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


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

WEFLeader News

WEFLeader news offers Member Association and WEF leaders monthly up-to-date news from WEF.  Various special issues are offered throughout the year that are specific to one topic.  You can easily view current, special and past issues through clicking on the link below.   Member log-in is required to access this area.

View WEFLeader News

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

WEFTEC Leadership Day

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

WEFTEC Leadership Day offers MA Leaders an opportunity to meet with over 130+ MA Leaders from around the world.  WEF provides sessions that offer a variety of resources to help MA Leaders in their daily volunteer efforts.  The 2019 program is provided below. 

NETWORKING LUNCH - 11:30 am – 12:25 pm
Jackie Jarrell, WEF Incoming President, will welcome Leadership Day participants followed by a networking lunch.

WELCOME to LEADERSHIP DAY – 12:30 – 12:35 pm
Dianne Crilley, WEF Director for MA Programs will open WEFTEC Leadership.

• Progress and Perspective – Aimee’ Killeen
• Strategies and Priorities – Lisa Ruane
• MA Grant Program - Ted Baker
• Sharing MA Resources - Steve Drangsholt & Dianne Crilley
• AMS Update – Gretchen Seenstra & Lynn Thomson & Melissa Sansing

WHAT MAKES FOR A GREAT CONFERENCE: Keeping It Trendy and Current
1:15 – 2:45 pm
Notes from the breakouts
This engagement session offered MA Leaders a forum to come prepared for interacting in discussions on various aspects of producing a great conference. Topics are: Exhibits, Innovation, Program, Awards, Joint Conference Partnering and Collaboration, Handling Difficult Situations, Strategies for Conference Pricing, and Conference Apps. Various MA Staff and MA Leaders moderated these table discussions. There was time for report outs. 

BREAK – 2:45 – 3:00 pm

Walter Marlow, WEF Executive Director brings high-level experience in associaiton leadership within the areas of civil engineering, construction, certification, and science.  He is excited to be joining the WEF community of water professionals and looks forward to supporting their vital work and contributing to their incredible successes.

BRAVE BLUE WORLD – 3:15 -3:30 pm
Travis Loop, Sr Director Communications
‘Brave Blue World’ is the first honest and hopeful documentary that will paint an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how we manage water. Learn how your MA can co-host a screening of the Brave Blue World documentary film, of which WEF is a production partner.

WEFMAX 2020 – 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Dean Miller, WEF HOD Speaker
David Poe, 2019 WEF HOD WEFMAX Committee Chair

You don’t want to miss attending WEFMAX in 2020! The WEFMAX Hosts (New York/New Jersey, Hawaii, South Carolina, and North Dakota) will give a promotional brief to showcase WEFMAX in their local area and to include how they are working to incorporate further networking and sharing with the MA leader attendees.

ADJOURN - 4:00 pm

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.