Will Pickering was named the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) in June 2020. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he served as the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Public Affairs at PWSA. Prior to joining PWSA in fall 2016, Will Pickering was Manager of Communications and Government Relations at DC Water. There, he managed the communications program and spearheaded DC Water’s interactions with the federal, District and neighboring local governments. Mr. Pickering has also held several positions in the local and federal government. He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University and received his Certificate in Public Management from George Washington University.
Deputy Executive Director
Jennifer Presutti came to the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority after serving the City of Pittsburgh as Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Ms. Presutti earned her Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
Chief Corporate Counsel/Chief of Administration
Debbie Lestitian has over 30 years of experience in law, finance, and public service. Her clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations to family-owned businesses. Ms. Lestitian became part of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto’s Administration in 2014 as the Chief Administration Officer and was the Chair of the Municipal Pension Trust Fund Board, and also served as the Human Resources Director during her tenure. She was appointed to the PWSA Board of Directors by Mayor Peduto in 2017 until her employment as the Chief Corporate Counsel and Chief of Administration at PWSA.
As Chief Corporate Counsel and Chief of Administration, Ms. Lestitian oversees all administrative functions of the Authority, with responsibilities over HR, Finance, IT, Public Affairs, Customer Service, Environmental Compliance, and Legal. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from Washington and Jefferson College, and her law degree from Duquesne University. A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Ms. Lestitian resides in Brookline with her husband William and their children, Chloe and Ryan.
Director of Finance
Edward Barca started with The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority in August 2018 and currently is the Director of Finance. He is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the PWSA. This includes creating, implementing, and monitoring the annual operating and capital budgets. He also manages the PWSA’s cash and liquidity, debt portfolio, and financial projections. Mr. Barca’s most recent position was the Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Pittsburgh. He holds a BS in Finance from Mercyhurst University and an MS in Finance from Colorado State University – Global.
Director of Engineering and Construction
Since 2016, Barry King has been involved in the daily design and construction of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s infrastructure projects, as well as coordinating staff and consultant activities. As Director of Engineering & Construction, he utilizes his extensive hands-on experience in the fields of water and wastewater to manage the Authority’s engineering endeavors. Mr. King received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was hired for several research studies that focused on the analysis and optimization of treatment for major wastewater treatment plants in both Albany and Syracuse, New York, during his time there.
William "BJ" McFaddin
Director of Operations
William "BJ" McFaddin has over 20 years experience in the water and sewer industry, starting in the field as a utility worker and progressing his way to Director of Operations at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. With the knowledge he has gained over the years and his field experience, Mr. McFaddin is helping PWSA improve our operations and provide safe reliable water and sewer services to our customers. When he is not chasing water and sewer issues, he enjoys spending time with his family boating in the summer or skiing in the winter.
Senior Manager, Human Resources
Kelly Morgano has been with The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority since June of 2003, and has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources. In her current role as Human Resources Manager, she uses her interpersonal skills to support and manage the talent acquisition process, hiring and onboarding, training and development, benefits administration, contract negotiations, payroll and labor relations. When Ms. Morgano is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and listening to all genres of music.
Chief of Operations
Rick Obermeier started with PWSA in 1982 as a plumber, and has since held six positions in the Authority, culminating with Chief of Operations. He holds an Allegheny County Master Plumber License, Class E Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Water System Operator License, and Class E DEP Wastewater System Operator License. Most notably, Mr. Obermeier has contributed to 2- small meter change out programs, the large meter change out program from 1990-1992, and the current Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) metering system. He resides in the Bloomfield neighborhood with his wife, and enjoys golfing and spending time with his two grandchildren and wife in his free time. Mr. Obermeier's favorite parts of his job include working with the public and navigating the daily challenges of operating the water and sewer systems.
Director of Administration
Julie Quigley rejoined The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority in October 2017 and currently is the Director of Administration and Information Technology. She has spearheaded critical reforms and technological innovations in her oversight of Customer Service and IT. Ms. Quigley led PWSA through the process of becoming a regulated utility under the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as of April 1, 2018, driving business process changes and new data collection. Ms. Quigley has 30 years of utility billing experience, both in the municipal authority and private sector. More recently, she was utility billing manager for Jordan Tax Service, Inc., billing wastewater conveyance, sewage treatment, and/or stormwater for 24 municipalities. Ms. Quigley holds a BA from Duquesne University.