Michael (Mike) Willmets joined NASTT in 1998 as the municipal representative for the Region of Ottawa-Carleton in Ottawa, Canada. He became the Chair of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence & Atlantic Chapter of NASTT in 2004 and was elected to the NASTT Board of Directors in 2005. Mike has volunteered his time as a long-term member of the NASTT No-Dig Show Program Committee and served as an Instructor for NASTT’s Trenchless Technology Short Course. After 35 years in infrastructure management, Mike retired from the City of Ottawa in 2008 and started the next day as NASTT’s Executive Director. Throughout his career, he has received many industry awards including a Canadian Engineering Award of Merit and NASTT’s 2002 No-Dig Show Outstanding Paper Award for large diameter water main rehabilitation. A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Mike maintains strong ties with several military associations and is an avid kayak/canoe enthusiast.
Michelle joined the NASTT staff in December of 2011. Previously she was the Conference Manager at Benjamin Media, Inc. where she managed NASTT’s No-Dig Show from 2007-2011 along with other trenchless educational events. She received her B.S. in Communications from Ohio University where she planned her very first special event — a comedy night with Jay Leno. Complementing her busy career, Michelle enjoys volunteering her time helping the Cleveland Sports Commission, the American Heart Association, Ohio Pug Rescue, the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Sight Center and Make a Wish.
Jenna joined the NASTT staff in June of 2013. Prior to coming onboard at NASTT, she was the Marketing Communications Coordinator at Rain for Rent where she managed the Company’s trade shows and corporate image projects for nearly 10 years. She received her B.A. in History from the California State University at Chico. Jenna is currently a CTSM candidate, working towards her Certified Trade Show Marketer certification. Jenna volunteers at and supports various animal rescue charities including The Cat People and The Gentle Barn. In her down time Jenna can either be found in the kitchen cooking up treats for her family and friends or at the beach!
Molly joined the NASTT staff in July of 2014. Her previous career path included roles as Externship Coordinator, Director of Employer Relations and Regional Employer Engagement Director for Delta Career Education Corporation. Molly managed the college’s career fairs, campus events and regional trade shows highlighting the programs and providing networking opportunities for the graduates and employer partners. She received her degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Kent State University in Ohio. Molly is currently a supporter of Relay for Life, March of Dimes, and volunteers her time at Stella Maris in Cleveland, Ohio. As an avid coffee drinker and self-proclaimed foodie, Molly finds herself enjoying life one bite at a time!
Renee joined the NASTT staff in December of 2016. Her trenchless experience was gained while working at Rain for Rent as a Regional Marketing Representative where she also coordinated trade shows for seven years. Renee has experience in other fields such as accounts receivable and oilfield billing. As a recent transplant from California to Tennessee (Go Vols!) she remains a devoted Anaheim Angels fan. She enjoys hiking in the Smoky Mountains, photography, and exploring the vast food scene Knoxville has to offer.
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