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President, Gregory D. Graves, has been the General Manager for NORWECO, Inc., a manufacturer of water and wastewater treatment systems and chemicals for the last 12 years. His background is in Finance, Corporate Accounting and Operations Management. He worked in the Financial Services industry for Shearson/Lehman Brothers and KeyCorp before joining Norweco in 1996 as Controller. Active in the onsite industry, Greg is the Treasurer for American Decentralized Wastewater Association (ADWA) and os an active member of the NSF Industry Forum. He has served on the State of Ohio Department of Health Ad Hoc Committee for Rule Revision and participated in the rule writing process in Huron County. One important issue Greg would like to address during his term is membership retention and expansion, relying on the Board of Directors listening to the membership and taking action. Another critical issue for NOWRA is the increasingly important role that decentralized technologies play in our world. NOWRA has done a very good job in building awareness within the regulatory and design communities. NOWRA needs to continue to push for performance-based standards and uniform technology transfer to further increase awareness within the larger water and wastewater treatment industry. 

President-Elect, Vice-President, Jim Bell is Executive Vice President of Bio-Microbics, holds an M.S. in Sanitary Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Kansas, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri in Rolla, Missouri.  Mr. Bell has worked for 35 years as a Process Engineer for Smith & Loveless, Inc. designing wastewater treatment systems. In 2008, he joined Bio-Microbics as Executive Vice-President to provide process engineering and regulatory expertise. Mr. Bell is currently Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Wastewater for the NSF, which develops the NSF standards for small onsite wastewater treatment systems. As an active member of the Small Community Committee for WEF (Water Environment Federation) and NOWRA (National On-Site Wastewater Recycling Association), he continues to pioneer the future of the onsite wastewater industry. As Chairman of the Captains of Industry (COI) - an affiliate organization of the State Onsite Regulators Alliance (SORA) and SORA member, Mr. Bell assists the promotion of States’ onsite solutions.Term expires December 1, 2016.

Secretary-Treasurer, Curtis Moore was elected in the Installer category and currently serves as NOWRA’s Secretary/Treasurer. He is a native of Virginia where he has worked in the onsite industry for over 25 years.  He is licensed as both a Professional Soil Scientist and Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator in Virginia.  Curtis is the co-founder and managing partner of M&M Soil Consultants, Inc., a design and consulting firm specializing in onsite wastewater systems.  He is also a founding partner and principle of Ecoseptix Alliance which provides operation and maintenance services to onsite wastewater systems.  Curtis graduated from Virginia Tech in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy, Soil Science concentration.  , Curtis has served on numerous professional boards, including.  President of the Virginia Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, President of the Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists, and gubernatorial appointee to Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan Stakeholder Advisory Group.  Currently, Curtis serves as a Board Member and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman for VOWRA and is an appointee to the Virginia Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee. He is interested in helping NOWRA continue its efforts to become indispensable to both the state affiliate organizations as well as the individual practitioners that constitute the bulk of our membership. Curtis thinks the most critical issue to NOWRA members is a lack of consistency across our industry. Inconsistency creates different problems for different industry sectors. For example, manufacturers may be allowed to sell products in some states and not in others; installers and designers deal daily with regulatory requirements that change radically from locality to locality.

Past-President, Tom Fritts, Vice President of Sales and Co-Owner of Residential Sewage Treatment Co. Inc., Grandview, MO serves as a Operator/ Manager/ Maintenance/Service Provider Sector Representative. Tom entered the onsite industry 13 years ago when he joined RSTC. He is a past member of the Board of Directors and served as the conference chair for the 2002 NOWRA conference held in Kansas City, MO. Tom has served as President of Missouri Smallflows Organization (MSO) and Kansas Small Flows Association (KSFA), both affiliate state groups of NOWRA, and is a current Board member of MSO and KSFA. He is one of three instructors in Missouri teaching the continuing education classes required by the Missouri Department of Health. Tom is an advocate for building trusting and mutually beneficial relationships between NOWRA and the affiliate state groups, strong educational programs and practical benefits for NOWRA members.

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Eugene (“Gene”) Bassett, owner of E.C. Bassett Construction, Inc. in Edgewood, New Mexico, has a general contractor’s license, is a charter member of NOWRA, and member of the Florida Septic Tank Association.  Beginning with NOWRA’s 2000 Conference in Grand Rapids where he gave a presentation entitled “Swimming Against the Flow,” Gene has attended the NOWRA Annual Conferences.  As “self-educated” entrepreneur on the subject of onsite installation processes, he installed his first septic system in 1982, and has been installing alternative onsite systems since 1994 for both residential and commercial use.  Over the years he has implemented design changes to ensure that his systems are proper for the climate, typography and soil in New Mexico.  Gene points out that by necessity, he has become active in lobbying state and local governmental bodies for the enactment of laws and regulations that will improve the onsite industry in New Mexico.  He believes it is important for contractors to be represented on the NOWRA Board because it is contractors who have the practical, first-hand experience installing and maintaining onsite systems. Term expires December 2016.

John R. Buchanan, Ph.D., P. E., is currently an Associate Professor of Biosystems Engineering in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee, and has been a faculty member since 2000. Prior to that, he served as a Research Associate in the Water Quality group within this same department.  His experience has largely been focused in two area, wastewater and stormwater.  Since the goal in both cases is to prevent water pollution, he feels that stormwater and wastewater are complimentary research and education topics.  From the perspective of domestic wastewater, he has researched low pressure distribution systems in very shallow soils, the use of drip irrigation for effluent dispersal, and the ability of various fixed-film systems to provide BOD and nitrogen reduction.  Since 2002, he has been active with the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment (CIDWT), and currently serves as the Chairman of the Executive Board for the CIDWT. Buchanan feels the onsite wastewater industry has failed to encourage new University faculty members to enter this field of study, and he would like to see more young scientists provided with the funding to conduct research and a venue to demonstrate scholarship. Term expires December 2017.

Edward Corriveau recently (2013) retired from his position as the Wastewater Planning and Finance Manager with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Department of Environmental Resources (DEP) in its South-central region. He had full responsibility for implementing the wastewater planning, project, funding, and program requirements of large, distributed or decentralized on-site and discharge systems within fifteen counties in South-central Pennsylvania. He has been working on onsite wastewater issues for the DEP since 1990, and his overall career with DEP extends back to 1974, virtually all of it in water and wastewater. Ed was a founding and charter member of NOWRA’s Pensylvania state affiliate, POWRA, and previously served on the NOWRA Board from 2008-2011. He has also been very active in the State Onsite Regulators Alliance since 1999, serving as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He has also written or been a contributor for several publications relating to onsite wastewater management and policy. Ed hopes to make a contribution in two areas. "First, I want to help support NOWRA’s efforts to advocate for greater funding for onsite wastewater treatment and to expand its use. I authored a white paper for SORA on the need for increased funding..... I would also like to help expand NOWRA’s and our industry’s opportunities within the public health and environmental protection regulatory sectors. Developing educational and outreach opportunities for both sectors so each can better understand the common opportunities we all have in a holistic watershed world is one specific area I will contribute. These opportunities include more managed on-site infrastructures, including performance based approaches, along with better and more integrated planning for more cost-effective opportunities in a friendlier watershed and sustainable water infrastructure." Term expires December 2018

Karen Ferguson represents the vendor/manufacturer sector. Karen has been in the onsite wastewater industry since 1990 when she cofounded Geoflow with Rodney Ruskin and Alvaarao Sanjines, following the registration of its ROOTGUARD® technology by EPA. She currently serves as the company’s president, overseeing operation and sales activities. Geoflow‘s mission is to provide products, technology and know–how that will enable the agriculture, landscape and wastewater industries to use sound irrigation and dispersal practices that preserve the quality and quantity of valuable water resources. Karen earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco in 1990. She is interested in helping to ensure that NOWRA’s technical practices remain focused on activities which support the science and practice of onsite wastewater treatment, and that its educational activities provide a credible, unbiased platform for disseminating information about practices and policies. She would also like to work with the rest of the board in helping to better address the challenges faced by Western states due to the extended drought conditions, such as greywater reuse. Karen believes that it’s important that NOWRA bring as many state onsite organizations as possible into the association and to encourage the establishment of onsite associations in those states which currently don’t have any representation.She also wants the association to remain focused on its lobbying and advocacy efforts. If the industry is to continue to grow, more favorable policies regarding funding, research and development, training, management and oversight need to be developed and promoted at the federal and state levels. Term expires December 2018.

Paul R. Ganey, P.E., owns King Septic Service Engineering and President of King Septic Service Incorporated.  King Septic Service Inc. is a family owned business which he and his father run together His engineering company is run out of the same address and office. His involvement in the industry dates back to summer work for his father when growing up and led to his decision to get a degree in civil engineering so that he could design wastewater systems. He has designed more than 115 onsite systems over the past 2.5 years. Ganey believes NOWRA should consider reaching out to the state affiliates to bring together a national consensus on major issues.  He would also like to see NOWRA lead the way in setting standards across the country by having close relationships with each state’s onsite organization. Term expires December 2016.

Michael Hines is the owner and Founding Principal of Southeast Environmental Engineering, LLC. (SEE) His company designs wastewater systems to serve individual properties, subdivisions, commercial developments, and small communities. He also owns and is President  Utility Capacity Corporation, Inc. (UCC), which builds these and other distributed wastewater systems. Both SEE and UCC operate and manage distributed wastewater systems for clients.He has been professionally involved with the distributed wastewater industry since 1966. He co-developed the recirculating sand filter treatment system with R.E. Favreau in the early 1970's and continues to foster its expanded use throughout theindustry. He has been active in NOWRA since the late 1990s and served on the National Model Performance Code Committee and Technical Practices Committee. He currently manages the operation and maintenance of 35 distributed wastewater systems in east Tennessee. These systems are owned by a Class V RME public utility and range in capacity from 1,000 gpd to 40,000 gpd. Mike believes NOWRA is at a decision point in its development. It will either become a leading voice of leadership and authority in the distributed wastewater field or it will become irrelevant and cease to exist. The disparate segments of the NOWRA membership - regulators, installers, service providers, designers, researchers, equipment manufacturers - must join together and work for some common goals that can be agreed on by all parties. Term expires December, 2017.

Joyce Hudson was appointed in June 2015 to fill an open Board of Directors seat. Joyce recently retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency following a 30+ year career. At her retirement, Joyce led EPA's Office of Decentralized Wastewater. She is a principal author of EPA's Voluntary National Guidelines for Management of Decentralized Wastewater Systems which was published in 2003 to assist state and local governments and others improve management practices which contribute to septic system malfunctions. Joyce led the implementation of a number of decentralized initiatives including a partnership with federal and state government officials and private industry, training and education for service providers and local officials, highlighting the needs of underserved communities and an awareness program targeting homeowners. Prior to her work with the Decentralized Wastewater program, she led the development of biennial surveys of needs for wastewater treatment, oversaw research efforts for the Office of Wastewater Management, and conducted an innovative and alternative technology evaluation program. Ms. Hudson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with water resources focus from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1980. Her term expires in December 2016.

Dwayne Jones is president of three companies involved in the onsite industry, Dwayne C. Jones Contracting Inc., Jones Pump Service and Bay Area Environmental. All are based in northern Maryland. He started in the onsite industry in 1983.and is currently involved in design, installation and service of systems for both residential and commercial systems. Dwayne has been a member of the MOWPA (Maryland Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association) board for the past seven years, and feels that the experience with the MOWPA board has prepared him for the next step as a member of the NOWRA board. Dwayne intends to focus on industry education. NOWRA is developing programs to be able to provide education to the onsite industry nationwide and and he looks forward to the opportunity to play a part in the development and implementation of these programs.  His experience locally in Maryland along with the experience of others from around the country will help to develop quality courses that can be used to better our industry as a whole. His term expires December 2018.

Carl Thompson has been working in the onsite industry for 17 years at Infiltrator Water Technologies. Infiltrator is the manufacturer of onsite products including drainfields, tanks, risers, controls, and remediation devices. While at Infiltrator he has held technical, regulatory, marketing, and sales roles and currently serves as Vice President for Sales and Marketing. . Prior to joining Infiltrator he spent 9 years with a large manufacturer of site construction products. He has completed masters degrees in engineering and business and have been a licensed professional engineer (civil) for more than 20 years. In his role on the NOWRA Board, he wants to assist all commercial NOWRA members to grow their businesses through an effort to increase the overall market size on the onsite/decentralized industry. He believes that effort will be best accomplished through lobbying at the federal level to develop legislation or policies that will appropriately and favorably position the onsite industry for growth. Term as a manufacturer member expires December 2017.

Hilary Valentine is Department Chair for the Environmental Training Center at Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus.  She works with local and regional government agencies, and industry representatives to ensure quality education and training is provided as needed to the water quality industry. This includes water operators, wastewater operators, onsite professionals, and professional engineers. She is also involved with the development, instruction, and assessment of all technical courses. Prior to her current position she spent 11 years as an Engineer in the Ground Water Discharges Section of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Control overseeing the  large onsite wastewater permitting program as well as the innovative and alternative systems permitting program. She has also served as the DOWRA President and played a key role in the development of NOWRA’s advanced design course. Among the areas where she wants to focus is assisting NOWRA with educating state and local regulators on the “good” of onsite systems, and encourage them to make sound decisions and changes in their current practices. Term expires December 2016.

Denise Wright serves as a Regulator member of the NOWRA board and is the Division Training Officer for the Indiana State Department of Health, Environmental Public Health Division. She hasworked as a field representative in northeast Indiana for ~20 years before her job duties evolved into a statewide training officer role. She has extensive field experience with homeowners, onsite installers, service providers, designers, soil scientists, academia, and local/state level onsite regulators over her 27 year career. Denise is a member of the Indiana Environmental Health Association whereshe has served in several leadership positions, including president. She is also a member of the Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association, again serving in a variety of leadership roles. She is also a member of the Indiana Environmental Health Response Team, serving as a general environmentalist with that team. Denise loves serving the citizens of Indiana. In Indiana, onsite sewage systems are regulated in the context of the public health codes/laws versus an environmental protection approach. Her career has spanned several revisions to our residential and commercial onsite rule, and she feels fortunate to work with the group of professionals in Indiana that were present at the inception of the state's onsite program. Denise is most interested in contributing to NOWRA's education and training initiatives and is a strong advocate for NOWRA to become more involved in improving the quality of industry accreditation, certification and continuing education programs. Term expires December 2017.

Eric Casey has served as NOWRA's Executive Director since June 2010. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of NOWRA, and works with NOWRA's volunteer leadership and committees, coordinating the association's advocacy, education and training, product development, external relations, communications and marketing activities. Eric's background is in association management and he has held senior executive positions for several membership-based organizations. Immediately prior to taking his current position, Eric ran an association management and marketing consulting firm. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and his MBA from The George Washington University.