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August 28-29, 2017

Speakers

Kristyn Abhold

Kristyn Abhold

Financial Analyst, EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

Kristyn Abhold

Kristyn Abhold

Financial Analyst, EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

Kristyn Abhold is a financial analyst with EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, where she helps manage WaterCARE, a financial technical assistance project, organizes regional Finance Forums, and leads the Center’s efforts in conservation financing. She is also the lead on the development and management of the Water Finance Clearinghouse. As the former vice president of the US Water Alliance, she directed projects and programs that brought together diverse stakeholders to advance urban water sustainability though collaboration.

Dean Amhaus

Dean Amhaus

President & CEO, The Water Council

Dean Amhaus

Dean Amhaus

President & CEO, The Water Council

Dean Amhaus has served as the first President & CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The Water Council was formed in 2009 to drive economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry. With over 190 members and 200 water technology companies in the Wisconsin Water Technology Cluster, the organization convenes global water leaders and supports businesses, utilities, government agencies, education programs and non-profits, with valuable services, programming and networking opportunities.

James Baehr

James M. Baehr

Group Lead, Sourcing Strategies Group LLC

James Baehr

James M. Baehr

Group Lead, Sourcing Strategies Group LLC

Jim Baehr is a group lead for Sourcing Strategies Group, which supports the supply management needs of clients in both the public and private sectors. He has also served as an independent advisor leading transformation initiatives and supply management projects for chemicals, energy, retail and water clients. Baehr is a frequent presenter at conferences and meetings and a contributing author to the book Next Level Supply Management Excellence: Your Straight to the Bottom Line Roadmap and writes blogs posted on My Purchasing Center.

Greg Baird

Greg Baird

President, Water Finance Research Foundation

Greg Baird

Greg Baird

President, Water Finance Research Foundation

Greg Baird is director of enterprise strategies for Cityworks Azteca Systems LLC. He is also president of the Water Finance Research Foundation. Baird specializes in long-term utility planning, infrastructure asset management and capital funding strategies for municipal utilities in the United States. He has served as a municipal finance officer in California with rate design and implementation experience and as the CFO of Colorado’s third largest utility. He is widely published and presents on utility infrastructure asset management and integrated water finance issues.

Tom Beckley

Tom Beckley

Senior Manager, Raftelis Financial Consultants

Tom Beckley

Tom Beckley

Senior Manager, Raftelis Financial Consultants

Tom Beckley has 15 years of experience with Raftelis Financial Consultants (RFC) conducting finance and rate-related projects. He has assisted a wide range of municipal water and wastewater utilities in conducting cost of service, financial feasibility, privatization, system development fees and other finance-related studies. Beckley authored a chapter entitled, “Designing Water and Wastewater Rate Structures,” for the Fourth Edition of the industry guidebook, Water and Wastewater Finance and Pricing: The Changing Landscape.

Yuval Cohen

Yuval Cohen, Ph.D.

Management Consultant, Jacobs LeighFisher

Yuval Cohen

Yuval Cohen, Ph.D.

Management Consultant, Jacobs LeighFisher

Yuval Cohen is a management consultant with Jacobs LeighFisher and an infrastructure economist based in New York. Cohen has more than 30 years of experience as a project financial and economic advisor in built and natural infrastructure, having worked throughout the Americas, Central Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Cohen holds a Doctorate in Economics (as well as two master’s degrees) from Columbia University, and master’s and bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in the U.K.

Jonathan Cuppett

Jonathan Cuppett

Research Manager, Water Research Foundation (WRF)

Jonathan Cuppett

Jonathan Cuppett

Research Manager, Water Research Foundation (WRF)

Jonathan Cuppett is a research manager with the Water Research Foundation (WRF). Since joining in 2009, he has developed and managed the utility finance research agenda for the WRF. He has planned and managed research projects related to water pricing and fees, financial communication, affordability issues, CIP related topics and innovative capital funding strategies. He is focused on funding research that provides solutions to the most pressing financial issues facing the water industry.

Michael Curley

Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute

Michael Curley

Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute

Michael Curley is a lawyer who has spent the majority of his career in project finance and the last 25 years in energy and environmental finance. He joined the Environmental Law Institute as a visiting scholar in 2013. He is the author of Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment, published by Taylor & Francis in 2014. In 1990, Curley was appointed to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board at the U.S. EPA, where he served for 21 years under four presidents.

Christy Cramer

Christy Cramer

Principal & Senior Consultant | Trilogy Consulting, LLC

Christy Cramer

Christy Cramer

Principal & Senior Consultant | Trilogy Consulting, LLC

Christy Cramer is an owner of Trilogy Consulting, LLC, and a municipal advisor registered with the SEC. For the past 20 years she has worked with local governments and utilities on management and financial issues, including water and sewer rates, long range capital funding plans, impact fees, intergovernmental agreements and related issues.

Michael Deane

Michael Deane

Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)

Michael Deane

Michael Deane

Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)

Michael Deane is the executive director of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the national organization representing private water operating companies. Before joining NAWC in 2009, he was Associate Assistant Administrator for Water for the U.S. EPA, where he played a key role in developing and implementing national water policy. He previously served as an executive at United Water – and its parent company, Suez – and the U.S. operations of Veolia, where he focused on innovative financing and infrastructure policy.

Alejandro Escobar

Environmental Engineer, WIFIA Program, U.S. EPA

Alejandro Escobar

Environmental Engineer, WIFIA Program, U.S. EPA

Alejandro Escobar has 15 years of experience as an environmental consultant and within U.S. EPA on issues related to water, wastewater regulations and infrastructure. He has an environmental engineering degree, a Master of Environmental Management in Resource Economics and Policy and a Master of Business Administration.

Karen Fligger

Karen Fligger

Senior Project Manager, WIFIA Program, U.S. EPA

Karen Fligger

Karen Fligger

Senior Project Manager, WIFIA Program, U.S. EPA

Karen Fligger is a senior project manager for the WIFIA (Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) program in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management. Over her 11-year career at EPA, she has worked on the Clean Watersheds Needs Survey, the WaterSense program and other infrastructure related projects.

Charlie Fricke

Charlie Fricke

Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Echologics

Charlie Fricke

Charlie Fricke

Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Echologics

Charlie Fricke has more than 25 years in sales and marketing in the technology industry, now serving as vice president of strategic accounts for Echologics. He has represented Echologics in the U.S. market when the company first formed in 2003, and has since secured strategic accounts for Echologics which include Las Vegas Valley Water District, Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans and the City of San Diego.

Jennifer Gonda

Jennifer Gonda

Superintendent, Milwaukee Water Works

Jennifer Gonda

Jennifer Gonda

Superintendent, Milwaukee Water Works

Jennifer Gonda is superintendent of Milwaukee Water Works. She previously served as director of the city's Intergovernmental Relations Division, which works to seek funding and promote Milwaukee's legislative agenda. Gonda joined Mayor Tom Barrett's cabinet in July 2012 after unanimous confirmation by the Common Council and was reconfirmed in 2016.

Frank Greenland, P.E.

Frank Greenland, P.E.

Director of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Frank Greenland, P.E.

Frank Greenland, P.E.

Director of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Mr. Greenland has worked for the District since 1988. Formerly a planning engineer, project engineer, planning manager, deputy director of engineering and construction, and director of capital programs, he now serves as the Director of Watershed Programs. He has been involved in a variety of wet-weather projects, including the District’s $3 billion Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Program (Project Clean Lake) and the development and implementation of the District’s Regional Stormwater Management Program. A registered Professional Engineer, he earned his degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton and Masters in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University.

Bill Kelly

Bill Kelly

Director of Client Engagement, SL Environmental Law Group

Bill Kelly

Bill Kelly

Director of Client Engagement, SL Environmental Law Group

Bill Kelly is director of client engagement for SL Environmental Law Group, PC. His firm helps water systems, municipalities and states in lawsuits to shift treatment costs from rate payer to polluter. Kelly is a veteran in the environmental industry, having held senior management positions with Severn Trent Services, Isle Utilities and Lucid Energy.

Lawrie Kobza

Lawrie Kobza

Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP

Lawrie Kobza

Lawrie Kobza

Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP

Lawrie Kobza is a partner at the Madison law firm of Boardman & Clark LLP. She has represented municipal water systems and other utilities on a full range of legal matters for more than 25 years. In addition to representing many municipal water utilities, Kobza serves as legal counsel to the Central Brown County Water Authority, Wisconsin's only joint local water authority. She also serves as legal counsel to the Municipal Environmental Group - Water Division, a municipal water utility lobbying group. She is a past chair of the Wisconsin section of the American Water Works Association and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Business School.

Adam Krantz

Adam Krantz

CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Adam Krantz

Adam Krantz

CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Krantz became CEO of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in July 2015. Previously, he was managing director of government and public affairs at NACWA, where he has worked since May 2001. Krantz manages an unparalleled team in Washington, D.C., that advocates on behalf of the nation’s public clean water agencies on an array of regulatory, legislative and legal issues geared toward ensuring sustainable clean water agencies and a move toward the utility of the future.

Jeff Lipton

Jeff Lipton

Director of Marketing, WaterSmart Software

Jeff Lipton

Jeff Lipton

Director of Marketing, WaterSmart Software

Jeff Lipton manages WaterSmart Software’s go-to-market strategy development and marketing campaign activities, along with sales operations support. Prior to WaterSmart, he managed channel development and regional field marketing for EnerNOC, an international leader in energy intelligence software and demand response solutions. He joined EnerNOC from Coyle Industries, where he pioneered the development of renewable distributed generation solar power systems for military, developing world and other off-grid electrical applications.

Mike Matichich

Mike Matichich

Financial Services Consulting Lead, CH2M

Mike Matichich

Mike Matichich

Financial Services Consulting Lead, CH2M

Mike Matichich has more than 30 years of experience in conducting financial planning studies for public infrastructure projects and he leads CH2M’s firm-wide financial services consulting team. He served as the lead financial consultant in the development of a strategic plan for the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, a collaborative effort of California, Oregon, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia to explore the use of private capital to address the significant infrastructure backlog in the West Coast Jurisdictions. He has led development of ‘value for money’ and other related studies as part of business case evaluations to help clients determine whether specific projects would be most cost effectively delivery through traditional public delivery/finance or through collaborative models such as design-build-operate-finance (DBOF) models.  He is a member of the ‘High Road’ study team led by NRDC; the High Road team has worked to identify ways to accelerate implementation of needed public infrastructure projects that also help to satisfy triple bottom line objectives such as creation of meaningful jobs for local low income populations and deployment of local contractors.

Richard Meeusen

Richard A. Meeusen

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Badger Meter

Richard Meeusen

Richard A. Meeusen

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Badger Meter

Richard A. (Rich) Meeusen is chairman, president and CEO of Badger Meter, a Milwaukee-based company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Badger Meter’s core competency is flow measurement solutions. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products incorporating liquid flow measurement and control technologies developed both internally and with other technology companies. Meeusen is also co-founder and co-chair of The Water Council in Milwaukee.

business woman

Mickie Pearsall

Deputy Director of Finance, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

business woman

Mickie Pearsall

Deputy Director of Finance, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Mickie Pearsall is the Deputy Director of Finance for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in Milwaukee, WI. She has worked for MMSD for 15 years, starting as a Budget Analyst and becoming Budget Manager. Her role in the organization focuses on a variety of long-term initiatives involving energy related contracts and public-private partnership contracts. Prior to MMSD, Mickie spent several years analyzing business operations and implementing quality systems in contract operators from the State of Wisconsin. Mickie received a B.S. and a M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served two terms on the Government Finance Officers Association Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy.

Mary Ellen Mitchell

Mary Ellen Mitchell

President, SpendCheQ

Mary Ellen Mitchell

Mary Ellen Mitchell

President, SpendCheQ

Mary Ellen Mitchell is the president of SpendCheQ. She is a highly-experienced supply chain professional with extensive consulting and advisory experience in global procurement, supply chain and spend management at a strategic and operational level. She has been a guest speaker on best practices and trends in the procurement field for ProcureCon, ISM and SIG conferences. She specializes in planning and implementing procure-to-pay methodologies, and has contributed on more than 70 enterprise implementation projects.

Lan Anh Phan

Lan Anh Phan

Credit Risk Advisor, WIFIA

Lan Anh Phan

Lan Anh Phan

Credit Risk Advisor, WIFIA

Lan Anh Phan is a Credit Risk Advisor in the WIFIA (Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) Program at the EPA where she led the work to set up the risk management and credit review for the WIFIA potential portfolio, and to ensure its overall compliance with the federal credit guidance.
Ms. Lan Phan has spent more than 15 years working in project finance, credit risk and federal budgeting space. Before joining WIFIA, she worked at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the Department of Treasury and in the private sector’s energy industry, including British Petroleum, Norwegian Petroleum Company Statoil and Austrian Oil Company OMV.

Alan Roberson

Alan Roberson

Executive Director, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

Alan Roberson

Alan Roberson

Executive Director, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

Alan Roberson is Executive Director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). ASDWA's members (the state drinking water agencies) are co-regulators with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Roberson has over 27 years of experience in the development of drinking water policy and federal drinking water regulations. He and his staff work closely with EPA and the state and territorial drinking water agencies in the development and implementation of federal drinking water regulations. Mr. Roberson coordinates with his members to establish the policy direction on all federal water regulatory and security and preparedness issues, as well as manage the finances and strategic planning for ASDWA.

Denise Schmidt

Denise Schmidt

Water Policy Advisor, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Denise Schmidt

Denise Schmidt

Water Policy Advisor, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Denise Schmidt is the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s water policy advisor. She advises the Commission on issues related to planning, evaluation and implementation of the Commission’s water regulatory programs. She has worked as a state regulator, regional and local planner, and private consultant on utility financial management, water resource planning, and land use planning issues in Wisconsin and other states. Schmidt serves on the Board of Trustees for AWWA’s Wisconsin Section, is vice chair of the Alliance for Water Efficiency’s Education and Outreach Committee, is a member of NARUC’s Staff Subcommittee on Water and serves as chair of her town’s Plan Commission.

Kevin Shafer

Kevin L. Shafer, P.E.

Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)

Kevin Shafer

Kevin L. Shafer, P.E.

Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)

Kevin Shafer has been the executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) since 2002. He is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction of MMSD. Under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative approaches to managing stormwater runoff.

Raffael Stein

Raffael Stein

Director, EPA’s Water Infrastructure Division

Raffael Stein

Raffael Stein

Director, EPA’s Water Infrastructure Division

Raffael Stein is the Director of EPA’s Water Infrastructure Division and oversees the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) program which has provided over $118 billion in assistance since its inception.  He also is responsible for the recently authorized Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the new Water Infrastructure & Resiliency Finance Center.  Raffael has been with the Agency for over 25 years and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.  During the course of his EPA career, he worked as an economist in the Office of Water and served in several management positions in the Agency’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer including Director of EPA’s Office of Financial Services where he was responsible for all of the Agency’s financial operations.  Prior to coming to EPA, Raffael was an economist for Virginia's Department of Taxation and a financial analyst in a consulting firm specializing in municipal finance research.  He earned a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and a master's from Duke University.

Brad Viegut

Bradley D. Viegut

Managing Director, Public Finance

Brad Viegut

Bradley D. Viegut

Managing Director, Public Finance

Brad Viegut joined Baird in 1997 and has led more than 800 transactions with a total par amount of over $7 billion. Along with investment banking services, Brad’s expertise includes all aspects of economic development and cash flow sensitive financing. Brad serves as Municipal Advisor to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Wendi Wilkes

Wendi Wilkes

Regulatory Analyst, American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Wendi Wilkes

Wendi Wilkes

Regulatory Analyst, American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Wendi Wilkes is a regulatory analyst for AWWA’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Her work ranges from water system partnerships and affordability policy issues to source water protection efforts. Prior to joining AWWA, Wilkes worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality where she served in the Office of Water and coordinated projects for water systems facing severe drought and utilities in the state receivership program. She earned a B.A. in Geography – Earth Sciences & Sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin.

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