Our People

The Trinity River Authority provides essential and exceptional water and wastewater-related services to our customers with the help of talented and dedicated staff members. TRA employs more than 400 people who are critical to the operation of the organization’s facilities. The varied disciplines range from administration, biology, chemistry, construction, engineering, environmental science, electrical operations, finance, information technology maintenance, management, purchasing and warehousing, among others. Recruiting and fostering talent is a priority of the organization's strategic plan.

Tisha Draper Appointed to the Advisory Committee for Women in Leadership Program

congratulations-t_2067_1_1713212189044Tisha Draper was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Women in Leadership Program at Texas A&M University-Texarkana in April, 2024. This position will involve preserving and enhancing the reputation and quality of the university’s program through strategic review of credit and noncredit offerings to the community, as well as helping to build value to the business community.

The Committee is comprised of diverse, innovative, and experienced leaders. Committee members will provide expert guidance to faculty and students through classroom visits, forums, conferences and promote the program’s goals with industry and academia.

Matthew Jalbert Joins AMWA Board

Matt-jalbert-AWWA-BoardMatthew Jalbert, Northern Region executive manager, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies in March, 2024. Jalbert was selected to fill a vacant at-large seat on the AMWA board based on his excellent track record and years of dedicated service to the Authority. With this new appointment, Jalbert is expected to make significant contributions to the AMWA's work in advancing the interests of the metropolitan water community.

TRA Leaders Honored for Outstanding Contributions

Jim and Glenn receive an awardThe Texas Water Conservation Association awarded Glenn Clingenpeel, Technical Services and Basin Planning Executive Manager, with the TWCA President’s Award at its annual meeting in March, 2024. The award recognized Clingenpeel for his outstanding dedication, service and contributions to the Association and Texas Water Resources Management.

Former Southern Region Executive Manager, Jim Sims, was honored with a Lifetime Membership Award by the Texas Water Conservation Association at its annual meeting in March. This award recognizes Sims for his distinguished and outstanding dedication, service and contribution to the Association and Texas water resource management. Sims retired from the Trinity River Authority in 2023 after 50 years of service.

Excellence in Financial Reporting

GFOA logoCongratulations to our finance department for earning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2022 comprehensive annual financial report. TRA has been given this award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for eight consecutive years. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.


Wastewater Facilities Earn Peak Performance Awards

2022_NACWA_awards_webCongratulations to our award-winning wastewater plants for earning platinum Peak Performance Awards. The awards are presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Compliance.

TRA Recognized for Its Commitment to Education and Innovation

2023_UTA_COE_banquet_1531skin - CopyThe University of Texas at Arlington awarded the Trinity River Authority with the Star Partner Award for a public company. The award recognizes invaluable collaborations that advance innovation and student success and create strong communities.
TRA is currently partnering with the university for engineering services related to the Ten Mile Creek Interceptor System. Under guidance from UTA leaders, engineering students are conducting a wastewater pipeline assessment of 34 miles of TMCIS to identify critical areas that need to be repaired or replaced. The students also design and built the technology used in the assessment.
Jeremy Agor, a spokesperson for the UTA College of Engineering, said partnerships such as this are crucial for the industry.
“Engineering is naturally focused on changing the world for the better,” noted Agor. “UTA values the ability to work with local partners such as TRA to conduct research that will lead to more efficient and reliable systems to provide water to our communities and treat wastewater in ways that ensure our watershed is safe for years to come. The fact that TRA is local is especially important to us because we are helping the communities we live in.”

Pictured above (left to right): Dr. Peter Crouch, dean of the College of Engineering; Glenn Clingenpeel, TRA's Technical Services and Basin Planning executive manager; Dr. Jennifer Cowley, UTA president.

TRA Wastewater Facilities Earn Peak Performance Awards

2020 NACWA Awards - Copy (4)Congratulations to our award-winning wastewater treatment plants for continuously being awarded platinum Peak Performance Awards. The awards are presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Compliance. 

TRA Earns Safety Awards

2021 occupational excellence achievement awards (1)

Eighteen staff groups and projects earned the 2021 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. Presented by the National Safety Council, the award recognizes organizations with injury and illness records better than or equal to 50% of the industry as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for their NAICS code. The following departments and projects received awards: Central Regional Wastewater System; Collection System Group; Denton Creek Regional Wastewater System; General Office; Huntsville Regional Water Supply System; Information Technology; Lake Livingston Project; Livingston Recreational Facility; Livingston Regional Water Supply System; Mountain Creek Regional Wastewater System; Planning, Design & Construction Administration; Red Oak Creek Regional Wastewater System; Southern Region Support Services; Tarrant County Water Supply Project; Technical Services & Basin Planning; Ten Mile Creek Regional Wastewater System; Trinity County Regional Water Supply System; Water Sales.

Oradat Named 2022 MVP

Oradat MVP awardCongratulations to Gary N. Oradat, P.E., TRA’s Executive Manager, Planning, Design and Construction Administration; he was named the 2022 Underground Construction Technology Association’s Most Valuable Professional. Oradat was recognized with the MVP award at a special luncheon and awards ceremony. The award, presented annually, recognizes individuals whose selfless contributions pave the way for advancement of the underground infrastructure industry.

Oradat has more than 45 years of progressive engineering, supervisory/managerial, and administrative/executive experience involving the various aspects of municipal planning, operations, design, construction and management in the areas of water/wastewater transportation and treatment, stormwater drainage and raw water transmission.

TRA’s Southern Region Delivers Gift Bags

TRA Gives backJust in time to spread some holiday cheer, TRA’s southern region water supply systems’ and office staff members delivered 60 goodie bags to the Trinity Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Trinity, Texas. Each resident at the facility received a festive holiday bag filled with blankets, socks, candy, crossword puzzles and crackers. This donation is part of southern region’s annual effort to give back to the community.