WEAU Election Bios

 

Brent Packer

Brent Packer is a principal at Bowen, Collins & Associates. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1997. He has over 23 years of engineering experience in wastewater design and other civil engineering projects. He has been serving on the WEAU Collections Committee since 2010 and as the Committee Chair since 2015. He has also served as ASCE Wasatch Front Branch President and ASCE Utah Section President in 2004 and 2008 respectively.   Brent enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors skiing, sailing, and road biking. Brent has a lot of passion as an engineer to improve the environment that we live in and enjoy. He believes being actively involved in professional organizations like WEAU provides opportunities to give back to the community. He welcomes your vote as a Board Director of the WEAU.

Chris Reilley

Chris Reilley has been at CVWRF for over 25 years consistently gaining versatile experiences which have helped develop him into a well-rounded presence in the industry. Chris has been a parts runner, utility worker, control room operator, belt filter press operator, industrial mechanic, industrial mechanic supervisor, and is currently working as the Maintenance Manager at CVWRF. He completed his Apprenticeship and AAS Degree as a Facilities Maintenance Technician at Salt Lake Community College, and passed all the Operator and Maintenance Certification Exams. Chris has been very involved with the WEAU as both a participant and as a strong supporter of the Operator Challenge on a local and a national level. He has been on the WEAU Board as the PWO Representative and also as a Director for 3 terms. Chris has helped in many different ways throughout the industry by way of trainings and the helping of operators in preparing for certification exams, and helping both teams and individuals in the operation challenge events. Chris enjoys working hard and playing hard and can be found serving his community in many different ways such as in scouting, umpiring, and local church activities. Chris grew up in Taylorsville Utah and currently lives in Grantsville with his wife and 5 children. Chris enjoys participating in many different sport activities and loves being in the mountains and in doing many of the activities surrounding the great outdoors. His true passion and drive is his family, he loves serving them and the people he comes in contact wherever he is. He finds great enjoyment helping others learn and understand the value of water and the industry that we serve.

Clint Rogers

Clint Rogers a licensed professional engineer, Utah State Aggie, and is the Regional Water Business Leader for Stantec in Utah and the greater intermountain region. He has been professionally focused on wastewater in Utah and a member of WEAU for 15 years. He is a past president of WEAU and has enjoyed getting to know the great people involved with the association since first helping to organize a Bees game event as a new YP. Clint loves boating, skiing, watching and coaching sports with his wife and their five kids.

Daniel Watts

Dan is the father of 2 amazing children. He is a great dad and enjoys taking his son all around for the Pokémon Go game. He has worked at Cottonwood Improvement District (CID) for fifteen years. He is a Grade IV Collections Operator and runs a TV van. His childhood friend helped him get his job and he has never looked back. One of Dan’s favorite projects to have worked on is cleaning big and little cottonwood canyons to see the beautiful scenery the canyons have to offer and take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Dan is grateful for the knowledge he has gained in collection systems, through his experience. He would give any new employee the advice to learn as much as you can from whomever they get to work with. Dan loves to eat Little Caesars Pizza not just one piece but the whole thing himself. He is the muscleman of Cottonwood, and loves midgets, and can’t put down the Marvel game. He loves to tell you definitions of words that most people have never ever heard of. Dan will win anyone at a staring contest when he was a kid in karate, he had to sit a whole practice and stare in the mirror for making faces at the mirror and the instructor, so he sat happily making faces at himself in the mirror the entire practice. He is good at karate and is a very accomplished football player.Dan’s first year participating in the Operator Challenge was in 2007. He has competed several times in WEAU and at the WEF national level. His favorite thing about the Operations Challenge is competing against friends he has made over the years of competition. He is a jokester, friendly, and very loyal his co-workers say and will help anyone at any time but be prepared to be made fun of the entire time he helps you. Dan Watts, is funny, strong and a fierce competitor.

Gary Vance

I first became involved with WEAU back in 2007, volunteering for the Young Professionals committee. Other duties over the years have included organizing the student design competition and chairing the Annual Conference Committee. My involvement with WEAU has been a great experience and has provided me the opportunity to get to know many terrific people in this industry. Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. I’m originally from Boise and went to college at the University of Idaho and received my M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado. After that, I served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic designing and constructing gravity fed drinking water systems for 2+ years. Since then, I’ve been here in Utah for the past 14 years working as a project manager for water/ wastewater treatment systems with J-U-B Engineers. I have many hobbies including hiking, camping, and skiing. I have 2 kids and we love exploring the southern Utah red rock country and the Wasatch Mountains. I also enjoy fishing, playing soccer, music, and traveling.

Giles Demke

Giles Demke began working in the wastewater industry over twenty-two years ago. He has worked on both sides of the aisle beginning his career in the consulting field as a draftsman and worked up to Construction Manager. Then, thirteen years ago switched to the municipal side as a project manager for a wastewater treatment plant where he obtained his Grade IV Wastewater Operator certification. His current position is that of Wastewater Section Manger for the City of Orem. Over the past seven years he has had the privilege of serving as a volunteer for WEAU, serving on the board starting as Secretary. Giles is also serving as a member of the Utah Wastewater Certification council and participates on the Mt. Olympus Improvement District and Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility boards.

Jordan Probst

My name is Jordan Probst and I am a treatment operator for Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District. I have worked for Snyderville for just over 5 years, and being from Heber, am very grateful to work in beautiful Park City where I rarely have to leave the mountains. I am a treatment operator IV and also certified as a collections I operator. I have been a part of the operators challenge for every year of my employment and enjoy the competitive nature of it very much. I love going to St. George and seeing all the many state- wide operators I have come to know over the years. I also had the privilege of going to Chicago for nationals in 2015 as a part of the Wasatch Allstars and had a great experience there as well. In my free time, I love spending time with my wife and two kids. We moved from Heber valley to Kamas valley this past year and couldn’t be any happier about our decision. I enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking. I am a huge sports fan and love watching Jazz games with my family.  I am extremely happy to have found the wastewater industry and look forward to much more learning and growth at Snyderville.

Myron Bachman

Myron is a graduate of Idaho State University, and started his career in field service as a generator technician, primarily focused on digester gas fueled engines and controls. He spent 8 years with CVWRF as a Cogen Operator. He has been with NDSD for the past 23 years, and has served as the Plant Superintendent for the last 12 years. Myron has been married to his better half Shawna for over 36 years, and enjoys hunting, camping, and fishing especially with his 8 grandkids.

Sarah Leavitt Ward

My WEAU experience began in 2007 when I became a member. My main objective in becoming a member was to attend Pretreatment trainings so I could learn from the experts. Shortly later I was asked to join the Pretreatment Committee. In 2011, I became the Pretreatment Co-Chair and then roll into the Chair position in 2013. In 2016, I was elected as a Director on the WEAU board. Serving as a Director has been a great experience; I have learned more about the organization and have had the opportunity to meet many WEAU members.  One key concept I have learned from my work and WEAU experience thus far is the importance of building positive relationships. Not just the relationships with your co-workers, but the ones you build with the community, government agencies and wastewater/pretreatment professionals. It makes your work load easier when you acknowledge that we are all in this together. Overall, the true highlight of being a member of WEAU is working with and getting to know so many wastewater and pretreatment professionals from around the state.

Trevor Lindley

Trevor Lindley is a project manager and project engineer with Brown and Caldwell in Salt Lake City. Mr. Lindley has been working in the field of Environmental Engineering ever since graduating from Utah State University in 1996. After spending seven years away from Utah including time in Ohio and Arizona, he returned to Utah in 2006 and has been actively involved with the industry and WEAU ever since. Mr. Lindley first worked with the WEAU website for two years then moved on to the conference technical chair for three years and is now in his third year as the annual conference chair. Trevor enjoys his work as an environmental engineer. He mostly enjoys seeing projects come together and teaching city councils, board members, and average citizens how water and wastewater treatment works and why it’s important. A love of the outdoors, particularly fly fishing, and a good high school AP biology teacher started him on the path that he is on today. In his committee chair assignment, he really appreciates all the volunteers who quietly work behind the scenes to move WEAU forward. Trevor and his wife Tiffanie live in Mtn. Green Utah and are doing their best to raise four pretty awesome kids: Tyson, Emma, Ashton, and Brandon.