August 2020 - Virtual Water / Wastewater Event
Presentation File & Attendee List
Kishia L. Powell, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Kishia L. Powell joined DC Water in May 2020, and serves as the Authority's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, overseeing all operating departments, as well as the Customer Service and Administration clusters. Ms. Powell comes to DC Water from her previous role as Commissioner of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, where she had served since June 2016. With expertise in sustainable infrastructure management and utility operations, she has leveraged 22 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to successfully serve municipalities across the United States and London, England.
As Atlanta’s Watershed Management Commissioner, she was responsible for oversight of $644M in annual operating expenditures and a five-year capital improvement plan of $1.26B including the Water Supply Program to secure Atlanta’s water future, which reached a significant milestone in April 2020 when water from the Chattahoochee River started filling the quarry. As part of her tenure she worked to set the strategic direction of Watershed Management with a focus on financial resilience, improving service delivery, infrastructure investment, and workforce development including a partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Corrections to reduce recidivism by hiring prerelease non-violent offenders as Watershed Trainees. As a Global Water Leader, she led the Department to recognition in the inaugural class of Leading Utilities of the World during the Global Water Summit in Madrid, Spain in April 2017.
Prior to joining the City of Atlanta, COO Powell served as the Public Works Director for the City of Jackson, Mississippi where she was responsible for developing a programmatic strategy and master plan for Jackson’s Municipal Special Sales Tax-funded infrastructure improvements program including the “Greening the Gateways” initiative which led to the City’s award of a $16.5 million TIGER Grant in October 2015. In 2008, she was appointed Bureau Head of Water and Wastewater for the City of Baltimore to lead a 1900-person agency with an annual operating budget of $300M and a six-year CIP of $2.2B serving 1.8M customers. Based upon her work in Baltimore she was named the 2010 Maryland Water Environment Federation’s Water Hero.
In 2018, COO Powell was nominated for the Center for Servant Leadership/Turknett Group Leadership Character Award; and she received the Pacesetter Award from the National Association of Minority Contractors. In 2019 and 2020 she was recognized as one of Georgia’s Top 100 Influential Women in Engineering Georgia Magazine and received the WaterNow Alliance’s 2019 Impact Award for leadership in closing the country’s first publicly offered Environmental Impact Bond. On behalf of DC Water, COO Powell serves on the Board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies as the Board Treasurer. COO Powell is a licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University’s Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering. Throughout her career she has maintained a strong sense of ethics and has distinguished herself as a leader, blending global reach, local knowledge, strategic thinking, and technical excellence to deliver sound solutions.
Thomas Lipinski, P.E., Director of Planning & Engineering
Thom is the Director of Planning and Engineering with Loudoun Water where he has been for over 15 years. Prior to Loudoun Water, Thom worked in the consulting engineering field, with Parsons and Hazen and Sawyer in the areas of planning, design and construction of water and wastewater projects. Thom has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Sarah Lothman, P.E., Manager of Capital Design
Sarah Lothman is Loudoun Water’s Manager of Capital Design where she manages a team of engineering project managers. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Class 1 Wastewater Operator’s license. Prior to her time at Loudoun Water, Sarah worked as a consultant in the water industry.
Matthew J. Doyle, P.E., CCM, Branch Chief, Wastewater Design and Construction
Fairfax County Department of Public Works & Environmental Services
Matt Doyle serves as the Branch Chief of the Wastewater Design and Construction Division at Fairfax County Government where he supports the County’s $60M/yr. wastewater collection capital improvements program. Matt is an Adjunct Hydraulics Professor at George Mason University and he also serves as the Director for the GMU Engineers for International Development.
Matt earned his BSCE from West Virginia University and his Environmental Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University. He currently lives in Loudon County Virginia with his wife and three children.
WSSC WaterMichael T. Harmer, P.E., Chief Engineer
Mike Harmer is an innovative Engineer with a broad base of infrastructure experience ranging from consulting, construction, and owner administration. He has managed various types of projects ranging from sewer system rehabilitation, wastewater treatment, storm water flood mitigation, and buildings/ facilities.
He is employed as the Chief Engineer for WSSC Water responsible for a budget of over $580 million, over 370 employees, and approximately 100 contract employees. He was a past WSSC Water Regulatory Services Division Manager and their Development Services Division for many years. During his stay at Regulatory Services he managed the Pretreatment, FOG, Cross Connection, and Plumbing Design Reviews/ Inspections Programs. In the Development Services Division, he was responsible for permitting, hydraulic capacity, pump station and water/ sewer extension design reviews, and various aspects of the development process producing numerous Customer Service improvements. Prior to WSSC Water, he worked for New Castle County where he worked in Engineering and Operations. He managed the County $300 million Brandywine Hundred Sewer Rehabilitation Program removing excessive I/I, was recognized for ideas in energy savings, and was selected as the State of Delaware Government Engineer of the Year. He has designed or led the design on several design and build projects. His engineering expertise is augmented with his extensive field experience gained while working with his tools and operating heavy machinery in industrial and site/environmental construction.