The Water Tower Announces New Board Members for 2021

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The Water Tower Announces New Board Members for 2021

The Water Tower Announces New Board Members for 2021

The Water Tower, the new water innovation hub in Gwinnett County, Georgia, adds twelve esteemed Board members to continue to build momentum of programming and campus partners in 2021.

The Water Tower, the new water innovation hub comprised of two nonprofit organizations, announces the election of twelve new members to its Board of Directors.

The Water Tower at Gwinnett, a 501(c)4, is focused on the infrastructure of the innovation hub, overseeing the real estate development on campus. The Water Tower Institute, a 501(c)3, oversees programming in the areas of applied research, technology innovation, workforce development, and community engagement.

“We are thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to The Water Tower. Their unique backgrounds and diverse experience, combined with our exiting Board members, will be an incredible asset to The Water Tower and we look forward to working with them to bring TWT to the next level in 2021” said Melissa Meeker, CEO of The Water Tower. The new directors will join founding Board members Nick Masino, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett; Dr. Eileen O’Neill, Founding Partner of Water Principles, LLC; and John D. Stephens, owner of JDS Holdings LLC, who have served since October 2019.

For complete bios for founding and new Board members, please visit and

The Water Tower at Gwinnett 2021 Board of Directors

Melvin Everson, Vice President of Economic Development, Gwinnett Technical College
Jennifer Fennell, Business Development Manager, Jackson EMC
Jann Joseph, Ph.D., President, Georgia Gwinnett College
Nick Masino, President and CEO of Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett
Daniel R. Sosebee III, CPA, Associate Member in Audit, Advisory and Director of Business Development, Moore Stephens Tiller
John D. Stephens, Owner, JDS Holdings LLC
Maurice Thompson II, Partner, Consultuoso Business Consulting
Jessica Rantamaki, Business Development Specialist, Geo-Hydro Engineers, Inc.

The Water Tower Institute 2021 Board of Directors

Paul T. Bowen, Ph.D., Retired Director of Sustainable Operations, The Coca-Cola Company
Glen T. Daigger, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE, President, One Water Solutions
Terrell S. Gibbs, Ph.D., P.E., Environmental Department Manager, Corporate Environmental Risk Management (CERM)
Chris Impellitteri, Ph.D., Associate National Program Director, EPA Office of Research and Development
Linda MacGregor, Director, Gainesville Department of Water Resources
Nick Masino, President and CEO of Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett
Andrew D. Morris, J.D., Natural Resources Counsel and Water Policy Officer, Atlanta Regional Commission & Water Policy Officer, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Eileen O’Neill, Ph.D., Founding Partner, Water Principles LLC

The Water Tower is a new breed of innovation center providing answers to a multitude of complex challenges facing the water industry through an integrated approach to applied research, technology innovation, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement. With its mission to be a thriving ecosystem of water innovation fueled by imagination, informed by research, and powered by pioneers, The Water Tower is especially invested in helping utilities devise strategies to benefit from digital advancements in water supply and quality. For more information visit

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