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AC17: Visiting National Officers
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Representatives from both of the AWWA and WEF national associations will be in attendance at the conference. They will be featured as speakers at the Monday Opening Session and Tuesday Gavel Gala. You will also have the opportunity to meet with them at other conference events.


Kevin Bergschneider

 Vice-President (2016-2018)

American Water Works Association


Kevin Bergschneider is an Associate Vice-President with HDR Engineering in Denver, Colorado, where he has been employed since 2006.  He is also the Water, Wastewater & Water Resources Program Leader at HDR.  Kevin has been an active member in the Rocky Mountain Section of AWWA since joining in 2000.


Involved in many of the Section’s committees, Kevin has been the Rocky Mountain Section Chair, Trustee and Membership Chair and co-chair of the ACE13 Local Host Committee.  On the Association level, he has served on the Board of Directors as a Section Director since 2015.  He is also a member of the Membership Committee and past Vice-Chair of the Membership Engagement and Development Committee.


Kevin hold a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.  He received the Fuller Award in 2015, the diamond Pin Recruitment Award in 2002 and 2005, and the Lyle D. Herman Distinguished Public Service Award in 2002.

About AWWA
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

Joan Hawley

2016-2017 Trustee
Water Environment Federation


Joan Hawley is a member of the 2016-17 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Joan is president of Superior Engineering, LLC, in Milwaukee Wis. She founded Superior Engineering in 2002 to provide solutions to preserve the environment with specific focus on operations and maintenance (O&M) at resource recovery facilities and collection systems.

She has more than 30 years of experience in the water industry in municipal, consulting and construction including utility assessment and asset management programs; O&M programs for resource recovery facilities and collection systems; collection system rehabilitation; resource optimization; and sustainable O&M and capital programs.

Joan has been a WEF member since 1986. She started as a member of the Water Environment Association of Texas and then became a member of the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA), where she is still active. She is the past CSWEA Wisconsin Section Chair (1996) and has participated in many Wisconsin Section committees including Collection Systems and Management Committees.

Joan became involved in the WEF Collection Systems Committee (CSC) in 1990. She was on the CSC Steering Committee in 2003, was vice chair in 2005 and chair from 2008 to 2010. She served on the Committee Leadership Council as vice chair from 2009 to 2012 and chair from 2012 to 2015. She spent the last two years as part of the team that restructured the WEF committees for the first time in more than 30 years.

Joan is the recipient of the WEF and Central States Golden Manhole Award and the 2011 WEF Collection Systems Award. She is a proud member of the 7’s Central States Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.

Joan is a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin and has a Grade IV Wisconsin Operator License. She received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1982 from Marquette University and an M.S. in civil engineering in 1990 from the University of Texas-Arlington.

About WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 33,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation. To learn more, visit

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