October 15, 2013

President-Elect Nominee

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Jerry W. Webb, P.E., D.WRE - Hydrology, Hydraulics & Coastal Community of Practice Leader, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Culloden, WV; Washington, DC

Jerry’s statement of service:

My service to the AAWRE Board of Trustees has been one of the most rewarding activities and duties of my nearly 40-year career in water resources engineering. I feel that AAWRE is an important organization to our profession and I feel that I can contribute to the development of the organization.

I have been involved in the recently approved changes to our by-laws and I have been working to initiate an awards program which will enhance the value of the AAWRE organization. There is still much to do in the future, and I would like to have an opportunity to contribute to the success of the program. I believe that my position in the public/government sector and experience and knowledge of Board processes, procedures, and issues would allow me to provide significant contributions during a second term.

At-Large Nominees

Jun Chang, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE - Deputy Director of Public Works & Engineering, City of Houston - TX

Jun’s statement for service:

As a Diplomate, I am expressing my interest and wish to have my name considered for the candidacy of serving on the AAWRE Board as a Board of Trustee At-Large. I have a keen interest in insuring water, our most valuable resource is sustainable for our current and future consumers with a strong desire to ensure its planning and management are shared responsibly. As a public servant and resource provider, my background is a fit to serve as a member of the board and applicable to offer a broad perspective on issues. I have been a steward of water and engaged in resolving water issues my entire career either from the planning or the operational side. I bring a diverse background in engineering and planning of water supply systems, reservoirs, streams, rivers, wetlands, irrigation, wastewater treatment, sedimentation, infrastructure operations and maintenance.

I believe my experience, interest and abilities in leadership and solving issues will bring value to the position of Board of Trustee At-Large. It would be an honor to serve on the American Academy of Water Resources Engineer (AAWRE) Board and to help securing our water resources. I look forward to the opportunity.


Lizette Chevalier, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, F.ASCE - Professor and Associate Dean of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Southern Illinois University Carbondale - IL

Lizette’s statement for service:

My contributions to higher education spans twenty years, with a focus on environmental engineering, water resources engineering, sustainability, and interdisciplinary studies in watershed science and policy. My commitment to research, advances in technology enhanced learning, K-12 education, community outreach, and ABET accreditation has been central to the focus and core values of my career, as well as international collaboration. This aligns with the objectives of AAWRE to improve the practice, elevate the level of standards, and advance the profession. A seat on the Board of Trustee At-Large would provide an opportunity to contribute to critically important and expert dialog on water resources engineering while broadening my own perspective. It would be an opportunity I would passionately undertake.

Water resources and sustainability are complex challenges that require interdisciplinary dialog, collaboration and forward thinking leadership. As a member of the AAWRE Board, I would strive to promote these attributes, with a focus on advancing water resources education, outreach and research.


Roger T. Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE - Principal, Kilgore Consulting and Management – Denver, CO

Roger’s statement for service:

Three areas of emphasis that I would bring to the Board of Trustees and to the mission of AAWRE would be to continue to raise the profile of water resources engineers in public policy discussions, support the growth in the capabilities of water resources engineers in our increasingly complex world, and increase the recognition by the general public of the positive contributions of our field to the quality of life and well-being of our nation. Water resources engineers, and civil engineers generally, must take a more prominent role in shaping our society! I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the AAWRE Board of Trustees and, with my colleagues, bring these visions to reality.

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Charlotte Maddox, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE - Senior Vice President, Atkins Global – Tampa, FL

Charlotte’s statement for service:

Having been on multiple national, state and regional professional boards, I feel that I can provide a solid perspective on the industry which can help in better serving and growing our membership. I also understand what differentiates this organization from others which is a key element of understanding for someone serving on the Board of Trustees.


Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE - Group Leader, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources – Alexandria, VA

Joe’s statement for service:

I believe it is incumbent on each member of a learned profession to not only promote the responsibilities of their profession, but also take positive actions to protect and enhance the image of that profession, while providing appropriate protections for those whom they serve. As discussed by NCEES in the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FEE) reference book, professional responsibility, or ethics, of an engineer includes service to the 1) employer, 2)public, and 3) profession. In recognizing the accomplishments of learned professionals through licensure and advanced credentials, we are making a significant contribution toward meeting these professional engineer responsibilities as they relate to each of these served groups.

I also believe that recognition, such as Diplomaté of Water Resources Engineering is a demonstrable step in moving the standards of our profession to higher levels. Moving the level of education and successful work accomplishments forward is a slow, but needed process. If selected, I look forward to service on the Board as a representative of the professional constituency of today, but more importantly contributing to the development of water resources engineers of the future.

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Lena Rivera, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE - Principal Water Resources Engineer and Project Manager, CDM Smith - Orlando, FL

Lena’s statement for service:

I would like to be considered as a nominee for service on the AAWRE Board of Trustees (2013-2016). I have represented the profession as a water resources engineering consultant over the last 13 years and would be honored to serve as a representative of this industry on the Board. Currently, there is a perception that joining the Academy is reserved for technical professionals with a long-standing career.

As a Board member, I would like to emphasize growing the Academy in membership and reach out to younger engineers that meet the qualifications to pursue Diplomate status. I was selected as a Featured Diplomate (October 2011) and would look forward to the opportunity to continue to represent the Academy as a Hispanic woman engineer and young professional, striving to work with my fellow Board members to represent the best interests of all Diplomates.