Our Leadership Team

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.

Victoria Veach
Victoria is an Ecologist and Environmental Consultant at Green 3, LLC where she prepares environmental documentation for transportation projects. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and management from Indiana University in 2008 and her dual Master of Science (MS) degree in forest ecology and management from Michigan Technological University and the University of Helsinki (UH) in 2011. Upon completion of her MS degree, Victoria continued working at the University of Helsinki as a researcher in large-scale conservation planning. Her projects at UH concerned identifying important areas for conservation on a global scale and understanding how different data sources alter the distribution of important conservation areas. Victoria grew up in rural Indiana and returned to the area in 2017. Victoria enjoys exploring the natural world and is currently working toward her goal of visiting all of Indiana’s state parks.
John Thomas
Vice President
John Thomas is the Storm Water Administrator for the City of Carmel. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Management from Indiana University. He has worked in the Storm Water Field for over 10 years, in both the private and public sectors, as a storm water construction inspector, storm water plan reviewer, and storm water program administrator.
Bryan Grotz
Bryan Grotz received his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering from Colorado State University in 2013. He has more than four years of experience in the design of water resource projects. These projects have largely focused on the design and implementation of stormwater improvements and have frequently required the need for stormwater modeling, floodplain modeling, and environmental permitting. Bryan has been a Professional Engineer since 2017, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control since 2016, and a Certified Floodplain Manager since 2015.
Heather Williams
Heather Williams has over 18 years of experience as a senior project manager at Wood. Wood is one of the world’s largest engineering consulting firms with more than 55,000 engineers, biologists, planners, landscape architects and other environmental specialists. Her professional experience has focused on stormwater program development with emphasis on green infrastructure and sustainability. She has crafted and worked on green infrastructure programs for several cities, including: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, IN, Philadelphia, Boulder, Birmingham, Auburn, Atlanta, and Nashville. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and yoga.
Gail Boydston
At Large
Gail received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1987. Gail is currently a Program Manager for the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works - Engineering overseeing the City’s NPDES MS4 permit. Gail is also a retiree of Eli Lilly and Company, having served thirty-one years. During the last third of Gail’s career at Lilly, she was in environmental engineering. Gail lives on one of the White River tributaries and is dedicated both personally and professionally to improving the health of the watershed.
Brian Neilson
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 WRA, 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
Lance Lantz has been with the Town of Zionsville since 2003 after serving on the Town Council for two years; he has held the role of MS4 Operator and MS4 Coordinator as well as served on the town’s Planning Commission for four years. As Director of the Public Works Department, he now oversees, among other divisions, engineering, streets, environmental stewardship, stormwater, and wastewater. Lance has led the local initiative in water-quality projects by implementing green practices in public works projects wherever practicable.
Erik Mroz
Erik Mroz is a partner with the law firm of Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, with a focus on environmental law, regulatory matters, and insurance coverage litigation. Erik’s practice has involved the cleanup of both groundwater and surface water bodies and damage to natural resources. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He resides in Carmel with his wife and two young boys.
Amy Romig
Amy Romig is a partner with the law firm of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP and has over twenty years of experience in environmental and natural resource law. She has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law, a Master of Science from the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Amy uses her technical background to assist clients with regulatory compliance and litigation in complex environmental cases. In her free time Amy loves biking and spending time with her three dogs and two sons.
Sheila McKinley
As Burke’s Director of Planning, Sheila McKinley leads each project with an integrated and holistic approach. Preserving our environment is important to Sheila, as evidenced through her efforts to promote the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains and green infrastructure stormwater management practices. She leads a talented team of planners, environmental specialists, and GIS experts through a variety of stormwater, floodplain, and emergency planning and policy projects. Sheila is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). Sheila is a certified planner under the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and LEED Green Associate. Sheila currently serves as the chair of the Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM) Floodplain Committee.
Evan Norris
Evan is an attorney with the law firm of Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP in Carmel. Evan concentrates his practice in the areas of construction litigation, premises liability, and coverage actions. He has represented clients who have been named in catastrophic accidents, including transportation and construction matters that center on claims of negligent design, construction, and maintenance defects. Evan has considerable experience representing governmental officials and agencies throughout the State of Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University and a J.D. from the IU-McKinney School of Law with a Graduate Certificate in Health Law and Policy. Evan lives in Zionsville with his wife and four daughters, all of whom enjoy being out in the Town’s beautiful park system!
Joe Rorick