Regional Steering Committees
Regional Steering Committees facilitate connections within the EWB-USA network. They support the success of chapters by connecting chapters to training, resources and exchange of effective practices and lessons learned. They committees:
- Develop one-on-one relationships with chapter leaders
- Host training and networking events
- Facilitate communication among chapters and EWB-USA leader
The Great Lakes Regional Steering Committee and seven state representatives (Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin) focus on supporting quality conferences and specialized networking events for members in the region.
When surveying the great lakes region (GLR), one of the largest requests from members was to increase the opportunities for student and professionals in the development field to gather and discuss solutions to global issues. Since 2011, the GLR has sponsored the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit, hosted by Ohio State University. This summit gathers social entrepreneurs from around the globe, students and community members to explore sustainable solutions to poverty.
The GLR has also hosted and sponsored training opportunities through international organizations such as Village Earth and the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, offering the GLR and other EWB-USA regions hands-on training in subjects ranging from sustainable community development to rural latrine construction.
Great Lakes Regional Steering Committee
Great Lakes State Representatives
The Midwest Regional Steering Committee brings solidarity to the EWB-USA student and professional chapters located throughout the Midwest. The region includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Objectives of this committee include: facilitating intra-regional communication and cooperation, evaluating nominees and chapters for national awards, working with chapters to carry out regional events that encourage collaboration, sharing best practices and showcasing chapters’ work around the world.
Midwest Regional Steering Committee
President: Gina Gansmann
Vice President: Zane Pennock
Secretary: Paul Smith
Treasurer: Kellen O’Brien
Mentor Coordinator: Joe Elsinger
Past President: Dan Voss
Board of Directors Representative: Jodi Gentry
Midwest State Representatives
Each year, the Mountain Regional Steering Committee encourages each state within the region to host events that sponsor connecting chapters across the state, sharing best practices and learning new skills. This region includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Past state events have included a concrete slab-pouring workshop and community mobilization training. This committee also hosts a webinar each spring. The webinar includes presentations about chapter management and development theory, as well as and updates about individual chapter projects.
Mountain Regional Steering Committee
Mountain State Representatives
The Northeast region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. This regional steering committee facilitates student and professional chapter development, education and cooperation.
Northeast Regional Steering Committee
Northeast State Representatives:
Western Pennsylvania: Melissa Day
Eastern Pennsylvania: Vacant
New York City: Mira Armstrong
Upstate New York: Haley Canham
New Jersey: Herbert Ramirez
New Hampshire: Jon Ordway
Massachusetts: Ryan Gordon
Vermont: Jon Ordway
Connecticut: David Kurtz
Rhode Island: Ryan Gordon
Maine: Jon Ordway
The South Central region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The region facilitates student and professional chapter development, education and cooperation.
South Central Regional Steering Committee
President: Duyen Nguyen
Vice President: Courtney Irwin
Treasurer: Corrie Thompson
Secretary: Ashley Corker
Mentor Coordinator: Julie Jones
Past President: Chris Lombardo
Social Media Chair – Ollie MacGorman
Mentor Chair – Larry Bentley
South Central State Representatives
The Southeast region includes Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The region facilitates student and professional Chapter development, education, and cooperation.
Southeast Regional Steering Committee
Southeast State Representatives
D.C.: Jonathan Mead
Georgia: Sammie Swamy
Virginia: Ken Erney
Mississippi: Bill Mitchell
North Carolina: Katie Boniface
South Carolina: Jonathan Lin
Florida: Natasha Koermer
Tennessee: Stephen Edwards
The West Coast Region is comprised of six states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Hawaii. The region facilitates student and professional Chapter development, education and cooperation.
West Coast Regional Steering Committee
Co-President: Pat Coyle
Co-President: Jonathan Lim
VP of Internal Affairs: Courtney Boyle
VP of External Affairs: Imaan Taghavi
Secretary & Mentor Coordinator: Kim Prisock
Treasurer: Dan Clark
Social Media Coordinator: Xavier Hernandez