Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Rooms N109-114 Las Vegas Convention Center

Come listen to this year’s Board Candidates and discussion on NGWA Code of Regulations proposed amendments, and, if you’ve been chosen as a delegate, make certain your vote gets counted.

Please note that you must register on-site at the Delegates Registration Desk and pick up the appropriate credentials at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

Arrive early to mingle with your fellow industry professionals and grab a drink during the Groundwater Foundation Reception at the cash bar.

Delegates registration desk, located across from the Groundwater Week registration desk, hours are:

  • Tuesday, December 4, 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 5, 10:30am to 5:30pm  

Proposed Admendments to the NGWA Code of Regulations

  • Amendment 1: Article 6, Section 6.1 - Delegate Representation

    This proposed amendment would allow for the section on delegate representation to be removed from Code and appropriately incorporated into NGWA policy.

    The recommended change does not impact the role, power, or duties of the Board of Delegates. Leaving these procedural processes in the Code delays, by as much as eighteen months, any changes that could be of benefit to membership representation. This change will allow the Board of Directors to make changes to the process and procedures associated with executing the Delegate process as technology and logistics change over time and allow the Association to more easily incorporate processes that make for more inclusive and accessible Delegate representation.

  • 2018 Amendment 2: Article 7, Section 7.1 – NGWA Board of Directors election

    This proposed amendment allows for all NGWA Board members, regardless of membership section, to go before the Delegates at the Delegates meeting.

    Currently only NGWA Board members from the Contractors section are required to go before the Delegates to ask for their vote. As we move to bring Sections closer and working together, it is desirable to have all Sections involved in the annual meeting and to have an electoral system for NGWA Directors that is fair and representative for all Sections and the entire NGWA membership. 

Three candidates are competing for two vacancies on the NGWA Board of Directors. They are (in alphabetical order)  


John Boyette Jr.

John Boyette Jr. started his well drilling business in 1996. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 1989, he owned a restaurant, and worked at New York Life and Merrill-Lynch. After farming a few years, Boyette found his calling in life. Currently he’s the vice president of Boyette Well & Septic Inc. in Wilson, North Carolina. He’s served on the North Carolina Ground Water Association board for 20 years, holding all offices, including president from 2012 to 2015. Boyette has also served as a commissioner on the North Carolina Well Contractors Certification Commission and on several committees during this period. According to Boyette, it wasn’t until joining Wells of Living Water International—a small mission team that drills wells in the Puira region of Peru—in 2016 that he was truly able to give back to the industry.

Why am I running for the board? I’m running for the NGWA Board because I believe that our industry has not seen its heyday. NGWA needs to continue to help our industry through educating our members as well as our well owners. I’ve provided continuing education classes in Wilson since 2000, teaching at least one or two classes each year. I attend and speak at industry meetings and health departments regularly. My biggest competitor is also one of my best friends and I believe that we are truly “Better Together”.


Tory Donnelly

Tory Donnelly, with more than 25 years of experience in the groundwater industry, is a former environmental consultant turned drill company president. She spent more than 20 years as an environmental consultant for a large environmental consulting firm representing major oil firms, directing environmental soil and groundwater investigations and remediation projects. Donnelly also served as manager of health and safety within the consulting field, which provided her with a comprehensive understanding and education of what is quickly being recognized as the most important facet of our industry. Donnelly is currently president of Summit Drilling Co. Inc., one of the largest drilling companies on the East Coast, working within environmental and engineering fields. Additionally, she has been fostering a behavior-based health and safety program within Summit Drilling for the past seven years.

Why am I running for the board? Should I be reelected, my primary goal would be assisting NGWA in its mission to ensure sustainable groundwater resources locally and globally through the NGWA affiliates.


Richard “Dick” Milaeger

Richard “Dick” Milaeger is a third generation well contractor with nearly 50 years of experience in the water well and pump industry. After acquiring his bachelor of science degree in mining engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milaeger has been filling the roles of sales manager and, currently, vice president at Municipal Well & Pump in Waupun, Wisconsin, and Peerless Well and Pump in Dubuque, Iowa. He currently holds an Illinois well driller and pump installer license and Wisconsin pump installer license.

Through his experience in the well and pump industry, Milaeger intends to continue reaching out to industry personnel with his contractor and vendor perspectives. He enjoys the aspect of his job where he can be out on the road visiting clients, as this provides him the opportunities to educate people and ensure that they understand concepts of the well and pump industry. Furthermore, Milaeger believes that with NGWA’s unending wealth of knowledge and available industry information, he can raise awareness of the Association and what it has to offer.

Why am I running for the board? Should I be elected, my value to NGWA will be twofold. Not only would I be looking forward to giving back my years of experience in our great industry, but more importantly educating myself on what NGWA has to offer the water industry, taking that new knowledge and promoting to others what NGWA has to offer. Being an NGWA Director would be an honor and exciting challenge.