Nov 27, 2013

WWEMA Names New Executive Director

Current President Dawn Champney will retire Dec. 31, 2013

 Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association Vanessa Leiby

The Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA) has named Vanessa Leiby to serve as executive director of the association, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Leiby succeeds President Dawn Champney, who will retire Dec. 31.

“Vanessa has a great deal of experience in the water industry and association management,” said WWEMA Chairman Deb LaVelle. “What’s more, throughout her career she has demonstrated a commitment to WWEMA’s ideals and many of its advocacy positions. Our Board of Directors feels confident that Vanessa will lead the association on a path of continued success.”

Leiby has more than 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry and has extensive experience in association management, having served as executive director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) from 1991 to 2003. Currently she is a principal for The Cadmus Group, where she provides support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water on a wide range of projects related to water and energy efficiency, source water protection, and regulation development and implementation.

Prior to her positions at The Cadmus Group and ASDWA, Leiby worked from 1989 to 1991 as an environmental scientist at Wade Miller Associates and from 1987 to 1989 as an air-water quality scientist for the Ohio EPA state drinking water program. She holds a bachelor’s of science in zoology, with a concentration in aquatic ecology, and a master’s of science in zoology, with a concentration in aquatic toxicology, from The Ohio State University.