Governor makes appointments to state boards on environment, water, student data

The office of Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday announced appointments to a series of state boards covering environmental management, water infrastructure, student data, wastewater and plumbing.

The governor named seven members to the Environmental Management Commission of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which adopts rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s water and air resources. The term length is six years:

Thomas Craven (Wake County) – Craven is founder of the land consulting firm Priest, Craven & Associates Inc. He was appointed to the Raleigh City Council in 2005 and has served as president of the board of directors of the Wake County Habitat for Humanity. Craven fills the seat requiring special training or scientific expertise in hydrology, water pollution control or the effects of water pollution.

Julie Wilsey (Brunswick County) – Wilsey serves as deputy director for the Wilmington International Airport, which she helped become the first “Green Plus-certified” airport in the nation. She is an active participant in the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO). Wilsey fills the seat requiring special training or scientific expertise in hydrology, water pollution control or the effects of water pollution.

E.O. Ferrell (Guilford County) – Ferrell is founder of EOF Consulting in Greensboro and was a senior consultant for Reliability and Management Group. He also served as the president and CEO of Grand Bahama Power Company. Ferrell fills the seat requiring special training or scientific expertise in air pollution control or the effects of air pollution.

Dr. Robert Rubin (Chatham County) – Rubin is an emeritus professor in the biological and agricultural engineering department at N.C. State University. He is a senior environmental consultant and principal within his firm, A.R. Rubin and Associates. Rubin fills the seat requiring the member to have had experience in agriculture.

Kevin Martin (Franklin County) – Martin is co-founder and principal of Soil & Environmental Consultants, PA, and is a member of the Society of Wetlands and the National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists. Martin fills the seat requiring special training in freshwater, estuarine, marine biological or ecological sciences.

Gerard (Jerry) Carroll (Mecklenburg County) – Carroll served as senior vice president of manufacturing operations and engineering at National Gypsum Company and has worked at Sonoco Products Company. He fills the seat requiring the member to be actively employed by an industrial manufacturing facility and knowledgeable in the field of industrial pollution control.

Manning W. (Bill) Puette (Caldwell County) – Puette has extensive experience as a civil engineer and environmental attorney. He served as assistant director in the Division of Environmental Management in Gov. Jim Holshouser’s administration. Puette fills an at-large seat on the board.

One member was named to the State Water Infrastructure Authority, which identifies the state’s water infrastructure needs, develops a plan to meet the needs and monitors the implementation of the plan. The term length is two years:

Gwen Baker (New Hanover County) – Baker is president of CDM Federal Programs Corporation and previously served 22 years as a U.S. Army engineer officer and paratrooper.

A single appointment was made to the N.C. Longitudinal Data System, which enables the exchange of student data among state agencies, along with generating information about student performance. The term length is four years:

Del Arrendale (Mecklenburg County) – Arrendale is CEO of Arrendale Associates Inc., which provides software to the health-care industry. He served in the U.S. Navy and has volunteered on several municipal boards, including the Cornelius Strategic Planning Committee and the Parks Performance Review Committee.

One member was named to the State Board of Examiners for Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors, which oversees the examination of applicants for contractors’ licenses in those areas. The term length is seven years:

Robert Owens (Wake County) – Owens owns and operates a consulting firm specializing in construction and engineering.

An appointment was made to the On-Site Wastewater Contractors & Inspectors Certification Board. The term length is three years:

Stephen Waters II (Beaufort County) – Waters is the water resources superintendent for Washington, N.C., and was previously the city’s treatment plant operator. He serves as the city of Washington’s representative on the Beaufort County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

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