Most APWA and CPWA chapters are run by volunteers.  The Chapter Relations Department staff at the national office is ready to assist chapters and branches with day-to-day issues and to serve as a link between the national headquarters and the chapter/branch.  Wondering who to contact within the department?  Here’s a brief explanation of each person’s key responsibilities along with a link to email them.  All APWA staff can also be reached toll free at 800-848-2792, or at 816-472-6100.

Brad Patterson
, Chapter Membership Manager
  • Assist chapters and branches with membership recruitment and retention planning and implementation
  • Editor of chapter leaders' edition of In the Works weekly e-newsletter
  • Staff liaison for the Young Professionals Network and Student Outreach Network
Laurence Rhodes, Chapter Finance & Resources Manager
  • Assist chapters with financial management and reporting
  • Staff contact on submittal of chapter contracts for review by national headquarters
Brian Van Norman, Director of Chapter Relations
  • Assist with chapter support and planning - including strategic planning, leadership training, bylaws review
  • Directs the resources and programs supporting chapter capacity development including the Chapter Leadership Training event and Chapter Leaders Forum at PWX
Sharica Ware, Chapter Relations Manager
  • Staff liaison for Council of Chapters
  • Staff liaison for the Chapter Learning Exchange best practices webinars

Rhonda Wilhite
, Chapter Coordinator
  • Assist with general chapter inquiries and support
  • APWA national awards program