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Rafael Frias Assumes National Presidency of AWRA, Brenda Bateman Voted President-Elect

2017 AWRA officers

2017 AWRA President Rafa Frias, President-Elect Brenda Bateman and Immediate Past President Martha Narvaez mug for the camera at a recent AWRA conference.

AWRA is pleased to announce that Rafael Frias, III, client director with the global water business of Black & Veatch Corporation, began his tenure as national president of the organization on January 1, 2017. He succeeds Martha Corrozi Narvaez, associate policy scientist, University of Delaware Water Resources Agency, who transitioned to her role as immediate past-president.

When asked about his goals in the next year, Frias responded, “I’m very proud to be part of AWRA and to have the privilege to lead this great organization during 2017. As we move forward, I look to continue to increase the value we provide to our members. AWRA is about our members and how they can leverage the organization for professional development and growth.”

AWRA is also happy to confirm that Brenda O. Bateman, senior public policy coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department assumed her seat as president-elect at that time, as did newly elected National Board of Directors members Sharon Megdal, University of Arizona and Jared Bales, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI).

“I am so honored to be entrusted with this role,” commented Bateman when asked her reaction to being voted president-elect. “AWRA has a great reputation as a professional organization, but it is my family as well. I hope to continue the tradition of leadership that Rafael Frias, Martha Narvaez, and others before me have demonstrated, building a healthy and valuable organization.”

The following officers and directors began their terms of service on January 1, 2017:
President – Rafael E. Frias III, Black & Veatch, Coral Springs, FL
President-Elect – Brenda O. Bateman, Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, OR
Director – Sharon Megdal, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
Director – Jared Bales, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), Arlington, MA

Continuing their remaining terms as AWRA Board members for 2017 are:
Past-President – Martha Corrozi Narvaez, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Secretary-Treasurer – Noel Gollehon, USDA-NRCS, Beltsville, MD
Director – Betsy Cody, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC
Director – Laurel Stadjuhar, West Sage Water Consultants, Denver, CO
Director – Lisa Beutler, MWH Global a part of Stantec, Sacramento, CA
Director – Wayne S. Wright, Stantec, Seattle, WA

For more information on AWRA’s Officers and Board of Directors, including bios., visit the Board of Directors page on the AWRA website.

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2 thoughts on “Rafael Frias Assumes National Presidency of AWRA, Brenda Bateman Voted President-Elect

  1. Dr. Steve Kadivarv

    Dear Rafael and Brenda
    Congratulations for the new positions within AWRA and wish you more success,

    Steve kadvar, PhD, Eng. BCEE
    Steve. Kadivar@dot.ca.gov
    Office(510)286-5195
    Cell(510)612-9175

  2. Dr. Steve Kadivarv

    Dear Rafael and Brenda
    Congratulations for the new positions within AWRA and wish you more success,

    Steve kadvar, PhD, Eng. BCEE
    Steve. Kadivar@dot.ca.gov
    Office(510)286-5195
    Cell(510)612-9175

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