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  • Chris Nelson
  • Mary Parcher
  • Cynthia Paul
  • Janice Pearson
  • Ronald Poltak
  • Michael Pomes
  • Jennifer Pruett
  • Ehsan Rasa
  • Kent Reid
  • Bob Renkes
  • Stephen Reuter
  • Roland Riegel
  • Todd Ririe
  • Jim Rocco
  • Dania Rodriguez
  • Peter Rollo
  • Doug Sarno
  • Robert Schlegel
  • Thomas Schruben
  • John Sherrill
  • Kris Shiffer
  • Tim Smith
  • John Sohl
  • Roy Spaulding
  • Karen Stachowski
  • Jesse Taylor
  • Michael Taylor
  • Ben Thomas
  • Pamela Trowbridge
  • Robert Truesdale
  • Bill Truman
  • Carol Tucker
  • Omar Tyson
  • Ted Unkles
  • John Wade
  • John Wagner
  • Jim Weaver
  • Charles Whisman
  • James White
  • Brian Wiegert
  • John Wilson
  • Matthew Young
  • Paul Zahn

  • Chris Nelson, Avanti Corporation
    2417 N. Rocky View Road
    Castle Rock, CO 80108
    Tel: 303-880-6119

    Mr. Nelson has twenty-five years of experience in environmental consulting, technology development, and management. His experience includes working for large and small consulting companies and with commercial and government clients. He successfully developed and demonstrated some of the first bioremediation and in-situ oxidation technologies and he has provided technical oversight on over 500 projects located around the world. More recently he has been focused on green and sustainable remediation technologies including phytoremediation and microbial fuel cell technology. Mr. Nelson has authored over 50 professional publications and presentations. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer.

    Mary Parcher, Groundwater and Environmental Services
    1750 Kraft Drive
    Suite 2700
    Blacksburg, VA 24060
    Tel: (540) 552-0685

    Mary Parcher is a Principal Scientist with almost 20 years of environmental consulting experience and manages the operation of Environmental Systems and Technologies (ES&T), the technology support division of Groundwater and Environmental Services (GES). She specializes in the modeling of multiphase flow and chemical fate and transport for NAPLs. She directed the development of and coauthored the API Interactive LNAPL Guide, and has been involved with a variety of organizations developing training materials, guidance documents, and standards associated with the analysis and remediation of NAPL. Her project experience encompasses retail stations, terminals, refinery complexes, and industrial sites. She performed technical analyses for facilities across the country as well as in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Ms. Parcher has a MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech.

    Cynthia Paul, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    919 Kerr Research Dr.
    Ada, OK 74820
    Tel: (580) 436-8556

    Cynthia J. Paul is an Environmental Scientist in the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Laboratory, Ground Water and Ecosystem Restoration Division (GWERD), Subsurface Remediation Branch. Her recent research focus has been evaluating passive diffusion samplers at UST sites for use in calibrating the Johnson and Ettinger Model (JEM) for vapor intrusion assessment. Field sites include A1 Movers in Madison, WI, Hal's Chevron in Green River, UT, and Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, CA. Additional vapor intrusion research has been conducted at the Raymark Superfund site in Stratford, CT. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology from East Central University, Ada, OK and a M.S. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.

    Janice Pearson, EPA Region 8
    1595 Wynkoop
    Denver, CO 80202
    Tel: 303-312-6354

    Janice Pearson is the team leader for the Underground Storage Tank Program for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Region 8, Denver, Colorado. She has been the team leader for over 7 years. She has worked for the Agency for over 20 years. She has 7 years of UST compliance and LUST remediation experience, 11 years in RCRA hazardous waste compliance and remediation and 2 years as a Superfund Remedial Program Manager.

    Ronald Poltak, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Com
    116 John Street
    Lowell, MA 01852
    Tel: 978-323-7929

    Ron Poltak has served as the Executive Director of NEIWPCC since 1983. Under his leadership, the Commission has dramatically increased its activities related to water quality, wastewater treatment, drinking water, and training, and expanded its focus to include issues such as nonpoint source pollution, underground storage tanks, and new threats like mercury. Before joining NEIWPCC, he served as the director of the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. He also spent 15 years with the New Hampshire Governor's Office in various senior environmental positions. In total, he has spent more than 30 years in the environmental policy development and implementation. In 2006, he received an EPA Lifetime Achievement Merit Award, which honors individuals who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the environment.

    Michael Pomes, KDHE
    1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
    Topeka, KS 66612-1367
    Tel: 785-296-1685

    Michael L. Pomes is Chief of the Preventative Unit in the Storage Tank Section at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in Topeka. His unit is responsible for registration and permitting of USTs and ASTs, operating a cost-reimbursement program for facilities upgrading to meet SPCC requirements; and administering a contractor licensing program for UST installers, removers, and tightness testers. Michael has 3 degrees in geology: a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; an MS from Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS; and a PhD from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Michael is a Kansas-licensed geologist and a NACE-certified cathodic protection tester.

    Jennifer Pruett, New Mexico Environment Department
    1301 Siler Road, Bldg B
    Santa Fe, NM 87507
    Tel: (505) 476-4392

    Jennifer Pruett has been a manager for New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau since September 2006, and currently serves as Acting Bureau Chief. Prior to the Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau, she was in the General Counsel's Office of the NMED for six years and helped create the state's underground storage tank program in 1986. From 1990 until 2006, Ms. Pruett was a sole practitioner, working primarily in environmental law. She taught environmental law courses at University of New Mexico School of Law, provided contract litigation services for law firms in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and was a Hearing Officer for NMED. She received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from University of New Mexico.

    Ehsan Rasa, University of California, Davis
    PES bldg, One Shield Ave.
    Davis, CA 95616
    Tel: (530) 574-8193

    Ehsan Rasa is a last-year PhD student of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Davis where he received his master's degree. His research involves the determination of fate and transport of petroleum compounds including BTEX, MTBE, and TBA in subsurface and the impact of ethanol on natural attenuation of these compounds. He uses modeling and field data interpretation to extrapolate from field experiment results. His work has included estimation of contaminant mass discharge and the impact of back-diffusion of the petroleum compounds MTBE and TBA.

    Kent Reid, Veeder-Root
    125 Powder Forest Drive
    Simsbury, CT 06070
    Tel: (860) 651-2700

    Kent Reid is the Vice President of Strategic Development for Veeder-Root, headquartered in Simsbury Connecticut. Kent joined Veeder Root in 2001 and is responsible for technology and product development to meet the ever-changing regulatory environment. He has been involved in the petroleum industry since 1988 primarily focused on environmental monitoring and compliance. Before joining Veeder-Root, he was with Red Jacket where he served as Vice President and General Manager of their Electronic Monitoring Division. Prior to joining Red Jacket he worked in the data acquisition and control industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering from Utah State University.

    Bob Renkes, Petroleum Equipment Institute
    P. O. Box 2380
    Tulsa, OK 74101
    Tel: (918) 494-9696

    Bob Renkes is executive vice president and general counsel of the Petroleum Equipment Institute, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has written the TulsaLetter for PEI since 1987. A frequent presenter at OUST national tanks conferences for over 20 years, he also writes a regular column, Field Notes, for L.U.S.T. Line.

    Stephen Reuter, New Mexico Environment Department/PSTB
    5500 San Antonio Drive NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    Tel: (505) 222-9577

    Steve Reuter received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology in 1976 from Montclair State College. Wishing to participate in exciting geophysical field work in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Steve joined Century Geophysical Corporation in Grants, NM. After two years of uranium exploration Steve attended graduate school at the University of Texas-at El Paso and earned an M.S. in Geology. Exxon hired Steve to work in Midland, Texas at the height of the 80's oil boom. He broke into the environmental field by forming an independent consulting firm called "Advent Environmental Services." Steve joined the NM Environment Department in 1996. He left State work to perform corrective action at Superfund sites. Steve rejoined the NM Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau as the District 1 Geologist Manager, where he currently oversees corrective action associated with petroleum storage tanks.

    Roland Riegel, Underwriters Labs
    1285 Walt Whitman Road

    Melville, NY 11717
    Tel: (631) 271-6200 x 22421
    Poster Presenter

    Roland Riegel has been at UL for 24 years in three different engineering departments that provide overall safety assessments for certification of a broad range of mechanical & electrical residential, commercial and industrial products, and flammable liquid containment products. In 2002 he was selected as UL's Primary Designated Engineer for Flammable Liquid Containment Products, with key global responsibilities that include:
    - UL Representation on various Standard & Code technical committees, such as NFPA 30, 30A, 31, ASTM F15.10, UL Standards Technical Panels, ULC Standards Development Panels, and special Industry Task Groups.
    - Assessment of new and unusual or complex technical products; preparation and upkeep of global data sheets and form reports; and engineering support and training.
    - Participation in UL policy development of coordinated requirements for material compatibility with fuels.
    - Technical oversight of UL certifications and consistency.

    Todd Ririe, BP
    4 Centerpointe Drive
    La Palma, CA 90623
    Tel: (714) 670-3062

    Todd Ririe provides environmental technology support to BP operations in the areas of soil and groundwater contamination and vapor intrusion. He is currently the chairman of the Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF) where he has helped to organize numerous meetings and workshops that deal with environmental issues associated with petroleum hydrocarbons. He has over 25 years of experience within the oil industry and has a PhD degree in geology from the University of Iowa.

    Jim Rocco, Sage Risk Solutions LLC
    360 Heritage Road
    Aurora, OH 44202
    Tel: (330) 562-9391

    Jim Rocco has over 30 years of experience in environmental risk management, including storage tank systems, corrective action, property transactions, risk assessment, multi-criteria structured decision making, risk communication, legislative and regulatory technical support, and liability management. He was employed by BP Exploration & Oil Inc. for 25 years in engineering and management positions related to environmental compliance for retail marketing, product stewardship, and industrial hygiene. He is currently a principle in Sage Risk Solutions LLC which provides environmental risk management services to public and private organizations. Through Sage Risk Solutions LLC, he is a member of Vita Nuova LLC, a company that specializes in the redevelopment and revitalization of environmentally-impacted properties and neighborhoods. He has worked with stakeholders at all levels, including federal and state environmental regulators, and communities surrounding facilities. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board.

    Dania Rodriguez, ASTSWMO
    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Suite 315

    Washington, DC 20001

    Dania Rodriguez is the Deputy Executive Director for the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) in Washington, DC. For a number of years, she has served as the liaison between the States/Territories and numerous Federal Agencies such as EPA and DOD on important policy issues. Dania currently staffs the Hazardous Waste and Program and Information Exchange Subcommittees for the Association, oversees the Association's Grants and Cooperative Agreements, is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of meetings and conferences, helps disseminate pertinent information to all parties, and provides support to all of the ASTSWMO Subcommittees and its work groups. Prior to her career at ASTSWMO, Dania worked for the American Petroleum Institute (API). Dania received a B.A. in Political Science from Hood College - Frederick, Maryland.

    Peter Rollo, Delaware Dept of Nat Resources & Environ Control
    Tank Management Branch
    391 Lukens Drive
    New Castle, DE 19720
    Tel: (302) 395-2500

    Peter Rollo is an Engineer IV with Delaware's Tank Management Branch, where he has worked since 1999. Prior employment includes 13 years in municipal and industrial consulting engineering and 3 years with Public Service Electric & Gas Co. at its Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations. He is currently a member of the National Work Group on Leak Detection Evaluations (NWGLDE) which reviews 3rd party evaluations of leak detection equipment used in underground and aboveground storage tank systems; he also serves on the 2010 PEI RP 100 Tank Installation Review Committee. For DNREC, he reviews and approves designs and plans for UST & AST installations, retrofits and upgrades, including vapor recovery equipment, and is responsible for compliance and policy issues including those related to alternative fuel dispensing systems. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management and a Masters degree in Environmental Pollution Control Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University.

    Doug Sarno, Forum Facilitation Group
    1028 South Walter Reed Drive, Suite 821
    Arlington, Virginia 22204
    Tel: 703-521-1459

    Douglas (Doug) Sarno is a civil engineer with more than 25 years experience in environmental cleanup including over 20 years of experience in planning and implementing public participation programs. He is also an International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Master Trainer. Doug has written and spoken widely on public participation issues. He has designed and implemented successful and effective public participation programs throughout the world. Doug has also developed training and guidance for public participation programs for numerous agencies, and regularly conducts independent evaluations of public participation programs. Doug has devoted much of his career to improving environmental decision-making and effectively engaging diverse groups of stakeholders in complex and controversial decisions.

    Robert Schlegel, State of Colorado
    633 17th St. Suite #500
    Denver, CO 80202
    Tel: (303) 378-6812

    Robert Schlegel has been an Oil Inspector for the State of Colorado for the past five years. He spent seven years as a petroleum equipment installer primarily installing AST and UST fuel systems including tanks, piping, and associated hardware. Using his experiences as an installer, he is able to perform and improve upon the quality of inspections. He enjoys working with a group of individuals motivated to regulate in a way that creates a working relationship with our tank owners to help them understand how to keep in compliance.

    Thomas Schruben,
    9705 Kingston Road
    Kensington, MD 20895
    Tel: (301) 613-8858

    Tom Schruben is an environmental risk management consultant. He started his professional career as an environmental engineer in 1981 and in 1986, he joined EPA OUST to help write the Federal UST regulations. While at EPA he assisted State regulatory programs and State Funds with release prevention and corrective action issues. He has helped develop many of the ASTM site assessment and remediation standards. He joined the insurance industry in 1992 and directed the environmental division of United Capitol Insurance Company. In 2000 he became an independent environmental risk management consultant for tank owners and State Funds. He investigates UST failures, recovering costs from insurers, manufacturers of defective products, and negligent installers and release detection contractors. He also assists in the redevelopment of petroleum Brownfields.

    John Sherrill, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
    1021 North Grand Avenue, East
    PO Box 19276
    Springfield, IL 62794-9276
    Tel: (217) 785-5697

    John Sherrill currently serves as Illinois' LUST Program Remediation Coordinator. Prior to this, he worked seven years for Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation at a Superfund cleanup site and the last eighteen years with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. During his tenure at IL EPA, he served seven years as Fiscal Officer and five years as Manager of a Technical Cleanup Unit. He has given written and oral testimony for two rulemakings - Risk-Based Cleanup Objectives and Proportionate Share Liability. He has also managed the largest groundwater sampling effort in the Illinois EPA's history, of more than 800 residential groundwater wells in DuPage County. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Science in Geography from South Illinois University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at University of Illinois at Springfield where he teaches Environmental Law.

    Kris Shiffer, PA DEP
    400 Market Street
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101
    Tel: (717) 772-5809

    Kris Shiffer is the Environmental Group Manager serving as Chief, Aboveground & Underground Tanks Technical Section within Pennsylvania's Division of Storage Tanks. He is responsible for overseeing the statewide administration, planning, development, and enforcement of the storage tank technical program areas. Prior to accepting this position, he held the position of Water Quality Specialist Supervisor, Environmental Cleanup Program, Storage Tank Section, Southcentral Regional Office providing oversight for the compliance of over 3100 regulated facilities and tank-related complaint investigations. A graduate of Penn State University, Kris enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, Tammy, and their three daughters.

    Tim Smith, U.S. EPA OUST
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20460
    Tel: (703) 603-7158

    Tim Smith is a member of the Policy and Standards Division at the U.S. EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST). He led the operator training work group to develop EPA's operator training grant guidelines as required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. He is also OUST's primary point of contact on issues related to release detection, UST compliance inspector training, and inspections.

    John Sohl, COLUMBIA Technologies
    1448 South Rolling Road
    Baltimore, MD 21227
    Tel: (888) 344-2704

    John Sohl is the Chief Executive Officer for COLUMBIA Technologies. With over 35 years of experience in senior technical project management and business development, he is responsible for the overall direction of COLUMBIA Technologies' corporate activities, the quality of field services, capital structure, and business development. As the co-founder of the award winning real-time information processing system, SmartData Solutions(R), he has successfully played an integral role in providing his clients with real-time and visualization platforms. This has resulted in long-term cost savings and effective site characterization for locations throughout North America and Hawaii. With a high level of involvement in over 700+ projects including oil companies, government agencies, environmental consultants, commercial real estate owners, developers and managers, architectural and engineering firms, lawyers, and contractors the chances are pretty high that he has worked on a project similar to the one you have at hand. He holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Roy Spaulding, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    279 Plant Sciences
    East Campus
    University of Nebraska
    Lincoln, NE 68428
    Tel: (402) 472-8214

    Roy F. Spalding, Ph.D., is a professor with the Agronomy and Horticulture Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For thirty years his research interests have surrounded investigations of mechanisms to assess, prevent and remediate nonpoint agrochemical contamination. An example project is the utilization of in situ amended biodenitrification to provide municipal well water with reduced nitrate concentrations in compliance with maximum contaminant levels. Presently his interests are focused more on the fate and transport of releases of biofuel to surface water and groundwater. He has over 100 referred publications in the field. Roy received his MSPH from the University of North Carolina in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in geochemical oceanography. Roy is presently an active member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council's Biofuels team. Roy also serves on several national research advisory boards.

    Karen Stachowski, TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation
    401 Church Street, L&C Tower, 20th Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Tel: (615) 532-0114

    Karen H. Stachowski is an Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. She has been with the Department for approximately 11.5 years. Her duties include supervising the Legal Support Section in the Office of General Counsel. This section includes the Department's Rule-making Coordinator, the Civil Enforcement Coordinator, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program Manager, and two criminal investigators. In addition, she manages the caseload of the Office of General Counsel through case assignments and individual reviews with each attorney. She has worked as the Department's Deputy Commissioner of Environment and as an Assistant General with the Department. Additionally, she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Law Enforcement & Special Prosecution Division of the Office of the Attorney General before leaving to practice law with the firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis. She received her J.D. from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, The University of Memphis and her B.S. in Biology from the Mississippi University for Women.

    Jesse Taylor, Remington Technologies
    8100 Arkins Court

    Loveland, CO 80538
    Tel: (970) 278-1646

    Jesse Taylor has been a practicing geologist since 1978. He began work as a petroleum geologist where his focus was the integration of seismic data with geologic stratigraphy to explore for hydrocarbon deposits. He then worked as an environmental consultant with an emphasis on assessment and the remediation of petroleum impacted soil and groundwater. For the past ten years, he has been dedicated to the development of in-situ injection technology. As such, he has concentrated on the development of new injection techniques and the use and assessment of injected materials. He has a BS in Geology from the University of Georgia, an MBA from the University of Colorado and has completed a post-graduate program in environmental geosciences at the Colorado School of Mines.

    Michael Taylor, Vita Nuova LLC
    31A Jeremiah Road
    Sandy Hook, CT 06482
    Tel: 203-270-3413

    Michael Taylor is the founder and president of Vita Nuova LLC. He is a leading strategist in implementing redevelopment at brownfields and Superfund sites. The practice of seeking to redevelop sites in a sustainable manner reflects his interest in improving the community that surrounds them. He regularly serves as project manager, chief facilitator, and key strategist in working with stakeholders to sustainably redevelop projects around the country. His practice includes consulting to industry, the federal government, cities, and communities on numerous Superfund, Brownfield and RCRA sites. He works in small rural areas as well as inner city, environmental justice neighborhoods and on some of the most contaminated sites in the country. Bringing diverse parties to consensus on redevelopment is his expertise. He has developed numerous training courses and workshop curricula to support the redevelopment of brownfields and Superfund sites.

    Ben Thomas, Petroleum Training Solutions
    3495 Daisy Lane
    Clinton, WA 98236
    Tel: 360-321-4776

    Ben has been in the UST industry for 20 years, first as a Vermont and Alaska regulator and then as a consultant since 2002. Since then Ben has been traveling throughout the US doing inspector and operator training to audiences large and small. In 2004, Ben teamed up with Marcel Moreau and Steve Purpora and started Petroleum Training Solutions to create high quality online UST training courses.

    Pamela Trowbridge, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protectio
    909 Elmerton Avenue
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
    Tel: (717) 705-4839

    Pamela Trowbridge is a Licensed Professional Geologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) in Harrisburg. She has worked for the PA DEP since 1993. She is experienced in regulation, guidance, policy, and procedure development and is working on developing guidance and procedures for addressing separate phase liquids in soils and groundwater. She conducts training seminars of basic program information in the Land Recycling Program to consultants and the regulated community and provides training to DEP staff on new procedures and technical issues. She has been the co-leader for the ITRC LNAPL Team since the team formed in 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree in earth sciences from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania in 1992 and is a Licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania.

    Robert Truesdale, RTI International
    3040 Cornwallis Road
    Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina 27709
    Tel: (919)541-6152

    Robert Truesdale is a senior geologist with over 30 years experience in developing and applying multimedia guidance, sampling methods, and risk-based methodologies for EPA and other clients. He led the technical support behind EPA's 1996 Soil Screening Guidance and has been involved in the development of vapor intrusion (VI) guidance since 2000, including state guidance and updates to EPA's 2002 draft VI guidance. He is currently supporting EPA's efforts to develop guidance on petroleum VI. Over the past eight years, he has organized and led nine conference sessions on VI and soil gas sampling, including 7 specialty workshops for EPA. He leads RTI's multimedia DDT sampling efforts in Africa in support of indoor residual spraying (IRS) for malaria control, and is directing a field study of vapor intrusion processes and measurement techniques for EPA's Office of Research and Development. He is currently a senior scientist in RTI's water resources and ecosystems management center where he directs research projects on wetlands and ecosystems services.

    Bill Truman, EPA R4
    61 Forsyth St.
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303
    Tel: (404) 562-9457

    William E. Truman is the Regional Program Manager for the Underground Storage Tank (UST) program for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Region 4 office in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served in the UST Program at EPA for 12 years, and prior to that, served at the state level with the Florida DEP in a similar role. He also worked as a petroleum geologist for Chevron and Samedan Oil in Louisiana. He is a Professional Geologist, with degrees in geology from Clemson University (B.S.) and Virginia Tech (M.S.).

    Carol Tucker, US EPA
    5 Post Office Square
    Suite 100 (OSRR07-3)
    Boston, MA 02109-3912
    Tel: (617) 918-1221

    Carol Goldsberry Tucker has worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 21 years in various programs including air emissions, water enforcement, emergency response, Superfund and Brownfields. In addition, she worked for three years on a detail to the City of Lowell in the Division of Planning and Development as the City's Brownfields Coordinator. She is currently the Brownfields Program Section Chief in the US EPA New England Regional Office. She received a Master in City Planning from MIT in City Design and Development in 2002. She has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a B.S. in Engineering from Brown University.

    Omar Tyson, CT-DEP
    79 Elm Street
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Tel: (860) 424-3116
    Poster Presenter

    Omar Tyson is currently a Sanitary Engineer II within the Storage Tank Enforcement Unit. He has a well-rounded background; having worked as a mechanical engineer (P&W), an Electrical/Systems engineer (NU) and a corporate engineer (NUCON Engineering). He has over 12 years of engineering experience, 7 of which are in the environmental field. He is responsible for the inspection, compliance, and enforcement of all regulated USTs within Southeastern Connecticut. To date he has performed over 2,500 unannounced UST compliance inspections and has generated multiple enforcement actions as a result. As a member of the LEAN Implementation Team, he was responsible for evaluating the program's UST inspection process in an effort to eliminate non-value added steps while achieving greater efficiency. The successful LEAN project resulted in a 300-400% increase in UST inspections and also has been implemented in various other programs throughout the agency. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering/Tuskegee University in Alabama

    Ted Unkles, Vermont DEC
    103 S. Main Street
    Waterbury, VT 05671
    Tel: (802) 241-3882

    Ted Unkles has worked for the State of Vermont's UST program for 20 years. He began working as a field inspector in 1990. He has been the program Coordinator for approximately the past 12 years. In addition to his UST duties, Ted is a member of the DEC Spill response team, and he is also a member of the Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team. Ted has a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science from Dartmouth College, and a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from Antioch University-New England. Ted also serves as Chairman of the Selectboard of the Town of Bradford, Vermont. Since the town has an underground tank containing diesel fuel at its highway maintenance garage, he occasionally gets to view the UST Program from the point of view of the regulated public.

    John Wade, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.
    374 Meridian Parke Lane, Suite C
    Greenwood, IN 46142
    Tel: (317) 889-5760

    Mr. Wade is a Senior Consultant with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources (Indianapolis office) with over thirty years of actuarial experience. He is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (2002) and serves on the CAS Committee on Professionalism Education and the American Academy of Actuaries' Emerging Issues Task Force (P&C). Client engagements include reserve analyses, financial examination support, rate development, and filing reviews for insurance companies and regulators. He has provided funding studies for various public entities. He has provided filing support in most US jurisdictions and currently serves as the consulting actuary to the Indiana Department of Insurance, providing several hundred rate filing reviews and other services since 2005. He holds BS (1977) and MA (1979) degrees in actuarial science from Ball State University.

    John Wagner, Southern Nevada Health District
    8209 Lucky Charm Ct.
    Las Vegas, NV 89149
    Tel: (702) 480-1629

    John Wagner is a Nevada Certified Environmental Manager and Registered Environmental Health Specialist at the Southern Nevada Health District. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Microbiology. A strong supporter of public service and education, he also holds a graduate certificate in Public Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Jim Weaver, U.S. EPA ORD
    960 College Station Road

    Athens, GA 30605
    Tel: (770) 725-4449

    Dr. Jim Weaver has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development for 21 years - initially at the ground water research center in Ada, Oklahoma and since 1997, at the Ecosystems Research Division in Athens, Georgia. He has worked on the development and testing of simulation models for fuel releases, evaluation of field behavior of contaminants, and oil spill response planning. He received Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelors degree from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

    Charles Whisman, Groundwater and Environmental Services
    440 Creamery way
    Exton, PA 19341
    Tel: (610) 458-1077 x 3008

    Chuck Whisman, P.E., as the Senior Vice President of Engineering for GES, is responsible for leading engineering and environmental remediation initiatives throughout the company's 35 offices internationally. These initiatives include developing new technologies, leading green and sustainable remediation practices, identifying innovative remediation solutions for energy, government, and industrial clients, standardizing engineering design and system installation procedures/protocols, developing Marcellus Shale engineering and consulting services, and providing guidance to GES engineering departments. He has over 16 years of engineering and project management experience pertaining to remediation sites impacted with a wide range of contaminants. During his career, he has been involved in more than 400 remediation system pilot test and design projects and evaluations throughout the United States that have incorporated various remediation technologies.

    James White, BP
    6 Centerpointe Dr
    La Palma, California 90623-2503
    Tel: 714-670-3921

    James S. White is Manager of HSSE Regulatory Affairs for BP with over 38 years of experience in the petroleum products marketing industry. His career began with ARCO and included operational experience within retail and distribution. He has been involved in HSSE government relations since 1985. Following early retirement from ARCO in 1995, he established WHITE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATES and was heavily involved in MtBE matters regarding underground tanks. His expertise extends to policy matters involving USTs, ASTs, Stage I & II vapor recovery and other HSSE issues involving retail fuel outlets. He is a member of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the American Petroleum Institute. He is also an O&E member of the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI).

    Brian Wiegert, Rounds & Associates
    2894 - 106th Street, Suite 220
    Urbandale, IA 50323
    Tel: (515) 334-3010

    Brian Wiegert is VP of Underwriting/Loss Control for Rounds & Associates. Rounds & Associates is a consulting company that specializes in providing environmental risk management and inspection/loss control/training services to the petroleum and insurance industries. He has 25 years experience in the petroleum industry. He served as operations manager for a large convenience store chain. He has been a licensed UST Inspector/Installer. He was recently elected to the PEI board of directors. He currently serves: On PEI's RP 900 Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems; On Underwriter Laboratories technical standard panels for UL1316 and UL58; As a manager for Compliance Inspections for Iowa (PMMIC/IDNR); Appointed by the Governor of Iowa to serve on the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board.

    John Wilson, U.S. EPA
    919 Kerr Research Drive
    Ada, OK 74820
    Tel: (580) 436-8534
    Poster Presenter

    John Wilson is a research microbiologist for U.S. EPA and has worked at the R.S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, Oklahoma since 1978. Currently, he conducts research on in-situ bioremediation of chlorinated solvents, and on natural attenuation of BTEX compounds, fuel additives, and chlorinated solvents. In addition to his research activities, he provides training and technical assistance to the EPA regions and to state agencies on natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents, fuel additives and BTEX compounds in ground water. He has a B.S. in Biology from Baylor University, an M.A. in Microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD. in Microbiology from Cornell University.

    Matthew Young, EPA OUST
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    MC 5401P
    Washington , DC 20460-0001
    Tel: (703) 603-7143

    Matt Young is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Implementation Division of the EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST). His responsibilities include leading OUST's efforts in the development of petroleum vapor intrusion guidance for federally regulated underground storage tank sites, development of an online corrective action compendium, and is responsible for working with states and regions for collecting and reviewing performance measures associated with OUST semi-annual and ARRA reporting. He is a professional geologist, and received his bachelors of science from the University of Toledo in 1999. He has worked in OUST since 2008.

    Paul Zahn, Utah DEQ
    168 North 1950 West
    Salt Lake City, UT 84116
    Tel: (801) 536-4181

    Paul Zahn is a Section Manager for Utah's LUST Program. He has been in the LUST program since 1988. He has his BS and MS degrees in Geology.


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