International Erosion Control Association’s names new board

At the 40th conference and expo of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) held in Reno, Nev., February 9-13, 2009, the IECA Board of Directors installed two new officers and held elections to determine new positions. The IECA Board of Directors is made up of nine members, each serving a three-year term.

Here is the board for the next three years:

Michael Chase, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, President – Chase is a Technical Consultant with MC Environmental Solutions in Bakersfield, CA, and has an extensive background in stormwater management. He also has been actively involved in reviewing and commenting on new policies at the federal and state levels.  As an instructor, Chase has been recognized nationwide for his teachings in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements. In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, Chase serves the association through his involvement with IECA’s Western Chapter, of which he is a past president, and numerous committees including the Finance Committee.

Julie Etra, CPESC, International Development Vice President – Etra, principal of Western Botanical Services, Inc., in Reno, NV, has been an active member of IECA since 1988.  She has been involved with the association’s governance since 1996, first serving as a director and later as President of IECA’s Western Chapter which serves Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. She also serves the association through her work on various committees including International Development Committee on which she serves as the chair. Etra was recently honored with IECA’s Sustained Contributor Award which recognizes a significant and long-term commitment to the erosion and sediment control industry. 

Ron Faucher, CPESC, Past President – Faucher worked in watershed protection for 40 years in various capacities and recently retired from the Portland Water District (Maine, USA). He has been a member of IECA since 1988, when he attended his first conference, and is a proud member of the Decade Club. He serves as the state representative for Maine on the Northeast Chapter’s Board of Directors. Faucher will remain an active member of the IECA Board of Directors as ex-officio board member for the next two years in the role of immediate past president.

Becky Gauthier, Administrative Vice President – Gauthier, a technical associate for Profile Products, LLC, in Lakebay, WA, has worked in the erosion control industry since 1990. She has served as the President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of IECA and has served on the Chapter Board of Directors since 1999. Gauthier has also chaired several IECA committees including the Chapter Advisory Committee.

Phil Handley, REM, CPESC, Director – Handley is a Resource Protection and Compliance Supervisor for the San Antonio Water System, San Antonio, TX. Handley has been a member of IECA since 2003 and has served the South Central Chapter of IECA since 2003, currently serving as Chapter President since 2007. He is also an active member of the Government Relations Committee.

Mark Hunter, PE, MPA, Treasurer – Hunter is the manager of the Design, Construction and Maintenance Program at the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in Denver, CO. As a founding member and officer of IECA’s Mountain States Chapter and an IECA member since 1984, Hunter has served on a variety of committees. He also co-chairs the committee for IECA’s charitable fund, Save Our International Land (SOIL).

Sandy Mathews, Secretary  Mathews is a Senior Scientist leading the Oakland, Calif., office of Larry Walker Associates. Matthews joined IECA in 1996 and was recruited and elected to the Western Chapter Board in 2000. Mathews served two terms as Western Chapter Secretary and one as President prior to joining IECA’s Board of Directors in 2008.

Brock Peters, CISEC, Technical Vice President – Peters is a professional erosion control contractor and consultant in Firth, NE, with more than 30 years of progressive accomplishments in the construction industry. He currently serves on the Board of IECA’s Great Rivers Chapter. He also is serving terms on the Board of Directors for the Homebuilders Association of Lincoln (Nebraska) and the Nebraska State Homebuilders Association. He also serves on the Environmental Issues Committee with the National Association of Homebuilders.

Rick Morse, CPESC, CPSS, CEnvP, Director – Morse, though he is retired, continues to work part-time as a consultant to his former company, SEEC Morse McVey in Bowral, NSW, Australia. He has served on the Australasian Chapter Board of Directors as Secretary, is currently serving on the International Development Committee and is International Associate Editor for Environmental Connection, IECA’s members-only magazine.

Tom Williams, MA, CPESC , Marketing Vice President – Williams works as a restoration ecologist for Walsh Environmental Scientists and Engineers, in Boulder, CO. He has more than 25 years experience in project management and has prepared more than 30 environmental impact assessment documents conducted under NEPA, and other environmental policies. The majority of the projects in which he has participated have been conducted under NEPA guidelines in the western U.S. Williams also serves as the co-chair of the committee for IECA’s charitable fund, Save Our International Land (SOIL).