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The Ground Water Protection Council
13308 N. MacArthur
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Phone: 405-516-4972


Mike Paque, Executive Director

Among the responsibilities of Executive Director are developing and maintaining an effective relationship between the GWPC, its member components, and the USDOE and USEPA; monitoring all legislation, rule making and guidance development related to drinking water issues; increasing membership; developing position papers; and representing GWPC on USEPA work groups, committees, etc. Mr. Paque has over 30 years of experience in non profit management. Mr. Paque ensures that objectives and tasks meet the criteria for GWPC Board of Directors approval and exhibit fidelity to the GWPC mission.

Ben Grunewald , Associate Director

Ben has been with the Council since 1992. He serves as the chief financial officer. He coordinates the development of agendas for all GWPC events ensuring timely and efficient information for GWPC members. Mr. Grunewald is responsible for coordinating conference planning committees, shepherding the development of conference agendas, coordinating with outside groups, and overseeing financial administrative duties.

Paul Jehn, Technical Director

Paul has twenty-five years experience in environmental assessment, policy development, evaluation, remediation, pollution prevention and management. His duties include providing technical assistance to states, local governments, citizen groups and individuals in ground water, Class V injection wells, wellhead, and source water protection.

Mike Nickolaus, Special Projects Director

Mike has worked for the GWPC since May, 2005, as the Projects/ UIC Policy Manager. In this capacity he is responsible for the coordination of activities to support state UIC programs including project development, presentation preparation, technical document preparation and review, and special report development in areas such as arsenic contamination in ground water, environmental regulations for oil and gas exploration and production, and CO2 geo-sequestration. Mr. Nickolaus also coordinates all website activities ensuring that agendas and other documents, announcements, and reports are communicated online and through email in a timely manner.

Dan Yates, Director of Organizational Development

Dan is the initial contact person for all GWPC Board and Division related communications. He has managed numerous projects and most recently has assumed a lead role in developing grants, developing and overseeing project management plans, and overseeing reporting on grant related projects. Dan is responsible for overall coordination of the administrative process of grant applications and post-award management. Dan has the primary responsibility for preparing and submitting final reports.

Len Erikson, GWREF Support Coordinator

Len is the primary fundraiser for the GWREF. He interacts with private donors to acquire donations to the Foundation.

Brenda Short, Administrative Assistant

Brenda coordinates the logistical aspects of GWPC events.  In additonal to meeting coordination, she provides executive level support to other staff and provides reception and secretarial support. 

Brian Hampton, IT Manager

Brian is responsible for the coordination of all IT functions for the GWPC, such as: technical support, diagnostics and aligning the budget to fit the GWPC's mission. He is also responsible for any activites which support FracFocus or RBDMS including development, unit testing, presentation preparation and documentation. Brian is the lead developer for FracFocus 2.0.