Christine Dougherty is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, where she studied Environment Science Planning and Management. This field of study focuses on the balance between environmental protection, resource management, and social science to find sustainable approaches to environmental issues, such as surface water quality. Over the last 10+ years Christine lived in Denver, where she worked for both the private sector and local government agencies developing and implementing programs focused on minimizing human impacts on surface waters. She also served on the board of directors for the Mountain States Chapter of the International Erosion and Sediment Control Association, which provides critical resources needed to address impacts of human-influenced soil erosion.

Christine returned to New England this past September after accepting a new role as the stormwater coordinator for the Town of Williston. She is excited about the environmental challenges this region presents and looks forward to working with the professionals who are dedicated to the improvement of Vermont’s surface water quality. Christine can be contacted at .

Joe Duncan, PE, is currently the general manager at the Champlain Water District, an award-winning regional water supplier having the distinction of receiving the first in the nation “Excellence in Water Treatment Award” from the Partnership for Safe Water. He is responsible for managing and conducting all business of the District. Prior to joining the Champlain Water District, Joe worked for 18 years as a consulting engineer on municipal water resource projects. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont and has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Joe can be contacted at .

Brian Ovitt: After high school, Brian attended U.V.M., where he studied forestry and worked part time for a civil engineering company in Shelburne (C.E.A.). Wanting to stay in Vermont and finding few opportunities in that field, he returned to school and received an associate’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from VTC. Brian had enjoyed working for C.E.A., and after graduation they welcomed him back. After two years and a change in ownership, he took a job with Krebs and Lansing, out of Colchester. 

When the opportunity to work for the Village of Enosburg Falls became available, he  had two children, and between the demands of his job and the commute from Bakersfield, he had very little time with his family. He originally applied for the position at the wastewater department with hesitation, but he has come to realize it was a blessing. He has now been with village for 13 years, the last three as chief operator. Brian can be contacted at .


  • President: Mike Barsotti, director, water quality and production, Champlain Water District
  • First vice-president: Eileen Toomey, customer support specialist, Endyne Laboratory Services, Inc.
  • Second vice-president: Wayne Elliott, principal, Aldrich & Elliott Engineers
  • Secretary: Amy Macrellis, senior water quality specialist, Stone​Environmental
  • Treasurer: Rick Kenney, chief operator, Hartford Town

2020 GMWEA Board Elections

Be sure to press SUBMIT, above, to complete the voting process!

Time to vote!

GMWEA is governed by a 12-member board of directors, all of whom are association members and who are elected by the membership.  Directors serve for three-year terms, and terms are staggered so that, typically, two seats are up for election each year. This year, due to retirements, there are three open seats with three candidates running for them.

Board officers – president, vice-president, second-vice president, secretary, and treasurer – are drawn from the board and are elected as a slate. Officers serve for two years.   

Voting is conducted annually – ordinarily, at GMWEA’s Spring Meeting & Conference.  In 2020, however, that event has been canceled due to COVID-19 transmission concerns. The elections are therefore being conducted by remote means.

Your vote is important!  Please read the bios below to get to know your board members. Then, fill out the ballot form at the bottom of this page and be sure to press SUBMIT. 

Note: Only current GMWEA members in good standing are eligible to vote.  Voting will close at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 31.

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