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.

Brian Neilson
President
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
At-Large
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.
Bill Bloomquist
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).
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.
Jeffrey Meek
Jeffrey Meek is a Project Manager with the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis, where he started working in 2014. He manages the new residential stormwater credit program, the Native Planting Area program, and reporting to CDP and STAR Communities. Jeffrey has a Dual Master’s in Environmental Science and Master’s of Public Affairs.
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.
Jean Ramsey
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
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.
John Thomas
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.
Vince Parker
Vince Parker is a senior engineer at Eli Lilly and Company supporting environmental initiatives for Lilly across North America and Puerto Rico. Vince has a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and is registered in Indiana as a PE in Environmental Engineering. He is also a licensed in Indiana as an industrial Class D Wastewater Operator. His professional focus is in the areas of water, wastewater and stormwater. Vince grew up around Lake Erie where he enjoyed fishing and boating. He loves people and is passionate about disciple making through his church.