Big Bend Chapter

The FWEA Big Bend Chapter serves the Florida Panhandle, from approximately I-75 in Live Oak to Pensacola. Our membership is diverse including operators, engineers, and administrators of several urban and rural municipalities and private and cooperative utility companies, as well as representatives of private-practice engineering firms and utility equipment sales and service companies.

Our foremost mission is to provide professional and technical educational opportunities to members in the Big Bend area through bi-monthly meetings and annual seminars. These events provide a forum for professional networking and shared interests. The Steering Committee is charged with planning and executing the events of the Big Bend Chapter. Any FWEA member is welcome to attend the Steering Committee meetings. 

The FWEA Big Bend Chapter is active in outreach to the educational community, participating in scholastic events to encourage awareness and education for the protection of our valuable water resources.   Each year we plan activities with the FSU/FAMU College of Engineering student chapter, either as a part of the bi-monthly meetings or at social events. Several FWEA Big Bend members have also made presentations to local schools and civic organizations. We encourage students and educators to participate in our local chapter events as well as State and National events, whenever possible.  The Big Bend Chapter also hosts Florida Water Festivals to help educate the community on the importance of our water resources. 

Each year at the annual banquet, the Big Bend Chapter presents the Thomas P. Smith Award to an individual in recognition of individual leadership, contribution to the advancement of wastewater design, operations or regulations, and demonstrated willingness to help others solve problems. Past recipients of the Thomas P. Smith Award are provided below

CLICK HERE to view a list of our upcoming events. 

Several of our events are offered at low prices due to the generosity of sponsorships.  Our sponsors for Fiscal Year 2016-2017:
  • GOLD: Mott MacDonald

Chapter Officers:

James H. Peterson IV, P.E.
Moore Bass Consulting, Inc.
(850) 322-8580

Vice Chair

Randi Peddie
Jim Stidham and Associates
(850) 222-3975

Joe Cheatham
City of Tallahassee

Membership Coordinator
Please contact James Peterson if interested in assisting

Past Chair (2015 & 2016)
Shanin Speas-Frost
(850) 245-2991

Past Chair (2013 & 2014)
Tony Holley
Jim Stidham and Associates 
(85) 222-3975

Past Chair (2011 & 2012)
John Hallas
Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc.
(850) 514-4713

FAMU/FSU-FWEA Student Chapter Liaison
Brian Moody
City of Tallahassee
(850) 891-6163

FAMU/FSU Student Chapter Advisor
Dr. Youneng Tang
FAMU/FSU College of Engineering
(850) 410-6119

Awards Chair
Michael Murphy
Mott MacDonald
(850) 222-0334

Website Coordinator
Sondra Lee (interim)
City of Tallahassee
(850) 891-6123
Please contact James Peterson if interested in assisting

Steering Committee At-Large
Catalina Weaver

Director at Large
Jody Barksdale
Gresham, Smith and Partners

Past Recipients of the Thomas P. Smith Award
1998 John L. Dean 2008 Donna Nichols
1999 William "Billy" M. Bishop 2009 Tom Printy
2000 David W. York 2010 Dave Stewart
2001  G. Keith Turner 2011 Joseph Cheatham
2002 Mike Murphy 2012 Lynne Putnam
2003 Bill Leseman 2013 Jim Oskowis
2004 Neal Gray 2014 Sondra Lee
2005 Ron Trygar 2015 Catalina Weaver
2006 Maurice Barker 2016 Charlie Martin
2007 Leon Hightower