Federal Government Affairs Committee

Tracking legislation in Washington is an important feature that WQA offers members. The Federal Government Affairs Committee assists WQA's Government Affairs Department in prioritizing key bills and regulatory initiatives. For example, the committee:

  • Helps the association decipher confusing federal legislation such as the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Provides recommendations on the association’s advocacy agenda. Specific recommendations have included WQA participate on federal coalitions, partner with other organizations, and target specific congress members and federal agencies.
  • Guides WQA’s DC representation on the impact of proposed federal legislation on the industry and WQA’s stance on the issue. 

Committee Charges: 

  1. Manages the efforts of WQA with respect to any legislative or regulatory matters that impact the industry
  2. Coordinates with the Water Science Committee with respect to the development of standards and with respect to the development of WQA positions on issues that require scientific input
  3. Provides semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For: 

  • WQA member individuals - all categories (manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, allied) and sectors (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Passion for governmental advocacy with a willingness to participate in legislative outreach events

Key Skills/Experience: 

  • Experience addressing federal regulatory issues and reviewing draft legislation or rules,  not required
  • General knowledge of technical issues affecting our industry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills for meeting with government officials and joining coalitions

Frequency of Meetings: 

  • In Person Meetings: WQA Convention & Exposition, WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Conference Calls: As needed

Staff Liaison: Government Affairs Director David Loveday

Events Committee Roster
Name Role Company
Frank DeSilva Chairperson ResinTech
Shannon Murphy  BOD Liaison TST Water, LLC
Shayron Barnes-Selby  Member DS Services of America, Inc.
Scott Batiste  Member Puronics Water Systems, Inc. 
Larry Casey Member Aqua Science
Mike Herman  Member Driessen Water, Inc.
Earl Jones Member GE Appliances
Douglas S. Karge Member Zurn Industries, LLC
Michael Mecca Member Performance Water Products
Richard Mest Member Master Water Conditioning Corp.
D.J. Shannahan Member Shannahan Water Co., Inc (The) dba Sharp Water Culligan
Douglas Workman Member Liberty Pure Solutions Inc.
Mark Brotman  Observer Kinetico Incorporated 
Philip Fralix Observer Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
Cindy Gresham  Observer Thermax Inc.
Gary Hatch Observer Hatch Global Consulting Services
Keith Huebner  Observer Global Water Services 
Bob Kappel  Observer ProMinent Fluid Controls, Inc. 
Jonathan McDonald  Observer Brita Products Co. (The) A Clorox Services Company 
Michael Mormino Observer ENPRESS LLC 
Thomas Palkon  Observer IAPMO R & T 
Robert Prentice Observer Pelican Water Systems 
Scott Schiesser  Observer Driessen Water, Inc. 
Ryan Sowa Observer Great Lakes International, Inc. 
Stephen Ver Strat Observer Amway
Kevin Wong  Observer Canadian Water Quality Association
Rod Yoder  Observer Kinetico Incorporated 
David Loveday Staff Liaison Water Quality Association
Kathleen Fultz Staff Observer Water Quality Association

A call for volunteers is issued each January.