Speaker Biographies

Block Andrews, Burns & McDonnell
Mr.  Andrews is the Dir. of Strategic Environmental Solutions in the Energy Global Practice. He has 27 years of environmental experience including 6 years as Dir. of Environmental Services for Aquila. His background includes environmental permitting, managing environmental strategic direction and environmental compliance for an electric utility, risk management, developing environmental impacts on resource planning, greenhouse gas reporting, & expert testimony.

Chrisna Baptista, US EPA
Ms. Baptista is an attorney-advisor in US EPA’s OECA. She formerly worked for the DOJ, is active in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and attended George Washington Univ. School of Law.

Jeffry Bennett, Barr Engineering
Jeff has nearly 20 years of air quality modeling experience with the State of Missouri developing air quality control plans for ozone and PM2.5, and conducting or supervising the review of all permit modeling projects. He has over 5 years experience as a Sr Air Quality Engineer with Barr in Jefferson City, MO supporting permitting and other regulatory evaluations for a variety of industrial clients.  These modeling analyses include dozens of criteria pollutant projects with “nearby” sources, photochemical modeling, and air toxics evaluations.

Andrew Berger, Indiana Manufacturers Association
Mr. Berger began at IMA in 2014 where he handles Tax, Environmental and Energy issues. He was Dir. of Governmental Affairs & General Counsel for the Association of IN Counties. He has worked with the IN Senate, Lt. Governor’s office & State Budget Agency. He graduated Hanover College and the IN Univ. School of Law

Greg Bertelsen, National Association of Manufacturers
Mr. Bertelsen is the Sr. Dir. of Energy & Resources Policy at NAM, the largest manufacturing association in the US, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector in all 50 states. He advocates on behalf of manufacturers on a variety of energy /environment issues, including EPA regulations, greenhouse gas issues, sustainability and energy efficiency policies. He has testified before US EPA on several occasions on a variety of issues. Greg worked as a policy expert at Siemens Corp. in their energy consulting division. He received a BA in economics at Dickinson College and a JD at American Univ. Washington College of Law.

David Bloomberg, Illinois EPA

Rob Brundrett, Ohio Manufacturers Association
Mr. Brundrett is the Director of Public Policy Services at OMA. He formerly worked in the Office of the OH Auditor of State, where he held the position of Dir. of Legislative Affairs. Rob has a background in government and law.  He holds a BA in Political Science from Xavier Univ. in Cincinnati and a JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State Univ.

Frank Capic, PE, Burns and McDonnell
Mr. Capic is PE with over 21 years of experience in environmental and civil engineering consulting. His experience is with the management, investigation and design of environmental remediation of impacted properties; and the management of groundwater treatment and product recovery systems. Other experience includes investigation & remediation of emergency response spills, petroleum system removals and replacements, LUST investigation and closures, and compliance services such as SWPPPs, SPCCs and NDPES permits.

Daniel Deeb, Schiff Hardin
Dan’s practice includes all facets of environmental law:  permitting, compliance and litigation, including Federal and state cases involving the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, brownfields redevelopment, and state analogs. Before practicing law, Dan worked as a senior chemist for an environmental consulting firm and clerked for US EPA’s OECA.

Mark Denzler, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
Mark Denzler is Vice President & COO of the IL Manufacturers’ Assoc. Denzler recently led successful efforts to pass hydraulic fracturing legislation, revamp the air permitting process at IL EPA, extend Enterprise Zones, and extend critical tax incentives including the R&D tax credit. He is a graduate of IL Wesleyan Univ. and was appointed by 2 Governors to the IL Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board.

Del Ehrich, Faegre Baker Daniels
Mr. Ehrich is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who focuses on complex environmental litigation. He has appeared in Federal and state courts in every region of the US. Delmar has represented clients in natural resources damages actions arising under state and Federal law, alleging impacts to soil, groundwater, surface water and other resources. He represents clients in enforcement matters brought by US EPA under all Federal environmental programs.

Laura Factor, Ohio EPA

Lawrence Falbe, Miller Canfield
Mr. Falbe focuses on environmental transactional support of real estate and corporate deals, environmental defense and litigation, Brownfields issues, environmental regulatory compliance and energy development/facility siting. Larry has more than 20 years of experience reviewing and analyzing Phase I and Phase II assessments to satisfy due diligence requirements, obtaining No Further Remediation Letters, evaluating the cost/benefit of transactions, and advising clients on potential liability and remediation issues. He also focuses on endangered species and wetland issues.

Lynn Fiedler, Michigan DEQ
Ms. Fiedler is Chief of the Air Quality Div. for MDEQ. She has over 25 years experience in the air program, most of that in permitting. She was instrumental in the redesign of the Permit to Install program, reducing permitting time by over 60%. Lynn has a BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State Univ.

Evan Fitzgerald, Kestrel Management
Evan helps companies respond to their changing environmental, health, and safety needs and requirements by providing assistance with process, energy, and environmental systems optimization. He specializes in implementing IT solutions—ranging from software selection to audit system design, to custom database creation—to increase business efficiency and foster positive returns. He helps clients automate EHS systems from the ground up, improve existing systems, and optimize them to reduce costs and improve performance.

Greg Fontaine, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Mr. Fontaine’s practice is focused on mining and minerals, waste management, and other heavy industries and agribusiness. He has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 businesses to individuals during his three-decade career. He regularly advises clients in a wide range of project-development, land-use, environmental review, permitting, and regulatory compliance/enforcement matters. He has tried cases in Federal and state courts and in administrative actions. He was General Counsel and later CEO for a group of agribusiness companies. He is a graduate of the Univ. of MN Law School.

Lisa Funderburg, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Lisa is a partner in Stinson’s Environment & Natural Resources Group. She assists clients with a wide range of environmental health and safety issues. Lisa was Chief Environmental Health & Safety Counsel for Energizer Holdings, where she worked for 25 years. There, she oversaw all environmental matters, transactions, environmental litigation and real estate matters for the consumer goods and personal care company. Lisa uses her extensive in-house experience to help clients find practical solutions to environmental health and safety challenges.

David Gillay, Barnes & Thornburg
Mr. Gillay is a partner in the firm’s Environmental Department. He obtained an advanced environmental engineering degree and practiced as an environmental consultant on various projects across the country. His legal practice primarily concentrates on: underground storage tank regulation; Brownfields projects; remediation projects dealing with soil, surface water and groundwater contamination; and assessing and managing the vapor intrusion pathway in real estate transactions and redevelopment activities.

Sean Grady, GHD
Sean is the Service Line Leader of GHD’s Waste Services and has over 20 years of regulatory, environmental remediation, and compliance consulting experience. He oversees staff located in several offices throughout the US and Canada.  Sean is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Jeremy Greenhouse, Environmental Law Group, Ltd.
Mr. Greenhouse is a partner with ELG in Minneapolis. A regular author and speaker on environmental issues, he advises clients on a broad range of environmental laws, with a particular focus on water regulation. He works extensively with clients in the mining and agricultural sectors and represents clients in state and Federal administrative and judicial proceedings.

Brian Hall, Ohio EPA
Mr. Hall is Asst. Chief for the Div. of Surface Water of Ohio EPA. His has oversight of the Water Quality Modeling & TMDL, Ecological Assessment, Standards and Technical Support, Information Resources Management and Fiscal units. Brian was the Manager of the Information Resource Management Section in Surface Water. As manager of that section he oversaw permit issuance and compliance reporting operations. Brian spent 12 years in the OEPA Northeast District Office in the NPDES program. He has a BS in civil engineering from the Univ.of Akron, is a PE and has a class 3 Ohio wastewater operator’s license.

Bill Hefner, The Environmental Law Group, Ltd.
Bill Hefner is a partner with The Environmental Law Group, Ltd. where he advises clients in all major aspects of environmental law, with a focus on air, water, contaminated properties and environmental review issues. Bill has been named to the lists of Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, and was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the MN Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board.

Liane Hetherington-Ward, Schreiber, Yonley & Associates/Trinity Consultants
Liane is a Senior Engineer with SYA/Trinity. She assists companies in addressing their environmental compliance & policy issues, with a particular focus on RCRA. Her strengths are the definition of solid waste & its nuances and history; regulatory interpretation; hazardous waste permitting; and strategically addressing regulatory developments & policy implications.

David Hindin, US EPA
Mr.  Hindin has held a variety of staff and management positions in US EPA, including litigating water enforcement cases, developing enforcement policies such as the SEP Policy, managing data analytics and performance measurement, and leading the development of electronic reporting tools for the NPDES and TRI programs. He is the career manager leading EPA’s Next Generation Compliance Initiative. David has a BS from Univ. of Michigan, an MA in psychology from Arizona State Univ., and a JD from Cal Berkeley.

Bob Hodanbosi, Ohio EPA

Bryan Hoye, Burns & McDonnell
Mr. Hoye, PG is a Sr. Geologist and Project Manager who has served on and managed a variety of environmental projects for private-sector and DoD clientele. His practice has focused on emerging contaminants, new environmental regulations, and innovative site characterization techniques.  He is a core member of Burns & Mac Remediation Practice and leads their Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Technical Group.

John Iwanski, Trinity Consultants
Mr. Iwanski is a director in Trinity’s office in suburban Oakbrook Terrace, IL. He conducts project management and senior technical consulting for a number of air quality projects ranging from complex permitting projects such as PSD, nonattainment NSR, and Title V permits, to regulatory reviews for planned changes, compliance audits, HAPs regulations, and greenhouse gas emissions reporting. He is also an instructor for Trinity’s seminars. John directs Trinity’s consulting operations across the northern and western US and Canada.

Anwar “AJ” Johnson, Illinois EPA
Mr. Johnson is the Division Manager of the IL EPA Records Management/FOIA Div. AJ obtained his undergraduate degree from the Univ. of CA, San Diego, and attended law school at Washington Univ. in St. Louis.  AJ is a member of the MO and IL Bars, and has experience in business and products liability litigation. He also has experience advising clients and government entities on various issues, including matters related to the disclosure of public records and information.

Matthew Johnson, Fehr Graham
Mr. Johnson, has developed a solid civil and structural engineering background over the last 15 years with a combination of practical, field, design, and project management experience. He leads a 20-person team in Champaign, IL and focuses much of his time on Water and Wastewater projects. Johnson is a licensed PE in IL, WI, IA, and MO. He is a graduate of the Univ. of IL Urbana-Champaign with both a BS and MS in Civil Engineering.

Allen Kacenjar, Squire Patton Boggs, LLC
Mr. Kacenjar is a partner in the firm’s global Environmental, Safety & Health Practice in Cleveland. His practice encompasses all areas of environmental law with emphases in regulatory development and advocacy, high-stakes litigation, and complex environmental deal-making. Through his representation of major corporations, public entities and industry advocacy groups, he has obtained substantial experience under all major state and Federal environmental laws with particular expertise in the chemicals, metals and manufacturing sectors.

Steve Kapeller, Barr Engineering
Steve received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Steve has 20 years of experience in the environmental engineering field. After spending several years managing water and wastewater compliance for a global pharmaceutical company, he joined Barr Engineering Co. in 2008. The primary focus of his work at Barr involves preparing NPDES permit applications and conducting environmental-compliance audits for companies in the fuels and power industries, but he also assists clients with wetland permitting, SPCC and facility response plans, and pollutant minimization plans.

Robert Kaplan, US EPA Region 5
Mr. Kaplan is Acting Regional Administrator for US EPA’s Region 5. Previously, he was Regional Counsel at Region 5, responsible for advising on environmental law, government ethics, contracts, grants, employment and labor law, tribal law, and information law. Bob was a Division Director at EPA Headquarters, and Senior Counsel for the environmental enforcement section at US DOJ. Originally from Boston, he is a graduate of Carleton College and the Univ. of PA Law School.

Max Kelln, Faegre Baker Daniels
Mr. Kelln uses his background in state government, a multinational law firm, and as in-house counsel to craft practical solutions to compliance with environmental laws. Max has represented hundreds of companies on environmental issues in real estate and corporate transactions, including negotiation of environmental terms and conditions, due diligence and company integration. Max also defends clients in US EPA or state agency enforcement actions. He served as environmental liaison to the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee.  He is a frequent speaker and writer on emerging regulatory issues.

Sarah Kilgriff, MPCA
Sarah obtained her degree in Environmental Science from the Univ. of MN and has worked for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the last 14 years. She spent her first two years at the MPCA coordinating facility emissions testing, after which she became an inspector, and subsequently the Supervisor of the Air Quality Compliance and Enforcement unit. When not at work she enjoys riding, training and showing paint and quarter horses at local and regional events.

John Kim, Illinois EPA

Lynn Kornfeld, Faegre Baker Daniels
Ms. Kornfeld is a partner in the Denver office. She specializes in environmental transactional and compliance matters. She has represented major multinational corporations in resolution of a broad range of issues arising under Federal schemes of the CWA, RCRA, and Superfund. Her experience includes representing clients throughout the country in US EPA and state enforcement actions related to hazardous waste management. She has also represented a number clients throughout the US in corporate and real estate transactions involving contaminated property and other liability issues.

Patrick Kuefler, US EPA Region 5

Brian Leahy, Barr Engineering
Mr. Leahy is Sr. Meteorologist with Barr in Grand Rapids. He has over 25 years of experience providing air quality permitting and regulatory compliance support to clients in the power, fuels, mining, and manufacturing sectors. He has conducted over 300 air dispersion modeling studies across a range of regulatory areas, including PSD and minor source permit applications, state air toxic policies, enforcement and litigation matters, odor assessment and response, risk assessments, and accidental releases under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act.

Shari Libicki, Ramboll Environ
Ms. Libicki is Global Air Quality Service Line Leader at Ramboll Environ. She has worked 27 years on issues related to permitting, compliance & enforcement, and has designed air monitoring programs. She has a BS in Chem. Engineering from Univ. of MI and a PhD in Chem. Engineering from Stanford Univ., where she is a Lecturer.

John Linc Stine, Minnesota PCA
John Linc Stine was appointed Commissioner of MPCA by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 14, 2012 after joining MPCA in March 2011 as Deputy Commissioner. John promotes regulatory efficiency, emphasizing the mutual benefits of a strong regulatory system for the State’s economy and public health. John served 6 years at the MN Dept. of Health, responsible for public health protection. He began his 35-year public service career as a student at MN DNR, advancing to work as a hydrologist & chief regulator for the State’s public water resources. John received a BS degree in Soil & Water Resource Management from the Univ. of MN.

Jeffrey Longsworth, Barnes & Thornburg
Mr. Longsworth is a partner in the Washington, DC office and the DC administrator of the Environmental Department, which was recently recognized in the annual Best Law Firms ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. He is involved in counseling and litigating issues that arise under Federal environmental laws/regulations, with an emphasis on CWA matters, especially issues of permitting, stormwater, effluent limitations guidelines, enforcement, inspections and spill prevention. He is special environmental counsel to numerous trade associations, industries, coalitions & state/municipal government agencies before Federal and state regulatory and enforcement authorities.

Aaron Luckstein, Minnesota PCA
Aaron is the Supervisor for the MPCA Industrial Water Quality Compliance and Enforcement Unit,  responsible for assessing compliance with State and Federal clean water regulations at regulated industrial wastewater and stormwater facilities. His unit is also responsible for the issuance and implementation of the Multi-Sector Industrial Stormwater General Permit. Aaron has worked in the environmental field for 19 years, the last 10 years with MPCA.

Pamela Massaro, Wenck Associates Inc.
Ms. Massaro is a professional water resources engineer. She is a registered PE in MN, WI, CO, WY, OR and NE. Her alma matter is Univ. of MN-Twin Cities. She has completed impairment studies on 63 reaches in 4 states. Between ‘07 and ‘16, Ms. Massaro and her team have provided over 1,250 certified erosion and sediment control inspections for installation of green stormwater infrastructure BMPs, sanitary sewer and flood protection projects. She enjoys designing and building stormwater improvements, building the body of knowledge of demonstrated performance, and addressing the unique challenges of industrial stormwater management at metal recycling facilities in the Midwest.

Joshua More, Schiff Hardin
Josh employs a strategic, forward-looking approach to solving complex environmental issues for his clients. He has broad experience counseling clients on air, water and waste enforcement, permitting and compliance issues. When working with a client, he focuses on developing unique strategies tailored to each client’s business objective. Josh just completed a 3 week trial in MO defending a Midwest utility in connection with alleged violations of the CAA’s NSR program.

Ed Nam, US EPA R5

Rett Nelson, US EPA R5
Rett Nelson is Regional Counsel for US EPA R5.  The Office of Regional Counsel employs about 95 lawyers who provide counsel and represent the Agency in numerous civil and criminal enforcement matters under Federal environmental laws. He joined ORC in 1985, focusing on hazardous waste issues.  Mr. Nelson taught environmental law at Loyola University and DePaul University. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Mr. Nelson is a member of the Bar in CO and IL.  He received his law degree from the University of Colorado, and his B.A. (cum laude) from Carleton College.

Kevin Perry, REGFORM
Kevin is Assistant Director at REGFORM, a MO business association focused entirely on State environmental regulations & policies. He is a registered lobbyist & holds a B.S. degree in biology. He has over 21 years of experience, including work as a biologist at US EPA Office of Water. He sings in the choir at church.

Ken Podpeskar, Environmental Law Group, Ltd.
Ken Podpeskar is a partner with Environmental Law Group, Ltd. He concentrates his practice on compliance counseling, spill reporting and remediation, Superfund cleanups, property transfers, and solid and hazardous waste issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ken worked as an engineer at MPCA. With his unique background, Ken routinely conducts facility compliance audits for clients by making an onsite visit and reviewing records to prepare for inspections.

Loren Polak, Bunge North America
Loren has 41 years of environmental management experience and has worked for Bunge since 1993, where he has overall corporate environmental management responsibilities, including environmental sustainability.

Melisa Pollak, Barr Engineering
Ms. Pollak is a senior environmental scientist wtih Barr in Minneapolis. She holds a BS in geophysics and an MS in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. She works for mining & power clients, coordinating efforts of technical, legal, and regulatory experts to resolve surface water & groundwater compliance issues.

Kathleen Robertson, Exelon
Ms. Robertson works with Federal agencies, primarily EPA, and a variety of environmental and energy stakeholders to influence emerging environmental regulations affecting electricity generation and distribution, with a focus on low- and zero-emission generation in wholesale power markets. She reviews proposed regulations across environmental media, conducts reviews, and develops Exelon’s environmental regulatory strategy. She received a MPA from Columbia Univ. and a BS from the Univ. of VA.

Aleava Sayre, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Mr. Sayre focuses her practice on environmental law, mining law, and real estate litigation. She is a dedicated advocate of sustainable mining in MN and assists clients in all stages of mineral exploration and mineral development as well as the areas of environmental compliance, environmental permitting, and environmental review. Aleava was a law clerk for Hon. Harriet Lansing of the MN Ct. of Appeals from 2004 to 2006. She graduated the Univ. of MN Law School magna cum laude.

Michael Showalter, Schiff Hardin
J. Michael Showalter is a partner at Schiff Hardin in Chicago specializing in environmental litigation. Mike’s practice focuses on resolving significant environmental matters in courts and regulatory proceedings throughout the US.  His past clients span diverse industries including manufacturing, power generation & transmission, and the financial and insurance sectors; and he has worked with hundreds of experts in fields ranging from history and economics to environmental engineering and risk assessment.

Steve Sliver, Michigan DEQ
Mr. Sliver has a BS in engineering from MI Technological Univ. He became a project engineer with Pitometer Associates, responsible for engineering surveys of municipal water supply systems in cities throughout the east coast. In 1987 he accepted an engineering position in the Haz. Waste Program of what is now MDEQ. He has been Assist. Chief for OWMRP, responsible for promoting recycling and waste utilization, ensuring the proper management of wastes under the hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-products, solid waste, scrap tire, medical waste, and e-waste programs, and protecting the public and environment from the hazards associated with radioactive materials. He is currently interim chief of OWMRP.

Don Smith, Minnesota PCA
Don is a PE with a degree in Civil Engineering. He spent his first 20 years out of school designing and overseeing construction of wastewater treat plants and working in wastewater. During the last 20 he has working in AQ permitting. He is the manager of the AQ Permit Section at MPCA.

Jeff Smith, Minnesota PCA
Jeff is the Dir. of the MPCA Industrial Division which provides multi-media regulatory services to MN businesses. He has been with MPCA for 25 years and has worked in many of MPCA’s air, water and land programs. He graduated from Hamline Univ. in St. Paul and worked for various environmental consulting firms before joining MPCA.

Don Snemis, Indiana DEM
Mr. Snemis is Deputy Chief of Staff and General Counsel for IDEM, and has been with the agency since 2015. He is a graduate of Ball State Univ. (B.S., Political Science) and the Univ. of Notre Dame Law School. He practiced law at Ice Miller, LLP in Indianapolis for over 25 years, a member of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. He supervises IDEM’s Office of Legal Counsel, Rules Branch, Office of Criminal Investigations and Office of Records Management.

Bart Sponseller, Wisconsin DNR
Since January 2015, Bart has served as a Dep. Division Administrator for the Environmental Management Division at WDNR. He oversees the Air Mgmnt, Waste & Materials Management and Remediation & Redevelopment Programs. He served as DNR’s Air Program Director from 2012 to 2015. Bart holds an MS in Air Resources Management from the Univ. of WI– Madison.

Sandy Stein, Miller Canfield
Sanford Stein has served governmental and private sector clients in an array of legislative, regulatory and judicial activities. Combining his skills in business and government-relations law, he has extensive experience in infrastructure development, public finance and public-private partnership economic development, government regulations and procurement. He began his practice with US EPA, where he was responsible for numerous enforcement and policy matters. His practice today encompasses a broad array of business regulatory matters in IL and across the country.

Andy Such, Michigan Manufacturer’s Association
Andy is the Dir. of Environmental and Regulatory Policy and has lobbying responsibility for environmental and regulatory affairs affecting manufacturers in MI. He was Executive Director of the MI Chem Council from 1989 to 2005. Following his service at MCC he was President of EnviroPolicy Consultants. Andy also served as Communications Director for the House Democratic staff in the 1970’s and worked on legislative staff in both the House and Senate for 12 years.

Joseph Tell, Tellevate
Mr. Tell is owner/Director of Tellevate. He has 20+ years of experience providing EHS & sustainability consulting services to commercial and government clients. He specializes in ISO 14001 implementation, auditing, and leveraging IT to solve EHS management challenges. He has a BS in Civil Eng. from Northwestern Univ.

Leanne Tippett Mosby, Missouri DNR
Leanne has been with the MO DNR since 1994, beginning her career in the Air Pollution Control Program in enforcement and permitting. She has served various roles including legislative liaison, program director, deputy division director, deputy department director and is currently the director of the DEQ.  She has worked on diverse issues across a spectrum of environmental media areas, including water quality, air quality, waste management, land reclamation, lead legacy, and the Missouri River. She has responsibilities encompassing all of the environmental media programs, five regional offices, and the ESP.

Jennifer Van Thomme, GHD
Ms. Van Thomme is a chemical engineer in the Des Moines office with 8 years of experience in environmental services. Her objective is balancing requirements for compliance with practicality for facility implementation. She is a licensed P.E. (IL, IA, KS) and holds Project Management Professional certification.

Lucas Vebber, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Mr. Vebber is the Dir. of Environmental & Energy Policy. He was the Dep. Chief of Staff and Policy Dir. for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. He oversaw the Senate Committee on Organization, helped develop and advance the Senate’s legislative agenda for the previous two sessions and played a key role in crafting and passing Right to Work legislation. He has a BA from Marquette, a JD from the Univ. of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and is a licensed attorney in WI.

Robert Wagner, Michigan DEQ
Mr. Wagner is the Program Deputy Director of MDEQ and has oversight of the Air Quality Division; Remediation and Redevelopment Division; Water Resources Division; Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance; Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals; and Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection. He has over 30 years experience working with private parties conducting cleanup activities, overseeing publically-funded response actions to address contamination, and returning brownfield properties to productive reus. Bob is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Environmental Science.

David Wall, Trinity Consultants
Mr. Wall is Regional Manager with Trinity, supervising operations in its Chicago, Indianapolis and Ann Arbor locations. He is involved in state, Title V, and PSD permitting projects; dispersion modeling and air toxics analyses; CEMS compliance, the evaluation of control and monitoring technologies and NSPS/NESHAP compliance assistance and enforcement support. He also teaches several annual training courses on topics including state permitting & federal reg compliance. Mr. Wall graduated MIT with a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Roger Walker JD, LL.M, REGFORM, RAWalker & Associates LLC
rwalker@regform.org; rwalker@rawalkerassociates.com
Roger has a private legal practice that focuses on permitting, compliance, and enforcement, but spends most of his time managing REGFORM, a business association in MO  that works on numerous regulatory matters. In his spare time, he helped organize today’s MECC and teaches a class at St. Louis Univ. He has a JD from UMKC and LLM from Lewis & Clark School of Law.

Alan Walts, US EPA R5
Alan Walts is Director of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in U.S. EPA Region 5, which serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 tribes.  This Office coordinates enforcement, and manages the Region’s Environmental Justice and National Environmental Policy Act programs.  From 1996-2007, Alan was a staff attorney in Region 5’s Office of Regional Counsel.  Alan is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Michigan Law School.

Susan Wiens, Environmental Law Group, Ltd.
Susan joined ELG in 2014 and has more than 20 years experience in environmental law. She received her law degree from William Mitchell Law School and practiced environmental law at Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly; Popham Haik Schnobrich & Kaufman; and Greene Espel. Her law practice has focused on wetland regulation and water use; brownfield redevelopment, environmental class action litigation and occupational safety and health compliance work.

Karen A. Winters, Squire Patton Boggs, LLC
Ms. Winters leads the Squire Patton Boggs global Environmental, Safety & Health Practice Group, based in Columbus, Ohio. Experienced in complex project siting and development, and public advocacy, Karen assists clients in management of large-scale environmental liability and compliance issues, providing them with strategic counseling; defense of federal and state enforcement proceedings; defense of environmental tort claims including public nuisance claims; and advancement and defense of claims for cost recovery. Karen worked for 5.5 years in  the Office of the Ohio AGO.

Jim Zellmer, Wisconsin DNR
Jim Zellmer is one of two Deputy Division Administrators in the WDNR Natural Resources Environmental Management Division. He has oversight of the Drinking Water & Groundwater, Office of Great Lakes & Water Quality Programs. He has over 30 years experience working for WDNR both in the central office and field offices.  His has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UW- Madison.