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Executive Biographies


Matthew Jordan
General Manager

Mr. Jordan has served as Tampa Bay Water’s general manager since July 2013. During his tenure, the agency continues to operate as a lean, efficient utility focused on delivering high-quality drinking water to the Tampa Bay region. Under his leadership, the agency has:

  • Implemented an asset management program to manage the agency’s infrastructure and assets;
  • Created an environmental management system to promote compliance with international standards and provide a roadmap for continual improvement throughout the agency;
  • Secured more than $1.5 million in state and federal grant funding for infrastructure projects;
  • Implemented an Energy Management Program based on international standards to reduce agency energy costs and remain good stewards of the environment;
  • Planned for future regional water supply through the current update of the agency Long-term Master Water Plan;
  • Refinanced various bond issues, saving the agency approximately $3 million annually; and
  • Maintained the same wholesale water rate by finding innovative cost-saving measures across the agency.

Prior to working at Tampa Bay Water, Mr. Jordan served as the first chief executive officer of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) in Wilmington, NC. CFPUA was formed in 2008 to deliver water and wastewater services previously provided by the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Mr. Jordan led the consolidation process, including the formation of the new Authority’s ordinances, policies and operational programs. He was instrumental in creating and implementing efforts that dramatically improved the aging water and wastewater systems CFPUA inherited.

Mr. Jordan also served as the director of public works and utilities, as well as a variety of progressively responsible positions, for the City of Gastonia, NC, from 1986-2001.

Mr. Jordan obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina.

Charles Carden
Chief Operating Officer

Expertise: Operations

Mr. Charles (Chuck) H. Carden manages Tampa Bay Water’s Water Production Division, overseeing a staff responsible for maintaining and operating the region’s unique wholesale drinking water supply system. Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in the southeastern United States. Included in its diverse supply portfolio is groundwater, surface water and desalinated seawater sources which are treated and delivered to six local governments. In turn, these governments provide water to more than 2.3 million people.

Under his management, Tampa Bay Water constructed over $1 billion in new infrastructure and pipelines and the region’s first alternative water supplies. The system includes a 15.5-billion-gallon reservoir, a 25-million-gallon-per-day seawater desalination facility, and an Enhanced Surface Water System that includes intakes on the Alafia River and Tampa Bypass Canal and a 120-million-gallon-per-day, state-of-the-art surface water treatment facility. The completion of these alternative water supplies enabled the reduction of permitted groundwater use by more than 100 million gallons per day. In addition, these sources are projected to continue to provide adequate supplies to meet the drinking water needs of the Tampa Bay area through at least 2025, according to the latest water use projections. These projects and the groundwater pumping reductions were the result of a Governance restructuring that took place in the Tampa Bay area in 1998.

Mr. Carden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Tampa and has been employed at Tampa Bay Water for 18 years. In his tenure at the agency, Mr. Carden has worked in Finance, Project Management and Construction. Mr. Carden currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Section/American Water Works Association as the Past-Chair and serves as the Chair of the Florida 2030 initiative for the section.

Alison Adams
Chief Technical Officer

Expertise: Water Supply and Demand, Climate Impacts, Water Shortage

Alison Adams, Ph.D., P.E. is a water resources engineer and has worked in Florida on large-scale water supply and management issues for over 25 years. Currently, she is directing research into climate variability and its effects on supply reliability for the Tampa Bay region, and management strategies to mitigate these effects. Dr. Adams represents Tampa Bay Water as a member of the Water Utility Climate Alliance, is co-managing a project with University of Florida and the Southeast Climate Consortium on down-scaling climate projections for use in the agency’s integrated hydrologic model, and directs the agency’s efforts on defining supply reliability under climate uncertainty.

Dr. Adams leads the Science & Technology Division and is responsible for implementing programs that optimize Tampa Bay Water’s water supply and maximize environmental protection across the region. Dr. Adams was instrumental in the development of the agency’s first Decision Support System which has served as the gateway for staff to access and use the agency’s data, models and analytical tools in support of real-time and long-term decisions. She earned a doctorate degree in Water Resources Planning and Management from Colorado State University. She also earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Environmental Engineering and a Masters’ degree from University of South Florida in Engineering Management. Dr. Adams is a registered professional engineer in both Florida and Colorado and an active member of the American Water Works Association.

Christina Sackett
Chief Financial Officer 

Expertise: Finance

Mrs. Sackett joined Tampa Bay Water in 2007 as a financial compliance analyst, and has since served as the finance manager, senior finance manager and was appointed chief financial officer in 2012.

Before joining Tampa Bay Water, Mrs. Sackett worked as a controller for LIST Group, All Seasons Travel and Resorts and HID Development. Mrs. Sackett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Mrs. Sackett is a member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.

Michelle L. Stom, APR
Chief Communications Officer

Expertise: Communications, Community Outreach, Public Information, Government Affairs

Ms. Michelle L. Stom, APR, manages Tampa Bay Water’s Public Affairs Division, overseeing staff responsible for the agency’s public communications and information, education and outreach, and government affairs efforts.

In this capacity, Ms. Stom directs public outreach efforts during the siting, permitting, development and construction for the agency’s water supply projects. She played a very important role in the public outreach for the nation’s largest operating, 25-million-gallon-per-day seawater desalination plant, the 15.5-billion-gallon regional reservoir, and an Enhanced Surface Water System that includes intakes on the Alafia River and Tampa Bypass Canal and a 120-million-gallon-per-day, state-of-the-art surface water treatment facility. Michelle also oversees the production of agency collateral materials including annual reports, brochures, project fact sheets, website and social media; media and speakers training for agency staff; message development and strategic communications support for agency initiatives; and serves as the Public Information Officer and media liaison in the event of agency emergencies.

Ms. Stom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a minor in Business Administration, from the Pennsylvania State University; and has earned her Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America. She has worked with Tampa Bay Water for more than 12 years and has more than 17 years’ experience in public information and public relations.

Prior to joining Tampa Bay Water, Michelle worked as a Deputy Press Secretary with the Pennsylvania Department of Education where she was involved in creating education legislation; planning and executing events for the Secretary of Education and the Governor; and handling media relations on various education-related topics.

 

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