IECA Board Election Overview

Voting will take place on IECA Connect. Please click on the button below each seat to select the candidate of your choice. Each seat has one separate ballot. It is important to click on the link below each seat to vote for that position. Please note, you may abstain in making a vote for the seat. If you have questions on voting please contact IECA at membership@ieca.org or call 303-640-7554.

As with last year's IECA Board of Director's Election, the IECA nominating committee identified and placed candidates with certain skill sets to run for the Board of Directors based on grouping them by skillsets. To ensure the committee was inclusive and not exclusive each chapter had a nominating committee member. The process gave IECA chapters the opportunity to identify and submit qualified candidates. The newer process did not change the well-established process of allowing any member, who meets the requirements in our bylaws to run for the Board. Skills assessment were completed by three individuals selected by the candidate and submitted to IECA. The nominating committee then ranked candidates based on their experience in the following areas:

  • Board of Directors
  • Business/Corporate Planning Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resource/Executive Performance Review
  • Accounting Knowledge
  • Financial/Investment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Organizational Management
  • Marketing
  • Legal
  • Information Technology
  • Networking
  • Public Affairs and Communication
  • Fundraising

Candidates have been placed into three groups based on the qualifications and experience provided by the candidates’ references as follows:

Seat “A” Candidates
Candidates in this seat position possess high marks in Board of Director experience, business/corporate planning experience, leadership, accounting knowledge and financial/investment skills.

Sonny Johns, REP, CPESC, CISEC
Sonny has been involved in IECA for 10 years and has attended 8 of the 10 national conferences. He has presented at IECA events, held webinars, and numerous training opportunities for IECA members and non-members. Sonny has been in the industry over 12 years and is the Senior Stormwater Specialist for Cardinal Strategies, LLC. Sonny is the current president of the South Central Chapter of the IECA.

Statement to Why Nominee Wants to be on IECA Board of Directors
I would like to be an IECA director to continue my support of IECA and all its affiliates. IECA is the best possible way for people in our industry to connect and discuss industry issues. I feel it is my time to give my experience to our parent organization.

Gustavo Salerno, PE, CPESC

Mr. Salerno, PE, has held management positions of increased responsibility within the fields of hydraulic construction and environmental recovery. Mr. Salerno is the President of his firm: INMAC S.A., and is responsible for building a multi-regional Company with important projects in Argentina, Perú, Paraguay and Bolivia since 1995. The core business of INMAC is the design and construction of hydraulic infrastructure, erosion and sediment control structures, and environmental recovery projects. See www.inmac.com.ar – www.inmac.com.pe - www.inmac.com.bo He served as President for the IberoAmerican Chapter and also as Director for the Board of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), where he had opportunities to share his extensive work history with colleagues from different countries. He has been an active IECA member since 1997. From 1989 to 2003, Mr. Salerno was Professor of a General Hydraulics Course at the Faculty of Engineering - University of Buenos Aires. He has given numerous lectures and presented at numerous conferences regarding hydraulic engineering and erosion and sediment control projects in Argentina, USA, México, Cuba, Perú, Panamá, Brazil, Spain, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia.

Statement to Why Nominee Wants to be on IECA Board of Directors
I want to say many thanks to everyone who voted for me. I feel very confident about that I can contribute to share a common vision regarding sediment and erosion control beyond what we share each year by the International Conferences. I believe that, as part of the Board, I will continue helping to make a good job, at the national level of our countries, trying to put the IECA Mission on the agenda of the delegates or advisors in public offices where erosion is an issue. This increased exposure should in itself continue attracting new members, and we must eventually grow to a scale large enough to give Chapters or Regions sustainability and a way to demonstrate IECA’s capabilities in the world of sediment and erosion control. I will try to help the IECA Board in defining new strategies and to ensure a truly international vision of IECA. I think that true internationalization of an organization like IECA can only be achieved through the integration of its people. It is primarily for this reason that I consider important to help again the integration process through my participation in the Board. In addition, I will continue promoting different management strategies and practices for erosion control during construction of hydraulic works and roads, viable in a Latin-American context. I actually appreciate this new opportunity to transmit as clearly as possible the IECA’s Mission and Purpose to Spanish-speaking people, providing another bridge of communication between the Board and our community. As a Board member I will have more standing in my community and expanded opportunities to recruit new members. Finally I consider that this new period as Director can let me consolidate the international work we were doing trying to achieve the IECA Mission. I believe I hope to continue making a substantial contribution given my experience and enthusiasm. Thanks you for this new opportunity.




Seat “B” Candidates
Candidates in this seat position possess high marks in strategic planning, human resource/executive performance review, risk assessment, organizational management, and networking. 

Chris Thomson, CHP
I learned the workings of a Hydroseeder machine in my early teens and spent my summers in the family business until going to university. Prior to becoming a second-generation owner of Maritime Hydroseed in 2007, I spent the 13 previous years in the waste industry in various positions including sales, fleet management and then owned a collection company, which encompassed recycling and C&D facilities. Over the years, my company has tested and adopted the latest erosion control and revegetation technologies, utilizing products from multiple manufacturers. Today, I strive to be a green-industry leader in vegetation establishment and preventative solutions for erosion, dust, flood, sediment and storm water control in Atlantic Canada.

Statement to Why Nominee Wants to be on IECA Board of Directors
I enjoy contributing within the green-industry, and to network with like-minded and innovative individuals with the same goals. I want to positively affect change and support an organization working towards a cause they are passionate about. t want to serve on a board with leaders who are passionate about making new connections, and expand my existing community of friends and colleagues, adding influential people with different backgrounds and insights.


Oliver Norton
Oliver Norton is the Australasia and South Pacific, Business Development Manager for Profile Products and DuraVeg - PGG Wrightson Turf, based in Queensland Australia. Oliver has Diplomas in Business Management and Turf Management. He has over 10 years of experience in the soil and erosion control industry - including mining, civil infrastructure, oil and gas and renewable energy. He manages the business development, sales and marketing of a comprehensive line of revegetation, erosion and sediment control and storm water treatment devices. He is a long-time member of both region one and two - International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and sits on the board of IECA Australasia.

Statement to Why Nominee Wants to be on IECA Board of Directors
I would like to provide my time as a director of the IECA board to help execute the strategic plan that will help build better recognition of the IECA globally. I will be bringing an international (non-USA) persepective to the association, and new ideas/energy to help drive innovation. I will contribute to the growth and development of best management practices that will benefit our environment now, and in the future. This will also advance the association in the practice of erosion control and storm water, globally.





Seat “C” Candidates

Candidates in this seat position possess high marks in marketing, legal, information technology, public affairs and communications and fundraising skills. 

Kellie Herman
I first learned of IECA while working with Sarah Davis at the City of Springfield’s (SGF) Stormwater Quality Division. I had attended many water quality conferences at this point in my career and as a new water quality tech and inspector I was inspired, informed, and connected after attending my first conference in 2016. I would continue to work in the division for 6 years, contributing to many aspects of nearly every MS4 minimum control measure. Prior to working at the City of Springfield, I had worked at James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) for 4 years. I wore many hats in this NGO position. My primary focus was membership outreach, education, and water sampling and assessment. I developed many skills while at JRBP. One of which that I think would benefit IECA is my experience working for a Board of Directors. I learned how important it is to have an engaged board willing to help staff and the organization achieve its purpose.

Statement to Why Nominee Wants to be on IECA Board of Directors
I would like to be a board member because I love this organization and I want to contribute to its success. I feel strongly that I bring a lot of different perspectives to the organization. From education to enforcement, I have been engaged with the public in every professional position I have held. This is important because I feel strongly that I have developed the soft skills or personal connection skills that only an inspector or not-for-profit employee develops while convincing people to do the “right thing”. It’s the love I have for connecting with people and protecting water that makes me unique. I’m driven to be of service to people and the planet and it would be an honor to serve on your board. I also want to support IECA because I truly feel that my greatest education comes from your organization and its members.


Kellyn Campbell, CPESC
Kellyn Hargett Campbell has worked in the erosion control and stormwater for 14 years. Kellyn entered the industry as the Sales and Marketing Manager at GeoHay, LLC, where she worked for 10 years. Due to significant growth in territory and sales, she was promoted and served as President for 3 years, before choosing to seek new challenges with her own consulting company serving the needs of manufactures in the industry. In 2016, she began serving as national chapter organizer for Women 4 H2O (formerly Women of Water), an organization representing more than 300 amazing women in the water industry who empower, encourage, and educate each other. In June 2019, she became the Secretary of the Southeast chapter of the IECA.

Statement to Why Nominee Wants to be on IECA Board of Directors
Since joining in 2008, the ICEA has enhanced my career by providing knowledge, mentors, connections and community. Since the IECA has given me so much, I would like to directly contribute to the IECA's ability to provide present and future erosion control and stormwater colleagues with the same high quality experience that I had.





Voting will open shortly.

IECA is the foremost organization for those involved in or concerned about soil erosion control. Membership (in IECA) tells others you take erosion control seriously and you want to help make a difference.

Scott Velting, CPESC, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA