Public Communications & Outreach Committee

The Public Communications and Outreach Committee (PCOC) facilitates communications between our members and the public on water environment issues. The committee is a resource for FWEA members looking to enhance their public education efforts, providing support through the development and implementation of educational resources. 

The mission of the PCOC is to educate the public about the water profession. The PCOC accomplishes this through several projects and programs such as:

High School Student Video Contest
Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Public Education Awards
Water Festivals and Educational Events
Resources for Teachers
Networking Water Educators
Promoting WEF PCOC Initiatives

The PCOC meets virtually on the third Friday of each month from 12-1 PM and once a year in person at the Florida Water Resources Conference.
All FWEA members are welcome to join the PCOC meetings by contacting the PCOC Secretary.

Committee Officers

Chair, 2020-2022
Shea Dunifon
Pinellas County Utilities
(727) 582-2898

Vice Chair, 2020- 2022
Arpita Meher
Arcadis (Orlando)
(407) 659- 5552

Maraida Balaguer-Barbosa
Arcadis (Tampa)
(813) 353- 5701

Director At Large (DAL)
Jody Barksdale
Carollo (Tampa)
(813) 888- 9572

Subcommittee Chairs and Project Leaders

Public Education Awards
Ashley Dirou
Grundfos (Delray Beach)
(561) 400- 7034

Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Arpita Meher
Arcadis (Orlando)
(407) 659- 5552

Video Contest
Debbie Sponsler
Orange County Utilities
(407) 254-9802

Alexander Kraemer 
Thermal Process Systems, Inc.