Young Professionals


Rocky Mountain Water Young Professionals – The Future of Water

Empowering a new generation of water and wastewater professionals while upholding the values of AWWA and WEF.

Vision, Mission, and Values Statement
Promote Development: Providing meaningful opportunities for career growth and personal ambition.
Build Community: Fostering networks that nurture lasting relationships.
Provide Value: Helping members gain access to industry and educational resources.
Have Fun: Promoting a welcoming and enjoyable environment for all members.

Upcoming Events

Pumps 101 and Smart Pumps - Presented by Water Technology Group
YP Tour, Networking Event and Happy Hour
Join us for a networking and happy hour event to learn about pumps, integrated controls to automate pumps, and hands on testing of pumps used in water/wastewater applications. There will be a happy hour at New Terrain Brewing Company following the presentation and tour.
Date: November 14th, 2019
Tour: 3:30 to 5:15 PM @ 14452 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO 80403
Networking Event/Happy Hour: 5:30 to 6:30 PM @ New Terrain Brewing Company
RSVP: by 11/11/19 – space is limited

Community Engineering Corps team
What: The Community Engineering Corps is taking on a new project to help the Town of La Jara, which is currently experiencing chronic water pressure shortages for purposes of fire suppression. Currently, pressure within the distribution system is insufficient to provide water to fire hydrants, both immediately within the town as well as at the end of the distribution system. This project will last about one year and will start up this Summer. We are looking for volunteers to serve on the project team, which aims to conduct an alternatives analysis and write a Preliminary Engineering Report to help the Town secure USDA grant funding.  
Community Engineering Corps leverages the membership of alliance partners – American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, and Engineers Without Borders USA – bringing together more than 200,000 technical professionals and students to serve communities across the United States. These individuals volunteer their time and expertise to assist communities that do not have the resources to access engineering services. With a strong commitment to community-driven projects, our volunteers work alongside community members to design solutions to identified problems.
Contact: Please email if you are interested in joining the project team or learning more.

Young Professional Development: Negotiation in the Workplace

Young Professional Development: Negotiation in the Workplace
1670 Broadway Suite 3400
Denver, CO 80202
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4:00-6:00 pm
Join us for a seminar on negotiation skills for the workplace. We will learn about different conflict styles, negotiation strategies, and how to reach an agreement that is most beneficial for all parties. Snacks will be provided. We will head to a local bar for happy hour after the event.
Members of RMWEA or RMSAWWA: $10
Nonmembers: $15
Students: Free
Presenter: Pieter Van Ry, P.E.
Pieter Van Ry is the Director of South Platte Water Renewal Partners and has more than 24 years of experience in the water, wastewater, and environmental industry. This experience has been in both the public and private sectors. After many years as an engineering consultant, Pieter transitioned to the public sector where he has worked for water districts and municipal utilities with a focus on executive management and leadership. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. 
Location: HDR, 1670 Broadway Suite 3400, Denver , CO 80202

Registration ends on October 28, 2019


Committee Members

Ashley Bradney-- HDR
Kristin Schwartz -- City of Thornton
Activities Co-Chairs
Jamie Langer -- South Platte Water Renewal Partners
Rob Staton -- Black & Veatch
Rebecca Erickson -- South Platte Water Renewal Partners
Julia Matton -- Black and Veatch
Sarah Vander Meulen --  Mott MacDonald
EJ Katsoulas – Tetra Tech
Martha Nunez – Innovyze
Amanda Smokoff - AECOM

Hannah Palmer Dwore- Raftelis

Communications Chair/Marketing Chair
Christine Sednek -- Burns & McDonnell
Ashley Waldron -- Jacobs

Membership Involvement Chair
Victor Sam -- Stantec
Awards and Publications Chair
Jenna Beairsto - Ditesco

Education Chair
Emilie Abbott -- Parker Water & San
Amanda Scott - Suez

Outreach Chair
Ben Miller -- Black and Veatch
Diane Roher -- Hazen and Sawyer
Shelby Berke -- Muller Engineering
Mia Yu 

Geographic Leaders
Colorado's Mountain Country: Andy Rossello -- City of Aspen
Southwestern Colorado: Keith Bowhan -- Bartlett & West
Northern New Mexico: Sean Menk -- Jacobs, Amy Reed -- Jacobs, Tyler Robinson – JCH, Inc
Southern Wyoming: Carol Kinzer -- Trihydro

Operator Liaison
Richard Stringer –Colorado Springs Utilities

RMWEA Board Liaison
Jamie Langer – South Platte Water Renewal Partners

Caitlin Kodweis – Hazen & Sawyer

Student Chapter Liaison
Dan Freedman – Metro Wastewater Reclamation District

Student Design Competition
Young Professionals Project Page