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The Water Quality Association (WQA) has announced a new leadership team structure designed to support the association's strategic vision with a renewed emphasis on innovation, stakeholder engagement and WQA's promotion of core programs and services to a worldwide audience.
"We are taking these steps at a pivotal time in WQA's history," said WQA CEO Pauli Undesser, MWS. "As we approach the 50th anniversary of WQA next year, we need to position the association to meet the ever-increasing demand for innovative leadership and creative engagement in our service of the industry and our members for the betterment of water quality."
Under the new leadership structure, WQA announces the following changes:
"Jonathan's forward-thinking leadership is an incredible asset for WQA, and he will drive innovation and collaborative improvements that will help WQA take on the many challenges and potential disruptions our industry will be facing in the years ahead," Undesser said.
"Kathleen is already having a huge impact on stakeholder outreach and member engagement," Undesser said. "She has tremendous insight into the regulatory and legislative landscape that our industry will navigate as we look for beneficial opportunities to amplify the association's influence with other like-minded professionals and organizations."
"Kelli will be essential in evaluating opportunities to further promote WQA's core programs and services around the globe," said Undesser. "We see her new role as ensuring that the investments WQA has made for the betterment of water quality are, indeed, shared around the world."
The new roles were effective as of July 1, 2023. The changes come on the heels of new titles for WQA's top leadership. Along with Undesser's title changing from executive director to CEO, Tom Bruursema, MS, is now chief operating officer, Kyle Jones is chief financial officer, and Mike Sennett is chief legal officer. This adoption of C-suite leadership titles puts WQA in line with leading trade associations and comparable industry organizations in modern-day titling for its leadership.