OWASA Board Members

John A. Young, Chair

E-mail: jyoung@owasa.org

John A. Young joined the OWASA Board in March 2011 as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Executive Committee and an ex-officio member of the Board's other Committees.

Mr. Young currently serves as senior advisor to the Director General and CxOs of The International Baccalaureate (IB), an admired $150M non-profit provider of education programs operating in 140 countries. He supports strategy formulation, organizational change, and operating improvements for the organization's next era.

Mr. Young’s experience as a business executive includes:

  • Directing a multi-year business improvement program as Chief Operating Officer of the VIF International Education, a mission-driven enterprise based in Chapel Hill which advances education and cultural exchange.
  • Leading the creation of innovative businesses, products, and market strategies at HP/Compaq (Vice President, General Manager and founder of strategic worldwide business units; and Director of Product Management) and at Red Hat (Vice President for Marketing), which helped generate 30% to 90% year-over-year growth on revenues ranging from $70 million to $4.5 billion.
  • Leading strategy and business improvement projects, as Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, for Fortune 500 senior management teams, including those at two electric utilities, a telecommunications service provider, and a cable operator.

He earned a Master of Business Administration degree as a Fuqua Scholar at Duke University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering, magna cum laude, from Yale University.

Mr. Young and his spouse, Kenlyn, have two children: Alex and Anna. He enjoys recreational sports, creative meals, deep woods and unrefined musical expression.

Jeff Danner, Vice Chair

E-mail: jdanner@owasa.org

Jeff Danner began serving on the OWASA Board on July 1, 2015 as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. He chairs the FInance Committee and serves on the Human Resources and Executive Committees.

Mr. Danner is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of experience including senior management positions with global responsibility in the chemical, pharmaceutical and wastewater treatment industries.

He is the Director of Technology and Strategic Development for Entex Technologies, an advanced wastewater treatment technology company in Chapel Hill. His responsibilities include process design and optimization along with management of research and development activities.

Mr. Danner earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of three U.S. patents.

He has resided in Chapel Hill since 2000.

Barbara Middleton-Foushee, Secretary


Mrs. Foushee began serving on the OWASA Board on September 28, 2015 as an appointee of Orange County. She serves on the Human Resources, Finance and Executive Committees.

A resident of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area since 1991, Mrs. Foushee is a Senior Technologist with the Laboratory Corporation of America.

She serves as the Secretary of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, a member of the Town of Carrboro’s Human Services Advisory Committee, and as a Mentor in the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate program. She is also a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Tamias; and the Order of the Eastern Star, PHA-Randolph Chapter #185.

Mrs. Foushee earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Augustine's University in Raleigh in 1986, with a major in medical technology.

She is married to Braxton Foushee, a former member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and of the OWASA Board.

Her hobbies include reading, walking and volunteering to serve the community/church.

Yinka Ayankoya

E-mail: yayankoya@owasa.org

Yinka Ayankoya began serving on the OWASA Board on July 14, 2016 as an appointee of the Town of Carrboro. She serves on the Community Engagement and Finance Committees

Ms. Ayankoya earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Laboratory Animal Science and a certification in Waste Management from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

She is the owner of Balanced Nine Inc., which provides accounting and tax preparation services. Yinka is also licensed as a Natural Hair Care Specialist in North Carolina.

A current resident of Carrboro since 2004 and prior from 1992-2000, she has had the pleasure of serving on various boards throughout the years and volunteering in the community.

Her prior service on the boards of directors of community organizations includes:

  • RISE Leadership Council at Carrboro Elementary School (Coalition of African American students, families and teachers)
  • Compass Center for Women and Families: Board of Directors and Finance Committee
  • Carrboro Elementary School Improvement Team
  • Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool School: Board of Directors and Finance Committee member (Treasurer)
  • Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project, Inc.: Policy council representative
  • Carlotta Holmes Durham Community School Board of Directors

She enjoys spending time with her family, going to museums, traveling, and attending her son Elijah’s sporting events and Durham Bulls baseball games.

Terri Buckner

E-mail: tbuckner@owasa.org  

Terri Buckner began serving on the OWASA Board in August 2011 as an Orange County appointee. She previously served on the OWASA Board from June 2005 to September 2006 as a Carrboro appointee. She serves on the Natural Resources and Technical Services Committee and Community Engagement Committee.

Terri is employed as a Business Analyst with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She has over 20 years of experience as a professional educator, including two and a half years with the UNC Sustainability Office. She specialized in distance education and faculty development.

She is also an information technology professional specializing in systems analysis and business function alignment, and used this background in energy management, education and student admissions.

Terri Buckner’s service on local advisory boards and groups has included the Carrboro Transportation and Environmental Advisory Boards, Smith Level Road Task Force, Chapel Hill Technology Advisory Committee and Solid Waste Reduction Task Force, the festival planning committee for the Friends of Bolin Creek and the Chancellor's Commuting Cost Task Force at UNC.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at UNC and a Master of Science in Instructional Systems at Florida State University, where she completed coursework in her doctoral studies. She also received a certification in program evaluation from Florida State.

Terri's leisure activities are photography, kayaking, gardening and reading.


David H. Moreau  

E-mail: dmoreau@owasa.org

Dr. David Moreau joined the OWASA Board on July 12, 2014 as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. He serves on the Natural Resources and Technical Services Committee and the Finance Committee.

In his distinguished career of teaching, research and public service in water resources, he has served as:

  • Chair of the NC Environmental Management Commission (1993-2008) and as a member of the Commission (2008-2012),
  • Director of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina (1983-1995 and 2005-2008),
  • Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997-2002), and
  • a member of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Reliability of the New York City Water Supply (2004-2007),  
  • a member of the National Research Council's Board of Water Science and Technology (2007-2013) and
  • a member of the OWASA Board (1978 -1985 and 1990 -1993) including several terms as Chair (October 1980 - September 1981 and September 1983 - June 1985).

Dr. Moreau received a Ph.D. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Harvard University in 1967. 

Bob Morgan

E-mail: rmorgan@owasa.org

Bob Morgan began serving on the OWASA Board on July 1, 2015 as an appointee of the Town of Carrboro. He chairs the Human Resources Committee and serves on the Community Engagement Committee.

Mr. Morgan is a self-employed consultant. He previously served as the Town Manager of Carrboro for more than 18 years, and as the Assistant City Manager and Deputy City Manager of the City of Greensboro for a total of eight years.

He also held positions with the City of Durham and Town of Farmville. His responsibilities in Greensboro and Farmville included oversight of water and sewer utilities.

Mr. Morgan has lived in Carrboro for 21 years.

Heather Payne  

E-mail: hpayne@owasa.org

Heather Payne joined the OWASA Board in July 2013 as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. She chairs the Board's Natural Resources and Technical Systems Committee and serves on the Human Resources Committee.

Ms. Payne is an environmental attorney with the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources at the UNC School of Law where she helps policymakers and leaders understand the implications of a changing climate, legal options to adapt to the change and related opportunities 

Ms. Payne has worked in engineering, manufacturing and supply chain consulting; served as Clerk/Research Assistant to the Honorable Martha Geer of the NC Court of Appeals; and worked as a legal intern at the Southern Environmental Law Center and Triangle Land Conservancy.

She received her law degree with high honors from UNC in 2011 and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, with high honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.

Heather is married to Brian Payne, a Managing Director with Accenture. They have lived in Chapel Hill since 2005 and share their home with two rescued felines.  

Ms. Payne is originally from the San Francisco Bay area. She is actively involved in the community as an environmental activist, an advocate of Chapel Hill’s historic neighborhoods and a supporter of science and math education through the work of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling and attempting to keep the weeds from taking over her yard.

Ruchir Vora

E-mail: rvora@owasa.org

Ruchir Vora began serving on the OWASA Board on August 28, 2014 as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. He chairs the Community Engagement Committee and serves on the Natural Resources and Technical Services Committee.

Mr. Vora is a Project Manager with the firm of Environmental Resource Management Inc., where he does environmental health and safety audits, program development and environmental analyses.

In addition to his professional experience in environmental health and safety since 2002, Mr. Vora has served on the Conservation Commission in Cambridge, MA from 2009 to 2012 and in the Peace Corps from 1999 to 2001 in Kingston, Jamaica as a sanitation engineer doing training, research and data collection to support water and wastewater systems.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University in 1999 with a minor in economics, and has taken graduate courses in chemical engineering.

Mr. Vora is certified in the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPERS) and he speaks conversational Spanish.

Ruchir’s interests include tennis, basketball, vegetarian food, reading and playing with his sons. 

He was born in Mumbai, India and grew up outside of Boston. He and his family have lived in Chapel Hill since 2012.