Rachel Easter
Water Bacteriologist-Chemist, City of Dayton- Department of Water

As a proud and lifelong Daytonian, Rachel Easter is a Water Bacteriologist-Chemist for the Dayton Water Department. She is impassioned about science, the environment and her community.

Education has always been an important part of Rachel's life. She began taking college courses at 15, taking the city bus downtown, to the community college. At 20 years old, Rachel received her bachelor's degree in Forensic Science with a minor in Chemistry. In 2013, before pursuing her career in science, she returned to her former high school to teach Chemistry and Material Science. Presently, she holds the position of Co-Chair on the Dayton Public School Parent, Family and Community Council. Through this, Rachel hopes to bridge the gap between the schools, the Board of Education and the community to create a more cohesive and nurturing learning environment. Even before joining the board, Rachel was an avid volunteer at community events such as the Montgomery County Science Day and Water Career Conference. Through her job with the City, Rachel has many opportunities to speak with children, many of whom are from impoverished and minority communities, about what it means to be a queer black woman in science and how they can also be anything they want to be if they push themselves. Coming from a similar background as many of these students, she wants them to know the possibilities that the world has to offer them.

During her time at Trine University, she was the voice of WEAX 88.3, broadcasting sports and curating music shows for radio. Rachel continued her passion for music and turned it into an entrepreneurial opportunity that she could also use to help her community. In 2018, alongside her fiancée Maya, she launched her own business, Dresden Entertainment Company. Their company offers affordable wedding services such as DJ, photography and officiating. She believes that everyone should be able to have their perfect wedding, regardless of cost or income. She also takes this opportunity to donate her time and services to the community by way of DJing community events and offering free senior portraits to low income students.

In Rachel's free time, she stays social and active by participating in sport leagues such as soccer, t-ball and even skee ball. Rachel enjoys exploring her local parks and stepping out of her comfort zone to try new things.