
  • Joan Hawley, Board Trustee
  • Keith Hobson, House of Delegates Speaker
  • Eileen O'Neill, WEF Executive Director
  • Kelsey Hurst, Staff Liaison

Strategic Advisory 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:

  • Ifetayo Venner, Chair
  • Lynn Broaddus, Vice Chair
  • Tom Kunetz, WEF President
  • Jackie Jarrell, WEF President-Elect
  • Raj Bhattarai, Board Trustee
  • Peter Vanrolleghem, Board Trustee
  • Tim Williams, WEF Deputy Executive Director & 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:

A history of the leadership of the Water Environment Federation, from its inception in 1928 as the Federation of Sewage Works Association to the present day.

WEF Past Officers