Not only is that the theme for this year’s conference, but pre-conference will be all about resetting our computers and our heads to protect our systems and ourselves from Cyber attacks. You don’t have to listen to the news for more than 30 seconds to understand why we need to learn this vital information. If you think your system is too small to worry about such things, reset your thinking. Several very small Wyoming systems have been hacked in this last year.
The day will begin with the ever popular, fun, and informative Emily Sanner of Sanner IT. She will update us on some simple hands-on things we can do to protect our data. Emily will be followed by Rick Gardner, Cybersecurity advisor for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will focus on resilience and security. He will give us training on a cybersecurity evaluation tool and cybersecurity resources briefing.
The afternoon will be given over to Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA). They will give us practical strategies for cyber deterrence protection for non-technical users in the water sector.
As always, our pre-conference is free, but we do need you to register at our website.
You need this information! See you in- person in Casper at the Ramkota August 24th.
Kathy Weinsaft, Training Specialist
Board of Director Openings
Every year, the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems has board of director elections depending on the Region of the state of Wyoming for Board seats that are at the end of their term. These are 3 year terms and there are currently no term limits. Board members must be employees, elected officials or designated representatives of a voting member system (PWS’s that are eligible for USDA RD funding typically serving populations under 10,000). The organization’s By Laws define voting member as Non-profit public water, wastewater, associations, districts, municipalities and (or) other types of public utilities of any size with 10,000 or less population, engaged in the transportation, distribution and/or sale of public utility services in the rural areas of the State of Wyoming.
Board members provide oversight of and direction to the Executive Director on policy issues/items including budgetary, program, legislative and professional direction. Board members receive no direct compensation for serving. Board members are reimbursed for travel expenses to attend official association meetings, can attend in person conferences and training sessions at no cost including hotel and per diem. Board members can attend virtual training sessions at no cost.
For 2021, two region board seats are up for election. The Southwest region (Teton, Lincoln, Uinta, Sweetwater and Sublette counties) and Northeast Region (Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Crook and Weston counties). Currently the Southwest Region is represented by Mr. Ron Overson who currently serves as Board Secretary. Ron is the Utility Manager for Grand Targhee Resort in Teton County. The Northeast Region is represented by Mr. Dan Coughlin who currently serves as Board Vice President. Dan is the Project Manager of the Sheridan Area Water Supply JPB in Sheridan County.
Mr. Overson has expressed his intention to NOT run for re-election. Ron has served since 2009 and believes it is time for new perspectives on the Board, as well as needing to concentrate on work commitments. Mr. Coughlin has expressed his intention to run for re-election. Mr. Coughlin has served since 2018.