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

The winner of this year’s RMWEA student design competition, the Colorado School of Mines, was selected for the final, live round of competition presentations for the 2020 WEFTEC Student Design Competition. We would like to encourage everyone to show some support for our regional winners! This year, the live competition will be virtual, making it easier than ever for you to support the RMWEA team at WEFTEC.
Join us September 24th and get ready for WEFTEC Connect! The live presentations are open to the public (register for either or both events here). They include a viewing of the documentary Brave Blue World, which will stream after the presentations and before the awards ceremony (while judges finish their deliberations). We will access the documentary viewing through a link in the Zoom chat, then return to the same Zoom meeting for the awards ceremony.
When: Live Competition: September 24, 12pm. (Mines presents at 12:05PM)
How: Register, for free, for Zoom Link
There is also a hype video for the student design competition:
YP Technology networking lunch
What: For this networking lunch, we have brought a panel of international technologies to provide a demonstration of the services they offer. This event will generate excitement in the future of the water industry and showcase a few innovative technologies that are leading the way.

Three companies will provide a brief demonstration of the services they are providing, and the impact the technology has on the water industry. The companies and presenters are:
  • vGIS (US) - Alec Pestov, Founder & CEO. Transforms BIM, CAD, and GIS into augmented reality visuals.
  • AM-TEAM (Belgium) - Wim Audenaert - CEO & co-founder. .  Computational fluid dynamics and advanced modeling for process optimization
  • Cyanolakes (South Africa) - Mark Matthews – Founder. Online service for monitoring and mapping of cyanobacteria, algal blooms etc. in surface water
When:   Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm MST
Where: Online (Zoom, Invite to follow)

RSVP: Please email Julia Matton ( to receive the zoom link.    


Committee Members

Ashley Bradney-- HDR
Kristin Schwartz -- City of Thornton
Activities Co-Chairs
Jamie Langer -- South Platte Renew
Rob Staton -- Black & Veatch
Rebecca Erickson -- South Platte Renew
Julia Matton -- WCS Engineering
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 Renew

Caitlin Kodweis – Hazen & Sawyer

Student Chapter Liaison
Dan Freedman – Metro Wastewater Reclamation District

Student Design Competition
Young Professionals Project Page