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Cecilia Aleman

Cecilia is WE&RF's Multi-Media Production Assistant. Her main responsibilities include managing all of WE&RF's digital content such as the website, social media, e-newsletters, and marketing materials. Prior to joining WE&RF, she worked at a software development company as part of the in-house creative team for content development and communications. She also produced social media content for a global issues nonprofit and worked as a copywriter for digital media agencies across the web.

Cecilia has a B.S. in Mass Communications and Creative Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kelsey Beveridge

Kelsey is the Technical Writer in the Communications Department at WE&RF where she is responsible for writing newsletters, press releases, and articles to outside journals. Previously to joining the team at WE&RF, she worked for a breast cancer non-profit where she managed fundraising opportunities for the organization across the east coast. She also has experience working at a government affairs firm in Washington D.C., working with associates in Water and Environment practice. 

Kelsey has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

Allison Deines

Allison started at WERF in 2012 as the Director of Special Projects. She manages WE&RF’s Targeted Collaborative Research program, helping WE&RF subscribers start and find funding for innovative research projects and technology pilots. 

Allison has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from George Washington University.

Aaron Fisher
Dr. Aaron Fisher joins the LIFT program as the Technology and Innovation Collaboration Manager helping to accelerate the deployment of new water resource recovery technologies. He was most recently a contractor with Energetics to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), working with the Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Office of Technology Transitions, and the Advanced Manufacturing Office. He served as a member of the DOE Wet Waste-to-Energy Team, where he was lead author for the reports from the Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery Workshop, the Waste-to-Energy Workshop, and the Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons and Bioproduct Precursors Workshop.

Aaron received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University. 

Walter L. Graf, Jr.
Walter Graf is the program director at the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) for Asset Management and Intelligent Water Systems. In previous positions, he led development of the asset management software – TEAMS, and conducted financial analysis and modeling for small water and wastewater utilities. At U.S.EPA, Walter was a subject matter expert for asset management in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW). He is a member of Advisory Boards for IKT (Germany) on manholes, and Virginia Tech Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center.  Walter also serves on the NASSCO asset management committee and several for the Water Research Foundation.  He is a member of the Scientific and Program Committee for the Leading Edge Strategic Asset Management conference (LESAM 2017). Walter also was a Technical Reviewer - Condition Assessment and Asset Performance Guidelines Practice Note 7 – Water Supply and Sewerage Assets, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), and several EPA technical pipeline publications. Additionally, he has international oil industry experience. 

Walter has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Tennessee and MBA in Finance from The George Washington University.

Fidan Karimova
Fidan is the Water Technology Collaboration Manager at WE&RF, in charge of bridging the gap between the WE&RF utility subscriber needs and available technologies in the market. She has an extensive knowledge of the innovation industry, having previously worked on helping entrepreneurs from around the world transition from idea to implementation phase. Fidan created a mobile app, called The Water Tracker, that records the amount of water used in people’s daily lives.

Fidan graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management. 

Justin Mattingly
Justin Mattingly is a Research Manager at the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation focusing on treatment systems for potable reuse, industrial reuse, and water economics and finance. Prior to joining WE&RF, he completed a four year fellowship at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, working with states and communities to develop innovative financing tools and strategies to fund a diverse array of water quality projects. During this time he also focused on stormwater management and combined sewer overflows helping communities develop management plans and financing programs to promote the use of green infrastructure. In his current role at WE&RF, Justin has presented at multiple conferences, authored several papers and articles, and participated on several working groups and advisory committees related to water reuse. He is also engaged with decision makers at the state and federal level to overcome the regulatory and financial barriers related to water reuse.

Justin graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from American University.

Stefani McGregor
Stefani is a biologist with specialties in neuroscience and genetics. She has worked in the environmental field for more than 6 years. Her current responsibilities cover pathogens and their detection and removal from water and wastewater, most notably bioanalytical tools used to screen for high quality water. Ms. McGregor also has expertise in public outreach and development of community education tools, particularly related to recycled water and the availability of water. She manages WE&RF’s research program that addresses high priority subscriber research, known and the Subscriber Priority program. Stefani also manages large committees of volunteers who discuss and prioritize research needs related to ensuring adequate water resources. As a Senior Research Manager for WE&RF, Stefani has shepherded a portfolio of 46 research projects valued at over $4 million for the water community.

Julie Minton
Julie Minton is a program director at WE&RF for water reuse and desalination. Prior to the merger, Julie was the Director of Research Programs for the WateReuse Research Foundation. She was responsible for planning and managing a comprehensive research program and staff.  Collectively, they manage over 50 active projects worth more than $6 million annually. Ms. Minton had the programmatic responsibility for the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives, federal grants and cooperative agreements and has directed programmatic monitoring, reporting, outputs, and outcomes on multiple federal, state, and partner awards totaling over $20 million. Ms. Minton was also responsible for maintaining collaborative relationships with U.S. and international research organizations, cooperative funding of research programs and projects, and joint outreach activities.

She has a B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Jeff C. Moeller, P.E.
Jeff Moeller is the Director of Water Technologies at WE&RF where he has worked since 1997. Jeff directs the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program. LIFT is a joint WEF/WE&RF initiative to accelerate innovation and new technology into practice in the water quality industry. LIFT takes a collaborative approach to new technology demonstration and implementation. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in environmental engineering and previously worked as an engineer for Hazen and Sawyer designing water, stormwater, and wastewater systems. He has worked on water projects in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, as well as internationally for Inter-American Development Bank funded projects in Central America. He specializes R&D, demonstration, and deployment of new wastewater and stormwater processes and technologies. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and North Carolina. 

Jeff has a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, a Master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from M.I.T., and a certificate of business administration from Georgetown University.

Lola Olabode, M.P.H.
Lola is a program director for WE&RF's Wastewater Treatment and Reuse program. She has been a WE&RF employee since 2000 and has more than 17 years of experience in the environmental and public health field. She currently manages several research programs including WE&RF’s Unsolicited program and numerous projects covering issues of water reuse, wastewater treatment technologies, emerging pathogens, security, and biosolids. Lola is the lead on WE&RF’s Trace Organics Challenge, “Understanding and Communicating Exposure to Trace Organic Compounds in Wastewater, Reclaimed Water Receiving Waters, and in Biosolids.” She has served and continues to serve as a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) member and WE&RF’s liaison to the WateReuse Foundation (WRF), Water Research Foundation, and the Canadian Water Network. Additionally, she focuses on the issue of human health and risk assessment. Prior to joining WE&RF, she worked as an epidemiologist in the Emerging Infectious Program and the Division of Outbreak Investigation at the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She has worked with numerous international and national agencies including WHO, CDC, FDA, USDA, the World Bank, and the U.S. EPA.

Lola has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Tougaloo College and a Master's of public health degree in environmental and occupational health from George Washington University. Her graduate work focused on comparing heavy metal concentrations in municipal and tap water supplies in collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Global Health Council, and supports Doctors without Borders. 

Barbara Swartz
Barbara Swartz is WE&RF’s Multi-Media Production Director. She has been on the WE&RF staff since 2003 and has managed the production of print and electronic publications during the course of her 35-year career, including large marine equipment catalogs, promotional fliers, and other materials for the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), as well as nearly 400 research reports, databases, user tools, executive summaries, factsheets, and related print and electronic materials for the Water Environment Research Foundation. She has a sharp eye for detail and commitment to producing high-quality outreach materials that deliver meaningful and effective messaging.

Barb has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a Marketing Management Concentration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA.

Harry Zhang, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Harry Zhang is the Program Director at WE&RF for program areas in Sustainable Integrated Water Management (SIWM), Stormwater, Watershed, Decentralized Systems and Climate Impacts on Water Quantity and Quality. Harry has more than 20 years of experience and has served as a subject matter expert in the field of water quality, stormwater management, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), watershed management, regulatory compliance, environmental systems analysis and water sustainability for both public and private sector projects. Prior to joining WE&RF, Harry served as technical program lead for programs funded by the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research & Development (ORD), and Technical Support for Assessment and Watershed Protection (TSAWP) and National Watershed Protection Program (NWPP) by the Office of Water. In addition, Harry served as technical lead on water resources and water quality for industrial and private sector projects while in a global engineering consulting firm. Furthermore, Harry was appointed as one of 30 voting members for the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior for three consecutive terms. Harry is the editor on sustainability subject for Journal of Water Science & Technology (WS&T) by International Water Association (IWA). Harry has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in the field of water quality modeling & monitoring, stormwater management, TMDLs, watershed management, water sustainability, integrated water management, climate change, risk analysis, water reclamation/reuse and groundwater at Water Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Journal of Water Science & Technology, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Water Environment & Technology, and Power Engineering.

Harry has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering (with a minor in Geo-Environmental Engineering) from University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering (with a minor in Systems Engineering) from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Harry is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Maryland.