Committees

The Northwest Oregon Subsection has several committees that are always looking for volunteers! 

Fulfilling its responsibility for providing education and training while encouraging responsible stewardship of water, the Northwest Oregon Subsection is an active and dynamic organization consisting of over 300 members and seven highly motivated, volunteer-driven committees.  

The work of the committees promote the education of industry professionals through the provision of high quality, relevant training, professional development, charitable giving and most importantly, an inviting environment for camaraderie and friendship. 


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Activities

Gerald Arredondo

City of Salem

GARREDONDO@cityofsalem.net

503-540-2490

Committee Description:

The Activities committee organizes, promotes, and recruits participants where necessary for Subsection competitive events such as Meter Madness, Best Tasting Water, Hydrant Hysteria, Gimmicks and Gadgets.

Volunteer Needs:

If anyone is interested in helping with events, please contact Gerald. Various events throughout the years include Meter Madness, Best Tasting Water, Hydrant Hysteria, Gimmicks and Gadgets.

Join the committee by reaching out to Gerald

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Education & Safety

Don Lovas

City of Salem

dlovas@cityofsalem.net

503-932-7044

Committee Description:

Our committee helps provide and assist all members of our subsection with educational and safety opportunities, resources, and training to help further their knowledge of waterworks systems and applications.  Our committee has put on trainings related Water Meter installation and Repair, Pump Hydraulics Trainings, Safety Trainings for Arc Flash, Asbestos Cement Pipe Training and Excavation Safety.

Volunteer Needs:

If anyone is interested in joining our committee or would like more information on getting involved, please contact Don. 

Join the committee by reaching out to Don

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Membership

Chandra Hingston

Joint Water Commission

chandra.hingston@hillsboro-oregon.gov

503-615-6692

Committee Description:

The membership committee sends welcome emails to new Subsection members, sends the monthly Subsection newsletter/email with meeting and event information, maintains a current Subsection membership list, establishes programs for obtaining new members, encourages and retains membership in the Subsection, and works closely with Subsection officers to help achieve committee and NW OR goals.

Volunteer Needs:

For years we have had very little turnover in our committee. We need new members with ideas for member recruitment. I’d really like someone to take over as the chair since I’ve been in the role for 9 years now. I would continue to send out the announcements and maintain the member list, but it would be great for someone else to plan committee meetings, recruitment drives, and to attend the annual budget meeting.

Join the committee by reaching out to Chandra

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Scholarship

Jason Branstetter

City of Gresham

jason.branstetter@greshamoregon.gov

503-618-2516

Committee Description:

The Scholarship Committee provides, solicits, accepts, reviews, awards and announces the recipients of the Subsection’s scholarship(s).

Volunteer Needs:

None at this time.

Join the committee by reaching out to Jason

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Water for People

Justin Ford

Murraysmith

Justin.Ford@Murraysmith.us

503-310-9671 

Committee Description:

The NW Oregon Subsection of the PNWS-AWWA Water For People Committee is comprised of volunteers dedicated to fundraising and providing networking and awareness of WFP’s mission worldwide. WFP is an agency that was originally founded by AWWA volunteers, and delivers clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education to rural communities across the globe. The WFP Committee typically runs two events annually, including a networking dinner and a golf tournament, and assists with other Committees’ work when aimed at providing funding assistance to WFP’s charter. The Committee thanks all those who have assisted with our events in the past and looks forward to many more successful events for the water/wastewater professionals in our region.

Volunteer Needs:

None at this time

Join the committee by reaching out to Justin

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Waterworks School

Christine Hollenbeck 

Clackamas River Water Providers

christine@clackamasproviders.org 

503-723-3511 

Committee Description:

Our committee organizes the annual 3-day waterworks school which is normally held at Clackamas Community College.  The committee is responsible for soliciting speakers and vendors for the 3-day event, working with the college regarding logistics, as well as classroom monitoring and other functions during the waterworks school.

Volunteer Needs:

Our organization committee is always looking for speakers and people to volunteer their time to be a part of our committee.

Join the committee by reaching out to Christine

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Website

Andrew Nishihara 

Stantec

andrew.nishihara@stantec.com

Committee Description:

The Website Committee works with the Board and standing committee Chairpersons to update the Subsection website in a timely manner with accurate information regarding the Subsection’s meetings, activities, and trainings.

Volunteer Needs:

Our  None at this time.

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Young Professionals

Brooke Barry 

West Yost Associates

bbarry@westyost.com

541-591-8405

Committee Description:

The NWOR subsection Young Professionals Committee organizes events to provide new and young professionals and students with opportunities to network and learn about the water industry. Examples of past events include tours of facility construction or operating facilities, educational presentations, networking events, and informal happy hours. A new/young professional is defined by AWWA as anyone under the age of 35 and/or who has less than 10 years of experience in the water industry.  All who are employed in the water industry are considered professionals.

Volunteer Needs:

We are looking for a new YP Chair to take over when the Subsection is given the green light to start meeting in person. I would like to have a new YP chair in place by early 2021. Our organization committee is always looking for speakers and people to volunteer their time to be a part of our committee.                                    

Join the committee by reaching out to Brooke

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