Monday, October 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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Patricia Barnes 
Ohio Healthy Homes Network 

The Ohio Healthy Homes Network is pleased to present Lead Service Line Replacement: National, State and Local Initiatives, one of six webinars in the Fall Healthy Homes Webinar Series held October 19-22. With Ohio ranked second only to Illinois in miles of residential lead service lines (LSL), advocates at the national, state and local levels are working hard to improve policies and secure resources for LSL replacement. This webinar will discuss the latest national news on LSL replacement, how Ohio's laws and policies compare to other states, new bi-partisan LSL legislation in the Ohio House and community organizing to secure LSL replacement in a central city Toledo neighborhood.

Date and Time:  October 19, 2020.  10:00  - 11:30 am EST

Continuing Education:  1.25 hours Registered Sanitarian CE applied for


Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Kristy Meyer, Associate Director, Freshwater Future 

Alexis Smith, Junction Coalition and Freshwater Future, Toledo


Wendy Patton, Senior Project Director, State Fiscal Project, Policy Matter


Speaker and Moderator Biographies:

Tom Neltner is the Environmental Defense Fund’s Chemicals Policy Director. He leads efforts to remove or minimize hazardous chemicals from products and the marketplace through cross-cutting policy initiatives. His primary focus is on food additive safety and reducing exposure to lead in our homes and communities. He is a chemical engineer and attorney with experience in chemical safety issues in the workplace, the environment, the home, consumer products, and food.

Kristy Meyer is an Associate Director at Freshwater Future. Kristy supports community groups in forwarding equitable policies and regulations for clean, safe, affordable, and accessible drinking water in communities throughout the Great Lakes states and provinces. Previously as the Vice President of Policy with the Ohio Environmental Council, Kristy led and co-led critical work that transformed the ability of the Lake Erie region to respond to its most significant challenges.

Alexis Smith has lived and been a resident of the Junction Community since birth. She started her journey of community engagement at the age of 12 years old, working with other youth leaders to keep their neighborhood clean, safe, and informed. Alexis graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Bioengineering in May 2019. She currently works for Freshwater Future full-time working on projects like their storm-water app, youth and community engagement, as well as supporting Freshwater Future in all of its technology needs. Alexis is still a resident in the Junction community and has used her talents, networks, and resources to strengthen and sustain community voice and action.

Wendy Patton is the team leader for the fiscal project of the State Priorities Partnership, which is affiliated with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Prior to joining Policy Matters Ohio in 2009, Wendy served as an executive assistant for economic development for Governor Ted Strickland, as a deputy director of business development for the Ohio Department of Development, as a vice president for the Columbus Urban Growth Corporation and as a program coordinator for the Ohio Employee Ownership Center.