IRWA Staff Members
Frank Dunmire - Executive Director
Frank has been the Executive Director of IRWA since September 2004. He has 30 years water and wastewater experience and was an IRWA Board member for 20 years.
Don Craig - Deputy Director
Don has worked within the Rural Water Association for 31 years. He started out as the IRWA Circuit Rider in 1985, and then in 1988, went to work for the National Rural Water Association for 21 years as a Regional Field Rep. in the Asset Management Program. In 2009, he came back to work for IRWA, in the newly formed position of Deputy Executive Director. Don has over 40 years of experience in Water and Wastewater Systems Management.
Heather McLeod - Membership Services Assistant
Heather has worked for IRWA for 16 years. She coordinates both the Annual and the Northern conferences, as well as maintains the membership, and the IRWA website.
Denise Burke - Administrative/Program Assistant
Denise joined the IRWA staff in April 2003. She is responsible for maintaining USEPA and for charge training sessions, National Reporting procedures, the accounting and financial reporting procedures, the TAB and IRWA Water Ways Magazine.
Mark Mitchell - USDA Source Water Protection Technician
Mark joined the IRWA staff in April, 1995. He is responsible for IRWA’s Source Water Protection Program. His duties include providing assistance to water system operations specialists and decision-makers, both in the Council Chambers as well as during on-site visits to their water systems. While Mark can and does provide all types of technical assistance, his main objective is to assist systems with Source Water Protection issues. In addition to these duties, he also serves as an advisor to the four IEPA designated Regional Groundwater Priority Protection Planning Committees as well as the IEPA Groundwater Advisory Committee. Mark is a graduate of the Water University through the National Rural Water Association Mark holds a Class A public water supply license as well as a Class 4 wastewater operator license and has 30 years in the water treatment industry.
Evan Jones - Circuit Rider #1
Evan was hired in the summer of 2013 to fill in for the Source Water program. He moved over to the Circuit Rider position in October, 2013, was a waste water technician for a couple years, and is now once again a Circuit Rider! He covers the northern part of the state. Evan provides communities with on-site technical assistance. He has over ten years experience in the water and waste waste field. Evan grew up working in the private sector drilling wells an pumps and also installing septic systems and drain fields for the family business. He then made the change to the municipal side where he has worked at water treatment plants and distribution systems. He has also worked at waste water treatment plants an their collection systems. Evan holds a Class B water Certificate.
Roger Noe - Circuit Rider #2
Roger joined IRWA in November 2014. He provides our southern Illinois systems with on-site technical assistance. Roger has a Class A water operators license and Class IV wastewater license. Before coming to IRWA, he was a crop production specialist and most recently the water superintendent for the Village of Wayne City. Roger is also active in the Southern Illinois Water Operators Association.
Chuck Woodworth - Circuit Rider #3
Chuck joined the IRWA staff in November 1997, as a Groundwater Specialist. Chuck assisted Communities with protecting the water source with Groundwater Protection Plans. In 2008 Chuck transferred to the Circuit Rider program. Chuck currently holds the position of Circuit Rider #3. Chuck covers 30 Counties in Districts 4, 5 and 6 and is responsible for assisting communities with on-site technical assistance, leak detection, rate studies, operator certification and other functions related to daily operation of a water supply. Previously Chuck was a water operator for 10 years at a 2.5 MGD lime softening groundwater treatment plant. Chuck holds a Class “A” water license and has 27 years experience in the drinking water industry.
Jeff McCready - Wastewater Technician #1
Jeff joined the staff in April 2017. He is responsible for on-site technical assistance in the northern half of the state. He previously sat on the IRWA board of directors for 6 years.
John Bell - Wastewater Technician #2
John joined the IRWA staff in April 2003. He is responsible for providing wastewater on-site technical assistance in the southern half of the state. He holds a Class “A” water license and a Class I Wastewater license and has 45 years experience in the industry.
Phil Donelson - Training & Marketing
Phil has been on the IRWA staff since fall of 2012. He brings many years of experience to the association with a very diverse background in sales and marketing. Phil is responsible for planning and facilitating all the IRWA fee based trainings around the state of Illinois. He also organizes and hosts our Administrative Conference which is held twice a year. In July of 2015 Phil took over some of the USEPA program training responsibilities as well. He continues to bring many new and valuable training opportunities to our members.