ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIEW
Board of Trustees Announcement of Executive Director Resignation
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN SECTION AWWA (RMSAWWA) ANNOUNCES THE RESIGNATION OF ANN GUIBERSON
as Executive Director after five years with the organization. Having accepted an offer to move to another opportunity, her departure will be effective
Friday, July 16, 2021.
Since December 2016, Ann has been an integral part of the growth and success of the RMSAWWA. She has been instrumental in leading the Section
through a period of change, working closely with Section chairs and the Board of Trustees to ensure successful outcomes. The Board thanks Ann for her
dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including::
• Spearheaded the Section’s alignment with its affiliation agreement with AWWA.
• Improved organizational operations, member services, program delivery and governance practices.
• Worked collaboratively with Section Treasurers, installed a Finance Committee, and improved financial reporting and the annual budgeting process.
• Increased registrations and grew training for operators and small systems throughout Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
• Established a working office, implemented new applications and systems, and hired staff and contractors to support the changing needs of the
organization and members.
• Led the Section’s COVID-19 response and secured two Payroll Protection Program loans totaling $55,937.
• Produced the Section’s first virtual conference in 2020, with more than 500 attendees.
• Expanded virtual programming and worked collaboratively with committee chairs to
produce the 2021 New Mexico Virtual Water Workshop and a Leadership for Water
Professionals Webinar Series.
• Expanded opportunities for members through the addition of an RMSAWWA Young
Professionals Committee and an RMSAWWA Competitions Committee.
• Received the 2021 Zenno A. Gorder Section Staff Award given to the Section staff
member for recruiting the most AWWA members.
Ann’s management and operational achievements have created a foundational struc-ture
that will serve the organization for years to come. We cannot thank Ann enough
for the commitment, passion, creativity, and enthusiasm she has given the RMSAWWA
during her tenure.
Over the next few months, the Board will review staffing solutions. During this transi-tion
period, it is our priority to find the best support possible for the Section, while still
maintaining a stable and effective organization.
If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesi-tate
to reach out to Sean Lieske, Chair (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andrea Song,
Chair Elect (email: email@example.com).
2021 Board of Trustees
Rocky Mountain Section AWWA
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net proceeds from the festival go to Water For People, so come on down
and enjoy some tasty adult beverages and reconnect with friends and
The 2021 Virtual Rocky Mountain Water Conference planning is hum-ming
along nicely. Ann Guiberson, Leanne Miller, and Andrea Song are
spearheading this effort, and many more volunteers are busy organiz-ing,
scheduling, and planning for this annual event. Congratulations to
everyone who had their abstracts. We are looking forward to an exciting,
knowledge-packed, conference. There will be a handful of in-person
events during the conference period so be sure to check out the conference
schedule when it is posted. I hope you all are enjoying your summer so far.
I look forward to seeing you at an in-person event soon!
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for One Water, our Supervisor Leadership Committee has created a great
leadership webinar series to help us on our journey. The series includes eight
webinars, which began in May with a session on Epic Leadership Lessons
Learned in the Field and will conclude in August with a session on Leading
with Emotional Intelligence. While four of the sessions will have passed by the
time this issue is published, it’s not too late to sign up for the later sessions,
so check out them out at www.rmsawwa.org/page/LeadershipWebinars
and sign up. Hope to see you there!
Sean Lieske is the 2020-2021 Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section of AWWA.
He is the Environmental Services Manager for the City of Aurora Water
Department. His team is responsible for ensuring Aurora Water maintains
compliance with all applicable regulatory and compliance related requirements.
Lieske has more than 18 years of experience addressing regulatory and
compliance issues related to water, wastewater, and storm water. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stacey Walker is the 2020-2021 President of RMWEA. She is the Laboratory
Services Manager at South Platte Renew and holds a Class D Operator
license in wastewater. She can be reached at email@example.com.
MESSAGE FROM Ann Guiberson
I have submitted my resignation to the Board of Trustees
to pursue new challenges. At the end of July, I will begin
a new position as President & CEO of the Rocky Moun-tain
Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
I am proud of all that the Board of Trustees, Committee
Chairs, and staff have accomplished during the past five
years. Together we have celebrated many achievements.
I am honored to have served as Executive Director of
the RMSAWWA and to have been part of fulfilling the
organization’s mission. I am confident RMSAWWA will
continue to meet the challenges of the water industry.
Make it a Great Day!
Ann Guiberson, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Section
American Water Works Association