Raymond DuBose, Chair
Mr. DuBose began serving on the OWASA Board on July 5, 2017 as an Orange County appointee. He chairs the Board's Finance Committee and serves on the Human Resources Committee.
Mr. DuBose is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). He retired from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Director for Energy Services, with more than 37 years of service. Mr. DuBose has resided in Orange County since 1975.
His responsibilities at UNC included managing energy, water, sewer, reclaimed water and stormwater services; serving on the Sustainability Coalition and Sustainability Advisory Committee; leadership in creating the UNC Climate Action Plan and managing its implementation; and leading the UNC team which contracted with Orange County to use gas from the County’s landfill as an energy source for the North Campus.
Mr. DuBose’s volunteer service includes more than 30 years as a member, technical editor and chair of the International District Energy Association (IDEA); serving as a director of the South Orange Rescue Squad; serving on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Architect of the Capital Power Plant; and serving as a US judge for the 2013 International District Energy Climate Award.
He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Ray enjoys playing guitar and golf. He has been married to his wife, Pinkey, for 37 years and they have two sons and two grandchildren.
Ruchir Vora, Vice Chair
Ruchir Vora began serving on the OWASA Board on August 28, 2014 as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. He chairs the Board's Community Engagement Committee and serves on the Human Resources Committee.
Mr. Vora is a Senior Consultant with the firm of ERM NC, 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.
Bruce Boehm, Secretary
Bruce Boehm began serving on the OWASA Board on July 2, 2018, as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. He serves on the Board's Community Engagement Committee and Natural Resources and Technical Services Committee.
For more than 35 years Mr. Boehm has led venture capital investments in technology and healthcare companies, and served on diverse private and non-profit boards, supporting the growth of these industries in North Carolina, nationally, and globally.
He has designed and taught technology commercialization courses at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. Previously, he created and directed the Masters of Engineering Management Program at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Early in his career he was a design engineer at several small companies in Silicon Valley and Route 128.
Mr. Boehm has a Bachelor of Science from MIT and a Master of Science and Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. Mr. Boehm has a special interest in infrastructure; he looks forward to engaging in OWASA’s planning process for water and wastewater infrastructure which he views as important investments in the local community.
Mr. Boehm has lived in Chapel Hill with his family since 1996 and can be spotted cycling in rural Orange County.
Yinka Ayankoya began serving on July 14, 2016 as an appointee of the Town of Carrboro.
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.
John Cooley has been a member of the OWASA Board since June 2019 as an appointee of the Town of Chapel Hill. He serves as a member of the Community Engagement Committee and Finance Committee.
Mr. Cooley is a local Realtor and owner of a real estate marketing firm Chillsboro LLC that serves Orange, Chatham, and Durham counties. John is a highly sought after authority on marketing residential real estate, especially luxury properties that require a refined attention to detail. Involved with real estate for over a decade, John remains committed to building relationships based on trust and integrity.
Mr. Cooley earned his Bachelor of Science from Saint Augustine’s University and obtained certification as an Entrepreneurship Teacher from Babson College and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
A native of Rhode Island, he has enjoyed living in the downtown Chapel Hill community with his family since 2013.
Jo Leslie (Jody) Eimers began serving on the OWASA Board on July 2, 2018, as an Orange County appointee. She serves on the Board's Community Engagement Committee and Natural Resources and Technical Services Committee.
Ms. Eimers is Scientist Emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the Office of International Programs.
Ms. Eimers brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the OWASA board, having fulfilled roles such as Supervisory Hydrologist in New York and Chief of Staff in the USGS’ Water Mission Area. As Scientist Emeritus, she delivers presentations on science to support local, state, and federal water resource management to international audiences.
Ms. Eimers believes that water is essential to community growth and development. She is excited to serve her local community, to support water stewardship, and to engage in dialogue with OWASA’s stakeholders on this essential resource.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Urban and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Bob Morgan began serving on the OWASA Board on July 1, 2015 as an appointee of the Town of Carrboro. He chairs the Board's Human Resources Committee and serves on the Finance 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.
Mr. Morris began serving on the OWASA Board on July 5, 2017 as a Chapel Hill appointee. He serves on the Board's Community Engagement Committee and Natural Resources and Technical Services Committee.
He served as Director of the NC Division of Water Resources from 1980 until retirement in 2008 and since has been a water resources consultant. He has resided in Chapel Hill since 1959.
At the NC Division of Water Resources, he was responsible for river basin water supply planning, water use permitting, drought response assistance to local governments, management of state participation in planning and funding navigation and flood control projects, and development of proposed legislation and administrative rules on water management.
His most rewarding projects, accomplished along with his colleagues, were the resolution of unsustainable ground water use in the NC coastal plain and establishing river basin hydrologic models that provide a foundation for sustainable water use planning.
His professional service includes chairing the Interstate Council on Water Policy, an organization of state water management officials, and the NC Water Resources Association.
Mr. Morris has been awarded the NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Governor’s Award for Conservation Achievement, and the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service.
John and his wife Julie McClintock have four children and eight grandchildren between them. He enjoys travel, hiking, photography, and reading, especially history and the literature of the ancient world.
Bruce L Runberg was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. He attended the Naval Academy and served in the Civil Engineer Corps of the Navy for 28 years, retiring as a Captain. He then served at UNC Chapel Hill as Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Services for 24 years.
While serving in the Navy, Bruce was stationed in Vietnam, Scotland, Japan, Hawaii, Washington DC, Rhode Island, and Charleston, SC. His duties included public works, design/construction contract administration, Seabee Battalions and miscellaneous facilities related services. He served UNC from 1992 to 2015, a time of great growth when facilities doubled in square footage.
Bruce has a BS from USNA, a MSCE from the University of Minnesota, and a MSMGT from Salve Regina in Newport, RI. He has served on the Chapel Hill Planning Board, the Community Home Trust, as President of Chapel Hill Rotary, Project Manager for the new American Legion Post 6 Building, and is Co-Chair of the Orange County Veterans Memorial.