Encouraging Student and Young Professional Involvement at WEF

Leaders from WEF's Students and Young Professionals Community participate in the WEF Community Service Project at the Treme Community Center in New Orleans.

The mission of WEF's Students and Young Professionals Community (SYPC) 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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To apply to this committee, please go to [email protected] and send an email with the following information:

  • Name
  • WEF ID Number
  • Committee of Interest
  • A short explanation of why you would like to join this committee (1 – 2 sentences).

For more information regarding WEF's SYPC, contact the SYPC Chair, Vice Chairs or Subcommittee Leaders featured on this page. We welcome your questions and participation in the WEF SYPC!

Chair
Bernadette Drouhard, 2022 - 2023
Tel: 770-754-3933
Email: [email protected]

1st Vice-Chair
Natalie Cook, 2022- 2023 
Email: [email protected]om

2nd Vice Chair
Elizabeth Heise, 2022 - 2023
Tel:(630) 587-0470
Email: [email protected]  
  

Staff Manager
Ama Richardson
Students and Young Professionals Manager
Email: [email protected]

Bernadette Drouhard

Committee Role: SYPC Chair
Job: Process Specialist, Water Division
CompanyBlack & Veatch
Location: Atlanta, GA
Member AssociationGeorgia Association of Water Professionals
Email: [email protected]

Natalie Cook


Committee Role: SYPC Vice Chair
Job:
Water and Wastewater Engineer
Company: Donohue & Associates, Inc.
Location: Chicago, IL
Member Association: Central States Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Liz Heise

Committee Role: SYPC 2nd Vice Chair
Job: Water/Wastewater Engineer
Company: Trotter & Associates, Inc.
Location: St. Charles, IL
Member Association: Central States Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Pono Hanson

Committee Role: Immediate Past SYPC Chair
Job: Project Engineer
Company: Brown and Caldwell
Location: Alexandria, VA
Member Association: Chesapeake Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

EJ Katsoulas

Committee Role: YP Workshop Subcommittee Co-Chair
Job: Water/Wastewater Engineer
Company: Tetra Tech
Location: Denver, CO
Member Association: Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Guy Yager

Committee Role: YP Workshop Subcommittee Co-Chair
Job: Civil Engineer, Water
Company: Black & Veatch
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Member Association: California Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Jenny Warren

Jenny Warren

Committee Role: Student Design Competition Sub-committee Co-Chair
Job: Environmental Engineer
Company: Burns & McDonnell
Location: Overland Park, KS
Member Association: Kansas Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Jenny Loconsole

 

Committee Role: Student Design Competition Subcommittee Co-Chair
Job: Process Engineer  
Company: Black & Veatch
Location: Chicago, IL
Member Association: Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA)
Email: [email protected]

Joe Lapastora

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Committee Role: WEF Community Service Project Chair (2023 Chicago)
Job: Staff Engineer
Company: Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District
Location: Island Lake, IL
Member Association: Central States WEA
Email: [email protected]

Anniestacia Miskel

Committee Role: WEF Community Service Project Vice Chair (2024 NOLA Chair)
Job: Water Engineer
Company: Arcadis
Location: Mobile, AL
Member Association: Alabama's Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Maria Claudia Reed

Committee Role: WEF Community Service Project Immediate Past Chair (2022)
Job: Wastewater Engineer
Company: Brown and Caldwell
Location: Portland, OR
Member Association: Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
Email: [email protected]

Blaga Delic

Blaga Delic

Committee Role: Water Palooza Subcommittee Chair
Job: Water Engineer I
Company: AECOM
Location: Reno, Nevada
Member Association: Nevada Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

 

Evan Heronemus

Evan Heronemus

Committee Role: Student Activities Subcommittee Chair
Job: Environmental Engineer
Company: CDM Smith
Location: Kansas City, MO
Member Association: Kansas Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Vicki Chou

Committee Role: Fundamentals Workshops Chair
Job: Global Community Engagement Program Manager
Company: Arcadis
Location: Queens, New York
Member Association: New York Water Environment Association  
Email: [email protected]

 

Shelby Gilmartin

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Committee Role: EYPL Co-Chair
Job: Staff Engineer, Infrastructure & Water Resources
Company: Brown and Caldwell
Location: Portland, OR
Member Association: Chesapeake Water Environment Association
Email: [email protected]

Mike Piller

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Committee Role: EYPL Co-Chair
Job: Project Manager – Existing Infrastructure  
Company: Johnson County (KS) Wastewater
Location: Olathe, KS
Member Association: KWEA
Email: [email protected]