2023 CONFERENCE ADVISORY BOARD

Seth Brown, Executive Director of the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance

Seth Brown has over 25 years of experience in the water sector and is the principal and founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm providing a range of services from policy and alternative project delivery analysis in the stormwater sector to facilitation and training services focused on stormwater topics. He was the director of Stormwater Programs at the Water Environment Federation from 2010-2015 and is currently the executive director of the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance, which is a 501.c.3 representing stormwater-focused organization in 25 states across 9 of the 10 U.S. EPA regions with a network that is comprised of over 4,400 MS4s. 

Brown has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from George Mason University with a research focus on socio-economic modeling of incentive-based investments of green stormwater infrastructure on private properties. He leads courses in green infrastructure and innovative water partnerships at Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland. 

Neal Cody, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Stantec

Cody is a senior water resources engineer with Stantec Consulting Ltd. in their Water team in Edmonton, Alberta and has been with Stantec since 2007. He currently serves in the role of Wet Weather Flow Sector Lead for Western Canada. 

He practices in the fields of drainage, conveyance, erosion and sediment control, watercourse engineering and water resources, including natural and constructed system assessment, design and planning. While proficient in conveyance analysis of wastewater and combined sewer systems, as well as water distribution system planning and analysis, he has an overall specialty in stormwater. His background in engineering hydrology and hydraulics (especially stormwater modelling and management) has led him to pursue client projects in 3-way coupled stormwater modelling (urban 2D - river - pipe flow). Cody has worked on stormwater projects in all provinces and territories of Canada, and works regularly on stormwater, green infrastructure and flood mitigation projects in New Zealand, specifically in the Hawke’s Bay region. 

Cody has served on technical committees and sub-committees with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) in producing three national standards related to flood risk mitigation, stormwater, drainage and water and waste in Northern communities. 

Cody, his wife, and two young children live in Edmonton where they enjoy skiing, camping and soccer. 

Jonathan J. Meronek, Project Manager, SCS Engineers 

Jonathan Meronek has been with SCS Engineers for over sixteen (17) years and is a current State of California Industrial General Permit (IGP) Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner and Trainer-of-Record (QISP-ToR), and is the SCS Stormwater Practice Leader for the Southwest.  With an eye to Client's operational needs combined with long-term sustainable solutions, Meronek has managed Site BMP and Pollutant Source Assessments, written Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), and implemented Monitoring Implementation Plans (MIPs) for over one-hundred (100) Facilities throughout California. He has performed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water services for state, municipal and private clients across a vast cross-section of Industrial Sectors which include: Recycling (Metal and Scrap), Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), Landfills (including Subchapter N/ELG Facilities), Deep Ocean Ports, Haulers and Transportation Facilities, Asphalt Batch Plants, Construction Material Facilities, Petroleum Bulk Plants, Landfill Gas-to- Energy Plants, Quarries, Concrete and Rebar Manufacturers, Lumber Facilities, Breweries and Wineries. Mr. Meronek has successfully worked with LRPs, Facility managers and Attorneys to comprehensively re-evaluate Facilities for NPDES compliance using technology-based BPT/BCT/BAT implementation for control of pollutants in stormwater discharge. 

Brian Merritt,  Global Advisory - Strategic Advisory / Regulatory Support Black & Veatch

Brian Merritt is a manager with Black & Veatch Management Consulting based in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a background in civil engineering and more than 20 years of stormwater related experience, he has helped communities ranging in population from 10,000 to 1.56 million develop and maintain their stormwater utilities. He has extensive experience leading outreach efforts for implementation projects and understands the balance needed in communicating engineering topics and financial needs to the public to build broader support for change. He has helped communities gain the resources needed to address both aging infrastructure as well as the beginning to tackle the impacts of climate change.  Merritt holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University. 

Cory Rayburn, Stormwater Utility Manager, Jacobs

Cory Rayburn is a stormwater utility manager for Jacobs, who specializes in promoting sustainable and innovative solutions to protect and restore our water resources. Throughout his nearly two-decade long career, Rayburn has provided invaluable guidance in natural resources conservation and restoration, erosion and sediment control, land development, floodplain protection and stormwater management and has produced consistent results for a variety of clients and constituents. In his current role, Rayburn manages the newly created Stormwater Utility for the City of Johns Creek. He oversees the asset management program for more than 23,000 stormwater structures and is developing a master plan to improve water quality and reduce flooding.  

Prior to joining Jacobs, Rayburn worked for the City of Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management for 13 years. He played a key role in integrating green stormwater infrastructure into development standards and capital improvement projects. He also oversaw the design and construction of Rodney Cook, Sr. Park in Historic Vine City, a $27-million project to help solve historic flooding issues using green infrastructure in a park setting. As a strong steward for the environment, Rayburn’s efforts have been lauded by local government and the industry and have set the bar for green infrastructure practices in Georgia.  

Rayburn currently serves as a district supervisor for the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District, a member of Governor Kemp’s Stakeholder Advisory Board, and immediate past president for the Southeast Stormwater Association. He is a certified Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission trainer for erosion and sediment control classes and presents at key industry events and workshops nationwide. Rayburn received his B.S. in Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kennesaw State University. 

Jason Schmidt, Lead Inspector & Environmental Specialist, City of Portland

For the past 15 years, Jason Schmidt has worked in various roles with organizations to improve water quality and riparian habitat in Oregon and California. His experience ranges from rural to urban; from the riparian zone to the rooftop; and with both non-profits and governments. Currently, Schmidt is the lead inspector and environmental specialist for the City of Portland’s Stormwater Maintenance Inspection Program, which conducts routine maintenance inspections for private stormwater management facilities that are installed on private property to meet the city’s Stormwater Management Manual requirements for new development and retrofits. These facilities include green roofs, living walls, and all kinds of vegetated systems. He is passionate about green infrastructure, native plants, and the ecology and watersheds of the Pacific Northwest. An avid traveler, backpacker, cyclist, and musician, Schmidt rarely finds a time or a place where water is not on his mind. 

Harry Stark, Director of Engineering and Public Services, City of Aurora

Harry Stark, MPA, CPMSM, is the director of Engineering and Public Services for the City of Aurora, Ohio. Stark has more than 31 years of experience in administrative activities and multiple areas of expertise. With a background in public administration and project development and management, he is well-versed in working with a variety of groups including planning commissions, steering committees, councils, local political groups, citizen groups and organizations, non-profit organizations and other groups and has given many presentations at a variety of venues.  

Stark also serves as the past-president of the Ohio Stormwater Association, executive director of the Annual Ohio Stormwater Conference, editorial board for Stormwater Solutions magazine, state of Ohio representative for Envirocert International and several other volunteer activities. He assisted in the development of Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners in 2005. He has previously served as the president of Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, chair for the Northeast Ohio Watershed Council, vice chair of Envirocert’s CPMSM Board of Directors, district director for the Ohio Environmental Health Association, and member of Streetsboro Recreation and Preservation Committee and Master Plan Committee. Mr. Stark has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Akron and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Medina. He has received the Storm Water Professional of the Year from the Ohio Stormwater Association, Distinguished Service Award (2020) from Envirocert, Distinguished Service Award and Wayne S. Nichol’s Award from the Water Management Association of Ohio, District Director Service Award from the Ohio Environmental Health Association, and Business Advocate of the Year from the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce.