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AWWA Board of Directors elects Dr. Chi Ho Sham of Lexington, Mass., as next president-elect

(San Juan, Puerto Rico) – The American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors today elected Dr. Chi Ho Sham of Lexington, Mass., as the Association’s next president-elect. The treasurer, three vice presidents, a director-at-large and a service provider director-at-large were also selected during the Board’s annual winter meeting.

Dr. Chi Ho Sham, vice president and chief scientist for the Eastern Research Group, Inc., has been an AWWA member since 1989. Sham is chair of AWWA’s Technical & Educational Council and the Stormwater Utility Management Committee. He is an active member of the New England Section.

Sham will begin his term as president-elect in June at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Fla. His one-year presidential term will begin in June 2021.

Jon Eaton, an AWWA member since 1994, was selected as the Association’s next treasurer. Eaton has served various roles at the Minnesota Section and is a member of AWWA’s Finance and Pension committees. He is the superintendent of utilities for the City of Eagan in Minnesota.

The Board selected the following three vice presidents:

  • Jennifer Elms, an AWWA member since 2003, is the director of the Texas Section. She is an associate, senior project manager at EHRA, Inc., in Houston.
  • Dr. Stephen Randtke, an AWWA member since 1977, is the director of the Kansas Section and a professor at the University of Kansas.
  • Patrick Staskiewicz, an AWWA member since 1993, is the director of the Michigan Section. He is the public utilities director for the Ottawa County Road Commission in Grand Haven, Mich.

The Board selected Michelle Stockness from Minneapolis, Minn., as a director-at-large. Stockness, an AWWA member since 2006, is chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee of the Minnesota Section. She is a senior civil engineer at Barr Engineering in Minneapolis.

Corianne Burnett was selected as a service provider director-at-large. Burnett, an AWWA member since 2005, is the newsletter editor and a member of the Engineering and Water Treatment Committees at the Pacific Northwest Section. She is a senior engineer at Carollo Engineers in Portland, Ore.

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