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Candidate Biographies

CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT: ADEL (EDDIE) E. HAJ 

Eddie Haj has a diverse background in geological sciences.  His current research interests are focused on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to surface water and groundwater management issues.  His research projects often include elements of conventional and geophysical subsurface investigation, geomorphology, hydrology and runoff modeling, glacial and alluvial stratigraphy, sediment transport and sourcing, and groundwater flow modeling.  He also has experience applying future climate scenarios to hydrologic models to provide a better understanding of the potential surface water and groundwater responses to climate change.  Eddie is passionate about increasing IGWA's state presence and involving young professionals and students in IGWA conferences.

CANDIDATE FOR VICE-PRESIDENT: ROSE AMUNDSON


Rose Amundson has served IGWA for two terms as a Board Member Director where she has planned conferences, secured speakers, arranged facilities, and acted as interim Treasurer.  Rose is an environmental consultant.  Her experience includes Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, sample plan development, remediation investigations, and groundwater and contamination transport modeling. Her skills include historical research, field data collection, report development, GIS mapping, and Risk Based Corrective Action evaluation using Iowa DNR Tier 1 and 2 software.  Rose is a Certified Groundwater Professional and holds a BS in Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Hydrology.  

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CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR: BEN GLEASON


Ben Gleason is the Sustainable Program Manager for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board (jointly referred to as Iowa Corn).  He manages a range of environmental projects affecting Iowa corn growers.  Water quality issues are a priority, and Ben works closely with government agencies and other organizations to address these issues.  Iowa Corn is working with the DNR and many partners to support local efforts to protect drinking water sources.  Previously, Ben worked for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as a project coordinator for multiple watershed projects addressing sediment and nutrients in lakes and streams.  He has also worked for Front Range Environmental performing stormwater management for companies like Walmart.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University.

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR: BOB LIBRA


Bob Libra worked for the Iowa Geological Survey for 35 years, as a staff hydrogeologist, supervisor of groundwater and stratigraphic studies, and the last 15 years as State Geologist. He retired in 2017. His experience and interests cover a wide range of Iowa’s geology and groundwater resources, from quality to quantity, resource mapping, and groundwater protection strategies; with a long history research on the relationships between agricultural practices and groundwater quality. Bob was a founding member of IGWA and has degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Indiana University.

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR: CINDY LANE


Cindy Lane is the Water Program Director at the Iowa Environmental Council, where she advocates for policies that protect Iowa’s water resources via the legislature and government agencies. She holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, and an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. She is interested in helping the IGWA grow its membership and promote community awareness on the need to strengthen water resource protection. 

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR: DANIEL GREEN


Daniel M. Green, Project Geologist, Terracon Consultants.  For more than 11 years, Mr. Green has worked in the environmental consulting industry, including two years on a drill rig installing monitoring wells at contaminated sites across the United States.  For the last 9+ years, Mr. Green has served as the primary due diligence practitioner for the Cedar Rapids Terracon office, completing countless Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments.  Mr. Green graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007 with a B.S. degree in Geology and is a lifelong resident of the Iowa City area.

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR: KATIE GOFF


Katie Goff is an environmental scientist for Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, a civil engineering firm located in Johnston, Iowa.  Her role with Foth involves wetland and waters of the U.S. delineation, threatened and endangered species assessment, environmental site assessment, and stormwater and green infrastructure facilitation.  Katie received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Iowa in Geosciences.  Her graduate work focused on geochemical weathering indices of Quaternary soil profiles in the Clear Creek Watershed, near Coralville, Iowa. Katie is interested in being a board member of IGWA because of her interest in all things water related in the state of Iowa.  She is passionate about continuing the research and education surrounding our groundwater and surface water resources.

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR: KELLY EVANS


With eight (8) years of experience planning and designing water systems, Kelly has a broad understanding of water systems and the knowledge to assist clients with their unique system needs. This includes project management, final plans and specifications development, construction observation, and construction contract administration for a majority of ISG’s water projects in Iowa. Having also worked as a water/wastewater operator for multiple Iowa cities, Kelly also understands the importance of easily operated, maintained, and sustainable treatment system and facility designs. This boots-on-the-ground perspective strengthens his designs, while his deeper understanding of such systems in turn enhance his value as a trusted operator. Kelly also assists in managing ISG’s water/wastewater team in Iowa and leads all designs for groundwater wells. His interest in the Iowa Groundwater Association comes from years of design in groundwater retrieval and modeling.

CANDIDATE FOR DIRECTOR: TOM ENGELKEN


Born and raised in Delaware county farm in NE Iowa, graduated from West Delaware in 1982, started working for Ogden Pump Service in the summer of 1981 and worked full time there after graduation pulling residential well pumps and operating backhoe and equipment installing water systems. In 1988 I started with Northway Well and Pump Company operating service rigs, rotary and cable tool drilling rigs and moving into management and sales in 1990 providing well and pump services to Industrial and Municipal clients throughout Iowa and western Illinois.  Married to my wife Jen, a daughter and three step children. Spend my free time hunting and fishing and enjoy taking out young children guiding them to nature on hunting and fishing trips. Hopefully with my background in the well industry I could be of a benefit to the board on as many key issues as possible. 

EDITOR (APPOINTED BOARD POSITION): JAMES GOODRICH


My name is James Goodrich and I have worked in the environmental and civil engineering consulting world for 18 years now. I have been a certified groundwater professional since 2008 and am currently employed by Impact 7G. During my tenure in this industry I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments; risk based corrective action assessments related to leaking underground storage tank and hazardous materials releases; vapor intrusion assessments, wetland delineation and mitigation planning, threatened and endangered species assessments, and onsite waste water system evaluation, design and permitting. I have facilitated multiple remediation and environmental permitting projects, with specific responsibilities in budget preparation and review, project reporting, regulatory agencies liaison services, and quality review and assurance.   I have three sons two of whom are freshman at City High School and a 3rd grader at Lucas Elementary in Iowa City.  My interest away from work include spending time with my wife and kids when they’ll let me, trout fishing, cycling, music, cooking and hiking the local woodlands while watching my dog try to make friends with unreceptive wildlife.   I have been attending the Iowa Groundwater Association meetings since 2008 and would appreciate the opportunity to promote the objectives of the Iowa Groundwater Association by being appointed as an editor during the January 1, 2019 through December 2020 term. Thank you for this opportunity!




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