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Bonnifer Ballard, MI-AWWA executive director

Bonnifer Ballard is executive director of the Michigan Section of AWWA and is responsible for overseeing the administration and implementation of programs and the strategic plan of the organization. She also assists with fundraising, marketing and community outreach efforts.

Prior to MI-AWWA, Ballard was director of communication and outreach for the American Nuclear Society and was the manager of donor development for the College of DuPage. She earned a master’s degree in leadership studies from North Central College and a bachelor’s degree in business from Cleary University.

Brian Steglitz

Brian Steglitz is a former AWWA Michigan Section board member and AWWA vice president.  He currently serves as chair of MI-AWWA’s Communication Council and is a board member for the Water Research Foundation. Steglitz is the water treatment manager for the City of Ann Arbor where he oversees daily operations of Ann Arbor water treatment facilities. Steglitz was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University as well as a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Randall Roost

Randall Roost is a member of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association and is a past chair of the Section. He serves on international committees for Asset and Infrastructure Management, Business Practices, and Lead Service Line Replacement. He has also served on the Communication Council, Asset and Infrastructure Management Committee, Water Efficiency Committee and several other committees.

Roost is the retired principal planner of Water Operations for the Lansing Board of Water and Light with more than 38 years of experience in water utility management and operations. He is currently working for the American Water Works Association as a Technical Trainer for small systems. He has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

He is a past recipient of the prestigious Raymond J. Faust Award and the George Warren Fuller Award. He has been published in the AWWA Journal and the AWWA Opflow publications and is the 2017 recipient of the AWWA Opflow Publications Award.


Christine Spitzley

Christine Spitzley serves as treasurer of the Board of Trustees for MI-AWWA, ensuring the work of the board is closely aligned with MI-AWWA’s challenges, opportunities and strategic direction. 

Spitzley is a senior planner for OHM Advisors, an architecture, engineering and planning firm.  Prior to OHM Advisors, she was a project manager for the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services and as chief environmental programs planner for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission in Lansing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University. 


Jody Caldwell

Jody Caldwell is the Asset Management Director for the Great Lakes Water Authority in Southeast Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. Jody has more than 20-years of professional experience in water and wastewater utility management, design, engineering, operations, maintenance, asset management and capital improvement planning. As a Michigan professional engineer since 2002, Jody has made his career in improving the efficiency and sustainability of water and wastewater utilities.

Carrie Cox

Carrie Cox is the Chief Engineer of the Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner’s Office (WRC) and has over 18 years of experience in the water and sewer industry. Currently, she is responsible for the Regional Systems Department which includes the Capital, Asset Management, and Planning (CAMP), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and the Regional System Units.

Carrie is not only interested in guiding asset management policy for Oakland County’s WRC, but has dedicated significant time to presenting and explaining the Oakland County experience to others throughout this industry. Ms. Cox helps other municipalities in Michigan, as well as nationally and internationally, move toward more sustainable utility operations through meetings and presentations. She is an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) where she participates in committees concerned with training, policy and legislative aspects of utility management.

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