Our 32 Committees

For more information on our committees, email admin@weat.org

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Knowledge

Dedicated to the advancement of the various facets of the water environment profession.

Asset Management Committee

Purpose

Promote and support the practice of asset management among all members of WEAT and WEF through the following endeavors:

Facilitate member education through case studies, seminars/webinars, speakers, papers, and other research.

Encourage members in the practice of Asset Management in their organizations, including stakeholder education, public outreach, change management programs, etc.

Study and disseminate information to the membership regarding best practices, technologies, and practical applications.

Collaborate with other organizations (such as other WEF Chapter Asset Management Committees) to identify and develop standardization to help promote the practice of Asset Management.

Members

10

Committee Chair
John D'Antoni
(713) 988-5732
DAntoniJm@bv.com

Mazen Kawasmi
(817) 735-7432
Mazen.kawasmi@freese.com
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Biosolids Management

Purpose

Promote effective and safe treatment and reuse or disposal of biosolids by providing
educational opportunities and peer network building.

Members

31

Committee Chair
Matt Berg mberg@jacobs.com
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Collection Systems

Purpose

To educate and inform the Wastewater Collection Systems Industry regarding trends in
collection system management, maintenance and regulatory issues.

Members

31

Committee Chair
Justin Diviney (469) 626-4933 jdiviney@ntmwd.com
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Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls

Purpose

Provide a forum for the electrical and instrumentation professionals within WEAT to promote the education and growth of its members in the design, installation and maintenance of electrical and instrumentation systems.

Members

16

Committee Chair
V.K. Gupta (972) 490-7661 vkgupta@gaiconsulting.com
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Laboratory

Purpose

To further the environmental laboratory profession through education and communication.

Members

1

Committee Chair
Elizabeth Turner (972) 442-5405 eturner@ntmwd.com
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Municipal Resource Recovery & Design

Purpose

Support the WEAT community by being stewards of the municipal wastewater treatment
engineering practices for clean and safe water.

Objectives:

  • Enrich and disseminate expertise of water professionals through seminars, workshops and public outreach.
  • Increase awareness of the water profession.
  • Enhance partnership between design professionals and operations & maintenance personnel.

Members

37

Committee Chair
Tina Hanson
(817) 471-7201
Tehanson@garverusa.com

Nick Landes
(817) 735-7571
nick.landes@freese.com
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Odor and Corrosion Management

Purpose

To educate and inform WEAT membership on technologies, trends, and best practices with regard to air quality, odor and corrosion control.

Members

10

Committee Chair
Chris Hunniford (713) 714-5634 chunniford@vaengineering.com
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Operations & Maintenance

Purpose

Enhance the ability of water environment professionals' to operate and maintain wastewater facilities efficiently through education, innovation and best practices.

Members

1

Committee Chair
Jim Dias (512) 972-1434 James.Dias@austintexas.gov
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Operator Training

Purpose

Mission: To the be the number one organization for Wastewater Operators' Education in Texas.

Goal 1: Use this committee as an opportunity to expand WEAT membership in the State of Texas by adding new members especially in under-served areas such as collection system, pretreatment, and industrial sector.

Goal 2: Provide at least one single-day workshop every two months.

Members

9

Committee Chair
Rami Issa (972) 735-3012 rami.issa@aecom.com
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Pretreatment

Purpose

Members

20

Committee Chair
Jennifer Moore (817) 493-5117 moorej@trinityra.org
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Safety and Security

Purpose

To promote the understanding and awareness of Safety and Security issues faced in the water and wastewater industry.

Members

18

Committee Chair
Rick Hidalgo
(469) 619-1241
hjhidalgo@sig-auto.com

David Milligan
(469) 626-4590
dmilligan@NTMWD.COM
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Stormwater/Watershed Management

Purpose

To support the WEAT membership in the form of up to date knowledge regarding stormwater issues. Support includes reviewing and selection Texas Water abstracts; responding to policies and rules developed by federal, state, and local agencies; and providing technical information and lessons learned to the membership in the form of webinars, articles, and workshops.

Members

21

Committee Chair
Aiza Jose
(214) 366-6507
Aiza.jose@atkinsglobal.com

Tina Petersen
(713) 423-7300
PetersenCM@cdmsmith.com
Aiza.Jose@atkinsglobal.com
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Utility Management

Purpose

Serve as a joint committee between WEAT and TACWA with an overall objective of using the resources of WEAT's technical committees and the management representation of TACWA to tackle high-level issues.

Members

2

Committee Chair
Rick Shaffer (817) 598-4473 rshaffer@weatherfordtx.gov
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Water Reuse

Purpose

The WEF (WEAT) Water Reuse Committee develops, recommends, and conducts programs to promote general understanding of water reuse for non-potable and potable uses.

Objectives:

  • The committee shall be dedicated to the advancement of water reuse in the water environment profession.
  • Provide opportunities for committee members to become actively involved in the activities of WEAT.
  • Provide WEAT membership education opportunities and awareness in water reuse by participating in the Texas Water program selection, hosting seminars and webinars, publishing technical papers, and other activities as identified by the committee.
  • Collaborate with other organizations who also are dedicated to the advancement of water reuse.

Members

19

Committee Chair
Ken Hall (817) 313-1576 ken.hall@jacobs.com
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Delivery

Responsible for and assists in providing services to WEAT’s membership and other industry professionals.

Awards

Purpose

The goal of the Awards Committee is to solicit award nominations from the state of Texas, select candidates for nomination, and present the candidates to the WEAT Board for approval. This committee oversees state and WEF awards nominations and recommends award criteria to the Board.

Members

2

Committee Chair
Kim Chanslor
(713) 628-2122

Randy Bush
(214) 360-9929
rbush@cpyi.comm
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Manufacturers and Reps

Purpose

Communicating/sharing information between WEAT staff and manufacturer/manufacturer’s representatives.

Members

3

Committee Chair
Joe Etchegaray
352-299-6388
Joe.etchegaray@krauszusa.com

Todd Pratt
214-886-4056
tpratt@globalwet.com
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Operations Challenge

Purpose

The purpose of Operations Challenge is to provide a State competition at the annual Texas Water show that promotes the professionalism and the careers of Treatment Plant Staff including Operators, Mechanics, Chemists, and Collection System staff. The program mirrors the national competition at WEFTEC, and includes six events, including Texas’s own exhibition event.

Members

11

Committee Chair
Jeff Sober (214) 883-6263 jlsober@garverusa.com
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Scholarship

Purpose

The mission of WEAT Scholarship Committee is to support, promote, and encourage the educational pursuits and goals of active members, or their college bound dependents, with scholarships and educational grants.

Members

2

Committee Chair
Lindsay Kovar (713) 488-8253 lkovar@bgeinc.com
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Texas Water Exhibits Subcommittee

Purpose

This sub-committee works with WEAT, TAWWA, and other paid staff to ensure adequate exhibitor space at Texas Water, and the ingress and egress of exhibitors.

Members

1

Committee Chair
Don Lange (210) 404-1330 dlange@browngay.com
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Texas Water Program Subcommittee

Purpose

This sub-committee is by appointment only and works to develop the Texas Water technical content alongside a TAWWA representative. This sub-committee chair will liaise with Knowledge Committee Chairs and help coordinate the Texas Water abstract submittal and review process. After the review process is complete, the sub-committee will work with the Texas Water Planning Committee in finalizing the program and facilitating authors for the poster session. The sub-committee will also coordinate program changes with responsible parties, in addition to sharing knowledge committee chair contacts with the moderator chair.

Members

1

Committee Chair
Ana Pena-Tijerina (817) 392-4982 Ana.Pena@FortWorthTexas.gov
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Texas Water Resolutions Subcommittee

Purpose

Members

1

Committee Chair
Paul Roach (817) 392-2347 proach@cpyi.com
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Texas Water Steering

Purpose

To represent WEAT’s interests in the oversight and planning of the myriad of programs and activities at Texas Water while helping to ensure the continued success of Texas Water.

Members

1

Committee Chair
Leigh Cerda (512) 306-9266 leigh.cerda@burgessniple.com
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Stakeholder

Stakeholder Committees: Interface with a segment of the population targeted for communication about the importance of water environment initiatives and profession.

Government Affairs

Purpose

This committee develops and institutes programs that provide useful informational support to local and regional governments. It also keeps abreast of state issues in the water environment field and is prepared to provide expert testimony if the need arises. The committee stays abreast of current legislative activities and communicates important developments to the WEAT membership.

Members

15

Committee Chair
Heather Cooke
(512) 972-0083
heather.cooke@austintexas.gov

Nathan Vassar
(512) 322-5867
nvassar@lglawfirm.com
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Public Communication and Outreach

Purpose

The Public Communication and Outreach Committee (PCOC) will develop and support comprehensive education and outreach directed at WEAT members, the general public, the K- 12 education community, the media and public policy makers to educate on the value of water, encourage informed decision making on economic, environmental, public health, operating and social policy issues associated with the water environment and to be a technical resource for water in the State of Texas.

Members

17

Committee Chair
Sharon Miller (214) 918-8599 smiller@ntmwd.com
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Student Design Competition (SDC) - YP Subcommittee

Purpose

Members

5

Committee Chair
Elle Frier (720) 695-5375 efrier@cpyi.com
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Student Sections

Purpose

Members

1

Committee Chair
Allison Blake (214) 217-2219 Allison.Blake@freese.com
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Young Professionals (YP)

Purpose

WEAT and WEF Young Professionals seek to host and promote professional development events that unlock opportunities for those new or newer to the industry to participate in WEAT events and become part of the WEAT team. There is emphasis on professional growth and community service through networking events, technical events, and community service events.  

Members

14

Committee Chair
Lance Rothe (210) 841-2910 Lance.Rothe@saws.org
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YP Texas Water University Forum

Purpose

Members

2

Committee Chair
Kayleigh Millerick (806) 864-0370 kayleigh.millerick@ttu.edu
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Management

Management Committees: Assist in the governance of WEAT communicating directly with the WEAT Board of Directors.

Committee Leadership Council

Purpose

To oversee and mentor all WEAT Committee Chairs and Liaisons in their efforts to advance technical knowledge, represent Association Stakeholders, and manage the Association.

Members

2

Committee Chair
Rick Hidalgo (469) 619-1242 hjhidalgo@sig-auto.com
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Management Review

Purpose

This committee conducts necessary business of the association between meetings of the Board, coordinating the work of the committees and making policy recommendations to the Board.

Members

14

Committee Chair
Leigh Cerda (512) 306-9266 leigh.cerda@burgessniple.com
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Membership

Purpose

To help develop, maintain, and track WEAT membership through both traditional and innovative ways.

Members

15

Committee Chair
Amber Batson (713) 423-7312 batsonam@cdmsmith.com
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Nominating

Purpose

To reach out to WEAT’s membership calling for nominations of future WEAT Officers, and to thoughtfully consider and submit nominations to the Board for WEAT Officer positions; to usher in WEAT Officers.

Members

1

Committee Chair
Jeff Sober (214) 883-6263 jlsober@garverusa.com
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Strategic Planning

Purpose

To assess and develop WEAT’s strategic vision with emphasis on the continued success and sustainability of the Association and annual conference, Texas Water. The Vice President as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee should set goals achievable within their term as President.

Members

1

Committee Chair
Heather Cooke (512) 972-0083 heather.cooke@austintexas.gov
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