Ms. Parten is a professional civil-environmental engineer with over thirty years of experience with research and engineering design projects, and is a licensed civil engineer in Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Health Engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Baccalaureate of Arts in Spanish from the University of Missouri (KC). Ms. Parten has served as project manager and/or principal investigator for City of Austin, state and federally funded grants and studies, including a two-year nationwide study on the performance of large-scale decentralized and small community wastewater systems for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF). Her engineering design experience includes centralized and decentralized waste management systems, water systems, infrastructure for storm water management and water quality protection, community scale composting systems and coordination and participation on engineering project teams for sustainable development. She has provided water utility program management and regulatory/permitting oversight consulting services to state/territorial and local programs in the continental U.S. and eastern Caribbean region. Ms. Parten is author of the book Planning and Installing Sustainable Onsite Wastewater Systems (McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009).