Due to a tie in votes, there will be a runoff for Seat C. The runoff voting does not affect the outcome for other seats. Voting will be open 10/15 - 10/22.

2020 IECA Region One Board of Directors Election

This year the IECA Region One Board of Director’s formed a nominating committee to help identify a new process to seat candidates with certain skill sets to run for the Board of Directors based on grouping them by skillsets. To ensure the committee was inclusive and not exclusive each chapter had a nominating committee member. The process gave IECA chapters the opportunity to identify and submit qualified candidates.  The new process did not change the well-established process of allowing any member, who meets the requirements in our bylaws, to run for the board of director. Skills assessment were completed by three individuals selected by the candidate and submitted to IECA. The nominating committee then ranked candidates based on their experience in the following areas:

  • Board of Directors
  • Business/Corporate Planning Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resource/Executive Performance Review
  • Accounting Knowledge
  • Financial/Investment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Organizational Management
  • Marketing
  • Legal
  • Information Technology
  • Networking
  • Public Affairs and Communication
  • Fundraising

Candidates have been placed into three groups based on the qualifications and experience provided by the candidates’ references as follows:

Seat “A” Candidates
Candidates in this seat position possess high marks in legal, Board of Director experience, human resources, risk management and organizational management.

Chris Thomson
A second-generation owner of Maritime Hydroseed (2007-present), I spent the 13 previous years in the waste industry in various positions including sales, fleet management and then owner of a collection company, with recycling and C&D facilities. Have been an IECA member since 2008 and a director with CAN-IECA since 2019. In 2013, I became a CHP - Certified Hydroseeding Professional (lic # 107) thru the IAHP. Today, we strive to be the green-industry leader in vegetation establishment and preventative solutions for erosion, dust, flood, sediment and storm water control in Atlantic Canada and beyond. I enjoy the opportunity to network with like-minded and interesting people.

Jerry Sanders
Jerry Sanders is Construction Services Manager of Cardinal Strategies a general contracting and engineering firm specializing in flood management, creek channel and slope stabilization, drainage and storm water management and moisture control. Since 1995, Mr. Sanders has been an active member of the International Erosion Control Association, serving on numerous committees as a committee member and as chairman of the Educational Tracks Committee and Professional Development Committees. Presently Mr. Sanders is serving on the Board of Directors for the IECA as Vice President of Committee Development. Mr. Sanders received his B.S.E. degree in Biology and Earth Science from Henderson State University in 1973. Mr. Sanders is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sedimentary Control, with 40 years of hands-on- experience in soil remediation and stabilization. As a professional educator and instructor, Mr. Sanders has developed and taught training sessions in the area of Site Analysis, Channel Development and Soil Stabilization for the International Erosion Control Association, The North Texas Council of Governments, and The State of Texas Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Seat “B” Candidates
Candidates were selected for seat “B” as they possess high marks in networking, leadership, marketing, public affairs & communications and strategic planning.

John Moss
John Moss has been associated with storm water management and erosion control in the commercial construction industry since 2003. Over the years, Mr. Moss has overseen turnkey compliance services for thousands of projects in Texas. He has participated in the implementation of many innovative Best Management Practices to achieve high levels of compliance in complex situations, and has value engineered solutions for storm water quality features ranging from underground detention to pond slope stabilization. John is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and conducts SWPPP training for contractors under the auspices of the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He is also on the Board of Directors of the South Central Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association.

Kellyn Campbell
Kellyn Hargett Campbell has worked in the erosion control and stormwater for thirteen years. Kellyn entered the industry as the Sales and Marketing Manager at GeoHay, LLC, where she worked for 10 years. Due to significant growth in territory and sales, she was promoted and served as President for 3 years, before choosing to see new challenges with her own consulting company serving the needs of manufactures in the industry. In 2016, she began serving as local chapter President with the Women of Water, an organization representing more than 200 amazing women in the water industry who empower, encourage, and educate each other. In June 2019, she became the Secretary of the Southeast chapter of the IECA.

Nicky Araujo
Rafael (Nicky) Araujo, born in Panama, Republic of Panama, holds a BSc. in Biology, majoring in Zoology and Ecology from the University of Panama and a Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering from University of Delaware.  With more 34 years in the business of geosynthetics and erosion control, he is the current C.E.O. of Servicios de Ingenieria Geosintetica, S.A. (S.I.G.S.A.), a company with offices in Panama, Suriname and Costa Rica, that services Latin America and the Caribbean. Nicky has served as R1 Director, President of the Ibero American Chapter of IECA (2010-2012), Vice-President of the IA Chapter (2012-2016), a Board Member for R1 of the IRC since its inception, past Co-Chair of the Erosion and Sediment Control Track of the Educational Track Committee as well as a member the Professional Development Committee and of the Chapter Advisory Committee of IECA.  Current Global Development Vice President of the BOD of R1, he is also the Vice President of the International Association of Geosynthetics Installers (I.A.G.I.) and a member of N.A.G.S and I.G.S.  He is distinguished with several awards, including Best Scientific Research from the University of Panama (1976) and being the first recipient of the Most Innovative Geosynthetics Application Award,  presented by I.A.G.I. (2011). He has been a member of IECA since 1996.

Seat “C” Candidates
Candidates were selected to be grouped into seat “C” because they possess high marks in strategic planning, leadership, organizational management, networking, and Board of Director experience.

Jonathan Koepke
I am currently President at ENCAP, Inc. in DeKalb, IL. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with Bachelors and Masters degrees and also hold a Masters in Business Administration. My areas of interest and expertise include stream restoration and stabilization, revegetation, and habitat restoration. I have served as President of the Great Lakes Chapter of IECA from 2010-2019 and currently hold the Treasurer's position. I have presented case studies and technical presentiations at conferences throughout the nation and have served on the IECA Region One Board since 2015. 

Julie Morelli
Julie has been a member of the IECA since 2011. She joined the Board of Directors of the South Central Chapter in 2011 as Member B, and progressing to become the VP Technical of the Board. Julie has assisted with the development of technical content at events such as the Arkansas 2-Day workshop, the Texas Stormwater Conference in Grapevine, Houston, and the virtual event that would have been in San Antonio, Texas. Julie contributes to the monthly newsletter, recently providing a list of free training and sharing information on the upcoming changes to the EPA MSGP. Julie is searching for Chapter University Partners, through UTSA, Texas State University, and Texas Lutheran. She attends the annual Environmental Connection Conference, and has done so since the Portland Oregon event in 2015. Julie submits abstracts and presents at ever opportunity.

This new process helps to ensure a diverse board for our association. Please review each candidate’s bio and vote for one of the candidates in each seat A, B, and C. Voting will take place online beginning September 21 through October 5, 2020.

IECA Region One and Two Reunification Vote

This year's member election also includes a vote for the reunification for IECA Region One and the Australasian Chapter (Region 2). Throughout last year Andrew Macleod (President of the Australasian Chapter of the IECA) and IECA President, Adam Dibble, resolved to develop a robust audit and comprehensive process to establish one IECA. These efforts were proceeded by the work of two separate Mutually Represented Task Force (MRTF) groups which comprised of members from both regions and established the basis and the groundwork for the process. The task force evaluated the resources and benefits of rejoining the regions and agree that reunification will improve the association’s industry presence. The benefits of reunification include:

  • Helping IECA be a truly international organization
  • Providing international opportunities for knowledge sharing, product supply, education, mentorship and growth of the Association
  • Providing support for existing, past and potential chapters within the geographic area of Region 2 that are currently under-supported
  • Providing greater value for our members
  • Establishing IECA as a more united and cohesive organization

Ultimately, we believe that the details of reunification are now sorted, and that reunification is the best course of action for the Association as a whole. We ask for your support by voting FOR the reunification in this membership vote that will close October 5.

How to Vote:

In order to cast your vote, you will need to log in to IECA's online voting system and follow the instructions below. Each member receives one ballot.

  • Enter your username (your member ID #) and the password "Election20" to enter the voting platform. If you do not know your ID number, please email us at info@ieca.org or call us at 303-640-7554.
  • Review each Board Candidates bio by clicking on their name. You may vote for one candidate in each of the three seats.
  • Make your selection for the Reunification Proposal of Region One and Region Two.
  • After you have voted, click "Proceed" at the bottom of the page to review your votes. If you'd like to change your vote before submitting, select "Return to Ballot" to edit your vote.
  • You will be directed to a page stating "Ballot accepted. Thank you. Your ballot has been accepted."
  • When you're finished, click "Submit ballot" at the bottom of the review page.

IECA is the foremost organization for those involved in or concerned about soil erosion control. Membership (in IECA) tells others you take erosion control seriously and you want to help make a difference.

Scott Velting, CPESC, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA