Guided by trusted experience, technical expertise, and a deep commitment to water quality, RAIN's Board of Directors and staff fully understand the importance of current drinking water issues facing residents of western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
RAIN has built an organization that is positioned to anticipate emerging concerns (such as the effects resulting from the development of the Marcellus Shale play), while providing leadership in source water protection. RAIN leads a strong coalition for the good of the region, and has the potential to help state environmental protection agencies meet federal agency goals for local source water protection, especially in high priority areas.
RAIN Program Manager
Bryce Aaronson joined RAIN in December 2015 and has since been serving as an independent contractor dedicated to the growth and promotion of RAIN's mission throughout the Upper Ohio River Basin. As program manager Bryce brings a passion for universal access to clean, safe drinking water with experience working in South Africa and Colombia on water and sanitation projects. He graduated with a Masters in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2015. Bryce is dedicated to nonprofit organizational growth and appreciates working with an organization that allows him to focus on his dual interests. He enjoys any opportunity to talk about source water protection and water in general.
RAIN Board of Directors
Ronald G. Bargiel, Chair
Ron is the Water Quality Manager of Environmental Management and Compliance for the Pennsylvania American Water Company. His office is at the Hays Mine Water Treatment facility on Agnew Ave in Pittsburgh. Ron is responsible for Water Quality and Environmental Compliance for all PA American Water drinking water and wastewater facilities in Western PA. PA American Water has three intakes on the Monongahela River. All three intakes are RAIN monitoring stations that report information to the RAIN website. Ron has been personally involved in watershed protection, and emergency management on the Monongahela River since 1999.
Nick has been the Lead Operator at Brackenridge Borough Water for 10 years, serving as an Operator for 3 years before that. Nick joined RAIN as a board member in October of 2014. He received his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Water Treatment License in 2005. His responsibilities as Lead Operator include overseeing the water treatment plant and ensuring that all PA DEP and United States Environmental Protection Agency required testing is performed. Brackenridge supplies water to Fawn-Fraiser Joint Water Authority and Allegheny Technologies Inc. located between Brackenridge and Harrison Townships. In addition to Nick's dedication to ensuring source water protection, he works to protect the Allegheny River for recreational use as an Allegheny River Development Corporation member.
Jenn is a hydrogeologist with experience in water resources management and environmental compliance. She led water sustainability efforts for Coca-Cola throughout the US and Canada and is now the Source Water Protection Program Manager for West Virginia American Water, where she is responsible for identifying and managing risks to drinking water supplies. Jennifer also serves as Chair for the American Water Works Association Source Water Protection Committee.
Tom is a Geologic Specialist in PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Safe Drinking Water Program and is located in the Southwest Regional Office – Pittsburgh. He is the Source Water Protection Coordinator for the 10-county PA Southwest Region. He serves as the PA DEP representative for RAIN and is a member of RAIN’s Source Water Environmental Education Teem (SWEET).