Melissa has over 25 years of experience in water resources management with an emphasis on alternative water supply research and development, workforce development, and public engagement. Melissa previously served as the CEO of The Water Environment and Reuse Foundation and was instrumental in the merger of three critical water-related research foundations. She also served as Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District and Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Kristan joins us from The Water Research Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. Her experience has focused on water reuse research and she has extensive experience in research program planning, working with stakeholders and technical experts, project management, as well as a passion for helping others understand the importance of water for every aspect of life, including food production.
Chad joins us from Gwinnett County DWR where he worked his way up from an Operator to pump stations manager to manager of the Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility. His last position was in the training department where he was able to develop specific training programs to help operations staff not only pass their certifications, but hone their skills to maximize advancement opportunities.
Peggy has extensive experience organizing and managing office environments in public, private, and nonprofit environments. She is responsible for administrative functions, including the awesome task of paperwork management, and keeping the boss out of trouble.