Meet Your PNCWA 2021 Conference Chairs

The PNCWA Board is working full steam ahead on PNCWA 2021. Because we don’t know what the conference will look like — in-person, virtual, or hybrid — we are sending out a survey to learn what you’d like to see and how we can make an in-person or virtual event work for you. We also want to hear from our vendors and manufacturers: what has been your experience, what is your expectation, and how can we provide continued value to you in these times.

We look forward to launching our 2021 call for abstracts next month, but in the meantime we will let the PNCWA 2021 Conference Chairs introduce themselves.

Hello everyone, My name is Emily O’Morrow and I am so thrilled to be your PNCWA 2021 Conference Chair. I live and work in Boise as an environmental engineer at Brown and Caldwell with a focus on municipal wastewater planning and program management. As a fourth-generation Idahoan, I hope we can welcome you all to Boise next fall. When I’m not at work you can find me backpacking, climbing, or running in the mountains of Idaho, or training my new rescue pup (the best part of 2020). As we begin to look beyond 2020 and start to think about ‘getting back to normal,’ I encourage us all to think of ways we can go back to better than normal. Haley, Allison, the PNCWA board, and I look forward to delivering an inspiring, innovative, and inclusive event, no matter what the conference looks like in 2021. I look forward to connecting with you all!

Hi all, I’m Allison Hornak! I am delighted to be serving as the PNCWA 2021 Program Chair supporting Haley, Emily, and the PNCWA board in delivering a memorable conference in 2021. I am a Boise transplant, having moved from Alaska in early 2018. Boise was an easy choice for the move, with continued easy access to mountains, a friendly community, and the extra perk of more than five and a half hours of daylight during winter. At the same time, I transitioned from working as a process engineer in the petroleum industry to working as a wastewater engineer with HDR. It was a nerve-racking change with a steep learning curving, but during this upheaval, I discovered an inclusive water community filled with motivated professionals who have inspired me to grow and learn every day since.

2020 has been another turbulent time and has challenged each of us in different ways. While I think we are all looking forward to when we don’t have to shout through a mask at our friends and co-workers, this difficult year of interruption has provided a unique opportunity to consider improvements to our normal way of business. What better time to start a discussion on changes we could be making to improve our industry? I look forward to hearing all of your ideas on this and other equally important topics at the 2021 conference!

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