Beaver Water District (BWD) has hired Patricia (Trish) Ouei, CHES, of Rogers as Director of Public Affairs. Ouei replaces Amy Wilson of Fayetteville, who is retiring at the end of this year after 17 years of service. Ouei’s responsibilities include developing and managing BWD’s communication, education, and public outreach related to drinking water, Beaver Lake, and the lake’s watershed. Ouei comes to the District from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, where she has spent the past 14 years serving as an urban stormwater educator. She has an extensive background in public education and outreach, as well as public participation and involvement in pollution prevention, water quality, watershed, and stormwater issues. Ouei has worked with BWD for many years on events such as Secchi Day and various regional environmental education and outreach events. She previously served as Public Education Coordinator with the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District and as a Public Health Educator with the Arkansas Department of Health.
Ouei has a Master of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas. She is a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s 2016 Ginger Tatom-Water Quality Professional Award and a 2011 Communications Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents.