This year's conference features several inspiring and engaging speakers.
 Dr. Ashlynn S. Stillwell
Dr. Stillwell is an Associate Professor and the Elaine F. and William J. Hall Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Her research focuses on creating sustainable water and energy systems in a policy-relevant context. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri (2006), and an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (2010), M.P.Aff in Public Affairs (2010), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2013) from The University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work experience includes consulting engineering at Burns & McDonnell (2006-2007) and policy research at the Congressional Research Service (2009). Dr. Stillwell received the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the UCOWR Early Career Award for Applied Research for her research work on the energy-water nexus. She was honored with the 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Woman of Distinction Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the 2018 Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2018 AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science. Dr. Stillwell has also been among the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students at Illinois. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and was previously Chair of the Board of Directors of Faith in Place.
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.   

 Keith L. Hobson
Mr. Hobson is the 2020-2023 Treasurer for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, VA.

Keith is the Past President/CEO of FOX Engineering Associates in Ames, Iowa and has over 40 years of experience as a consultant in the field of environmental engineering for both municipal and industrial clients. He also served with Black & Veatch for over 13 years and has been involved in design of water and wastewater treatment facilities ranging in capacity from 2 mgd to over 400 mgd.

A WEF member since college, he served as Speaker of the House of Delegates (HOD) in 2018-2019 and served for two terms on the HOD as a representative of the Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA) and as a Delegate at Large. He has served as chair or vice chair of several Workgroups and Committees of the HOD as well as chair of the WEF Audit and Finance committees and serves on the WEF Government Affairs committee.
Keith has been an active member of the Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA) serving on many committees, chairing the newsletter/publications committee and financial review committee and consulting with IDNR on regulatory issues. He also served as chair of the newsletter committee for the Kansas WEA prior to moving to Iowa. He has authored many reports and presented technical papers on various topics in environmental engineering.

Keith holds degrees in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University (B.S.) and University of Missouri-Columbia (M.S.). He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. Keith is a registered professional engineer in Iowa and multiple other states. He is a recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award and the Kenneth J Miller Founders Award.