SEH is pleased to announce that Paulette Hedrington has been named leader of our wastewater and water operations in Wisconsin and Indiana.
“Paulette started at SEH more than 15 years ago in our water practice and is a certified water treatment operator,” says SEH Vice President Mark Broses. “She's a long-time advocate for and expert in clean water, and has helped many communities develop solutions that ensure they can provide this valuable resource to residents. Paulette’s support of the leadership team and our overall operations in Wisconsin and Indiana has been crucial to SEH's success."
Paulette’s experience is multi-faceted: leading teams, researching and helping to secure grants for our clients’ projects as well as developing processes that ensure SEH business operations run as effectively as possible.
Prior to undertaking this new leadership role over SEH's wastewater and water operations in Wisconsin and Indiana, Paulette worked as a community development specialist manager – helping our clients secure crucial project funding. She also served as office manager for the SEH Chippewa Falls office in Wisconsin, where she still resides today.
What does this new role mean to you?
Taking on this new role allows me to support the water and wastewater practice centers as they grow. There are so many opportunities for new projects in water and wastewater. I’m excited to work with the talented staff in these groups to identify strategies that will help grow our business and capabilities. I started in the water practice center 15 years ago and am excited to be back!
What do you like most about your job serving SEH customers?
I really value working alongside our customers and finding ways to fund their infrastructure projects. We have many clients in small communities throughout Wisconsin and Indiana. It's often difficult for them to afford the needed infrastructure upgrades to ensure compliance with changing regulations. Coupling this with aging treatment plants and inefficient processes, there’s a real need to find funding.
For example, a small community may have only 5 percent of the population of a larger community, but the cost of providing safe drinking water and treating wastewater can cost almost as much as it does for larger cities. Doing my part to help provide these critical services brings me great satisfaction.
As I often tell my water and wastewater clients, “If we're all doing our job, nobody even notices us. People just turn on their faucets and flush their toilets without a second thought.”
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
When I do have spare time, I like to read. When the weather allows, I'm outside playing in my perennial gardens (often fighting with the deer who also like my gardens). I also love to hike and bike with my family. One of my absolute favorite things to do, though, is paddleboard. My favorite time to paddleboard is early on a Saturday morning before the boats are out. The lake is calm, and each morning offers something new. I especially like paddling up Paint Creek here in Chippewa Falls where there are many birds, turtles, otters, deer and other wildlife in the mornings. It brings me a sense of calm and peace that can be hard to come by during the busy weekdays.