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IGS-NA elects new officers and board liaisons

IGS-NA | June 1, 2021 | By:

The latest IGS North America (IGS-NA) general assembly took place on Feb. 22 during the 2021 Geosynthetics Virtual Conference.

The society’s new president, John Allen, accepted the gavel that was passed from Dr. John S. McCartney, president, 2019–21.

The new board and industry liaisons were announced and started their activities on the same date. The board is as follows:

President, John Allen, Owens Corning

President-elect, Ben Leshchinsky, Oregon State University

Treasurer, Kate Patterson, Klohn Crippen Berger

Vice President–Technical, John Lostumbo, TenCate Geosynthetics

Vice President–Communications, Lilma R Schimmel, HUESKER Inc.

Vice President–University Outreach, Kristin Sample-Lord, Villanova University

Secretary, Eric Blond, Eric Blond Consultant

Past-president, John S. McCartney, University of California, San Diego

Newly added organization representatives will help expand the reach of IGS-NA. The following are the liaisons supporting the board:

Evan Andrews, Liaison for Coal Ash Residuals

Fady B. Abdelaal, Liaison for the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)

Fred C. Chuck, Liaison for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA)

George Koerner, Liaison for the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI)

Kent Von Maubeuge, Liaison for ASTM 

Mike Henderson, Liaison for the Tailings Center

Sam Allen, Liaison for the IGS Council

Timothy Stark, Liaison for the Pan-Am Committee and the Fabricated
Geomembrane Institute (FGI)

Willie Liew, Liaison for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The events being planned for the near future include three forum discussions: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Recycled Products, and Geosynthetics Used in Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Applications. 

The organization is looking forward to 2021 and invites all to follow IGS-NA on LinkedIn ( for event announcements and news of interest for the geosynthetics community. 

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