IRWA Staff Members

Frank Dunmire - Executive Director

Frank has been the Executive Director of IRWA since September 2004. He has 32 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 nearly 36 years. Starting as the IRWA Circuit Rider in 1985 for three years, he then went to work for the National Rural Water Association for 21 years. In 2009, he returned to IRWA, as the Deputy Executive Director. Don has over 44 years of experience in Water and Wastewater Systems Management.




Heather McLeod - Membership Services Assistant

Heather has been with IRWA for 19 years. She coordinates all IRWA 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.




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, in 2015 wastewater technician for the Northern part half of the state, and in 2017 he was again moved to Circuit Rider. He covers the counties in the east central part of the state. Evan provides communities with on-site technical assistance. He has over ten years experience in the water and wastewater field. Evan grew up working in the private sector drilling wells and pumps and 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 wastewater treatment plants and their collection systems. Evan has attended NRWA's Emergency Response training for several years in order to better assist communities all over the state in an emergency. Evan holds a Class B water Certificate and is currently testing for his Class 2 wastewater and his operator in training for Class A.


Roger Noe - Circuit Rider #2

Roger Noe, IRWA Circuit Rider #2 joined the staff of IRWA November 2014. Roger covers Southern Illinois and is responsible for assisting communities with on-site technical assistance, leak detection, rate studies, and other issues with daily operation of a water supply. Prior to his employment, Roger worked for the Village of Wayne City for 12 years. Roger was the water superintendent for 3.5 years of the 12. Roger currently holds an Illinois EPA class A water license and a class 4 wastewater license. Roger has obtained his certifications in Utility Management and Utility Finance from Water University. Roger graduated from college with an Associates Agriculture Business. Roger is currently serving as a council member on the village board. Roger resides in Southern Illinois.



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 west central Illinois 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 30 years experience in the drinking water industry.


Marc Lemrise - Circuit Rider #4

Marc became IRWA's Circuit Rider #4 in January of 2021. He was the Superintendent for the Village of Tonica for the 19 years. He assists the counties in northern Illinois with technical assistance. He holds a Class "A" water license and a Class "1" wastewater license as well as a Class "K" Industrial license.



Clark Cameron - State Circuit Rider

Clark joined our team in August of 2018. He has 18 years in the water and wastewater industry and holds a Class C water license.. He assists communities with such activities such as; technical training and compliance issues, capacity development related activities, operator training and certification, identification of unaccounted for water loss and identifying improvements to the overall operation of the public water supply system. Before coming to IRWA he worked at a 4 million gallon/day water plant.




Jeff McCready - Wastewater Technician #1

Jeff joined the IRWA Staff in April of 2017 and is responsible for technical assistance and training for the northern half of the state. Jeff has over 27 years experience in Public Works serving as the Water and Wastewater Superintendent for the Village of Woodhull. Prior to his employment with IRWA, Jeff served on the IRWA Board of Directors for 6 years. Jeff holds a Class "C" Water license and a Class "IV" Wastewater license.



Scott Tozier - Wastewater Technician #2

Scott joined the staff in January of 2022 and is responsible for technical assistance and training for the southern half of the state.
He comes to us from New York and has been serving the water and wastwater industry for 30 plus years.



Brandon Windell - Energy Efficiency Circuit Rider

Brandon was hired in October of 2018 to assist rural and small community water and wastewater utility systems in evaluating their energy needs and power consumption while evaluating the costs associated with their related use.



Dave McMillan - Training Specialist

Dave started with the Association in February 2019. His primary responsibility is to coordinate and establish training sessions for water supply operators. For those not familiar with Dave, he comes to IRWA out of retirement from Illinois EPA. Dave culminated his career with the state in December 2018 after spending over 33 years working with Illinois water supplies. He hopes to continue contributing to the industry by assisting in the continuing education of Illinois' water supply professionals.



Jeff Tumiati - Apprenticeship Coordinator

Jeff began his position as Apprenticeship Coordinator in November of 2020. He was previously on the IRWA board for 16 years. He has 33 years’ experience in the water and wastewater field. Jeff currently holds Class B water, Class IV Wastewater and an Illinois Plumber licenses. As this is a new program, more on the apprenticeship program will be announced soon.




Kent Cox - Sourcewater Protection Specialist

Kent has joined the IRWA Source Water Protection Program in September of 2021after spending the past 29 years as a water and wastewater operator.  Kent holds a Class “A” water license, and a Class “1” wastewater license.    For the past 12 years Kent has been the Manager of a 4 MGD combined surface water/groundwater treatment supply. He provides on-site, hands-on assistance to rural and small community water systems in the design and implementation of source water protection plans at the local level.





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