Meet the Commissioners
The National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems is comprised of 30 representatives from municipalities, public health agencies, water utilities, and national organizations who are leading the industry in onsite non-potable water systems. Commissioners serve a two-year appointment for the duration of the project.
Paula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the development and implementation of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts within San Francisco. Previously, she worked as the Assistant to the General Manager of the SFPUC and supported the utility’s $4.8 billion capital improvement program designed to rebuild and repair the third largest water delivery system in California. As Public Education Director for the SFPUC’s Water Pollution Prevention Program, Paula received six state and national awards. Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master of Science from the University of San Francisco.
Scott Abbott has worked for the Environmental Health Division of the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health for 23 years. He is currently the Manager of the Environmental Protection Branch where he is responsible for overseeing the Cross Connection and Water Pollution Control Program, the Drinking Water Program, and the Land Use Program. He helped write the County’s Guidelines for Alternate Water Sources and the Local Area Management Program for regulation of onsite wastewater treatment systems. He is a graduate from San Diego State University where he earned a BS in Environmental Health and from California State University of Long Beach where he obtained his Master’s degree in Public Administration. Scott is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the State of California.
Anita Anderson has 20 years of experience as a water supply engineer with the Minnesota Department of Health. Her primary area of expertise is surface water treatment, specializing in small systems. Currently she is working on special projects to implement water reuse in Minnesota in a safe and sustainable way and to predict the vulnerability of groundwater drinking water sources to microbial pathogens. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota.
Julienne Bautista is an environmental engineer for the District of Columbia’s Watershed Protection Division. She is the project manager leading the updates to the 2013 Stormwater Guidebook where rainwater harvesting is an instrumental best management practice to meet the District’s retention obligations and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permit requirements. She received a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas in Austin, giving her the technical and community-based skills to pursue her passion for water. Specifically, her primary interests lie in the promotion and development of sustainable water systems for urban communities.
Brian Bernados has served on the California State Water Board (formerly Department of Public Health) for over 23 years. As a Technical Specialist, Brian has expertise in alternative technology, advanced technology, RO/AOP, UV disinfection (potable, recycled & reuse), recycled water, groundwater recharge, surface water augmentation, direct reuse, seawater desalination, and water treatment additives/components. In this role, he also works on recycled water, water reuse via groundwater recharge, surface water augmentation, direct potable reuse feasibility, and alternative technology acceptance. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with emphasis on water, environmental, and public health from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered Professional Engineering with the State of California.
Brian Davis is a Senior Engineer with the Metropolitan Council Water Supply Planning unit, where he conducts water efficiency, reuse and hydrogeologic studies, water supply planning, and community outreach. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Council, Brian worked as an engineering consultant, designing treatment wetlands for industrial and domestic wastewater treatment as well as conducting groundwater supply and contaminant transport modeling. He began his career as an environmental hydrogeologist with the Chevron Energy Technology Company in Richmond, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a Master of Science in Environmental Science & Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Oregon State University. He is a Registered Professional Geologist (Minnesota) and a Registered Professional Engineer (Minnesota).
Steve Deem is a professional engineer representing the Washington State Department of Health drinking water program. Deem is also a consultant for Water 1st International, a non-profit water and sanitation development organization. His more than 25 years of experience in water and sanitation issues encompasses a myriad of settings–from the Kurdish refugee camps in Northern Iraq to post-war rehabilitation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and from simple pipe networks in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, to research efforts on ultraviolet disinfection with the Water Research Foundation. He received his Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle and his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Marquette University.
Ron Doughten has over 17 years of regulatory experience with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He currently manages Oregon’s Water Quality Permit Program, which includes National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, stormwater management, water reuse, land treatment, and underground injection control. He previously coordinated implementation of Oregon’s water reuse program that encouraged the beneficial use of graywater, recycled water, and industrial wastewater. In 2009, he developed implementation policies for recycled water; in 2011 he led the adoption of Oregon administrative rules for graywater reuse which was followed in 2012 by development of Oregon’s graywater permitting program.
Jon Eaton is the Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Eagan, the ninth largest city in Minnesota. He manages the water, sanitary, and storm systems, and cellular leasing. Prior to Eagan, he was the Water Quality Supervisor for the City of Bloomington, Minnesota and managed water production and treatment, wholesale water purchases, distribution water quality, and the William Lloyd / Tri-City Analytical Laboratory. He has been a member of AWWA for over 20 years, is currently one of six vice-presidents. He was honored with AWWA’s George Warren Fuller Award in 2008 and the Minnesota Section’s Leonard N. Thompson Award for Distinguished Service in 2013. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.
Jessica Edwards-Brandt is the Director of Water Quality & Technology at DC Water and Sewer Authority. Her role is centered on maintaining water quality in the drinking water distribution system and ensuring the water meets regulatory and voluntary requirements. She oversees the drinking water research and development program, as well directs the technology and innovation efforts within drinking water research. She has over 15 years of experience in the drinking water industry. Prior to her work with DC Water, Jessica worked for the Contra Costa Water District in Northern California as the Water Quality Superintendent. She also worked for Black & Veatch in both their Kansas City and Walnut Creek, CA offices. She has a Master’s degree in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Tech.
Mamdouh El-Aarag is a registered professional Civil Engineer in the State of Washington. He has worked as an Environmental/Reclaimed Water Engineer in the Wastewater Management program with the Washington State Department of Health in Spokane since 2002. Prior to working for the Department of Health he worked as a consulting engineer for 14 years specializing in site utilities, municipal sewer and water distribution design, and land use. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University.
Radhika Fox is the Chief Executive Officer of the US Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. Radhika has over 20 years of experience in developing policies, programs, and issue-based advocacy campaigns. Radhika previously directed the policy and government affairs agenda for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is responsible for providing 24/7 water, wastewater, and municipal power services to 2.6 million Bay Area residents. She also served as the Federal Policy Director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion, and workforce development. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley where she was a HUD Community Development Fellow. Radhika also serves as a Health Equity Fellow and on the board of PolicyLink.
Dr. Jay L. Garland joined the EPA in 2011 as a Division Director within the Office of Research and Development. His work is committed to the development of sustainable systems using sound ecological principles and innovative technology. He received a Ph.D. in Environment Science from the University of Virginia and spent over 20 years working on NASA’s efforts to develop closed, bioregenerative life support systems for extended human spaceflight. NASA recognized him for creative technology innovation on 4 separate occasions. He has authored over 100 scientific papers on a range of topics, including methods for microbial community analysis, factors affecting survival of human associated pathogens, and various biological approaches for recycling wastes.
Bertha M. Goldenberg is Assistant Director for Planning and Regulatory Compliance for Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. In her role, she oversees master planning, process engineering, water transmission and wastewater collection systems modeling, utility coordination, water resources planning, hydraulic modeling, and comprehensive planning; development agreements; plans review; tracking and monitoring compliance with environmental regulations, permits, consent decrees, and operational data; Infiltration/Inflow Comprehensive Program; and Resiliency Program, including Energy Efficiency and the implementation of the Water Use Efficiency Program. She is a graduate from Washington University, St. Louis, and a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida, with over 25 years of combined experience in the areas of process engineering, permitting, regulations, and planning.
Brian D. Good serves as Chief Administrative Officer for Denver Water. In this role, Brian leads a diverse team whose primary focus is to provide excellent internal service to the organization. Areas of focus include safety, security, emergency management, environmental compliance, sustainability, purchasing, contract control records and printing, and recreation at Denver Water facilities. His previous roles at Denver Water include Director of Operations and Maintenance, Deputy Manager of Organizational Improvement, Water Recycling Plant Supervisor, and Assistant Supervisor of the Marston Water Treatment Plant. Prior to joining Denver Water, Brian managed source of supply, water treatment, and distribution operations for the Champaign, IL Division of Illinois American Water Corporation. Since 2012, he has also been a lecturer on water utility management for the University of Colorado, for which he co-authored a companion textbook titled The Effective Water Professional.
Chuck Graf is a Principal Hydrogeologist at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. From 2006-2009, he served as an Associate Director of the Arizona Water Institute. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of the Water Quality Division at ADEQ for eight years where he assisted in the development of health-based guidance levels for use in remediating contaminated groundwater and soils. He later managed ADEQ’s effort to develop regulations for the safe reuse of reclaimed water, which culminated in 2001 with a set of rules that modernized Arizona’s recycled water program. He currently leads the Department’s effort to update the 2001 recycled water rules. He has also worked with the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Tetra Tech International. He has a degree in Engineering Science from Arizona State University and is a Registered Geologist in Arizona.
Bret Icenogle is the Engineer Section Manager for the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Prior to joining the State of Colorado, he worked as a water and wastewater engineering consultant and project manager. He holds active professional engineering licenses in California and Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware.
Mark Jaeger has worked for Seattle Public Utilities since its inception in 1997 in a variety of positions up to Executive Management. He has a broad background in a variety of utility functions including Finance, Operations and Planning. Current work includes interagency coordination with both public and private groups and agencies to improve project coordination across the City. This work includes collaborating with project proponents looking to incorporate decentralized strategies into their projects. He has worked on projects like the Bullitt Foundation’s “Living Building”, the new Amazon Campus in downtown Seattle, and the proposed Seattle Arena in the Stadium District. Mark has also worked with the Seattle 2030 District and Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood Eco-District to bring regulators, developers and utilities together to identify appropriate strategies that leverage and integrate off the grid systems with SPU’s existing large systems resulting in a more robust and resilient system.
Vlada Kenniff is a Managing Director of an Integrated Water Management group in New York City Department of Environmental Protection where she’s advanced sustainable projects over the course of last 11 years. In her current role, she manages a Water Demand Management program that is designed to reduce NYC water demand by five percent. This program includes measures such as fixture retrofits, system optimization, public-private partnerships, and water reuse. Her team also develops water demand projections, climate scenarios, and rate studies. She led the development of NYC Green Infrastructure Plan, and NYC Water Demand Management Plan. Vlada is a graduate of the Urban Planning Master’s Program at Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Long Island University.
Melissa Meeker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and the Executive Director of the Water Reuse Association. Melissa has more than 25 years of experience in water resources management, with an emphasis on alternative water supply development. Throughout her career, Melissa has demonstrated a unique grasp of the dynamics surrounding the water industry, from identifying research needs and technological trends to understanding the state and federal legislative and regulatory processes. She has a proven track record of working with decision makers to develop poWE&RFul alliances that result in demonstrated benefits in research, fundraising, and advocacy. Melissa previously served as executive director of the South Florida Water Management District and as deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Melissa has a Master's degree in environmental resource management from Florida Institute of Technology.
For the past 23 years, Sina Pruder has worked for the Hawaii State Department of Health, Environmental Management Division, Wastewater Branch where she currently holds the position of the Engineering Program Manager, overseeing projects like the Water Reuse Program. She has been an advocate for the use of recycled water, provided that public health and water resources are not compromised. She is also a firm believer that water is a valuable resource that must be used as efficiently as possible. Sina has worked for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for four years, in the fields of Nuclear and Environmental Engineering. She is currently registered as a licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering for the State of Hawaii. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii.
Melinda Rho is the Manager of Water Quality Regulatory Affairs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She effectively manages compliance for drinking water for the city of Los Angeles’ 4 million residents. As a 36 year professional in water quality, she has experience in distribution operations, groundwater management, reservoir management, source water protection programs, managing emerging contaminants, and experience in public outreach and communication to manage water quality issues. She oversees the implementation of the city’s cross-connection control program and promotes cross-training with Los Angeles County program staff. Melinda maintains an active partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health programs to address water quality issues related to waterborne diseases, lead, and alternate water sources. She earned Master of Science degrees in Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Engineering from USC and holds a California Distribution System Operator Grade 2 certification.
Genevieve Salmonson is the Department of Health Environmental Compliance Ombudsman. The office is involved in activities such as giving presentations to business and trade organizations, conducting workshops for target industries, responding to request for information or clarification, and working with businesses to remedy minor violations involving environmental issues. Other services include conducting voluntary site assessments of a business’ compliance with applicable environmental regulation and assisting businesses that have exhausted readily-available dispute resolution mechanisms within the Department of Health.
Neal Shapiro is the Senior Sustainability Analyst and Watershed Management Coordinator for the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability & the Environment, and an Envision™ Sustainability Professional, Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ) and a Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) and Inspector. He is a Member of the Water Efficiency & Sanitation Standard Technical Committee of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), on the Editorial Board of Watershed Science Bulletin, and a former Director and Secretary on the Board of Directors for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. He oversees watershed management programs, all geared to reduce water pollution and use our precious, limited water resources in a sustainable manner (with a focus on rainwater/stormwater harvesting and use/reuse in association with post-construction structural Low Impact Development BMPs). He has been with the city since March 1999. Neal worked previously with The Jacques Cousteau Society, researching global water issues for films, books, policies, and expeditions. Neal attended the University of Delaware, receiving a Master’s in Marine Policy, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor’s in Aquatic Biology.
Robert is a Conservation Program Specialist employed at Austin Water. He has worked on numerous disparate projects, including auxiliary water and intergovernmental issues, over the last eight years as a member of Austin Water’s Conservation Division Research and Special Projects team. Robert received a Bachelor of Science in Geography, specializing in Resource and Environmental Studies, from Texas State University.
Wing Tam is the Assistant Director of Watershed Programs for LA Sanitation for the City of Los Angeles. In this role, he is responsible for stormwater management and watershed protection programs, facilities, advance planning, and water quality compliance. Wing directs the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program that includes Rainwater Harvesting, Green Streets, and Clean Water Bond. A leader in the development of green infrastructure, urban runoff and stormwater management for over 25 years, Wing has led first integrated, multi-purpose green solutions designed to improve water quality, water supply, flooding, habitat, and open space creating healthier and sustainable communities and his work has been recognized by USEPA, NACWA, WEF, CEWA, APWA, and other organizations. A Registered Professional Engineer, Wing holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering.
Jacqueline E. Taylor, MPA is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and has over 30 years of experience in the field of Environmental Health. She has managed and directed environmental health programs in one of the largest, most diverse, and progressive environmental health departments in the nation. Her extensive and multifaceted work experience has involved policy development and regulatory oversight in the disciplines of food and housing protection, water and wastewater resource management, recreational water and beach monitoring, cross connections and water pollution control, land use planning, solid waste management, radiation management, lead poisoning prevention, staff development, and program planning. Currently, she is the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Protection in the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health. In addition to her professional career, Ms. Taylor has had hands-on volunteer experience in the field working to better the lives of those affected by environmental and natural disasters.
Barry Usagawa is the Program Administrator for the Water Resources Division of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. He administers the Water Systems Planning, Water Conservation, Recycled Water, Long Range Planning, Hydrology-Geology and Project Review functions of the department. Water Resources conducts long-range water resource and capital planning for Oahu to ensure sustainable water resources and dependable water systems for current and future customers. Barry has worked for over 30 years at Honolulu Board of Water Supply in water systems analysis, environmental, capital planning, water resource management, conservation, reuse, water rights and land use planning. He is a licensed professional engineer in Hawaii with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Chris Wanner is the Director of Operations for the Portland Water Bureau. He is responsible for the management of operations and maintenance of surface and groundwater supplies, including treatment, transmission, storage, distribution, pump stations and tanks, system analysis, security and the SCADA system. Since 1984, he has held various Bureau positions. He is the designated Direct Responsible Charge for the bureau with the State of Oregon and holds certifications for both Water Distribution (WD4) and Water Treatment (WT4). Chris currently serves on the State’s Drinking Water Advisory Committee and is Vice-Chair of ORWARN and a member of AWWA, IWA and WEF. He has worked on many facets of asset management including participating in Water Services Association of Australia benchmarking and Leading Edge of Strategic AM efforts.
Dr. June Weintraub is Manager of Water, Noise and Medical Cannabis Regulatory Programs for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She has developed a strong program of research, education and collaboration with San Francisco’s water utility to address diverse issues including water security, quality, assessment, monitoring, allocation, reuse, conservation and sustainability. She was a principal collaborator in the development and implementation of San Francisco’s regulatory program for onsite alternate water source systems for the safe use of alternate water sources for non-potable purposes. She has served on several advisory committees including the U.S. EPA's National Drinking Water Advisory Council, and is currently appointed to the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board Drinking Water Committee. She received her Doctoral degree in Epidemiology with minors in Environmental Health and Biostatistics from Harvard School of Public Health; her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering are both from Tufts University. She is also a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.