Board of Directors

Beaver Water District, formed under Arkansas Act 114 of 1957, is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. The District is governed by a six-member elected board of directors, with three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. Board members serve six-year terms, staggered by two years in each county. The board meets monthly, on the third Thursday.

Bill Watkins


Bill Watkins is a principal attorney at the law firm of Watkins, Boyer, Gray & Curry, PLLC in Rogers. He is a former board member of the Rogers Public Education Foundation, past president of the Rogers Early Risers Rotary Club, past chairman of board of Main Street Rogers, and past chairman of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Watkins is originally from Fayetteville. (Benton County)

Chris Weiser

Vice President

Chris Weiser is owner and Chief Executive Officer of J.V Manufacturing, Inc., based in Springdale. J.V. Manufacturing is a family-owned business that produces Cram-A-Lot® Solid Waste and Recycling Equipment. Mr. Weiser currently serves as Chair of the Springdale Water and Sewer Commission and is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority. He also serves on the board of Hope Cancer Resources, formerly NARTI, where he served as past chair. Additionally, he is a member and past board member of the Springdale Rotary Club. (Washington County)

Woody Bassett


Woody Bassett, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, has practiced law for 43 years and is a partner in the Bassett Law Firm LLP in Fayetteville. He attended the University of Arkansas and graduated from the Arkansas Law School in 1977. He served as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court on a case in 1996, and he received the outstanding lawyer award from the Arkansas Bar Association in 2003. Mr. Bassett is active in Washington County and in Fayetteville on community projects and in charitable fundraising efforts. He is a member of Central United Methodist Church. (Washington County)

David A. Short

David Short is retired president and CEO of Arvest Bank, Benton County, and he previously served as president of the Beaver Water District Board of Directors. During his time with Arvest, he received from the Chamber of Commerce both the Sam Walton Award (for his contributions to the community) and the Ed Buck Award (for excellence in business leadership). Additionally, he served on the Arkansas State Bank Board from 2003 to 2008. He was the founding president and chairman of the board of Main Street Bentonville, which became Downtown Bentonville, Inc, as well as founding president of Bentonville Schools Foundation. His career at Arvest took him to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, before returning to Bentonville. He and his wife Deb are members of Fellowship Bible Church. (Benton County)

Mary L. Gardner

Mary L. Gardner, of Prairie Creek near Rogers, owns Powerhouse Industrial Supply in Springdale with her husband, Jeff. She has a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting/Computer Information Systems from the University of Arkansas. She also has completed the wives program within the School of Biblical Studies at Harding University. Her career over 22 years has been in New Automotive Accounting as Controller, working at six franchised dealerships in three states. Ms. Gardner has interests in family, healthy living, good stewardship and personal liberty. In addition to serving on the District’s board, she is Treasurer for the Washington County Tea Party and is active within the churches of Christ, where she participates in home group studies. (Benton County)

Leigh Ann Johnston

Leigh Ann Johnston of Springdale joined Financial Profiles, Inc. in 2022 as Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainability/ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance). She had a twenty-one year career with Tyson Foods where the latter portion was spent serving as Director of Sustainable Food Strategy and served on several national committees. Johnston is a graduate of the University of North Georgia. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, cooking, and managing Red Kite Coffee Company, which she co-owns. (Washington County)