Steven G. de Mik, MBA, CPA
Deputy General Manager and Director of Finance
Steve de Mik, who joined HRSD in 2008, is the Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer and provides broad oversight and strategic direction to various departments, specifically Finance, Information Technology, Talent Management and Communications. He previously served as Director of Operations from 2015 to 2022. In that role, he led a staff of over 500 responsible for the complex operation and maintenance of HRSD's treatment plants, interceptor systems, and electrical and instrumentation infrastructure as well as various support services. His initial role at HRSD was Director of Finance and Chief Financial where he was responsible for HRSD's general financial and business functions, including financial reporting, investment portfolio, debt and risk management, and customer billing. Before joining HRSD, Mr. de Mik served for seven years as the Director of Finance and Business Services for the City of Norfolk. 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, the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Program and CIVIC Leadership Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Mr. de Mik also serves as a board chair and treasurer for Heart for Orphans, a nonprofit organization based in the City of Williamsburg, Virginia.
Leila E. Rice, APR
Director of Communications
Leila Rice, who joined HRSD in March 2017, directs communication strategy and public outreach for HRSD. Before that, she was Public Affairs Manager for the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project. Ms. Rice also served as Community and Media Relations Manager for nonprofit, ForKids, Inc., and has over 20 years of media and voiceover experience. Ms. Rice received her Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and holds Accreditation in Public Relations. She is also a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America-Hampton Roads chapter and is a member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Communications and Public Affairs Committee and the James Madison University School of Communications Alumni Council. Ms. Rice actively supports local community organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and volunteering as an ESL teacher with Hampton Roads Refugee Relief.
Bruce W. Husselbee, PhD, 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 and a doctorate in Engineering from Old Dominion University. He also has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and a Design-Build Institute of America Certified Professional. He is active in a number of professional organizations including the Old Dominion University Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council, the Water Environment Federation and the Design-Build Institute of America.
Donald C. Corrado
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 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 leader and contract specialist. He earned a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and is a Master Certified NetWare Engineer, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Nortel Certified Enterprise Solutions Provider. Mr. Corrado is also a U.S. Department of Defense Certified Acquisition Professional and Checkpoint Firewall One Certified. He is a member of the Gartner Executive Panel, American Water Works Association ("AWWA") and WEF and has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program.
Eddie M. Abisaab, PE, PMP, ENV SP
Director of Operations
Eddie Abisaab joined HRSD in 2008 and was named Director of Operations in July 2022. In that role, he leads a staff of over 530 who are responsible for the complex operation and maintenance of HRSD's 18 treatment plants, interceptor collection systems, water technology and research, and electrical and instrumentation infrastructure as well as various support services such as fleet management, infrastructure assessment, carpentry, and a machine shop. In his previous position as the Chief of Design and Construction on North Shore, Mr. Abisaab was responsible for the execution of HRSD's Capital Improvement and Operational Infrastructure projects. Prior to joining HRSD, he worked as an engineer and project manager for both the private and public sectors. Eddie holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Marshall University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Professional (PMP), and certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) as an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). Eddie is actively involved with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and served for 4 years on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) and as President in 2016-2017. He is also currently serving as VWEA's Treasurer.
Dorissa T. Pitts-Paige, PHR, IPMA-SCP, SHRM-SCP
Director of Talent Management
Dorissa Pitts-Paige joined HRSD in November of 2006 as a Human Resources Business Partner. She was promoted to Director of Talent Management in December 2021. Ms. Pitts-Paige has worked in public sector human resources for over 20 years as a strategic business partner in the areas of organizational development and training, employee relations, recruitment, benefits, and as a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ms. Pitts-Paige holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University, a master's degree in Human Resources Management from Troy University and a Master of Law degree from Regent University. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), Senior Certified Professional (SCP) by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She served as the Director of Workforce Development for the Hampton Roads Society for Human Resources Management (HRSHRM) from 2019-2021. She currently serves as the Vice Co-Chair of the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.
Director of Water Quality
Jamie Heisig-Mitchell became Director of Water Quality in November of 2022, overseeing the Central Environmental Laboratory (CEL), Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention (P3), and the Technical Service Division (TSD). In her previous position as Chief of TSD, she managed staff involvement in environmental and wastewater monitoring and research as well as assuming responsibility for HRSD’s permit negotiations and oversight of regulatory compliance with Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act programs. Jamie serves on the board of the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA) and the University of Colorado Boulder’s Water Reuse Advisory Board, is Chair of VAMWA’s Water Quality Committee, Co-Chair of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Biosolids Committee, Past-President of the Virginia Biosolids Council, member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Institutional Biosafety Committee, and has served on numerous Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Advisory Panels and Subcommittees. Jamie received her Master of Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Charles B. Bott, PhD, PE, BCEE
Director of Water Technology and Research
Dr. Charles B. Bott joined HRSD in 2009 and is the Director of Water Technology and Research. He manages technology innovation and research and development for HRSD’s eighteen wastewater treatment plants (225 MGD combined capacity) and collection/conveyance systems. 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. Dr. Bott has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a MS in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and a former member (Virginia gubernatorial appointee) of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council. Dr. Bott is a Professional Engineer in Virginia, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator – Virginia Class I. He is a current member of the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, a two-time winner of the WEF Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal for outstanding contribution to wastewater principles/processes research, a previous member of the WEF Board of Trustees, and a past co-chair of The Water Research Foundation and WEF Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program. Charles’ technical interests include municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, as well as renewable energy generation and resource efficiency. He has specific expertise in the areas of chemical and biological phosphorus removal, denitrification with alternative carbon sources, nitrification kinetics, nutrient recovery, deammonification/anammox, biological treatment process modeling and design, and biogas conditioning. Important areas of focus are mainstream shortcut nitrogen removal, processes for biological treatment intensification, and technologies for potable reuse.