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Member Recognition

It is with great delight that we are able to celebrate the achievements of both Cheryl Capron and Lynn Stephens. Cheryl received the Subsection Activity Award and Lynn the Pioneer Award.

Cheryl Capron – 2017 Subsection Activity Award 
The purpose of the Subsection Activity Award is to honor individuals who have done an outstanding job promoting Subsection activities and provides an example of involved participation in the local Subsection and the water works industry. Cheryl is a senior water system operator for Seattle Public Utilities where she has served for the past 30 years. She lives by her motto of “public safety, public health”.

During her tenure, she has held dozens of roles and responsibilities making her an invaluable asset to our water community. Working in a male dominated profession and work place she has helped to promote the advancement of women in the industry, both by her leadership and example.

In addition to being a Professional Operator, she holds a Water Distribution Manager 4 certification in Washington State and is a certified Wastewater Collection Specialist. Among her distinguished service awards and history of supporting AWWA, she has the following list of volunteer efforts to her credit: 4 years on the Conference Coordination Committee and is currently the Chair; 6 years on the Distribution Committee presenting and, or moderating countless times; and 8 years on the King County Subsection, serving as the secretary, vice president and president.

Lynn Stephens – 2017 Pioneer Award - The Pioneer
Award is presented annually to the young professional exemplifying the most outstanding leadership, technical expertise and dedication to community service. Young professionals can be individuals under the age of 35 or with less than 10 years of experience in the industry.

Regardless of the endeavor, Lynn Stephens possesses all the qualities 
that lead to success. Her technical expertise, involvement in the community, and outstanding leadership skills make her an invaluable asset to those she serves. Lynn is a multi-talented professional who is truly a pioneer in the water industry.

Lynn is a Senior Engineer for Brown and Caldwell (BC); with nine years of experience, focusing on water supply planning, quality characterizations, treatment analysis, and design. She skillfully uses her technical expertise to advance the water industry, both locally and across the country. Lynn has developed a relationship with the Water Research Foundation, to develop Integrated Water Management. Her efforts are helping shape the future from coast to coast to address catastrophic events, water shortages/drought, degradation of water quality, reliability and redundancy limitations, climate change impacts, and population growth coupled with reduced consumption.

For Lynn, community involvement reaches far beyond the Pacific Northwest. On a BC Water for People assignment, she went to Malawi Africa to help understand the need for clean drinking water and safe sanitation. Lynn continues to be a leader at BC promoting employee involvement in the national Water for People giving program.

Within the PNWS AWWA, Lynn has helped to develop the KCSS Young Professionals, embracing the 20/20 Vision. Under her guidance, this group has blossomed, laying the foundation to attract young professionals and operators to the water industry. Lynn has been a vital member of the KCSS, while at the same time serving as the PNWS Research Committee Chair. The committee under her leadership has broadened its scope to include the Community Engineering Corps. Nationally she is involved with the AWWA Research Committee and has contributed articles to the AWWA Journal. Recognized by her peers during the recent PNWS elections, she was nominated and ultimately selected by the Section to be the Trustee At Large.

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