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Rocky Mountain Section American Water Works Association hires an Executive Director
December 14, 2016 (Denver, Colorado) – The Rocky Mountain Section American Water Works Association (RMSAWWA) welcomed its new Executive Director, Ann Guiberson, to lead the section in expanding its mission, which is “providing solutions for the Rocky Mountain region to effectively manage water, the world’s most important resource.” As a part of that mission, the RMSAWWA provides educational and training opportunities for water industry professionals. Ann is the RMSAWWA’s first Executive Director and her hire is reflective of the Board of Directors’ desire to grow and expand the association’s influence in all areas of water management across the Rocky Mountain region.
While RMSAWWA has been a leader in the water industry for many years, the association has been considering the next steps to address the need for advanced training to meet a more stringent drinking water treatment regulations. Traditionally run by a dedicated group of volunteers, the section is moving towards a professional leadership model to help meet several challenges.
“It was time to make a leap organizationally,” stated Bud Spillman, RMSAWWA Board Chair. “Education is a major portion of our mission, so to meet this, we needed a “nuts-and-bolts” person with experience in non-profits and outreach, and Ann is just that person.”
Ann Guiberson comes to the section with over 20-years of experience in nonprofit association management. She worked for the United States Golf Association (USGA) for 14-years as a Regional Affairs Director. In this capacity, Ann maximized the effectiveness of state and regional associations through communication, training, and strategic guidance on association management practices. Most recently, Ann served as Executive Director of the Colorado Women's Golf Association (CWGA). Under her leadership, the CWGA strengthened its financial position, implemented a technology plan, designed its first website, set up a modern cost-efficient office and established new relationships with skilled volunteers and local support services. Ann holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in education. Both degrees were earned at the University of Nebraska. Her experience in strategic planning and development, as well as volunteer management and public outreach, will allow Ann to guide the association as its first Executive Director.
“I am honored to be selected as the first Executive Director of the RMSAWWA”, said Ann Guiberson. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board of Directors to help carry out its strategic goals and objectives in serving RMS members and its various constituents.”
The first project for Ann and the section’s Board of Directors will be to finalize an Education Business Plan, which will help map out the future growth potential for the association.