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Christine Kohn is President and CEO of IN Communications, a full-service public relations firm in Sacramento, CA. She has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, print journalism and project management with special expertise in California water issues and water efficiency. She began her career as a print journalist, publishing work in policy magazines California Journal, National Journal and elsewhere, and served six years on the Public Affairs team for “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band in Washington, DC, a historic organization that provides music to the White House. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
I grew up in Petaluma, California. I am currently working as the Water Conservation Supervisor for Sacramento Suburban Water District. I have been with SSWD for 9 years. I got my start in the water industry at an early age working with North Marin Water District as a temporary employee for several summers. One of my first tasks with North Marin Water was to deliver toilet leak detection tablets to their customers after the passage of the Clean Water Act. I also worked with California American Water where I got my start in water conservation and use efficiency as a Water Conservation Specialist. I have three children and enjoy coaching their various sports. I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing.
Veronica Blette is the Chief of the WaterSense Branch in the Office of Wastewater Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She previously served for several years as Special Assistant to the Director of the national drinking water program and managed the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. Veronica is currently the Vice-Chair for the AWWA Water Conservation Division and is a proud recipient of the 2016 Alliance for Water Efficiency Water Star Award. She has a B.A. in Geology from Smith College and a M.S. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Wayne Tate, M.A., President – Eagle Aerial Solutions, is the founder and President of Eagle Aerial.
Wayne Tate manages the operations of Eagle Aerial Solutions, which provides the largest collection of current aerial imagery in California. Eagle also provides geo-spatial data, such as elevation models, contours and building footprints, as well as easy to use web-based GIS solutions. Eagle’s team of expert remote sensing technicians perform world-class remote sensing services, including land classification, impervious and pervious surface identification, and change detection. Eagle is currently performing a statewide water conservation land classification analysis of over 8 million single family homes for the California Department of Water Resources.
Education: BA, Business, California State, Fullerton; MA, Psychology, USM.
Andrew Brenner directs Water Programs for Quantum Spatial an NV5 company. He has worked on geospatial data analysis for over twenty years. His focus in on the application of geospatial technology to resolve real world challenges. Andrew has developed hydrography data using imagery and LiDAR and has lead watershed management projects and run hydrologic modeling initatives. Andrew works with imagery, LiDAR, and other sensors to create information that can be integrated with GIS decision making systems. His background is in natural resources and he has a Ph.D. in Environmental Physics, from Edinburgh University and an undergraduate in Agriculture. He ran the GIS and Remote Sensing Research Facility at the School of Natural Resources and Environment of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for six years before joining the private sector in 1999. His work has supported federal, state and local governments as well as private sector companies covering both source data acquisition and analysis.
Dr. Jason Wen currently serves as Director of Water Resources in City of Lakewood, California. He is California registered Professional Engineer, and has both State of California Grade 5 Water Treatment and Water Distribution certificates. He has more than 30 years of experience in water resources, water treatment and environmental management. His previous working experiences include in California State Drinking Water Program and consulting services. He obtained his B.S. in Geochemistry from University of Science and Technology of China, M.S. in Geochemistry form Caltech, and Ph.D. in Chemistry form University of California, San Diego.
Annikki Chamberlain is a Water Resource Analyst and Training Specialist with 12 years of experience in many facets of water management, including water supply and efficiency, watershed and climate science, wastewater treatment, and water policy. She became interested in studying water while she was a wildland firefighter and witnessed the impacts of catastrophic fire on water resources. Her awareness of diminishing water quality and quantity increased as she became involved in water efficiency opportunities in the built environment. She is enthusiastic about leveraging data and technology to drive water efficiency and resource management.
Annikki has served as a CII Solutions and Water Conservation Specialist, having great success assisting and training hundreds of service providers in equipment operation, troubleshooting, and diagnostic analysis using water use data, infographics, and standard operating procedures. She has conducted more than 50 water audits across residential and commercial properties and effectively trained a diverse range of audiences on a variety of technical water topics, including CII Water Audits, Environmental and Industrial Processes, Landscape and Irrigation Evaluation, and Cooling Tower Assessment. Most recently, she provided CII Water Audit Training for over 100 attendees in a PG&E webcast and 10 employees at an in-person training for El Paso Water in Texas.
Annikki is passionate about water education and training. She has served as the lead trainer for environmental and industrial processes for over 200 employees, including the development and execution of both curricula and presentations. She has worked with hundreds of residents and CII customers to increase water use efficiency, developing specific infographics and processes to facilitate understanding and engagement. Using curricula that she developed to be specific to the audience’s needs, Annikki successfully trained a non-technical sales staff on how to interpret high resolution water use data and diagnose equipment issues for cooling tower operation, irrigation systems, and building water use patterns. She is particularly proud of the educational work she has done with the younger generation. She has developed and implemented water education curriculum in more than 40 elementary and junior high schools that focused on plant water use and irrigation efficiency, life cycle assessment, the urban water cycle, and wastewater treatment.
In addition to her technical experience in CII water management, Annikki has served as a water quality field technician, a wastewater treatment plant operator, an environmental process lead, a water educator, and a water resource coordinator. She also has implemented water efficiency programs in industrial and municipal settings and served as one of two experts on the US Committee for development of the ISO 14046:2014 Environmental management — Water footprint — Principles, requirements and guidelines standard.
Annikki has a B.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University.
Susan Loper is a research analyst with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She provides research and analysis support for a variety of water efficiency tasks. Recent work includes performing comprehensive water evaluations, developing Installation Energy and Water Plans for the Army Reserve, and developing alternative water mapping tools and alternative water projects. Susan led the team that created FEMP’s water evaluation tools: Performing a Comprehensive Walk-Through Water Survey and the online Water Balance Tool.
Jennifer Williamson is a research engineer with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She provides research and analysis support for a variety of energy and water efficiency tasks. Her recent work includes engaging with Army leaders to provide guidance for field staff preparing energy and water resilience plans and performing comprehensive water evaluations for Army installations. Jennifer was a critical member of the team that created FEMP’s water evaluation tools: Performing a Comprehensive Walk-Through Water Survey and the online Water Balance Tool.
Miguel Morales has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida, where he also worked for the Conserve Florida Water Clearinghouse while obtaining his Master of Engineering and Ph.D. degrees. As a post-doctoral associate, he taught a course at the University on water resources planning and management. He also helped found the consulting firm WaterAIM, where he worked before joining Austin Water, serving as Environmental Program Coordinator within the Water Conservation Division.
Will Jernigan is the Director of Water Efficiency with Cavanaugh, and has worked with over 1,200 water systems across North America in the field of water loss delivering teaching, auditing & water balance analysis, validation, NRW program design and implementation. Will is a licensed professional engineer, and is recognized as a North American water loss industry leader. Will currently leads the AWWA Water Loss Software Subcommittee which is responsible for the development and management of the freely available water audit software for North America. Will also led this group in executing the Water Audit Data Initiative which pioneered the validation review methodology. Will was Co-Principle Investigator for Water Research Foundation Project 4639 (2016) and 5057 (2020), which formally codified this methodology into Level 1 validation and is now adopted as requirement by several U.S. States. Will has been a key architect for the North American Water Loss Conference, chairing the biennial event since it began in 2015. In 2017, Will was appointed as the United States Expert to an international task force for developing the ISO Water Loss Standards. In 2018, Will was appointed to the Management Committee of IWA’s Water Loss Specialists Group.
Dr. Jack Kiefer of Hazen and Sawyer has over 28 years of consulting experience in water demand analysis and forecasting, integrated water resources planning, risk and uncertainty analysis, applied economics, and econometrics. Jack is a nationally recognized expert in issues related to water demand management and planning, particularly in the areas of water demand modeling, forecasting and conservation program evaluation. He has led numerous analyses of water demand, culminating in long-term water demand forecasts and/or water conservation plans for some of the largest water utilities in the United States. Jack has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on multiple studies for the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) concentrating on urban water demand trends and forecasting, including projects concerning climate and economic uncertainties, residential and commercial end uses, and information needs for improved water management.
Dr. Kiefer currently serves as a senior leader within Hazen’s Water Resources Planning and Economic and Financial Services practice areas.
Amy Talbot received a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from the Department of Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and Masters in Geography from the University of California at Davis in 2019 focusing on supplier drought response. Ms. Talbot joined the Regional Water Authority (RWA), a coalition of more than 20 water purveyors and associated agencies in the greater Sacramento Region in November 2012. RWA’s mission is to represent regional water supply interests and to assist members in protecting and enhancing the reliability, availability, affordability, and quality of water resources. At RWA, Amy is the manager of the Regional Water Efficiency Program’s award winning public outreach campaign and school education program. Additionally she also oversees several grants that collectively provide $2.5 million to increase water use efficiency in the region.
William Granger has served as the Water Conservation Coordinator for the City of Sacramento since early 2013, and prior to that, worked down in Southern California for the Otay Water District from 2002-2013. He has worked up and down the state of California for a variety of water districts over the past 26 years. He received his Bachelors in Geography from the University of Florida, and his Masters in Geography from San Diego State University, where he focused on better understanding the constraints preventing the more widespread adoption of water wise landscaping.
Jonah Schein is the National Program Manager for Homes & Buildings at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® Program. He has overseen the technical development and implementation of the WaterSense labeled homes program since its inception. He has overseen numerous efforts to better understand and influence water use in the field. In addition to the WaterSense labeled homes program, these have included the EPA Water Score for multifamily properties as well as several standards, research reports, and papers focused on modelling, quantifying, and understanding water use. Mr. Schein holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Indiana University as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
Kristin Tsumura Tsai is an Environmental Specialist with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). She is responsible for water conservation related education, outreach and community partnership programs and serves on LEED’s Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group. Prior to joining LADWP, Ms. Tsumura Tsai worked in environmental consulting and for the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation managing recycling related programs. Ms. Tsumura Tsai graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Biology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Mary Ann Dickinson is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance works with nearly 400 water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers. In 2014 the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the non-profit category for its work.
Prior to joining the Alliance in July of 2007, Mary Ann was Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a non-profit organization composed of urban water supply agencies, environmental groups, and other entities managing statewide water conservation in California and implementing the nation’s first set of Best Management Practices.
Mary Ann has over 40 years of experience, having worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in environmental planning, Mary Ann has authored numerous publications on water conservation, land use planning, and natural resources management, and has co-produced two films which have aired on public television and community cable stations. Mary Ann is past Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association, past Chair of the American Water Works Association National Water Conservation Division, past President of the California Irrigation Institute, past President of the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District, and currently serves as a Board member of the Texas Water Foundation. Mary Ann has presented numerous papers on water conservation internationally and all across the United States and Canada.
Bill is the Director of Programs at the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Bill has been in the water industry since 2002 when he got his start working for Planning and Management Consultants, Ltd. in Carbondale, IL. Bill joined the Alliance for Water Efficiency in 2007.
Bill’s work has included research related to many facets of water resource management such as policy analysis, water conservation program planning and evaluation, benefit-cost analysis, drought planning, and water rate evaluation. He has worked with water utilities throughout the United States and Canada and has traveled to the countries of China and Jordan on work related adventures. Bill’s favorite part of working for AWE is connecting with, and supporting, all its great members.
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