Our 15 member Board of Directors is elected by and from the membership. They represent specific categories within the public and private sectors in order to insure well-balanced leadership. The Board of Directors oversees the White River Alliance’s operations and contractors as well as insures the stability and strategic direction of the Alliance.
With over 25 years of experience in stormwater and wastewater fields, Brian has worked in both the public and private engineering sectors in the planning, design and construction of projects throughout the Midwest. Along with the UWRWA, Brian currently participates in volunteer advocacy positions with the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (Board Member), Water Environment Federation, Indiana Water Environment Association, ASCE Environmental and Water Resource Institute, Water For People International, Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Lance Lantz has been the Superintendent of the Street Department and either MS-4 operator or coordinator in Zionsville since 2003 after serving on the Town Council for two years. He also serves as the head of the recently created Department of Stormwater Management since its creation in 2010. He manages the public works projects for the town and oversees compliance for the community under their NPDES Phase II permit. Lance has led the local initiative in water-quality projects by implementing green practices in public works projects wherever practicable.
William Blomquist is Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1987. His research interests concern governmental organization and public policies, with a specialization in the field of water institutions and water management. His publications include four books– Embracing Watershed Politics (2008) with Edella Schlager, Integrated River Basin Management through Decentralization (2006) with Karin Kamper and Ariel Dinar, Common Waters, Common Streams (2004) with Edella Schlager and Tanya Heikkila, and Dividing the Waters (1992).
Curt DeVoe grew up hiking, wading, building rock dams, fishing, and floating in, on and around Williams Creek, White River, and other streams, ponds, and gravel pits in northern Marion County. He rows his boat on Eagle Creek Reservoir almost every morning and spends as much time as he can in, on, and around the water in northern Michigan in the summers. Curt began his legal career working on wetland and other water-related matters in San Francisco in 1983 and has focused his legal practice on water and other environmental issues since he moved back to Indianapolis with his family in 1988. Curt is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP and also serves on the boards of Clear Choices, Clean Water (CCCW LLC, a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of White River Alliance) and Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc., and on the Steering Committee of Reconnecting to Our Waterways. Curt and his wife, Lynn, have three adult children and one grandchild.
Kenton C. Ward has been serving as the Hamilton County Surveyor since 1977. He received a Associates Degree in 1974 and a Bachelors Degree in 1976, both from Purdue University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University in 1986. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Certified Erosion Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) and a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC).
He is a past President of the National Association of County Surveyors and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and serves on the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, Water Sub-committee and as Vice Chairman of the GIS Sub-Committee for NACo. He is also a charter member of the Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM), a member of the American Public Works Association, Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), Indiana Water Resources Association, Indiana Planning Association and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He serves as Chairman of the Hamilton County GIS Policy Committee, the Hamilton County Web Committee and the Hamilton County Wellhead Protection Committee. He also serves on the Hamilton County Stormwater Steering Committee, Hamilton County Information Systems Services Board, the Hamilton County Plan Commission and the Big Cicero Creek Drainage Board as Assistant Surveyor. Ward also serves on the Legislative Committees for both the County Surveyors Association of Indiana and the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) and as Legislative Liaison to INAFSM.
Ward is past President of the County Surveyors Association of Indiana (CSAI) and serves on the Legislative Committees for both the CSAI and the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC). In 1995 he was appointed by Governor Bayh to serve on the work group which compiled the Indiana Drainage Handbook which is utilized by stormwater designers throughout Indiana. In 2002 and 2003 he served on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s external workgroup for the writing of Rule 13 which is Indiana’s administrative rule for the compliance with EPA’s Stormwater Phase II regulations, along with the external workgroup which compiled the Guidance Document for Indiana’s Rule 13. He has received the Outstanding County Surveyor Award from the AIC in 1984 and 2004, the Presidents Award from the CSAI in 1995, Urban Conservationist of the Year from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District in 1997 and the Excellence in Stormwater Management from the INAFSM in 1997. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Arthur R. Himsel Award from the Association of Indiana Counties.