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Melissa Meeker

Chief Executive Officer

Melissa has over 25 years of experience in water resources management with an emphasis on alternative water supply research and development, workforce development, and public engagement. Melissa previously served as the CEO of The Water Research Foundation, Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, and WateReuse Association/Research Foundation and was instrumental in the merger of three critical water-related research foundations.  She also served as Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District and Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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Kristan VandenHeuvel

Strategic Director of Research and Engagement

Kristan joins us from The Water Research Foundation (previously the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and WateReuse Research Foundation) where she managed 40+ water reuse and desalination projects for the water community valued at over $15M.  She has extensive experience in research program planning, working with stakeholders and technical experts, project management and grant management, as well as a passion for helping others understand the importance of water for every aspect of life, including food production.


Chad Wilbanks

Strategic Director of Training and Technology

Chad joins us from Gwinnett County DWR where he worked his way up from an operator to pump stations manager to wastewater manager of the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center.  Prior to joining TWT, he was a subject matter expert in the training department where he developed specific training programs to help DWR's 600+ operations staff not only pass their certifications, but hone their skills to maximize advancement opportunities.


Peggy Alexander

Office Manager

Peggy has extensive experience organizing and managing office environments for public, private, and nonprofit entities. She is responsible for overseeing office operations, administrative functions, paperwork management, and keeping the boss out of trouble.


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