John Hallas received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Chemistry from Florida State University. After graduation, he worked as a quality control chemist before pursuing his Master of Science in Aquatic Environmental Science from Florida State University. He then worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection writing permits for the Everglades stormwater treatment areas and later writing total maximum daily load reports for sensitive ecosystems including the Suwannee and Santa Fe River Basins. Since 2009, he has worked for the Water Services Department within Talquin Electric Coop. Inc. in various positions. During his tenure with Talquin, he also obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Soil and Water Sciences. His dissertation work focused on developing resource recovery options for small wastewater treatment plants for a sustainable future. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife and five children. He and his family enjoy outdoor pursuits, and they spend much of their time on their small farm raising animals and tending their vegetable gardens.