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Meet and network

Where can you meet your peers, network with other sections and learn new management skills? At the Summer Workshop!

2015 AWWA Summer Workshop

July 21-23, 2015

The Section Services Group is busy plannning another Summer Workshop for 2015. Different from the RMSOs and the Leadership Webinars, the Summer Workshop provides training and skills building to help you as a section leader or staff to run the business of the section more effectively. Topics at this training include a variety of association and volunteer management topics.  This annual meeting in Denver, Colo., is also a great opportunity to meet with your peers.


2014 Summer Workshop highlights

Keynote Speaker: Chad Pregracke

 Chad Pregracke is the President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters, the world’s only “industrial strength” not-for-profit river cleanup organization. Chad formed LL&W at the youthful age of 23, after spending his life growing up and working on the Mississippi River. Early on, he became appalled by the amount of garbage in the river and decided that if no one else was going to do something about it, he would. Over the last 16 years, he, his crew, and nearly 70,000 volunteers have removed over 7 million pounds of garbage from our nation’s rivers. He’s also broadened his mission to include a Million Trees and an Adopt-A-River Mile Project, as well as a new floating classroom aboard a barge that he and his crew live on seven months of the year, teaching students, educators and individual citizens about the value of our rivers and natural resources. Most recently, Chad was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year on November 19, 2013.

Volunteer Leaders Session: Mike Brown

Mike is the leader of the Planning and Asset Management Group in the Water Practice of Gannett Fleming in Harrisburg, PA, where he has worked for the past 18 years after graduating from Lehigh University with a BS in Civil Engineering. His primary responsibilities involve leading and performing technical studies, planning studies, designs, and other engineering services for water and wastewater systems. Mike has been actively involved with AWWA on the Section and National level throughout his career. At the Section level, he currently serves as the Chair-Elect and chair of the Conference Committee and has past served as the chair of the Membership Committee and a member of the YP Committee. On the National level, he is a member of AWWA’s Asset Management and Engineering Computer Applications Committees and also participates on a Water Utility Council Technical Working Group.
View Mike's Presentation: Engaging and Retaining Membership Through Partnerships and Programs (PPT, 5 MB)

Volunteer Leaders Session: Jason Canady

Jason has been a member of AWWA since 2001. He is the current Incoming Chair of the Subsection Advisory Council. Jason has worked for the City of Grants Pass for the past 15 years. Starting in an entry level position he worked his way up to the Utility Plant Superintendent. Jason has extensive knowledge of treatment plant control and radio telemetry systems. This has aided him in automating many of the process at the City’s Water Treatment facility that led to massive improvements in process control and plant efficiency. Jason has been involved with numerous projects and studies to improve the reliability and quality of the water supply for the City of Grants Pass. In the past few years Jason and the City’s Treatment Plant Staff have focused their efforts on Coagulation and Filtration improvements.
View Jason's Presentation: PNW Section Training Coordination Committee: Leveraging Limited Resources to Provide Excellence and Value (PPT)

Volunteer Leaders Session: John Donahue, AWWA President

John is the General Manager of the North Park (Ill.) Public Water District, a groundwater system with 33,000 customers. He continues to hold water and wastewater operator licenses and advocates for operator involvement. An AWWA member since 1987, John has been an active member of the Illinois Section for more than 20 years. He has served on numerous committees including the Section Water Utility Council, Manufacturers Associates Council and represented the Section at the “Water Matters” Fly-in. He also served as Chair of the Section in 1996 and was honored with the Fuller Award in 2009. At the Association level, Donahue has served as an Association Vice-president, represented the Illinois Section as a member of the Board of Directors, and has chaired and/or participated on numerous Association committees including the Distribution Plant Operations Division, Heroism Award and Operator Involvement Committees.
View John's Presentation: AWWA Giants (PPT, 8MB)

Volunteer Leaders Session: Mike Howe, Executive Director of the Texas Section AWWA

In 2005, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mike developed the TXWARN utility-to-utility mutual aid program in conjunction with a number of other water and wastewater associations in Texas. Mike's previous work includes over eight years with the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Utility and the Austin City Manager’s Office. He is a nationally recognized expert and instructor in risk communication as well as a trained public policy mediator and negotiator. He served six years as the president of the Wells Branch Municipal Utility District, is currently in his eighteenth year as Commissioner of Travis County ESD #2, and was the Charter President of the State Association of Fire and Emergency Services Districts, or SAFE-D. He is also an advisor to the Texas A&M University Water Master’s Program and a founding member of the AccelerateH20: The Texas Water Technology Accelerator.
View Mike's Presentation: SP2 (PPT)

Volunteer Leaders Session: David LaFrance, AWWA Chief Executive Officer

David exercises full power to direct, conduct and manage the business and affairs of the Association in the best interest of AWWA’s 50,000 members. He reports directly to the President of the Board and is charged with implementing AWWA’s Strategic Plan, mission and vision. David guides the Association’s staff in Denver and Washington DC in developing, implementing and monitoring the Association’s Annual Business Plan, Budget, and related programs. Prior to joining AWWA, David was the CFO for Denver Water, Denver CO and he has over 25 years as a water professional.

Volunteer Leaders Session: Sharon Powers, AWWA Director of Administration and Philanthropic Development

Sharon oversees the review, evaluation, management and implementation of changes to achieve effectiveness and efficiency of AWWA operations of Customer Service, Information Administration, Purchasing and Contracting, Facilities and Distribution. She also leads development of AWWA's philanthropic initiative in partnership with Strategic Development Advisory Committee, including the Philanthropic Business Plan, operational readiness for philanthropic initiatives, and development of a concentrated grant-writing effort during initial start-up period and launch. Prior to coming to AWWA, Sharon was President and CEO for the North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for the strategic direction and policy implementation for the chamber and its charitable foundation. A graduate of the Leadership Las Vegas program, Powers has also served as Chair of the Southern Nevada School-to-Work Partnership, Chair of the Business Partners Action Committee, Treasurer and President of the Southern Nevada Human Resource Association, Vice President for the Southern Nevada Muscular Dystrophy Association, and board member of Speedway Children’s Charities.
View Sharon's Presentation: Philanthropic Initiative (PPT, 1 MB)

Volunteer Leaders Session: Chad Weikel, AWWA Education and Workforce Manager

Chad is charged with enhancing the educational outcomes of AWWA Conferences, Webinars and eLearning programs. He has served as staff liaison for the Small Systems Division and is an experienced instructional designer, specializing in adult learning with blended delivery. Before coming to AWWA, he designed and delivered programs of instruction for national audiences such as the National Guard Family Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the US Anti-Doping Agency.
View Chad's Presentation: USEPA Grant for Small Systems (PPT)

Volunteer Leaders Session: Kami Johle Butt, AWWA Education & Technical Services Administrative Services Manager

Kami has knowledge and experience with grant and project management and currently acts as Staff Advisor to the TEC Technical Resources Committee. Before joining AWWA, she worked at the Town of Breckenridge Public Works Department managing various administrative municipal programs. Kami holds a B.A. in Marketing from Sam Houston State University.

Volunteer Leaders Session: Lindsey Geiger, AWWA Associate Engineer

Lindsey provides technical advice, information and process guidance to AWWA’s volunteers. She responds to technical queries on matters related to water quality, water research, small systems and sustainable infrastructure and aids in the development of webinars, specialty conferences and manuals. Prior to joining AWWA, Lindsey worked in a small rural community in Mali, West Africa, as an engineer with the United States Peace Corps. During her service, she focused on a water source improvement project that would reduce the incidence of malaria and diarrhea in a community of 800 people. Lindsey holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Section Staff Session: Vicky Bhogal

Vicky is a Development Officer and manages Water For People’s 65 North American Committees and Corporate Workplace Giving Program. In May 2012, on a whim, Vicky left California, moved to Denver and joined the Water For People Resource Development team shortly thereafter. Recently, Vicky found herself living back in California as Water For People’s sole west coast employee. While Vicky was born and raised in the United States, the majority of her family was born in India. Her parents upbringing in very small, rural villages in Punjab (northern India) helped pique Vicky’s interest in the work Water For People does globally, making the mission a personal priority. Vicky is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Women’s Studies and Education. Vicky is a proud member of the CA-NV AWWA Section.
View Vicky's Presentation: WFP (PDF,1MB)

Section Staff Session: Alane Boyd

Alane Boyd is the Executive Director of the Intermountain Section AWWA and a consulting engineer. She has nearly 30 years of civil and environmental engineering experience in the fields of water quality modeling and analysis, and watershed science. She is also a practiced professional in the areas of land use and infrastructure master planning.

Section Staff Session: Mona Cavalcoli

Mona is the New Jersey Section Manager.
View Mona's Presentation:
Engaging Members Young to Old (PPT)
AWWANJ Student Opportunities (PDF)
FSAWWA Mentoring (DOC)
FSAWWA Mentoring Application (PDF)