HRSD Senior Leadership
Phil Hubbard, PE
Special Assistant for Compliance Assurance
Phil Hubbard was the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Reduction Manager for the City of Virginia Beach prior to joining HRSD in 2007. In that capacity he ensured full compliance with regulatory orders, represented the city with DEQ and EPA, served as Team Leader for the Regional Capacity Team, and managed contracts with consulting engineers. His extensive experience also includes more than 20 years as an operations manager in the city's public utilities department. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Hubbard holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. He is a member of the American Society of Professional Engineers and WEF. He twice received the Virginia Beach City Manager's Creativity, Innovation and Public Service Award, and was named the 2010 Government Engineer of the Year by the Norfolk Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Bruce W. Husselbee, PE
Director of Engineering
Bruce Husselbee became Director of Engineering in July 2005. Before his promotion to this senior leadership position, he was a Project Manager in the HRSD Design and Construction Division for nine years. Mr. Husselbee previously worked in the consulting engineering field for 12 years prior to joining HRSD. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from George Washington University. He also has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in coastal engineering at Old Dominion University. He is active in a number of professional organizations including the Old Dominion University Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council and the Water Environment Federation Utility Management Committee.
Jay Bernas, PE
Director of Finance
Jay Bernas was named the Director of Finance in 2015. Before his promotion, he served as Chief of Planning and Analysis for ten years and was responsible for planning HRSD’s $1.4 billion Capital Improvement Program, performing business case analyses and managing four highly technical sections: Geographic Information Systems, Data Analysis, Hydraulic Modeling and Capital Planning. Prior to joining HRSD, he was a project manager with the City of Virginia Beach. Mr. Bernas graduated from Old Dominion University in 1995 with a degree in Civil Engineering and earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary in 2013. He also has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program and was part of the 2008 class for Lead Hampton Roads. He received the George Robert House, Jr. award for young public administrators from the American Society for Public Administration in 2006 and was recognized by Inside Business as a “Top Forty under 40” in 2011. Appointed by the Virginia Beach City Council to serve on the Planning Commission from 2006-2013, Mr. Bernas was its Chairman for the last two years of his tenure. He is a member of the Dominion Virginia Power Community Advisory Council and currently serves as Chairman of the St. Gregory’s the Great School Board.
Director of Information Technology
Prior to his appointment in 2008, Don Corrado served as HRSD’s Chief of Information Technology for nine years. In that capacity he was responsible for the design and implementation of a scalable, fully-licensed, standards-based wide area network capable of supporting the various enterprise-class applications required to meet HRSD’s business needs. Mr. Corrado’s career includes public and private sector experience as an IT manager, enterprise solutions architect, information systems security officer, project manager and contract specialist. He earned a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and has been certified as a Master Certified NetWare Engineer, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Nortel Certified Enterprise Solutions Provider, a U.S. DoD Certified Acquisition Professional and ITIL. He is a member of the Gartner Executive Panel, American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation (WEF) and has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program.
Steve de Mik, CPA
Director of Operations
Steve de Mik, who was named Director of Operations in 2015, joined HRSD in 2008. In his previous position of Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. de Mik was responsible for HRSD’s general financial and business functions, including financial reporting, investment portfolio, debt and risk management, and customer billing. A certified public accountant, he holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. Before joining HRSD, Mr. de Mik served for seven years as the Director of Finance and Business Services for the City of Norfolk. His duties in that post included managing the financial operations of the city including a pension system and a debt portfolio of approximately $1 billion using three different credit structures. In addition, he was responsible for the city’s parking, facilities maintenance and fleet operations. Mr. de Mik’s years of progressively responsible public and private sector experience also include positions with Knox County, TN; Knoxville, TN; Chipman and McMurray, CPA’s of Hendersonville, TN; and the Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of State Audit, Nashville, TN. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Mr. de Mik also serves as chairman of the board of directors for Heart for Orphans, a nonprofit organization based in Williamsburg, VA.
Director of Talent Management
Paula Hogg became Director of Talent Management when the position was established in 2014. A graduate of Virginia Tech and the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program, Ms. Hogg began her HRSD career in 1983. Her progressively responsible positions led to her selection as the Chief of Laboratory in 2005. In that capacity, she oversaw the effective operation of HRSD’s state-of-the-art Central Environmental Laboratory and ensured proper internal analysis and regulatory control. Ms. Hogg played a key role in the effort to bring HRSD’s laboratory into full compliance with Virginia’s Laboratory Accreditation regulation. She also has led various inter-departmental teams, was instrumental in the development of HRSD’s quality program and served as one of the first facilitators. Ms. Hogg has been an active member of the Water Environment Federation and the Virginia Water Environment Association, where she served as Chair of the National Laboratory Practices Committee and as a member of the committee Leadership Council. She has also served on the Advocacy Committee for the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference Institute (TNI).
James J. Pletl, PhD
Director of Water Quality
Jim Pletl was promoted to Director of Water Quality in December 2011. Previously, he was the Chief of Technical Services for five years. In that capacity, he managed HRSD’s environmental monitoring and permitting program. He also served as an Environmental Scientist for 17 years, providing technical reviews and conducting planning for water quality studies. Dr. Pletl holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Alfred University and a PhD in Biological Oceanography from Old Dominion University. He also is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. Dr. Pletl is the vice-chair of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Water Quality Committee and the chair of the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA) Water Quality Committee. He has served on three federal advisory committees for EPA and several advisory groups to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Dr. Pletl has also served on numerous Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) project oversight committees which define the goals and guide the work of WERF research relevant to wastewater utility issues.
Charles B. Bott, PhD, PE, BCEE
Director of Water Technology and Research
Charles Bott, who joined HRSD in 2009, manages technology innovation for HRSD’s 13 wastewater treatment plants and collection system. Dr. Bott is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a consulting engineer with Parsons Engineering Science. His technical interests include nutrient removal for both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, as well as renewable energy generation in wastewater treatment and landfill applications. Dr. Bott also specializes in the treatment of unique chemical constituents in industrial wastewater applications by both physical-chemical and biological processes. He has specific expertise in the areas of chemical and biological phosphorus removal, denitrification with methanol and alternative carbon sources, nitrification kinetics and evaluation of nitrification inhibition, nutrient recovery, deammonification/anammox, and biogas conditioning. Dr. Bott has held multiple leadership and committee roles within the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and served on numerous project oversight subcommittees for the Water Environment Research Foundation. His other professional affiliations include the International Water Association, where he has served as Secretary of the Nutrient Removal and Recovery Specialty Group. He also serves on the Science and Technical Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council. Dr. Bott has received the WEF Outstanding Young Professional Award and WEF’s Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal as well as the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Outstanding New Professor Award, the Virginia Tech Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the VMI Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award and the VMI Wilbur S. Hinman, Jr. ’26 Research Award.