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Meet the Staff

  • On  December 30, 2020 in |
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Lexie Andrews
Supervisor, OCAPP

How long have you worked for Ohio EPA?
A little over 5.5 years.

What excites you the most about the work that you do or your field of study?
Serving others both internally and externally is what excites me as I love seeing the positive results of good customer service. There is variety in working in OCAPP, so the excitement and challenge of learning new things and tackling new projects keeps me going. OCAPP offers so many services and has helped changed many people’s view of how a government agency operates. Whenever I receive feedback from a customer who has worked with our team and says they would have been completely lost or would have gone out of business without our assistance, it makes all the hard work worth it.

Favorite memory or accomplishment with the agency or related to your field?
I have to go with the Fall Virtual Compliance Assistance Conference (VCAC). 2020 has brought on its share of challenges, but I was fortunate to be part of a team that didn’t let the pandemic stop us from putting on a very successful conference using a platform we had never tried. Putting on an in-person conference is a challenge, but the virtual conference was more work than any of us envisioned. I love data, so being able to look at the number of people the Agency was able to educate through the VCAC was rewarding. During the beginning phases of conference planning, Dan Sowry, Assistant Chief, DEFA, joked that he wanted us to reach 10,000 registrations, we all thought he was a bit crazy, but in the end, we surpassed that goal. We ended up reaching participants in 37 states and provinces in North America. The positive feedback we received was overwhelming. Most feedback encouraged us to keep offering virtual training opportunities. So, after months of planning and three weeks of conference sessions, I would say being part of a team that took the challenge head on and surpassed expectations would be my favorite accomplishment thus far.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Family, friends, and fitness are my three favorite things to dedicate my time to outside of work. Since 2020 has put a damper on travel and large gatherings, I have tried to explore more outdoor activities in Ohio. I was recently able to do a ropes course and ziplining excursion with one of my friends, which is something we probably wouldn’t have gone for if it weren’t for 2020. Any time I get to see my family or friends, even at six feet apart, makes me happy. Lastly, I am fortunate enough to have an amazing morning team to train with at my local gym. They keep me accountable, push me to do more, and always set me up with the right mindset to conquer the rest of my day.

Who inspires you?
Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton is a huge inspiration. The way she leads with empathy and a dedication to service is something that I strive for in being both a supervisor and a public servant.

Katie Courtright
Manager, Loans and Grants

How long have you worked for Ohio EPA?
I joined the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization (DERR) in 2015 with the Targeted Brownfield Assessment program and came to DEFA in 2018.

What excites you the most about the work that you do or your field of study?
Reflecting over the last 15 years of my public service, each program I’ve worked with had two common elements: helping communities and improving the environment. Working in DEFA builds on those experiences and I’m very excited to be a part of this group.

Favorite memory or accomplishment with the agency or related to your field?
I have many great memories of traveling around the state meeting with communities, tromping over brownfield sites, digging through recycling bins and finding great local lunch spots. The most memorable and rewarding projects were those that seemed hopeless or unsolvable but came to fruition with the hard work and commitment from all involved.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
My husband and I have two small children and we love being outside. Introducing them to a new experience and watching their eyes fill with wonder is the best. We also like to travel and have been to a few countries in Europe. At some point, we would love to take the kids on a family trip and do some exploring.

Who inspires you?
I’m so fortunate to be consistently inspired by the people in my life. They’ve taught me, and I firmly believe, that when we put others first our cup will never run dry. A quote I often turn to for re-energizing my spirit is from Anne Frank “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” During this time of quarantines and separation, finding meaningful ways to stay connected has been challenging. Going outside our comfort zone to connect with others, voice those things you would normally convey with a hug or comforting presence is worth the effort. Stay connected and positive!