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Ted Henifin—General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Ted Henifin joined HRSD in 2006 as general manager. HRSD has a long history of innovation in the wastewater sector, and under his leadership, HRSD has broadened its focus to add sustainable water management to HRSD's innovation portfolio with the SWIFT initiative. He previously served as director of public works for the City of Hampton. Henifin holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. His career has spanned more than 35 years, with a focus on public works and utilities in federal, regional, and local government. He is a registered professional engineer and has been active with professional associations throughout his career. He currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA), and Virginia Forever; is the vice chair of the US Water Alliance's One Water Council; and serves on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board. Henifin is active in various civic and community organizations in Hampton Roads. Currently he is serving as the vice chair of the board of directors for Langley Federal Credit Union and is a member of the board of directors for WHRO Public Media.

 

Chris Stephan, Chief of North Shore Interceptor Operations and Small Communities, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Chris Stephan joined HRSD in 2005 as a support engineer for the operations department. His prior experience includes various roles in public utilities and private sector consultant companies. Stephan holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. His career has spanned more than 20 years, all within the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a focus on environmental engineering, public utilities management, GIS, and technology deployment. He is a registered professional engineer and has been active with numerous professional associations throughout his career. In his tenure at HRSD, he has led initial efforts in response to various state and federal enforcement actions, spearheaded the mobile deployment of GIS into the operations department, and continues to manage the Small Communities and North Shore Interceptor Operations Divisions. His current focus is on Small Communities treatment systems, Smart Sewer initiatives, and deployment of HRSD's new SCADA system. Outside of work, Stephan is active in various community organizations and youth sports programs.

 

Jules Robichaud, GIS Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Jules Robichaud joined HRSD in 2007 as its first GIS manager. His prior experience includes geospatial positions with both local government and private sector consultants. Robichaud holds a bachelor's degree in geography from Concordia University and an associate degree in civil engineering. His career has spanned more than 20 years with a focus on implementing geospatial technologies to improve business processes. Robichaud teaches various GIS classes at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach. He is a certified geographic information system professional (GISP) and is active in industry associations, having recently served as the chair for the Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association and Virginia Water Environment Association Joint Information Technology Committee.

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