New executive director named at WWEMA

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Vanessa Leiby

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 20, 2013 -- Vanessa Leiby will soon serve as the executive director of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) and succeed President Dawn Champney, who will retire December 31.

WWEMA recently named Leiby to the position that will take effect January 1, 2014. She has more than 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry, as well as extensive experience in association management, having served as executive director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) from 1991 to 2003. Currently, she is a principal for The Cadmus Group, where she provides support to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water on a wide range of projects related to water and energy efficiency, source water protectio, and regulation development and implementation.

"Vanessa has a great deal of experience in the water industry and association management," said WWEMA Chairman Deb LaVelle. "What’s more, throughout her career she has demonstrated a commitment to WWEMA's ideals and many of its advocacy positions. Our board of directors feels confident that Vanessa will lead the association on a path of continued success."

Prior to her positions at The Cadmus Group and ASDWA, Leiby also worked from 1989 to 1991 as an environmental scientist at Wade Miller Associates and from 1987 to 1989 as an air-water quality scientist for the Ohio EPA state drinking water program. She holds a bachelor's of science in zoology, with a concentration in aquatic ecology, and a master's of science in zoology, with a concentration in aquatic toxicology, from The Ohio State University.


WWEMA is a 105-year-old national, non-profit trade organization representing North American producers and suppliers of technologies used in municipal and industrial water and wastewater applications. Visit for more information.


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