American Water Works Association (AWWA)

AWWA Board of Directors selects Jeanne Bennett-Bailey of Fairfax, Va. as president-elect


Santa Fe, N.M. -- The American Water Works Association Board of Directors today elected Jeanne Bennett-Bailey of Fairfax, Va. as the association’s next president-elect and chose four new vice presidents and one new director-at-large.

An AWWA member since 1990, Bennett-Bailey is the public affairs officer for Fairfax Water in Fairfax, Va., the state’s largest water utility. Currently chair of the AWWA Public Affairs Council, Bennett-Bailey received the AWWA’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2014.

Bennett-Bailey begins her role as president-elect in June 2015, at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Anaheim, Calif. She will serve her one-year presidential term beginning in June 2016.

A graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, Bennett-Bailey holds many leadership positions within AWWA, including as a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Utility Quality Management Committee and the Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee.

The four new vice presidents selected by the board are:

  • Steve Dennis has a long history of service in the California/Nevada Section. He has served as section chair, as a member of the executive committee and governing board, and on various committees.
  • Jon Eaton has been a member of the Minnesota Section for over 20 years, where he most notably built the section’s scholarship fund to its planned level. He is superintendent of utilities at the City of Eagan, Minn.
  • Martha Segal is notable at the Kentucky/Tennessee Section for founding and chairing the section’s Diversity Committee. She is the assistant director at Metro Water Services in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Brian Steglitz is a director at the Michigan Section and is active on numerous committees at the Association level. He received the Raymond J. Faust Award for Outstanding Personal Service the Water Supply Field from the Section in 2013.

Also elected was Sally Mills-Wright as director-at-large. Mills-Wright from the Texas Section is the water treatment manager at the City of Arlington’s Water Utilities Division. She has been particularly active in bringing veterans into the water profession as part of the AWWA Water Sector Veterans’ Workforce Initiative.

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

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