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.

Jean Ramsey
President
Jean is the Water Resources Branch Manager for AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, and a Civil Engineer with 25 years of experience with planning, and design of a wide range of civil engineering projects including sustainable sites and green infrastructure, integrated stormwater management systems master planning and design, and public and private utility and infrastructure design. She is a registered Engineer in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, and a LEED AP BD&C accredited professional. She is a member of the American Society of Engineers and Engineers Without Borders
Bryan Grotz
Vice President
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.
Bill Blomquist
Secretary
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).
Brian Neilson
Treasurer
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.
John Thomas
At-Large
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.
Curt DeVoe
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.
TC Garrod
TC Garrod is an Associate Engineer and Consultant at Eli Lilly, supporting environmental initiatives for Lilly in Indiana and across North America. TC has a BS degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MS degree in Project Management from George Washington University. TC has a varied multi-media environmental background with a current focus on water/wastewater concerns for Eli Lilly. She holds licenses for the treatment of industrial wastewater and drinking water and co-chairs the Industrial Dischargers Advisory Committee (IDAC) for the Indianapolis area. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, swimming, and travel.
Lance Lantz
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.
Lisa Milton
Lisa Milton is the Assistant Operations and Property Manager for White River State Park. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University. She has experience working in waterway remediation and horticulture. She is on the White River Committee for Reconnecting to Our Waterways and is involved in the maintenance of the Urban Wilderness Trail. Lisa enjoys outdoor recreation and spends much of her free time on the water.
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.
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.
Kenton C. Ward
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.
Aly Wells