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2014 Technical Transfer Seminar – “Water Re-Use in Oklahoma”

August 22, 2014

Final agenda


Finding “New” Water

Shellie Chard-McClary 

Shellie Chard-McClary obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 1992 from the University of Oklahoma.  She has been the Division Director of the Water Quality Division of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality since January 1, 2010 and has 22 years of experience in the drinking water and wastewater arena.  She manages all aspects of drinking water and wastewater for DEQ including permitting, compliance, enforcement, technical assistance, state and national policy and legislative issues, as well as operator certification training and licensing.

In addition to her activities at DEQ, she currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Ground Water Protection Council, Association of Drinking Water Administrators and Association of Clean Water Administrators where she is the Past-President.


Water Reuse

Carl Parrott

Carl obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from Oklahoma State University in May 1974, followed by a Masters Degree in Bioenvironmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University in August of 1980.

He presently serves as Chief Engineer in the Water Quality Division of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.  In this capacity he oversees technical issues in planning, permitting and enforcement areas of all the NPDES/OPDES Delegated Programs under the jurisdiction of DEQ including Municipal and Industrial Wastewater, Storm water, as well as all Public Water Supply Programs.

Carl is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Oklahoma.

Carl is an active member of The Water Environment Federation, The Oklahoma Water Environment Association and The American Water Works Association.

Carl has nearly 40 years of experience in Public Water Supply and NPDES/OPDES programs during his career with the State of Oklahoma.  During this time he has worked for the Oklahoma Department of Health and then with the Oklahoma DEQ since its creation in 1993.


Water Reuse: Solution for Water Supply

Kevin Alexander

Mr. Kevin L. Alexander is Vice President and West Region Manager for Hazen and Sawyer.  He has over 19 years of experience in the planning, design, construction and operation of advanced water, wastewater and water reclamation facilities.  In addition he is providing technical review and assistance on cutting edge research projects using advanced treatment technologies.  He has led the pilot and demonstration testing of advanced treatment processes solving tough water treatment issues using Ozone, MF, RO, and concentrate treatment.  He is an expert in procurement for advanced treatment equipment having developed and negotiated over 50 MF, RO, UV and MBR systems.  He has been the lead membrane process engineer on some of the most notable advanced treatment projects in the country including Orange County Water District’s world famous Groundwater Replenishment System and the City of Scottsdale’s Water Campus.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (previously the University of Missouri at Rolla).


Effective Water Management Strategies For Sustainable Growth

Karthik Viswanathan

Karthik has an earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, MS and an MBA. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt & a Lean Practitioner. His focus is on improving processes and overall operational excellence program for Devon Energy. He has a varied background in manufacturing, automotive and oil & gas Industries.


Norman Utilities Authority Planning for Water Reuse

Ken Komiski

Ken is the Utilities Director for the City of Norman. He has been in the water/wastewater field for well over 30 years. Ken has an engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Illinois. As a licensed Professional Engineer, Ken has worked in about 12 different States including all fields of Utility ownership; investor owned utilities, contract operations and municipalities. Ken is happy to be in Oklahoma.


Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District Water Reuse Project

Randy Worden 

Randy is an OSU graduate. He has worked in the water and wastewater industry for 34 yrs in both the public and private capacity. For the past 6 ½ yrs. he has been the General Manager of the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District and has been in that role for about 6 ½ yrs. He is responsible for daily operations and long range planning for the COMCD.


Construction of New Pump Station and Pipeline from City of Lawton Sewage Treatment Facility to Comanche Power Station

John Aquilino

John graduated from the University of Clemson in 2009 with a degree in Natural Resource Economics and a minor in Geology.  After graduation, John worked for a non-profit organization in southern Florida doing environmental policy work, focusing specifically on water regulations.  John then spent 3 years working at TCEQ’s Small Business and Local Government Assistance section as a Compliance Assistance Specialist.  John joined AEP’s Air & Water Quality Services in July of 2013.  He currently splits his time between providing environmental support for AEP generation and permitting AEP transmission projects.  John is also currently working on his masters in Environmental Science at the University of Texas- Arlington campus.


Water Reuse – Case Studies in Power Generation Facilities

Matt Grimes

Matt is an Senior Envirochemist with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company.  He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Northeastern State University.

His career with OG&E started in 2006. He worked for 3 years as a plant chemist at OG&E’s Muskogee Power Plant.  In 2009 an opportunity came for him to be an Envirochemist and he hold that position today.

He travels to 7 different steam power generation facilities throughout the state and 3 windfarms.  His job encompasses both environmental and operational responsibilities, so he has been a part of many different projects which affect the facilities both environmentally and operationally.


Influent Water Struggles

Mike Smith

Mike Smith PE, MBA, Senior Process Engineer, Koch Fertilizer. Mike has over 30 years of professional experience in various Engineering, Supervisory, Management, and Project Leadership roles.  This includes over 20 years associated with water and wastewater systems in municipal, electronics manufacturing, mining, chemical, refining, and power plants.  Mike has been directly responsible for Environmental Compliance as a Plant Supervisor and Project Manager, and is presently involved in the KF Enid Water System as a Subject Matter Expert.


Water Reuse for Agricultural Production

Saleh Taghvaeian


Randy Solomon

Randy is a Principal Environmental Specialist in the Air and Water Quality Services section of AEP in Dallas.  He joined AEP in 1986 as an environmental compliance auditor, and currently provides permitting, planning, and other water-related support to the AEP’s generation, T&D, and river operations facilities.

Prior to AEP, Randy obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1980, and his Master of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1987.  He was employed by Entergy for fourteen years, where his experience included environmental support for coal, gas, nuclear, and hydro power generating facilities, radiological monitoring for nuclear power facilities, and environmental affairs.


Rob Standridge

In 2012, Rob Standridge was elected to the Oklahoma Senate to represent District 15.  For the 54th Legislature, he was appointed as Vice-Chairman of Health and Human Services.  He also serves on the Transportation, Rules, Energy and Appropriations Committees with an assignment to the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary.   Rob brings vast business experience to his office as Senator.

Senator Standridge earned his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma in 1993.  In 1995, he and his wife Lisa, who is also a pharmacist, purchased their first pharmacy in Blanchard, OK.  He now owns two pharmacies.   A few years later, he created a software program called ‘Compound Assist’.  Since his original program, he has written several software programs including a complete pharmacy management system which is used throughout the country.  His most recent business venture has been a startup technology and equipment company for pharmacies, Health Engineering Systems or HES.

Rob is an ACA Fellow and a member of numerous pharmacy organizations as well as the founder of ‘Business Leaders for Oklahoma’.   In addition, he belongs to several aviation organizations, several business leader organizations, is a Rotarian and a Sooner Centurion.  Rob and his wife, Lisa, have 3 children;  Holly(8),  Harper(4), and their son, Harrison  (1).



2014 Technical Transfer Seminar – “Water Re-Use in Oklahoma”


August 22, 2014


OSU – Tulsa Campus – Conference Center
700 North Greenwood
Tulsa, OK 74106 United States
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