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Monday, June 4

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Welcome and Keynote

"Learning and Planning for Resiliency in the Aftermath of the 2017 Extreme Weather Events" Panel Discussion 


  • Carol E. Haddock, P.E., Director of Public Works in the City of Houston
  • Kent Nelson, P.E., Deputy Executive Director and COO Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority
  • Morris Maslia, P.E., Research Environmental Engineer at the CDC National Center for Environmental Health (retired) 

This panel will focus on the effects and lessons learned from the 2017 extreme weather events, a season ranked as the fifth most active hurricane season on record. The panelists will provide first-hand perspectives on how local municipalities manage infrastructure resiliency while building public trust in the agencies responsible for public health and safety. 

Carol HaddockCarol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., is the Director of Houston Public Works, the largest American Public Works Association Accredited Public Works Department in the United States. Houston Public Works is responsible for streets and drainage, production and distribution of water, collection and treatment of wastewater, and permitting and regulation of public and private construction. The Department has over 3,900 employees and an annual budget of $2.3 billion.

Carol has an extensive background managing capital engineering projects and programs and has worked for the City of Houston for thirteen years. Carol is a licensed Professional Engineer and currently serves on the Board of Direction for the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Carol graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rice University and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston.

Kent NelsonKent Nelson is currently serving as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Florida Key Aqueduct Authority which provides potable water, wastewater and reuse water service to residents in the Florida Keys.  He is a licensed professional engineer in both Florida and California and has both private and public-sector experience spanning his 25-year run in the industry.  Having worked either for or with cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland, Washington DC, New York and now Key West, he has a unique national perspective regarding the challenges faced by both public and private water/wastewater systems.

Morris MasliaMorris L. Maslia is a water resources/environmental engineering and public health consultant. He recently retired after nearly 39 years of service with the U.S. Federal Government. During October—November 2017, he was deployed to Puerto Rico as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ response team to Hurricane Maria. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in Georgia, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and a Fellow-Grade Member of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His areas of expertise include water resources, environmental and public health, exposure assessment analysis, multimedia environmental transport analysis, and water-distribution systems analysis. In April 2015, his project team at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR/CDC) was awarded the Grand Prize in Research by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) for their work on drinking-water contamination and human health effects at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Monday, June 4

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. | Welcome Luncheon Keynote

Keeping the Great Lakes Great: Using Stewardship and Science to Accelerate Restoration

Deborah H. Lee, PE, PH. D.WRE, SES
Director, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Deborah H. LeeMs. Deborah Lee is the director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). With a staff of nearly 130 federal, cooperative institute and contract employees and visiting scientists, NOAA-GLERL and its partners conduct integrated scientific research on the Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems; develop and transition products and services; and share knowledge and information to advance NOAA’s goals of science, service and stewardship. As director of GLERL, and a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, Ms. Lee serves as the laboratory’s leader, providing guidance through conceptual development, implementation, and management of integrated, interdisciplinary scientific research and communications programs. In addition to her role as director of GLERL, Ms. Lee serves as NOAA's Regional Team Lead for the Great Lakes, facilitating collaboration across a network of more than 800 NOAA employees and partners representing the agency’s diverse capabilities across the region.

To her position at GLERL, Ms. Lee brings 30 years of professional experience in water resources research and management at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Chief of Water Management for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 2001 to 2014. In that role, she directed lower Ohio and Mississippi River flood control and oversight of Great Lakes regulation. During that time, she served a detail as the Acting Regional Business Director and Dam and Levee Safety Officer from July 2013 to July 2014. Ms. Lee is a licensed professional engineer, certified professional hydrologist, and Past President of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. She has received multiple awards, including three Superior Civilian Service Awards, certificates of appreciation from the International Joint Commission and the Mississippi River Commission, International Joint Commission Award of Merit for Professional Contribution, and most recently, the 2017 NOAA Research Inclusion and Diversity Award. Ms. Lee holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from The Ohio State University and completed post-graduate civil and environmental engineering studies at the University of Michigan.

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