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About Women of Water

Women of Water's mission is to Engage, Empower, and Educate.  Our organization strives to unite women throughout the state of Utah within the water industry.  As an organization we serve as a support network, offering mentoring opportunities, social events, and educational development. 

To learn more about who we are as an organization, click here for our bylaws.  To join our community, fill out our membership form and submit your payment to Treasurer Lizel Allen.

 
 Our Officers and Board of Directors

President: Melissa Noble (Utah Division of Drinking Water)


Melissa Noble is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) and an Environmental Scientist in the Permitting Section of the Division of Drinking Water (DDW) within the Department of Environmental Quality.  She works specifically with the Source Protection rules. Melissa has been with DDW since 2012. She has also been a member of the Women of Water board on and off for 5 years. Previous board positions she held include: Secretary and Vice President. Melissa holds a Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology from Utah State University and a Master's Degree (MS) in Structural Geology from Colorado State University. In her personal time, Melissa enjoys playing Pokemon Go with her family, her husband Jayrod, her two not-so-little boys Jesse and Jacob, and her corgi-mix Kimber.

Vice President: Tamaran Woodland (Salt Lake County)

Tamaran is the Salt Lake County Flood Control Engineering Project Manager. She joined the Salt Lake County Flood Control team in 2006, where she has been able to pursue her passion in stormwater management and water resource engineering related to flood protection. Since that time, she has been able to see many projects in the Salt Lake Valley through design and construction, including storm drains, detention basins, high hazard dam improvements, and creek restoration projects. A large portion of her time is currently spent on levee rehabilitation and restoration, and all the governmental hoops required for such a project. Tamaran is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager. She enjoys spending her time away from work with her husband and five children, ages 3 to 12. Through peer pressure, she somehow also found the time to develop a love for sprint triathlons and non-competitive long-distance bike races.

Past President: Christina Osborn (JUB Engineers)

Christina is a project manager in J-U-B Engineer's Salt Lake City office where she has focused on water, wastewater, and reclaimed water planning and design.  Christina has worked at J-U-B for more than 13 years.  Prior to working at J-U-B, Christina served in the Peace Corp where she spend 27 months in the Dominican Republic designing and constructing a drinking water system, latrines, and a hygiene education campaign.  Christina is a registered professional engineer in the State of Utah and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Seattle University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She lives in Salt Lake City but is originally from Minnesota.  She is the founder of Women of Water and has served on its board since its inception.  She is also active in AWWA and WEAU.  

Treasurer: Sarah Young (Psomas)


Sarah has worked for Psomas Engineering since 2006.  She is a project engineer in the water group.  As part of her responsibilities she handles all of the large hydrology studies, water master plans, and major utility projects in the Salt Lake office.  

Secretary: Jamie Banh (Kearns Improvement District)


Jamie has worked for the Kearns Improvement District (KID) since 2017.  She is the Administrative Assistant for Pamela Gill, General Manager of KID.  Her role is but not limited to providing adequate support for the company, assist in preparing the monthly board meetings, overseas the company travel plans, and she also sits as the event committee chair member. Ms. Banh has her certification for event and meeting planning and over 11 years of extensive experience of corporate recognition and events.   


Activities Director: Rachel Mares


Rachel has worked for Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions as a Water Resources Engineer since 2015. She has been leading the Water Services group at the Salt Lake City branch since 2018. Her primary expertise is in the areas of watershed hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) analyses of rural and urban riverine systems, urban/closed system stormwater management H&H analyses, statistical frequency analyses, and geographical information systems (GIS).  She juggles several hats in her current role including overseeing and performing technical work, mentoring/training new engineers, project management, and business development efforts. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager.  When she’s not working, she enjoys playing in the mountains with her husband and dogs, obsessing over Survivor (yes, it’s still on!), or trying her hand at new hobbies.

Communications/Social Media Director: Krissy Beitel


Krissy is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager.  She gained her experience in water resources while working for Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities for five years.  With SLCDPU, she worked on a variety of capital improvement projects, including water treatment and water distribution system projects; developed the Capital Asset Program for management and budgeting of all potential projects across four enterprise funds; served as a development review engineer reviewing all permitted projects within SLC's service area; and participated on several special project teams focused on energy efficiency and asset management.  She has previous experience in transportation and land development.  She has been on the Women of Water board since December 2018.  Krissy has a new baby and stepped away from her role as an engineer to enjoy the adventure of being a first time mom!  

Outreach/Mentorship Director: Lizel Allen (Salt Lake County)


Lizel has more than 15 years of professional experience and is currently the Associate Director for Salt Lake County Flood Control Engineering.  Ms. Allen specializes in water resource engineering for flood protection, stormwater drainage, and public infrastructure projects; planning, coordinating and supervising countywide flood control, detailed hydraulic and hydrologic modeling and floodplain mapping.  Lizel received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Utah and is a registered Professional Engineer in Utah. In her free time Lizel enjoys reading, playing outside with her husband especially hiking and skiing, hula hooping and rescuing animals. She has fostered over 100 homeless pets, mostly kittens. 

Funding Director: Andrea Osojnak (Salt Lake City Public Utilities)


Andrea has recently changed workplaces and currently works for Salt Lake City Public Utility as of February 2020 prior to this she worked for South Valley Sewer District for 6 years.  She is an Civil Engineer her role is reviewing plans for culinary, irrigation, and fire lines, storm drainage and sewer, recently added streetlighting. Anything from large commercial projects and single-family residential remodels, additions and the new fab of tiny homes (aka accessory dwelling unit (ADU)) all throughout Salt Lake City. She has been on the Women of Water board since August 2018.


The Blog

The Women of Water blog is an opportunity for women all over the Utah water industry to become part of an online community. Features on the blog include information about upcoming activities, spotlights on members, and updates from the Utah Women and Leadership Program.  Member/follower contributions to the blog are encouraged by communicating with other members, posting pictures, or commenting to express yourself!  (See our FAQS section for information on how you can contribute to our  monthly features)!

Sponsors

Women of Water could not operate without the help of our Sponsors! (Check out the Sponsors section on the right side of this blog to see who they are).  If you are interested in becoming a Women of Water sponsor, please send us an email  -- we would love to hear from you and talk about a future partnership and ways to collaborate!  (Just make sure ATTN Blog: Interested WOW Sponsor is in the subject of the email).  

FAQs

Who can be a Women of Water member?  
We welcome all women within the water industry!  Whether you are a scientist, technician, teacher, engineer, or student (just to name a few).  Our organization spans throughout the Greater Salt Lake area with members from Logan to Provo. Even if you are just starting out or just recently retired in the water business, we'd love to have you. Want to be a member?  Not quite sure if you'll fit in? Email us and we'll talk with you. Just put ATTN Membership: I Want to Join in the email's subject.  We look forward to hearing from you!

If already know you want to join, please fill out the Membership form (located here) and submit your payment to our Treasurer Linda Townes.  

Can I nominate a female for your Women in Water profile features?
Yes!  If you email us the woman's name, her email/contact information, and a few sentences about why you would like her featured, we will gladly consider her.  Please put  ATTN Blog: Profile Nomination in the email's subject.  And, thanks for the tip!

Can I recommend a video to be featured on the blog?
If you email us the link, we be will very happy to review the video.  And, thanks for the tip!

Can I become a contributor to the blog?
We are trying to grow Women of Water's blog and develop regular posts.  If you have a topic idea and think you can commit to writing a post a least once a month, please send us an email.  Make sure you put in the email's subject: ATTN Blog: Contributor Idea.  We look forward to hearing about it!

Why was my comment removed from Women of Water?
Women of Water is a positive place for members (and the general public if they happen to wander over here!) to share ideas, have lively discussions, and connect with others in the water industry in Utah. Though we encourage constructive criticism and friendly debates, our priority is to keep this a safe place where people feel comfortable engaging with others in the community.  So, if we think (or hear from others) that your comment is thoughtless or offensive, we had to remove it.

Contact Us

Please feel free to email us at womenofwater@gmail.com.  Just make sure you put in the email's subject: ATTN Blog: General Inquiry.  This will help us us get your message to the right person more quickly! We get quite a few emails and comments on the blog, so we'll try to get back to you as soon as possible.  If you're in a hurry and need an answer sooner-rather-than-later, check the FAQs section above -- there's a chance we may have answered your question(s) already! 

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