Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO, joined Beaver Water District in 1991, as Plant Engineer, and in 2001, he was named CEO. During his tenure with the District, he has led the expansion of the District’s facilities to 140 MGD, the completion of an award-winning new water intake on Beaver Lake, construction of a new solids handling facility, renovation of the Joe M. Steele Water Treatment Plant, and construction of the Administration Center, which earned the high honors of LEED Gold certification from the Green Building Council. To further enhance the District’s water education program, a Water Education Center was developed on-site at the District’s campus, supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. In addition to his responsibilities with the District, Fortenberry leads efforts with various partners, such as the Beaver Watershed Alliance, to protect Beaver Lake water quality, and serves as Vice-Chairman of Ozarks Water Watch, and is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. Mr. Fortenberry serves on the Water Utility Council of the American Water Works Association. He received the American Water Works Association Southwest Section’s 2010 Glen T. Kellogg Leadership Award, the prestigious American Water Works Association George Warren Fuller Award in 2007, and was inducted into the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association’s Glen T. Kellogg Water & Wastewater Hall of Fame in 2013. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a member of both the Academy of Biological/Agricultural Engineering and the Academy of Civil Engineering, and he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering in 2007. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Grave IV Water Operators License. He is a governor-appointed member of the Arkansas Board of Health.
Larry S. Lloyd joined Beaver Water District in 2003. His 30 years of previous experience was in the consulting engineering business with firms in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas. His design experience covers water treatment facilities with capacities from a few hundred gallons per minute to 60 million gallons a day. Mr. Lloyd served on design teams that were responsible for the chemical feed facilities at Beaver Water District including the fluoride facilities, and the 60-inch raw water pipeline from Beaver Lake to the Beaver Water District treatment facilities. He served as Chair of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association in 2007. Mr. Lloyd is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas and holds class IV water treatment and distribution licenses. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and his Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Arkansas. In October 2013, he received the prestigious George Warren Fuller Award from the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association. He currently serves as Chair of the SW Section AWWA Water Utility Council.
Steve T. Russell, Chief Financial Officer
Steven T. Russell joined Beaver Water District in 1996. Steven T. Russell joined Beaver Water District in 1996. His responsibilities include overseeing accounting functions, providing custom accounting reports and analysis, managing investments, preparing the long term financial plan for the District, and assisting the CEO with annual budget preparations. His career spans 37 years in the field of financial management and administrative operations. He has both private manufacturing and governmental experience. Prior to joining the District, he worked as Office Manager and Secretary/Treasurer for Shipley Baking Company, where he functioned as the Chief Financial and Accounting Officer, handled all accounting functions, managed inventory, and supervised staff. Mr. Russell has a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
Adam Motherwell of Fayetteville joined the staff in 2014. He will move into the Chief Financial Officer position upon the retirement Steve Russell of Springdale this spring 2015. Motherwell is an honors graduate of the Walton College of Business with 36 years of experience. For the past 14 years, he served as the Associate Dean for Finance & Administration in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. His experience includes corporate auditor, Arkansas Legislative Auditor, and University of Arkansas System Auditor. His credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), past Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), University of Arkansas Credit Union Treasurer, and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the City of Fayetteville.
Stacy Cheevers joined Beaver Water District in 1991. He manages staff in the operations, maintenance, and electrical/instrumentation departments. Mr. Cheevers is responsible for submitting a yearly budget, coordinating in-house projects, overseeing water treatment procedures, and insuring water quality requirements are met or exceeded at all times. He assisted in the design of the 140 million gallon a day intake and 60 MGD water treatment plant expansion inclusive of a solids treatment facility. He also coordinated an engineering contract for the addition of a new 13.2 KV switching station and replacement of 12,000 feet of 13.2 KV distribution line, as well as the installation of two 1000 HP raw water and one 500 HP high service pumps. Mr. Cheevers holds Grade IV Water Operators Treatment and Distribution licenses and a Master Electrician license in the state of Arkansas. Mr. Cheevers serves on the state Drinking Water Advisory & Operator Licensing Committee.Cheevers was awarded Arkansas Water Manager of the Year in 2013, from AWW&WEA. He is past Chair of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association.
Bill HagenBurger joined Beaver Water District in 2001. His responsibilities include management of engineering and construction activities and engineering support. Prior to joining the District, he worked for an environmental engineering consulting firm, where he provided engineering and construction management services for various plants, including the District’s 40 million gallon a day Hardy Croxton water treatment plant and the 100 MGD Mohawk water treatment plant in Tulsa. He has a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University, in Pennsylvania. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas and holds a Grade IV Water Operators License. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association, the Water Environment Federation, Chi Epsilon and is a Past Chair of the Northwest District of the AWW&WEA. HagenBurger is a member of the Board of the Southwest Section of the AWWA, where he serves as the Chair-Elect.
Dr. Robert Morgan joined Beaver Water District in 2004. His responsibilities include source water protection and the water quality laboratory. Previously, Dr. Morgan served as Project Director in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Arkansas and as coordinator for Arkansas’ Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program at the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission. He earned his Doctorate in Engineering (2007), Master of Science in Civil Engineering (2003), and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1973) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Dr. Morgan is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas. Professional affiliations are the American Water Resources Association, the North American Lake Management Society, and American Water Works Association where he serves as chairman of the Source Water Protection Committee and as the Liaison between the Water Resources Sustainability Division and the Standards Council. Dr. Morgan is also adjunct faculty in the Biological Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas. From 2009 through 2012 Dr. Morgan served on the Board of Directors of the North American Lake Management Society. He has authored publications on nonpoint source pollution, watershed management and stream restoration and a textbook on ecological engineering design. Dr. Morgan holds a class IV water treatment license.
Colene Gaston joined Beaver Water District in 2006. Ms. Gaston provides legal counsel to the District, with a focus on environmental issues related to source water protection. During her more than 30-year career as a lawyer, Ms. Gaston worked with legal services on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, with Region I of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the Environmental Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, and in private practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her B.A. with honors in Biology from Austin College and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Pat Bates joined Beaver Water District in August 2008. Her central task is to support the District’s leadership in matters related to general human resource management and state and federal regulatory compliance. Responsibilities include compensation and benefits administration, training and development, development of policies and procedures, recruiting and staffing, and performance management systems. Ms. Bates holds both the SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certifications.. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM) and serves as the 2015 President of the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK). Ms. Bates is a member of the Knowledge Management Subcommittee of the American Water Works Association Workforce Strategies Committee. She is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis. She has specialized in areas of tax and accounting as well as bringing over 15 years experience as a Human Resources Manager to the District. Ms. Bates has completed coursework in the Operations Management Master of Science Program at the University of Arkansas School of Engineering and the Utility Management Certification Program through the American Water College and Public Utilities and Waterworks Management Institute.
Kayla Mhoon, Executive Assistant
Kayla Mhoon joined Beaver Water District in 2008. Her responsibilities include providing administrative and information management support to the Chief Executive Officer, as well as the Chief Operating Officer and Staff Attorney, as needed. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the District’s Board of Directors, and supervises the Clerical Support staff and filing systems. Prior to joining the District, she had served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of a division of a publicly-held manufacturing company; Executive Assistant to the President of a bank; and Vice President of Items Processing of the bank. Additionally, she served as Assistant Corporate Secretary of the division of the manufacturing company, and as Corporate Secretary of the bank. Ms. Mhoon has completed the Public Utilities and Waterworks Management’s Basic Management and Leadership Training Program, Advanced Water Utility Management Institute, and Phase III Water Utility Management Institute. She earned a Competent Communicator Award from Toastmasters International, and previously served as the President of a local Toastmasters International club. Ms. Mhoon has completed several University of Arkansas Microsoft Office Computer courses, as well as several American Institute of Banking courses. She is a member of the American Water Works Association, nationally, and the Southwest Section of AWWA.
Amy L. Wilson joined Beaver Water District in 2004. Her responsibilities include managing intergovernmental, business, community and media relations. This includes administering the District’s website and social media, producing internal and external newsletters and other publications, and directing the development and implementation of a broad-based public education program. Ms. Wilson’s achievements include leading the District’s development efforts for the Building Blocks to Water Education program in Northwest Arkansas’ schools. Prior to joining the District, she gained a broad general knowledge of technical environmental issues while serving as Communication Director for the Arkansas Environmental Federation. Earlier in her career, Ms. Wilson worked as a journalist for the Arkansas Gazette, the Arkansas Democrat, and the Northwest Arkansas Times. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in English. In 2011, Wilson was named the Carol Griffee Communication Conservationist of the Year by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Wilson is a member of the American Water Works Association where she serves on the Public Affairs Council. She also serves on the Communications Committee of the Southwest Section of the AWWA.