Students and Young Professionals Community

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The mission of WEF's Students and Young Professionals Community is to encourage and facilitate student and young professional involvement in WEF and the Member Associations through professional development and leadership opportunities. The SYPC is made up of students, young professionals, academics and water quality professionals.

 

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Natalie Cook
Community Role:
SYPC Chair
Job:
Water and Wastewater Engineer
Company: Donohue & Associates, Inc.
Location: Chicago, IL
Member Association: Central States Water Environment Association
Email: ncook@donohue-associates.com

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Liz Heise
Community Role: SYPC Vice Chair
Job: Water/Wastewater Engineer
Company: Trotter & Associates, Inc.
Location: St. Charles, IL
Member Association: Central States Water Environment Association
Email: e.heise@trotter-inc.com

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Carolyn Klunder
Community Role: SYPC 2nd Vice Chair
Job: Business Development
Company: Trinnex
Location: Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Member Association: Pennsylvania WEA
Email: Carolyn.Christy@trinnex.io

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Bernadette Drouhard
Community Role: Immediate Past SYPC Chair
Job: Process Specialist, Water Division
CompanyBlack & Veatch
Location: Atlanta, GA
Member AssociationGeorgia Association of Water Professionals
Email: DrouhardB@bv.com

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Guy Yager
Community Role:
YP Workshop Subcommittee Co-Chair
Job: 
Civil Engineer, Water
Company:
Black & Veatch
Location:
Walnut Creek, CA
Member Association:
California Water Environment Association
Email:
YagerG@bv.com

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Prachi Salekar
Community Role: YP Workshop Subcommittee Vice-Chair
Job: Process Engineer
Company: Black & Veatch
Location: Houston
Member Association: WEA of Texas
Email: SalekarPA@bv.com

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Vishal Vaidyanathan
Community Role:
Student Design Competition Sub-committee Co-Chair
Job: Water/Wastewater Process Engineer
Company: Geosyntec Consultants
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Member Association: Pennsylvania WEA

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Sydney Gard

Community Role: Student Design Competition Sub-committee Co-Chair
Job: Environmental Engineer
Company: Burns & McDonnell
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Member Association: Kansas WEA (KWEA) and Missouri WEA (MWEA)
Email: sgard@burnsmcd.com

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Olga Mikhalchishina
Community Role: WEF Community Service Project Chair (New Orleans 2024)
Job: Engineer
Company: Woodard & Curran
Location: Tampa, FL
Member Association: Florida Water Environment Association
Email: omikhalchishina@woodardcurran.com

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Brandon Friedland
Community Role: WEF Community Service Project Vice Chair (Chicago 2025)
Job: Project Manager, WSSC Program
Company: Pure Technologies, a Xylem Brand
Location: Baltimore, MD
Member Association: Chesapeake Water Environment Association
Email: brandon.friedland@xylem.com

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Joe Lapastora
Community Role: WEF Community Service Project Immediate Past Chair (2023)
Job: Staff Engineer
Company: Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District
Location: Island Lake, IL
Member Association: Central States WEA
Email: lapastora@nmwrd.org

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Monica Morales
Community Role: Water Palooza Subcommittee Chair
Job: Water Resources Engineer
Company: Jacobs
Location: Reno, Nevada
Member Association: Nevada WEA

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Hamed Heidari

Community Role: Student Activities Community Chair
Job: Graduate student
School: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Member Association: Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA)
Email: heidah2@unlv.nevada.edu

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Nicole Cohen
Community Role: Workshop Committee Liaison
Job: Lead Engineer
Company: Carollo Engineers
Location: Sarasota, FL
Member Association: Florida Water Environment Association  
Email: ncohen@carollo.com

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Grant Zebold
Community Role: EYPL Co-Chair
Job: Senior Project Engineer 
Company: Lamp Rynearson
Location: Leawood, KS
Member Association: Kansas Water Environment Association
Email: grant.zebold@lamprynearson.com

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Hannah Keife

Community Role: EYPL Co-Chair
Job: Civil Engineer
Company: Black and Veatch
Location: Rancho Mission Viejo, California
Member Association: California Water Environment Association
Email: keifehn@bv.com

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Josh Donegan
Community Role: SYPC Steering Committee Chair
Job: Senior Engineer
Company: Consor
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Member Association: Water Environment Association of Utah
Email: joshdonegan@gmail.com

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Nicholas Merchant-Wells
Community Role:
SYPC Member Association Outreach Chair
Job: Process Engineer
Company: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Member Association: Ohio Water Environment Association
Email: merchant-wellsn@neorsd.org

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Jayesh Charthal
Community Role: SYPC Engagement Chair
Job: Water and Wastewater Process Engineer
Company: Jacobs
Location: Draper, Utah
Member Association: Water Environment Association of Utah (WEAU)
Email: jcharthal99@gmail.com

WEF Staff Manager
Ama Richardson
Students and Young Professionals Manager
Email: arichardson@wef.org 

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