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The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) is the professional Association serving state drinking water programs. Formed in 1984 to address a growing need for state administrators to have national representation, ASDWA has become a respected voice for state primacy agents with Congress, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other professional organizations.

ASDWA’s purpose is to:

  • Support states in their efforts to protect public health through the provision of safe drinking water;
  • Collect and make information accessible to all state program administrators to assist them in fulfilling their duties;
  • Encourage the exchange of experiences and information among state drinking water programs;
  • Promote responsible and feasible drinking water program requirements at the state and Federal levels; and
  • Provide advice, counsel, and expertise to organizations and entities having an interest in drinking water, including Congress, U.S. EPA, and other Federal, state, and local organizations.

ASDWA members are the drinking water program administrators in the 50 states, the five territories, the Navajo Nation, and the District of Columbia. (16 of the 50 state drinking water programs are located in state departments of health, 31 are located in state departments of the environment or natural resources, and 3 are in mixed departments of health and environment.)

A full-time staff, located in Arlington, Virginia, manages the day-to-day activities of the Association.


Executive Director: Alan Roberson
Policy and Legislative Affairs Manager: Bridget O’Grady
Regulatory Affairs Manager: Darrell Osterhoudt
Project Manager: Deirdre Mason
Water Policy Analyst: Wendi Wilkes
Water Policy Analyst: Kevin Letterly
Communications and Information Technology Manager: Anthony DeRosa
Office Manager: Tom Maves

ASDWA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a state program administrator from each of the 10 U.S. EPA regions, the President, the President-Elect (who may also represent a region), and the Past President. The ASDWA Executive Director serves on the Board as an ex officio member.


President: Lisa Daniels, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Past-President: Randy Ellingboe, Minnesota Department of Health
President-Elect: Mark Mayer, South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources


Region I: Yvette DePeiza, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Region II: Roger Sokol, New York Department of Health
Region III: Patrick Murphy, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services
Region IV: Doug Kinard, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Region V: Steve Elmore, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Region VI: Stephanie Stringer, New Mexico Environment Department
Region VII: Cathy Tucker-Vogel, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Region VIII: Greg Wavra, North Dakota Department of Health
Region IX: My-Linh Nguyen, Nevada Division of Environmental Quality
Region X: Jerri Henry, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Committees are essential to ASDWA’s operations. The Association has two types of committees, standing and ad hoc. All committees are established and chairs appointed annually by the President subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Non-Board Member committee chairs will have a designated Board liaison to the committee. Members of ASDWA’s committees represent the Association on an array of important state program concerns. The quality of ASDWA’s analyses, in reports to Executive Agencies and Congress, reflects the expertise and input of ASDWA members generally and ASDWA committee members, in particular. Committees are comprised of state drinking water administrators and staff with special interest and expertise in the particular committee area.

2017 ASDWA Standing Committee Chairpersons

Data Management: Dave McMillan (IL)
Regulatory: Lisa Daniels (PA)
Security and Resiliency: Jon Dilliard (MT)
Small Systems: Mark Mayer (SD)
Source Water Protection: Paul Susca (NH)

2017 ASDWA ad hoc Committee Chairperson

Extreme Weather: Kristin Divris (MA)