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 on the board of Ozarks Water Watch, and is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, and the Springdale Kiwanis. Mr. Fortenberry serves on the Water Utility Council of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He received the AWWA Southwest Section’s 2010 Glen T. Kellogg Leadership Award, the 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, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering in 2007, and he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds both Grade IV Water Operators Licenses. 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 Grade 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.
Adam K. Motherwell of Fayetteville joined our staff in 2014 as the District’s Chief Financial Officer. Motherwell is an honors graduate of the Walton College of Business with 36 years of experience in corporate auditing and governmental auditing and accounting. 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 of municipalities, counties and school districts in Arkansas, and University of Arkansas System Auditor. While at the University, he earned the distinction of Employee of the Quarter and was President of the local chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. 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 Tech, 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, 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, and previously served as Chair. Mr. HagenBurger recently completed a 6-phase management training and leadership skills course for Water/Wastewater managers and supervisors. The intensive 144-hour course is administered by the American Water College and the Public Utilities & Waterworks Management Institute.
James McCarty joined the staff of Beaver Water District in early 2017. His responsibilities include source water protection and the water quality laboratory. McCarty earned a M.S. in Biological Engineering (2015) and a B.S. in Biological Engineering (2006), both from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He plans to graduate in spring 2019 with a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering, also from UA-Fayetteville. Since 2011, McCarty has served as a Research Associate and Graduate Student with the UA-Department of Biological Engineering, where he has been responsible for authoring grant proposals, conducting research, report and manuscript writing, presentations, and supervision of graduate research. Noted research projects include development of a watershed management plan and stakeholder engagement group for the Lake Conway Point Remove watershed and a decision support tool to help prioritize watersheds for nutrients. From 2006-2011, McCarty took a hiatus from his university studies to serve as an Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Air Force. McCarty brings many core strengths to his new position with BWD including water science, a strong background in scientific research, and project management. Consistent with BWD’s vision to maintain the quality of Beaver Lake for all generations, McCarty used his position at the University to engage with the public to inform and advocate for healthy lakes and watersheds.
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 is a past 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. Ms. Bates recently completed a 6-phase management training and leadership skills course for Water/Wastewater managers and supervisors. The intensive 144-hour course is administered by the American Water College and the Public Utilities & 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 has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, communications and education, and public affairs. She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors and a master’s degree, both in English, at the University of Arkansas. She joined Beaver Water District (BWD) as the utility’s first Director of Public Affairs in 2004. Previously, she worked as a journalist (staff writer and then editor) on the staff of one local and two statewide newspapers. She also published (and continues to write and publish) freelance work in various magazines and books, while also plying her trade as a freelance editor. Immediately prior to joining BWD, Wilson spent more than 13 years creating and filling the role of the first Communication/Education Coordinator with a long-standing non-profit industry group focused on environmental rules and regulations. She also worked as a registered lobbyist. At BWD, Wilson’s responsibilities include managing business, community and media relations, as well as overseeing education and outreach. This includes marketing and public relations, such as creating annual messaging campaigns, overseeing BWD’s website and social media, producing a quarterly newsletter, and directing the implementation of broad-based public education and outreach programs with the assistance of a staff education coordinator. Wilson serves on the Public Affairs Council of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and is a member of the Communications Committee of Southwest Section of AWWA. In 2011, Wilson was named the Carol Griffee Communication Conservationist of the Year by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation.