Ms. Shanin T. Speas-Frost has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Tallahassee since 1998. She took over as the Administrator of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program in 2014. Previously, Shanin held the position as the State Water Reuse Coordinator in the Division of Water Resource Management for eight years, dealing with issues regarding implementation of Florida Water Reuse program as well as wastewater treatment wetlands.
After graduating from the University of Florida with her undergraduate degree in engineering, Shanin went to work at a Florida paper mill where she managed their wastewater treatment process. Before coming to work with DEP in 1998, she worked for consulting firms doing wetland-related projects and ground water remediation design.
Education and Licensure
Shanin received a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering in 1995 from the University of Florida, Gainesville. During her senior year, she served as treasurer for the Benton Engineering Council of College of Engineering. In 2001, she graduated from the Florida State University with a Master of Business Administration with high honors.
Shanin received her licensure as a Professional Engineer in the state of Florida in 2002 and is also a Florida Certified Contract Manager.
Shanin is active in the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), previously serving as chair of the Big Bend Chapter from 2015-2017, coordinator of the Florida Water Festival of the Big Bend Area for 2015 and 2016, and on the board of the Water Resource, Reuse and Resiliency (formerly Water Reuse) Committee since 2008. Shanin was the recipient of the 2015 FWEA Award for Outstanding Service and the 2017 Thomas P. Smith Award for leadership and contribution to the advancement of wastewater design, operations or regulations. She is also a standing member of the Integrated Water Management Advisory Committee for the national Water Research Foundation and a member of the Florida Section of American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Publications and Contributions to Published Materials
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2012. Guidelines for Water Reuse*. EPA/600/R-12/618. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. *Major contributing author, Chapter 4: State Regulatory Programs for Water Reuse.
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