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    DIVISION MANAGER TO LEAD STATE TRADE ASSOCIATION

    Jul 24, 2015 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

    Keisha Lisbon Thorpe (front/left), PCWASA Division Manager of Technical Services, has been selected to Chair the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA) this year.

    The Division Manager of Technical Services at Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority (PCWASA) has been selected by her peers to lead the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA), one of the highest ranking volunteer positions within the state’s water and wastewater industry.

    As Chair of the GAWWA, Keisha Lisbon Thorpe, P.E., will be instrumental in leading this group of professionals dedicated to providing resources for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in Georgia.

    GAWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the entire water community. GAWWA works cooperatively with the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) to achieve these goals and strengthen public confidence in drinking water.

    Lisbon Thorpe has been active in GAWWA for approximately 15 years, in addition to her membership in GAWP. She has chaired the joint GAWWAGAWP state Model Water Tower Competition since its inception three years ago, in addition to past experience chairing the GAWWA Diversity Committee. This year she also was among the GAWP Level 1 Leadership Academy Graduates. Lisbon Thorpe will celebrate her 10th anniversary with PCWASA this October.

    As PCWASA Technical Services Division Manager, Lisbon Thorpe plans, organizes, and directs the technical services and engineering functions of the Authority, including the management and development of annual budgets and the implementation of capital projects, construction services, utility locates, and filming of sewer lines. She also provides oversight of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the fats, oils, and grease (FOG) program, and information technology (IT) at the Authority.

    “Keisha personifies the talent, expertise, and professionalism of our staff at the Authority, and we are lucky to have someone with her credentials and character as a Division Manager,” says Stephen Hogan, PCWASA General Manager. “She is well respected within our industry and a significant asset to our community as well as the state.”

    Prior to joining PCWASA in 2005, Lisbon Thorpe was a Civil Engineer/Supervisor for the City of Atlanta Bureau of Water, following her tenure as a Process Control Engineer for United Water Services of Atlanta.

    As for professional credentials, she is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Georgia as well as a Class I Water Supply System Operator, which is the highest ranking certification for treatment plant operators in the state. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina A&T and has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.

    Lisbon Thorpe’s academic research has been published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering, and she has been a keynote speaker on various industry topics for a number of organizations, including the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), and at GAWP District Meetings and Conferences.

    Media contact:
    Chris Wood, Ph.D.
    770-757-1681 (phone)
    jcwood@uga.edu OR chris@jwapr.com (email)

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    PCWASA DIVISION MANAGER SELECTED FOR INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP ROLE

    Aug 14, 2012 by Dr. Chris Wood

    Keisha Lisbon Thorpe (right), Division Manager of Technical Services for PCWASA, has been selected to serve as a Junior Trustee of the Georgia section of the American Water Works Association.

    The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international non-profit association that is the authoritative resource on safe water and the leading industry association for water professionals. Now, PCWASA Division Manager Keisha Lisbon Thorpe, P.E. is among its leadership.

    Lisbon Thorpe was recently selected as a Junior Trustee and Executive Committee Member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of AWWA. This responsibility is in addition to her work for GAWWA as Co-Chair of the Georgia Model Water Tower Competition – an educational engineering challenge for middle school students. The Competition is a joint project of Georgia AWWA and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP).

    Lisbon Thorpe chaired the Diversity Committee of GAWP, prior to being selected by her peers to serve as a GAWWA Junior Trustee. Her two-year term as a Junior Trustee commenced this summer, when she began to oversee GAWWA’s communications and scholarship programs, among other leadership responsibilities.

    The Authority’s Division Manager has more than 12 years of experience in the industry, which has entailed work in water and wastewater treatment, project management, asset management, technical support, construction and maintenance. She currently heads the Technical Services Division at PCWASA, which includes oversight of the Authority’s departments of engineering, information technology, construction management, geographic information systems (GIS), fats, oils, and grease (FOG) management, utility locates, and asset management.

    With a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina A&T and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, she is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Georgia, who also holds a Class I (the highest in the profession) Public Water Supply System Operator’s License.

    “Keisha not only provides leadership and expertise as Division Manager of Technical Services for the Authority, but she also is very well respected by her peers and other water professionals within our industry,” says Stephen Hogan, PCWASA General Manager. “We are very fortunate to have her on staff at the Authority, and I know she will be just as valuable of an addition to the Georgia AWWA Board.”

    Media contact:
    Chris Wood, Ph.D.
    770-757-1681 (phone)
    jcwood@uag.edu (email)

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