"Our Team works around the clock to provide an essential service for the families, industries, and customers we serve. The looming water challenges facing our community are complex, from aging infrastructure to pollution, to weathering record storm events. Looking to the horizon, the NEW Water Team will continue to proactively seek out ways to innovate, evolve, and lead water quality improvements for the benefit of the region."
NEW Water is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners. Each Commissioner is appointed by the Brown County Executive, approved by the Brown County Board, and serves a five-year term.
The NEW Water Commission serves at-large, comprised of residents from across Northeast Wisconsin with diverse professional backgrounds and expertise in finance, business, industry, engineering, utility management, community service, and governance.
Term End: 12/31/2021
Commissioner Hasselblad was Managing Partner for Hasselblad Machine Company in Green Bay. She served as Director of Integrys Energy, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and Director of the Board of Governors of the Wisconsin State Bar Association. In addition, she has served on the Boards of Directors for numerous Northeastern Wisconsin organizations including Bank One, Bellin Health Systems Corporation, Curative Workshop Corporation, the YMCA, and as a Trustee for St. Norbert College. She currently serves on the Commission of the Green Bay Water Utility. Commissioner Hasselblad holds a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in American Literature from Pacific Lutheran University.
Term End: 12/31/2024
Commissioner Blumreich served as Chief Financial Officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Finance Director for the City of Green Bay, and Manager of Finance and Logistics at James River Corporation. He has also served as a Board Member of the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority and as Director and President of the Board of Directors for the Districts Mutual Insurance. He also served as Commission President for the Green Bay Water Utility. Commissioner Blumreich holds a B.S. in Managerial Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Position: Vice President
Term End: 12/31/2023
Commissioner Meinz served his career as an Engineer and Utility Executive, for organizations including Integrys Energy Group (Wisconsin Public Service). His background encompasses a broad portfolio of responsibilities including fossil and nuclear operations, environmental, licensing, system planning, corporate strategic planning and implementation of strategic initiatives. He is a Wisconsin Professional Engineer (retired) and holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Management Education Program. Commissioner Meinz has served on numerous boards nationally and in Northeast Wisconsin, including the United Way and Salvation Army.
Position: Vice President
Term End: 12/31/2022
Commissioner Hoffmann served as Vice President and General Manager of FEECO International, Inc, an engineering, equipment, and process systems provider in Northeast Wisconsin. His career portfolio includes Engineering, Project Management, IT, Sales and Marketing and Consultant. He has served on the Board of Directors for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Foundation, Fertilizer Industry Roundtable, and Process Equipment Manufacturers Association. Commissioner Hoffmann holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Position: Vice President
Term End: 12/31/2025
Commissioner Tumpach is a Senior Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager with Wealth Management and Institutional Services at Associated Bank. He is a co-manager on the Associated ESG and Associated Focused Equity portfolio strategies. In his role he is also responsible for performing investment research on companies in the healthcare and consumer discretionary sectors, providing investment recommendations to other portfolio managers.
Commissioner Tumpach earned his undergraduate Degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and his Master’s Degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While at UW- Madison he was accepted into the Applied Securities Analysis Program where he received focused training on investment research and portfolio management. Professionally, he has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Milwaukee, Inc.
Tom Sigmund is the Executive Director of NEW Water, where he has been since 2007. NEW Water expresses its attitude of viewing the material sent to its facilities as valuable resources to be recovered and reused and a commitment to protecting its most valuable resource, water. Mr. Sigmund serves as Treasurer to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, a group that represents the interests of public clean water utilities across the United States. He is also Board Chair of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, a non-profit, human services agency that protects, heals, and cares for the children and families of Northeast Wisconsin.
Mr. Sigmund has a M.S. and B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio.
Director of Technical Services
Nathan Qualls has been with NEW Water since 2008. Prior to his role as Director of Technical Services, he worked as a Staff Engineer in NEW Water’s Engineering Department. He has a wealth of experience in the wastewater sector, including industrial wastewater treatment prior to his work with NEW Water. Mr. Qualls has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.
Director of Operations
Prior to his role as Director of Operations for NEW Water, Patrick Wescott worked at local paper manufacturing facilities in the utilities department, manufacturing, distribution and planning. He has experience in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.
Mr. Wescott holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He received a Maintenance and Reliability Management Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, and holds a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wastewater Operator Certification license. Mr. Wescott is certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Director of Environmental Programs
Jeff Smudde is the Director of Environmental Programs at NEW Water where he has worked since 2001. Mr. Smudde previously worked in the Operations Division before moving into the Watershed Programs Manager role in 2014, then Director of Environmental Programs in 2018. He oversees the efforts of the Watershed Management Department and the Laboratory and Research Department at NEW Water.
Mr. Smudde currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance and is the Past President of the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association. Mr. Smudde has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Soil and Waste Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College.
Director of Business Services
Prior to his role as Director of Business Services for NEW Water, Brian Vander Loop was the Field Services Manager, overseeing the collections system; he also previously served as an Engineering Technician for NEW Water. Mr. Vander Loop’s career spans experience in engineering, construction, management, software documentation, engineering, and business process improvement. He is also a Lean Facilitator certified for Value Stream Mapping and Six Sigma business process improvements.
Mr. Vander Loop holds an A.S. in Architectural Industrial Model Building and an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, a BBA in Business Administration and Economics from Lakeland College and a Masters Certificate in Project Management and a Professional Development Certificate in Advanced Management and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Human Resources Manager
As the Human Resources Manager, Trisha Brown focuses on the areas of compensation, benefits, payroll, recruitment, performance management, employee relations and organizational culture, and employee development. She brings a wealth of diverse human resources experience to the team, including healthcare industry prior to joining NEW Water in 2013.
Mrs. Brown has a B.S. in Business Administration from Lakeland College and an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.