Federal Government Affairs Committee

Tracking legislation in Washington is an important feature that WQA offers members. The Federal Government Affairs Committee assists WQA's Government Affairs Department in prioritizing key bills and regulatory initiatives. For example, the committee:

  • Helps the association decipher confusing federal legislation such as the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Provides recommendations on the association’s advocacy agenda. Specific recommendations have included WQA participate on federal coalitions, partner with other organizations, and target specific congress members and federal agencies.
  • Guides WQA’s DC representation on the impact of proposed federal legislation on the industry and WQA’s stance on the issue. 

Watch a video replay of the Joint Federal & State and Regional Government Affairs Committee meeting held online during the 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference. Watch here (requires Member log-in).

Committee Charges: 

  1. Manages the efforts of WQA with respect to any legislative or regulatory matters that impact the industry
  2. Coordinates with the Water Science Committee with respect to the development of standards and with respect to the development of WQA positions on issues that require scientific input
  3. Provides semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For: 

  • WQA member individuals - all categories (manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, allied) and sectors (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Passion for governmental advocacy with a willingness to participate in legislative outreach events

Key Skills/Experience: 

  • Experience addressing federal regulatory issues and reviewing draft legislation or rules,  not required
  • General knowledge of technical issues affecting our industry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills for meeting with government officials and joining coalitions

Frequency of Meetings: 

  • In Person Meetings: WQA Convention & Exposition, WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Conference Calls: As needed

Staff Liaison: Government Affairs Director David Loveday

​Visit wqa.org/volunteer for information on signing up to serve on a WQA committee or advisory council.

Committee Roster

NameCompany NameRole
Michael MeccaPerformance Water ProductsChairperson
Michael MorminoENPRESS LLCMember - 1st Term
Addie OlsonThermax Inc.Member - 1st Term
Harkirat Singh SahniParagon Water SystemsMember - 1st Term
Viola JacobsPrimo Water North AmericaMember - 1st Term
Ashleigh Womack SeymourAquaOx Water FiltersMember - 1st Term
Mark SmithBrita Products Co. (The) A Clorox Services CompanyMember - 1st Term
Nathan Michael LowrieKinetico IncorporatedMember - 1st Term
Derek PackardCulligan Water Conditioning Packard GroupMember - 1st Term
Nichole PennisiGraver Technologies LLCMember - 1st Term
Alex DuffineDuff CompanyMember - 1st Term
Josh GreeneA.O. Smith CorporationMember - 2nd Term
Richard Allen MestMaster Water Conditioning Corp.Non-Voting Member
Christopher BirdParagon Water SystemsNon-Voting Member
Kathryn MuenchA.O. Smith CorporationNon-Voting Member
Frank A. Brigano, PhDBrigano Consulting LLCNon-Voting Member
Frank DeSilvaResinTechNon-Voting Member
Edward P. Jones, IVKinetico IncorporatedNon-Voting Member
Mike HermanDriessen Water, Inc.Non-Voting Member
Christopher LindsayIAPMO R & TNon-Voting Member
Jordan KariWater Quality AssociationStaff Admin
Jeremy PollackWater Quality AssociationStaff Liaison
Thomas J. BruursemaWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Kathleen BurbidgeWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
R.J. EastonCulligan of WheelingVice Chairperson