Zachary A. Jilek, President
Environmental Services Dept. Manager
E & A Consulting Group, Inc.
J.B. Dixon, Vice President
Darice Baxter, Secretary
Darice Baxter has served on the Great Rivers Chapter of IECA since 2007 and, is the current GRC Secretary. She also serves on the Johnson County Storm Water Alliance (JCSWA) board and is a member of the Iowa Storm Water Education Program (ISWEP), representing the University of Iowa in its commitment to the environment.
Darice is an alumna from UI's Environmental Science & Geoscience program where she was a double major in Environmental Science and Geoscience. Darice is an Environmental Specialist for the UI's Environmental Services as their stormwater inspector, her other duties include asbestos testing and indoor air quality testing. Darice is a Certified Inspector of Erosion and Sediment Control (CISEC). She is also certified in asbestos abatement practices, which include identification and testing of suspect materials known to contain asbestos and managing the subsequent abatement project.
Darice's primary job responsibility at the UI is to oversee stormwater quality compliance at construction sites, she reviews, approves and proposes modifications to Storm Water Pollution Preventions Plans (SWPPP's ) that are to be implemented during construction projects. As such, she is an integral part of the building process of all newly constructed buildings at the University of Iowa. Each new building or remodeling project that disturbed one acre or more has been assessed by her. Darice encourages stormwater post-construction practices to be implemented and recommends best management practices utilized on individual sites. During the construction phase, she inspects each site weekly for SW compliance.
In her free time Darice enjoys pursing her hobby of stained glass artistry, biking, Iowa football, gardening and spending time in the outdoors with her husband Jason, son Kade and their two Akita's Kai & Kirin.
Tom Wells, Treasurer
Thomas M. Wells, CPESC, CISEC is the Environmental Services Manager for Lamp, Rynearson Associates, Inc. a Civil Engineering firm based out of Omaha Nebraska. Tom has worked in the storm water industry for 18 years focused on the cradle to grave approach to construction storm water. From Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan design/review, regulatory permitting, compliance inspection, client/contractor/regulatory coordination through final stabilization as well as into post construction Stormwater management design, inspection, and coordination. The primary focus for Tom has been on residential, commercial site, as well as linear construction projects. In his 10-year association with the International Erosion Control Association - Great Rivers Chapter, Tom has served in several roles on the Board of Directors including Board Member, Treasurer, Vice President, and President. When he's not busy trying to save the environment, his 5 kids and amazing wife keep him very busy.
Board of Directors
Ronald Poe - Past President
Ronald Poe, PLA, CPESC is a Highway Environmental Program Manager at the Nebraska Department of Transportation. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in May 1993. In October 2003, he joined IECA in an effort to educate himself about the erosion and sediment control industry, as well as stormwater initiatives that were happening on the national level. In November 2004, he achieved the Certified Professional of Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) Certification and in October 2008, he completed the licensure process and is licensed as a Landscape Architect in the State of Nebraska.
Mr. Poe has been employed in the stormwater industry for approximately 25 years; beginning his career in 1993, working as a landscape designer for a design/build contractor. In 1998, he transitioned to the Nebraska Department of Transportation where he learned the art of erosion control design. Currently he leads NDOT's Roadside Development & Compliance Unit (RDCU), comprised of eight staff dedicated to the erosion and sediment control and stormwater profession.
With his DOT responsibilities, Mr. Poe has a thorough understanding of the erosion and sediment control and stormwater industries. He coordinates regularly with state and federal agencies, consultants, contractors and product representatives in regards to Best Management Practices, design techniques, stormwater and other environmental issues.
In October 2005, Mr. Poe was elected onto the Board of Directors for the Great Rivers Chapter and continues to serve in that capacity today. He currently serves as President of the Chapter, a position that he has held for the past two years. In 2017, the Great Rivers Chapter received IECA's "Outstanding Membership Retention" Award. Receiving this award was a testament to efforts of the Chapter leadership in providing quality education to our mission.
Brooke A. Muhlack
Brooke A. Muhlack is an Environmental Manager with Knife River Midwest, LLC, a road construction company specializing in asphalt and concrete, in Sioux City, Iowa. She continuously works to improve their compliance within the states of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota with air and water quality permits. Brooke strives to build a world-class environmental culture within her company by building on training and information provided to her team members, while keeping abreast on changing regulations, conducting routine inspections for stormwater, spill prevention control and countermeasures, and air quality, and reporting to state and federal agencies. Currently, she is receiving her Master's Degree in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin. Brooke is a board member for the Sioux City Environmental Advisory Board. Previously, Brooke was the County Conservationist for the Land Conservation and Resource Management Department in Buffalo County, Wisconsin. In her time as County Conservationist, she reformatted the department, solicited $75,000 for bluff prairie restorations from the County Board, and oversaw conservation funds for projects across the county.
I am a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia with a degree in Agriculture/Agronomy & Horticulture. I practiced as a Landscape Contractor and Designer in the Kansas City area as well as the Washington D.C. area for 10 years including Erosion & Sediment Control projects. I have been in the Erosion Control Industry as a Supplier and Consultant since 1990 and with Hanes Geo Components as a Regional Manager since March 2018. In my current position I manage our offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Indianapolis and the 7 states within those territories. I work directly with developers, municipalities, state agencies, engineers, architects and contractors creating sustainable solutions with a wide range of products and practices.
I became a Certified Professional Erosion & Sediment Control Specialist (CPESC, #763) in 1992 and from 2000 to 2012 I was the Missouri State Representative for the CPESC Program. I am active locally with the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Consulting Engineers (including the Kansas and Missouri Chapters), the Soil & Water Conservation Society, the Engineer’s Club of Kansas City and several local charities including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the YMCA Challenger program for kids with Special needs.
I have 3 grown children; I enjoy family time, cycling, travel, art, hiking, sports, cooking and lake activities.
Paul Mueller is an erosion control and storm water inspector with St. Charles County's Department of Community Development. He conducts inspections at construction sites and storm water facilities in unincorporated St. Charles County, Missouri in the rapidly growing St. Louis metropolitan area.
Mr. Mueller's experience with erosion control inspections began when he started working with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the early 90's. During that time, he worked with EPA Region 7 inspectors on several joint inspections. When Phase II storm water was implemented, he worked with communities in developing their storm water management plans. In 2016, he became the chief erosion control inspector for St. Charles County, where he also helps in the management of their MS-4 program.
Mr. Mueller has as a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI). He was a revision team member for the third revision of the Missouri and Kansas "Protecting Water Quality Guide." He has participated on several committees in the drafting of land disturbance and general storm water permits.
Mr. Mueller is active in his home community. He is a Fire Board Director and Lieutenant with the local fire district, where he is a state certified instructor in firefighting and hazardous materials. He is the local volunteer Emergency Management Director and is the local Disaster Action Team leader for the American Red Cross.
Melissa Campbell is a Senior Environmental Scientist with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., an engineering, architecture, planning, and surveying firm. JEO has 11 offices located throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, with Melissa based out of their South Sioux City, Nebraska office.
Melissa received her Bachelors of Science degree in Earth Science from the University of South Dakota in 2009. Her professional experience includes working as a Research Associate for the Missouri River Institute, geology lab instructor for the University of South Dakota, and most recently as an Environmental Analyst for the City of Sioux City, Iowa. Melissa gained a wealth of knowledge of MS4 requirements while she was with the City of Sioux City serving as the MS4 Program Administrator. After spending five years with the city, Melissa joined the consulting world with JEO.
As a Senior Environmental Scientist, Melissa is heavily involved in MS4 permit administration and compliance, wetland delineations, and Section 404 permitting. With these types of projects, Melissa uses past experiences in stormwater management and erosion/sediment control through her work as a project manager for green infrastructure projects, implementing public education and outreach programs, preparing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, and inspecting construction sites and municipal facilities for stormwater permit compliance.
Kim M. Kline, Administrative Assistant
Kim is a creative professional with experience in all aspects of successful marketing, advertising, public relations, event planning, social networking and management. She excels in managing multiple projects concurrently with strong detail, problem solving and follow-through capabilities. Kim’s demonstrated ability to manage and motivate cohesive teams that achieve results is one of her greatest assets.
Kim serves as support for associations and is responsible for the technical and educational programming of conferences and regional events. Kim also plays a key role in successfully championing innovative initiatives including webinar development and video re-broadcasting of education/conference content, delivering an excellent experience for both attendees and the associations that she has represented. Years of involvement with trade organizations and associations has allowed her to develop long term, successful business relationships across many industries.