CASA Staff

Roberta L. (Bobbi) Larson, Executive Director

blarson@casaweb.org

an image of Bobbi LarsonBobbi Larson was appointed CASA’s executive director in July 2012. She is responsible for overall management of the association. Bobbi has worked to raise the level of professionalism and leadership that CASA offers its members through building a high-functioning, cohesive team of staff and consultants; strengthening conference programs, and delivering balanced budgets each fiscal year. Her goal is to position CASA as the most trusted, credible and effective advocate for California wastewater agencies.

Prior to assuming her current role, Bobbi served as CASA’s contract director of legal and regulatory affairs as a shareholder with Somach Simmons & Dunn, a Sacramento law firm where her practice emphasized water quality law.

Bobbi earned her JD at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and her BA in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside.

Greg Kester, Director of Renewable Resource Programs

gkester@casaweb.org

an image of Greg KesterGreg is CASA’s subject matter expert on matters pertaining to renewable resources. He manages emerging issues at the local, state and federal level and within the private sector on all biosolids, renewable energy, recycled water, climate change mitigation and related issues.

Greg has been with CASA since 2007. Prior to joining CASA, he served as the state biosolids coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where he represented all states in the nation, by their election, to the USEPA on all biosolids issues.

Greg holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a registered professional engineer.

Adam D. Link, Director of Government Affairs

alink@casaweb.org

an image of Adam LinkAdam Link leads a variety of legal, regulatory and legislative initiatives for the association. He regularly works with state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as with members of the California Legislature.  Adam has been directly involved with several pieces of key legislation impacting the water and wastewater industry.

Adam also manages the CASA regulatory workgroup water committee and helps develop the association’s position on key regulatory issues and policies involving water quality. Adam serves as lead staff for the CASA attorneys committee and point person for CASA’s involvement in litigation of significance to the wastewater industry.

Prior to joining CASA in 2013, Adam was a practicing attorney with the law firm of Somach, Simmons, & Dunn, focusing on water quality, environmental and local government issues. He has also previously worked in the California Legislature and for the business consulting firm Accenture.

Adam has degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He is a member of the California bar and registered lobbyist.

Debbie Welch, Manager of Association Services

dwelch@casaweb.org

an image of Debbie WelchDebbie Welch has been with CASA for more than 15 years. Under the leadership of the executive director, she manages and coordinates CASA’s conferences, meetings, awards program, member services, accounting, purchasing, and other general administration operations. Prior to joining CASA, Debbie worked for the second largest baking manufacturer in the nation for 19 years in the sales and marketing department, overseeing credit and collections and directing the company’s annual IronKids Triathlon in northern California.

Debbie attended Sacramento City Community College and Heald Business College. She is a member of the California Society of Association Executives and a former Rotary International Exchange Student.

Jessica Gauger, Manager of Legislative Affairs

jgauger@casaweb.org

an image of Jessica GaugerJessica Gauger joined CASA as the Manager of Legislative Affairs in November, 2016 and represents the wastewater community before the California Legislature.  She advocates on issues of interest to CASA before the California Legislature and manages CASA’s state legislative program and Legislative Committee activities.

Jessica was employed with Michael F. Dillon & Associates, working on CASA’s legislative program, since 2008.  Prior to her employment with Michael F. Dillon & Associates, Jessica worked on staff in the California State Senate.  Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Cheryl MacKelvie, Executive Assistant, Meetings and Membership

cmackelvie@casaweb.org

an image of Cheryl MacKelvieCheryl MacKelvie supports the association’s membership, conference, accounting and meeting programs, including planning, organizing, and overseeing the operations and administration of the CASA office.  She represents CASA’s programs, projects, and services to member agencies and the public, assists in the administration of various membership programs and performs other duties as needed.

Prior to joining CASA in 2015, Cheryl worked for a prominent lobbying and association management firm supporting legislative advocates and clients, providing support to their Board of Directors for meeting planning, Board meetings, and related functions.

Cheryl attended Gonzaga University and Bryman Dental School.

Professional Consultants

Michael F. Dillon, State Legislative Advocate

mdillon@ka-pow.com

an image of Mike DillonMike works alongside the CASA State Legislative Committee, CASA Executive Board, and CASA staff to identify and provide strategic guidance on legislative issues of interest to the wastewater community in California.  He serves as the primary point of contact between California’s elected officials and CASA, and helps advance CASA’s legislative initiatives.

Mike has been the President of Michael F. Dillon & Associates, a Sacramento-based lobbying and consulting firm, for over 40 years. On behalf of the firm, Mike has represented CASA before the California Legislature since 1974. Prior to opening his own business, Mike served as a Coro Foundation Fellow from 1962-1963, and worked as a legislative advocate for the California Taxpayers Association and California School Boards Association.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Chico.

Eric Sapirstein, Federal Legislative Advocate

esap@ensresources.com

an image of Eric SapirsteinEric Sapirstein founded ENS Resources, Inc., in 1986. His firm has focused on legislative and regulatory affairs, consulting for local and regional governments as well as national organizations that serve the public’s interests. Prior to establishing ENS, Eric was a policy and governmental affairs analyst with JSCF, Inc., focusing on regulatory and legislative initiatives. He also served as an associate with LRMC, Ltd., an association management consulting firm, where he worked closely with Congressional committee members and staff. Earlier in his career, Eric represented the EPA before Congress. He advised senior agency officials on strategies regarding waste management, radioactive materials, and clean water policy issues. Eric holds a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in public finance, budgeting, and urban administration from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston University.

Sarah Deslauriers, Climate Change Program Manager

SDeslauriers@carollo.com

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Sarah serves as CASA’s subject matter expert on issues pertaining to climate change. She tracks and coordinates responses to regulatory issues and policy initiatives that impact the wastewater sector and proactively engages state agencies in discussions on both mitigation and adaptation related issues to create opportunities for the wastewater sector in building resilient communities.

Prior to joining CASA’s team in July 2016, she served as the program manager for the California Wastewater Climate Change Group, representing the state’s wastewater sector perspectives on climate change issues to local, state and federal agencies. Sarah has also been employed by Carollo Engineers, Inc. serving as their Climate Change Specialist.

Sarah holds a BS and MS in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science, a MSE in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, and a graduate certificate in the Program of Industrial Ecology from the University of Michigan. Sarah is also a registered professional engineer.