Our Management

Overview

The Board of Trustees hires MSD’s chief executive officer, who is responsible for all MSD operations. He and the more than 1,000 employees address the day-to-day needs of all MSD customers.

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Brian L. Hoelscher, PE

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Brian L. Hoelscher, PE

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Brian Hoelscher, Executive Director & CEO of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, has 35 years of engineering and management experience. He is responsible for overseeing all district operations and managing all financial, leadership and regulatory responsibilities including the multi-billion dollar, multi-decade capital program for the District. Brian began his career with the District in May 1995 as Manager of Construction. He has since held positions as Assistant Director of Construction Management, Assistant Director of Engineering and most recently, Director of Engineering, prior to be named Executive Director in March 2013.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where he has been recognized with an Alumni Achievement Award by the School of Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri and Illinois. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the Missouri Water Environment Association, and the Engineers Club of St. Louis, the latter of which he is a former director.

Susan M. Myers, J.D.

General Counsel

Susan M. Myers, J.D.

General Counsel

Since 2001, Susan Myers has represented the District as in-house counsel, Interim General Counsel, and in April 2011 became the General Counsel. Her experience at MSD includes being a key member of the negotiating and implementation team for the District’s multi-decade, federal consent decree, in addition to representing the District in general litigation and corporate governance. She has a unique combination of environmental engineering and legal experience.
Prior to joining MSD, Susan served as an environmental engineer with EPA Region VII in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Permitting and worked on a billion dollar Department of Energy Superfund Clean-up project.

Susan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University Missouri-Rolla (Missouri University of Science & Technology) and her law degree from Saint Louis University. She is Vice president of AMCA (Association of Missouri Clean Water Agencies), Co-Chair of NACWA’s (National Association of Clean Water Agencies) Legal Affairs Committee. Susan is a member of Association of Corporate Counsel, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Missouri Bar Association.

Tim R. Snoke

Secretary-Treasurer

Tim R. Snoke

Secretary-Treasurer

Tim Snoke is the Secretary-Treasurer for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and, as such, is the keeper of the District’s public records. Tim’s internal team is responsible for treasury operations/cash management; debt issuance, management, and compliance; investment management; internal audit; oversight of defined benefit, defined contribution, and deferred compensation investments/options; and financial planning and analysis.

Prior to MSD, Tim spent his professional career with Ralston Purina Company and Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., working his way from a temporary employee to, most recently, Assistant Treasurer. In this role, he negotiated more than 35 financing and refinancing deals totaling more than $5 billion, integrated cash management and financing function of acquisitions, and improved working capital by more than $40 million through an incentive-based performance plan, among other significant accomplishments.

Tim earned an MBA from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Valparaiso University. He also earned the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Financial Manager designations and is actively involved in the St. Louis community through his participation with local trade associations and leadership positions with St. John’s Lutheran Church and School.

Richard L. Unverferth, PE

Director of Engineering

Richard L. Unverferth, PE

Director of Engineering

Rich Unverferth is the Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, overseeing the development, implementation, and management of MSD’s ongoing multi-billion dollar, multi-decade capital improvement program. His responsibilities include the planning and implementation of the District’s long range plans to address combined and sanitary sewer overflows, stormwater issues, asset management, and other Regulatory initiatives. Rich has worked at MSD in numerous engineering and management positions since 1987.

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri. He is a member of the Engineers Club of St. Louis, and represents MSD as a member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.

Marion M. Gee, CPA

Director of Finance

Marion M. Gee, CPA

Director of Finance

Marion Gee is the Director of Finance for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. Marion is responsible for the management and coordination of all accounting, financial planning, and rate modeling, accounts receivable, purchasing, and related activities of the District.

Prior to joining MSD in 2015, Marion spent 23 years in the utility industry serving as Assistant Finance Director for the City of San Antonio, guiding their Public Utilities Division in the performance of comprehensive reviews of proposed rate adjustments and debt issuances, and overseeing the development of multi-year revenue projects for various utilities owned by San Antonio. In addition, he previously served as Finance Director for the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and Corporate Controller for the Louisville Water Company.

Marion is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned a MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. Marion serves on the Executive Board of the Government Finance Officers Association and is a member of the American Water Works Association.

Tracey R. Coleman

Director of Human Resources

Tracey R. Coleman

Director of Human Resources

Tracey R. Coleman is Director of Human Resources for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. She leads all facets of the department including Benefits, Employment, Training & Organizational Development, Payroll and Risk Management.

Tracey joined the District in 2014 as the Manager of Training and Organizational Development. She brings 19 years of leadership experience from previously held positions at Laclede Gas, Edward Jones, HealthLink and A.G. Edwards.

She holds a Master’s Degree from Webster University and a Chancellor’s Certification in Database Technology from the University of Missouri- St Louis. She also held a General Securities Representative (Series 7), Investment Advisor (Series 66), and Missouri’s Life & Health Producer’s Licensures.

She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and The Association for Talent Development.

Jonathon C. Sprague, PE

Director of Information Systems

Jonathon C. Sprague, PE

Director of Information Systems

Jonathon Sprague is the Director of Information Systems for the Metropolitan Sewer District, a position he has held since December 2018. Jonathon is responsible for corporate technology strategy as well as for the operation of MSD’s technology infrastructure and applications.

Prior to his current position, Jonathon was Director of Operations since 2007. He was also appointed by the District’s Board of Trustees as Interim Director from January to March 2013, during which time he was responsible for leading and managing the senior management team and coordinating all District-related activities. Jonathon began his career with the District in May 2005 as Assistant Director of Operations. In this position, he led and
managed the support services division of operations, customer care, administration, warehousing, and plant automation programmers.

Prior to joining the District, Jonathon served as the Assistant Chief of Operations, directing the technical and operational functions of the water and wastewater pumping facilities, water distribution system, and wastewater collection systems in Henrico County, Virginia.

Jonathon earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri and Virginia.

Bret A. Berthold, PE

Director of Operations

Bret A. Berthold, PE

Director of Operations

Bret Berthold became the Director of Operations in December 2018, where his responsibilities include the overall management and strategic leadership of the collection system, treatment plant, pump station, and support services divisions.  Additionally, Mr. Berthold ensures that the operation and maintenance activities are efficiently executed and costs are optimized to provide excellent customer service to the MSD ratepayers.

After starting his career with the District in April 2009 as the Operation Division Manager at the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, he transitioned to the Assistant Director of Operations position in September 2011, where he led the collection system divisions ensuring compliance with the consent decree inspection, maintenance, and repair activities.

Prior to joining the District, Mr. Berthold held several positions over a 12 year period at Spectrum Brands, Inc. ranging from Project Engineering Manager to Manufacturing Manager. His responsibilities at Spectrum Brands included leading and implementing numerous continuous improvements projects aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing variable costs; increasing production rates through reduced changeover times, increasing equipment reliability; and efficient production scheduling.

Mr. Berthold holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly, University of Missouri – Rolla) and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Missouri.