Technical Advisory Panel Biographies

Ron Brown, PE

Ron has been employed as a professional engineer with medium and large consulting engineering firms throughout his 28-year career. He has provided technical engineering planning, analysis, and design services for numerous municipal infrastructure projects ranging from small (construction costs less than $1M) to large (construction costs greater than $500M) for clients across the United States and internationally. His specialization is wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities, water transmission/distribution, and treatment facilities. He is also experienced in water resources projects ranging from flood control to storm water conveyance, and general civil site development and structural engineering. His background of water resources, wastewater treatment, and water distribution is an integral part of leading HDR's Water Reuse Program in Washington.

Larry A. Esvelt PhD, PE

Education: BSCE, Washington State University 1961; MSCE, University of California Berkeley 1964; PhD, University of California Berkeley 1971 (Environmental Engineering).

Experience: US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Denver; Gray & Osborne Consulting Engineers, Yakima; Esvelt Engineering/Stevens Thompson & Runyan, Spokane; Bovay Engineers, Spokane; Esvelt Environmental Engineering, Spokane (1976 to Present). Total over 40 years of professional experience in environmental engineering.

Licensed: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Alaska, New Mexico. Board Certified Environmental Engineer - American Society of Environmental Engineers. Licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant operator, Grade IV - Washington.

Notable Projects: Biological Treatment of Fruit Processing Wastewater – RD&D to establish feasibility and efficiency for biological treatment of cannery wastewater. Toxicity Removal from Municipal Wastewater – Removal of toxicity from wastewaters entering the San Francisco Bay Delta waters. § Cause and Effect Relationships of Development Over a Sole Source Aquifer – Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer Water Quality Management Plan. § Wastewater Treatment for Water Reuse – Medical Lake, WA; Walla Walla, WA; Yelm, WA; Moscow, ID.

James P. Hagstrom, PE

Education: MS Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1989. BS Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1988.

Civil Engineer, Washington, Illinois, Idaho, California.

Mr. Hagstrom, a Partner with Carollo Engineers, has 18 years of experience in planning, design and construction management of water and wastewater treatment facilities. He is the firm’s Northwest regional manager and lead wastewater membrane technologist. Jim has been instrumental in the development and application of membrane technologies for three key projects for King County, Washington that were designed to produce Class A reclaimed water; the Carnation Wastewater Treatment Facility, the Sammamish Valley Reclaimed Water Facility, and equipment selection for the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant. He is also currently working with King County on work order services for their Water Reuse Work Program. Jim was Partner-in-Charge of the Lakehaven Utility District’s Reclaimed Water Feasibility Study and was a member of the treatment technology assessment team for the Reclaimed Water Master Plan for Clean Water Services in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Craig Lichty, PE

Craig Lichty, PE Education: BS, Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1982. Graduate Study in Engineering, Computer Science, and Business Management.

Registrations: PE, Civil.

Associations: WateReuse Association. Indirect Potable Use Committee 1998-1999. Board of Directors for 2001-2002 and 2003-2005 Terms. Mr. Lichty has 22 years of consulting experience with specialized expertise in water reclamation and reuse. His areas of expertise include research, planning, public information and outreach, design and construction, operations and program management. Craig serves as Kennedy/Jenks’ Practice Leader for Water Recycling in the Western United States. Specific services performed encompass feasibility studies for alternative water supplies, GIS based market assessments, evaluations of regulated and non-regulated water quality parameters, hydraulic modeling, economic evaluations, master plans, capital improvement plans, pilot studies, conventional and innovative treatment system evaluations, site plans and alignment studies, trench-less pipeline construction evaluations, corrosion and facility rehabilitation assessments, regulatory permitting, grant and loan funding assistance, public information and outreach, environmental compliance, preliminary and final design, construction administration and management, and operations troubleshooting. Craig’s projects have addressed a wide variety of sensitive public, regulatory and end use customer issues associated with urban/residential areas, agriculture, commercial/industrial applications, and indirect potable reuse and for environmental water.

Frank Loge, PhD, PE

Education: Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California at Davis.

NSF Career Award, 2001-2006. ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop participant, 2000. United States Environmental Protection Agency, STAR Fellowship, 1995-1997. Water Environment Federation, Student Paper Contest, 1996.

 Professional Engineer (CA License No. 59070).

Associate Professor at University of California, Davis. Current research topics include A Novel Environmentally Benign Manufacturing Process Utilizing Renewable Biopolymers to Manufacture Natural Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites (National Science Foundation); Optimization of Filtration and Disinfection Technologies Employed in Wastewater Secondary Effluents to Mitigate Risks to Human Health (Water Environment Foundation); Multi-Community Intervention with UV Light Disinfection for Estimating the Risk of Gastrointestinal Illness from Drinking Groundwater (US EPA); Roads, Runoff, and Risk: The Impacts of Polluted Storm water on Fish Health (California Department of Transportation); Fish as Sentinels of Oceans and Human Health (NOAA Fisheries); Estimate of Hydrosystem Latent Mortality Associated with Barge and In-River Life-History Strategies of Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon (USACE); Development of a Renewable Microbial Polyester for Cost Effective and Energy Efficient Wood Plastic Composites (US DOE). Current research projects focus on either (i) green engineering and environmentally benign manufacturing processes; (ii) water reuse, or (iii) coupling an understanding of the relationship between the structure and function of engineered and natural systems and environmental/public health.

Linda Macpherson

Education: Masters of Public Administration, Portland State University, 1980 B.A., magna cum laude, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Phi Beta Kappa), 1971.

Vice President, Global Technology Leader for Reuse Services, Reuse Principal Technologist, Senior Water Policy Planner, Public Involvement Specialist.

Linda Macpherson is an international advocate and strategist for water reuse education. From introducing the public to the nation's first poplar tree/wastewater reuse project in the United States to directing development of the Republic of Singapore's NEWater Visitor's Centre, she has been at the forefront of building public acceptance for reuse. The NEWater Centre set a new benchmark for water reuse education and is a testament to the synergistic power of the "right stuff" vision, political support, engineering, innovative communication tools, and the right message. Linda is a vice president and a senior policy planner and a principal technologist specializing in water reuse for CH2M HILL, where she is often called upon to build consensus among parties who are grappling with challenging water reuse issues. She specializes in translating complex issues into clear vernacular and is a sought-after speaker speaking before such groups as American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the WateReuse Association, and the Australian Water Association. Her clients have been recognized with awards from Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA), Association of Clean Water Agencies (ACWA), and WEF. Linda has been personally recognized for her work with the Association of Clean Water Agencies. She is a member of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Reuse Task Force. She became the 2006 Public Education Committee (PEC) Chair for WEF after serving as the Committee's Vice Chair in 2005. She is also the WEF Communication Subcommittee Lead for the CEC COP.

Bill Persich, PE

Bill Persich, PE Education: M.S., Sanitary Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1973 B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1972 Registration: Civil Engineer No. 4885, Idaho, 1983 Civil Engineer No. 17516, Washington, 1978 Experience - 33 years

Bill is a managing engineer for the Brown and Caldwell Seattle office with over 30 years of experience. His experience focuses on water and wastewater engineering, with particular emphasis in water and wastewater treatment, water quality and pilot studies. Mr. Persich served as project engineer for design of the Everett, Washington, water treatment plant expansion and also served as project manager for the design of the upgraded Everett Wastewater Treatment Plant. In addition, he completed several reclaimed water facility planning surveys for King County. With data gathered, he evaluated numerous alternatives for reclaiming wastewater.

Dale Richwine, PE

Dale Richwine, PE Education: Master Business Administration, Portland State University, 1995. M.S. Engineering Management, Portland State University, 1992. B.S. Civil-Structural Engineering, Portland State University, 1980. A.A.S. Wastewater Technology, Linn-Benton Community College, 1974.

Registrations: PE in Oregon, Civil and environmental; and Washington, Civil. Grade IV Operator in Washington and Oregon.

Dale Richwine is an environmental engineer with over 36 years experience in the planning, design, start-up, operation, and management of water and wastewater treatment facilities. Dale has a broad background in the operation, management and design of treatment plants, including biosolids and recycled wastewater utilization programs. Dale managed the development of a static pile composting and effluent reuse program as the Operations Manager of Unified Sewerage Agency. This was the first Level IV water produced and distributed to the public in the State of Oregon. Dale was a member of Oregon DEQ’s Biosolids Advisory Committee that developed the new biosolids regulations for the State of Oregon. Dale has worked on project in the State of Washington over the past 20 years, including the Cities of Bremerton, Vancouver, Seaview, Walla Walla and Seattle.

Paul J. Schuler, PE

Paul J. Schuler is the Vice President of the Western United States for GE Water & Process Technologies. Paul has 17 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry, both designing treatment plants and managing the sale of treatment equipment. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech, along with an MBA from the University of Oregon. He is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and Washington. Paul is a Past-President of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association and current WEF Director.

Jay Swift, PE

Mr. Swift has B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a M.S.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. Jay joined Gray & Osborne, Inc. in 1997 and has participated in a wide range of wastewater treatment and conveyance projects including WWTP planning and design, UV disinfection evaluation and design, and water reuse system planning and design. Prior to joining Gray & Osborne, Jay worked in research for ten years at Ionics, a firm specializing in equipment design and engineering for the treatment of industrial wastewater and drinking water using membrane, evaporation and crystallization processes. Jay is a member of the WEF Disinfection and Program Committees, as well as the PNCWA Reuse Committee and the International Ultraviolet Association. Jay has presented 14 technical papers at national and local conferences, primarily on topics related to disinfection, reuse and process monitoring and control.