Keynote Speakers for KWEA / KsAWWA Joint Conference

Juanita Colon

Juanita Reyher-Colon, AWWA Vice President

Juanita Reyher-Colon is the executive director of the Hawaii Rural Water Association, where she has worked since 2017. She has been an active member of the Hawaii Section since joining AWWA in 2009.

Reyher-Colon is the current section director for the Hawaii Section. At the Section level, she has served in multiple roles as a board and committee member as outlined above. The Hawaii Section has presented her with the Outstanding Member Award and a Special Recognition Award. She has also been recognized for outstanding excellence and dedication to her profession and the achievement of women by the National Association of Professional Women.

She is a member of the Maui County Board of Water Supply; a coordinator of the Hawaii Small Systems Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network, a member of the Molokai Fire Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Molokai Climate Change Network. She is past chair of the Maui County Board of Variance and Appeals Commission and past president of the Molokai Land Trust. Reyher-Colon also holds a Distribution System Operator Grade 2 Certification. She received her Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Hawaii – West Oahu.

Claudio Ternieden

Claudio Ternieden, WEF Chief Policy Officer

Claudio is the Chief Policy Officer for WEF and leads the legislative and regulatory activities in Washington DC, working with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. Ternieden also leads strategic partnerships and collaborations with domestic and international partners to help drive water policy and the advancement of innovation. 

Ternieden has worked in the aviation and defense sectors, as well as at the Water Research Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was involved in the development and implementation of water quality standards in Lake Michigan.

Previous to working with the U.S. EPA in Washington DC, Ternieden started his career as Pretreatment Director at the City of Elkhart, Indiana, and then led the development of NPDES implementation policy and the SDWA Capacity Development Program for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ternieden has an environmental law degree from Pace University School of Law (White Plains, New York), a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University (Arlington, Virginia), and a BA in History and Education from Concordia College (Bronxville, New York).


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