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, and
WEF budgeted programs for MAs

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]

Brad Lovett | Manager | 703.684.2454 | [email protected]

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Ama Richardson | Sr. Manager | 703.684.2400 x7220 | [email protected]

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

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Renee Kayal | Managing Director, Governance, Association Engagement and Special Projects | 703.684.2473 | [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

MA Portal

MA Portal Resources
December 7, 2022
MA Portal Refresher Training

September 21, 2021
MA Portal Training 
How to Navigate the MA Portal 

Additional Resources:
Guide: How to Navigate the MA Portal
Guide: How to Run an MA Rebate Report
MA Online Reports and Rebate Instructions
MA Membership Data Transfer Report File Layout – Account

MA Membership Data Transfer Report File Layout - Contact

This training contains information offering one license per Member Association to have access to view their own membership dashboard, various subscription data within their MA, MA case status, exploring tabs within the navigation bar, viewing reports & rebates.  

Questions, contact WEF staff Dianne Crilley [email protected]

WEF Leadership Series

August 18, 2022 - Leadership Series 3
Leading with DE&I in Mind
by Ifetayo Venner, WEF President-Elect
Facilitator - Donnell Duncan, WEF HOD Speaker-Elect
Video Recording | Notes | Agenda

Donnell Duncan - WEF 
Julie Nahrgang - WEA of Texas 
Lindsay Birt & Ed Jankun - Illinois WEA
Cheryl Vosburg - Michigan WEA


June 30, 2022 - Leadership Series 2
Connection to Purpose: Getting Emerging Leaders Plugged In
Video Recording | Notes | Presentation- Casey Gish

Ifetayo Venner, WEF President-Elect
Casey Gish - WEF Delegate, PNCWA

Shared Emerging Leader Stories by:
Zach Loeb, Dylan Christenson and Vanessa Borkowski

March 31, 2022 - Leadership Series #1
The New Next – Plan, Prepare, and Future-Proof Your Event Strategy
Video Recording  | Handout - The New Next Top Takeaways

Stephanie Jones, CAE, CMP, Managing Director, Professional Development and Event Strategy

Beth Surmount, CMP, Vice President of Event Strategy & Design at 360 Live Media

Kathleen Waugh, WEF COO

MA Code of Conduct
Kathleen gave a quick overview of the MA COC.  For more information, click on COC Recording that was presented to MA Leaders on 3/23/22
MA Code of Conduct Took Kit | COC Quick Reference Sheet 

* The items above can be found in the MA Resource Center/MA Conferences/MA Code of Conduct


August 24, 2021
Leadership Series #7 – Recognizing Committee Volunteer Engagement
An interactive discussion on effective ways to recognize volunteer engagement.  We will discuss impactful ways you can show up to lead so volunteers feel valued, heard, and appreciated.

Jamie Eichenberger, WEF President-Elect
Dianne Crilley - WEF Director, MA Programs
Janet Cann - WEF CLC Chair
Nashita Naureen - AZ Water & WEF SYPC
Pono Hanson - Chesapeake WEA & SYPC

Presentation | Recording | Notes


July 20, 2021
Recruiting & Onboarding Committee Members 
GAWP Board Primer | GAWP Committee Handbook |
WEF Industrial Wastewater Committee Accelerator Program 
New England Onboarding
Recording | Notes

June 29, 2021
Mobilizing DE&I in Your MAs
MA Presentation:  ACWWA IDE Summary
Recording | Notes 

March 23, 2021 

Accountability without Authority
Recording | Notes 

January 19, 2021 
Building an Effective Board
MA Presentations:
Ohio WEA, North Carolina AWWA-WEA, Clean Water Professinals of KT
Recording | Notes

November 17, 2020 
Committee Leadership Retreats

MA Presentations:  Central States WEA, Virginia WEA, Florida WEA
Video Recording  | Session Notes

October 27, 2020
Committee Meeting Makeover
Guest Speaker: Erin Gallimore, Leadership Coach
Recording   |  Q&A Wrap with Erin  | Session Notes 

contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley

Sponsored by: Craig Kelman & Associates



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:

Virtual WEFMAX - July 21, 2022
What we have learned at WEFMAX
Recording | Notes

Missouri, April 12 - 14 | St. Louis, MO
Rocky Mountain, May 3-5 | Denver, CO
Atlantic Canada - May 24 - 26 | Charlottetown, PE, Canada


WEF & MA Staff/Contacts Workshop

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 people who would most benefit from attending.

Feb 23, 2021 – Focus will be on MEMBERSHIP
Keys to Grow, Retain, and Engage Members
Attendees: MA Staff and MA Contacts and MA Membership Chairs
Recording | Presentations:  Stats & TrendsOnboarding | Notes

Feb 16, 2021 – Focus on FINANCE
It's Not a Challenge...It's an Opportunity.  Put Financial tools to Work

Recording  | Presentation  | Meeting Notes

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.