Keynote Speakers for KWEA / KsAWWA Joint Conference

Howard Carter

Howard Carter, WEF President-Elect

Howard Carter is the president-elect and a member of the 2023-24 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

Carter is the director of the Water Resource Recovery Department for the city of Saco, Maine. He is responsible for the daily operations and maintenance, funding, staffing, billing, licensing, and construction of the city’s resource recovery facility and 32 pumping stations. He also oversees the implementation of the Combined Sewer Overflow Master Plan and any separation or construction projects associated with that.

A WEF member since 1998, Carter spent five years in the WEF House of Delegates as a representative of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) and his last year as the speaker of the House. During that time, he has chaired the House Nominating Committee and served on the House Steering Committee and the CLC Steering Committee, along with the WEFMAX Outreach and Budget Committees, and has been a member of most workgroups. Additionally, he was a founding member of the New England Operations Challenge team, "Pump Fiction," which went on to compete nationally in both Division 1 and 2 for a number of years.

Carter is an active member of NEWEA, where he served as president in 2010. He is also a past president of the Maine Water Environment Association (2002).

In addition to receiving numerous WEF Operations Challenge team awards over the years, Carter is also a recipient of the William D. Hatfield Award and the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award, and is a WEF Fellow, a WEF Service Pin Recipient, and a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Shovelers.

Carter is a graduate of both the U.S. Naval Nuclear Piping/Mechanical Apprenticeship program and the Southern Maine Technical College Wastewater Treatment/ Environmental program.

Christine Spitzley, AWWA Vice President

A Spartan with a B.S. in urban and regional planning, Christine Spitzley has spent her career building her expertise in water, infrastructure, transportation, economic development, housing, and environmental projects. A Principal at OHM Advisors, she serves as a liaison between the water, environment, engineering, and planning groups. She connects these teams, identifying unique project synergies and opportunities.

Spitzley is an AWWA vice president and the director of the Michigan Section AWWA. Her superpowers are networking and collaboration. She likens her thought process to a Spirograph. It all crosses in the middle eventually. Her professional passion is to create and implement strategies for communities and utilities that are sustainable and economical. Spitzley believes the Great Lakes are magic and success comes from building strong relationships and viewing projects through the lens of the long-term impact.

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