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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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Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Hubbard named Director at Canature
Jeff Hubbard has been appointed Director of Sales–US Independent Dealers at Canature WaterGroup (CWG). He has held successive sales roles at CWG, most recently serving as the Director of Commercial Business Development–US. In his new role, Hubbard will support the growth of Hydrotech water conditioning products in the US, as well as develop new opportunities to expand partnerships with independent water dealers. With 28 years of industry experience, he has an in-depth knowledge of water treatment, with a strong background in training, sales, service, application and troubleshooting. Hubbard can be reached by email at jeff.hubbard@canaturewg.com or by cell at (612) 232-7756.

Sham named AWWA President-elect
The American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors elected Dr. Chi Ho Sham as the association’s next President-elect. VP and Chief Scientist for the Eastern Research Group, Inc., he has been an AWWA member since 1989. Sham is chair of AWWA’s Technical & Educational Council and the Stormwater Utility Management Committee, and an active member of the New England Section. He will begin his term as President-elect in June at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, FL. Sham’s one-year presidential term will begin in June 2021.

Milne, Proteau promoted by ACS Publications
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named James Milne, PhD, President of the ACS Publications Division. He has served as acting President since September 2019. Based in Oxford, UK, Milne joined ACS in 2016. In his role as President, he will oversee the publication of the society’s more than 60 peer-reviewed journals, a suite of eBooks, as well as the weekly news periodical, Chemical & Engineering News. Philip J. Proteau, PhD, of Oregon State University was named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Natural Products. Under Proteau’s leadership, the journal will increasingly focus on significant studies on natural products biosynthesis.

Cerahelix appoints new COO
Cerahelix, Inc. welcomed William ‘Bill’ Paulus as Chief Operating Officer. He brings more than 29 years’ experience in manufacturing and global operations. Paulus will be responsible for leading all operational, developmental and manufacturing functions, while bringing the company’s flagship product through scaled manufacturing.

Thorsten, Puente keynoters for symposium
Chief Impact Officer for water.org, Dr. Richard E. Thorsten and Robert Puente, President/CEO of the San Antonio Water System, will be the keynote speakers for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), May 12-13 in San Antonio, TX. Thorsten will discuss critical roles of financing access to piped water and off-grid sanitation solutions in developing countries. He will also outline examples of partnerships that water.org has undertaken in these markets, especially connecting water utilities and product manufacturers with sources of household and enterprise financing. Before coming to SAWS as President/CEO, Puente served in the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in 1991, he was appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee, which develops water policy for the state.

WinSupply promotions announced
Winsupply Inc. announced the promotions of Eddie Gibbs to Senior VP of Vendor Relations and Amy Souders to VP of Vendor Relations. Gibbs began his career in 1971 with Hughes Supply and later joined Noland Company in 2003 (Winsupply acquired Noland in 2005). He will celebrate his 39th year in the industry next year. Souders began her career at Noland Company in 2001 in that company’s management trainee program. She became a showroom consultant before moving to Noland headquarters as a corporate showroom trainer and eventually became Corporate Showroom Manager in 2006. Souders relocated in 2008 and became Finished Plumbing Product Marketing Manager in 2012.

Genesis instructors named
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance company GENESIS® announced the addition of faculty members to its instructor roster for the start of the fall 2020 educational season. Joining GENESIS will be Greg Andrews; Terry Brannon, PE; Larry Drasin; Michael Given, SWD-registered and Kate Wiseman, MLA. These instructors, along with current faculty, are poised to lead the industry and provide the accredited education necessary to the 1,800-plus students in the GENESIS program.

WWEMA award winners named
In November, 2019, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) named George Vorsheim, COMMS Contractor, Environment One Corporation, recipient of the 2019 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award. Lauryn Polito, a WWEMA member employee’s child who is attending Mississippi State University, was awarded WWEMA’s annual $1,000 (USD) scholarship. She is pursuing a degree in environmental science in agricultural systems with a minor in international agriculture and a track to a Masters in Business Degree. Polito has been active in the environmental arena for many years and is a recipient of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

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Saturday, February 15th, 2020

PWQA Board announced
The Pacific Water Quality Association unanimously elected its new Executive Board in October 2019. Members include President Greg Reyneke, MWS; VP Irma Bishop, MWS; Secretary/Treasurer Russell ‘Russ’ Harrison, MWS and Immediate Past President Shannon Murphy. Reyneke has two decades of experience in the management and growth of water treatment dealerships. His expertise spans the full gamut of residential, commercial and industrial applications, including wastewater treatment and serving on the WQA Board of Directors. Reyneke is also a member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee.

Bishop, a 15-year veteran of Culligan and an eight-year US Air Force veteran, has managed offices in Las Vegas and Austin, NV. For the last five years, she has been the Area Manager for the Hall’s Culligan dealerships in southern California.

Harrison is Kinetico’s Key Accounts and Commercial Dealer Manager, as well as a Master Plumber with experience in residential and commercial plumbing and HVAC. He is a Past President of Arizona WQA.

Murphy is involved with TST Water/Aquamor’s strategic planning, product development, regulatory compliance, life-cycle analysis, platform sales and marketing strategies for the retail, food service, pro and OEM platforms. He is a current NSF International Joint Committee member, heavily involved with state and federal programs for small system compliance issues. The new year is already proving to be very active for this team as they bring the association into compliance with California’s new AB5 contractor law, update bylaws and continue engagement with the state of California to help more Californians find access to clean, safe and affordable water.

Metzger added to ResinTech division
ResinTech® announced that it hired Marianne Metzger to lead business development efforts for the company’s Laboratory Services division. She brings over two decades of environmental testing experience, including nearly five years in leadership positions at the Eastern Water Quality Association. Before joining ResinTech, Metzger held sales leadership positions at National Testing Laboratories and CNA Environmental-Ballston. An avid gem-mining enthusiast, she graduated from Case Western Reserve University with degrees in environmental geology and political science.

Sennett named WQA Counsel
The Water Quality Association has named veteran attorney Michael ‘Mike’ Sennett as its General Counsel. He retired from the Jones Day law firm at the end of 2019 and was selected for the new position because of his background and experience with both WQA and the Water Quality Research Foundation. Sennett will be responsible for providing general counse, developing educational materials on a variety of legal topics of interest, aiding the association in the review or development of policies and procedures and creating succession plans for long-term legal support. He holds a BA Degree with honors in philosophy and English from Quincy University and a JD cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, in addition to graduate work in jurisprudence and economics at Northwestern University. Sennett also is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, serves on the board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and is a longstanding trustee of Children’s Home & Aid.

Brissom added to ASTM board
Michael J. Brisson, Technical Adviser at the Savannah River National Laboratory, will serve a three-year term on the ASTM International Board of Directors. He has been with Savannah River National Laboratory since 1988, having previously served as a chemist at Beecham Products. An association member since 2005, Brisson is a member of committees on air quality, nuclear fuel cycle, metal powder and metal powder products, soil and rock, water, performance of buildings, nuclear technology and applications, quality and statistics and homeland security applications. He has been honored with the Award of Merit, Moyer D. Thomas Award, the J.A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award and numerous committee awards. Brisson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from the College of Charleston and a Master’s Degree in waste management from the National Technological University.

AMTA Board members announced
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) announced the election of nine members to its Board of Directors. New members include: Mehul Patel, PE, Orange County Water District; Art Ruiz, El Paso Water Utilities; Rebecca Wilder, PE, Town of Jupiter, FL; Michael Bourke, Wigen Water Technologies; Doug Eisberg, Avista Technologies, Inc.; Ben Movahed, PE, BCEE, WATEK Engineering Corporation; Scott Freeman, PE, Membrane Medic; Greg Madden, H2O Innovation and Greg Wetterau, PE, BCEE, CDM Smith. The newly elected board members will serve for two-year terms beginning on March 20.

KROHNE Chairman, board announced
Effective January 1, the KROHNE Group appointed Michael Rademacher-Dubbick Chairman of the Advisory Board and announced changes to the Executive Board. Rademacher-Dubbick, who has successfully led the KROHNE Group for over 25 years as managing shareholder, underlines the constant and close connection of the owner-family with the company and its activities. Dr. Attila Bilgic is the new CEO and Speaker of KROHNE Group’s Executive Board. He has been on the Board since 2017 and has been KROHNE’s Chief Technical Officer for since 2009. Bilgic will be responsible for research and development, intellectual property, production, quality management, marketing and product management. Stephan Neuburger, member of the Management Board since 1999, will drive growth in new business areas as Chief Business Development Officer.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

WQA convention speaker announced
Be the Spark leader, speaker and author Simon T. Bailey will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Water Quality Association Convention & Exposition. The author of 10 books on being fearless and creating your future, he will headline the convention’s Opening General Session. A former Sales Director for Disney Institute, Bailey was named one of ‘25 Successful People Who’ll Help Change Your Life’ by Success magazine two years ago. He has worked with more than 1,700 organizations in 46 countries, engaging and inspiring team members through his workshops, books, online courses and speeches.

Cartwright to present at Filtration Congress
Peter S. Cartwright, PE, of Cartwright Consulting Co., LLC, will be the Keynote Membranes Track presenter at the 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC13). Along with all the industry’s leaders in all areas of filtration and separation, he will be giving plenary, keynote or technical presentations. Cartwright, a founding member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee, has been in the water/wastewater treatment industry for 43 years and has had his own consulting engineering company since 1980. He has delivered over 300 lectures and written the same number of articles on water/wastewater treatment technologies. Cartwright was the 2016 Distinguished McEllhiney Lecturer for NGWA and is an active member of most of the water-related organizations.

IAPMO engineers hired
IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services (UES) announced the hiring of Sid Danandeh, PE, CBO, CA, SECB and Adam Barefoot, PE to serve clients with their evaluation reports. Danandeh brings 40 years industry experience as civil engineer, building official and plan-check engineer serving major metropolitan governmental agencies in southern California. Barefoot brings nearly 20 years’ experience, beginning as a technical engineer specialist for the Army National Guard Corps of Engineers and later stints as a structural design engineer, senior project engineer and senior evaluation engineer in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

New AMTA Director named
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has welcomed Deena Reppen as its incoming Executive Director. She has extensive experience with executive and organizational management, including nearly 20 years in the non-profit/public sector. Reppen is currently the COO for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Tallahassee, having previously served as their Chief of Staff and VP. She has previous experience as the Legislative Director for the Florida Association of Counties and served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Director for the South Florida Water Management District. She earned her BS Degree (with honors) in zoology from King’s College London and an MS Degree in public administration from the University of North Florida.

IUVA leaders announced
The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) has welcomed Ron Hofmann (Professor at the University of Toronto) as President, serving a two-year term. He assumes the position from Oliver Lawal (President of AquiSense), who is now the association’s Immediate Past President. Jennifer Osgood (Associate, CDM Smith) has been named incoming President. IUVA also elevated two current board members to new positions in leadership, with the addition of Richard Joshi (Director of Technology and Innovation–UV, atg Evoqua) as Secretary and Ted Mao, (VP, Research at Trojan Technologies) as co-VP of the Americas.

Otoo, Meeranaik honored by IWA
The International Water Association announced the winners of its 2019 Development Awards, honoring Dr. Miriam Otoo and Sikandarsab Meeranaik for their contributions to progress on water needs in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Otoo is Research Group Leader-Resource Recovery and Reuse at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. Her research work in the area of resource recovery and reuse (RRR), with a focus on business models that work for low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), was considered by the award jury as being crucial to the progress of the sector. Meeranaik, CEO of the Sankalpa Rural Development Society, started a non-governmental organization (NGO) that installs rainwater-harvesting recharge systems in bore wells in rural India. To date, he has implemented the system across India in over 1,500 bore wells.

PHTA leader announced
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the appointment of Mark C. Milroy, CAE as PHTA’s first VP of Education. He brings more than 30 years of extensive association, education and certification experience to his new role and will be responsible for PHTA education initiatives and the continued unification of Legacy Association of Pool and Spa Professional and Legacy National Swimming Pool Foundation education, as well as the oversight for proposed course updates to continue industry-leading programs. Milroy has led his own consulting practice and also served as the Managing Director, Global Education at the American Industrial Hygiene Association and as VP, Learning at the American Society of Association Executives. He previously held senior-level positions at APICS; the Association for Operations Management; the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and John Carroll University in University Heights, OH.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Battenberg named Dan Wood Tech Manager
Dan Wood Quality Home Services has appointed Gary Battenberg, an industry veteran of 38 years, as Technical Manager, Water Department. His primary focus will be training personnel in water testing, application, installation and startup, as well as service/diagnostics and maintenance for the department. Battenberg will also be responsible for water system specification for commercial and problem water applications and will be mentoring 18 students through the WQA Modular Education Program. Previously, Battenberg was a Technical Support and Systems Design Specialist with the Fluid System Connectors Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation. His expertise includes the fields of domestic, commercial, industrial, high-purity and sterile water treatment processes. Battenberg has worked in the areas of sales, service, design and manufacturing of water treatment systems and processes utilizing filtration, ion exchange, UV sterilization, reverse osmosis and ozone technologies. He may be reached by phone at (269) 329-0050 or by email, gary.battenberg@danwoodco.com.

Chew added to Clearwater team
Clearwater Systems has added Dave Chew as VP of Service. In this role, he will be leading the service and delivery teams, as well as managing the Service Selling initiative. Previously, Chew was with Parkson, where he was VP of Chemical and Separation Products. He brings 32 years of water treatment industry expertise, as well as experience working with Kinetico, where he held several positions (Process Engineer, Manager of Production Engineering, Manager of Technical Service and Director of Marketing). While with Fairmount Minerals, Chew led their water treatment sector when they acquired Macrolite from Kinetico. He received his chemical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 and his MBA from UC Berkley in 1999.

ACS members share Nobel Prize
American Chemical Society (ACS) President Bonnie Charpentier, PhD congratulated the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: John B. Goodenough, PhD, University of Texas at Austin; M. Stanley Whittingham, PhD, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Akira Yoshino, PhD, Asahi Kasei Corporation and Meijo University (Japan). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.” Goodenough has been a member of ACS for 44 years. Whittingham has been a member of ACS for 46 years, and in the past has served as Chair of the Binghamton Local Section and on the Member Committee on the Petroleum Research Fund. Yoshino has been a member of ACS for eight years.

Industry mourns Matt Oleskow
Matthew Oleskow, age 83, of Andover, MN, passed away unexpectedly on October 30, at Benedictine Innsbruck Transitional Care Unit in New Brighton, MN. Born March 22, 1936 in Chicago, IL, to Matthew Oleskow, Sr., and Anna (Batiuk) Oleskow, he graduated from Farragut High School, joined the US Navy and served for eight years on the USS Yorktown (CVA-10) aircraft carrier, in the Sonar Department. He was also certified as an Electronics Technician Third Class during his tenure and served overseas. Oleskow was always proud of being a veteran and he never left home without wearing a Navy vet hat. He fell in love with flying during those years and later got his pilot’s license, which proved to be one of his happiest pastimes. Oleskow worked for several years at Martin Marietta Corporation in Florida, where he worked on the Pershing Missile Defense Program. After that, he joined Matt-Son, Incorporated, Plastics Manufacturing Company in Barrington, IL as Director of Production, then retired in 1998.
While married to Sylvia (Jennith) Melone, Oleskow was blessed with two daughters and the joys of grandchildren and great-grandchildren followed. In April 2001, he married Mary Fedor and developed a deep relationship with her children, considering them his own. Oleskow is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Brian Maguire. He is survived by his beloved Mary; children, Chris (Greg) Maguire and Teresa (Tom) Wood; step-children Bonnie (Bob) Alver, Nick (Brittany) Fedor and Beth Fedor; brother Robert (Diana) Oleskow; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of friends. There will be a private family memorial with a celebration of Oleskow’s life in the spring. Memorials can be sent to a veterans organization of choice or to the Gary Sinise Foundation, garysinisefoundation.org

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

EWQA Board announced
The Eastern Water Quality Association (EWQA) announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors, during the Opening General Session of the EWQA Annual Convention in September. Each of the new Directors assumes responsibilities effective immediately. Kevin Osborn of Water-Right Corporation (Appleton, WI) is the Northeastern Regional Sales Manager for Water-Right, which is a full-service manufacturer and distributor of brand-name water treatment equipment. Water-Right has been serving the water quality improvement industry since 1959.

Donny Greene, CWR of the Blake Equipment Group (East Windsor, CT) is the Blake Water Solutions Division Manager for Blake Equipment, which is a manufacturer of water treatment equipment.

Candice Wentling, MWS of Certified Action, is the Director of Certified Action (Nashville, TN) and is a Selling Coach and distributor to the water treatment improvement industry. She has been conducting sales training seminars, field coaching and leadership accountability for the last 13 years.

Josh Wenzel, President of Lancaster Water Group, (Lancaster, PA), a full-service manufacturer and distributor of brand name water treatment equipment, was also elected to the board.

 

Winsupply promotions announced
Winsupply Inc. has named Eric Roush VP, Supply Chain. Previously Director of Sourcing Services, Roush will lead Winsupply Sourcing Services in fulfilling its mission of providing supply-chain expertise in support of the growth and prosperity of Winsupply’s nearly 600 locations. Roush’s areas of responsibility include the operation of Winsupply’s five distribution centers, central accounting and pricing, vendor incentive program administration, customer care and regional distribution center purchasing. Monte Salsman was appointed President of the newly created Winsupply Acquisitions Group. He was previously President of the Winsupply Local Company Group. The Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Rob Ferguson as President of the Winsupply Local Company Group to fill Salsman’s former role. He was previously VP of Operations and will also be added to the Winsupply Inc. Board of Directors.

Mollenkopf named IWA President
The International Water Association announced Tom Mollenkopf as President-elect of the Association for the period October 2020 until August 2022. He will take office at the end of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. An Australian national, Mollenkopf has been an active member of the IWA for many years. He became a member following an early professional career in law and he has spent the past 25 years in the water sector. Mollenkopf has been a member of the IWA Board of Directors for the past five years; was Deputy Executive Director of IWA in 2005 and following that, was elected Senior VP twice, in 2014 and 2016. He was invited to serve a further term on the Board in 2018. Mollenkopf takes over the role of President from Diane d’Arras, who has served two terms.

WEF Trustees, Fellows named
The 2019-2020 Board of Trustees was confirmed by WEF’s House of Delegates during WEFTEC® 2019. The WEF gavel of leadership was passed to President Jackie Jarrell, Operations Chief at Charlotte (NC) 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 GPD. Jarrell also has oversight of regulatory functions, process control, industrial pretreatment and continuous improvement programs within the operations areas. In addition to Jarrell, the 2019-2020 Board of Trustees includes: Past-President Tom Kunetz; President-Elect Lynn Broaddus; Vice President Jamie Eichenberger; Treasurer Keith Hobson and Secretary and WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe. Trustees are Rajendra Bhattarai; Howard Carter; Aimee Killeen; Mark Poling; John Trofatter and Ifetayo Venner. Three WEF employees were recognized and honored during the Empowering Women in Industry Gala: Morgan Brown, WEF’s Technical Programs Manager, was named Industry Advocate of the Year and was a nominee for Emerging Leader of the Year; Lisa McFadden, WEF’s Director of Integrated Technical Programs and Associate Director of WEF’s Water and Science Engineering Center, was nominated for Industry Advocacy, Mentor of the Year and Leadership in STEM and Brianne Nakamura, Senior Manager in WEF’s Water Science and Engineering Center, was nominated for Industry Advocacy and Emerging Leader of the Year.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Patterson added to Canature team
Canature WaterGroup announced the addition of Russell Patterson as Executive VP of Business Development. He will lead the Rainfresh® retail sales initiatives in the US and Mexico and be responsible for overall sales strategy in Mexico. An accomplished leader with extensive business strategy and operational management experience, Patterson has spent 34 years building his career in the water conditioning and retail industries. During his 20-year career with Marmon Water LLC, he held successive management positions, including serving as President of EcoWater Systems (2016-18) and of KX Technologies LLC (2007-15). Prior to joining Marmon Water, Patterson learned the consumer goods industry through his 14 years at Electrolux.

ASTM Board members announced
ASTM International announced its slate of six new Board of Director nominees for 2020, five of whom are women. In addition, the organization’s President, Katharine Morgan, unveiled a new Women in Standards video, highlighting the growing role of women in developing technical standards. The nominees are experts representing perspectives of industry, government, consumers and more. They include Francine Bovard, Senior Technical Specialist, Arconic; Bonnie McWade-Furtado, Associate Research and Development Scientist, Cabot Corp.; Carol Pollack-Nelson, PhD, Owner of Independent Safety Consulting LLC; Casandra W. Robinson, Physical Scientist, US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Dalia Yarom, Director of the Standardization Division, Standards Institution of Israel (SII). Michael J. Brisson, Technical Advisor, Savannah River National Laboratory, was also nominated.

2019 WEF Fellows selected
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced 15 distinguished members as the 2019 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature and contributions in the water profession. The members are: Bradley Fix, Indiana Water Environment Association; Adel Hagekhalil, California Water Environment Association; Jerome Iltis, Water Environment Association of Texas; Dr. Jose Jimenez, Florida Water Environment Association; Dr. Chih-Ming (Jimmy) Kao, Taiwan Environmental Engineering Association; Dr. Eakalak Khan, Nevada Water Environment Association; Dr. Richard Kuchenrither, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association; Garry Macdonald, Water New Zealand; Dr. Johannes (JB) Neethling, California Water Environment Association; Daniel F. Riney, Iowa Water Environment Association and Kansas Water Environment Association; Dr. Leonard Ripley, Water Environment Association of Texas; Kenneth Schnaars, Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee; Dr. Robert Sharp, New York Water Environment Association; Patrick Stevens, Indiana Water Environment Association and Dr. Berrin Tansel, Florida Water Environment Association. Additionally, Joe Stowe, Jr. has been selected as an honorary WEF Fellow for his eminence and contributions to the water profession as a leader in utility management and leadership. A WEF Life Member, Stowe has spent more than 50 years working in the water sector and led Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Utilities (now Charlotte Water) for 12 years.

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Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Jayjack, Van Sickle advance at Water-Right
Water-Right® has promoted Melanie Jayjack as the organization’s Marketing Manager. Previously Brand Manager in charge of the Evolve® and WaterCare® brands, she will continue to use her skills to progress the marketing division across all brands and distribution channels. Christine Van Sickle joined Water-Right to assume the position of Brand Manager. She will provide support to the Evolve and WaterCare brands, including website management and social media campaigns. Van Sickle will work with the team to develop brand plans and strategies and provide support to professional dealers through product advertising.

Willis named to ResinTech sales team
ResinTech announced that Grady Willis joined its Midwest Technical Sales team. He brings over two decades of industry experience, including 17 years in the power and water industry sector. Before joining ResinTech, Willis held positions at GE Water and Process Technologies, GE Betz, Nalco Chemical Company, GE Digital Energy & PMC Biogenix. He graduated from Kings Point, the US Merchant Marine Academy and was an LCDP in the Naval Reserve.

AWQA Director to retire
In early August, the administrative duties of the Arizona Water Quality Association were transferred to Tri-advocates, when David Perry concluded his tenure of more than 41 years. Perry joined AWQA in May 1978, before its current name was considered, under the presidency of Ray Moses. During his tenure, the organization has been involved in a number of key areas and is currently continuing to work on salinity discharge and other environmental issues. Perry will still be available and can be reached via email or phone (480) 947-8969.

Morecraft named NSF Global Director
NSF International announced the promotion of Jen Morecraft to Global Director. She most recently held the position of Director of NSF’s Supplier Assurance programs. Previously, Morecraft worked on the frontlines of public health as an environmental health sanitarian in Illinois and as an AmeriCorps member with the Illinois Public Health Association. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in community health from Western Illinois University.

Westerhoff named Clarke Prize Laureate
The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) announced Dr. Paul Westerhoff, Regents Professor and Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, as the 2019 Clarke Prize Laureate. His research touches on a wide range of water issues, from watersheds to nanomaterials and from rivers, groundwater and wastewater to water condensation. Westerhoff’s work has focused on natural organic material and nitrogen in water, DBP formation and control, water reuse, control of endocrine disruptors and pharmaceuticals, and characterization
and control of nanoparticles. He has advanced adoption of the One Water concept, the idea that all water, regardless of the source, is part of the water cycle and is an important resource.

Rizcallah honored with Seidner award
Philip Rizcallah, Director, Research and Development, Construction at the National Research Council of Canada is the 19th recipient of the Joseph K. Seidner Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards. He joined NRC in 1999 as a Technical Advisor for the National Fire Code. He progressed to Manager of Codes Canada and was appointed Program Director for the Building Regulations for Market Access Program in 2014. Currently, Rizcallah serves as Program Director at the Construction Research Centre of the National Research Centre.

Industry veteran Angel mourned
Long-time water treatment industry veteran John Robert Angel passed away peacefully July 1. He was born in 1924, to Robert and Marie Angel, in East Cleveland, OH. Angel attended Shaw High School and Ohio University. He served honorably from 1943-1946 as a P38 armorer in the US Army Air Corp, stationed in the US and South Pacific. In 1948, Angel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in commerce from Ohio University and began his career in Regional Sales for Westinghouse. In 1955, he and his wife Sally moved to southern California, where he worked in the water treatment industry for more than 40 years. Angel was preceded in death by his wife Sally and son Steve. He is survived by son Nicholas (Vikki) and daughter Laura (Randall); five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial service was held September 7 at Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria.

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Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Legionella Conference speaker announced
Pat Breysse, PhD, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, will deliver the keynote address at Legionella Conference 2019, to be held September 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA. Breysse will talk about Legionella and building water systems. The US is now in a fight against infection and he will highlight innovative strategies and projects that CDC and partners are working on to combat it.

Avery, Kramer to keynote WAHC
Ryan Avery, an Emmy award-winning journalist, two-time best-selling author, 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International and world record holder, will deliver game-changing, life-magnifying strategies that allow World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) audience members to step up to achieve next-level results. His focus will be showing leaders how to Go From A to THE® in their industry. Actor and historian Mitchell Kramer, from Philadelphia, PA, has been portraying Benjamin Franklin for 10 years and will transport attendees to the past to help them learn about this amazing man of history. Franklin was an avid swimmer his entire life and his study of swimming led to his earliest invention, the swim flippers. His love of nature and his idea of man’s place in the world began in a small swimming pond off Mill Street in South Boston.

Buck promoted at NSF
Stefan Buck has been promoted to General Manager of NSF International’s Global Drinking Water Treatment Unit and Biosafety Cabinet Programs. He will be responsible for NSF International’s certification services for POU and POE drinking water treatment systems and components as well as for NSF’s biosafety cabinet certification and field certifier accreditation program. Buck joined NSF in 2013, was named Business Unit Manager for NSF’s Global Water Program–Filtration Division in 2014 and was directly involved in NSF International’s public health communication efforts during the Flint water crisis. Before joining NSF International, he served more than 10 years in the environmental industry. Buck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies from Lake Forest College and a Master’s Degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland.

Evans named Director of IWER
Stetson University has named Jason Evans, PhD interim Executive Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER), beginning August 15. He is an Associate Professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson, as well as Faculty Director of IWER. Evans will fill the position while the university searches for a permanent replacement for Clay Henderson, JD, who is retiring.

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