The Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association (AWWA, named Joe Mantua, project manager at Black & Veatch Corp. (, as its president-elect. Mantua will assume his new position at AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE09) in San Diego, Calif. in June 2009, and will begin his year-long term as president in 2010.

Mantua is a 24-year veteran of the water industry and an AWWA member since 1987. Before joining Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company, Mantua was in charge of development services for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

In addition to Mantua, the board also elected two new vice-presidents and a new director-at-large. Charlie Anderson and Debra Kaye were selected as vice presidents and Marie Pearthree as director-at-large.

Anderson retired from the City of Arlington, Texas, in 2005, after serving as assistant director, director of utilities, and deputy city manager. He currently works for Camp Dresser & McKee (CDM,

Kaye, who began her career with Sierra Pacific Power Co., stayed with the water operations when SPPC sold its water assets to Truckee Meadows (Nev.) Water Authority. In 2006, she moved to La Quinta, Calif., and started Kayepability Consulting.

Pearthree currently works for CH2M Hill ( She was previously with Tucson Water, where she spearheaded the “At the Tap” program.