NEORSD Speakers Bureau sends experts to educate audiences

When Gwen Parker of Judson Manor retirement community called look­ing for someone to speak to their residents about “chemicals in the water,” the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s public information specialist Jennifer Elting jumped at the opportunity.  

“We’re always looking to get our message out to our community,” said Elting.

Together, she and Parker chose Environmental Specialist Elizabeth Toot-Levy, a member of the sewer district’s speakers bureau who knows all about the impact of pharmaceuticals on water qual­ity.

“I had a blast and I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” Toot-Levy said of her experience speaking with the Judson residents.

“We really had a wonderful captivated audience,” added Parker, who coordinates resident activities at Judson.  

As fall approaches and media attention turns to sewer rates and programs, more community groups are looking to learn more about the sewer district.

“It’s one of our most common re­quests,” Elting said. “People don’t know what the sewer district does and want to learn about our work and what their rates are paying for.”  

For years, the sewer district has made guest speakers available to speak on a variety of topics, but an official speakers bureau was established in 2009 to better coordinate requests. Speakers bureau members also visit numerous classrooms and share their career experiences at countless career days throughout the school year.

“I work with more than 50 employees from all aspects of our business,” said Elting. “From our treatment plants, to the environment and water quality, fish and aquatic life, and maintenance and engineering work, we match the audience up with someone who knows the topic. We have so many talented people here at the sewer district and they take great pride in their work.”  

If your community group or class would like to learn more about the sewer district’s work, please contact Jennifer Elting at 216.881.6600, via e-mail at, or online at  

“Requests and referrals are great because that means people are talking about us and the work we do,” said Elting.

Kim Jonesis communications manager for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 10:34 AM, 07.28.2009