Onsite Wastewater Professionals of Illinois

2024 Conference Speakers

Rick Maguire
Maguire Wastewater Solutions

Back by popular demand Rick will once again act as the Master of Ceremonies for the 21st annual OWPI Conference & Tradeshow.

Rick is both a past President and incoming President of the On-Site Wastewater Professionals of Illinois and has served on the Advisory commission for the organization. He has testified in front of the Illinois House of Representatives on key issues pertaining to the current code. Rick is a recipient of the Larry Vansickle Memorial Award for Contributions to the On-Site Industry, winning the award in 2013. He is well respected among his peers as someone who looks to new technology and methods for improving the installation of On-Site systems.

Marilyn Sucow
Northeast Illinois Floodplain Program Manager
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources

Marilyn Sucoe is the Northeastern Illinois Floodplain Program Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She works with communities in Illinois on compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program. She has 35 years of experience working as an engineering consultant and working for local governments in Illinois.


Marilynn is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager and has a BS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois. She was named the Illinois Floodplain Manager of the Year in 2018.



Today Marilyn will be speaking  on how to obtain and interpret a floodplain map when needed to design, install, and maintain onsite treatment systems.

Hector Hernandez
Motivational Speaker
President Hectorspeaks

Last year our next speaker stole the OWPI show. Hector Hernandez, along with his K9 partner Malo, taught us how to prevent a dog attack or, if an attack was imminent, how to minimize your chances of injury. Hector continues to influence public policy and improve the world by empowering people through his other presentations, including his presentation on “Top Employee Performance,” which focuses on retention and safety. Hector covers various essential topics, including human emotions, the power of seeking advice, attitude, appearance, body language, employee relations, effective conversations, and much more. Hector conveys his timely, empowering expertise with an ear and eye-catching public speaking style.

Today Hector will be speaking on the skills necessary to build long term professional relationships with customers, contractors, & regulators.

Trooper Kyle DeGroot
Statewide Training Coordinator
Commercial Vehicle Section
Illinois State Police

Last year our next two speakers session scared every contractor and pumper with information pertaining to owning and operating commercial vehicles. We received a lot of very positive comments on their presentation and requests for an encore performance.

Trooper Keith Cameron
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer
Illinois State Police

Trooper Keith Cameron has been with the Illinois State Police for 17 years and has worked as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer for the last 9 years. Trooper Cameron is a Hazardous Materials Instructor as well as a Enhanced Radioactive Materials Instructor. He was voted the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the Year for the Southern Region.

This year the Officers will be conducting an inspection on this rig that was generously provided by Oscar Kinsel of Kinsel Trucking & Excavating located in Canton, IL. Now we’re going to be passing the hat around to help Oscar cover the costs of the fines pertaining to the violations the Troopers will find on this rig, so be generous!

Jacob Brewser
Machine Control & Grading Specialist
SITECH Mid-America

Jacob Brewster has been a Machine Control and Grading Specialist for SITECH Mid America since August of 2020.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Agricultural Systems Technology and Industrial Technology with a minor in Agricultural Business.  He currently sells and supports Trimble Technology in the southern Illinois region for machine control systems, site positioning systems, marine/dredging systems, and Teledyne systems. 


We have had several requests from regulators to provide training on the use of grade lasers. Today Jacob will show how to properly set up a grade laser and how to shoot grades like a professional. Now the contractors are not happy we are teaching the regulators how to shoot grades due to the fact that from now on they will have to actually get the tanks and field level!

Roger Watwood
Southern Illinois Damage Prevention Manager

Roger Watwood is the Southern Illinois Damage Prevention Manager for JULIE, Inc., the Illinois One-Call Center.  For more than 15 years, he’s led outreach campaigns and on-site safety training working with farmers, the excavation community, underground utilities, and the general public to raise awareness in Southern Illinois regarding the importance of calling 811 to have underground lines located and marked prior to starting projects that involved digging.


Prior to joining JULIE, Watwood worked for 15 years at the City of Marshall utility department which operates electric, gas, sewer, street, water, and communication facilities.  He also spent several years working in the general construction and engineering industry.  Roger holds an IEPA Class C Water operator certificate and an IEPA Class 3 Wastewater operator certificate.


Roger is going to go over changes to the JULIE protocols and update us on the changes to the law.

Dustin Miller
Compliance Assistance Specialist

Dustin Miller is a Compliance Assistance Specialist with the OSHA Fairview Heights Area Office and has been with OSHA for 21 years, previously serving as a Compliance Officer.  Prior to joining OSHA, Dustin worked as a Human Resources Manager at a foundry/machine shop operation and as a Safety Manager in the petrochemical construction industry.  Dustin holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Development and Bachelor of Science in Safety Management from Indiana State University.



This afternoon Dustin will share insights into the Agency’s current activities.  Topics will include organizational makeup, outreach initiatives and campaigns, enforcement data and emphasis programs, inspections/penalties, along with a dissemination of OSHA’s regulatory agenda.

Chad Moorman
Program Director
Illinois Department of Public Health

Chad Moorman is the Private Sewage Disposal Program Manager for the State of Illinois, within the Illinois Department of Public Health. He is a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner.   He began his career as a sanitarian with the Sangamon County Health Department in August 1996.  On January 2, 2003, He started working at the Illinois Department of Public Health.  He has over 27 years of experience working within the Private Sewage Disposal Program and public health.


As our final speaker Chad will be discussing updates to the IDPH Code and will answer any questions you may have regarding the code.

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