OWASA Board Members

Bob Morgan, Chair

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. 

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, Vice Chair  

E-mail: hpayne@owasa.org

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

Yinka Ayankoya, Secretary

E-mail: yayankoya@owasa.org

Yinka Ayankoya began serving on July 14, 2016 as an appointee of the Town of Carrboro. She chairs the Board's Community Engagement Committee and serves on the Human Resources Committee.

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.

Jeff Danner

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 Board's Finance Committee and serves on the Human Resources Committee.

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.

Raymond DuBose

E-mail: rdubose@owasa.org 

Mr. DuBose began serving on the OWASA Board on July 5, 2017 as an Orange County appointee. He serves on the Board's Community Engagement and Finance Committees.

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.

Barbara Middleton-Foushee

E-mail: bmfoushee@owasa.org

Mrs. Foushee began serving on the OWASA Board on September 28, 2015 as an appointee of Orange County. She chairs the Board's Human Resources Committee and serves on the Community Engagement Committee.

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.

John Morris

E-mail: jnmorris@owasa.org 

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 Systems 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.

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 serves on the Board's Finance Committee and the Natural Resources and Technical Services 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.

John Young

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 former Chair of the OWASA Board. He chairs the Board's Finance Committee and serves on the Human Resources Committee.

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.