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Friday, January 15th, 2021

Chermack retired; Dragoo new Clack President
Pete Chermak retired as President of Clack Corporation last October after almost 41 years. He joined the company in January of 1980, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, majoring in marketing and finance. Chermak began his career as a Sales Engineer and was then promoted to General Manager of the Water Treatment Division, responsible for overseeing many of the day-to-day operations. He was promoted to President in 2013. In addition to his duties at Clack, Chermak was active in both the Water Quality Association and Wisconsin Water Quality Association.

In October 2020, Mike Dragoo was promoted to President of Clack. He joined the business in June of 2019 as Director of Operations. Dragoo has previous experience managing global operations in the consumer products industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

IAPMO promotions, board members named
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) promoted Gaby Davis to Chief Administration Officer and Thomas Palkon to Chief Technical Services Officer. Davis joined IAPMO in 1995 and has served roles integral to every shared service that supports the IAPMO Group’s various business units, most importantly serving as Standards Council secretary since 2000. As Executive VP of Global Operations, she has ensured all business units have the resources they need to service customers and members and has supported all IAPMO Group staff individually. Palkon joined the IAPMO Group in 2014 to lead its new Water Systems division, following 18 years at WQA. In addition to growing Water Systems into a leading provider of certification for drinking water treatment units, drinking water systems and microbiological filters, he assumed the role of Executive Director of the ASSE International chapter of IAPMO, an ANSI-accredited standards developer and product certification body, in 2017.
IAPMO ratified the election of new officers and board members, formally concluding the association’s 91st annual Education and Business Conference, which was conducted virtually due to COVID-19. David Gans, Chief Building Official for the city of Oceanside, CA, was elected IAPMO’s 61st President and Steven Panelli, Chief Plumbing Inspector for the city and county of San Francisco, CA, was elected VP. Four new members of the board were elected to serve: David Ledda, Plumbing Inspector for the city and county of San Francisco; Rick Garcia, Senior Mechanical Inspector for the city of San Diego; Carlos Flores, Assistant Chief Plumbing Inspector for the city of Houston, TX. and Ray Boyd, United Association Assistant Director of Education and Training. Claudio Spagnuolo, Plumbing Inspector for the city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was elected to a second term on the board and Steve Fernlund, Plumbing Inspector for the city of St. Paul, MN, was appointed Secretary/Treasurer by President Gans.

Gayer named USALCO CEO
Aluminum-based chemicals producer, USALCO, LLC has appointed Ken Gayer CEO. He is the first non-family CEO of the private equity-backed chemical company, sponsored by H.I.G. Capital. Gayer most recently served as CEO of Gelest and previously was Business President of Honeywell Specialty Products. He spent 15 years at Honeywell in a variety of leadership positions. A former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Nuclear Submarine Force, Gayer holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

NAW leadership changes announced
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) announced the additions of Dan Schuberth as Chief Business Development Officer and William Inman as Chief PAO for Communications and Advocacy to its senior leadership team. Schuberth will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic plans to support organizational growth. He is an experienced operations and human resource management leader with an intimate understanding of the distribution industry. Inman will build out NAW’s communications, marketing and advocacy efforts. He most recently served as VP for External Relations at Wells Fargo and previously served in leadership roles with high-profile campaigns and national advocacy groups across the country. The newly created positions will report to NAW President and CEO Eric Hoplin.

New leadership at Cerahelix
Cerahelix, Inc. announced the appointment of William ‘Bill’ Paulus as CEO. He joined the company in January as COO and will oversee the company’s plans to accelerate growth and firmly establish its leadership in the growing market for ceramic nanofiltration. Paulus brings more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and global operations to his position. Prior to becoming part of the Cerahelix team, he was VP of Global Operations at Celgard, VP of Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Blackmore Sensors & Analytics and VP of Manufacturing at Pittsburgh Glass Works. Paulus began his career as Senior Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors. His credentials also include three Master’s Degrees and a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering.

Fred Wiesler joined the company as VP of Sales, with more than 30 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the company, he was Global Commercial Manager at DuPont Water Solutions and previously served as Global Director of Sales for Membrana, as well as Director of Sales for QUA.

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

PWQA leader, award announced
At its annual convention, held virtually this year, Greg Reyneke passed the PWQA gavel of leadership to Irma Y. Bishop of Hall’s Culligan. Russell Harrison became VP and Allan Horner moved to the Secretary-Treasurer position. Bishop set priorities to actively communicate with the membership and engage in continual efforts to recognize past successes in the area of legislative gains and increase outreach to state legislatures and regulators. During the convention, PWQA’s Special Service Award was bestowed on Bill Hanson, formerly the President and Owner of Aquacon, for his dedication in achievement of the association’s outreach goals.

IBWA Board, officers named
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced its 2020-2021 officers and Board of Directors, elected by IBWA members in November. Tara Carraro (Nestlé Waters North America) was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. She is a member of IBWA’s executive committee and Board of Directors, and previously served as Vice Chair. C.R. Hall became Vice Chairman and Brian Hess (Niagara Bottling ) took over as Treasurer, while Robert Smith (Grand Springs Distribution) became Immediate Past Chairman. Jillian Olsen, David Redick, Joe Bell, Kari Mondt and Greg Nemec were elected or re-elected for a three-year term.

WEF design award winners, Board announced
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced students from the University of Guelph and Colorado School of Mines as winners of the 2020 Student Design Competition. The 19th annual competition showcased the innovative ideas of 27 teams from 22 WEF Member Associations and five countries. The University of Guelph team (Rebecca Bar, Rebecca Beutel, Acacia Markov and Justin Salvucci) won the Environmental Design category. The Colorado School of Mines team (Gillian Allison, Kelsey Buechler, Tori Heckart, Kayla Hubbard and Kate Stephens) won the Wastewater Design category. Both teams received award plaques and their respective Member Associations will receive a $2,500 award. WEF announced its 2020-2021 Board of Trustees, which will be led by new President Dr. Lynn Broaddus, President of Broadview Collaborative. The 2020-21 Board of Trustees includes: Past-President Jackie Jarrell; President-Elect Jamie Eichenberger; Vice President Ifetayo Venner; Treasurer Keith Hobson and Secretary/WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe. Trustees are Rajendra Bhattarai, Howard Carter, Shellie Chard, Gustavo Gallo-Chacon, Aimee Killeen and John Trofatter.

Madeksza to head Veolia
Matt Madeksza has been named President and CEO of Veolia North America, responsible for overseeing a company serving approximately 4,000 industrial and municipal customers across the US and Canada. He previously held leadership positions with Boeing and United Technologies Corp. and spent the past 14 years with Saint-Gobain Corp. Madeksza replaces interim President and CEO Brian Clarke.

Len Assante Scholarship winners announced
The Groundwater Foundation and Franklin Electric announced the 2020 recipients of the Len Assante Scholarship, awarded to individuals who are pursuing educational opportunities to advance careers in the groundwater industry. The recipients were Sky Blailcock, Jake Cobb, Bradley Mason, Lawarren Pickens and Drew Smith, each currently enrolled in their second year at Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Brazilian women honored by ACS, SBQ
The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ) announced this year’s winners of the Brazilian Women in Chemistry and Related Sciences awards. The accolades are designed to promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Brazil and to advance understanding of the impact of diversity on scientific research and the field of chemistry. The winners were: Paola de Azevedo Mello, PhD, Emerging Leader Award; Ana Flávia Nogueira, PhD, Leadership In Academia Award and Sonia Maria Cabral de Menezes, PhD, Leadership In Industry Award. Each winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, a three-year CAS SciFindern subscription, a three-year ACS membership and an award certificate.

AMTA/Reclamation Fellowships announced
AMTA and the Bureau of Reclamation announced the 2020 recipients of the AMTA/Reclamation Fellowships for Membrane Technology. The four recipients will receive a $11,750 fellowship to support their research that advances membrane technology in the water, wastewater or water reuse industries. They are: Stephanie McCartney, Columbia University (NY); Duong Nguyen, University of Colorado (Boulder); Jacob Palmer, Texas State University (San Marcos) and Haley White, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Sunday, November 15th, 2020

WQA’s Burbidge honored
WQA Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager Kathleen Burbidge has been named to the prestigious 2020 Forty Under 40 list by the Chicago, IL-area Association Forum. The list annually recognizes top association or non-profit professionals for their accomplishments, leadership skills and commitments to the industry. Burbidge marks her sixth anniversary with WQA in January; her role is in advocating for public policy that promotes safer and healthier water. She also serves as the staff liaison to WQA’s Women in Industry (WIN) Advisory Council, overseeing development of WIN’s successful mentoring program and heading efforts to expand WQA programming in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Burbidge earned a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and global studies/international relations cum laude from North Central College (IL), where she minored in environmental studies.

Gruber appointed Haws President
Haws Corporation has named Chuck Gruber as President of the Board. He is the first Haws Corporation President from outside of the founding family. A chemical engineering graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Gruber received his MBA from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). A long-established leader in the safety corridor, he began his career at Rohm and Haas Corporation, followed by executive posts at Elemica, GAF, Cannon Equipment and Safe Reflections. In all his roles, his attention to safety resulted in significant, sometimes double-digit improvements in on-site safety metrics within weeks of his arrival.

Viola named IAPMO COO/VP
The IAPMO Board of Directors announced that IAPMO Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Dave Viola has been appointed as CEO effective January 1, 2021, taking over for GP Russ Chaney, who is retiring after a quarter-century at the helm of the 95-year-old association. IAPMO will continue to benefit from Chaney’s leadership skills and experience as an executive adviser to the CEO. Viola has more than 25 years of senior management experience within the plumbing and mechanical industry. He joined IAPMO in 2007 and has served as IAPMO’s COO for the past seven years, with strategic and operational responsibility for the comprehensive array of IAPMO Group programs and services. Prior to joining IAPMO, Viola served as technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) for nine years. Before PMI, he worked for BOCA International and the International Code Council as a staff engineer, managing the development of their plumbing code and associated training and support publications. Viola holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University. In 2005, he received the American Society of Sanitary Engineers Fellow Award.

AMTA honors announced
AMTA announced that Joseph M. Barnes of the University of Wyoming was the 2020 recipient of the Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement. He is an environmental engineering graduate student studying Nanofibrous Membranes for the Selective Recovery of Nonaqueous Phases from Industrial Brines. Barnes has a BS Degree in chemical engineering from Benedictine College (Kansas), where he graduated summa cum laude. AMTA and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) named seven 2020 recipients of the AMTA/NWRI Graduate Fellowships for Membrane Technology Research Institute, out of a group of 60 applications that were received. Yousuf Bootwala, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stephanie Ribet, Northwestern University and Mackenzie Anderson, UCLA, will each receive $10,000 (USD). Yanghua Duan, UC Berkeley; Wei-Cheng Hung, UCLA; Lorianne Shultz, University of Central Florida and Hannah Greenwald, UC Berkeley, each will receive $5,000.

English named KROHNE sales VP
KROHNE has hired Chris English as the company’s new Vice President of Sales for the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He brings extensive experience in the process control instrumentation market to his new role. English has worked for several of the top companies in the process control instrumentation market over his 27 years in the industry and has experience with process control and automation in nearly all sectors of the market. He will be responsible for both sales and marketing for the NAFTA region, including managing the company’s regional sales force. In a prior role as VP of Sales, English was responsible for leading Direct Sales, Representatives, Sales Managers and Area VPs. A graduate of Clarkson University (New York), he studied interdisciplinary engineering and management to earn a degree in industrial distribution.

ACS’ Kean honored with Grady-Stack Award
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced Sam Kean as the 2021 recipient of the Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. The award, named for ACS News Service managers James T. Grady and James H. Stack, was established in 1955 to recognize individuals who have increased public knowledge and understanding of the chemical sciences. Kean is a freelance writer and author of the bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon, which compiles little-known stories about each element of the Periodic Table. He has also authored four other books about science and written about scientific subjects for Science magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and other major outlets.

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Thursday, October 15th, 2020

WEF selects WEF Fellows
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced 15 distinguished members as the 2020 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature and contributions in the water profession. New members include James Burks, Missouri Water Environment Association; Paul Causey, California Water Environment Association; Burt Curry, Ohio Water Environment Association; Dr. Joel Ducoste, North Carolina Water Environment Association; Dr. Val Frenkel, California Water Environment Association; Robert Kukenberger, New York Water Environment Association; Dr. Larry Moore, Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky and Tennessee; Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz, Western Canada Water Environment Association; Dr. Eileen O’Neill, Virginia Water Environment Association; Michael Pollen, Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association; Charles Tyler, New England Water Environment Association; Dr. John Willis, Georgia Association of Water Professionals; Keith McCormack, Michigan Water Environment Association; Thomas Meholic, New Jersey Water Environment Association and Gary Sober, Water Environment Association of Texas.

SIWI Junior Prize winners announced
HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden announced the winners of the 2020 Stockholm Junior Water Prize during a festive but unusual online award ceremony on August 25. Hiroki Matsuhashi and Takuma Miyaki, students at Aomori Prefectural Nakui Agricultural Highschool in Japan, won the prestigious award for an innovative method to control soil runoff and increase food production, using the traditional Japanese soil solidification technology Tataki. The jury citation read: “This year’s winners have proven that simple local solutions can solve water problems in a global context. Through systematic studies, the contestants have developed methods to make water conservation and soil management more achievable. The contestants effectively combined scientific knowledge and experimentation to revolutionize the way water is collected, used, and conserved for agriculture in arid regions.”

Wegner named to WRRC committee
Woolpert Senior Strategic Consultant David Wegner has been named to the External Advisory Committee for the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) at the University of Arizona. The WRRC is part of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) network, which addresses water-related concerns for individual states and the nation. The NIWR network is governed by the US Geological Survey and represents the only federal-state program focused on applied water resources research, education, training and outreach. Wegner is a biological scientist based in Tucson and is a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He has served as Senior Principal Investigator or the equivalent on dozens of water and environmental studies conducted on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program and has provided scientific and engineering support as a member of the senior staff for the US House of Representatives.

Industry mourns Hague Founder
William Robert Hague of Gahanna, Ohio, born on November 3, 1932 in Kennonsburg, OH, passed away on September 11. Hague was drafted into the US Army and served his country during the Korean War. In 1955, he sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door and from that experience he founded Hague Water Conditioning in 1965. In 1982, Hague’s company began manufacturing water treatment equipment under the name of Hague Quality Water International. He led the computer-aided design and development of a single, sophisticated, multi-compartment vessel configuration that reduced salt consumption, decades before the industry became a regulatory target. In 2009, Hague was included in the WC&P William B. Fritzsche Memorial Top 50 Awards.

The company has become one of the most successful and highly regarded water conditioning companies in the world, shipping products to all 50 states, as well as more than 24 countries. Hague Quality Water International operates as a tribute to the American Dream: a thriving company built on hard work, innovation and the refusal of one man, supported by family, to never accept the statement, “It can’t be done.”

Working through the Columbus Dog Connection, Hague and his wife were instrumental in initiating the Spay/Neuter Ohio Project and was an advocate for homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Ohio. He will be remembered for his tireless work ethic in everything he did and will be greatly missed by all who knew or worked for him.

Hague is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Joyce; sons Robert (Andrea); Jeff (Ruth); David (Tammy); six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, as well as his extended family and many friends. The family will have a private memorial service to celebrate his life at Schoedinger Northeast. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Columbus Dog Connection, 2761 Johnstown Rd., Columbus, OH 43219 or www.columbusdogconnection.com.

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Battenberg appointed at Argonide
Argonide has appointed Gary Battenberg as a Business Development Manager-Senior. His primary focus will be to drive short- and long-term growth of the company through implementation of proactive strategies and to enhance market share. The company will leverage Battenberg’s vast design experience to develop new products for its NanoCeram and DEAL technologies. Previously, he was Technical Manager, Water Treatment Department of Dan Wood Company. Prior to that, Battenberg was Technical Support and Systems Design Specialist with Parker Hannifin Corporation. His 30+ years of experience in the water industry provides a perfect fit for Argonide, with a proven, successful track record in areas of sales, service, design and manufacturing of water treatment systems. Battenberg’s technology base covers mechanical and adsorptive filtration, ion exchange, UV sterilization, RO and ozone technologies. He has worked in the domestic, commercial, industrial, high-purity and sterile water treatment arenas. Battenberg, a contributing author to WC&P International magazine and a member of its Technical Review Committee since 2008, was voted one of the magazine’s Top 50 most influential people in the water treatment industry in 2009. He can be reached by email at gary@argonide.com or by phone (407) 488-7203.

Cotruvo honored by NSF, NEHA
NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) have presented Joseph Cotruvo, PhD, BCES, with the 2020 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. He received the award at the virtual 2020 NEHA Annual Education Conference, in recognition of more than 45 years of dedicated service to environmental and public health through leadership, collaboration and consensus national standards development. Cotruvo’s accomplishments as a ‘clean water crusader’ include 23 years as Director of US EPA’s Criteria and Standards Division, Office of Drinking Water, as well as Director of the Risk Assessment Division in Toxic Chemicals. He also worked four years at NSF International, first as a Senior Regulatory Executive and later as VP of Environmental Health Sciences, where he helped to advance the NSF/WHO Collaborating Center for Drinking Water. Cotruvo later established the professional environmental consulting firm of Joseph Cotruvo & Associates.

McGinnis named McEllhiney Lecturer
Kevin McGinnis, President of Cotey Chemical Corp. has been selected as 2021 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer by NGWA and the Groundwater Foundation. The William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology was established in 2000 to foster professional excellence in water-well technology. McGinnis has presented workshops across the country for NGWA, the American Groundwater Trust and state organizations. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1984 with a degree in business administration and began his career in the groundwater industry when he started working at Cotey Chemical for his father-in-law Ken James in 1993, eventually purchasing the company in 1995. Cotey Chemical designs and manufactures products to rehabilitate and develop all types of water wells.

NGWA award winners named
The National Ground Water Association congratulated recipients of its 2020 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Awards and Sectional Awards, which will be presented this December during Groundwater Week in Las Vegas, NV. Long-time NGWA member John Pitz, President of N.L. Pitz Inc., NGWAF, received NGWA’s most prestigious Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. Also honored were: James Butler Jr., PhD, Senior Scientist and Chief, Geohydrology Section, University of Kansas Geological Survey, M. King Hubbert Award; David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, President, Bergerson-Caswell Inc., Robert Storm Intersectional Cooperation Award and Standard Bearer Award; Mike Barcelona, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Western Michigan University, Life Member Award; Francis Weedon, President/Owner of Frontier Logging Corp., Technology Award; Marcia Degan, PhD, PE, Technical Services Manager at Virginia Department of Health, Special Recognition Award; Jeffrey Smith, MGWC, Smith Well Drilling and Janice Hawk-Baldwin, CWD/PI, Hawk Well Co., Special Recognition Award.

ACS Rising stars announced
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) unveiled its sixth annual Talented 12 list in mid-August, which highlighted early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who fearlessly tackle difficult global problems. The list included: Kevin Barnett, Pyran; Josep Cornella, Max Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung; Robert J. Gilliard Jr., University of Virginia; Osvaldo Gutierrez, University of Maryland; Mireille Kamariza, Harvard University; Lingyin Li, Stanford University; Laura-Isobel McCall, University of Oklahoma; Lynn McGregor, Novartis; Brett McGuire, MIT; Wendy Lee Queen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne; Jessica Ray, University of Washington and Rudy Wojtecki, IBM.

IAPMO compliance inspector announced
IAPMO R&T has enlisted the services of Martin Weiss as Continuous Compliance Inspector for current and prospective European clients. He spent the previous 20 years at Grohe Research and Development Department (Germany) in various technical areas, including thermostats, one-hand mixers, kitchen faucets and sanitary systems. In addition, Weiss served as Project Supervisor responsible for drinking water systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in energy and heating technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Giessen-Friedberg, Germany, and began his career as a test engineer at the Grohe Function Laboratory. Over the next two decades, Weiss would serve as Deputy Supervisor, Supervisor and head of the department. His achievements at Grohe include overseeing the opening of a new laboratory, which included merging three laboratories into one.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Clark hired at IAPMO Oceana
The IAPMO Group announced the hiring of Graham Clark as Operations Manager of IAPMO Oceana, a new position within the organization. He is an engineering professional with 13 years of experience as a business and team leader. Prior to joining IAPMO Oceana, Clark spent four years with Rheem Australia, most recently as R&D Manager. Previously he was R&D Manager for CAMEC and Development Engineer for Davey Water Products. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Clark holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in engineering and commerce.

Sanderson named WEF Medical Officer
To ensure protection of the health and safety of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future, Andrew Sanderson, MD, MPH of Howard University has been named Chief Medical Officer for WEF. He will guide and assist the organization in providing reliable medical information to wastewater utility managers and workers, as well as conduct research and serve as a spokesperson on medical issues for the sector. A gastroenterologist with Weatherby Healthcare, Sanderson is also an Associate Professor at Howard University. His previous positions include medical officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services, fellow at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Howard University Hospital. Sanderson received his Master in Public Health from Harvard University, Doctor of Medicine from Howard University and Bachelor of Science in biology from Morehouse College.

ACS honorees named
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has selected Paul Alivisatos, PhD, of the University of California (UC), Berkeley as the recipient of the 2021 Priestley Medal, the Society’s highest honor. The Samsung Distinguished Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research and Professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley, he is being recognized for “foundational contributions to the chemistry of nanoscience, development of nanocrystals as nanotechnology building blocks and leadership in the chemistry and nanoscience communities.”

Mary Engelman will receive the ACS 2021 Award for Volunteer Service, presented annually to recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served ACS by contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the society. Engelman is being honored for her efforts in increasing public awareness of chemistry, mentoring young scientists and leading society activities.

AWWA President named, members appointed to boards
Melissa Elliott began her one-year term as President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) during a gavel-passing ceremony at AWWA headquarters. She is Director of Strategic Communication Services at Raftelis, where she consults with utilities across the United States. Elliott has been an AWWA member for over 15 years, during which time she has served as Chair of the Public Affairs Council. She has also served as Trustee and Chair of AWWA’s Rocky Mountain Section. Two AWWA leaders have been appointed to the boards of non-profit water organizations. CEO David LaFrance has been appointed to the Board of Water Education Colorado (WEco) and Tracy Mehan, Executive Director of Government Affairs, was elected to the River Network Board of Directors. LaFrance’s term with WEco began in January. Mehan’s term with River Network officially begins October 1.

US Junior Prize winners announced
WEF announced Zoe Gotthold the winner of the 2020 US Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. A student at Richland High School (Richland, WA), she developed prototypes of devices that promote oil flocculation at the surface and increase the efficacy of traditional oil-spill remediation techniques. Gotthold won $10,000 and will represent the United States at the international competition. The two US runners-up were Emily Tianshi (CA) and Emma Price (MO), who each received $1,000. Ishraq Haque (SC) received the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award from Xylem Inc. Beatrice Youd (WI) received the James L. Condon Recognition for Environmental Stewardship.

‘Doc’ Nowlin, industry pioneer, mourned
Duane ‘Doc’ Nowlin, PhD, passed away June 15 in New Brighton, MN at the age of 83. A much-revered water treatment industry professional, he made a mark on the industry that cannot be matched. Nowlin spent countless hours serving the industry on numerous WQA science and technical committees, the Board of Directors and Board of Governors, WQRF and as a frequent presenter at WQA conventions. He also served on the US EPA Drinking Water Advisory Council and as a member of the American Chemical Society and American Water Works Association.
Nowlin served as 1988-89 WQA President and chaired the WQRF Board in 1991. Prior to his 2002 retirement, Nowlin was Senior VP of Science & Technology and Chief Scientist for EcoWater, where he had spent most of his career (including at the affiliated Lindsay Co. or Spectrum Labs). As a result of his intense involvement in the industry, Nowlin was honored multiple times throughout his career. In 1977, he received the WQA Award of Merit, followed in 1986 by the Key Award. In 1995, Nowlin received WQA’s highest honor, the Hall of Fame Award, followed by the WQA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
Nowlin was preceded in death by his son, Carl and parents, Clarice ‘Sue’ and Denver ‘Shorty’ Nowlin. He is survived by his wife, Esther, sons David (Alba) and Mark, as well as six grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Bleed, Duve appointed to new WQA roles
WQA announced Marketing & Communications Director Wes Bleed has been named to the new, expanded role of Membership, Marketing & Communications Director, while Heather Duve became the new Membership and Development Associate Director. Bleed joined WQA in 2016 and has led the association’s overall marketing and communications strategy, website content, social media strategy, podcasts, advertising and promotion of all WQA programs and services. In his new role, he will have expanded responsibilities for directing and administering the Membership Department.

Duve, who joined WQA in 2016 as Membership Relations Manager, has achieved year-over-year record sponsorship participation for WQA events. She takes on additional responsibilities, such as administering WQA’s membership recruitment and retention programs, and supporting members and member committees in establishing membership standards.

Chestnut, LaForce, Schellhammer new NSF VPs
Tom Chestnut has been named VP and COO at NSF International, while Colette LaForce joins NSF as VP and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Joel Schellhammer serves in the newly created position of VP and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer (CSIO). Chestnut will support the needs of the growing organization and will focus on day-to-day operations across the company. He joined NSF in 2006 as VP of Supply Chain Food Safety and was promoted to lead the Global Food Division in 2009. LaForce will oversee marketing, communications and regulatory affairs for the global organization. She brings more than 20 years of experience leading global marketing, product marketing, digital, brand and communications teams across the technology and professional services industries.

LaForce previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at AMD, ICF, Dell Services and Cars.com. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame, has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology and CMO of the Year, and currently serves as board chair at Farms Work Wonders. Schellhammer will lead corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, standards development and digital and disruptive innovation. Most recently, he served as VP of Growth, Value Creation and Digital Innovation at Steelcase. Prior to Steelcase, Schellhammer held several roles at Kimberly-Clark. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Hillsdale College (Michigan), a Master’s Degree in Japanese studies (Cambridge University, UK) and also holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA).

Hach co-Founder dies
Hach Company announced that co-Founder Kitty Hach-Darrow has died at her home in Loveland, CO, at the age of 97. Her business acumen and innovative spirit are an enduring legacy at Hach, more than 70 years after she founded the company with her husband, Clifford. From modest beginnings, Hach grew to become one of the world’s most successful water quality analysis organizations, employing thousands of associates around the world. Kathryn ‘Kitty’ Carter was born in Bucklin, MO, in 1922, the only child of a Ford car dealer and a teacher. She began her education at what is now Columbia College, but later transferred to Iowa State University, where she met her future husband, a chemist named Clifford Hach. They married in 1943 and had three children. In 1947, Cliff and Kitty founded their company with $15,000 that Clifford had earned from the sale of a patent describing a new way to generate carbon dioxide to fight fires.

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Monday, June 15th, 2020

Kearney new IWSH director
The International, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (the charitable arm of IAPMO) has promoted Seán Kearney to the role of IWSH Managing Director. Since joining The IAPMO Group in 2015, Kearney has overseen development of the international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC) program, which has grown into the flagship initiative of the IWSH Foundation today. Over the past five years, he has directed projects launched in India, South Africa, Indonesia and most recently the US. Following his education at the National College of Art & Design and Trinity College (both in Dublin, Ireland), Kearney represented the Emerald Isle as a competitor in Graphic Design Technology at the WorldSkills international competition in 2005. His participation led to work with WorldSkills, initially as a volunteer before employment as a workshop manager, secretariat and project developer, gaining project management experience in countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

He worked for the WorldSkills Foundation during its start-up period from 2013-15, during which time the Community Plumbing Challenge concept was established, alongside several other skills showcase projects and sustainability initiatives that Kearney has continued to develop under IAPMO’s WorldSkills Global Partnership to this day. Most notable of these was the recent Plumbing and Heating Champions initiative, presented in Kazan, Russia last year, which resulted in the international skills competition providing new toilet and washrooms to a local orphanage for special needs children.

In his new role, Kearney will provide additional strategic and organizational leadership across the IWSH team, as the foundation further grows its reputation and expands its impact in the international water, sanitation and hygiene sector. He continues to provide guidance to the design and delivery of other international programs and partnerships of The IAPMO Group.

Lamparter retired, Nava appointed VP, Managing Director
The MANN+HUMMEL Management Board announced that Marco Nava has been appointed VP, Membrane Solutions with MANN+HUMMEL and Managing Director of MICRODYN-NADIR. The appointment was effective in April, with Nava succeeding Walter Lamparter. Nava has been part of the MANN+HUMMEL Group since 2018 and has grown its Italian water business with great success. In his previous role, he served as Managing Director for MICRODYN-NADIR Italy, since the company’s 2018 acquisition of OLTREMARE SPA, where he previously served as CEO. Under his guidance, OLTREMARE was established as Europe’s leading, private-label RO spiral-wound membrane manufacturer. In addition to his new role, Nava serves as CEO for a number of specialty corporations.

Lamparter declared his desire to transition to an external advisor role, where he could consult with the company while pursuing other interests outside of the company. He joined the MANN+HUMMEL group with the acquisition of MICRODYN-NADIR in 2014. Beginning in April, Lamparter will continue to cooperate closely with the company and will support its Life Sciences & Environment team with his valuable expertise.

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Friday, May 15th, 2020

WQA award winners announced
In a new spin on an old tradition, the Water Quality Association honored 16 award winners during its Virtual Annual Meeting, held in the wake of the canceled 2020 WQA Convention and Exposition. Full biographies are available on WQA’s website. The winners included: Hall of Fame: Peter S. Cartwright, MWS, PE, Cartwright Consulting; Lifetime Membership: Richard A. Mest, Master Water Conditioning Corp.; Key Award: Edward P. ‘Ted’ Jones, MWS, Kinetico Incorporated; Ray Cross Award: Darwin ‘Buzz’ Goldstein, MWS, Charger Water Treatment Products, LLC; Regents Award: Shannon Murphy, TST/Aquamor; Award of Merit: Rebecca ‘Becky’ M. Tallon, A.O. Smith; International Award of Merit: Anthony D. Oosterveld, VIQUA–A Trojan Technologies Business; Honorary Membership Award: France Lemieux, Health Canada; Next Gen Awards: R.J. Easton, Culligan of Wheeling, Ashley Green, EcoWater Systems and Ryan Sowa, CWS, Great Lakes International, Inc.; Excellence Award–Dealer Category: Best Water Solutions and Manufacturer/Supplier Category: May Supply Company. President’s Club members who have recruited at least three WQA members in the last year were also honored: Roy Esparza, MWS, CI, CWR, Puronics Water Systems, Inc.; Doug Haring, MWS, CI, CWR, Clack Corporation and Greg Reyneke, MWS, Red Fox Advisors.
Three new members joined the Board of Directors, with terms that expire in 2023: Douglas Haring, MWS, CI, CWR, Clack Corporation; Sun Yong Lee, Coway Co. Ltd. and Trent Jacobi, GE Appliances. Seven new members joined the Board of Governors, with terms that expire in 2021: Amanda Moore, CWS, Atlantic Filter Corporation; Mike Mitchell, PUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc.); Judd Larned, Culligan International Company; Stephen Ver Strat, Amway; D.J. Shannahan, MWS, CI, CCO, Sharp Water Culligan; Kelly Johnson, CWS, Quality Water Services; James Stern, A.O. Smith Corporation and Toby Thomas, Kinetico Incorporated.

 

 


PWQA Founder Falsken mourned

WC&P received word that Pacific Water Quality Association Founder, President and visionary Dennis Eugene Falsken passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 2, with his family by his side. Born January 7, 1952, in Hayward, CA to Donald and Letha Falsken, he graduated from El Dorado High School and attended Cyprus College. Falsken worked for a liquor bottling plant for many years and it was there that he learned the science and practice of water treatment. In 1984, he founded Falsken Water Systems, after installing his first RO system. Falsken built the family business from the ground up and was dedicated to passing along his vision, knowledge and expertise. PWQA intends to move forward and honor his memory by continuing the work he loved so much, with the same work ethic, integrity and dignity that has been the hallmark of his company.
Falsken is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cindy; daughters Michelle (Matthew) Ralls and Julie (Lyle) Ratcliffe; three grandchildren; brother Don (Nancy) Falsken and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was laid to rest on April 11, but unfortunately, due to the current global circumstances, services cannot be held at this time. His family plans to organize a celebration of life sometime in the future. Donations in Falsken’s name can be made to Norco Little League, 3364 Western Ave., Norco, CA 92860 (https://www.norcolittleleague.com/sponsorships) or The American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

IAPMO’s Hansen promoted, Carrier hired
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has promoted Dain Hansen to Executive VP of Government Relations, in recognition of his vital work in Washington, DC and across the globe. Since joining The IAPMO Group in 2010, he has overseen an expansion of the association’s influence among government policymakers, both in the US and abroad, including (notably) India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Hansen manages IAPMO’s global policy interests before foreign governments, the US Congress, the White House, federal and state regulatory agencies, and state legislatures. He also helps manage International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), the IAPMO Group’s charitable arm. In this role, Hansen made great strides in developing IWSH into a well-recognized and highly regarded philanthropic entity in the water sector. He has organized and participated in Community Plumbing Challenge projects, bringing clean water and safe sanitation to people who lack them in Nepal, India, South Africa, Indonesia and the Navajo Nation in the US. Hansen will continue his important role with the IWSH team.
IAPMO has hired Jerry Carrier as Senior VP of Uniform Evaluation Services (UES) and the Institute of Building Technology (IBT). He will oversee UES operations and the building products test lab in this newly created position at the IAPMO Group World Headquarters in Ontario, CA. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, Carrier joined Glen-Gery Corp. in 1989 as a design advisor. He was promoted to Director of Technical Services in 2001 and Director of Research and Development in 2008. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in strategic and technical/business leadership, in addition to his 30-plus years of providing design, detailing and installation advice to owners, architects, engineers, contractors and masons to ensure code compliance, durability and performance.

Congressional members honored by WQA
US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has been named a WQA Congressional Champion Award honoree for co-sponsoring per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) legislation, including a new law directing a nationwide survey of PFAS contamination. The award was presented during the annual WQA Fly-In. Tillis has been one of the main Republican supporters of PFAS legislation over the past two years, co-sponsoring several WQA-endorsed bills. One of those, the PFAS Detection Act, which became law last year, directs the US Geological Survey to conduct a nationwide survey of PFAS contamination in water sources, including private wells. Tillis also has signed onto a letter calling on the US EPA to set a maximum contaminant level for both PFOA and PFOS, two of the ‘forever’ chemicals known collectively as PFAS. US Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) was honored with the WQA Congressional Champion Award for his support of water-related legislation, particularly legislation to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination. As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, Tonko has led committee debates and amendments for numerous PFAS bills, including several that WQA has endorsed. He has co-sponsored several bills to combat PFAS contamination, including one that would require the US EPA to publish a maximum contaminant level for total PFAS.

Bayley appointed at Pure Water Group
Phil Bayley joined the Pure Water Group in March as Senior Sales Engineer. He will be part of the EDI support team. Bayley brings more than a decade of direct experience in EDI technologies. He can be contacted via email, p.bayley@purewatergroup.com or EDIsupport@purewatergroup.com.

Long-time Culligan Man mourned
In February, lifetime Culligan Man Charles ‘Chuck’ Hurst died in Reno, NV. An active California water treatment dealer, he graduated from Paso Robles High, attended Fresno State University and earned his degree in industrial technology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In 1972, Hurst assumed a management position in the family-owned Culligan business founded by his father, Fred. One of Hurst’s immediate successes was the establishment of a bottled-water division to complement their soft-water services. In 1985, he and his wife (Jeri) took over ownership of the business (which consisted of two dealerships: Santa Maria and Paso Robles) then in 2012, sold the business to his son Justin and his wife Becky. Hurst is fondly remembered as an integral part of the Culligan organization, serving on the Dealer Advisory Committee as one of the original founders of CDANA (Culligan Dealers Association of North America), as well as a vociferous opponent to California SB1006. He was also a founding member of the California Bottled Water Association. He is survived by his wife; his children, Justin (Becky) Hurst and Nick Kioski (Emalee); sister Vicky Jeff-coach and five grandchildren. The family requests donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or the Michael J Fox Foundation, in lieu of flowers.

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