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2014 AWRA Board of Directors
C. Mark Dunning (thru 2015)PRESIDENT
Mark Dunning is currently a senior project manager with CDM Federal Programs, responsible for providing support to federal agencies in water resources planning, strategic planning, and socioeconomic evaluation and assessment. Prior to joining CDM, Mark served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than 30 years. As Chief of Future Directions in the agency’s civil works directorate he led the development and implementation of the Corps’ civil works strategic plan that first established integrated water resources management as an agency priority. He also led the Corps’ involvement with AWRA in planning and conducting the highly successful and influential National Water Policy Dialogues in 2002 and 2005 and served as a consultant to AWRA for the third policy dialogue held in 2007.
Mark also led a partnership with the Universities Council on Water Resources to create a masters degree program in water resources planning for the Corps of Engineers and received the 2003 “Friend of UCOWR” award for this achievement. Mark holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mark is active in the AWRA National Capital Region section and is currently the section’s vice president and program committee chair. He has been active in AWRA for nine years. He is committed to AWRA’s mission of advancing water resources education, management, and research and to the strong interdisciplinary environment of “communication, conversation, and connections” that the AWRA culture promotes. Mark believes that the AWRA national policy dialogues have had a significant positive influence on the quality and direction of debate about the nation’s water resources.
John C. Tracy (thru 2016)PRESIDENT-ELECT
Dr. Tracy is Director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Idaho in Boise and served as the Vice President for Research at the University of Idaho in 2007 and 2008. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University in 1980, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of California-Davis in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He has held academic positions at Kansas State University (Civil Engineering, 1989-1992), South Dakota State University (Civil Engineering, 1992-1996), and the Desert Research Institute (Hydrologic Sciences, 1997-2004). Dr. Tracy has worked on numerous research projects and authored or co-authored over 70 technical publications in the areas of watershed planning, watershed restoration, the development of modeling tools for environmental systems, the role of science in watershed management, and the development of adaptive management systems.
Dr. Tracy has been a member of AWRA for over two decades and has been active in a wide range of water resources professional societies, including the University Council on Water Resources where he served on the board from 2002- 2008 and as president in 2007-2008, and the National Institute of Water Resources where he has served on the Board since 2009. Dr. Tracy has presented papers at numerous AWRA conferences and has authored or coauthored several articles in Water Resources IMPACT and the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). In addition he served as the Editor for the May 2009 IMPACT Issue on Adaptive Management and has served on the planning committees for the following AWRA Specialty Conferences: Adaptive Management (Missoula, Montana, 2006, Snowbird, Utah, 2009); and Integrated Water Resources Management (Snowbird, Utah, 2011). As an AWRA Board Member Dr. Tracy would continue to work to enhance participation in AWRA conferences and events, and build stronger linkages with AWRA’s sister organizations in other countries.
Carol R. Collier (thru 2014)PAST-PRESIDENT
Carol is passionate about water and excited about the potential to serve as the President-Elect of AWRA. She has served on the Board of Directors for the past three years and has been involved with the annual conferences as well as the last two technical conferences that addressed Climate Change and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
Carol has dedicated her professional career to water resources management in both the private and public sectors. After being educated in biology and regional planning at Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, she spent 19 years in the private sector. In 1995, she moved to the public sector serving Pennsylvania as Regional Director of PADEP and then Executive Director of the Governor’s 21st Century Environment Commission. In her current role as Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), an interstate/federal compact organization, the challenge is to manage a watershed that provides water supply to 15 million people and drains parts of four states. The Commission has planning, management, and regulatory authority for water quantity and quality. Carol feels that the most important part of her position is to bring the Commissioners to consensus on issues, build trust, partnerships and work with stakeholders to manage the outstanding water resources for multiple needs. Major issues are regulating natural gas development in order to protect the high quality of the headwaters, cleanup of PCBs in the estuary, and maintaining a fair share allocation of water among the states.
Currently AWRA is at an interesting cross road. Water is getting attention globally. More and more people understand the need to manage water holistically, yet there seems to be increasing fragmentation of environmental management. AWRA can play a critical role in providing information on the value and cost effectiveness of holistic water management and the critical aspects of the chemical, physical, and biological systems, facilitate discussions, and tee up policy issues to legislators and decision makers. AWRA cannot do it alone. We need to make alliances with other like-minded organizations that have differing membership representation. This outreach will also provide opportunities to build our own membership. Times are changing, and AWRA can help steer the ship towards better informed decision makers and more effective water management. Carol is a team player and hopes to work with the president, the board, staff, and membership as a whole to make AWRA the “go to” organization for water management.
David Watt (2013-2015)SECRETARY/TREASURER
Watt has acquired over 26 years of experience in regional water management
while working for the St. Johns River and South Florida Water Management
Districts. He received his B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering
from the University of Florida in 1984, has been a licensed Civil Engineer
since 1990, and has been active in AWRA since 1985.
Rafael Frias (2013-2015)DIRECTOR
Rafael Frias is a senior project manager with the global water business
of Black & Veatch Corporation.
He has been an active member and a strong advocate of AWRA since shortly after joining Black & Veatch in 1999. In 2006, he received AWRAs A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Young Professional Award.
Frias puts a priority on young AWRA members the building blocks
of the organization and on the organizations influence not
only in the U. S., but also internationally. AWRA is an organization
with a vast reach, and as we develop the future leaders of the organization,
we also need to exhibit our
Noel Gollehon (2013-2015)DIRECTOR
Noel Gollehon is a Senior Economist, Natural Resources Conservation
Service, USDA, and looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a representative
on the AWRA Board of Directors.
He will bring a nationalview of water resources to AWRA, just as he
has done in his 25-years with USDAs Economic Research Service
and Natural Resource and Conservation Service.
Noel has been an active member in the National Capitol AWRA Section
(DC, Maryland, and Virginia) and a participant in national AWRA conferences.
At both the national conferences and the local meetings, he has appreciated
the nonjudgmental environment for the exchange of information about
all aspects of water resources within and across the many disciplines
John R. Wells (2012-2014)DIRECTOR
John Wells is the Strategic Planning Director for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, a Governor’s interagency forum for coordinating state environmental policy, plans, and programs. He enjoys finding ways to help people integrate the management of water across issues, agency boundaries, and levels of government. John has participated in four decades of state water plans in Minnesota and North Carolina, spawning the establishment of Minnesota’s Ground Water Protection Act, Board of Water and Soil Resources, and Comprehensive Local Water Management Act. Early in his career, John led development of the environmental quality objective of North Carolina’s first water plan and helped draft a channelization policy for the state. Most recently, he led Minnesota’s first analysis of how the state’s water supplies match up against demand at a local scale, and a companion analysis of the policy implications. Today he co-chairs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a federal–state study of the Minnesota River to build new partnerships and tools for integrating management of the basin’s water resources.
John has also worked outside the water arena, directing the Governor’s Round Table on Sustainable Development and serving as secretary of the board of the Great Plains Institute, an organization that laid the groundwork for the Midwest Governor’s Climate Accords. John also co-chairs the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, a subcommittee of the USGS Advisory Committee on Water Information and a forum dedicated to sustainable management of the nation’s water resources. John has received the Renew America’s National Environmental Achievement Award for ground water protection and a FUNEP 500 Friends of the United Nations award. He earned his M.S.P.H. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
John enjoys his involvement in AWRA as speaker and spectator at national conferences, and as vice chair of the Policy Technical Committee. In that capacity, he’s participated in developing the general AWRA policy on position statements, and in helping craft specific statements on integrated water resources management, which he led, as well as the call for a national water policy. John also represents AWRA on the USGS advisory committee for the National Water Census. He would bring to the AWRA board a depth of experience in working with people at all levels of government, as well as in the private sector, plus an understanding of upper Midwest water issues. John is convinced that AWRA is on the right track with its holistic appeal to the broadest range of water professionals, but believes the organization is a hidden gem. He would work to expand AWRA’s membership and engage the younger elements of our profession with concerted efforts to strengthen local and state chapters across the country and partner with sister organizations at every level.
Brenda Bateman (2014-2016)DIRECTOR
Brenda Bateman is the Senior Public Policy Coordinator for the Oregon
Water Resources Department, where she served as Project Manager in the
development of Oregon's first Integrated Water Resources Strategy
adopted in August 2012.
Dr. Bateman has chaired the Policy Committee of the American Water Resources
Association (AWRA) since 2005. In this role, she has led the development
of a series of water resource policy statements (adopted and posted on-line
by AWRA's Board of Directors), as well as a 2012 set of case studies focused
on Integrated Water Resources Management, and a 2013 set of case studies
focused on the status of drought and flood policy in the United States.
She serves as the General Co-Chair of AWRA's 2013 Annual Conference in
Portland, Oregon, and has served as Vice-Chair of AWRA¹s Oregon Section(2009-2010)
and Technical Co-Chair for AWRA's Annual Conference in Seattle (2009).
In 2008, Dr. Bateman received AWRA's Ivan A. Johnson Award for Young Professionals.
Our circumstances in water resources are constantly shifting and AWRA needs to be prepared to respond. With an approaching wave of retirements in the water industry, AWRA must help ensure this institutional knowledge is not lost. With constantly improving technological tools, AWRA must help its members make the most of new technologies. In an ever-changing climate and environment, AWRA must ensure that the professional disciplines are communicating with each other. And, with an active membership in the forefront of water resources management, AWRA must provide the tools to document successes and share lessons learned. AWRA has already demonstrated strengths in these areas. My vision for the Association is to build upon these strengths and ensure that AWRA provides strategic leadership in the water resource arena
L. Donald Duke (2014-2016)DIRECTOR
Duke is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University
(FGCU). He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
from Stanford University, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He
has over 30 years' experience in water resources including stints as a
professional consultant, a state agency employee, and a University faculty
member and researcher. He has supervised regional planning for stormwater
management and stormwater NPDES permitting for consulting firms in the
San Francisco Bay Area; developed TMDLs for the California Regional Water
Quality Control Board/Los Angeles region; and as a University researcher
has assessed effectiveness of industrial stormwater permitting programs,
conducted statistical analyses of water quality standard setting and TMDL
analysis, and evaluated drought response policies, among others.
At FGCU, Prof. Duke teaches courses in environmental policy at the undergraduate
and graduate levels, including a specialty course sequence in Water Resources
and Water Quality Policy. That course sequence introduces freshmen and
sophomores to the field of water resources; focuses juniors and seniors
in project-oriented watershed assessments; and guides graduate students
into supervised research on topics standard setting, statistical water
quality analysis, and other topics. Students attend at least one conference,
and participate in on-campus guest lectures from Florida speakers with
technical expertise and agency decision-making authority. The burgeoning
FGCU water resources program includes a vigorous student AWRA chapter,
with Don as advisor.
Don serves on the AWRA Florida Section Board of Directors and was recognized
as Member of the Year for 2011. For three years he organized and chaired
the Southwest Florida regional technical meeting of AWRA Florida section,
an unusual, if not unique, collaboration among professional societies,
including Florida sections of ASCE, WEF, AEP, and a rotating cast of others.
The societies pool their resources to create a single conference each
year that integrates multiple disciplines, with presentations from local
and national technical experts, nongovernment interest groups, and public-sector
decision-makers. The conferences seek multiple perspectives on a selected
theme each year and promote dialogue, technical interchange, and opportunities
for consensus on contentious multifaceted problems of the overstressed
south Florida aquatic environment and water resources landscape.
Collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to complex issues of water resources are the focus of Don¹s professional life. He would like to serve on the Board of Directors to support continuing AWRA¹s tradition of promoting dialogue, consensus-building, and exchange of technical excellence in the water resources community.
Lisa Beutler (2014)DIRECTOR
Beutler has dedicated the last 13 years of her career to water resources.
As the Associate Director of the Center for Collaborative Policy, Sacramento
State and during the last three years as a Principal and Executive Facilitator
at MWH, my duties have included service on the multidisciplinary leadership
teams for the three California Water Plan updates, federal-state-regional-local
planning to integrate land use and water quality goals at Lake Tahoe,
and the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. I have been fortunate to
work with the executive teams of regional sanitation and water agencies,
supported development of Integrated Regional Water Management Plans, and
assisted state and regional water boards in creating a better regulatory
alignment and strategic plans and approaches for water quality goals.
My projects often tackle wicked, complex problems at massive scales.
While the tasks vary, the focus is creating sustainable water management
and policy. We do this through application of good science, solid decision
making processes, technology, and collaboration. I am particularly passionate
about making technical information accessible to decision makers and those
impacted by their decisions. As an AWRA Board member, I would hope to
leverage my career in the public sector, the university and private industry
along with experience working across disciplines, to support the AWRA
goals for a National Water Vision and to promote IWRM.
While I am relatively new to AWRA, becoming a member in 2008, I immediately
jumped in. I have spoken at conferences and took on special tasks such
as assisting with the Collaborative Modeling Symposium at the
2011 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference. I am now supporting the IWRM webinar
My passion for resources began as a child growing up outside of Yosemite
National Park with a soil scientist father. I became a State Park Ranger,
then a manager at the State Lands Commission. I oversaw management of
1/2 million acres of grazing, forestry, and mineral lands, and supported
negotiations for issues ranging from dredging policy to restoration of
the Bolsa Chica wetlands, to off-shore oil leasing. Over my years in state
government I had the opportunity to work in special offices of two Governors,
and one Lt. Governor, and as an Agency Undersecretary. In my personal
life I have volunteered to mediate religious disputes. A highlight was
co-leading a special track at the 2004 World Parliament of Religions,
where we asked 400 of the world¹s religious leaders to articulate
their role in ensuring the provision of safe, clean water to all people.
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