College of Law

Great Lakes Water Conference Speaker Profiles

22nd Annual Great Lakes Water Conference
"Public Health and Water"
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 


Panel One: Algae

Kenneth Kilbert

Professor and director of the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes at The University of Toledo College of Law. B.A., Bethany College; J.D., University of Pittsburgh. Courses taught by Prof. Kilbert include Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law. His scholarship focuses primarily on environmental and water law issues.

David Kennedy

Associate professor of medicine at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. B.S., John Carroll University; M.S., Biological Sciences, Medical College of Ohio; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Medical University of Ohio. His research includes how exposure to microcystin impacts human health.


Panel Two: PFAS

Evan Zoldan

Professor at The University of Toledo College of Law. B.A., New York University; J.D., Georgetown University. Courses taught by Prof. Zoldan include Administrative Law, Legislation, and Health Care Fraud. His scholarship interests include legislation and statutory interpretation.

Abigail Hendershott

Executive director for the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in Lansing, Mich. B.S., Michigan State University. She oversees Michigan's multi-agency efforts to protect public health by identifying sources of PFAS, addressing PFAS contamination at the sources, and working with local health departments to protect people in areas where groundwater is impacted by PFAS.

Erica Bloom

Toxics campaign director for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. B.A., Kalamazoo College; M.S., Environmental Health and Justice, University of Montana. Her work focuses primarily on leading the Great Lakes PFAS Action Network and campaigns through the Healthy Stuff Lab.


Panel Three: Lead/Lack of Access

Suzanne Novak

Senior attorney at Earthjustice in New York, NY. B.S., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., New York University. A litigator and policy advocate with a focus on safe drinking water, she currently is lead counsel in a lawsuit challenging recent amendments to the Lead and Copper Rule under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Michele Okoh

Assistant professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, inPortland, OR. B.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette; M.P.H., George Washington University; J.D., Duke University. Courses taught by Prof. Okoh include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Public Health Law. Her scholarship is at the intersection of criminal justice, environmental justice and public health, including how some communities have been denied access to public water systems.


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Last Updated: 10/26/22