Jan 22, 2013

American Water Works Assn. Names President-Elect

John Donahue selected by the board of directors

American Water Works Assn. President-elect John Donahue

The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) announced that John Donahue, general manager for the North Park (Ill.) Public Water District and longtime AWWA volunteer, has been selected by the board of directors as its next president-elect.

Donahue begins his role as president-elect in June 2013, at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE13) in Denver. He will serve his one-year presidential term beginning in June 2014.

An AWWA member since 1987 and active member of the Illinois Section, Donahue was honored in 2009 with the association’s Fuller Award. He has served on numerous committees at both the AWWA association and section levels, and he continues to hold water and wastewater operator licenses.

AWWA’s board also selected four vice presidents and one director-at-large during its Winter Board Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

The new vice presidents include:

  • John Alston, operations superintendent for the Bozeman (Mont.) Water and Sewer Department and member of the AWWA board of directors from the Montana Section, where he served as section chair from 2007 to 2009;
  • Douglas Brinkman, project manager for Black & Veatch, a director from the Chesapeake Section who has chaired many section committees and served as the section chair in 2005;
  • Jeffrey Nash, vice president for CDM Smith, who has served in numerous capacities within the Florida Section, including section chair, general policy chair and currently as an AWWA director; and
  • Michael Simpson, CEO of M.E. Simpson Co. Inc., an AWWA member for more than 29 years who has held many leadership positions within the Indiana Section.

The new director-at-large is Martha Segal, assistant director for Metro Water Services in Nashville, Tenn. Segal is active in the Kentucky/Tennessee Section, where she has served as section chair, initiated a Section Customer Service Committee, chaired the Diversity Committee and served in many other capacities.