We are proud to announce, on November 19, 2020, the WEFTA Board of Directors appointed Tim Wellman as Executive Director overseeing all operations of the organization. Tim, a long-time volunteer of WEFTA, steps into his new role with over 22-years of technical experience working with communities, committees, volunteers, governments, and non-governmental organizations on community-based water resource management and protection.
Tim’s journey began in 1997 as a Peace Corps (PC) Volunteer working on community-based water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) improvement projects in El Salvador. He then became the Technical Trainer for PC/El Salvador for two years beyond his volunteer service. After spending 4.5 years in El Salvador, Tim returned to the United States and worked with the New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) under a USEPA grant to develop stakeholder capacity for water and wastewater systems on tribal lands in NM and AZ. During his time in NM, Tim became a board member of Waterlines, the sister organization to WEFTA. After 6 years of service to NMRWA, Tim returned to work for Peace Corps in Panama as the Environmental Health Program Director where he managed over 40 Peace Corps Volunteers per year working on WASH resource development in rural and mostly indigenous areas of Panama. After four years of service to the Peace Corps, Tim returned to his home in Colorado in 2011 where he started his own water operations business and took on the role of Client Services Manager for a local water/wastewater consulting firm. In May of 2020 Tim became the Program Development Director for WEFTA.
Outside of WEFTA, Tim is a board member of his local Water and Sanitation District Board and enjoys running, skiing, hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.
Congratulations, Tim! We are grateful for your leadership and look forward to reaching new goals together as we continue to empower communities and change more lives every day.