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Executive Leadership Team

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AWWU General Manager, Mark A. Corsentino, P.E.

Mark Corsentino was appointed General Manager by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz in 2019.  Mark joined the Utility as a Civil Engineer in 2007, and worked on multiple water and sewer projects, utilizing his strong knowledge of planning, design, and construction. He was an Engineering Project Management Supervisor for 6 years, and became the Director of Operations and Maintenance in 2016. The General Manager is responsible for the overall operation of AWWU, providing leadership and direction for seven operational divisions.

 Mark A. Corsentino

Utility Division Directors

Customer Service Director, Jayne M. Fritts

Jayne Fritts has worked in the Utility industry for over 25 years. She joined AWWU in the year 2000 working as a projects administrator for Customer Service. She was selected as the Customer Service Division Director in 2012. The Customer Service Division is responsible for the accurate billing, collection, and meter reading for both water and wastewater customer accounts. Additionally, the Division manages the backflow, permitting, construction inspection, Utility locates and first emergency dispatch for Anchorage, Eagle River, Girdwood and northern communities.

Jayne M. Fritts

Administrative Services Director, Alyssa Farrar

Alyssa Farrar has 20 years of experience in municipal administration, initially joining the Utility in 1999.  She was a member of AWWU’s General Manager’s Office for almost 15 years, and served in the City of Wasilla Mayor’s Office for over four years.  Alyssa was appointed Director of the Administrative Services Division in 2018.  The Administrative Services Division provides managerial support, such as safety and security, training and development, public affairs, courier services and emergency readiness.  She also manages the Utility’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Pre-Bid Compliance Program.

Alyssa Farrar

Engineering Director, Mark Schimscheimer, P.E., PMP

Mark Schimscheimer is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors.  His experiences range from international oil exploration and development, to rural Alaska infrastructure projects throughout Alaska, to development of world class mining operations.  He was responsible for water and wastewater installation projects in all seven North Slope villages.  Mark became the manager of AWWU's Engineering Division Planning and Development Services section in 2017, and the Director of AWWU Engineering in 2019.


Finance Director, Grant Yutrzenka   

Grant Yutrzenka has over 25 years executive management experience in a variety of industries. His background includes positions in finance, operations and information technology. He was appointed CFO for the Utility in 2019. He previously served as the Division Director and CIO for Municipal Light and Power. His background in utilities, as well as the MOA, will be valuable to his duties at AWWU. The Finance Division is responsible for all accounting, preparation of Utility budgets, financial statements, and regulatory filings, for both the water and wastewater utilities. 


Information Technology Director, Troy W. Swanson

Troy Swanson has 30 years of experience in the field of Information Technology, initially joining the Utility in 1997. He has served as a technical services manager, program manager, Division Director, and CIO for the Utility and the Municipality of Anchorage. He was most recently appointed the Information Technology Division Director in 2013. The Information Technology Division provides administration and support for all of AWWU’s computers, network, and application systems.

Troy W. Swanson

Operations & Maintenance Director, David A. Persinger, P.E.  

David Persinger has worked in the water and wastewater field in Alaska for 15 years. He joined the Utility in 2006 as an intern in the Engineering Division, where he worked in several different roles until becoming the Treatment Division Director in 2013. In March 2019, David was appointed the Operations & Maintenance Division Director. The Operations & Maintenance Division maintains AWWU’s treatment facilities and repairs all water and sewer piping and lift stations, and is responsible for the Utility’s remote monitoring controls, or Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. 

     David A. Persinger      

Treatment Division Director, Tim Forbus

Tim Forbus has been with the Utility since 2000, and was appointed the Treatment Division Director in May 2019.  Tim worked in line cleaning/CCTV inspection and CIPP pipe repair with the Operations & Maintenance Division, and accepted the position of O&M Preventative Maintenance Superintendent in 2014.  Tim currently holds Alaska State Operator certifications for Water Distribution at level 4 and Wastewater Collection at level 4.  The Treatment Division is responsible for day-to-day operation of the treatment facilities and water distribution system, and for maintaining compliance with all state and federal regulations. 

     Tim Forbus (2)