The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee has a full program planned for Wednesday morning, April 27, 2022.
Guest Speaker: Darrell King
Mr. King will discuss his operator training program for underserved youth.

Darrell has worked in the water treatment industry since 1997. Darrell earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University, a Master of Science degree from Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and Science and holds an IEPA Class A Water Operator’s License. During his tenure he has served the City of North Chicago, Village of Oak Park and currently the City of Evanston as its Water Production Bureau Chief where he oversees the treatment plant, utility billing and water/ sewer distribution systems.     
Our Stories: Ari Copeland

Ari Copeland(He/Him/His) is an Operations Specialist at Black & Veatch Corporation. Ari has worked in the Water and Wastewater Industry for the past 16 years. Ari has a civil/environmental engineering background as well as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator licenses and a Professional Operator Designation. Ari is a Director at Large and an Incoming Vice President of the American Water Works Association.  Ari also owns and operates a small venture called The Wandering Water Bear that assists companies and water industry professionals to be inclusive of LGBTQIA+ professionals and assist with helping others build behaviors that supports inclusion. Ari is open to speaking engagements for companies and groups. He can be reached at as well as through his website
Women in Water: Carolyn A. Grieves

Following graduation from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor in Science in Civil Engineering, Carolyn obtained a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. Carolyn began working for Baxter & Woodman, Inc. after graduation and has focused on the planning and design of water supply, treatment and distribution systems. Carolyn has managed Baxter & Woodman’s Water Department and Environmental Department and has held the position of Region Manager. Carolyn is currently Baxter & Woodman’s Vice President of Business Development as well as Board President of Baxter & Woodman’s Corporate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity B&W Cares. Carolyn is a Board Past-Chair and an active volunteer with the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA).

Women in Water: Lindsay Birt

Lindsay is a Client Solutions Manager with Xylem and has extensive experience in water resource engineering, including nutrient management, in stream water quality monitoring and modeling, storm water management, sustainable design and performance assessments, geospatial information systems, stakeholder engagement and decision making, watershed management, and digital solutions for collections systems and wastewater treatment. She currently serves as the Watershed Committee Chair for the Illinois Water Environment Association. In September 2021, Dr. Birt was awarded the US Water Alliance One Water Rising Leader and in May 2021 received a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from University of South Florida. Also, in 2020 she was selected to be part of the first cohort of US Water Alliance, Rising Professionals. Dr. Birt completed a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University with an emphasis in Environmental & Natural Resources Engineering. She holds a M.S. and B.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Women in Water: Dawn Walker

Affectionately known as “the water girl”, Dawn Walker has been a leader in the environmental field for over fifteen years. Dawn is an expert at building relationships with stakeholders and has led numerous environmental projects and programs including Illinois EPA’s Facility Planning Program, and one of Chicago’s leading environmental programs at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), one of Chicago’s most recognized non-profit organizations. Dawn’s leadership resulted in the award-winning Calumet Corridor Plan, representing the collective vision of more than 2000 businesses, residents, elected officials, and environmental groups to manage flooding in a time of climate change. While at CNT, she became one of the region’s top experts on flooding and its disproportionate impacts on society. She has authored several watershed management plans, community flood action plans, and environmental sections of comprehensive plans for communities in Northeastern Illinois. Dawn currently serves as Chief of Staff for Commissioner Cameron Davis at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  She has a bachelor’s in environmental science from Dominican University and is a Master of Public Policy Candidate.