Crystal Crucible Award

The Crystal Crucible award was established by the Lab Practices Committee of the Water Environment Federation in 2002.

The award is intended to acknowledge all who contribute to the wastewater laboratory field and deserve recognition for their effort. Not only laboratory personnel, but regulators, instructors, and vendors are eligible for the award.


The nomination criteria includes years of experience in the field, involvement in KWEA and/or the Laboratory Committee, involvement in promoting the professionalism of the field and membership in WEF.

Submit a Nomination Online

Past Recipients of This Prestigious Award
2017 Sarah Hoffman KDHE
  Jay Lovett City of Lawrence
  Zac Phillips Westar
2016 Kressa Anderson Unified Gov't of Wyandotte County
  Jan Copeland Westar Energy
  Greg Cruse Westar Energy
  Jason Patty City of El Dorado
2015 April Batt City of Great Bend
  Anna Custer Pace Analytical
  Ron McClure City of El Dorado
2014 Pat Flynn Pittsburg State University
  Jerry Grant KDHE (Retired)
2013 Betsy Betros JCED (Retired)
  Michael Wilson City of Derby
2012 Ed Carney KDHE
  Anca Jucan City of Garden City
  Terryl Pajor City of Wichita
2011 Sara Crumrine A&E Laboratories
  Katy Gondring Midland Scientific
  Karla Pierce City of Hutchinson
2010 Manuel Carrera  
  Tori Koester City of Derby
  Michelle Wade KDHE
2009 Michael Bader City of Great Bend
  Jeff Graham City of Winfield
  Tim Harrell Pace Laboratories, Inc.
2008 Ed Kobylinski Black & Veatch
  Fred Riffel City of Wichita
  Peggy Williams CH2M Hill OMI
2007 Tommy Bowman City of Arkansas City
  Clayton Campbell Pace Laboratories, Inc.
  Heath Horyna KDHE Wichita
  Cathy Rider City of Salina
2006 DeWayne McAllister City of Olathe
  Brian O'Donnell Severn Trent Laboratories
  Dale South City of Winfield
2005 Scott Craig UGWC Kansas City
  Jack McKenzie KDHE Topeka
  Kein Menning Hach Company
  Rod Philo City of Arkansas City
  Aurora Shields KDHE Topeka
  Kathy Windham Johnson County Environmental Dept.
  Carolyn Woodhead City of Lawrence