Leadership Update: Members Choose 2010 Board of Directors

Jan. 1, 2010

IECA’s membership voted to re-elect Sandy Mathews and Brock Peters, CISEC, to the 2010 board of directors. Joining them on the 2010 board is new board member Charles Riling. These board members will officially begin service for the 2010 term this February. The IECA Board of Directors is made up of nine members, each serving a three-year term.

Sandy Mathews is a senior scientist with Larry Walker Associates, managing the company’s office in Oakland, California. Sandy has more than 17 years of experience in developing and implementing water-quality compliance programs for industrial and construction sites, municipalities, and federal facilities. Through her work, Sandy bridges the theory of the law and regulation to create pragmatic stormwater programs and projects that communities can implement.

Sandy joined IECA in 1996 and was recruited and elected to the Western Chapter Board in 2000, serving as chapter secretary and president. Sandy currently serves as the secretary on the IECA Board of Directors. In addition to her IECA involvement, Sandy is active in the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA), currently serving as chair of the construction subcommittee. In 2008, Sandy was the recipient of the CASQA Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to the stormwater profession.

“The members of IECA who share their knowledge and experience with fellow professionals are the wealth of IECA. Chapters fostering opportunities for these dialogues to be initiated and professional relationships to develop are the strength of IECA,” believes Mathews. “I see being a director on the international board as an opportunity to create a strategic direction that focuses on the members and chapters and to help mind the business aspects of IECA. As a director, I will work to help further the development and creation of tools and programs that assist members and chapters with their professional and organizational needs so that we can collectively fulfill the mission of IECA to connect, educate and develop a worldwide erosion and sediment control community.”

Brock Peters, CISEC, is an erosion and sediment control contractor and consultant with more than 30 years of progressive accomplishments in the construction industry. As a current Board Member of IECA, Brock is technical vice president and board liaison to the professional development committee and currently is serving a second term on the board of IECA’s Great Rivers Chapter.  He is serving his fourth term on the board of directors of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln (Nebraska) and a fourth term on the board of directors of the Nebraska State Homebuilders Association. He has been appointed several times by the National Association of Homebuilders to serve on the Environmental Issues Committee and is currently serving another term. As a founding member of the Storm Water Awareness Network (SWAN), Brock is the project coordinator and creates curriculum for educational training for NPDES compliance to developers, builders, and trade contractors for the commercial and residential building industry.

“As a Board Member of IECA, I hope to increase membership by bringing the building and erosion control industries together. With the increased awareness of clean-water regulations in the building industry, bridging the gap between IECA and other well-established trade associations is imperative,” states Peters. “I feel that fostering open lines of communication to these groups should be a high priority for IECA to further the association’s core mission while supporting educational partnerships. Building upon the recent success in increasing IECA’s membership will also be a priority, while supporting and encouraging the growth of our international chapters.”

Charles R. Riling Jr. is a 1970 graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology (WVIT) in Montgomery, WV. He started working for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways, where he worked in the Engineering Division, designing small roadway projects within the In-House Design Section before transferring to the Consultant Review Section, where he had oversight of consultants doing major highway design. During his tenure in the Consultant Review Section, Riling established and developed the DOH’s policy for Section 404/401 permits and NPDES permits and established and oversaw the DOH’s asbestos inspection program.

He has authored numerous general statewide specifications and project specifications and rewritten/modified the DOH’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual(English and metric versions) on three occasions. For the past 11 years, Riling has worked in the Office of the State Highway Engineer as his special projects/environmental monitor. As environmental monitor, he fulfills the obligation on behalf of the WVDOH as set forth in environmental impact statement (EIS) documents and court-order consent agreements for a 100-mile, four-lane highway in the mountainous regions of West Virginia. Riling has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) since 1997 and continues to serve on the board of directors as well as several committees. He served as the 2006–2008 MAC president and has been the MAC representative to the IECA Chapter Advisory Committee (CAC) for the last four years, currently serving as the CAC chair.

“Learning, assisting, lending technical support, and educating people about erosion and how to prevent and/or minimize erosion on construction sites—and knowing that you are making a difference, one project at a time—is very satisfying,” stated Riling. “Having been involved with the MAC, being a member of IECA’s Chapter Advisory Committee, and believing in IECA’s goals and objectives, I will strive to advance these ideas internationally by working with the general public. I can think of nothing that I would rather do than to be able to assist IECA to increase membership worldwide, develop new chapters, provide training on international and regional levels, and make ‘IECA’ become more of a household name.”

IECA would like to thank outgoing Board member Mark Hunter, PE, MPA, for his years of dedication and service to the association. Hunter is the manager of the Design, Construction and Maintenance Program at the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in Denver, Colorado. He has been an IECA member since 1984 and was a founding member and officer of IECA’s Mountain States Chapter. He has served on a variety of committees and is currently the treasurer for the IECA Board of Directors and co-chairs the committee for IECA’s charitable fund, Save Our International Land (SOIL).