The Water Council's Leadership

A Cross-section of Leaders Representing All Aspects of the Water Cycle


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Jim Stern

Executive Vice President, A.O. Smith Corporation

Jim Stern joined A.O. Smith Corporation as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary on June 1, 2007. He is responsible for overseeing the corporation’s legal, governance, compliance, securities law, and government relations functions. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of Jason Industries, Inc. and currently services on a number of charitable boards, including the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Fleck Foundation. He also served as a Board Member of Polar Ware Company, a privately‐held manufacturer of restaurant wares and beverage dispensing machines from 2007 until its sale in 2012.

Ken Bockhorst
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Badger Meter

Ken Bockhorst joined Badger Meter in October 2017 as chief operating officer and was promoted to president and chief executive officer January 1, 2019 and chairman of the board January 1, 2020. He has more than 20 years of experience in global operations management. Prior to joining Badger Meter, he served at Actuant Corporation for six years, most recently as executive vice president of the energy segment. His career also includes product management and operational leadership roles at IDEX Corporation and Eaton Corporation.

Scott C. Beightol
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Scott Beightol serves as outside general counsel to businesses, owners, and boards of directors to ensure legal compliance of their operations and initiatives. Scott also represents businesses before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all areas of employment law and commercial law. Scott’s abilities and professionalism have been observed and recognized by clients, peers, and judges alike. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 10 years. Chambers USA has recognized Scott as a leading labor & employment lawyer since 2008, and he has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers by Human Resources Executive since 2011.

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Kirk Allen
President & CEO, Sloan Valve Company

Kirk Allen is the president and chief executive officer of Sloan Valve Company, a 105-year-old family-owned commercial plumbing products manufacturer in Franklin Park, Illinois. In 1992 Kirk established the joint venture office between Sloan Valve Company and Moen Faucet in Mexico, which has provided one of Sloan’s largest export markets.

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Tom Barrett
Mayor, City of Milwaukee

Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor in 2004, and won reelection with more than 70% of the vote in both 2008 and 2012. Mayor Barrett continues to boost the City’s economy by working with businesses to create family-supporting jobs, help spur local development and provide assistance to Milwaukee’s entrepreneurs. He creates hope in the lives of young people with workforce initiatives such as his Earn & Learn program which, to date, has placed more than 22,000 students in summer jobs.

Steve Booth_2015Steve Booth
President & CEO, Robert W. Baird & Company, Inc.

Steve Booth is president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Baird Financial Group and affiliated entities including Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Steve joined Baird’s Investment Banking group in 1994, went on to lead its Industrial and Global M&A teams and, in 2004, became head of Investment Banking, a position he held until January 2014. Over his investment banking career at Baird, Steve helped shape and implement strategies enabling Baird to become a leader in middle-market M&A and equity financing that now leverages more than 250 bankers across its global platform. Steve was named Chief Operating Officer of Baird in early 2013, became President & COO in 2014 and President & CEO in 2016.

Lafayette Crump
Commissioner of City Development, City of Milwaukee

Lafayette L. Crump, J.D., is commissioner of city development for the city of Milwaukee, a role he has held since July 2020. As commissioner, Crump leads a department charged with business attraction and retention, job and population growth, real estate disposition, commercial corridor development, ensuring sufficient affordable housing and more. Prior to his appointment, Crump served as deputy chief of staff and chief diversity, vendor engagement and opportunity officer for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention and has served as a private practice attorney.

Karen Dettmer
Superintendent, Milwaukee Water Works

Karen Dettmer is superintendent of the Milwaukee Water Works. She oversees all operations of the utility and over 350 professionals in the plants, distribution, business, engineering and water quality sections. Milwaukee Water Works provides drinking water from Lake Michigan to over 860,000 people in 16 communities in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Waukesha Counties. Karen is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin and also serves on the American Water Works Association’s Water Utility Council, the Menomonee Valley Partners Board of Directors and as a member of the Wisconsin Brownfields Study Group.

Missy Hughes
Secretary & CEO, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Melissa “Missy” Hughes is secretary and CEO of WEDC, Wisconsin’s lead economic development organization. Before joining WEDC in October 2019, she was general counsel and chief mission officer at Organic Valley. Her previous positions include associate attorney at the firm of Holland & Hart, where she practiced in the areas of natural resources, construction litigation and corporate business transactions. Missy served on the boards of the Environmental Working Group and the Organic Trade Association, where she was a three-term board president. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed her to the USDA Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Biotechnology in the 21st Century.

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Paul Jones
Retired Executive Chairman, A.O. Smith Corporation

Paul Jones is the retired chairman, chief executive officer and president of A.O. Smith Corporation, (AOS-NYSE), a leading global supplier of water heaters and water treatment products for residential, commercial, and industrial applications with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company, with annual revenues of $2.0 billion, employs approximately 11,400 people and has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, The Netherlands, China and India. Paul co-founded The Water Council and currently holds a seat on the board of Rexnord Corporation.

Elizabeth Koehler
Wisconsin State Director, The Nature Conservancy

Elizabeth Koehler leads a team of professional and volunteer conservation scientists, practitioners, fundraisers, policy experts and advocates working to protect land and water through targeted action and productive partnerships. A lifelong lover of Wisconsin, Elizabeth joined The Nature Conservancy in 2000 as a member of the philanthropy team and served most recently as deputy state director. She also co-led the effort to create a new 3-year strategic plan (2020-2023) for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin that will guide the chapter’s efforts to partner with others in tackling the most urgent conservation challenges facing people and nature.

Michael Lovell_2015Michael Lovell
President, Marquette University

Dr. Michael Lovell is the 24th president of Marquette University and the first lay president in the university’s 134-year history. Prior to joining Marquette in July 2014, he was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earlier was the dean of its College of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to coming to Milwaukee in 2008, Michael held leadership and faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Kentucky. He earned three degrees, all in mechanical engineering and including his PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh.

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John Matthews
Principal, Matthews Strategic Services, LLC

John Matthews operates Matthews Strategic Services and is chief strategy officer for American Gene Technologies in Rockville, Maryland. John was global senior executive at Diversey Inc. from 2002 until late 2011. At Diversey, now a part of Sealed Air, he was chief of staff to the president and CEO and senior vice president for strategy, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to joining Diversey, John led the national Public Affairs Practice Group for the Foley & Lardner law firm, serving a diverse set of clients.

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Rich Meeusen
Retired Badger Meter CEO

Rich Meeusen is chairman of Badger Meter, Inc, a Milwaukee-based company that is a leading manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement solutions, with a primary focus on the water industry. Rich co-founded The Water Council in 2007 (formally incorporated in 2009) and is a pioneer of the water industry and has received many awards, most notably, the 2010 Business Leader of the Year award from the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin.

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Mark Mone
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Mark Mone was named the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s ninth Chancellor on December 15, 2014. A Professor of Management in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business, Mark also served UWM as the Chancellor’s Designee for Strategic Planning and Campus Climate from 2011-2014. In that role he worked with campus senior leadership, governance groups, and all stakeholders to develop the University’s 2020 strategic plan, and campus-level programs to improve the organizational climate.

Robert J. Pagano Jr.
President & CEO, Watts Water Technologies

Robert J. Pagano Jr. has served as chief executive officer, president and a director of Watts since May 2014 and previously as senior vice president of ITT Corporation. He is a certified public accountant and serves on the board of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. Watts is a leading manufacturer of water quality solutions that address water safety, flow control, backflow prevention, drainage and more.


Marc Roehl
Vice President & General Manager for the Municipal Wastewater Technologies Segment, Evoqua Water Technologies

Marc Roehl has 25 years of water industry experience in developing wastewater treatment solutions for both municipal and industrial customers. Marc leads the Wastewater Technologies Division for Evoqua Water Technologies, which supports customers across North America and around the globe with process equipment solutions built around biological treatment, clarification, filtration, odor control, sludge treatment and installation services.

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Kevin Shafer
Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Kevin Shafer is the executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area, and is responsible for its overall administration, leadership, and direction. Kevin previously worked in private industry and for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds degrees in civil engineering and is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

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Julia Taylor
President, Greater Milwaukee Committee

Julia Taylor was appointed as the first woman president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee in December 2002. The GMC fosters public-private partnerships and is a catalyst for economic revitalization, education and quality of life. Of particular interest to the GMC is promoting collaboration on regional issues and opportunities.

Emilio Tenuta
Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer

Emilio Tenuta’s 36-year tenure at Ecolab includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, lodging, healthcare, primary metals and automotive. In the past 11 years, Emilio has led Ecolab’s strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably. He is actively involved in advancing global sustainability practices, with a significant focus on water stewardship and climate.

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headshot of Dean AmhausDean Amhaus
President & CEO

Dean has served as the president and CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. His diverse, 40-year background in multiple sectors encapsulates a wide range of expertise in government relations, branding, fundraising, economic development and nonprofit management in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin. Dean has also served as the president of the Spirit of Milwaukee, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image, as well as the president of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s marketing economic development organization, and executive director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission and Wisconsin Arts Board. Dean began his career working in Washington, D.C., for a firm that advocated for federal policy issues for the arts, humanities and people with disabilities.

Beverley Ferrara
European Representative

Based in Ireland, Beverley will serve as a more accessible point of contact with existing and potential partners, represent the water cluster at trade and industry events and cultivate relationships with potential investors across Europe. Prior to joining the team in January 2018, she was a Director with the Milwaukee 7, helping to market the Milwaukee region as an investment location to businesses around the globe. She has also worked in senior marketing and business development positions in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She holds a B.A (Hons) in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature from Queens University, Belfast, and is a Fellow of the U.K Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Karen Frost
VP Economic Development & Innovation

Karen is responsible for economic development activities and innovation programs for The Water Council. She leads the organization’s international efforts and works closely with our European representative to serve partners and companies in Europe and beyond. Karen managed the program development, implementation and oversight of The Water Council’s U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Innovation Cluster Contract from 2015-2020. She is an experienced connector and strong relationship builder and collaborator with the small business community, project partners and funders. Karen brings prior experience in program management, grant management and marketing and holds a degree in business marketing.


Matt Howard
VP Water Stewardship

Matt oversees The Water Council’s sustainability and stewardship initiatives, which initially focused on establishing the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) System globally with specific oversight of North America. He created the world’s first professional credentialing program for water stewardship professionals and made the business case for use of the International Water Stewardship Standard (“AWS Standard”) in the North American marketplace. Matt also oversees The Water Council’s corporate water stewardship programs and advisory services. He has over 15 years in sustainability program development and management, including five years as Milwaukee’s sustainability director. Matt came to Milwaukee from Washington, D.C., where he worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce and as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has an MA from George Washington University and a BA from Valparaiso University. He is AWS and Lean Six Sigma accredited and serves on the WELL Water Advisory and the Wisconsin Governor’s Wetlands Study Council. He served on the U.S. EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology from 2014-2019.

Amy Jensen

Amy oversees the financial and operational activities of The Water Council, bringing more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience to her role. She is a CPA and earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amy was the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s CFO of the Year award in 2008 and its Women of Influence award in 2020. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, TEMPO Milwaukee, the AICPA and the WICPA and has served on the boards of TEMPO Milwaukee, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Historic Third Ward Association.


Dr. Barry Liner
Technical Advisor

Based in Northern Virginia, Barry provides strategic guidance for The Water Council’s technical initiatives. Dr. Liner has supported the BREW since its inception as part of his role leading The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) innovation initiative, including the Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC, the world’s largest water quality conference.  A professional engineer, Barry has worked in almost all areas of the water sector including serving as an Assistant Professor and Director of International Engineering Programs at George Mason University, a water and sanitation consultant to the World Bank, and as a management consultant at Black & Veatch. Barry holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Urban Systems Engineering, and Economics.

Angela May
Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Angela is responsible for supporting Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, with day-to-day tasks and projects within The Water Council. Angela also serves as the Office Manager, assisting with the operations and aiding in tenant services for the Global Water Center. Angela joined The Water Council in late 2013, after two years as the Executive Assistant with another Milwaukee-based non-profit. She graduated from Marquette University in 2010 with a B.A. in Criminology & Law and double-minor in Psychology and Human Resources.



Laura Mullen
Member Engagement Manager

As the member engagement manager, Laura is responsible for developing, managing and supporting member programs and services with a focus on growth and retention. Laura joined The Water Council in 2021 after 6 years in development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. A graduate of Marquette University, she holds a degree in business with a specialization in marketing and a minor in psychology.

Stacy Vogel Davis
Communications Director

Stacy’s role is to communicate the work of The Water Council to members, stakeholders and the public through email, social media, blogs, public relations and more. She started her career in journalism, including several years as a reporter and editor for the Milwaukee Business Journal. Most recently she spent six years at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, the nonprofit partner of the Milwaukee County Zoo. She has a degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University.

Dylan Waldhuetter
Director of Water Stewardship Solutions

Dylan is responsible for program development and support related to The Water Council’s water stewardship initiative. This includes working with companies to assess and develop water stewardship strategies, as well as the implementation of water stewardship practices at their sites. He has more than five years of experience, working with a diverse array of sectors and sites on water stewardship projects, including data centers, dairy farms, breweries and commercial office buildings. Dylan has an M.S. in Water Policy & Management from the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.
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 “We have an opportunity to develop technologies that can help save lives and solve the world’s water problems.”
– Rich Meeusen, BOARD MEMBER OF The Water Council

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