Wayne Wright to retire from Chelan County PUD

Wayne Wright
Wayne Wright

Wayne Wright will retire July 31 after a 33-year career with the Chelan County Public Utility District located in Wenatchee, Wash.

As managing director of district services, Wright managed communications, lobbying efforts, and fleet, engineering and real estate services for Chelan PUD.

Wright also served as president of the Foundation for Water Energy and Education from 1996-1998.

Jeff Smith, external affairs director for the PUD, will fill Wright’s spot on the senior management team, assuming all Wright’s duties except safety and health, which will go to LaDawn Ostmann, managing director of human resources and labor relations.

The PUD owns and operates three hydro projects with a total capacity of 1,026 MW.

Bostick takes reins at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, P.E., was named the 53rd U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general and U.S. Army chief of engineers during a May assumption of command ceremony.

At the Corps, Bostick serves as the senior military officer overseeing most of the nation’s civil works infrastructure and military construction. He is responsible for more than 37,000 civilian employees and 600 military personnel who provide project management and construction support to 250 Army and Air Force installations in more than 100 countries.

Bostick also oversees Corps missions such as environmental protection projects; the regulatory permit program to protect, restore and enhance wetlands; and emergency response missions to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bostick replaces Maj. Gen. Merdith “Bo” Temple, who had been acting commander since June 2011. Temple is now the Corps’ deputy commander, a position he previously held.

“I absolutely believe Lt. Gen. Bostick is the right person to lead the Army Corps of Engineers,” Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III says. “He is one of the smartest, most gifted general officers of our time, with the ability to do well and thrive in any environment.”

The Corps operates 75 hydro facilities with a total capacity of 20,474 MW.

Geosyntec hires Steve Layman as associate

Geosyntec Consultants of Atlanta, Ga., recently named Steve Layman as an associate in the firm’s water and natural resources practice.

Layman comes to Geosyntec from CH2M HILL, also based in Atlanta.

Layman is an aquatic ecologist and fisheries biologist with 22 years’ experience, specializing in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower licensing, National Environmental Policy Act review, Clean Water Act permitting and Endangered Species Act compliance.

His role at Geosyntec will involve expanding the firm’s natural resources consulting practice and growing its services to the power industry.

Kleinfelder appoints levee segment manager

Science, architecture and engineering consulting firm Kleinfelder announced the appointment of Jeff Brizendine, P.E., as the firm’s water market national levee segment manager based out of the firm’s Kansas City, Mo., office.

In his new position, Brizendine will oversee Kleinfelder’s levee engineering practice, providing leadership in business development, project management and client account management efforts for the firm’s levee engineering practice. He brings with him more than 24 years of engineering experience in a diverse set of technical and leadership roles relating to levees, stormwater and surface water management.

Before joining Kleinfelder, Brizendine spent eight years with AECOM where he oversaw his business line’s levee and stormwater markets nationwide, as well as the business line’s water resources market in the Midwest.

MWH Global names seven vice presidents

MWH Global has announced the promotion of seven employees to the position of vice president.

The new vice presidents are:

– Simon Alder, vice president and director of program delivery. Alder has more than 19 years of experience developing program and project management delivery processes and tools. He is a certified project management professional, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (United Kingdom), and a chartered engineer. Alder is based out of MWH’s Broomfield, Colo., office.

– John Chahbandour, vice president and director of strategic water management. Chahbandour has more than 20 years of experience and leads MWH’s strategic water management initiative for the mining and oil and gas industries. With an emphasis on mining hydrology, Chahbandour has implemented projects around the globe that optimize water management. Chahbandour is based out of MWH’s Denver, Colo., office.

– Norman (Mike) Cira, vice president and client service manager. Cira has 23 years of experience as an environmental scientist. He is a certified hazardous materials manager and a certified hazardous materials technician by the Institute of Environment Career Advancement. Cira is based out of MWH’s Cedarburg, Wis., office.

– John Guilfoyle, vice president and associate director of technology solutions. Guilfoyle has 17 years of experience in assessing, designing, developing and delivering technology systems for a variety of industries. Guilfoyle is based out of MWH’s Broomfield office.

– Greg Rollins, vice president and location manager. Rollins manages MWH operations in Portland, Ore. He is a licensed professional civil and geotechnical engineer with 23 years of experience in a broad range of geotechnical and water engineering applications.

– David A. Smith, vice president and director of global strategy. Smith is responsible for establishing strategic priorities, emphasizing implementation and execution of MWH strategic plans. Smith is based out of the Warrington, UK, office.

– Chuck Taylor, vice president and director of development. Taylor joined MWH in 2011 and has more than 30 years of experience in the extractive industry. Before joining MWH, Taylor was global head of environment for BHP Billiton, where he worked on projects in more than 20 countries and in multiple commodities. He is responsible for implementation of the strategy of the global mining sector. Taylor is based out of MWH’s Denver office.

Garry Kozak joins EdgeTech

Underwater technology engineer Garry Kozak has joined EdgeTech as a senior customer service engineer.

Kozak, who has more than 35 years of experience in his field, will provide technical sales and support for the West Wareham, Mass.-based company.

EdgeTech specializes in designing and manufacturing underwater sonar systems.

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