Board of Trustees
Robert L. "Bo" Copeland, Jr. (President), appointed May 25th in 2010, is the board's President. Mr. Copeland is a Hanover Township resident and lifetime Butler County resident; married with five children. He has a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. He is employed as Associate with Hazen and Sawyer (since 2007); and previously employed as an engineer for Butler County Dept. of Environmental Services--now Butler County Water and Sewer (twelve years) and JDJ&A, Inc. (two years). Mr. Copeland has previously served a total of fourteen years as a firefighter and EMT for Morgan, Milford and Hanover Townships. He is an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he has previously served as a Trustee, Finance Committee Chairman, Treasurer, and other roles. He is a Morgan Livestock 4-H alumnus, past Jr. Fair Board member, and Buckeye Boys' State alumnus; currently a member of Ohio Rural Water Association, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, Butler County Farm Bureau and Ohio History Connection. He serves on the Ohio Section AWWA Asset Management Committee and previously served on the Distribution Committee. Mr. Copeland's term expires in 2023.
Michael Egbert (Vice-President), appointed March 11th in 2003, is the board's Vice-President. Mr. Egbert is a Reily Township resident; Married; member of Reily Presbyterian Church; Elder of Reily Presbyterian Church; Part-time farmer; Current member and Past Board Member of Butler County Cattlemen's Association; Butler Rural Electric nomination Committee - six years; Member of the Community Blood Bank Life Leader Program - twenty-one gallon blood donor; DuPont/Ohio Soybean Association Young Leader; Past Farm Bureau President - five years; Chairman of Reily Township Executive Advisory Council - Past Youth Advisor, member Service chairman, Scholarship Chairman, Congressional Spokesman; County Vice President - two years; State Policy Development committee Member; Past Farm City Tour Vice Chairman and Chairman. Mr. Egbert's term expires in 2022.
Chad Chenoweth (Secretary), appointed April 30, 2019 is a Board Trustee. Mr. Chenoweth is a Hanover Township resident and graduate of Talawanda High School and the University of Kentucky with a degree in Elementary Education. Mr. Chenoweth commissioned as an Army Infantry Officer immediately after college, graduating from Ranger School, Airborne School, Military Free Fall Parachutist Course, and the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader's Course. He served 11 years on Active Duty with three total deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. While on active duty, he earned multiple decorations to include the Bronze Star. Mr. Chenoweth continues service in the Army Reserves, holding the current rank of Major, and is now a Logistics Officer at Fort Knox Kentucky. Mr. Chenoweth is a small business owner, contracting building construction for Premier Portable Buildings out of South Fulton, TN, and works as a Purchasing Manager for the same company. Mr. Chenoweth serves as the Administrative Council Chair at Grace United Methodist Church in Hamilton and coaches Baseball and Soccer in Hamilton and Oxford. Mr. Chenoweth's term expires in 2021.
Rob Brehm (Trustee), appointed April 2, 2020 is a Board Trustee. Mr. Brehm is a Morgan Township resident and has been a customer of the District for twenty-six years. He has been married to his wife Kathy for twenty-eight years and they have two children; Justin, 24, is a professional fire fighter paramedic and Katie, 22, is attending Malone University in Canton Ohio and is in her senior year. Rob has been employed with Morgan Township Road Department for twenty-seven years and currently serves as Road Supervisor. He has also been a volunteer Firefighter for twenty-six years holding ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief. He is currently serving as a Firefighter. He has been active in both of his childrens' activities from coaching their sports to helping them show their sheep and cattle at the county fair. Rob and his wife have been members of Shandon Congregational Church for twenty years and he has served two different terms as Trustee, overseeing the budget and upkeep of church building and grounds. In his spare-time he enjoys going for walks with his wife, riding 4-wheelers and vacationing at the beach. Rob would like to be a Trustee because he can bring to the table some knowledge of working with people and seeing projects get started and completed. Rob oversaw projects at church such as having a new roof installed and putting in a new HVAC system. He was responsible for going out and getting bids, interviewing contractors, hiring them and seeing that the job was done satisfactorily. With his job at the Township he is responsible for maintenance of 30 miles of road including mowing roadsides, keeping ditches clear, potholes repaired, snow removal and keeping up with their six township buildings. He also supervised two full-time employees and one part-time employee in these activities. He has given recommendations to the Township Trustees on which roads need to be paved, chip sealed or having culverts replaced. He has also put together a 5-year plan for paving and culvert replacement. Mr. Brehm's term expires in 2023.
Doug Drake (Trustee), elected March 21st in 2015, is a Board Trustee. Mr. Drake is an Oxford Township resident for 28 years and life-long resident of Butler County; Married for 20 years - 2 children; Graduated from Talawanda High School 1986; Received Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Eastern Kentucky University in 1990 with focus on horticulture and landscape design; Past President of the EKU Horticulture Club; Co-founder, owner and landscape designer at Shademakers Nursery & Landscape, Inc. since 1991; Active member of the Oxford United Methodist Church, previously serving 8 years on the Board of Trustees and currently beginning second year as Chair of the Church Leadership Team; Past Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 930 and current committee member. Mr. Drake's term expires in 2021.
Clark Kelly (Trustee), elected March 17th in 2021, is a Board Trustee. After 31 years in the military and 17 military moves, Mr. Kelly and his wife were looking for a friendly community with four seasons. Butler County fit the bill perfectly. After six months living in Hanover Township, they knew that Southwest Ohio was the perfect place to start the second phase of their lives. Mr. Kelly and his wife have two adult children that live outside of Ohio, but both like to come visit the Kelly homestead frequently. They are also proud owners of a pack of four dogs that keep them entertained all hours of the day. When Mr. Kelly retired from the Air Force, he went to work for Miami University and is currently an Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering and Computing. In that role, he is the liaison to the Admission, the Career Center, and the Advancement Division. Mr. Kelly also teaches the introduction to engineering and computing class.
Nicholas Gronas (Trustee), elected on March 21st in 2016, is a Board Trustee. Mr. Gronas is a Ross Township resident for 11 years; Life-long Butler County resident; Married to Katie for 15 years; Two children; Graduated from Ross High School in 1997; Currently employed with Fairfield City Public Works Department; Previously employed with Southwest Regional Water District for 12 years working in Systems Maintenance as a crew leader with an OEPA Water Distribution 1 license and served on Safety Committee; Volunteered for Millville, Ross and Hanover Townships fire departments from 1997-2008 as a firefighter/emergency technician. Mr. Gronas' term expires in 2022.
Randy Rolke (Trustee), appointed April 30, 2019 is a Board Trustee. Mr. Rolke is a Milford Township resident and previous Oxford Township and Hanover Township resident. Mr. Rolke is a graduate with an Associate's Degree in Auto Diesel Technology from The Northwestern Business and Technical College (UNOH), in Lima, Ohio. He is a 40 plus year Veteran of the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, recipient of The District Award of Merit and the Meritorious Service Award, past served on District Committee, Past Scoutmaster, and Past Cub Master. Mr. Rolke has been employed by Equipment Depot (FKA: Portman Equipment) for 28 years, as a Field Service Technician. Mr. Rolke's term expires in 2023.
Robert Schmidt (Trustee), elected March 16th in 2013, is a Board Trustee. Mr. Schmidt is a Wayne Township Resident; Married; Retired from BNY Mellon after forty-one years in banking as Vice President and Manager; Completed Bachelor's Degree B.S. in Business Administration at Lake Erie College - Major was Business Administration with concentration in Organizational Management and Financial Management; Received an Associate Degree from Cuyahoga Community College in Business Administration; Served with the U.S. Army, First Air Cavalry Division, 2nd and 7th Battalion which included one year in Vietnam as a Squad Leader attaining the rank of Sergeant and was awarded two Bronze Stars; Served the City of Euclid, OH Volunteer Auxiliary Police Office for fourteen years, and the Director of the unit for four years; Member of St. Peter in Chains Church; Serves on the Finance Committee of St. Peter in Chains Parish - Hamilton; Board Member of the Butler County Port Authority. Mr. Schmidt's term expires in 2022.