Staff

Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E., Chief Executive Officer

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 building, which earned the high honors of LEED Gold certification from the Green Building Council. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) In addition, he was instrumental in securing a three-year grant of $229,250 from The Walton Family Foundation. The grant supports the development of a water education program that includes the Water Education Center on-site at the District’s campus. In addition to his responsibilities with the District, Fortenberry leads efforts with various partners, such as the newly formed Beaver Watershed Alliance, to protect Beaver Lake water quality and the Beaver Lake watershed. He also serves as Vice-President of Ozarks Water Watch and is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council. Fortenberry is a national director with the American Water Works Association, where he serves on the Water Utility Council. 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 Grade IV Water Operators License. He is a governor-appointed member of the Arkansas Board of Health.

 

Larry S. Lloyd, P.E., BCEE, Chief Operating Officer

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.

 

Steve T. Russell, Chief Financial Officer

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 35 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 and he is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Organization, and the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

 

Stacy Cheevers, Plant Manager

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. He also serves as Chair of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association.

 

William C. HagenBurger, P.E., Plant Engineer

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 Vice Chair.

 

Robert Morgan, PhD., P.E., Manager of Environmental Quality

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, Staff Attorney

Colene Gaston joined Beaver Water District in 2006. Ms. Gaston provides legal counseling primarily on environmental issues, including regulatory compliance and source water protection. She received her B.A. with honors in Biology from Austin College and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Gaston has spent most of her more than 30-year career as a lawyer focused on environmental issues. She has 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.

 

Pat Bates, Director of Human Resources

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 is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She 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 10 years experience as a Human Resources Manager to the District. Ms. Bates has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers, the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK), the Northwest Community College Corporate Learning Workforce Advisory Committee, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Society of Training & Development, and the Knowledge Management Subcommittee of the American Water Works Association Workforce Strategies Committee. Ms. Bates currently serves as the Vice President of NOARK.

 

Amy Wilson Website PhotoAmy L. Wilson, Director of Public Affairs

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.