The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced its 2019-2020 Board of Trustees that were confirmed by WEF’s House of Delegates during WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago.

At a ceremony on September 24, the WEF “gavel of leadership” was passed to President Jackie Jarrell, operations chief at Charlotte (N.C.) Water. In her role at Charlotte Water, Jarrell is responsible for the overall management of the operation and maintenance of five wastewater treatment facilities consisting of a total capacity of 123 million gallons per day. Jarrell also has oversight of regulatory functions, process control, industrial pre-treatment, and continuous improvement programs within the operations areas.

During her year-long term as WEF president, Jarrell will continue to help fulfill WEF’s strategic direction and critical objectives – to connect water professionals, enrich the expertise of water professionals, increase the awareness of the impact and value of water, and provide a platform for water sector innovation.

“The water workforce is expanding, and we have a responsibility to continue to develop it,” Jarrell said during her acceptance speech. “Workforce development is a critical global issue and we as water professionals have a duty to address it. Just as we’re thinking differently about how we do our work, we have to think differently about how we collaborate to achieve our goals.”

In addition to Jarrell, the 2019-2020 Board of Trustees include:

  • Past-President Tom Kunetz (Chicago, Ill.).
  • President-Elect Lynn Broaddus (Minneapolis, Minn.).
  • Vice President Jamie Eichenberger (Denver, Colo.).
  • Treasurer Keith Hobson (Ames, Iowa).
  • Secretary and WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe (Alexandria, Va.).
  • Trustee Rajendra Bhattarai (Austin, Texas).
  • Trustee Howard Carter (Saco, Maine).
  • Trustee Aimee Killeen (Baton Rouge, La.).
  • Trustee Mark Poling (Hillsboro, Ore.).
  • Trustee John Trofatter (Land O’Lakes, Fla.).
  • Trustee Ifetayo Venner (Tampa, Fla.).

More information about WEF’s leadership and strategic direction is available here.

Recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality event, WEFTEC provides the latest technologies and services for water environment preservation, restoration, and sustainability. WEF’s 91st annual technical exhibition and conference, WEFTEC 2019 was held at McCormick Place in Chicago from September 21-25. WEFTEC 2020 is scheduled for October 3-7, 2020 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


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