Amanda AlewineAssociate Planner with the City of Oklahoma City
Associate Planner with the City of Oklahoma City
The City of Oklahoma City
Amanda is a planner for the City of Oklahoma City. Her background includes Marketing Coordinator for a venture capital firm, analyst in the telecom industry, economic development coordinator, and commercial construction with Trammell Crow Company. The past eight years, she has focused on the redevelopment of brownfields sites and financing small business. She is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a Certified New Urbanist, a member of ULI and Leadership Oklahoma City
Agnes AntonianEsq., Connell Foley
Esq., Connell Foley
Agnes Antonian is the Chair of Connell Foley’s Environmental Law Group. Drawing upon an extensive scientific and legal background, Agnes has a unique and highly sought-after perspective on New Jersey’s most complicated environmental matters. She currently serves as outside environmental counsel to a major utility in connection with the country’s largest Superfund site - the $1.4 billion EPA-ordered cleanup of the Passaic River. She is also counsel to the Special Master in the enforcement of one of the largest ever court-ordered environmental cleanups in the country. Agnes has significant trial experience in both federal and state court cases, as well as private costs-recovery litigation and alternative dispute resolutions. In addition to handling a variety of environmental litigation and land use matters, and other complex business litigation, Agnes directs the administrative, practice and business development activities of Connell Foley’s Environmental Law Group. In 2017, Agnes was named by NJBIZ to the “Best 50 Women in Business” listing of New Jersey’s top women business leaders. She was also selected for inclusion in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA Guide in the area of Environmental Law. In 2010 Agnes was named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s "40 Under 40" listing of young attorneys considered leaders in the state's legal community. She graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000, and received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. From 2001 through 2002, Agnes clerked for the Hon. Katharine S. Hayden in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Steven ArmannManager, USEPA Corrective Action Program
Manager, USEPA Corrective Action Program
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Armann has managed state and EPA cleanup programs for over 25 years. He is currently the manager of the RCRA and PCB cleanup program in USEPA Region 9.
Kara AllisonVice President
Environmental Management Specialists, Inc.
Kara Allison, APR, directs corporate development strategies and communications for Environmental Management Specialists, Inc. (EMS), specializing in business and project development, state and federal environmental policy issues, reputation management, media strategy, and crisis communications. Kara builds credibility with clients, legislators, government officials, municipalities, community groups, and reporters by helping them understand the various environmental issues associated with development projects. A journalism graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Kara has more than 20 years of experience in public and media relations.
Andrew ApplebyCEO, General Sports and Entertainment, LLC
CEO, General Sports and Entertainment, LLC
Andy Appleby, CEO of General Sports and Entertainment, LLC, has more than 30 years of sports management experience. Since founding General Sports in 1998, Andy has led the effort to develop all of its operational divisions, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, which have developed and operate sports venues, including Jimmy Johns Stadium, and own and operate soccer and baseball teams. Under Andy’s leadership, General Sports has risen into the upper echelon of the sports/entertainment industry.
Kelly AnoeVice President, Legacy Foundation
Vice President, Legacy Foundation
Kelly Anoe is the Vice President at Legacy Foundation, the Community Foundation of Lake County, Indiana. In this role, Kelly oversees grant-making, community and non-profit partnerships, and special initiatives. Her experience includes: Executive Director of a community-based organization; Chief Operations Officer for a statewide membership and advocacy organization; and Social Worker in an emergency room. Kelly has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Purdue University.
Barbara AlfanoEPA Region 4 Brownfields Coordinator
EPA Region 4 Brownfields Coordinator
US EPA Region 4
Barbara Alfano, the Region 4 Brownfields Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She started working for the EPA Atlanta, Georgia, office in 1988, after working as a national wetlands specialist in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1994, she went to EPA Headquarters on assignment for four months to assist with the development of the Brownfields program. She has managed Superfund and Brownfields projects, and Targeted Brownfields Assessments, and negotiated the first Brownfields Memorandum of Agreement in Region 4, with Florida DEP. She has served as the acting Office of Superfund Public Affairs and Outreach Director, acting Superfund Remedial Projects Manager Section Chief, and acting Brownfields Section Chief. Her background includes growing up outside Philadelphia and attending the University of South Florida in Tampa. She has a degree in Biology, is an instructor with the Emory University continuing education program, and is a regular volunteer for the PGA Tour Championship in Eastlake, Georgia.
Meade AndersonBrownfields & Voluntary Remediation Program Manager
Brownfields & Voluntary Remediation Program Manager
Meade has been working in the environmental field for over 34 years and has been employed for 28 years in the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality focusing on remediation of contaminated property. He is the Brownfields and VRP Manager and has handled numerous brownfields and voluntary cleanup projects throughout the state. Meade is a Certified Professional Geologist and has served under four governors on the Virginia Board for Geology performing as Chairperson for five years.
Rosanne AlbrightEnvironmental Programs Administrator
Environmental Programs Administrator
City of Phoenix
Rosanne Albright has 17 years of experience managing the $4 million, municipally-funded Phoenix Brownfields Land Recycling Program, which has redeveloped over 300 acres, created 3,000 jobs, and realized $325 million in private investment. She has secured more than $2.5 million in EPA brownfields grants, including the Brownfields to Healthfields Project, focused on the integration of brownfields redevelopment, food, and health. She is a founder of the Maricopa County Food Systems Coalition.
Alisa AndersonGrants Manager, City of Moscow, Idaho
Grants Manager, City of Moscow, Idaho
City of Moscow, Idaho
Alisa has been the Grants Manager for the City of Moscow, Idaho, for 10 years. Moscow is a small diverse city of 25,000 which is home to the University of Idaho. Alisa currently manages an open portfolio of $3+ million federal and state grant funded projects for multiple City departments and has been a project lead for EPA Brownfields Coalition Assessment and Cleanup grants for the past 8 years. Alisa has a diverse work history in both the public and private sectors in various fields including grant writing and administration, civil rights compliance, public transportation, community and economic development, construction management, small business development, accounting, commercial lending, and human resource management.
Fonda ApostolopoulosVoluntary Cleanup Coordinator
Voluntary Cleanup Coordinator
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Mr. Fonda Apostolopoulos, P.E. Mr. Apostolopoulos has been working for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for the past 24 years. He has degrees in molecular biology and Civil engineering. During his time at CDPHE he was worked as project manager at various Superfund sites and is the lead project manager for the State’s Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act (VCRA). He has reviewed over 700 VCRA/Brownfields applications and assisted in hundreds of other Brownfields sites.
Laurel BermanNational Brownfields Coordinator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
National Brownfields Coordinator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Laurel Berman is the National Brownfields Coordinator with ATSDR. Dr. Berman coordinates the ATSDR Brownfields/Land Reuse Health Program, which integrates public health in redevelopment, from the early planning stages. Dr. Berman holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, with a focus on industrial hygiene and toxicology.
Sue BoyleExecutive Director, BCONE; Executive Director NYC Brownfield Partnership
Executive Director, BCONE; Executive Director NYC Brownfield Partnership
Susan Boyle is the contracted Executive Director of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE) and the contracted Executive Director for the NYC Brownfield Partnership. She conducted the hot topics research for the coalition. She has a national reputation in brownfield remediation and redevelopment stemming from her 30+ year career in New Jersey state government and consulting.
Miles BalloggBrownfields Practice Leader - Director -Brownfields &Economic Development
Brownfields Practice Leader - Director -Brownfields &Economic Development
Miles Ballogg is the Brownfields and Economic Development Director for Cardno Inc. in Clearwater Florida. Miles has been involved with the development, management, and implementation of both Federal and State Brownfields programs for the last sixteen years. He believes in community driven brownfields projects with an emphasis on health improvement. Mr. Ballogg is an ardent supporter of Healthfields redevelopment .
Chuck Betters, Sr.Founder/CEO, CJ Betters Enterprises
Chuck Betters, Sr.
Founder/CEO, CJ Betters Enterprises
Chuck was born and raised in Aliquippa, PA, a city approximately 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. He is redeveloping steel plants, coal-fired energy plants, and many other properties to support the shale oil/gas energy industry.
Partners, An Environmental, Engineering and Surveying Firm
Mr. Dan B. Brown, CP, CPG is the founder and President of Partners. He is responsible for business development and senior project oversight. Mr. Brown directs regulatory negotiations regarding Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA [Superfund]), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP), Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and other programs. He has often provided expert testimony services and environmental program development services to both regional and national corporations. Mr. Brown has maintained his credentials as a Certified Professional (CP) since the inception of the VAP, directing work on various brownfield projects, including the issuance of No Further Action (NFA) Letters and the receipt of Covenants Not-to-Sue (CNS). Having served as a project manager, senior project manager, senior hydrogeologist, and senior program manager on numerous projects, Mr. Brown has acquired a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the areas of remediation, brownfields, due diligence, and expert services. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He is a Certified Professional (#127) under the Voluntary Action Program, a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG, #9270), and is affiliated with numerous organizations. In addition, he is also a past Council President of Orange Village, Ohio.
Charlie BartschSenior strategist for communities in economic transition
Senior strategist for communities in economic transition
Mr. Bartsch has been one of the nation’s leading authorities on brownfield redevelopment, leveraging, and finance for 30+ years. Currently an independent strategist for communities in economic transition, he is Immediate past Senior Advisor for Economic Development at EPA, charged with promoting interagency and public-private financing partnerships to spur brownfield regeneration. He previously led brownfields policy activities at the Northeast-Midwest Institute and later at ICF International.
Robbin BlackertRock Falls City Administrator
Rock Falls City Administrator
Administrator Blackert currently oversees the management of all departments of the City as well as the development and implementation of municipal balanced budget. She has extensive experience of municipal operations and community outreach.
Ken BrownExecutive Director, NALGEP
Executive Director, NALGEP
Ken Brown, Executive Director, NALGEP. Ken is a national expert on brownfield funding and policy with more than 20 years of experience helping many local governments develop, implement, and finance local programs and projects. He provided assistance to the original EPA brownfield pilots, launched the Brownfield Communities Network, worked closely with U.S. EPA in providing assistance to the 28 brownfield showcase communities, and helped craft portions of the federal brownfields law.
Mark BerenbrokProject Manager
Brownfields Program, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
As a Project Manager, he oversees non-responsible party voluntary cleanup contracts. He also assists local governments and non-profits in developing site inventories and performing site assessments with emphasis on petroleum sites. He has a B.S. in Geology from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Brownfields Section in 2008 he worked in the Department's Underground Storage Tank Program for 20 years. He administered two of the initial 50 USTfield Pilot Projects.
Kristin BoggsGeneral Counsel and Chief of Legal Services
General Counsel and Chief of Legal Services
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Ms. Boggs in her role as General Counsel provides legal advice to the Cabinet Secretary, the Deputy Secretary and the Division Directors on the programmatic and business affairs of the WV Department of Environmental Protection. She is also responsible for drafting legislation, appearing before legislative committees, drafting rules, and conferring with legislators regarding WVDEP issues. (Additional bio to be added).
Stephan BartkeCoordinator, DE-US.net; Senior scientist, German Environment Agency & UFZ
Coordinator, DE-US.net; Senior scientist, German Environment Agency & UFZ
Stephan Bartke, PhD coordinates DE-US.net network. Economist by training, he is project manager at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and at German Environment Agency. He has been visiting research fellow at Univ. Manchester, UK and assistant lecturer at German universities. Stephan has been coordinating international brownfield research projects and published in international applied and scientific journals. He leads the technical committee “Land Recycling” in ITVA association.
Elizabeth Barton, Esq.Partner, Day Pitney, LLC
Elizabeth Barton, Esq.
Partner, Day Pitney, LLC
Beth Barton is a well respected environmental attorney who is active in all brownfields, remediation, and redevelopment discussions in CT. She is a member of the BCONE Advisory Council. A regular speaker on brownfield topics, she keeps up to date on what is working throughout the country.
Erik BrubakerPlanner, City of Ponderay, Idaho
Planner, City of Ponderay, Idaho
Erik has been the Planning Director for the City of Ponderay, ID for 10 years. His duties include grant writing, community projects, parks, and transportation planning. Currently Erik is actively engaged in the Pend d’ Oreille Bay trail project, a brownfields project which could result in public access to two miles of lakeshore and get the community safely under an active railroad line. Erik previously managed site development in Seattle for The Cottage Company’s innovative housing projects.
Clark Hill PLC
Joseph R. Brendel is a Member in Clark Hill’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office within the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. His more than 30 years of experience includes regulatory compliance counseling, covering all environmental media (e.g., air, water, solid and hazardous waste), administrative enforcement actions, site remediation, the development and maintenance of environmental management systems, negotiation of environmental provisions of acquisition and divestiture agreements, and related litigation. Joe has significant experience assisting clients with brownfield redevelopment projects at sites with contaminants including chlorinated solvents, metals and petroleum products.
Jeff Bennett is Deputy Mayor of Community Development for the City of Indianapolis. He brings to City Hall two decades of experience working in local government and nonprofit community development. In his role as Deputy Mayor, Jeff works to restructure and coordinate city departments to better serve neighborhoods, aiming to increase ease of interaction, break down bureaucratic silos, and improve service delivery. Prior to returning to city government, Jeff served as the Director of Real Estate Services (Indiana) for IFF, a regional Community Development Financial Institution. IFF serves nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis and across the state by providing financial and real estate solutions to meet their facility needs.
John Coyne, PE, PLSPrincipal
John Coyne, PE, PLS
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Mr. Coyne specializes in managing and supporting the planning, design, and construction of land development projects throughout the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. He was the Director of Engineering & Construction for the City of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority from 1994 to 2008 where he oversaw all aspects of numerous award winning City development projects including Washington’s Landing, Pittsburgh Technology Center, Summerset at Frick Park, and Southside Works. Since retiring from the URA in 2008, Mr. Coyne has worked in the private sector as an engineering consultant for clients including the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority and various higher education institutions including Pitt, CMU, and Point Park University. Mr. Coyne joined Civil & Environmental Consultants in 2017 as a Principal with the Civil Engineering and Site Development Services practice where he is focused on developing CEC’s public sector business in the Greater Pittsburgh market.
Lynn ColosiVice President, Transit Services Group
Vice President, Transit Services Group
Delta Development Group
Lynn Colosi, Vice President, Transit Services with Delta Development Group out of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, has 28-years of experience in public transportation. Transit system planning is the foundation of Lynn’s experience having worked for nearly 15 years at Port Authority of Allegheny County. From route planning to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) to grant programs, Lynn understands transit system development and all of its related elements.
Todd CoffinSenior Project Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler
Senior Project Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler
Todd Coffin is a Brownfields practitioner with over 30 years of environmental consulting experience. He has contributed to the successful redevelopment of over two dozen Brownfields sites in New England, employing sustainability, green remediation, and a high level of community and volunteer engagement. Through his grant writing expertise, he has assisted communities in securing funding of $2.1 Million for Brownfields site assessment, cleanup and redevelopment.
Ann CarrollSenior Policy Analyst and Public Health Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Senior Policy Analyst and Public Health Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ann Carroll has worked for over 30 years on environmental and public health protection including contaminated site cleanup, lead poisoning prevention, risk communication, underground storage tank regulations and revitalization. She has been with the US EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization in Washington DC since 2002 working on brownfields grants, revolving loan funds, contaminant-specific issues, research and grants manager and collaborations with health, agriculture and natural resource agencies to develop ways to improve health through revitalization. Ann has a BS in biology and microbiology (Va Tech), an MPH in environmental health and epidemiology (BU) and is a DrPH candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Rachel CarlsonEnvironmental Protection Specialist
Environmental Protection Specialist
Rachel Carlson is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Community Revitalization. At EPA, Rachel participates in projects to help communities protect and preserve natural resources while promoting economic growth, employment, and accessibility. Rachel holds a Master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rice University and Master's in International Politics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Matt CybulskiDirector of Energy and Petrochemicals, JobsOhio
Director of Energy and Petrochemicals, JobsOhio
Matt has over 12 years of economic development experience, including six years at JobsOhio, where he focuses on job creation and capital investment through site selection, large-scale development and expansion projects primarily in the energy and petrochemical markets.
Updike, Kelly, and Spellacy
Brian C. Courtney is a real estate attorney with an emphasis on affordable housing and the redevelopment of historic properties, utilizing subsidy layering, tax credit finance (including historic tax credits and low income housing tax credits), brownfields funding, and other government loans and grants. He represents both developers and lenders in this area.
Sanjay CoelhoProject Manager
Sanjay Coelho works in the Government of Ontario in the Land and Water Policy Branch of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. He is a staff lead for brownfields and excess soil management policy. He has worked on completion of Ontario’s Excess Soil Management Policy Framework, and is now working on an excess soil reuse regulatory proposal. He holds a Master’s in planning and has worked on a range of matters related to soil, brownfields and Indigenous engagement.
Troy ConradProgram Manager, Land Recycling Program, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Program Manager, Land Recycling Program, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Troy Conrad manages the PADEP’s Land Recycling Program. He is responsible for promoting the cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties across the Commonwealth. He oversees the development and implementation of the Department’s voluntary cleanup (Act 2), long-term stewardship (UECA) and One Cleanup programs. He has been a featured speaker at numerous state, regional and national conferences. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in GeoEnvironmental Studies and a Master of Public Administration.
Jennifer ClanceyProgram Manager, Brownfields Redevelopment Program, City of Houston, Texas
Program Manager, Brownfields Redevelopment Program, City of Houston, Texas
Jennifer Clancey is the Program Manager for the City of Houston’s Brownfields Redevelopment Program. During her tenure, she has established the program as an essential resource for community revitalization efforts through community engagement and technical assistance. Previously, Jen worked in consulting and was the Energy Manager for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she was instrumental in developing the city’s first sustainability initiative and implementing the Energy Management Plan.
Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, LEED AP, is a licensed landscape architect. His work in the public realm has served as a catalyst for the revitalization of many cities. In Pittsburgh, North Shore Park has opened the Allegheny River to that side of the city and become an amenity for a new mixed use neighborhood. He has completed a number of greening studies for the U.S. EPA in which principles of sustainability are integrated into urban design plans to foster a more resilient future.
Nina ChaseSenior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Nina Chase is the Senior Project Manager at Riverlife in Pittsburgh. Formally trained as a landscape architect and formerly an Associate at Sasaki in Boston, Nina works at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban design; positioning landscape architecture as a foundational building block for cities. Nina is a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and WVU and currently sits on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
August CarlinoPresident & CEO of Rivers of Steel National Heritage
President & CEO of Rivers of Steel National Heritage
Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp.
August R. Carlino is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation, and the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area based in Homestead, Pennsylvania. In addition to his full-time job, he also works as a special consultant to businesses, non-profit organizations and local governments. Rivers of Steel is the managing entity for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Mr. Carlino was previously a lobbyist for Joned Day, and a Legislative Director for the United States Congress.
Carol CorenPrincipal, Cornerstone Ventures LLC
Principal, Cornerstone Ventures LLC
Cornerstone Ventures LLC
Carol is a principal in Cornerstone Ventures LLC. She helps clients investigate, build or invest in social enterprises. In recent years, her firm has focused on local food system projects that have potential to create jobs and revenues and that play roles in disease prevention and wellness support for challenged communities with brownfields.She is known for advocacy of urban agriculture.Social enterprises are sustainable businesses that perform on triple bottom lines: profit, people, planet.
Lauryn CoombsCommunity Planner, USEPA Region 5
Community Planner, USEPA Region 5
Originally from Maryland, Lauryn moved to Chicago to work for EPA’s Region 5 office in August of 2015 under the Recent Graduates Program. With a background in urban sustainability, landscape architecture, and environmental technology, Lauryn enjoys working closely with her grantees so that communities can thrive economically, socially and environmentally. Aside from managing Rock Fall’s Assessment grant, she also oversees Area-Wide Planning and Tribal grants throughout the Midwest.
West CoxAttorney with Bradley K. Richardson, P.C. in Anderson, South Carolina
Attorney with Bradley K. Richardson, P.C. in Anderson, South Carolina
West Cox is an Attorney with Bradley K. Richardson, P.C. in Anderson, South Carolina. His practice focuses on estate planning, probate, real estate litigation, and corporate law, including entity formation and commercial real estate and business transactions. West was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2014 after graduating from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. While in law school, West served as a law clerk for two years for the SC Attorney General’s Office and worked with the law school’s Nonprofit Organizations Clinic. West graduated from Clemson University in 2008. He serves on several nonprofit boards in Anderson County that focus on making the community a better place to live, including serving as a member of the Pelzer Heritage Commission’s EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant Task Force.
Cynthia CheatwoodSenior Engineer/Risk Assessor
Senior Engineer/Risk Assessor
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC
Ms. Cheatwood is senior engineer with 24 years of experience in human health risk assessment and environmental site assessments. Experience in risk assessment, toxicology, statistical analysis, and remedial design. Managed and/or worked on over 200 human health risk assessments for private, federal and state clients. Projects have ranged from brownfields sites to large federal facilities.
Katie CourtrightBrownfields Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization
Brownfields Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization
Within the Site Assessment and Brownfield Revitalization Section of Ohio EPA, Katie serves as the Brownfield Coordinator for the Targeted Brownfield Assessment program and a liaison with other state agencies for brownfield revitalization projects. Katie has over 12 years’ experience managing brownfield projects and financial resources such as the Clean Ohio program, a U.S. EPA-funded brownfield RLF, and a community assessment grant.
Antoine CarterProgram Director, Groundwork Milwaukee
Program Director, Groundwork Milwaukee
Antoine Carter has been involved with community development and urban agriculture since 2011 through his work with Groundwork Milwaukee. He began as Crew Leader responsible for leading residents, youth crews, and volunteers to complete residential and city projects. In 2014, he became the Program Manager of Milwaukee Urban Gardens, Groundwork's premier program, and continued working to build the overall capacity of the community gardens at the city-wide scale. In 2016 he became Program Director.
George CaricoDirector, WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University
Director, WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University
Mr. Carico offers assistance to and works with several non-profits that have been critical in getting brownfield projects moving forward in Appalachia. His participations is a great contrast with the NYCBP: different geography and demographics; one is based in an academic institution while the other is funded by corporate member dues; and market forces for brownfield site redevelopment is quite different.
Matt CochranSr. Biologist
Matt provides biological and ecological services for fisheries and environmental restoration projects. His main areas of focus include fish hatchery design, fisheries science and business development. Master of Science in Biology, 2007 – University of Illinois at Springfield Bachelor of Science, 1995 – Eastern Illinois University
Bill Callen is Vice President of Behan Communications, Inc., and has served as a communications consultant to RACER Trust since 2011, helping to craft and manage RACER’s public image and drive awareness of the organization’s environmental and redevelopment missions and achievements. Bill works with clients in the manufacturing, industrial, higher education and green energy sectors, handling media and community relations, internal communications and issues research. Before joining Behan Communications, Bill spent 22 years as a journalist, the last 12 as a sports editor with the Times Union in Albany, NY.
Rodney CarsonPrincipal Engagement Mgr
Principal Engagement Mgr
Rodney Carson is an accomplished entrepreneur and recognized expert in economic development and business/organizational structuring and development. Rodney has nearly 25 years of experience in these areas working with non-profit, State and Local government and Fortune 40 corporations. Prior to joining SAS, Rodney worked with a Fortune 40 company on the development and implementation of a new division focused on rebranding, repositioning and instilling a new corporate culture. His prior work has involved direct engagement with state and local leaders in Kentucky, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina as well as engagement with like-kind leadership in over 12 countries. Rodney holds a double major in International Business and Business Finance from the University of Hawaii – Manoa and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Additionally, he holds certifications in economic development and international marketing from the International Economic Development Council and Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Dan CroghanPresident & CEO
President & CEO
Consultative and inquisitive, with a bit of impatience mixed in, best describes Dan's approach to driving performance at Sustain. A 30-year veteran of the waste management industry, Dan has led the implementation of strategic supply chain programs for some of the largest industrial companies in the United States. Equally at comfort in a boardroom, maintenance shop, or project site, Dan digs deep to understand the challenges of Sustain's valued customers, and empowers our employees to act on our clients' behalf.
Jose CisnerosChief Remediation and Reuse Branch
Chief Remediation and Reuse Branch
EPA Region 5
Jose has been with the EPA since 1989. He has been an On-Scene Coordinator and a manager in the Emergency Response Program of Superfund and is currently the branch chief in charge of the RCRA Corrective Action Program in EPA's Region 5. Joe has nearly 20 years experience in site cleanup. Joe was the lead technical expert for the 2009-2011 GM Bankruptcy Settlement development. He oversees the cleanup of over 200 sites in Region 5 and is recently returned from a State Department detail to Indonesia.
Jessica DeBoneEconomic Incentives Consultant, PM Environmental, Inc.
Economic Incentives Consultant, PM Environmental, Inc.
Ms. DeBone specializes in Brownfield and Economic Development Incentives, EPA Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants and holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from a Planning Accredited Board program. She focuses on the identification of attainable incentive programs on a project-by-project basis to best suit both the investor and the community. Ms. DeBone regularly works with stakeholders to facilitate private investment in brownfield properties.
John DaviesCEO - Davies Public Affairs
CEO - Davies Public Affairs
John Davies, CEO of Davies Public Affairs, is one of the most respected communication strategists and an expert on building grassroots public support for controversial projects and issues. With 30 years of experience and a near flawless client success rate, he has provided strategic council and executed highly integrated communication and grassroots and community relations programs for a myriad of clients in the energy, mining, and real estate industries in 47 states and Canada.
Todd DavisCEO, Hemisphere Development LLC
CEO, Hemisphere Development LLC
Todd S. Davis, Esq. is the CEO of Hemisphere Development LLC. He focuses his work on all aspects of redeveloping contaminated property. He has provided strategic advice in hundreds of transactions, including a number of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated brownfield redevelopments. He is the principal author of the ABA’s 1100-page treatise on redeveloping brownfield sites nationally, entitled Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property (3rd Ed. 2010).
Herbert DreiseitlDirector: Ramboll Livable Cities Lab, Founder: Atelier Dreiseitl
Director: Ramboll Livable Cities Lab, Founder: Atelier Dreiseitl
As the Director of the Liveable Cities Lab, the think-tank at Ramboll Environ, and as founder of Atelier Dreiseitl, a globally integrated design studio with more than 35-year history of excellence in urban design, landscape architecture and ecological waterscapes, Herbert integrates the organization’s strategic design and planning efforts by demonstrating a portfolio of site-responsive interventions of urban planning, hydrology and environmental engineering.
Sabina DeitrickAssociate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research
Sabina Deitrick is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the MPA program at GSPIA. She is also affiliated with the University Center for Social and Urban Research. She received her PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley.
Christopher De SousaProfessor and Director
Christopher De Sousa
Professor and Director
School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Christopher De Sousa is Professor and Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. His research activities focus on various aspects of brownfields redevelopment in Canada and the United States. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Brownfields Network, a Steering Committee Member on the US ATSDR Brownfields/Land Reuse Health Initiative, and on the Executive Committees for Ryerson’s City Building Institute and Center for Urban Research & Land Development.
Paul DrausProfessor of Sociology
Professor of Sociology
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Paul Draus earned his PhD from Loyola University Chicago in 2001. He is the author of Consumed in the City (2004) and has published extensively on a range of issues related to urban environments and community health. He serves a community representative on Brownfield Authority Boards for the Downriver Community Conference and the City of Dearborn. He is currently engaged in research examining questions of health, equity and quality of life related to landscape-based interventions in the city of Detroit.
Judith EastExecutive Director
Washington County Council of Governments
Judy East, AICP is Executive Director for the Washington County Council of Governments. With 29 years experience in planning and economic development in Maine, New York and Vermont, she currently works with communities throughout Washington County on varied issues in land use planning, Brownfields redevelopment, economic development, and adaptation to climate change. Judy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners with a BA in Biology and Economics, and a MS in planning.
Serap ErdalAssociate Professor, University of Illinois School of Public Health
Associate Professor, University of Illinois School of Public Health
Dr. Serap Erdal is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupation Health Sciences, University of Illinois School of Public Health. She is a specialist in environmental and occupational exposure assessment, health risk assessment, development of exposure measurement methods/techniques, multi-media exposure analysis and modeling, and land reuse and redevelopment. Dr. Erdal is also a community engagement specialist with a previous background in cleanup and redevelopment of U.S. former milit
Craig EatonDepartment Manager | Environmental Services
Department Manager | Environmental Services
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Mr. Eaton is an Environmental Manager with Terracon, and offers 20 years of experience consulting on Brownfields redevelopment sites, Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) sites, UST closures, and other site investigations and remediation. He is a long-term participant on ASTM International's E50 Technical Committee for Environmental Assessment Risk Management, and Corrective Action. Mr. Eaton assisted Centro Civico Mexicano with securing brownfields grant funds and was selected via a competitive bid process to assist CCM with implementation of the cleanup grant.
Holland & Knight LLP
Ms. Edwards serves as co-chair for the firm's National Environmental Team, as well as its Military Installation Redevelopment Team. Ms. Edwards has been practicing environmental and energy law for more than 35 years. She routinely counsels developers, lenders and corporations about effective strategies for structuring real estate and corporate transactions to minimize environmental and financial risk.
Tim FrisbieCommunications and Policy Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center
Communications and Policy Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center
Tim is the communications and policy director at Shared-Use Mobility Center, a public interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility, from bikesharing to carsharing. http://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/our-team/
Chad FarrellChief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Encore Renewable Energy
Chad Farrell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a leading integrated clean energy company focusing on community-scale solar PV systems and 21st century solutions for underutilized property. At Encore, Mr. Farrell has led collaborative efforts to design, permit, finance and construct over 40 different solar PV projects. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont.
Town of Brattleboro, Vermont
Sue Fillion is the Planner for the Town of Brattleboro, Vermont. She has 16 years experience working at the both the municipal and regional level. She has been involved in many projects including master planning, writing land use regulations, and land conservation. Sue currently oversees the Town of Brattleboro’s brownfields assessment program and is as a steering committee member for the Windham Regional Commission’s (Southeastern Vermont) brownfields program.
Rod FrancisPlanning Director, Town of Brattleboro, Vermont
Planning Director, Town of Brattleboro, Vermont
Rod Francis has more than 25 years experience in planning teaching and practice covering land use planning, community development and housing. He has worked with multiple small New England communities devising community engagement tools and drafting land use policies and regulations. Rod has a longstanding interest in the significance of "place" and has developed strategies for communities to draw on their natural and cultural heritage so they may adapt to increasingly global futures.
Deeohn FerrisVP for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
VP for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
National Audubon Society
Ms. Ferris is an environmental lawyer and internationally recognized provider of technical and public policy expertise that tackles sustainable economic development, and social, environmental and health determinants in low wealth, underserved urban, rural and tribal communities. She has extraordinary experience leading expert teams working on community regeneration and land revitalization with EPA, as well as governments, foundations, communities and tribal organizations in the US and abroad.
Anthony FindleyBrownfield Project Manager, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Brownfield Project Manager, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Findley has M.S. Chemical/Environmental Engineering, M.S. Applied Mathematics, and 30+ years of experience working as a Project Manager and Project Engineer with the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in Waste Water Treatment and Remediation/Redevelopment of contaminated sites. Currently work in NJDEP’s Office of Brownfield Reuse specializing in leveraging funding, and remediating/redeveloping abandoned/underutilized contaminated sites to promote environmental/economic growth.
Matt FordLicensed Remediation Specialist, Senior Consultant, CORE Environmental Services, Inc.
Licensed Remediation Specialist, Senior Consultant, CORE Environmental Services, Inc.
CORE Environmental Services, Inc.
Mr. Ford is a senior consultant for CORE Environmental Services, Inc. and manages their office in Lewisburg, WV. His experience includes working with federal, state, municipal, and private-sector clients in West Virginia and the surrounding states. He is a WV Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS) with extensive project level management and field experience. Mr. Ford has managed a wide range of environmental projects, including Freedom Industries, under the WV Voluntary Remediation Program.
Faith FinholmGrants Manager
Genesee County Land Bank
Faith Finholm is the Grants Manager at the Genesee County Land Bank (GCLB). Since beginning with the organization in 2012, Ms. Finholm has helped to manage and implement programs supported by more than $100 million in grant funding. Ms. Finholm graduated from the University of Michigan- Flint with a MPA in Non-profit Administration in May 2013. While completing her degree, she served as an intern at the GCLB where she assisted with federal grant compliance under Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). She worked for Capital Access where she worked on NSP grants management for MSHDA. She then served as the Demolition Grants Monitor for the City Flint. In her short time at Capital Access and the City of Flint, Ms. Finholm quickly became key resource on regulatory compliance for contractors and peers in the field and she developed strong relationships with area regulators. While serving as a Grant and Contract Specialist with the Land Bank she successfully managed procurement processes and project implementation for large demolition contracts. In this role she further developed her expertise in programmatic compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. In her current role, she writes grants and oversees the implementation of Community Development Block Grant, Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan Department of Environmental Equality, and Michigan Blight Elimination Grant through MSHDA and the Michigan Land Bank. She has written successful grant applications to secure more than $1 million in grant funding.
Ms. Foley's practice focuses on a range of environmental and administrative issues critical to the utility, manufacturing, and real estate industries, with a focus on chemical management, risk assessment, site remediation, and solid and hazardous waste management and disposal. As a member of the ASTM International E-50 Committee on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, Ms. Foley has participated in the development of multiple industry standards related to the assessment and remediation of contaminated properties, including the recently updated ASTM E1527-13 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Practice, the ASTM E2600 Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening, and the first ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups.
Eugene GoldfarbAdj Asst Prof
Adj Asst Prof
EUGENE GOLDFARB is a TAB partner (with KSU) and retired from a 30-year career with HUD in 2004. He has managed courses for UIC-Chicago, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, USEPA, Native Learning Center, and others. Eugene was named HUD's "brownfield guru" by Planning magazine in 2002 and was one of the principal architects of USEPA/HUD's 5 day “Nuts & Bolts of Brownfield Redevelopment" course. A Brownfields educator, certified planner, urban planning, housing, and HUD resources, pro-forma analysis, Urban environmental justice. (Former Midwest Environmental Officer for HUD - retired)
Michael GoldsteinManager, Global Remediation and Environmental Risk Management - Ingersoll Rand
Manager, Global Remediation and Environmental Risk Management - Ingersoll Rand
Michael Goldstein is the Global Remediation and Environmental Risk Manager for Ingersoll Rand. He served as remediation and due diligence manager for General Electric’s Consumer & Industrial and Power & Water and as USEPA Region 10’s Superfund Remedial Project Manager and technical policy analyst in the Superfund Program. He chairs the Real Estate and Environmental Committee for the Surplus Property Roundtable and serves on the Steering Committee for the Remediation Managers Roundtable.
Downstream Strategies, LLC
Marc Glass, LRS, is a Principal at Downstream Strategies, LLC, an environmental consulting firm that has assisted with redevelopment efforts in Thomas, WV since 2014. Mr. Glass manages his company's Environmental Monitoring and Remediation Program and has over seventeen years of experience in environmental consulting and management, including twelve years as a WVDEP Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS). He routinely engages communities, regulatory agencies, and other project stakeholders.
Kate GlassSenior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
NYC Office of Environmental Remediation
Kate Glass is a project manager at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation. She manages the Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience Survey, a program that investigates potential sustainability and resilience best practices on brownfield sites in New York City. She is also the program manager for the NYC Clean Soil Bank.
Danielle GetsingerProject Manager/Geologist with EnSafe
Project Manager/Geologist with EnSafe
Danielle Getsinger is a Professional Geologist with EnSafe, Inc. and over her 10 year career has managed various brownfields assessment, remediation, and redevelopment projects nationwide. Ms. Getsinger has been working closely with the City of Houston to develop an extensive brownfields area-wide inventory; authored the program’s Community Relations Plan and an internal Strategic Program Development Plan; and has facilitated community outreach efforts with key stakeholders in the city.
Kevin GremseSenior Director, National Development Council
Senior Director, National Development Council
Kevin coordinates economic and housing development services, including technical assistance, training, and financial services to public and private sector clients. He advances the work of NDC’s affiliated programs, including its federal tax credit investor programs, its public facility development division, and its small business lending company in client communities. He's an experienced instructor for NDC’s economic and housing development finance courses and professional development programs.
Jill GaitoPrincipal, Gaito & Associates, LLC
Principal, Gaito & Associates, LLC
Gaito & Associates, LLC is a WBE and WOSB certified firm formed in 2010 to assist in the resolution of environmental issues in a manner that spurs economic growth and opportunity. Brownfield redevelopment and public funding strategies are two primary areas of focus for the firm. Project success is achieved by drawing on the experience, expertise and associations of the Principal, Jill A. Gaito. Throughout her career, Jill has held leadership, project management, and technical positions in both the private and public sectors. Prior to founding G&A, Jill served as a Deputy Secretary at PADEP. She established PADEP as a partner in economic development by promoting policies and initiatives that foster a climate of environmentally sound and sustained economic growth. G&A LLC has won two Phoenix Awards and a Brownfields Renewal Award for economic development impact. Jill's expertise and experience have been recognized by selection to the transition teams for PA Governor's Corbett and Wolf.
Kelly GoriniProgram Analyst
Kelly Gorini is the Assessment, Cleanup, and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) Lead for the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR). Kelly came to OBLR after 3 years at EPA’s Region 9 Office in San Francisco, where she was a RCRA State Project Officer. Prior to that she was part of EPA’s Pollution Prevention Division, where her work focused on environmentally preferable products. Kelly has a Bachelors in Environmental Biology from the University of Dayton, and a Masters of Public Affairs in Environmental and Natural Resource Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Briana GrosickiDirector of Research
Director of Research
Briana Grosicki is Director of Research for PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. Grosicki served as Chair on her local municipal historic preservation commission in Muncie, Indiana and led a citywide parcel survey called ScoutMuncie. She received her MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and Preservation Action.
Ileen GladstoneLSP, Vice President
LSP, Vice President
Ileen Gladstone is a nationally recognized environmental expert, speaker, and author of numerous articles on environmental engineering and brownfields. She has 30+ years of experience specializing in development of contaminated properties, vapor intrusion mitigation, PCB cleanup, and the management of public sector environmental contracts. She is a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP), Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a LEED AP
Deb Goldblum has worked in EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Office (Region 3) RCRA Corrective Action Program for 16 years. She is currently Region 3's RCRA Revitalization Coordinator and is a key contributor to a national effort to integrate green remediation into the cleanup programs. She has worked on several projects in collaboration with EPA Headquarters including the RCRA Groundwater Handbook and co-leading the development of measures to assess the status of land use at cleanup sites.
Mary Ann Grena ManleyDeputy Editorial Director, EHS - Bloomberg BNA
Mary Ann Grena Manley
Deputy Editorial Director, EHS - Bloomberg BNA
For nearly 20 years, Mary Ann has overseen coverage and conducted analysis of complex national and global EHS legal and policy developments. Her primary responsibilities currently include managing the editorial team responsible for interpreting and analyzing all major EHS laws and regulations related to compliance, and coordinating the publication of content contributed by EHS thought leaders. Mary Ann also plays a primary role in identifying and recruiting speakers for national conferences. Her areas of expertise include environmental due diligence, superfund, brownfields redevelopment, sustainability, and environmental compliance. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Janice GundlachAssistant Director of Community Assets & Development/Planning Director
Assistant Director of Community Assets & Development/Planning Director
City of New Brighton
Janice Gundlach has worked for the City of New Brighton for over 11 years. Janice started out as the City Planner in early 2006 and through the years expanded her responsibilities into economic development, progressively taking on more projects involving the City’s 100 acre redevelopment project now known as New Brighton Exchange. Janice now serves as the Assistant Director of Community Assets & Development/Planning Director for the City.
Beth GrigsbySenior Project Consultant, SME
Senior Project Consultant, SME
TAB partner to Kansas State University
Beth has 27 years of experience providing environmental technical assistance to local government agencies, non-profits and private stakeholders with specialization in the funding and redevelopment of contaminated properties. She is an expert in the brownfields industry and has extensive community outreach experience. Beth is the former Indianapolis Brownfields Coordinator as well as the former EPA TAB coordinator for Region 5
Uliana GonzalezInterior Designer at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Interior Designer at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
M.Arch. in Civic Architecture; PhD student in Historic Preservation (Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning Lodz University of Technology, Poland); fellow under the Polish National Commission for UNESCO 2012; 1st place recipient at XIX International Competition in restoration and renovation of Ukrainian architectural monuments (2010). Current occupation - Program Coordinator at International Cultural Educational Association (Chicago, IL).
Mark GregorManager of Municipal Environmental Programs
Manager of Municipal Environmental Programs
Mark Gregor recently joined LaBella Associates where he provides brownfield and environmental advisory services. Previously he was the Manager of Environmental Quality for the City of Rochester, NY where he was responsible for environmental regulatory compliance and managing brownfield programs and projects, including more than 100 USEPA and NYS grant funded brownfield projects. While at the City of Rochester he was also responsible for the City’s energy, sustainability and climate action planning initiatives. He holds an MS from the University of Rochester and an MPA from Syracuse University.
Steve GillBrownfields and VCP Specialist, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Brownfields and VCP Specialist, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Steve has dedicated over 11 years of service to the IDEQ, as a Brownfields/VCP Specialist. He is responsible for managing brownfields and voluntary cleanup program related projects in the 10 northern Idaho counties. His background in hydrogeology and environmental science help him oversee brownfields projects. Steve brings an additional 30 years of private-sector work to effectively manage brownfields projects and assist local governments awarded brownfield grant funds with managing their projects
Ray GastilCity Planning Director for Pittsburgh
City Planning Director for Pittsburgh
Ray Gastil is City Planning Director for Pittsburgh, where he leads initiatives to improve neighborhood planning, resilient communities, comprehensive planning, complete streets, and riverfront planning. His ongoing responsibilities include following through on the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Task Force that he co-chaired, as well as advancing the comprehensive plan, Eco innovation district, and downtown design and planning. The Department has responsibilities for the City Planning Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Review Commission. He has served as planning director, Seattle, and Manhattan planning director, NYC, and as founding director of Van Alen Institute, where he led exhibitions, publications, and design competitions, including Open: New Designs for Public Space. Earlier, he served as transit-oriented design director for Regional Plan Association. He was 2011-2013 Visiting Professor and Chair in Design Innovation at Penn State and serves as Adjunct Professor, Architecture, at Carnegie Mellon University.
Kristeen GaffneyChief, Brownfields and Land Revitalization Branch
Chief, Brownfields and Land Revitalization Branch
USEPA, Region 3
Kristeen Gaffney oversees the Brownfields Land and Revitalization Program in EPA’s Region III office in Philadelphia. The EPA Region III office serves the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Under its Brownfields program, EPA provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states and non profits to support the assessment and cleanup of Brownfields. Kristeen has been with EPA for 20 plus years and spent half of those in the Brownfields program. Before working for EPA, Kristeen taught environmental education for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary. Kristeen has a bachelors degree in environmental science from Stockton State College and masters degree in environmental policy from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
David HannySenior Managing Environmental Scientist, Barton & Loguidice
Senior Managing Environmental Scientist, Barton & Loguidice
Dave Hanny is a Senior Managing Environmental Scientist with Barton & Loguidice. He has conducted numerous environmental site investigations and remedial projects under various State and Federal programs. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Quality, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Hanny provides design and environmental compliance assistance to public and private clients throughout the northeast.
James Harless, PhD, CHMMVice President
James Harless, PhD, CHMM
Dr. Harless, CHMM is a Vice President and Principal at SME, a Midwestern consulting and engineering services firm. He has spent the last 20 of his 40 years as an environmental consultant managing integrated environmental, engineering, and construction support services and developing successful public-private partnerships for over $1.3 billion in complex brownfield redevelopment projects, including the Jimmy John's Stadium and B24 Liberator Bomber Plant projects. Dr. Harless is also Vice President of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation, where he has been working closely with all stakeholders to successfully preserve and redevelop a portion of the WWII B24 Liberator bomber plant at Willow Run into a national aviation and technology museum and support redevelopment of the larger site into a connected and automated vehicle (CAV) research center and proving grounds.
Barry HershClinical Associate Professor, NYU School of Professional Studies
Clinical Associate Professor, NYU School of Professional Studies
Professor Hersh teaches land use and environmental courses at NYC. As a certified planner, has been involved with the New York Brownfield Programs since their inception, and with post-Sandy recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey. Formerly, Mr. Hersh was Vice President of Dames & Moore/Brookhill which developed more than fifty brownfield projects, and was Real Estate Director for Reynolds Aluminum. He holds a Masters Degree in UrbanPlanning from NYU's Wagner School.
John HargravesRegional Manager
PM Environmental, Inc.
Mr. Hargraves has served public and private clients throughout the U.S. for 28 years. He specializes in Brownfield Redevelopment, Grants/Alternate Funding Sources, Economic Development Incentives, Environmental Due Diligence, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Remediation, and Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST). Hargraves earned his B.S. in Geology from Tennessee Technological University and is a licensed professional geologist in ten states.
Glo HanneHMTRI / ATEEC, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
HMTRI / ATEEC, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Glo Hanne is the principal investigator for the HMTRI/EPA cooperative agreement and has organized and co-facilitated over 15 national workforce development workshops. HMTRI All Grantee workshops provide community organizations the opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies for environmental workforce development and job training programs.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Art is an attorney in the Environmental & Energy Strategies group at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Art has more than 35 years of experience in environmental law and is well-versed in all major Wisconsin and federal environmental and energy programs. He has been involved in numerous significant Brownfield transactions in Wisconsin and has been appointed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's Secretary to serve on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's Brownfield Advisory Committee for the past 15 years.
Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D.WREStormwater Program Manager, City of Lancaster PA
Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D.WRE
Stormwater Program Manager, City of Lancaster PA
City of Lancaster, PA
Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D.WRE, is the Stormwater Program Manager for the City of Lancaster, PA. She holds a BS in civil engineering technology and an MS in environmental engineering. She has a broad multi-disciplinary background including low impact development, sustainable stormwater management design, stormwater management program development, and municipal green infrastructure implementation; she currently oversees the operations of City’s Stormwater and Wastewater Collection Programs.
Olivia HoughSenior Planner/Brownfields Coordinator, City of Springfield, Missouri
Senior Planner/Brownfields Coordinator, City of Springfield, Missouri
Olivia Hough has served as the Senior Planner/Brownfields Coordinator for the City of Springfield, Missouri since 2001. Olivia is responsible for major community revitalization projects in the community, administers the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfields-supported work, and has leveraged millions of dollars in support of Springfield’s redevelopment. She received her B.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Missouri State University.
Ganga HettiarachchiProfessor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Dept. of Agronomy, Kansas State University
Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Dept. of Agronomy, Kansas State University
Dr. Hettiarachchi's overall research focus is to apply knowledge of soil and environmental chemistry to the development of solutions for agricultural and environmental issues. Since 2008, she has been researching ways to minimize effects of soil contaminants to promote/facilitate gardening on brownfield sites. In addition to her teaching responsibilities and research, she presents at multiple national and international conferences.
Our Move LLC
Clark Henry has worked on Brownfield redevelopment across public and private sectors for the past 17 years, engaged with EPA Brownfield grants, grantees, and impacted communities across the country. Passionate about equitable development and alternative revitalization models he co-founded Our Move in 2016. He also provides consulting services as CIII Associates (www.ciiiassociates.com). Clark holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and lives in Wilmington, NC.
J. Clark HippCFO - Our Move
J. Clark Hipp
CFO - Our Move
J. Clark Hipp is a multi-faceted design professional with 25 years designing and developing commercial and multi-family projects in southeastern North Carolina. Projects that range from multi-story commercial office towers to small urban infill projects. He is also actively involved in the community and holds board positions with groups advocating for housing affordability and economic development. He currently holds an architectural, real estate brokerage and General Contractor License.
Robert (Bob) HurleyDirector of Allegheny County Economic Development
Robert (Bob) Hurley
Director of Allegheny County Economic Development
Bob Hurley was appointed Director of Allegheny County Economic Development in January 2015. He manages funding from local, state, and federal resources to implement economic development activities such as: site development, new job creation initiatives, community development, and affordable housing for approximately 1.25 million citizens in 130 municipalities.
U.S. EPA - Region 3
Since 1988, Joel Hennessy has provided geologic technical support to the RCRA Program in EPA Region 3 in the Office of Technical and Administrative Support, Land and Chemicals Division. Joel primarily supports RCRA Project Managers in the implementation of RCRA Corrective Action, but he has also participated in various headquarters workgroups associated with that program. Since 2007, Joel has been active in GIS mapping, website presentation, and field oversight of institutional controls.
Charlie HowlandSr. Asst. Regional Counsel
Sr. Asst. Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA - Region 3
As a Senior Assistant Regional Counsel with U.S. EPA Region III Charlie works on cleanups at private and federal facilities, including contaminated sediment sites and formerly used defense sites. He is the lead EPA attorney on the Sparrows Point RCRA Corrective Action Site in Baltimore Harbor, one of the largest privately owned environmentally impacted sites in North America undergoing redevelopment, for which EPA negotiated a novel CERCLA and RCRA prospective purchaser agreement in coordination with the Maryland Department of Environment’s negotiation of a parallel state agreement. He is the Region’s lead on the EPA's RE-Powering America Rapid Response team, which encourages development of renewable energy facilities on environmentally impaired lands. He has served on Agency workgroups which have drafted national EPA enforcement policies (municipal solid waste, renewable energy siting/tenant liability, comfort letters, formerly used defense sites). He has published articles and spoken at national conferences on legal issues associated with liability, renewable energy, and brownfield redevelopment. Outside of EPA, in 2008-09 he served as the general counsel for a utility scale renewable energy development firm. Since 2004 he has worked on private real estate development projects as a member of the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission, since 2012 as co-chair. He teaches "Energy Law" at Villanova Law School, and "Navigating the Regulatory State: Law, Science and Policy" in the Master of Law Program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. History 1980) and Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1985). In 2003 he completed the Executive Program on Economics and the Environment at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, and in 2013 completed the Energy Executive Leadership Institute program, sponsored by the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In August, 2017 he was named to the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster for a three year term.
Helena HealyDeputy Division Director, U.S. EPA - Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
Deputy Division Director, U.S. EPA - Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
Helena Healy is the Deputy Division Director of the Policy and Program Division in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Site Remediation Enforcement. She has twenty years of experience in various cleanup enforcement program areas. Ms. Healy began her U.S. EPA career in 1995. Prior to joining U.S. EPA, she was an attorney at Technology Management Services, Inc. where she managed several Superfund projects.
Lauren HeberleDirector, Center for Environmental Policy and Management
Director, Center for Environmental Policy and Management
University of Louisville
Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management and Associate Professor of Sociology. She teaches environmental and social policy courses. Her expertise is in community participation in environmental decision making. Her areas of research include urban redevelopment, environmental policy, environmental justice, community engagement, and sustainable development. She serves as a member of or expert witness to a variety of local and federal task forces and committees.
Susan HowardDirector, Government Relations & Legislative Affairs
Director, Government Relations & Legislative Affairs
National Association of Development Organization (NADO)
Susan Howard is responsible for legislative and executive branch outreach, advocacy of NADO’s legislative priorities, and policy development. NADO represents the nation’s regional development organizations and works to strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional strategies and partnerships. She has previously held positions with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and U.S. Representative David Price.
Ms. Hickman holds a B.S. in Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University and recently retired from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. She has more than 27 years’ experience in environmental education, compliance, enforcement, and site remediation with the State of West Virginia. She coordinates with West Virginia's Brownfields Assistance Centers; the WV Development Office; regional economic development offices; and local communities, to advance brownfields redevelopment. She has served as a Board member of the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation and currently provides business development services to the WVLSC.
Wirtschafts Entwicklungs Gesellschaft Bochum mbH
Prof. Rolf Heyer works in brownfield recycling for more than 27 years in Germany. He started as a project manager in the development company of Northrhine-Westfalia (NRW) and was director for different regions in NRW. He was CEO of the NRW.URBAN Company. Since August 2014 he is CEO in the City Development Company of the City of Bochum and CEO in Bochum Perspektive 2022, which develops the former General Motors factory sites of OPEL in Bochum. He is also honorary Professor at Ruhr University.
Pullman and Comley, LLC
Lee is chair of Pullman & Comley's Environmental, Energy and Telecommunications Department and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Lee advises clients in the areas of environmental law, brownfield redevelopment, and renewable and traditional energy matters. In his law practice, Lee represents both municipalities and developers on brownfield projects. Lee serves on the Connecticut Legislature's Brownfields Working Group and is the Secretary of his town's Redevelopment Authority.
C.J. HagerDirector, Healthy Community Policies, Vitalyst Health Foundation
Director, Healthy Community Policies, Vitalyst Health Foundation
Vitalyst Health Foundation
C.J. Eisenbarth Hager is Director, Healthy Community Policies for Vitalyst Health Foundation. Vitalyst is an independent, non-partisan public foundation with four overarching priorities, which includes working with municipal leaders to promote healthy community design. Her work centers on promoting public policies that support healthy lifestyles. As a result, her work touches a number of different specialties and policy areas, including urban planning, land use, transportation, urban design, housing, community development and sustainability. Prior to Vitalyst, C.J. was a Senior Policy Analyst for Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, where she focused on education, workforce and the economy. C.J. also served as the Director of Government Affairs for NeighborWorks America and has held positions with the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. C.J. received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Kansas State University, where she was given the Alumni Honoree award for her professional accomplishments. She currently serves on the board of directors for Trellis (formerly NHS of Phoenix), the advisory board for the PLACES Fellowship (chair) through The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the City of Phoenix Complete Streets Advisory Board (vice chair), and the Arizona Health Improvement Plan Built Environment Strategy Work Group (co-chair). She is a founding member of the Maricopa County Food System Coalition and a partner in the Arizona Healthfields Initiative.
Jack HoskinsScience & Technology Policy Fellow
Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Department of Energy
Jack joined SunShot as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in July 2017. He is interested in studying ways to lower the cost of capital for solar projects and in methods for increasing solar access among low income customers. Within the soft costs team, Jack works on community solar and on solar finance projects. Prior to joining SunShot, he studied economic policy at Princeton, where he consulted for regional energy organizations on proposing a community solar program for New Jersey. Before graduate school, Jack worked with solar startups in India and investigated major economic crimes at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He is originally from Olympia, Washington.
Anderson HartzellRegional Chief Counsel
Regional Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Southeastern Regional Office
Anderson Hartzell is currently the Regional Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Southeastern Regional Office. In this capacity, he oversees and manages an office of 11 attorneys and 2 support staff in providing counseling and litigation support for the Regional Office. The Regional DEP Office consists of approximately 240 Department employees who implement environmental programs for Air Quality, Clean Water, Waterways and Wetlands, Environmental Cleanup, Waste Management, Safe Drinking Water and Radiation Protection. Following his graduation from Villanova Law School in 1986, Andy started his law career as a clerk to Judge Madeline Palladino on the Commonwealth Court. He began his career in environmental protection in January of 1988. He was promoted to Supervising Counsel in the mid-1990’s and elevated to Regional Chief Counsel in the summer of 2015. He also served as Acting Regional Director for the Southeast Region from October of 2016 to May of 2017. In addition to working at DEP, Andy is also the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section and an adjunct professor of Environmental Law at St. Joseph’s University.
Lee IlanChief of Planning
Chief of Planning
New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation
Lee Ilan is the Chief of Planning at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, where she encourages cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated land. Her focus is on community engagement, grant management, the SPEED environmental mapping portal, intergovernmental issues, communications, and social media. She has worked on brownfields for the City for nearly two decades and serves on the board of NALGEP (National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals) and the Advisory Board of the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR). Lee holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia College, Columbia University.
Dwane JonesDirector of the Center for Sustainable Development + Resilience
Director of the Center for Sustainable Development + Resilience
University of the District of Columbia
Dwane is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development + Resilience at the University of the District of Columbia, a division of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES). He also conducts research and teaches courses in Urban Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability Entrepreneurship, Public Policy and Health, and Green Infrastructure. He has degrees in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design.
Doug JamisonSuperfund/Brownfields Unit Leader
Superfund/Brownfields Unit Leader
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Doug Jamison has over 26 years of CERCLA and Brownfields experience. He currently manages the Superfund and Brownfields Unit for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He oversees Colorado’s involvement in Superfund activities for Colorado’s 25 National Priority List Sites and also oversees Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration activities for many of the CERCLA related NRD cases in the State.
Maurice JonesEconomic Development Director, City of Dubuque, Iowa
Economic Development Director, City of Dubuque, Iowa
Maurice Jones is the City of Dubuque’s Economic Development Director. His areas of expertise include downtown revitalization and redevelopment. Maurice previously served as a managing partner with Paratus Scientia, LLC, a strategic organizational design and development firm. From 1999 to 2008, he was economic development officer for the Louisville Economic Development Authority, the development agency for the Louisville, KY metropolitan government.
Lisa JenkinsIT Specialist, Office of Land and Emergency Management
IT Specialist, Office of Land and Emergency Management
US Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa Jenkins has worked in the information management field within OLEM for over 25 years. She manages several systems, including Cleanups in My Community (CIMC), serves as OLEM's Geospatial Coordinator, and has given many presentations of CIMC over the years.
Gerry KirkpatrickManaging Partner, Environmental Standards Inc.
Managing Partner, Environmental Standards Inc.
Mr. Kirkpatrick is the Brownfields practice leader for Environmental Standards, Inc. a scientific consultancy headquartered in Valley Forge PA with offices in VA, TN, IL, and NM. He has managed more than $100 million in brownfield renewal projects throughout the mid-Atlantic. He is currently leading federally-funded projects for three municipal entities, and is focused on the impacts of emerging contaminants on engineering and institutional controls at voluntary remediation sites.
Achyut KafleORISE Research Fellow Hosted by EPA, OLEM, OCPA
ORISE Research Fellow Hosted by EPA, OLEM, OCPA
Achyut Kafle is an ORISE Research Fellow at the U.S. EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management in the Office of Communications, Partnerships and Analysis in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from University of Rhode Island. Dr. Kafle has extensive research experience designing, developing and implementing survey instruments to value non-market environmental goods and ecosystem services to support environmental decision-making processes.
Adam KlingerProgram Manager, RE-Powering America's Land
Program Manager, RE-Powering America's Land
Adam Klinger is the program manager for the EPA Initiative RE-Powering America's Land that encourages the reuse of formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites to host renewable energy installations.
Craig KasperCEO, Hull & Associates, Inc.
CEO, Hull & Associates, Inc.
Craig is CEO of Hull, a project development and engineering firm focused on the environment, energy and infrastructure. Craig is a recognized expert for his creative brownfield redevelopment strategies.
Casey KorbiniEnvironmental Resources Specialist
Environmental Resources Specialist
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Casey Korbini has been an Environmental Resources Specialist with the Office of Environmental Remediation at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for over six years. Serving as the Brownfields Program Coordinator, Ms. Korbini administers the state's competitive brownfields grants, assists communities with assessments and remediation projects, oversees Voluntary Remediation Program projects, and coordinates efforts with the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers. Ms. Korbini holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tory KressSenior Environmental Project Engineer
Senior Environmental Project Engineer
Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee
Tory Kress, P.E., AICP, has been with RACM since 2006, working on a range of sustainable development projects that include brownfield redevelopment sites, stormwater best management practices, urban agriculture, and bike/ped advocacy. Much of Tory’s work focuses on revitalization efforts in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor. Prior to joining RACM, Tory worked for 5 ½ years with a consulting firm and specialized in environmental engineering and transportation planning.
Joseph KellyProject Manager, RCRA Corrective Action, EPA Region 5
Project Manager, RCRA Corrective Action, EPA Region 5
Joseph Kelly is a Geologist with over 20 years of experience in the environmental field. He has worked as a Physical Scientist and project manager with the US EPA Region 5 Remediation and Reuse Branch for six years, addressing remediation at RCRA Corrective Action and PBC sites. Before EPA, he worked as an environmental consultant for 15 years in Chicago and Louisville, and as a regulator for the Kentucky Dept for Environmental Protection’s UST program. He holds both a B.S. and MS in Geology.
Patrick KirbyInterim Executive Director
Interim Executive Director
Patrick is the Interim Executive Director of the WVLSC Patrick has guided the organizational development of the WVLSC and growth of the 3 signature programs. He also serves as the Director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from West Virginia University and received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Shepherd University.
Julie H. Kilgore is President of Wasatch Environmental, an environmental science and engineering firm based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has 20 years experience in environmental assessment, investigation, remediation, and regulatory agency coordination. Since 2000, Julie has chaired the task group responsible for developing the revisions to ASTM 1527 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard, and was appointed by EPA to serve on the regulatory negotiation Federal Advisory Committee to assist EPA in developing the federal All Appropriate Inquiry regulation. In addition to ASTM International, Julie has been involved in the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Envision Utah Brownfields Task Force, and was recently elected to the Environmental Bankers Association Board of Governors. As a result of Ms. Kilgore’s involvement in development of industry standards, federal regulation, and local policies, she assisted in the development of numerous Phase I ESA, Transaction Screen, and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment training courses, and conducts industry training courses throughout the country. Ms. Kilgore has conducted industry outreach for professional organizations and participated in national conference panel presentations regarding Phase I Environmental Assessments, All Appropriate Inquiry, and 2002 Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Julie has authored or co-authored numerous articles regarding environmental issues related to commercial property transactions, and provides national environmental due diligence training for both the public and private sector. She is a graduate of Salt Lake Community College (AS), Westminster College (BS), and University of Utah (EMBA).
Blase LevenAssociate Director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University
Associate Director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University
Blase Leven is the TAB Programs Coordinator and Associate Director of the Center for the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University. At KSU, he has led and served on technical assistance and outreach teams since 1997, for many EPA-funded programs - including the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program. His experience is in environmental assessments and site redevelopment planning. Mr. Leven holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Geology, and is a Licensed Professional Geologist.
Amanda LeFevreKY Brownfield Redevelopment Program, KY DEP
KY Brownfield Redevelopment Program, KY DEP
KY Dept. For Environmental Protection
Amanda LeFevre has been with Kentucky’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program for over 11 years. She specializes in outreach and education that encourages brownfield redevelopment and provides public and private entities with the knowledge, skills and services to make redevelopment projects happen. Amanda is the Vice Chair of the ASTSWMO Brownfield Focus Group. Amanda has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Brescia University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of
Elizabeth LimbrickProject Manager, NJIT TAB
Project Manager, NJIT TAB
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Elizabeth Limbrick is a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) in NJ. She is a Project Manager at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where she is responsible for providing technical assistance to communities for brownfield redevelopments. She provides 1-on-1 technical assistance to local gov’t and nonprofits in EPA Regions 1, 3 and 4 interested in assessing, remediating and redeveloping brownfield sites. She has 20+ years’ experience in the private & public sectors.
Nora LoehleProgram Director, Energy and Environment Program at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in DC
Program Director, Energy and Environment Program at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in DC
Nora is a program director for the Energy and Environment Program at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, a political foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. We act as a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. Hbs seeks to advance democracy and human rights, protect the environment and climate, and promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Ryan LondriganBrownfield Coordinator - State of Michigan
Brownfield Coordinator - State of Michigan
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Ryan Londrigan is the third generation in his family to work at Chevy in the Hole. His grandfather was in the famous 1936 Sit-down Strike, his father was employed by General Motors for 42 years. As an environmental professional for 18 years and a Brownfield Coordinator for the State of Michigan, Ryan now works at these sites in a different capacity, assisting communities as they reposition the properties for use by the next generation.
Amanda LudlowPrincipal Scientist
Roux Associates, Inc.
Amanda Ludlow has over 20 years of experience in design and implementation of sustainable approaches to remediation, from lifecycle assessment of remedial actions to development of sustainable treatment alternatives including constructed treatment wetlands, phytotechnologies and natural media filtration. Ms. Ludlow also specializing in the assessment and restoration of sensitive habitats from freshwater wetlands and tidal wetlands to riparian ecosystems—including sustainable shoreline stabilization design—to grassland and woodland habitats. Ms. Ludlow holds a BS in Bio Engineering, MA in Marine Biology, and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Mark LopezExecutive Director, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Executive Director, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
With a long family history of activism, raised with Madres del Este de Los Angeles Santa Isabel, an organization co-founded by his grandparents, Lopez organizes where he was born, raised and lives. His Master’s Thesis, "The Fire: Decolonizing Environmental Justice” was informed by his student activism at UC Santa Cruz. East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice is a nonprofit organization representing residents living in communities connecting the Port of LA and East LA railyards.
Dave LaneyPrincipal, ATC Group Services
Principal, ATC Group Services
Dave Laney has 32 years of experience in site investigation, remediation and redevelopment of properties - - including more than 40 brownfield sites -throughout the western U.S. He is currently a member of the Maricopa County Food System Coalition, works with the Community Gardeners of Phoenix-Maricopa County, and the City of Phoenix on the safety of soil at brownfields for use by community gardens and urban farms. Many are located in low income food deserts and areas of food insecurity.
Deborah LangeProfessor, Executive Director of The Brownfields Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor, Executive Director of The Brownfields Center, Carnegie Mellon University
The Executive Director of The Brownfields Center, Deborah Lange acts as a facilitator between Carnegie Mellon University’s education and research activities and the interests of the brownfield development community, including public and private stakeholders. Dr. Lange has a long history of work in brownfields, including her dissertation which considered the engineering economics of brownfield development.
Carlton Fields P.A.
Laurel practices in the areas of environmental law and commercial real estate with substantial experience with cleanup, purchase, sale and redevelopment of brownfields and other contaminated sites. Laurel uses creative solutions to risk management including risk based corrective action and alternative closure strategies. She has been an active member of the Florida DEP’s Contaminated Media Forum to revise 62-780 FAC and to streamline the RBCA process in Florida.
Vivien LiPresident and CEO Riverlife
President and CEO Riverlife
Vivien Li is the President and CEO of Riverlife, a non-profit organization with the mission to reclaim, restore, and promote Pittsburgh's riverfronts. She was previously the Executive Director and President of The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA). Under her leadership, TBHA was a major force behind completion of Boston's 41-mile HarborWalk public access system. Vivien and TBHA convened the first-ever "Boston Harbor Sea Level Rise Forum" in 2010.
Laurent LevySenior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Laurent Levy has fifteen years of experience working with industrial clients, attorneys, and regulators. His areas of practice include environmental due diligence, subsurface environmental investigations and cleanup, vapor intrusion investigations, and environmental litigation support. Laurent has completed assignments in the U.S., France and Spain, where he has conducted environmental site assessments, risk assessments, second opinion reviews, as well as the pilot testing, design, and construction oversight of remediation systems. Laurent holds an undergraduate degree from the Ecole Centrale Paris, an engineering school located in France, as well as a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.
William LindnerManager, Office of Brownfield Reuse NJDEP
Manager, Office of Brownfield Reuse NJDEP
Bill is the Manager of the Brownfields program at NJDEP. He is responsible for coordinating and managing NJ’s Brownfield remediation fund, awarding over $20 Million in grants over the past year. Bill earned his Bachelor’s in Geology from Rutgers and his Master’s in Environmental Policy from New Jersey of Institute of Technology, He is passionate about removing unnecessary hurdles and moving projects and initiatives forward.
Jeff LevineDirector of Planning and Urban Development, City of Portland, Maine
Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Portland, Maine
Jeff Levine, AICP, has been involved with land use planning on the local and regional level for 20 years. Before coming to Portland, he was the Director of Planning & Community Development for Brookline, MA, where he managed the completion of the town's award-winning Comprehensive Plan and a public realm plan for the Route 9 corridor into Boston. Previously, he worked as the Director of Transportation & Long Range Planning for the City of Somerville, MA, and as a regional planner for the Cape Cod Commission. A New England native, he has been involved in a number of land use transformations, including the redevelopment of the Assembly Square district in Somerville; planning for the introduction of a new light rail transit line in Somerville; redevelopment of John Kennedy’s boyhood church into a mixed-income housing development in Brookline; and the redevelopment of the Bayside district in Portland. Jeff has also been involved in Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Boston, on Cape Cod, and in Portland. Jeff is an adjunct faculty member at the Muskie School of Public Service, and was previously an adjunct at Tufts University, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and at the APA Planning Leadership Institute. He has a degree in urban planning from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.
Lindsay LucasProgram Manager
International City/County Management Association
Lindsay Lucas provides programmatic and operational support to international and domestic programs focused on economic development, good governance, civil society, and public safety at the International City/County Management Association. She has managed projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia and the United States. Prior to joining ICMA, she supported an $8 million project focused on monitoring and evaluating global climate adaption programs. In 2011-2013, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, where she worked on youth and community development projects with the Ministry of Health. Ms. Lucas holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from Hollins University.
As director of MKSK Indiana's offices, Eric Lucas oversees the planning and design of environments across the state and Midwest. Eric works with a wide spectrum of clients in the public, private, and institutional sectors, developing market-based and community-supported strategies for large planning projects as well as timeless, dynamic spaces for site scale design projects. He believes in strong collaborative relationships, built on listening and problem-solving, and embraces the philosophy that each region, city, and site is special, therefore proposed solutions should be uniquely crafted. Eric enjoys working on economically, environmentally and socially challenged project sites that hold transformative opportunity for their communities. Among many other projects, Eric is currently working with the City of Indianapolis on a tax increment financing, development, and infrastructure strategy for a 16-square-mile area west of downtown and in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a private developer to repurpose a 15-acre city vehicle fleet site into a mixed-use destination and signature public riverfront park.
Paula MiddlebrooksBrownfields Grants & Outreach Coordinator, State of Tennessee
Brownfields Grants & Outreach Coordinator, State of Tennessee
State of Tennessee
Paula graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a BA in Biology and Chemistry and the University of Minnesota with a MS in Environmental Health Policy. In 2008, she started working for the Tennessee Brownfields Redevelopment Program coordinating the grants outreach for the State of Tennessee. In her spare time Paula volunteers with Historic Nashville Inc., registering voters at concerts, and listens to live music across the world.
Michael MeloyPartner, MANKO | GOLD | KATCHER | FOX LLP
Partner, MANKO | GOLD | KATCHER | FOX LLP
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
Michael Meloy is an attorney with 30+ yrs of experience in the environmental arena. He brings both a legal and engineering background in representing a wide array clients. He has provided regulatory assistance and advice to businesses in connection with all of the major environmental regulatory program, been actively involved in numerous brownfield projects around the world, handled environmental litigation, and helped design and implement environmental auditing& compliance mgmt programs.
Steven McNeelySenior Environmental Protection Specialist, EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks
Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks
Steven D. McNeely is an EPS with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST). During his 31+ years, he has served as liaison officer for EPA Regions 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and currently 9 coordinating efforts to improve the operation and performance of state UST/LUST programs. He currently serves as the Petroleum Revitalization Team Leader and managed the development of a document providing an overview of the use of “Long-Term Stewardship at Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites with Residual Contamination.”
Sabine MartinCTOR Solutions, President
CTOR Solutions, President
Dr. Martin is the president and owner of CTOR Solutions, a small business with the mission to assist communities with revitalization issues, incl. community engagement and strategic planning. She is adjunct faculty in the Dept. of Agronomy at Kansas State University (KSU) and involved in a research project evaluating contaminant uptake by food crops grown on brownfield sites. Dr. Martin directed the KSU Technical Assistance to Brownfields communities (TAB) program for 10 years prior to founding CTOR Solutions and has been a KSU TAB partner for 5 years. She earned a Masters degree in geology and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from Justus-Liebig-University in Germany.
Cezar MorarAssistant Professor, University of Oradea, Romania
Assistant Professor, University of Oradea, Romania
Dr. Cezar Morar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Tourism and Territorial Planning at University of Oradea in Romania. He is interested in sustainable development and reuse of potentially contaminated sites. A special area of focus for Dr. Morar are military “brownfields” as these sites are common to many countries in Europe and North America. Dr. Morar publishes frequently on the topic of brownfields, planning, and economic development.
Susan McMahonAssociate Director
Windham Regional Commission
Susan McMahon, Associate Director at Windham Regional Commission in southeastern Vermont, is a planner with over 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge in land use and community development. During her career she has helped numerous communities and non-profits take their visions from an idea to ribbon cutting. For her work on Brownfields, she was awarded an EPA Environmental Merit Award. Susan has a MA from Tufts University and serves on VT Rural Ventures and Brattleboro Museum Boards.
Gabrielle MurisFounder of Urban Impact, former director of RDM Campus in Rotterdam
Founder of Urban Impact, former director of RDM Campus in Rotterdam
Gabrielle is a facilitator of public-private partnerships in the fields of city development, resilience, higher education and entrepreneurship. Ms. Muris was the team lead behind the RDM Campus in Rotterdam, an innovative working environment for students and entrepreneurs in the Port of Rotterdam. Ms. Muris has worked as a senior strategist for the Economic Dev. Board of Rotterdam. She is currently working on the redevelopment of the industrial heritage of the Werkspoor Factory in Utrecht.
Richard MabionBuilding a Sustainable Earth Community; KCK Branch of NAACP-President
Building a Sustainable Earth Community; KCK Branch of NAACP-President
As a community organizer and small business owner in Kansas City for decades, Mabion’s vision is to involve people of color in creating a greener, healthier city and world, especially in working-class, inner-city neighborhoods. Building A Sustainable Earth Community draws people of color to the environmental sustainability movement to redress environmental injustices and goods movement impacts. He is President of the Kansas Sierra Club and is on the board of J. Gordon Community Development.
Peter MeyerPresident and Chief Economist
President and Chief Economist
The E.P. Systems Group, Inc.
Dr. Meyer is Chief Economist of The E.P. Systems Group, about to be a member of his municipal council and researched brownfield risk management, financing, and community regeneration for EPA, HUD, and the EDA since 1993. He was Professor of Urban Policy and Economics at the U. of Louisville and directed a Local Economic Development Assistance Center at Penn State. His EPA work includes financing, state policy impacts, environmental insurance, risk management, and local public sector options.
Cyndy MackeyDirector, U.S. EPA - Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
Director, U.S. EPA - Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
Cyndy Mackey is the Director of EPA’s Office of Site Remediation Enforcement. As Director, she manages EPA’s national program for remediation enforcement under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the Underground Storage Tanks Program. Previously, she worked as a manager and attorney for EPA Region 10 where she handled all phases of CERCLA cleanup actions.
Petra MitchellPresident and CEO, Catalyst Connection
President and CEO, Catalyst Connection
Petra Mitchell is President and CEO of Catalyst Connnection, a private non-profit economic development corporation dedicated to helping manufacturing grow and prosper in the Pittsburg region. She leads the Greater Pittsburgh IMCP consortium, which is focusing on redeploying brownfield sites for new metals manufacturIng investment.
Dave leads the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, an independent corporation of City government which has a mission to eliminate blight that inhibits neighborhood reinvestment, to foster business expansion and job creation, and to facilitate housing development.
Dale MedearisSenior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Senior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Dale Medearis, PhD is senior environmental planner for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. In that capacity, he co-leads the NVRC’s regional climate mitigation and energy programs and manages international environmental partnerships – among the few problem-focused, goal-oriented and geographically-specific transfer of lessons from abroad to the US. He co-launched first climate and energy partnerships of the 40 largest U.S. and European metropolitan regional councils.
Denzel MitchellBrownfield Greening Coordinator, City of Baltimore Office of Sustainability
Brownfield Greening Coordinator, City of Baltimore Office of Sustainability
Denzel Mitchell currently works for the City of Baltimore's Office of Sustainability as Brownfield Greening Coordinator. In this capacity, he is managing the City's community engagement process for identifying and prioritizing vacant brownfield sites for assessment, and ultimate cleanup and reuse as high-quality green space across Central East and Central West Baltimore. Denzel is an urban farmer and owner of Five Seeds Farm. He has served as a food educator in Baltimore Public Schools.
Integral Consulting Inc.
Kevin McCarty is a principal geologist with 30 years of experience providing investigative and remediation technical advice to a wide range of clients and projects. He routinely supervises and mentors staff as well as clients with many long term relationships. He is highly regarded for his knowledge and practice in the area that includes sustainable strategies for handling of solid waste, historic fill, and construction & demolition materials.
Vincent MaidenBrownfields Program Coordinator
Brownfields Program Coordinator
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Vince currently serves as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Brownfields Program Coordinator. He is a Professional Geologist and has nearly 18 years of experience working in various remedial programs at DEQ. He is a graduate of Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and has a passion for team building and collaboration.
Sam MerrillSenior Practice Leader
Senior Practice Leader
Dr. Sam Merrill is a recognized leader in climate adaptation planning, including in next generation approaches to benefit-cost analysis for candidate adaptation actions. For twelve years through 2012 he was Associate Research Professor at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, and Director of the EPA's New England Environmental Finance Center at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service. He has been a successful small business owner and held directorships in nonprofit, academic, and government sectors. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and received many awards for his work, including in 2000 a military medal for distinguished public service – the highest honor presented to private citizens by the US Department of Defense.
Kevin McDonald is senior underwriter at EPA’s WIFIA credit program where he manages the credit evaluation and negotiation of WIFIA loans to support drinking and waste water capital projects across the US. Prior to EPA, he served at the US Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau where he was senior portfolio analyst responsible for managing ongoing credit and legal issues for 20 infrastructure projects supported with $9.5 billion of TIFIA direct loans. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University.
Conor McGarveyDirector of Operations
Director of Operations
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Having worked at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLLCC) since 2006 and as the Director of Operations since 2011, Conor McGarvey oversees the day-to-day operations of the 1.5 million square foot facility. He contributed to the initial Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBO+M) platinum certification in 2012, and to the recertification as platinum in 2017. He also spearheaded efforts to certify the DLLCC as a Sustainable Venue by the Events Industry Council in 2017. Conor is a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) with a specialty in Operations and Maintenance.
John MorrisGlobal Remediation Director
Global Remediation Director
John Morris is Honeywell’s Global Remediation Director. He manages a staff that implements the company’s cleanup and redevelopment of legacy sites where historical manufacturing resulted in soil, sediment, and groundwater impacts. John provides strategic planning, regulatory interpretation, and financial management across a broad portfolio of complex remediation sites. He has led many of Honeywell’s successful brownfield projects where sustainability and integrated land development have been used to achieve stakeholders’ visions for reuse. Mr. Morris has over 35 years experience in the environmental field and has a B.A. in English and a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering. He is a licensed chemical engineer.
Rebecca NewberryExecutive Director, Clean Air:Organizing for Health and Justice
Executive Director, Clean Air:Organizing for Health and Justice
Rebecca Newberry is the Executive Director of Clean Air: Organizing for Health and Justice. Clean Air is a membership-based community organization that builds power by developing leaders who organize their communities to win environmental justice and public health campaigns in Western New York. Newberry has actively been involved economic and social justice work for over a decade. She holds a B.S in Health Science Education and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management.
Jacqueline NoonanMayor, City of Utica
Mayor, City of Utica
Mayor Noonan has served the City of Utica for 28 years, becoming the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. She has been responsible for effective development/redevelopment programs for the city and programs to upgrade the city's infrastructure and government operations. She was a relentless advocate for the brownfield redevelopment project that created Jimmy Johns Stadium.
Kate O'BrienDirector of Capacity Building
Director of Capacity Building
Director of Capacity Building for Groundwork USA, a dynamic network of 23 nonprofits engaging local stakeholders in realizing healthier, more resilient and more equitable neighborhoods in communities. Began 14 yrs ago as coordinator for Groundwork Lawrence in MA; Deputy Director in 2004; Executive Director in 2007. MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and a BA from Kalamazoo College.
Ayisha OgliveMember and Housing Committee Chair for Manhattan's Community Board #12
Member and Housing Committee Chair for Manhattan's Community Board #12
Ayisha is both a housing activist and politically active in her Community Board. Her expertise involves information technology and social media.
Parkway Law LLC
Sara Peterson represents and counsels clients dealing with redevelopment of contaminated property, environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, environmental compliance and permitting, environmental enforcement matters, legacy environmental liabilities, and sustainability and environmental reporting matters.
Kathy PaytonPresident and CEO of Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
President and CEO of Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
Kathy Flanagan-Payton is President and CEO of Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC). Kathy is responsible for implementation of the FWCRC programs with a primary focus on Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization and Stabilization through all phases of real estate development, economic development, and strategic planning. Kathy serves in a number of leadership roles throughout the city and consults both domestically and internationally.
Jennifer PrattDirector, City of Cedar Rapids Community Development Department
Director, City of Cedar Rapids Community Development Department
Jennifer Pratt has 20 years of local government planning and public administration experience including project administration and leadership in the areas of economic development, affordable housing, land use, and transportation. Jennifer has worked for a Council of Governments and is currently the Executive Director of the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Director of the Community Development Department for the City of Cedar Rapids (pop. 130,000) located in eastern Iowa.
Eve PickerFounder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Eve Picker's world is wrapped around cities and change. With a background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher, and instigator, she has a rich understanding of how cities and urban neighborhoods work - and how they can be revitalized. Based in Pittsburgh, PA Eve launched Small Change, a real estate equity crowdfunding portal, to help fund transformational real estate projects and leverage positive change.
Michael PehurDevelopment Finance Consulting Director, Duane Morris Government Strategies
Development Finance Consulting Director, Duane Morris Government Strategies
As the Development Finance Director at DMGS, Michael brings over a decade of experience in economic development financing and project management. Since joining DMGS, Michael has been responsible for providing consulting strategies for real estate, business and municipal clients. He primarily works to identify grants, loans, tax incentives and other public financing programs available for complex development projects.
Responsible Hospitality Institute
Jim Peters is Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) and oversees the development of programs, publications and events. As a consultant for dozens of cities and speaker at conferences worldwide, Peters offers comprehensive insights on trends and effective strategies on managing hospitality zones and nighttime economies.
Janet PetersonSenior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
Janet’s Brownfields experience includes remediation projects such as cleanup of a petroleum bulk storage facility under a Brownfields Site Rehabilitation Agreement (BSRA) and cleanup of a former water and wastewater treatment plant funded by a USEPA Brownfields Cleanup grant. Janet has also managed assessment and remediation in conjunction with the redevelopment of several golf courses in South Florida. Janet specializes in the use of creative, risk-based approaches to cleanup.
Benjamin PeotterSupervisor-Brownfield Redevelopment Services
Supervisor-Brownfield Redevelopment Services
Ben is a professional engineer and Supervisor of Brownfield Services with Ayres Associates. A consultant for nearly 20 years, he's been involved with renewable energy, environmental remediation and brownfield redevelopment projects nationwide. Along with other team members, he's implemented strategic activities and secured millions of dollars in funding from a variety of local, state, and federal programs to move these brownfield projects through redevelopment that greatly benefits communities.
Dr. Terry PolenEconomic Development Director/Ombudsman
Dr. Terry Polen
Economic Development Director/Ombudsman
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Dr. Terry L. Polen, DM, MBA, PE, CRSO, QEP Terry holds a Doctorate from the U. of Maryland, an MBA from Marshall U., and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia U. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Qualified Environmental Professional, and is a Certified Radiation Safety Officer. Terry is the Ombudsman and Economic Development Director for the WV Department of Environmental Protection and is a graduate environmental professor at the U. of Maryland.
Carlos PachonSenior Environmental Protection Specialist
Senior Environmental Protection Specialist
Carlos manages EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center which has an overall goal of advancing best practices and new technologies in cleaning up Brownfield sites. Carlos has a broad cross-program perspective on innovative practices in site assessment and cleanup, and he generates and manages knowledge and information on the use of technologies in the Superfund Program. He is currently leading a cross-Agency effort to advance EPA's Principles for Green Remediation. In recent years he has held other positions including Deputy Director for Environmental Reviews with the United States Trade Representative, and as a special assistant to EPA Administrator Johnson. He has a BS from Colorado State University in Watershed Management and graduate degrees in Environmental and Management from Duke University and an MBA from Georgetown University in DC.
Dan PowellChief, Technology Integration and Information Branch
Chief, Technology Integration and Information Branch
Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dan has been with EPA’s waste programs since 1988. For the past 12 years, he has been the Chief of the Technology Integration and Information Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management where he has led efforts to promote awareness and use of best practices and innovative technologies for site clean-up at hazardous waste sites across EPA’s waste programs. He manages a coordinated program of information development and dissemination, training, and direct site support to assist site project managers and waste program staff within EPA, in the States and at the local level. Dan has over 29 years of experience in Superfund and waste site cleanup. He has led support efforts at Brownfields sites since 1996. Dan has been with the Technology Innovation Program, now part of the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, since 1990. Earlier this year, Dan served in an acting capacity as the Director of the Technology Innovation and Field Services Division. Dan came to the Agency in 1988 as a Presidential Management Intern with Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and has worked in the program budget and information management offices; the Office of Underground Storage Tanks; the Region 4 Superfund Program; and the Congressional Office of Rep. Michael Bilirakis (FL). Prior to coming to EPA, Dan worked on the investment portfolio of a large Regional bank, analyzing and trading, among other instruments, municipal bonds, Federal Funds, and government-backed securities. Dan received his Masters of Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Government at the University of Virginia in 1988, and he graduated summa cum laude as the class Valedictorian with his Bachelor of Arts degree as a double-major in political science and urban studies from Roanoke College (Salem, VA) in 1985.
Jim RokakisDirector, Thriving Communities
Director, Thriving Communities
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Mr. Rokakis is a leading voice in the development of Land Banks nationally. He helped craft the original legislation in Ohio and his work has been instrumental in starting over 40 Land Banks in Ohio. His efforts have resulted in over $400MM for Land Banks, funding work that has resulted in thousands of demolitions. Previously, as the Treasurer for Cuyahoga County, Jim had a long a successful career in County government where He was one of the first public officials in the country to warn about the foreclosure crisis – in 2000. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, and written from many publications including the Washington Post.
Suzi RuhlUS EPA OEJ, EJIWG Rural Committee Co-Chair
US EPA OEJ, EJIWG Rural Committee Co-Chair
Ms Ruhl works to integrate environmental justice in agency decision-making, supports community based action, and fosters administration wide action that promotes healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable communities for overburdened and underserved populations. She has led B2H initiatives in Appalachia regarding vision and mental health, Southern California regarding goods movement and urban waters, and in New England regarding climate resiliency.
Robert RubinsteinExecutive Director, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Executive Director, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Robert Rubinstein has been revitalizing communities, supporting housing and economic development, and helping to generate public tax revenue since 1988. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. Prior to this, Robert served as the URA's Director of Economic Development Department where he was responsible for all of the City of Pittsburgh's large scale development projects including Brownfield redevelopment and TIF districts.
Lance RobbinsPrincipal, Urban Smart Growth
Principal, Urban Smart Growth
Ufrban Smart Growth
Lance founded Urban Smart Growth 10 years ago, after rehabilitating over 6,000 distressed inner city apartment units in Los Angeles over 20 years. Lance is a graduate of UCLA and UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law. His opportunistic buying rehabilitation of foreclosed, distressed LA apartments earned over a 14,000% return on equity from 1995 to 2005 and generating over $100 million in value. In 2003, he utilized $60 million in non-recourse to go on a development spree that created USG.
Bruce RasherRedevelopment Manager, RACER Trust
Redevelopment Manager, RACER Trust
Bruce Rasher is the Redevelopment Manager for RACER Trust, which was created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 2011 to clean up and sell former GM properties at 89 locations in 14 states. Part of his mandate is to secure buyers or end users who will invest in redevelopment and job creation at these properties, working closely with elected officials, economic development agencies and the private sector. RACER has completed more than 50 sales, resulting in pledges of more than 10,600 jobs and more than $1.2 billion in new, private investment. Bruce previously served as Vice President of CBRE, where he was based in Detroit and co-managed CBRE’s North American manufacturing and brownfields specialty practice groups.
Kelley RaceProgram Manager
Kelley Race is a Brownfields Program Manager at TRC, coordinating assessment, cleanup, and remediation activities across the United States. She strategizes with communities, regional planning commissions, nonprofits, and developers on Brownfields redevelopment including repurposing and adaptive reuse utilizing sustainable initiatives. Over her career, she has managed over 200 Brownfields projects including those funded with USEPA Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup, and RLFs.
Toby RittnerPresident & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Toby Rittner is the President & CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council, which includes management of a 32-member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives.
Third Leg Consultants
As Chair of the Education Committee for the Board of the Henry George School of Social Science in NYC, he is a frequent lecturer and educator on the economics of the commons. His specialty is expanding Gerogist economic analysis into natural resource and public infrastructure management. Rowland is currently developing an ASTM Guide on infrastructure provision and upkeep that public executives will use to manage their city’s public services in a transparent and accountable way. He supports the idea that infrastructure is the 4th factor of production after LABOR, LAND, and CAPITAL; also, that society’s surplus wealth found in land, resource, and economic rents must (by ethical necessity) be invested in public services to further that wealth.
Belinda RichardNational Brownfields Program Manager
National Brownfields Program Manager
Belinda Richard, National Brownfields Program Manager at Terracon, has 20 years of environmental experience with the past 14 years dedicated to the brownfields program. She has assisted communities in implementing over $27 million dollars in federal grant funding; working with communities in obtaining funding, developing individualized programs, leveraging local incentives, and implementing successful redevelopment.
Frederic RoseMember, Wellspring Cooperative Corp. Harvest Greenhouse Board
Member, Wellspring Cooperative Corp. Harvest Greenhouse Board
Fred Rose helped launch Wellspring Initiative, an innovative cooperative that taps into the $1 Billion a year purchasing power of Springfield, MA area colleges and hospitals. Wellspring’s cooperatively owned Wellspring Harvest hydroponic farm is on a brownfield in one of the USA’s poorest communities. It grows salad mixes for regional food businesses and institutions. Rose also lectures at UMASS-Amherst’s Center for Public Policy and Administration and serves on Wellfleet’s Finance Committee.
Theodore RehlMayor, South Beloit, Illinois
Mayor, South Beloit, Illinois
Mayor Rehl has been Mayor of South Beloit since 2015. Prior to being elected, he was the Superintendent of Prairie Hill School District. Mayor Rehl has decades of experience of operation, budget management, and community outreach.
Jim RiceSenior Technical Specialist, PG
Senior Technical Specialist, PG
Mr. Rice has served as an instructor for and developed training that is directly relevant to Brownfields, including training related to sampling techniques, groundwater investigation, remediation, and geophysical surveys. He currently provides site technical support at EPA Superfund sites and through the Brownfields Technology Support center.
Diana RifeRevitalization Project Manager, JobsOhio
Revitalization Project Manager, JobsOhio
Diana Rife is the Revitalization Project Manager for JobsOhio, the privatized economic development organization responsible for helping create jobs and attract new capital investment for the State of Ohio. Diana is JobsOhio’s point person for the Revitalization Program, which replaced the State’s Clean Ohio Brownfield program in 2013. Her experience incorporates most facets of real estate, including land development, leasing, construction, property management & financial analysis.
Mimi RaygorodetskyPresident, NYC Brownfield Partnership
President, NYC Brownfield Partnership
Ms. Raygorodetsky is in her second term as President of the NYC Brownfield Partnership, a non-profit that provides pro bono services to communities, redevelopers and individual landowners on the topics of remediation and redevelopment. She has served on the Board since the Partnership's inception. The Partnership also works with the next generation of brownfield professionals through its scholarship program, and recognizes the best projects in NYC with its Big Apple BF Awards.
Erica RippeProgram Associate
Erica manages the planning and coordination of CCLR's workshops in EPA regions 9 and 10. She is also responsible for CCLR's digital outreach and newsletter distribution. Prior to joining CCLR, Erica worked for a third party environmental certification body, helping to certify consumer products for Recycled Content and Responsible Sourcing practices. Erica has experience working with local government and planning officials in the City of San Luis Obispo where she helped implement Climate Action Plans.
Colette SantasieriExecutive Director, Policy and Planning Innovation for Civil Infrastructure and Environment
Executive Director, Policy and Planning Innovation for Civil Infrastructure and Environment
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Dr. Colette Santasieri possesses over 30 years of practical and applied urban, environmental, infrastructure, and land use planning, engineering, and research experience in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience and expertise in the planning and design of sustainable and resilient communities, properties, and civil infrastructure systems; regional planning; strategic planning; capital programming; community visioning for redevelopment; transit oriented development; port-city relationships; brownfields redevelopment; identifying and analyzing a project’s impacts on socio-economic, natural, and man-made settings as well as on environmental justice communities; and educating elected officials, government staff, nonprofits, communities, and students on various urban, infrastructure, environment, and regulatory topics. She is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities Program (NJIT TAB) which provides free technical assistance to government entities and nonprofits in EPA Regions 1, 3, and 4.
Michael Senew co-facilitated over 20 national workforce development workshops and 170 Professional Learning Community (PLC) calls. PLC calls and national workshops have the objective of providing technical support to organizations interested in developing community workforce development and job training programs.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Sarah is an attorney in the Environmental & Energy Strategies group at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sarah has experience representing commercial, industrial, tribal, and municipal clients on a wide range of environmental, energy and real estate legal matters. She also holds a master's degree in public health in environmental health. http://www.gklaw.com/People/Sarah-R.-Schenck.htm
Tim SullivanDeputy Commissioner - Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Deputy Commissioner - Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Tim Sullivan joined the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in January 2014, and became Deputy Commissioner in January 2015. Tim oversees several key components of Governor Malloy’s economic development strategy, including tourism, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development, and waterfront initiatives. He also manages the state’s “still revolutionary” branding effort, which raises awareness about Connecticut as a great place to visit and grow a business.
Corporation for Independent Living
Kent Schwendy is currently the President/CEO for the CIL, a real estate development company with more than twenty specialized nonprofit and for profit subsidiary corporations. His career has focused on the creation of walkable, livable, sustainable communities in a balanced and holistic fashion with design that accommodates the functional requirements without impacting the aesthetic vision. His expertise includes real estate development, site design, mobility planning, and green infrastructure.
Timothy J. Stromberg, PLA, ASLAPrincipal at Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates, Inc.
Timothy J. Stromberg, PLA, ASLA
Principal at Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates, Inc.
Timothy J. Stromberg is a landscape architect and urban designer with expertise in the planning, design, and construction of urban revitalization projects, with a special emphasis on brownfields redevelopment. His expertise is focused on the creative redevelopment of abandoned or under-utilized large-scale industrial parcels such as steel mills, manufacturing and chemical production facilities. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Design and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
Sustainable Strategies DC
Andrew Seth is the President of Sustainable Strategies DC, a consulting firm that helps local governments across the country secure funding and other resources for their community revitalization priorities. Andrew received his B.S., summa cum laude, from Salisbury State University and a M.S. in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire. He has organized and moderated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-supported “Meet the Funders” series of webinars.
Cheryl StephensDirector of Acquisitions, Dispositions and Development, County LandBank
Director of Acquisitions, Dispositions and Development, County LandBank
Ms. Stephens leads the activities of the Land Bank, widely recognized as the premiere example in Ohio. She is an accomplished public servant having risen to Council President in her home community and with a long and successful career in economic development at the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, among others. Her leadership has elevated the Land Bank to successes that have included the demolition of thousands of homes regionally and, more recently, the turnaround of commercial sites.
Sarah SieloffExecutive Director
Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)
Sarah Sieloff leads the development and implementation of CCLR’s mission and goals, in collaboration with CCLR's Board of Directors. Prior to joining CCLR, she led the Memphis Team for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. Sarah is a Truman Scholar and holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Youness SharifiProject Engineer
GEI Consultants, Inc
Youness Sharifi obtained his PhD in 2011. His dissertation was on factors limiting biodegradation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He is currently at GEI Consultants, Inc. mainly focusing on remediation of contaminated sites such as former MGP site, former gas stations and other industrial sites.
Paul SchumacherExecutive Director, Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
Executive Director, Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
Paul Schumacher has been the Executive Director at SMPDC since 1996. Previously, he was a Town Planner in several southern Maine towns and also at a consulting firm. He has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a Master's Degree in Urban/Environmental Policy from Tufts University. Professional interests revolve around creating healthy communities including social service organizations to economic developers to environmentalists in the discussion of communities and what they should be.
Maurice StrulAssistant Director, Special Projects and Finance, Allegheny County Economic Development
Assistant Director, Special Projects and Finance, Allegheny County Economic Development
Maurice has management responsibility for financial planning, underwriting, coordination and administration of the financing for real estate and business development projects within the County for Allegheny County Economic Development. In carrying out this responsibility the Special Projects and Finance Division utilizes a variety of funding sources, including loan programs funded by Federal, State and County sources as well as tax incentive programs such as TIF and LERTA.
Tony SmithExecutive Vice President, S.B. Friedman & Company
Executive Vice President, S.B. Friedman & Company
Tony Q. Smith is an Executive Vice President with S. B. Friedman & Company, a development advisory firm based in Chicago's Loop. He has extensive experience in financial analysis, public-private deal structuring for complex projects, tax credit finance, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF). In the past seven years, he has participated in structuring, underwriting, and negotiation of approximately $1.2 billion of public-private financing for about $2.9 billion of projects.
Stephen StrnishaCEO, Cleveland International Fund
CEO, Cleveland International Fund
As CEO since March, 2012, Mr. Strnisha has been responsible for formulating and executing the Cleveland International Fund’s (CiF) strategic vision of maximizing the EB-5 opportunity for major development projects in Northeast Ohio and beyond. So far this has included raising $220 million from overseas investors for a variety of projects.
The Trust for Housing
Walter South is the President of the registered non-profit The Trust of Affordable Housing, located in NYC; he has 45 years of experience as a consultant to non-profit housing organizations. In that effort, Walter packaged, financed, supervised construction, rented, managed, and syndicated low-income housing.
James SnookVice President
PennJersey Environmental Consulting
James Snook has almost 20 years of experience as an environmental consultant in PA and NJ and a LSRP since 2011. He is the Secretary and a Board Member of BCONE . His responsibilities focus on public and private sector Brownfield projects and events, project management of site remediation projects, remediation of soil and ground water, due diligence and site characterization, hydrogeology, ground water modeling, green and sustainable services, and public speaking events.
Cristina StummerPartner, Saul Ewing LLP
Partner, Saul Ewing LLP
Saul Ewing LLP
Cristina counsels clients on navigating the site remediation and brownfield redevelopment process. Cristina’s key environmental practice areas include environmental due diligence and compliance and remediation liability risk assessment, in stock, asset and real estate transactions, structuring and drafting environmental liability transfer agreements, and development and implementation of community outreach programs involving complex environmental remediation with offsite impacts.
Aimee StormLand Revitalization Coordinator, US EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
Land Revitalization Coordinator, US EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
Aimee serves as EPA's Land Revitalization Coordinator and lead for Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grants. Her work supports community-led redevelopment of contaminated properties, neighborhood revitalization and implementation strategies.
Brenda Scott-HenryDirector of Green Urbanism, City of Gary
Director of Green Urbanism, City of Gary
Brenda Scott-Henry is Director of Green Urbanism and Environmental Affairs for the Cit of Gary. She directs the environmental, operational, and programmatic requirements for all water, land, and air quality protection projects and planning efforts, and collaborated with other City Departments and organizations to increase municipal efficiency while maximizing benefit to the community. Brenda holds two Master's degrees, one in Community Economic Development and one in Project Management.
Judy SheahanAssistant Executive Director
Assistant Executive Director
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Judy Sheahan is responsible for representing the views of the nation’s Mayors on environmental policy to both Congress and the Administration. She is Managing Director for the Conference’s Environmental Department which provides technical assistance and research on water, wastewater, solid waste, recycling, clean air, Superfund, and brownfields. Under her tenure, the Conference of Mayors published numerous reports featuring best practices in brownfields redevelopment.
Carrie StatonAssociate Director
Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Carrie M. Staton is the Associate Director at the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC). Carrie has experience in grantwriting, community engagement, program development & evaluation, and event planning. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nonprofit Administration from Bethany College and a Master of Public Administration degree from West Virginia University.
Dawn SeeburgerOwner/Manager of Environmental Resources & Consulting, LLC
Owner/Manager of Environmental Resources & Consulting, LLC
Environmental Resources & Consulting, LLC
Dawn Seeburger is the owner/manager of Environmental Resources & Consulting. Dawn holds a MS degree in biology/toxicology from Central Michigan University. Prior to entering the environmental industry in the mid-1990s, she worked for almost a decade for a major chemical company in their toxicology research laboratory. During the last 20 years she has focused her work on brownfield redevelopment, and as such primarily works with municipalities that have received EPA brownfield grants.
Jesse SilversteinSenior Economist, Development Research Partners, Inc.
Senior Economist, Development Research Partners, Inc.
Mr. Silverstein, a real estate economist, advises public and private client. His practice entails market and feasibility studies, economic and fiscal impact analysis, transactional road maps, and public financing. Mr. Silverstein has given presentations and published peer-reviewed journal articles related to this. He works directly with multiple local urban renewal authorities and redevelopment agencies conducting “Opportunity Nexus” analysis for redevelopment projects over the past 20 years. He is co-owner and Senior Economist at Development Research Partners. Mr. Silverstein's experience includes positions as founder and executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Brownfields Foundation, director at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, and chief appraiser for the Resolution Trust Corporation (a division of FDIC) in D.C.
Michelle SarroAssistant General Counsel
Assistant General Counsel
NYC Office of Environmental Remediation
Michelle Sarro is the Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation, where she provides general legal support and manages the office’s web-based project management application known as EPIC (Environmental Project Information Center). Michelle holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
Erika ScottVice President, Herman & Kittle Properties
Vice President, Herman & Kittle Properties
Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.
Erika leads a team of Development Directors for Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc. and is responsible for the development of multi-family housing nationally. She has been involved with allocations of over $14M in rental housing tax credits that resulted in over 1,600 affordable housing units. Additionally, Erika has lead teams that have developed 1,100 market rate housing units. She is responsible for allocating over $25M in Federal and State funding to complete affordable housing activities
Juliellen SarverCommunity Relations Manager, Stone Brewing, Richmond, VA
Community Relations Manager, Stone Brewing, Richmond, VA
Juliellen is the Community Relations Manager for Stone Brewing in Richmond VA. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from NC State University and a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a 25-year career as an urban planning and real estate consultant, Juliellen found herself living down the street from the future Stone Brewing and became an active advocate for incorporating community needs into the project.
Hadley StammRemediation Project Manager
Remediation Project Manager
Ms. Stamm is a Remediation Project Manager for PPG. In this roll she develops and implements cost-effective and regulation-compliant solutions for legacy environmental issues, including 2,200 acres from PPG’s historic industrial operations in the Barberton, Ohio, area. She has 19 years of experience in remediation and environmental restoration. Hadley earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Otterbein University and a Master of Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Kathy StillerSenior Program Manager
Senior Program Manager
• 29 years experience in managing environmental projects including 3 years in consulting, 26 in regulation, including 3 years in water programs, 7 years in brownfield and superfund cleanups and 15 years in underground and aboveground tanks. • Experience in State and Regional negotiations and advocacy including developing and lobbying for new and revised legislation. • Experience planning and implementing training and education programs for the public and professional staff on the local, state, regional and national level. • Dynamic management professional with a track record in analyzing business trends, existing programs and political climates and developing strategies and programs to improve existing programs and when necessary develop new programs. • Significant experience in personnel management and managing to obtain results. Education Masters of Marine Policy, University of Delaware, 1991 B.S.: Marine Science, University of South Carolina
CES Clean Water LLC
Dr. John R. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., has 40+ years’ experience in the civil, environmental and chemical engineering fields. He is currently President of CES Clean Water LLC, which is an affiliate of Corporate Environmental Solutions LLC. CES Clean Water’s focus is to provide low-cost solutions for treatment and disposition of all types of contaminated waters and wastewaters. Currently, Dr. Smith’s interest is on developing, deploying and commercializing decentralized stormwater and wastewater treatment approaches and systems. Key aspects of these systems focus on capital and O&M cost efficiency, and achieving a treated water quality suitable for recycle/reuse.. Dr. Smith holds a BS in Forest Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry, a BS and MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has served on multiple professional committees and advisory boards, including the USEPA and the National Academies. He also is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and holds fifteen patents.
Gnarus Advisors LLC
Mr. Simon serves in a lead role on the ASTM Greener Cleanup Standard Task Group in developing a standard practice for establishing a protocol that integrates green remediation practices into cleanup projects. He has developed and delivered training on the principles of environmental remediation and greener cleanups. In addition, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Remediation Journal since 1996 and is currently the President of the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF).
Maryam Tasnif-AbbasiBrownfields Coordinator, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control
Brownfields Coordinator, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control
Maryam’s experience with DTSC focuses on community revitalization through the redevelopment of underutilized Brownfields properties. As the Southern California Brownfields Coordinator, she has facilitated agreements with developers, property owners and government agencies, leading to successful environmental restoration and reuse. Additionally, she coordinates the State Response Program Grant, which provides funding to government agencies and nonprofits for Brownfields assessment and planning.
Thomas TreharnePlanning & Development Director, City of Marion
Planning & Development Director, City of Marion
City of Marion, Iowa
Graduating from Iowa State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Thomas is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Always an advocate for the environment and very fond of the outdoors Thomas has become interested in re-greening cities and the concept of Biophilic Design and Urban Ecology. Most recently, he has been working with Linn County to complete the Active Living Guidebook for the City of Marion.
Katharine ThompsonAssistant Director, Community and Economic Development, City of Kalispell, MT
Assistant Director, Community and Economic Development, City of Kalispell, MT
City of Kalispell
Katharine is the lead for City of Kalispell's US EPA brownfields area-wide planning grant and the Department of Transportation's TIGER grant project to revitalize the downtown Core Area. Katharine and her local and regional partners have had great success at implementing the key large infrastructure projects highlighted in their plan, making the downtown pedestrian-friendly and increasing economic development. Katharine is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Montana.
Monica TrottDirector, Global Real Estate & Asset Management
Director, Global Real Estate & Asset Management
Monica has global responsibility for all transactions related to owned or leased real estate, identifies and implements opportunities to generate cash from surplus real estate assets, leads negotiations on all activities related to property, including acquisition and disposition, manages closed or curtailed facilities through divestiture, and supports operational acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Arconic Inc. (formerly Alcoa Inc.) in 2008, Monica was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Erie County (“EDCEC”) and its affiliated agencies in Erie, PA. She previously was a corporate lender for PNC Bank, as well as holding various positions in alumni relations and fundraising at Gannon University. Monica received her BS in marketing and management from Gannon University and was awarded her MBA with Honors from Gannon in 1990 with a concentration in marketing. In 2003, Monica was awarded the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation by the International Economic Development Council, the worldwide industry organization for economic development.
KU Resources, Inc.
Mr. Urbassik, Principal of KU Resources, Inc., has more than 40 years of experience in the environmental regulatory field and is a key provider of environmental science, engineering, remediation, program management, and project management services related to soil and groundwater environmental issues. He is serving as an appointed member of Pennsylvania's Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board, which advises the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection management of technical ramifications associated with their actions under Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program, including guidance and regulations. He has developed project strategies and approaches for a number of brownfield projects, including former industrial locations seeking to meet risk-based standards and implementing institutional controls and sites within specifically-designated economic recovery zones. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and a LEED® Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development. Mr. Urbassik holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University, a MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and a JD from the Duquesne University School of Law.
Lisa VoyceProfessional Associate
Lisa Voyce earned her M.S. in Environmental Engineering, from NJ Institute of Technology, specializing in Hazardous Waste Engineering/Toxicology. Lisa has 30 years of experience as a regulator (with USEPA, North Carolina and NJ Highlands Council) and as an environmental consultant. She is involved with Superfund human health and ecological risk assessment and remediation and is the PM for a $5M Superfund RI/FS for USEPA Region 2. She supports other federal, state and private client work.
Heather WorthingtonDeputy County Manager, Ramsey County
Deputy County Manager, Ramsey County
Heather has 20 years of public sector experience. In 2010, she was hired as the first Deputy County Manager of Ramsey County – the second most populous county in Minnesota with 520,000 residents, a $600 million annual budget, and 4,300 employees. She leads economic development for the county, and is the project manager for the redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant – a $30 million project to fully remediate the 427-acre site and return the land to productive use.
John WhitePhD, Director of Economic Development, Pulaski, VA
PhD, Director of Economic Development, Pulaski, VA
Dr. John White has been Pulaski's Economic Developer for 15 years. A Pulaski native, he has served as a college professor, dean, and president. Lori Kroll, Community Resource Specialist with Draper Aden Associates, Blacksburg, VA, assists local and regional governments with project funding needs, as well as coordination, administration, and documentation requirements for various state and federal programs, and has extensive experience with EPA’s Brownfields Program.
Marian WhitemanExecutive Counsel-Brownfields, General Electric
Executive Counsel-Brownfields, General Electric
Marian Whiteman, Esq. is Executive Counsel at General Electric with responsibility for General Electric’s brownfield transactions. Ms. Whiteman has extensive experience involving environmental issues in real estate, as well as corporate brownfield transactions. She formerly was a partner at Sidley Austin and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, with honors.
Emily Wilson-HaugerExecutive Director
New Historic Thomas
Emily Wilson-Hauger has worked to further downtown revitalization and redevelopment in the City of Thomas, West Virginia since joining the community in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member for the Appalachian Heritage Forest Area. She subsequently became the Executive Director of New Historic Thomas and Program Officer for Woodlands Development Group. Emily holds a Master of Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Cindy WinlandDirector of Community Planning, Delta Institute
Director of Community Planning, Delta Institute
Cynthia Winland is a Senior Advisor with the Delta Institute in Chicago, IL. She provides consulting and advice to Delta and the just Transition Fund focusing on coal-fired power plant transition. Winland is an urban planner with almost thirty years of experience working with urban and rural municipalities, nonprofits, professional organizations, and the academic community. Winland has expertise in siting and removing difficult land uses and has a B.A. in Economics and a Master of Urban Planning.
Matt WardChief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Strategies DC
Matt is the CEO of Sustainable Strategies DC, a firm that helps local governments and other clients obtain resources for revitalization and tools for success in the green economy. He is also the manager of the Ward Washington Law Firm. Matt has supported localities for over two decades, working in a variety of consulting and lobbying capacities to support sustainable community revitalization. He is a co-founder of the National Brownfields Coalition and the Brownfield Communities Network, and he served as a city councilman and planning commission member in his hometown of Charles Town, WV for more than a decade. Before co-founding Sustainable Strategies DC, Matt Ward was a partner and leader of the Green Practice Group at The Ferguson Group. Matt is the owner of the Ward Washington Law Firm. Matt received his B.A. from American University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Mr Willenbrock has co-authored and manages the soil reuse program at CL:AIRE (Leading Sustainable Land Use), based in London and serving the United Kingdom. The CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice (DoW CoP) has created the conditions in the industry to allow the sustainable reuse of over 50,000,000m3 or soil type materials. Mr. Willenbrock has a background in contaminated and consultancy and remediation with particular experience in soils management.
Sandra WhiteheadDirector of Program and Partnership Development, National Environmental Health Association
Director of Program and Partnership Development, National Environmental Health Association
Sandra Whitehead is theDirector of Program and Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association where she leads a team who build capacity among environmental health professionals. Prior to coming to NEHA, Sandra worked for the State Health office in Florida and as a consultant for Cardno where she conducted health impact assessments on brownfield redevelopment projects in Pasco and Volusia Counties.
Tim WhiteSenior Vice President of Development, RIDC
Senior Vice President of Development, RIDC
Tim has a B.A. in economics and international studies from West Virginia University and Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. Tim has had a wide variety of roles at several high growth technology firms and also worked in the joint office of economic development for Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh. He was the first coordinator for the Greater Oakland Keystone Innovation Zone. Tim joined the RIDC team in Jan. 2011.
Ronald WienckoskiBrownfield Coordinator/Site Remediation Technical Specialist
Brownfield Coordinator/Site Remediation Technical Specialist
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
I Graduated from Trenton State College, Ewing, New Jersey, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. I began my career with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in June 1992. For the past 12 years I have worked on landfill remediation and redevelopment. I have spent the last ten (10) years in the Office of Brownfield Reuse and currently manage brownfield development area projects in Somerville, Bellmawr and Keyport. I have also been involved in the successful remediation and reclamation of several landfills throughout New Jersey that were transformed into economically viable residential and commercial assets for the local communities.
Bettina WanschuraManaging Consultant for Ramboll's Liveable Cities Lab
Managing Consultant for Ramboll's Liveable Cities Lab
Mrs. Wanschura is Managing Consultant for Liveable Cities Lab focusing on cities and regions for future oriented development that meets the needs of the residents. For 20+ years, her focus has been designing and moderating participation processes. Her engagement deals with improvement of urban liveability and sensitivity to cultural and social conditions and traditions. She led research about “Strengthening Blue-Green Infrastructure in Dense Urban Environments” and is involved in academic research projects globally with a focus on nature based solutions.
William WescottMayor, City of Rock Falls
Mayor, City of Rock Falls
Mayor Wescott has been in public service for decades including serving in the US Air Force. He served as City Clerk for 10 years prior to becoming Mayor and 2 years as Alderman. Prior to his time in municipal government, Mayor Wescott was the founder and co-owner of Twin City Ambulance Service.
Brad White, PhDVice President of Brownfield Development - Hull & Associates, Inc.; Managing Partner - multiple LLCs
Brad White, PhD
Vice President of Brownfield Development - Hull & Associates, Inc.; Managing Partner - multiple LLCs
Hull & Associates
Brad serves as Vice President of Brownfield Development at Hull, a project development and engineering firm that helps solve complex challenges related to the environment, energy and infrastructure. Brad also serves as the managing partner for several special purpose entities that acquire and redevelop brownfield sites where he oversees all aspects of the property transaction, through negotiation, financing, cleanup, and redevelopment.
Daniel WalshDirector, NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation
Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation
Dr. Daniel Walsh is the founding Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation and in 2011 launched the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP), the nation’s first municipal brownfield cleanup program. In six years, the VCP has enrolled over 500 projects, bringing new businesses, over 8,000 permanent jobs, and over 5,000 units of affordable housing to properties vacant for an average of almost 12 years and exchanged over 450,000 tons of clean native soil.
Paul ZovicEnvironmental Professional
Paul Zovic is an environmental consultant with over 34 years of experience with due diligence, compliance auditing, and other environmental programs. Paul has been involved with over 3,000 single and multi-phase assessments, compliance audit, and management system projects across the country at sites including military aircraft manufacturers, mining operations, chemical and pharmaceutical facilities, municipal brownfields at properties up to 1,500 acres and has served as an expert witness in litigation matters across the country. Paul has been a member of ASTM since 1992 and has been very active with the E50 committee task groups that developed the Phase-I and Phase-II standards. He is one of only nine environmental professionals in the Country selected by ASTM International to teach the Site Assessment Standards to consultants, lenders, attorneys, developers, landowners and regulators nationwide. Paul is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and in addition to being a CHMM, is a certified ISO14000 Environmental Management System Auditor, and a Certified Environmental Auditor.