WEF’s Member Associations (MAs) provide exciting and informative activities and services to WEF members around the world. Their programs include high quality technical conferences, operator training and certification programs, local and regional legislative and regulatory activities, educational programs, affiliations with other professional organizations, and much more.


The MA Resource Center is a "member only" log-in area where you can find tons of information on association management, News articles, WEF Ads, webinars for MAs, strategic planning, coordinating the WEF representative's visit to your conferece and much more...


Below find quick access to the WEF Association Engagement Staff, WEF budgeted programs for MAs and the WEFLeader monthly news.

Contact WEF Staff

The team's focus is to provide better communication and engagement between the key volunteer leaders, WEF Staff and the WEF Board. WEF AE Staff are assigned to each MA as a liaison and resource.  Click here for a list of Staff Liaisons.

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Lisa Ruane | 703.684.2459 | lruane@wef.org
Dianne Crilley | 703.684.2445 | dcrilley@wef.org
Kelsey Hurst | 703.684.2477 | khurst@wef.org

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Megan Livak | 703.684.2400 Ext 7220 | mlivak@wef.org
Brad Lovett | 703.684.2454 | blovett@wef.org
Nick Bardis | 703.684.2400 Ext 7731 | nbardis@wef.org

Information Technology 

The IT staff serves as a resource for MA leaders on development opf and access to MA online reports from the WEF database.

Marissa Adawag, Programmer/Report Writer | PH: 703.684.2400 Ext 7732

WEF & MAs Workshop

February 20 - 22, 2019

Holiday Inn, 625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

GOAL:  Partnering for Mutual Success.  To share relevant information and knowledge that better enables partnerships and the overall success of MA association leadership.

WORKSHOP PURPOSE: WEF's MAs are broadly diversified organizations, with business activities ranging from event planning to publishing to member services all under one roof.  The role of the MA staff is increasingly demanding calling for smart and efficient competencies.  This event offers a forum to learn from each other how to lead diverse volunteer leaders. 

ATTENDEES: This event is by invitation only offered to MAs with and without professional paid Staff.  WEF encourages each MA to identify one person who would most benefit from attending.

Building a Successful Approach to Managing Member Data
Presenters: Linda Kelly, Lynn Thomson
Assisted by Gretchen Steenstra, Strategic Consultant for DelCor
AMS Survey 2018

What Makes a Great Conference
Presenters: Deana Gissendanner, Stefanie Walter, Sarah Evans Moretti, Susan Merther and Laura Childs

Additional Resources:
Event Poaching
Poachers setting up websites to mimic your event

Reserves - Preparing Your Board
Presenter: Penny Young

Managing Risk Together
Presenter: Stephanie Jones

WEF & MA's "Partnering for Mutual Organizational Success"
Presenter: Linda Kelly

Workforce Development / Diversity & Inclusion Sharing WEF's Pilot and Leaning from Each Other
Presenter: Bri Nakamura
Illinois InFLOW Itinerary - Presented by Laurie Frieders

InFLOW Additional Resources:
Complete Information Packets
Program Information
WEFTEC 2018 Orientation Webcast 

Student Packet:
Email to Student
Welcome Letter
Program Information
WEFTEC Preparation and Next Steps
Student Profile

Insurance - led by Frank Andersen
Data Privacy and Cyber Security
Handout: Red Flags
Lynn Thomson and Andy Decker

Questions: Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley


View What's Happening in the World of WEFMAX

WEFMAX is a WEF budgeted annual program offering Member Association (MA) leaders an opportunity to attend one of four meetings each year that provides a forum to learn what is new from WEF and provides sessions for ongoing exchange of MA information.  These meetings also represent social time to foster relationships to ensure continued success. Many Federation and MA programs have found their origins in ideas discussed and presented at these meetings.  The Water Environment Federation represents an extensive network of professionals in the water quality field, MA exchange sessions lie at the core of this network.

2020 WEFMAX Hosts:

New Jersey/New York WEA, March 25 - 27
Hawaii WEA, April 15 - 17
WEA of South Carolina, May 13 - 15
North Dakota WEA, May 27 - 29

Confirmed future WEFMAX Hosts/Dates are listed below:

WEA of Utah in Springdale UT, April 7 - 9
Pennsylvana WEA in Pittsburgh, April 21 - 23
Pacific Northwest CWA, May 12 - 14
Atlantic Canada WWA, May 26 - 28

2022: Florida, Missouri, New England, Rocky Mountain
2023: Nebraska, Reseau Environnement, Virginia
2024: Kansas
2025: Michigan, Ontario

WEFLeader News

WEFLeader news offers Member Association and WEF leaders monthly up-to-date news from WEF.  Various special issues are offered throughout the year that are specific to one topic.  You can easily view current, special and past issues through clicking on the link below.   Member log-in is required to access this area.

View WEFLeader News

WEFTEC Leadership Day

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 11:30 am - 4:00 pm | Room 217 - 273
New Orleans Convention Center | New Orleans, LA

WEFTEC Leadership Day will offer MA Leaders an opportunity to meet with over 130+ MA Leaders from around the world.  WEF provides sessions that offer a variety of resources to help MA Leaders in their daily volunteer efforts.  The 2018 program is provided below.

Welcome & Lunch (11:30 am - 12:30 pm) - WEF President Jenny Hartfelder

WEFMAX 2019 – 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Keith Hobson, WEF HOD Speaker
Doug Pike, 2018 WEF HOD WEFMAX Committee Chair
You don’t want to miss attending WEFMAX in 2019! The WEFMAX Hosts (British Columbia, AZ Water, Alabama's WEA, and Kentucky-Tennessee WEA) will give a promotional brief to showcase WEFMAX in their local area and to include how they are working to incorporate further networking and sharing with the MA leader attendees.

You Spoke, We Listened ….
Scott Wilson, Sr. Director of Association Engagement
Dianne Crilley, Director MA Programs
The MA Engagement Team will share updates on programs/resources for MA Leaders along with information on the refreshed newly improved MA Resource Center. Recorded learning webinars, quarterly specials, and a new strategic planning site are just a few new resources offered for MAs.

Keith Hobson, WEF HOD Speaker-Elect
Come hear the feedback from Saturday’s HOD/BOT table talk discussions on MA needs, dreams, resources and enhancing the WEF-MA Relationship for mutual success.

Gretchen Seenstra, Strategic Consultant, DelCor Technology Solutions
Come learn how WEF is working with DelCor through the process of planning, selecting and implementing the next association management system to fit WEF’s need.

BREAK – 1:45 – 2:00 pm

Adriana Caldarelli, Director National Green Infrastructure Certification Program
Come learn about the NGICP, what it is, where we’re going and how some MAs are using this tool to help educate their members.

WATER’S WORTH IT - 2:15 – 2:45 pm
Lori Harrison, Director Creative Projects
Laura Leslie, WEF Creative Services
A special overview of the refreshed and relaunched Water’s Worth It campaign. WEF has taken great care to update this much loved, MA-supported campaign with a modern look and messaging platform that remains true to the original concept and structure. This presentation will include showing of the new campaign PSA video; a detailed walk-through of the new website, including a demo of WEF's exciting new storefront feature; and testimonials from MAs who will share how they have successfully implemented the campaign into their communications plans in the past as well as their ideas for the future. Your Engagement. Water’s Worth It!

LEANING INTO THE FUTURE - 2:45 – 4:00 pm
Creating an Engaging Association in Disruptive Times
John Mancini, Chief Evangelist & Past President of the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
There has never been a more challenging time to be an association leader — or a more critical time. On the one hand, more information is available in more places than ever before, an abundance that should make our task of engaging members easier than ever before. On the other hand, figuring how you do this — and still generate enough revenue to keep the organization afloat — is more challenging than ever. In this session, John — an association executive for almost 40 years (yikes!) -- will discuss 5 trends that need to be on the radar screen of every association executive.