WEF’s Member Associations (MAs) provide exciting and informative activities and services to WEF members around the world. Their programs include high quality technical conferences, operator training and certification programs, local and regional legislative and regulatory activities, educational programs, affiliations with other professional organizations, and much more.


The MA Resource Center is a "member only" log-in area where you can find tons of information on association management, News articles, WEF Ads, webinars for MAs, strategic planning, coordinating the WEF representative's visit to your conferece and much more...


Below find quick access to the WEF Association Engagement Staff, WEF budgeted programs for MAs and the WEFLeader monthly news.

Contact WEF Staff

The team's focus is to provide better communication and engagement between the key volunteer leaders, WEF Staff and the WEF Board. WEF AE Staff are assigned to each MA as a liaison and resource.  Click here for a list of Staff Liaisons.

Lisa Ruane | Senior Director | 703.684.2459 | [email protected]

Dianne Crilley | Director | 703.684.2445 | [email protected]

Kelsey Hurst | Senior Manager | 703.684.2477 | [email protected]

Megan Livak | Manager | 703.684.2400 Ext 7220 | [email protected]

Tori Cox | Manager | 703.684.2400 Ext 7070 | [email protected] 

Brad Lovett | Manager | 703.684.2454 | [email protected]

Nick Bardis | Coordinator | 703.684.2400 Ext 7731 | [email protected]

Information Technology 

The IT staff serves as a resource for MA leaders on development of and access to MA online reports from the WEF database.

Marissa Adawag, Programmer/Report Writer | PH: 703.684.2400 Ext 7732

WEFTEC Leadership Day

WEFTEC Leadership Day 2020 is going virtual and has a new look, offering two complimentary virtual events.  Registration is now open for both sessions.

October 27, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT
Virtual Event - Register Now!
Committee Meeting Makeover
 by Jamie Eichenberger, WEF Incoming President-Elect
Trainer: Erin Gallimore, Leadership Coach

Do you feel excitement and energy leading up to your committee meeting? Then, afterward, you feel disappointed that past tasks were not completed, frustrated at the lack of interest in action items, and the overwhelming feeling that you are burning out the 20% who do 80% of the work? There are a few simple modifications you can make to your process that will assure clear expectations and bring greater impact to your meetings.

Join WEF and Erin Gallimore for a virtual event to learn how to run a successful committee meeting that will bring greater impact to your committee meeting and to the work of the committee. 

November 17, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:45 pm
Virtual Event - Register Now!
Committee Retreats
by Jamie Eichenberger, WEF Incoming President-Elect
MA Presenters:  Central States WEA, Florida WEA and Virginia WEA

Join WEF for a session on learning various ways Member Associations offer training for their committees.  Three MAs will share the "why" they host committee leadership training, what works well, building the agenda, learn how these MAs have benefited from hosting committee training plus more.  The session will offer breakout discussions on what are your biggest challenges and what do committees do well.  And as promised, don't miss the promos by WEFMAX 2021 hosts!

Questions: contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.


View What's Happening in the World of WEFMAX

WEFMAX is a WEF budgeted annual program offering Member Association (MA) leaders an opportunity to attend one of four meetings each year that provides a forum to learn what is new from WEF and provides sessions for ongoing exchange of MA information.  These meetings also represent social time to foster relationships to ensure continued success. Many Federation and MA programs have found their origins in ideas discussed and presented at these meetings.  The Water Environment Federation represents an extensive network of professionals in the water quality field, MA exchange sessions lie at the core of this network.

Confirmed future WEFMAX Hosts/Dates are listed below:

WEA of Utah in Springdale UT, April 7 - 9
Pennsylvania WEA in Pittsburgh PA, April 21 - 23
Pacific Northwest CWA in Boise ID May 5 - 7
Atlantic Canada WWA in Charlottetown, PE, May 26 - 28

Rocky Mountain, March 30 - April 1
Hawaii WEA, April 20 - 22
South Carolina, May 11 - 13
North Dakota, June 1 - 3

2023: Florida, Missouri, New England, Reseau Environnement
2024: Montana, Nebraska, New York/New Jersey, Virginia
2025: Kansas, Michigan, Ontario

WEF & MAs Workshop

February 20 - 22, 2019

Holiday Inn, 625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

GOAL:  Partnering for Mutual Success.  To share relevant information and knowledge that better enables partnerships and the overall success of MA association leadership.

WORKSHOP PURPOSE: WEF's MAs are broadly diversified organizations, with business activities ranging from event planning to publishing to member services all under one roof.  The role of the MA staff is increasingly demanding calling for smart and efficient competencies.  This event offers a forum to learn from each other how to lead diverse volunteer leaders. 

ATTENDEES: This event is by invitation only offered to MAs with and without professional paid Staff.  WEF encourages each MA to identify one person who would most benefit from attending.

Building a Successful Approach to Managing Member Data
Presenters: Linda Kelly, Lynn Thomson
Assisted by Gretchen Steenstra, Strategic Consultant for DelCor
AMS Survey 2018

What Makes a Great Conference
Presenters: Deana Gissendanner, Stefanie Walter, Sarah Evans Moretti, Susan Merther and Laura Childs

Additional Resources:
Event Poaching
Poachers setting up websites to mimic your event

Reserves - Preparing Your Board
Presenter: Penny Young

Managing Risk Together
Presenter: Stephanie Jones

WEF & MA's "Partnering for Mutual Organizational Success"
Presenter: Linda Kelly

Workforce Development / Diversity & Inclusion Sharing WEF's Pilot and Leaning from Each Other
Presenter: Bri Nakamura
Illinois InFLOW Itinerary - Presented by Laurie Frieders

InFLOW Additional Resources:
Complete Information Packets
Program Information
WEFTEC 2018 Orientation Webcast 

Student Packet:
Email to Student
Welcome Letter
Program Information
WEFTEC Preparation and Next Steps
Student Profile

Insurance - led by Frank Andersen
Data Privacy and Cyber Security
Handout: Red Flags
Lynn Thomson and Andy Decker

Questions: Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley

Donate Photos

onoring Water Professionals at Work

As part of our ongoing efforts to showcase and celebrate the work of WEF members, Member Associations, and water professionals around the world, we are seeking your help to expand WEF's photo library to include real professionals making a positive impact on their communities.  WEF will provide appropriate photo credits and access to the complete library for your use to ensure that we are presenting a unified and consistent image. Click to view the guidelines and recommendations for photos WEF is seeking to receive.

Specifically, we are seeking donations and permission to use well-composed, well-lit, high-quality images of technologies that represent the full scope of the treatment process, direct and indirect environmental and community impacts, and the range of skilled workers "in action and on the job" rather than posed.

If interested, please submit photos and documents to:

We appreciate your consideration and hope to hear from you!  Please direct your questions and comments to your WEF Association Engagement Staff representative.