Michael Abbott, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Michael currently is the Water Protection Program – Clean Water Operating Permit Section Chief. He has been with MDNR for 13 years. Michael started with the Department in the Compliance and Enforcement Section and moved to the Operating Permit Section. He has also served as the Water Protection Program’s Clean Water Data Manager and the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) coordinator. Michael has a BS degree in Environmental Science Biology from Southeast Missouri University. He served in both the US Navy and Army National Guard.
Jerry Bauer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company
Jerry is a professional engineer specializing in environmental compliance for industry at Burns & Mac in KC. He focuses on environmental compliance audits, air permitting, spill prevention & stormwater pollution prevention plans, & air emission control system design. He has BS degrees in Mechanical & Petroleum Engineering from KU and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Board at UMKC.
John Beck, Ameren
John Beck is the Operations Excellence Director for Ameren Corporation, an electric and gas utility headquartered in St. Louis. Prior to his current assignment, he was Environmental Services Director for Ameren in charge of Air Quality, Water Quality, Project Permitting and MGP remediation. John has been with Ameren 29 years and has extensive experience in electric generation. John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a MBA from William Woods University in Fulton Missouri.
Kimberly S.L. Baumann, Ph.D., Mississippi Lime Company
Kimberly is Director, Environmental Affairs and has over 26 years of multi-state experience in environmental consulting & heavy industry, focusing on environmental policy & air quality management issues. She has also served, and presently serves, as the chairperson for various environmental committees.
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.
Carey Bridges, R.G., MDNR
Carey Bridges R.G., is a Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Quality with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Formerly, she was the director of the Geological Survey Program with MDNR. Ms. Bridges began her career with MDNR in 1999, and since that time she has served in the Hazardous Waste Program, as chief of the Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Unit, and as chief of the Wellhead Protection Section of the Missouri Geological Survey. Ms. Bridges holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Andrew C. Brought, Spencer Fane LLP
Andrew counsels manufacturers, industrial clients, and businesses with complex EHS matters. He is a Partner with Spencer Fane LLP and Co-Chair of firm’s Environment and Energy Practice Group. His practice includes regulatory permitting, environmental litigation, site cleanup/redevelopment and related corporate and real estate transactions. Andrew has significant experience in civil and criminal enforcement, along with crisis response in environmental and OSHA incidents.
Rick Brunetti, KDHE
Rick Brunetti is the Director of the Bureau of Air for KDHE. He has been in that position for the past 8 years. Prior to his appointment as Director, he served as the District Environmental Administrator for KDHE’s northcentral district office in Salina. Mr. Brunetti currently resides in Topeka with his wife and three children.
Dan Carney, Trinity Consultants
Dan Carney is a Senior Consultant with Trinity Consultants. Dan is a professional engineer with 25 years of environmental experience in consulting, private industry, and at the State of Missouri. His specialties include: CAA permitting and compliance (including industrial on-site environmental, GHG reporting, NSPS/MACT compliance and reporting, air dispersion modeling); EPCRA/SARA compliance (including Tier II and TRI); EH&S site management; NPDES permitting and compliance; mining permitting and compliance; and RCRA permitting risk assessments.
Kristen Chrislip, Trinity Consultants
Kristen Chrislip is a Senior Consultant in Trinity Consultant’s Kansas City office. She has over 10 years of experience in air quality consulting and serves a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, rubber tire manufacturing, battery manufacturing, mineral wool manufacturing, cement manufacturing, power, and food production, to name a few. Kristen specializes in state construction permitting, Federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting, federal Title V operating permitting, regulatory applicability analyses, compliance related issues, emission inventories, EPCRA/SARA reporting, and environmental management information systems.
Andrea D. Collier, Barr Engineering
Andrea Collier joined Barr Engineering Company in March of 2017 as a Senior Environmental Engineer. She has over 15 years of experience in drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater infrastructure and permitting; pollution control; and waste management. Her recent project experience includes wastewater treatment, environmental permitting, water supply planning, and municipal and industrial stormwater management. Prior to joining Barr, she served at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) as deputy director of the Missouri Geological Survey, as well as director of the Water Resources Center; and prior to that appointment, served as the director of the MDNR Kansas City Regional Office.
Carol Comer, MDNR
Carol S. Comer was appointed as director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in January 2017. Comer leads the department’s efforts to protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities for everyone. Comer has extensive experience with environmental issues in government and business and understands that environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive. Comer previously served as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management under former Governor and current Vice-President Mike Pence. Comer received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University School of Business and a joint master’s and law degree from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she was the law school’s first Environmental Law Fellow.
David Cozad, EPA Region 7
Dave is Regional Counsel for EPA Region 7. He leads the group of lawyers who help Region 7 carry out EPA’s mission in the Midwest.
Nicole Crain is Senior Vice President, Public Policy for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Her experience on both the federal and state level gives her a unique perspective in navigating the bureaucracies that ABI members face daily. She leads ABI’s policy work in a number of areas and is engaged in working on members’ behalf on tough employment, environmental, and economic growth issues. Nicole is a native Iowan and a graduate of Simpson College.
Donald Cripe, MDNR HWP LTS
Don Cripe is the chief of the Long-Term Stewardship Unit of Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Hazardous Waste Program. He has twice worked for the MDNR (1995-2006 and 2012-present) in the Air Pollution Control Program, Land Reclamation Program and the Hazardous Waste Program. During the years 2006-2011, he worked for the Nevada Bureau of Waste Management tracking RCRA grant commitments and writing regulatory amendments. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a Master’s Degree in Geography and a Bachelor’s degree in North American Archaeology.
William Ehm, IDNR
Born and raised in Creston, IA, Bill Ehm returned to the area after graduating from Iowa State Univ. to farm and fed livestock. In 1989, Gov. Branstad appointed Bill to the Environmental Protection Commission. After serving three terms, he began working for IDNR full time in 2000, focusing on the intersection of water quality and agriculture. He is Division Administrator, Environmental Services Division.
Melissa Ellis, CPEA, GPCP, Tellevate
Melissa is a Senior Consultant at Tellevate. She is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor and conducts compliance & EMS audits, develops EHS management systems, & provides training for government, public utility, & commercial clients. Her career began with NDEQ Air Quality Division, where she spent 17 years conducting inspections, providing technical assistance and training.
Parthy Evans, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Parthy is a partner in the firm’s KC office. Her practice spans the areas of environment, energy, natural resources & agriculture. She has a wide variety of experience in environmental regulatory & administrative matters, pre-litigation settlements, internal investigations, corporate & property transactions & water rights. Her practice includes defense of environmental criminal allegations.
Lawrence Fitzgerald, TRC Environmental
Mr. Fitzgerald has over 30 years of experience addressing security and environmental risks. He is a registered Geologist in several states and holds internationally recognized board Certification in both Physical Security and Security Management (Physical Security Professional and Certified Protection Professional). Mr. Fitzgerald has consulted for US/Canada-based clients, some of whom have experienced loss of life due to terrorist attacks. He focuses on protecting critical infrastructure and clients who are concerned about emerging risks. Larry manages a group of engineers, scientist and planners at TRC who work across North America. He has authored security and environmental articles, edited a security reference book and presented at several conferences on active shooter and workplace violence matters. Larry has also managed investigation and remediation efforts for various environmental releases/spills, including more than a dozen Superfund sites.
Bill Ford, Lathrop Gage
Bill is co-chair of the Environmental practice Group for Lathrop Gage. He has worked in environmental law for over 30 years and regularly assists clients from coast to coast. A substantial portion of his work is CERCLA and state equivalent administrative and litigation proceedings. He also provides assistance in enforcement defense and environmental transactional matters.
Ed Galbraith, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Environmental Quality
Ed Galbraith was appointed the Director of the Division of Environmental Quality for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on May 29, 2017. Prior to that, he spent eight years in private consulting, primarily on projects related to wastewater, storm water and solid waste. Previously, Ed worked for the Department of Natural Resources for 18 years, including four years as director of the Water Protection Program and two years as the director of the Hazardous Waste Program. He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Missouri.
Joshua Gardner, Trinity Consultants
Joshua Gardner is a Managing Consultant with Trinity Consultants. Josh manages environmental compliance and permitting projects across Missouri and Illinois. His specialties include: Federal, Illinois and Missouri air permitting; air, EPCRA and greenhouse gas reporting; NSPS/MACT compliance and reporting; air dispersion modeling; EH&S site management; EMIS and large data management; sustainability; and other air/water/RCRA compliance activities.
Julie Gibson, Global Prairie
Julie is an experienced entrepreneur and marketing professional with a focus on advising clients in public affairs and corporate reputation. Through issues management, crisis communications, and community and media relations’ counsel, she helps her clients achieve their business objectives and protect their reputations in challenging environments. She has deep experience helping clients prepare for and manage a wide range of crisis situations, including chemical spills, environmental contamination, job site accidents, loss of life, food safety, employee misconduct and confidential matters at the executive level.
Melissa Hart, TRC
Melissa Hart has over 30+ years of experience in private industry and consulting. Her environmental experience is focused on air pollution regulatory compliance, EPCRA/SARA compliance (including Tier II inventory, TRI reporting, auditing), due diligence, air permitting, civil penalty calculations & enforcement negotiation, and compliance with Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri – Columbia.
Phil Harvey, GHD
Phil is a Principal with GHD and a senior hydrogeologist who has been managing and providing professional hydrogeologic services at remedial projects for over 37 years. He has as BA in Geology from the Colorado College and an MS in Hydrogeology from the University of Arizona. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in several states including Missouri and manages the GHD St. Louis office. He has provided project management and technical support to clients related to remediation under CERCLA, RCRA and voluntary programs.
Leo Henning, Director, KDHE
Leo G. Henning is the Director of Environment for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). He directs all environmental program activities and oversees a staff of approximately 450 employees. Leo has worked for KDHE for 25 years. During his career Leo has directed the Bureau of Environmental Remediation, the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory and the Bureau of Environmental Field Services. Mr. Henning received a bachelor and master degree in Geology from Wichita State University and is a licensed professional geologist.
Todd Houts, Director, EHS, University of Missouri
Todd received his degree in Chemistry from Eastern IL Univ. & went on to work for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at the Univ. of IL at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. In 2003 he moved to the Univ. of MO where he is currently the Director of EHS. A roller coaster enthusiast, he has ridden over 500 unique installations and intends to add over 60 more during an enthusiast trip to Japan this September/October.
A David Inyang, PhD, Iowa State University
Dr. Inyang has worked in environmental health and safety for the past 40 years in both private and public sectors. He has spent the last 31 years mainly in campus EH&S. He is Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health & Safety and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He has oversight for Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management &Occupational Medicine. David received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College, MS and PhD degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Tom Jacobs has served as the Director of Environmental Programs for the Mid-America Regional Council since 2001. He facilitates collaborative, interagency regional planning initiatives related to clean air and water, solid waste management, climate resilience and green infrastructure. Tom received graduate degrees in ecology and sociology from Duke University and Cornell University, respectively.
Doug Jones, US EPA Region 7
Doug Jones is a Program Analyst I the EPA Region 7 Office of Policy and Management, and has been with the EPA for 7 years. He serves on the regional Process Excellence Team, which facilitates lean events with Region 7 program offices and focuses on collaborative efforts between EPA and partner agencies. Doug earned his MS in Biology at Georgia Southern University, and managed state pesticide programs for the Georgia Department of Agriculture for 15 years before joining EPA in 2011.
Mike Klender, City of Kansas City Missouri
Mike Klender is the Plant Manager of KCMO’s 240 MGD water treatment plant and pumping stations. He has worked at the Plant for over 19 years. He worked as an engineering consultant and an engineer for the State of SC in the Water Permitting and Superfund Programs before moving back to MO. He received his BS in Engineering Mechanics from UMR (MS&T). He holds a PE in the states of MO and SC and holds an A and DS III Drinking Water certification with the state of Missouri. He also sits on several committees including the MOAWWA, MRPWSA, and AMSC.
Michael Larrañaga, Ramboll
Michael Larrañaga is a safety and health consultant with Ramboll, a global engineering, infrastructure, and consulting firm. Michael conducts workplace safety, health, process safety, and EPA Risk Management Plan compliance audits and program support. Michael is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Jim Macy, NDEQ
Mr. Macy was appointed Director of the NDEQ in March, 2015. Since then, he has implemented an on-line application and approval process for Construction Stormwater permits and 4 categories of Air Construction permits, reducing the process from months to 1 day. He also has implemented a short-form compliance determination notice that is reviewed at the conclusion of inspections. He has introduced Permit Assistance Visits for new or modified facilities.
Ray McCarty, Associated Industries of Missouri
Ray McCarty is President and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), the state’s oldest advocacy organization representing all businesses in the Missouri Capitol. AIM’s active Environmental Committee is comprised of environmental professionals from member companies across Missouri. McCarty has worked with the Missouri legislature for 30 years, representing both government and private sector interests.
Sean McMahon, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
As Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Sean McMahon works with diverse partners to champion farmer engagement and adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality. He formerly directed The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) North America Agriculture Program where he forged several strategic partnerships with leaders in the agricultural sector, led the organization’s national Farm Bill policy efforts and created the Soil Health Partnership. He also served as state director of the Iowa Chapter of TNC where he chaired the Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy campaign and built a coalition of over 130 organizations in a successful effort to amend the state’s constitution to establish a trust fund for improving water quality, soil conservation and outdoor recreation, and held senior positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation. Sean has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Jessie E. Merrigan, Lathrop & Gage
Jessie is the co-chair of the Environmental practice group for Lathrop & Gage. She works with clients on a wide range of environmental matters on both the state & federal level. In addition to permitting, compliance audits & enforcement defense, she advises clients on emerging issues associated with chemical regulation.
Richard Meyer is Senior Director in the Energy Analysis Standards group at the American Gas Association, which represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver natural gas throughout the United States. Mr. Meyer’s responsibilities include policy and economic analysis to support the association’s outreach to advance awareness of the important role natural gas utilities serve in meeting the needs of a clean energy economy. Mr. Meyer’s work relates to natural gas supply and demand fundamentals, residential and large-volume markets, greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related policy, and natural gas distributed generation technologies like combined heat and power. He has a M.A. in Global Environmental Politics from American University and a M.S. in Physics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Glenn Millner, PhD, CTEH®, LLC
Dr. Millner is a founder and Principal Toxicologist at CTEH®, LLC. He has more than 30 years’ experience responding to hazardous material releases and more than 23 years as a primary responder to the transportation industry, oil and gas industry, and the chemical industry.As a direct result of this work, Dr. Millner has experience with a wide variety of environmental, human health, sampling, remediation, and analytical issues arise during emergency releases of hazardous materials. Dr. Millner is also the current Chair of the AIHA Emergency Response Planning Guideline Committee that establishes the safe levels of chemicals in emergency settings.
Kyra Moore, Deputy Director, MDNR DEQ
Kyra Moore is a Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Environmental Quality. She has worked for the Department of Natural Resources since 1999. Prior to becoming Deputy Division Director in December 2017, she served in different roles in the Department, most recently serving as the director of the Air Pollution Control Program for 7 years. Kyra holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri Columbia and resides in Columbia, Missouri.
Robert K. Morrison, Barr Engineering
Rob has over 29 years of experience in water resources & environmental engineering. His background includes water permitting, water quality science, total maximum daily load studies, anti-degradation procedures, and compliance assistance. He has assisted clients with NPDES permit renewals ranging from coal combustion power plants to municipal wastewater treatment facilities. He has led & participated in the design of domestic wastewater & industrial water treatment projects. Rob worked for 24 years at MDNR, where he led RCRA Permits & Corrective Action Section & the Water Pollution Control Branch.
Dalton Mott, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Dalton is an attorney with the Environmental and Toxic Tort practice group for Shook, Hardy & Bacon. He represents clients in environmental matters with an emphasis on superfund and toxic tort litigation. He also represents clients in environmental regulatory matters and disputes. He has largely worked in the energy and defense industries.
Dennis Murphey, City of Kansas City
Mr. Murphey is Chief Environmental Officer for Kansas City, MO. He manages the Office of Environmental Quality and provides leadership to City departments on integrating climate protection and sustainability into all operations. He serves the City Manager, Mayor, and City Council as primary advisor on all environmental issues. He promotes regional partnerships between the public and private sectors to address environmental issues.
Chris Neaville, The Doe Run Co.
Chris Neaville is the Asset Development Director for The Doe Run Company, the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. His primary role is to manage Doe Run’s land portfolio but also includes leading the company’s sustainability initiatives involving energy, land remediation, and site repurposing. He has 30 years of experience involving the redevelopment of industrial properties including ten years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla), and a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Arizona.
Gary J. Pendergrass, PE, RG, GeoEngineers, MO Air Conservation Commission
Gary provides overall direction & management for GeoEngineers geological, environmental & geotechnical projects in the Midwest & South. His background includes managing engineering & environmental projects for the utility industry and managing CERCLA remediation projects for private industry. He serves on the MO Air Conservation Commission & MO Board for Geologist Registration.
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 BS degree in biology. He has over 20 years of experience, including work as a biologist at US EPA Office of Water. He sings in the choir at church.
James T. Price
Jim Price is a partner and co-chair of the Environment and Energy practice group at the Kansas City, Missouri, office of Spencer Fane LLP, where his practice concentrates in environmental law, regulation, litigation, and business transactions. Jim represents clients in environmental compliance, environmental management, transactions, and disputes. He frequently writes and speaks on environmental law and has contributed to several books on environmental law. Jim has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for many years and has been named one of the Super Lawyers and Best of the Bar in Kansas City. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and he graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
Mike Russell, University of Kansas
Mr. Russell is the Director of the Department of Environment, Health and Safety at the University of Kansas – Lawrence Campus. The KU-EHS Dept. is responsible for administering all environmental health and safety programs for the KU-Lawrence Campus and its satellite campuses. Mr. Russell has been at KU for 25 years and has 31 years in the field. Mr. Russell has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology and a master’s degree in industrial hygiene & safety.
Janet Scheier, Trinity Consultants
Janet Scheier is a Managing Consultant with over 15 years experience assisting clients in the Midwest with various permitting, regulatory, legal, and compliance issues. She has extensive experience in state construction permitting, Federal Title V and PSD permit applications and negotiations, and regulatory applicability analyses for a wide variety of clients across multiple industrial sectors. In her limited spare time, she coaches an elementary school FIRST Robotics team.
Andrea Schiller, P.G.
Andrea is the manager of the Long Term Stewardship and Brownfields Unit in KDHE’s Bureau of Environmental Remediation, overseeing the Environmental Use Control, Risk Management, Responsible Party Identification, Environmental Liability Release, and Brownfields Programs. Prior to her current role, she was a project manager in the KDHE Voluntary Cleanup Program for 9 years and a staff geologist at a private consulting firm. Andrea has a B.S. in geology from the University of Kansas.
Adam Schnieders, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Adam has worked in various roles for water quality programs within the Iowa Department of Natural resources for the past 18 years, including a role coordinating the State’s water quality standards efforts, and serving as the NPDES program supervisor. He now serves as Water Quality Resource Coordinator, which involves working across Iowa state government to affect improved water quality, especially in the area of nutrient reduction.
Matt Shanahan, Burns & McDonnell
Matt Shanahan is the EH&S Compliance Technical Service Leader for Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, MO. Matt specializes in Hazardous and Solid Waste Management for industrial clients as has more than 15 years of experience managing hazardous waste. Matt has also served as a compliance auditor on numerous multi-media environmental compliance audits for various manufacturing, industrial clients, and aviation clients.
David Shanks, Boeing
Mr. Shanks is an Environmental Policy Analyst for The Boeing Company, monitoring and responding to state rulemaking activity in Boeing-host states other than WA, OR, and CA. He earned law degrees from St. Louis Univ. and Vermont Law. He taught environmental law at St. Louis Univ.
Jerah Zy Sheets, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Jerah Sheets works at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources providing operational oversight to environmental regulation programs. For over a decade, he has trained, facilitated, and uses lean tools daily to make things simpler, faster, and better.
David Shorr, Lathrop & Gage LLP
Mr. Shorr is Partner in Charge of Lathrop & Gage’s Jefferson City & Columbia offices. He is the past Director of the MDNR. He represents clients in regulatory matters in the environmental, energy, & utilities arenas & handles complex cases involving the scope of legal authority and government public policy. Shorr is a registered MO lobbyist and assists clients with legislative strategies.
Mark Smith, Region 7 EPA
Mark has worked with U.S. EPA for over twenty years in a variety of positions and programs. Currently, he is Chief of the Air Permitting & Compliance Branch.
Trent Stober, HDR
Trent Stober is a Vice President with HDR and serves as the Central US Water Quality Practice Lead and a national Stormwater Practice Lead. Trent has served numerous Region 7 municipal stormwater and wastewater utilities to overcome complex regulatory and infrastructure challenges.
Joe Stolle, GeoEngineers
Throughout his career, Joe Stolle has been active in air pre-construction permitting, State Implementation Plan (SIP) coordination, steady and non-steady state dispersion modeling, and emission inventory development. He has worked on numerous minor and major source pre-construction permits, air dispersion modeling studies, and has developed emission inventories for essentially all air pollutants of interest. Additionally, Joe represented industry on several lead SIP revisions including three revisions to the lead SIP in Herculaneum, Missouri and a revision to the lead SIP for the Viburnum trend in Southeast Missouri.
Ed Torney, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Ed is General Counsel of Iowa DNR, a position held since 2004. Prior to that, Ed worked in OH, in both public and private sectors. He has over 25 years of experience practicing environmental law. He has a JD from the Univ. of Iowa School of Law.
Jennifer Van Thomme, GHD
Ms. Van Thomme is a chemical engineer in the Des Moines office with 10 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.
Jamie Thompson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
Jamie is a partner in the Kansas City office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he practices environmental and energy law on a national basis. He represents oil and energy companies in complex litigation, arbitration, and Superfund allocation proceedings. He also advises corporate clients on a wide range of environmental compliance and permitting issues.
Karen Vetrano, TRC
Dr. Vetrano has over 27 years of experience and manages TRC’s Risk Assessment and Toxicology Practice as well as the Odor Evaluation and Control Group. She supervises projects that include human health and ecological risk assessments, toxicological evaluations, exposure assessments, labeling and odor evaluation, indoor air quality and industrial hygiene program reviews. Dr. Vetrano has provided expert testimony in court and expert reports for litigation involving nuisance odors and human health risk assessment. She has also provided toxicological support for litigation involving lead based paint exposures.
Wendy Vit, GeoEngineers
Wendy worked with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program for 11 years. She has extensive experience with State Implementation Plan and air regulatory development and air emissions and data analysis. Since joining GeoEngineers in the fall of 2015, she has provided support on multiple new source review, operating permit and emission inventory projects.
Roger Walker JD, LL.M, REGFORM, RAWalker & Associates LLC
Roger has a private legal practice focusing on permitting, compliance, and enforcement, but spends most of his time managing REGFORM, a business association in MO that works on numerous regulatory matters. He has a JD from UMKC and LLM from Lewis & Clark School of Law.
Phil Walsack, Burns & McDonnell
Phil is a Business Development Manager with Burns & McDonnell. He is currently responsible for serving Midwestern communities and clients with a full spectrum of infrastructure engineering/construction services. He has 30 years of experience in a multitude of environmental capacities. Previously, he has served private clients globally; while serving rate-payers in Territorial, State, County, and City-owned utilities.
Colette Weckenborg, Continuous Improvement and Performance Coordinator, MDNR
Colette Weckenborg is the Continuous Improvement and Performance Coordinator of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, consulting and making recommendations on continuous improvement opportunities and priorities, strategic plan objectives, operational plans, and process improvement project priorities. She has worked for the Department of Natural Resources since 2007.
Eric Wiklund, Iowa DNR
Eric has been with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 23 years. The first 15 years were spent as a compliance inspector working primarily in wastewater and animal feeding operations. He holds a BS degree in biology from Iowa State University. Eric currently supervises the NPDES program.
Midge Winkler, General Motors
Midge is a Staff Environmental Engineer in General Motors Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Group specializing in air permitting and compliance. She has over 25 years’ of multi-state experience in all aspects of environmental management. Midge has a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Missouri –St. Louis, an MBA from Walsh College and , and is a CHMM. She is currently on the Executive Board of REGFORM.