Lara Bryant is National Wildlife Federation’s Agriculture Program Coordinator. She is supporting NWF’s Agriculture Program in promoting cover crop use and other sustainable agricultural practices. Lara has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee.
Frank Dick oversees the implementation of Vancouver’s fully delegated pretreatment program. He has held the coordinator position for just over six years. Vancouver’s sewerage area serves a population of 200,000 and includes 12 CIUs, 8 other SIUs, 10 Minor Industrial Users, about 50 other written authorizations, a FOG management program and a dental mercury reduction program. Frank Dick earned is BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.
Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells is the Manager of Watershed Programs for Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in Cleveland, Ohio. Kyle also serves as the Chair of NACWA’s Stormwater Management Committee. She received her BS in biology summa cum laude from the Ohio State University. She received a MPA and a Masters in environmental science with honors at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa.
Gregg Eckhardt is an environmental scientist with 25 years of experience in environmental modeling and analysis, water resource planning and development, state and federal permitting, and water treatment. As Senior Analyst for the San Antonio Water System he is involved in the planning, operations, and management of SAWS water supply, wastewater and energy initiatives. He also serves on numerous city and state level boards and committees related to environmental education and research.
John Gonzalez is Senior Communications Specialist & Social Media Coordinator at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA in English from Baldwin Wallace University and currently works in media production where he also manages the Sewer District’s social media activities including @WallyWaterdrop and facebook.com/YourSewerDistrict.
Jim Horne has been with the water program at EPA since 1988 and leads a number of important efforts to promote sustainable water and wastewater utilities on behalf of EPA, working with utilities and other stakeholders. Some of these include: Representing EPA on the working group that developed the Attributes of Effectively Managed Utilities, endorsed by NACWA, and others; working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a similar framework for rural and small utilities; developing EPA’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Sustainability Policy; managing the recent effort to develop Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Developing Your Water Utility Roadmap. He has an MPA degree from the University of Washington.
Doug Lamb is a Partner at McGuireWoods LLP and co-chair of the firm’s renewable energy and cleantech sector group. He represents borrowers, developers, underwriters, and lenders in a range of tax-advantaged structures using tax-exempt bonds and leases, state and federal tax credits, and commercial debt. He has handled transactional matters in more than 40 states. He has experience handling financing for solid waste, renewable energy (including solar, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas), and energy efficiency projects. As part of this experience, he has completed financings using production and investment tax credits, new-markets tax credits, and other federal and state incentives.
Dale Mullen is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and focuses his practice on clients needing innovative solutions for complex litigation, regulatory compliance, and legislative solutions. Dale has broad experience in federal, state, and local government and represents professionals from agriculture and a wide variety of industries and utilities. Dale began working in water and wastewater in the United States Navy in 1987 and has held appointments as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA), Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and county attorney.
Julie Nahrgang is the Executive Director of the Water Environment Association of Texas and Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies. Julie has worked and volunteered with WEAT and TACWA since 2008. She received a BS in Economics and a BA in Sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio. She has worked with a myriad of nonprofits since 2003 as an organizer, manager, program developer, legislative liaison, and as an executive director.
Logan Olds is the General Manager of the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) in California where he is responsible for the overall management, operation, maintenance, and capital improvements program for the Authority’s 12.5 million gallons per day (MGD) wastewater treatment facility, pump stations, and 41 miles of interceptor sewers for a population of over 400,000 people in the High Desert. Logan has an M.S. in Wastewater Utilization from Humboldt State University and has served on numerous committees and Boards for the California Water Environment Association, Water Environment Federation, Southern California Alliance of POTW’s, San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, and the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority.
Kevin Shafer is the Executive Director at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). He is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD in meeting short and long-term goals and objectives; coordinates the establishment of strategic goals and objectives and their approval by the Commission; oversees the development of policies and operating plans; and represents MMSD to its customers, bond rating agencies, and the public. Kevin received a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois in 1982, and a master’s in science and civil engineering from the University of Texas in 1988.
Tom Sigmund is the Executive Director of NEW Water in Green Bay, WI, a regional wastewater conveyance and treatment utility serving 220,000 people in Northeast Wisconsin. NEW Water views influent to its facilities as a resource to be recovered and demonstrates a commitment to continued improvement of the watershed. Mr. Sigmund was the Chair of the Water Resources Utility of the Future Task Force. He was a member of the Steering Group for Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating your Water Utility Roadmap developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Sigmund has a MS and BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Jimmy Slaughter is an environmental litigator who has practiced at NACWA legal affiliate Beveridge & Diamond’s Washington office for over twenty years. He defends clean water agencies and corporations against citizen suits, enforcement actions, and tort claims. Jimmy also prosecutes preemption and constitutional clams for agencies and companies regarding local government actions.
Dave Williams is a Past President of NACWA and has over 35 years experience which includes working as a consulting engineer and working the last 25 years in the public sector. He was recently was elected to the Board of Directors of the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, Calif. He earned his BS in civil engineering and MS in sanitary engineering at Purdue University and has an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.
The NACWA Blog Team
Paula Dannenfeldt is the Chief Operating Officer at NACWA, a position she has held since 1995. Paula has previously served as the Association’s Director of Legislative & Public Affairs, and as Director of Information & Member Services for several associations, including NACWA, while an associate with a Washington-based private consulting firm. Previously, Paula was the Director of Community Relations for the Pima County Wastewater Management Department, in Tucson, Ariz. and also served on the congressional staff of former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall.
Cynthia Finley is Director of Regulatory Affairs at NACWA. She earned a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s from Texas A&M University, all in civil engineering. Cynthia works on regulatory issues related to wet weather management, collection systems, climate, energy, security and emergency preparedness, and pretreatment and pollution prevention.
Nathan Gardner-Andrews serves as Chief Advocacy Officer. He advises NACWA and its members on legal, regulatory, legislative, and policy matters. Nathan has written articles and spoken nationally on clean water issues. Nathan received a bachelor’s from Columbia University in 2001 and law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2005.
Chris Hornback is Chief Technical Officer, responsible for tracking relevant regulatory issues and formulating NACWA regulatory policy. Chris oversees the Association’s efforts related to water quality, wet weather, biosolids, and utility management and manages the Association’s Targeted Action Fund. He has a bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.
Adam Krantz is NACWA’s Chief Executive Officer and advocates on behalf of the Nation’s public clean water agencies. Adam has degrees from Columbia University, American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and the University of Chicago. He is a member of both the District of Columbia and Maryland bar associations.
Brenna Mannion is the Director of Regulatory Affairs & Outreach for NACWA. A licensed professional engineer, she has over 7 years of experience in water quality, infrastructure, and implementation of the Clean Water Act. Brenna holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and focuses primarily on Stormwater and Green Infrastructure issues for the Association.
Patricia Sinicropi is Senior Director of Legislative Affairs, where she oversees NACWA’s legislative agenda, including Clean Water Act controls, integrated planning, infrastructure funding, energy and climate, and agricultural nonpoint issues. Patricia holds a law degree from University of Maine Law School and a bachelor’s from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Amanda Waters serves as General Counsel & Director, Public Affairs managing NACWA’s litigation portfolio and implementing the Association’s legal advocacy and public affairs efforts. Amanda previously served as Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel for Member Agency Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky, as well as Executive Director of Sustainability for Member Agency New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Amanda received a law degree from Pace University and a BS in biology from Eastern Kentucky University.