Regional & State Government Affairs Committee

In addition to monitoring legislation at the federal level, WQA stays on top of legislation being considered in various states across the country. The Regional & State Government Affairs Committee:

Deciphers confusing state legislation, and provides guidance for the membership. For example, Government Affairs efforts passed legislation to create a specialty license in Colorado.  Additionally, the Regulatory Info Search Database houses current legislation and regulations. 

Provides recommendations on the association’s advocacy agenda. Specific recommendations have included WQA participate on regional & state coalitions, partner with other organizations, and target specific states and state agencies. 

Keeps membership informed on proposed state legislation and regulations. Provides monthly updates and Year-end reviews of the governmental landscape. 

Committee Charges:

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

What We Are Looking For:

  • WQA member individuals representing all categories (e.g. 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 local and state regulatory issues and reviewing draft legislation or rules, but not required
  • General knowledge of technical issues affecting our industry
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Relationship building - meeting with government officials and joining coalitions

Frequency of Meetings: 

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

Staff Liaison: Global Government Affairs Director David Loveday

Regional & State Government Affairs Committee Roster
Name Role Company
Larry Casey Chairperson Aqua Science 
Jeffrey Hill  BOD Liaison Robert B Hill Co 
Samuel Baron  Member Maher Water Corporation 
Robert Boerner  Member Culligan of San Antonio 
Cliff Fasnacht  Member Pacific Purification Inc. 
Kenneth Gibson Member Absolute Water Management Inc./EcoWater Systems 
Michael Heatwole  Member May Supply Co. 
Christopher Layton  Member Chris Layton Water Consulting 
Dean Lewis  Member Pure Water Solutions, Inc.
Joe Munoz  Member Watts Water and Conditioning Products 
Ed Robakowski  Member Kinetico Incorporated
Ronald Ruef  Member Pacific Water Quality Association
David Wassilak  Member Amway 
Rachel Bishop Observer Kinetico Incorporated 
Frank Brigano  Observer KX Technologies LLC
Frank DeSilva Observer ResinTech
Douglas Haring  Observer Clack Corporation
Gary Hatch  Observer Hatch Global Consulting Services 
Jonathan McDonald  Observer Brita Products Co. (The) A Clorox Services Company
Michael McHugh  Observer High-Def Water LLC 
Thomas Palkon  Observer IAPMO R & T
Ken Steitz Observer EcoWater of Central California 
Kelly Thompson Observer Moti-Vitality 
Kathleen Fultz Staff Observer Water Quality Association
David Loveday  Staff Liaison Water Quality Association

A call for volunteers is issued each January.