2020 SFBS Board of Director Candidates

Welcome CWEA SFBS Members!

Thank you to all five members that responded to our call for Board of Director nominees and would like to be considered for the position. Their pictures and bio’s are below in no particular order. You will receive a personalized email to vote on December 15th.

There are two positions open this year. Treasurer and Secretary.

Treasurer

Laurie Brenner

As the Coach for the Finance & Acquisition Services Team at the Union Sanitary District, I manage, plan, organize and provide direction and oversight for financial services at the District, including accounting, budget preparation, financial audit preparation and interfacing with auditors, payroll, cash receipts, accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement, supply, inventory control, contracts, risk management, market analysis programs, internal controls and financial reporting (internal and external). I am also responsible for employee selection, development, motivation, counseling and discipline and I prepare and present various reports for staff, management and the Board of Directors. I have an M.B.A. and am a Certified Quality Auditor and HACCP auditor with the American Society for Quality.

I started at the District as a Wastewater Operator (hold Grade V certification) and first became involved with CWEA as a member of the Professional Development Committee (PDC) in 2012 at the urging of Larry Simmers. Since that time, I have served as the Vice Chair and then Chair of the SF Bay Section PDC (twice in each role) and have been involved every year since in the CWEA Annual Conferences in a variety of roles; speaker, panel member, moderator, facilitator, room host, education program team member, award submission judge and anything else needed to ensure a smooth event. I am currently a member of the new CWEA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee at the state level. I have been interested in serving on the Board of CWEA for quite some time, as a means for engaging with CWEA in a new way, but work demands (serving in my own job, plus standing in for the vacant CFO position) kept me from doing so. Now my schedule is less hectic and I hope to be afforded the honor of joining the SF Bay Section in the Treasurer role.

Simon Kobayashi, P.E.

Simon Kobayashi, P.E., works with NapaSan where he manages Capital Improvement Projects, provides development review, and helps customers connect to the recycled water system. He has worked with projects in the Headworks, Chemical Treatment, Coatings, Collection System, Recycled Water, Canal Gates, Systems Modeling, and Pump Stations. He has been involved in CWEA since joining the industry, most recently he served as Chair for the Students and Young Professionals (SYP) Committee.

He has moved every 8 years, most recently from Virginia to California. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at UVA, he came to California to complete his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He loves working in the wastewater arena of the water and environment field, and hopes to use his career to help communicate its importance and contribute to its continuing and necessary innovation. He can be found running, biking, or hiking outside of work hours, searching for or revisiting gems in the Bay Area.

 

Secretary

Kabilan Pari

My name is Kabilan Pari with ten plus years of work experience in construction industry and had worked on many verticals. I am a protagonist with ENFJ personality. I am an optimistic person with positive attitude towards life. I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in civil engineering.

 

Nick Steiner

My name is Nick Steiner and I work as the Recycled Water Program Coordinator (RWPC) for Delta Diablo, a medium size wastewater plant in Antioch. As the RWPC I am responsible for the production, distribution, and regulation of our recycled water customers while also looking at budget, chemical needs, CIPs, producing annual reports, and working with multiple departments to coordinate and facilitate the needs of the recycled water facility.

I have a background in operations and have been in the industry for roughly fifteen years with three years at Central San and twelve with Delta Diablo. I have a bachelor’s degree in business management through WGU and hold a slew of certifications, including; SWRCB Wastewater Operator V, SWRCB Distribution Operator II, CWEA Mechanical Tech I (taking my III in January), AWWA Cross-Connection Specialist, and AWWA backflow tester. I am also on the CWEA Leadership Development Committee as the Vice Chair, working to judge the plant and supervisor of the year nominations.

In my free time I sit as the Vice Chair for my union at work and at home I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids, hiking, mountain biking, playing sports, and crafting beers. I am constantly looking for ways to help others succeed, share information, expand my own knowledge, and develop the industry and leaders within it.

Alexander Williams

Alexander V. Williams’ has over 30 years of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) experience in the private and public sectors. Currently serves as the Northern Regional Safety Program Manager for California Water Service and Hawaii Water Service.

Mr. Williams’ private sector work included BAE Systems (San Diego & San Francisco), Environmental Coordinator, Safety Manager and Safety Supervisor. His longest tenure in the private sector was with CH2M Hill (Jacobs) as their Regional H&S Manager for their Operations and Maintenance division. Mr. Williams lead the Western and Eastern U.S. H&S for their water, wastewater, construction and public work operations. Mr. Williams has worked in the public sector service which includes the County of Sacramento (Airport System) and the City of Houston (Airport System) as the Airport Safety Officer.

Mr. Williams is a twenty year member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and was the Vice President of the Sacramento Chapter (2017-18). In addition, he is an active member of the ASSP Water & Wastewater Committee, Educational & Marketing Committee for the California Regional Common Ground Alliance (CARCGA), the Environmental Health & Safety Committee of AWWA.

Mr. Williams has earned an Associate Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and he is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Management.

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