2018 Pollution Prevention Summit

Mary Jo Press

Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability Manager at Tesla

Mary Jo Press currently works as Environment Health, Safety and Sustainability Manager at for Tesla in Lathrop, CA. She has taught environmental management or the community college system as an adjunct professor, served on professional national leadership committees and mentored other safety professionals through the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Mary Jo is a Sustainability Management Certified Professional (SMCP), a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and Global Safety Professional (GSP). She serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Sustainability Management Association. Mary Jo holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and an MS degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University where she graduated with honors and induction into Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society – National Society of Leadership and Success.

Elliot Levine

Environmental Engineer at Genentech

Elliot is an environmental engineer at where he oversees Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program at Genentech's South San Francisco campus. He also works on several water conservation teams and projects and is involved in energy conservation efforts including leadership of a volunteer energy awareness team known as Army of Darkness. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from Tufts.

Prior to joining Genentech, he also worked as a Research and Development Engineer for Becton, Dickinson and Co.; a Process Engineer for Malden Mills Industries Inc. and an Engineering Manager for Applied Biosystems.

Mark Riedel-Bash

Stormwater Program Coordinator at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Mark Riedel-Bash is the Stormwater Program Coordinator for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Mark also worked as DEQ’s Municipal Stormwater Coordinator and as a Stormwater Specialist in DEQ’s Industrial and Construction NPDES permit program. Mark is currently working developing a MS4 Phase II general permit and the renewal of the 1200-Z NPDES Industrial Stormwater Discharge general permit. Mark has 15 years of experience as an environmental professional, working as both a consultant and as a regulator. He is a Registered Geologist in both Oregon and California, with a BA in Geology and a MS in Earth Science. from Tufts University.

Allen P. Davis, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor at University of Maryland

Allen P. Davis is Professor and Charles A. Irish Sr. Chair in Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland. He earned his BS, MCE and PhD degrees all from the University of Delaware. For over two decades, he has been investigating sources and treatment of pollutants in urban storm water runoff with a focus on nature-based practices, particularly bioretention. In 2010 he was awarded the A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Research Award recognizing “exceptionally influential research accomplishments related to urban storm water quality, its management, and the concept of Low Impact Development.” He is author or co-author of over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and a text on Stormwater Management for Smart Growth. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment and is chairing a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee on Improving the Next-Generation EPA Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges.

He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute, and a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer.

Sharon Saknit

Director of Environmental Compliance at Costco Wholesale

Sharon has been on the Costco Management team for 32 years and currently serves as the Director of Environmental Compliance for Costco Wholesale overseeing a team of US-based Compliance Managers. In her role as Director she is involved in the day-to-day compliance of Costco’s business entities while working with other teammates to improve and simplify their programs. In the past year Costco successfully converted 54% of their Large Quantity Generators to Small Quantity Generators utilizing their innovative programs. logy from California State University East Bay, and she is obtaining her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from John Hopkins University.

Ryan Janoch

Founder at Mapistry

Ryan is the founder of Mapistry, which provides stormwater services and online stormwater compliance software to industrial facilities. He is a California licensed professional engineer with nationwide experience in stormwater program compliance for hundreds of industrial sites, including ready-mix concrete plants, metal recyclers and bulk marine terminals.

He led the team that developed the New Jersey protocols for testing and evaluating storm water treatment devices and serves on the Water Environment Federation’s national committee for standardizing storm water practices and products (STEPP). Ryan is a former member of the State of Virginia’s Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Committee, which is responsible for establishing BMP pollutant removal efficiencies. He has a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and a BS in Biology and Geology from Tufts University.

Carie Mathison

Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability at 3M

Carie joined 3M in 2006 working with the Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability Group responding to investor and customer sustainability surveys among other projects. For the last 10 years, as a member of the 3M’s Environmental Operations Permitting and Regulatory group, she has managed the Corporate Stormwater Program as well as the wastewater and refrigerant management programs. Carie works with all 3M facilities in the U.S., U.S. Territories and several international facilities to understand and maintain their stormwater permits and regulatory requirements. Carie is a valuable asset as she works with them to develop solutions when issue arise.

Prior to joining 3M, Carie worked for a consulting firm (Barr Engineering) in Remediation before transitioning to the Environmental Management group where 3M was her primary client. Carie graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Carie Mathison has 20 years of experience in various areas of environmental management.

Diane Rosseter

Senior Environmental Consultant, Corporate Environmental Technical Support - Water Compliance at Georgia-Pacific

Senior Environmental Consultant, Corporate Environmental Technical Georgia Pacific LLC Diane is a Senior Environmental Consultant with Georgia-Pacific, working in the Corporate Environmental Technical Support group, focusing on water-related compliance. She is originally from the Asheville, North Carolina, area and grew up farm with a love for all things outdoors. Diane works out of her home in South Carolina and spends a lot of time on airplanes, visiting the various Georgia-Pacific locations across the country.

She has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific, she worked in the private environmental engineering and consulting field and also spent several years as the quality assurance officer and operations manager for a large commercial environmental laboratory.

Diane holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina – Asheville.

Shuka Rastegapour

Environmental Scientist at California State Water Resources Control Boards

Shuka Rastegarpour is an Environmental Scientist at the State Water Resources Control Board. She has spent 3 years in Ocean Standards Planning and now 3 years in Industrial/Construction Storm Water Permitting. She has received her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies at California State University, Sacramento. She is the lead staff on amending the Industrial General Permit to incorporate Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation language.

Reed Carter

Environmental Project Manager at Graniterock

Reed Carter is the Environmental Project Manager for Graniterock. He is responsible for overseeing the Haz Mat and industrial stormwater programs for the company. Over the past 7 years, Reed has specialized in stormwater management, starting with his father in the construction industry and performing sampling during the winter season when he was in college. Mr. Carter has has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He's passionate about pollution prevention and doing work that requires knowledge of so many disciplines (engineering, science, etc.).

Allie Janoch

CEO & Co-Founder at Mapistry

Allie is the CEO of Mapistry. She previously developed a new consumer product to help people organize and search users photos by utilizing computer vision and machine learning algorithms for IQEngines (acquired by Yahoo). The technology developed at IQE is making flickr image search smarter. Prior to Yahoo/IQE, Allie worked at MIT’s Lincoln Labs on computer vision technology for the Air Force.

She was pursuing a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, but chose to leave the program early (with a Masters) in pursuit of more entrepreneurial goals. Allie has BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. She has published and presented on her computer vision and machine learning research in multiple publications and conferences. She also holds a patent on Automatic Image Piling.

John McNamara

Vice President of Environmental Compliance at CR&R Environmental Services

With more than 30 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industry, John brings a hands on knowledge of how to manage the environmental compliance challenges facing communities and municipalities. He is a licensed Professional Engineering Geologist (PG/CEG) with a Master of Science Degree in Geology and Hydrogeology. He is also licensed as a Qualified Industrial Storm Water Professional (QISP) by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). His experience includes obtaining permits for development of numerous solid waste and recycling facilities in the State of California and western states. He is an expert in solid waste facility compliance and deals with numerous regulatory and governmental agencies. He is also trained and has experience with hazardous waste characterization, clean up, site closure, permitting and facility operations. He applies this knowledge and experience in the day to day operations of a complicated solid waste services environment in order to achieve the optimal balance of compliance and operational services for our clients and constituents.

Cynthia Pappas

Sr. Environmental Specialist at PG&E Environmental

Cynthia Pappas graduated from University of California, Fresno with a BS degree in Construction Management. She began her career working with the PG&E as an assistant land surveyor/mechanical draftsman. In 2000, she crossed paths with a SPCC engineer and the rest is history. Since 2000, Cynthia has worked for the Environmental team, starting with the SPCC/HMBP program as an introduction to Environmental Management. Recent accomplishments include her MBA and LSS Green Belt Certification. Her system-wide breath of knowledge includes the management of hazardous materials, characterizing hazardous waste, Company training programs and guidance document writing.

Travis Porter

Stormwater General Permit Writer at Washington Department of Ecology

Travis Porter is the Industrial Stormwater General Permit writer for Washington Department of Ecology. Travis began at Ecology in 2017. Prior to moving to Washington, he was the Environmental Assistance Coordinator for the Nebraska Army National Guard where he managed the hazardous waste program, NPDES programs, cleanup programs, and training programs for environmental compliance. He also was a permit writer for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. While at Nebraska DEQ he wrote the nonstormwater general permits, substantive requirements for superfund sites, and conducted inspections and technical assistance visits. He also worked on updating the Nebraska Title 119 which governed the issuance of NPDES permits. He has 20 years of experience working in the environmental field and has a B.S. in Water Science from the University of Nebraska.

Jordan Kenworthy

Environmental Manager at Georgia-Pacific

Jordan is the Environmental Manager at Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LLC – a Dixie® facility in Fort Smith, AR where she oversees all environmental medias. She is originally from just across the river in Oklahoma, so this job happily brought her home to the family farm. In her free time, she can be found traveling, binge reading her favorite book series, or hanging out with her husband and family. With almost 10 years of experience, she has overseen all aspects of environmental work for a Georgia-Pacific Gypsum facility in SW Oklahoma, a Cargill Corn Milling facility in Iowa, and Consolidated Grain and Barge where she oversaw environmental compliance for 50+ facilities.

She holds a B.S. in Environmental Management from Northeastern State University – Tahlequah, OK.

Lawrence Torres

Clean Water Act Inspector at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Lawrence Torres is a Clean Water Act Stormwater Inspector for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9. He has over ten years of experience conducting federal environmental compliance inspections, providing informational resources to the regulated community, and working in partnership with the state of CA Regional Water Quality Control Boards. In addition to being a Compliance Inspector, he also serves in a key leadership position, as a Resource Unit Leader, during environmental emergencies and incident response operations. He holds a B.S in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management and Conservation, from San Francisco State University.

Kimberly Wells

Attorney at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kimby is an attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9. She currently works primarily on Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act issues. Kimby earned her J.D. and a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law from Berkeley Law and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from Oregon State University. Prior to coming to EPA Kimby worked for Puget Soundkeeper and prior to law school she worked for the Department of the Interior.

Donald E. Sobelman

Partner at Downey Brand

Don Sobelman is exclusively focused on helping his clients successfully navigate the complexities of environmental law. His practice is multifaceted, embracing enforcement defense and litigation, compliance with environmental and land use regulations, contaminated site cleanup and brownfields redevelopment.

Don collaborates extensively with technical experts – such as hydrogeologists, toxicologists, and engineers – to ensure that his clients obtain the best advice possible when deciding how to address environmental issues. Whether managing a project to remediate soil vapor or groundwater contamination, litigating responsibility for cleanup costs in trial court or on appeal, or assisting a client in complying with complex environmental regulations, Don has the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge to achieve his client’s goals.

Don holds a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Roderick McKee

Compliance Supervisor at Apex Logistics

Roderick is a 20+ year military veteran with over 30 years of compliance, environmental and safety related experience. In addition to being an Afghanistan Combat Vet, he has served on several industrial fire-fighting and emergency response teams.

As an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, Roderick provides consultant and contract safety training services for both private and public sectors. With expertise in creating and implementing safety training programs, he has assisted a wide variety of organizations customize safety programs relevant to their specific needs, resulting in heightened safety consciousness, improved safety cultures and reduced safety incidents. He has MBA and a BS in Business and Management for the University of Phoenix.

Amber Smith

Environmental Services Director at Mapistry

Amber has a dual degree in Environmental Science and Geology from California State University East Bay, with a focus in hydrology and hydrogeology. She is currently attending Johns Hopkins University to obtain her MS in Environmental Science and Policy. She spent most of her adolescent years living in the small mountain town of Big Bear, where she acquired her love for the environment and pledged her life to protecting it.

Over the past two years, she has prepared countless Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and trained over 200 facilities on stormwater requirements as per the Industrial General Permit in both classroom and field settings. As the Environmental Services Manager at Mapistry, she continues to add to her experience and has begun to move into the next phase of her career. Through blogs, training and outreach, Amber is very active in the industrial stormwater community. She prides herself in bringing awareness to stormwater pollution issues and providing solutions to the problems for facilities and staff that often have core responsibilities with manufacturing and are not environmental specialists.

Nathan Metcalf

Partner at Hanson Bridgett

Nathan is a Partner with Hanson Bridgett and has over a decade of experience in environmental law and water law. He advises numerous facilities, both at public agencies and private companies, on compliance with California’s general industrial, construction, and municipal stormwater permit requirements. He has also defended industrial and municipal clients in citizen suit actions involving stormwater discharges under the Clean Water Act. Nathan has experience in NEPA/CEQA compliance, environmental due diligence, remediation and development of contaminated properties, environmental reporting requirements, hazardous waste management, environmental permitting, Prop 65, UST clean-up, and endangered species. Before becoming an attorney, Nathan worked in the areas of hazardous waste disposal and environmental health and safety (EH&S) management for medical instrument, drug delivery and biotechnology companies.

Kristina Tu

Environmental Compliance Manager at Mapistry

Kristina holds dual degrees, a B.S. in Geology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies, that form a unique foundation in both geological and environmental sciences.

Kristina is often found drinking coffee, talking aloud to herself, sitting in gardens, and hugging trees. Not all at once though; that would be weird. Kristina’s passion for the environment started during her first environmental science class when she designed a miniature solar car. This is where she found excitement in developing and building solutions to protect the environment.

Kristina has over four years of consulting experience and specializes in hazardous materials management. She has experience in remediation of unauthorized releases of hazardous materials, environmental compliance, and transport of contaminants in the environment. She has provided a full range of services to clients including preparing facilities for audits, supporting the transport of hazardous materials, reviewing client projects to identify impacts to air, water, and soil, and providing written project-specific environmental requirements and Best Management Practices (BMPs).

TJ Mothersbaugh

Business Development Manager at WaterTectonics

TJ Mothersbaugh is the Business Development Manager for WaterTectonics, an Everett, Washington company that designs, manufactures, and installs advanced water treatment systems across the US and Canada. Since joining the company in 2008, TJ has managed over 75 industrial stormwater projects across 12 states and 2 provinces. He has extensive experience working with customers to evaluate complex water chemistry problems, develop creative solutions, and achieve technical and commercial project goals. His technology expertise includes electrocoagulation, chemical treatment, pH adjustment, oxidation systems, clarification, mechanical and adsorptive filtration, and membrane treatment. TJ holds a B.S. in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master’s in Business from the University of Washington.

Richard P. Thompson

Environmental Engineering and Compliance Professional at TEC, LLC

Rich Thompson is currently the Managing Partner of TEC, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. In this role, he provides expert consulting advice to complex environmental compliance issues. He is well equipped to provide these solutions after working over 30 years in corporate environmental engineering and compliance positions with Waste Management and Republic Services.

His forward-thinking abilities have been used to provide leadership on several corporate sustainability strategies. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recognized him with the 2014 Unsung Hero Award for these efforts. Rich received a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, both from the University of Iowa.

Dalton Shaughnessy

Account Executive at Mapistry

Dalton recently joined Mapistry as an Account Executive and has over seven years of environmental experience. Previously, he stood-up a nationwide environmental compliance program on behalf a large federal agency, providing technical support and determining long-term program strategy. In support of this, he directed the resolution of audit deficiencies, provided compliance training to facility staff, and conducted on-site facility assessments. Dalton began his career managing the remediation of military munitions and National Priorities List (NPL) sites on U.S. Navy installations, where he implemented novel sampling technologies and sustainable remediation efforts.

Most recently, Dalton served as a management consultant where he analyzed business situations to provide clients with recommendations for effective project and program execution. A recurring theme of his career has been the use of project and information management systems to minimize risk and drive successful implementation of initiatives. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in Environmental Policy from George Washington University.

Ryan Hibbs

Manager of Environmental Operations at BNSF Railway’s Northwest Division

Ryan is the Manager of Environmental Operations for BNSF Railway’s Northwest Division. He has been with BNSF for four years. He is responsible for the environmental compliance at over 50 BNSF facilities located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. His responsibilities include compliance with industrial stormwater permits, industrial wastewater permits, SPCC, stationary air permits, hazardous waste management, and many other compliance areas. Prior to being with BNSF, he worked as an Environmental Consultant for seven years with a focus on stormwater and spcc compliance. Recently Mr. Hibbs has been involved with the selection, design, installation, and operation of four advanced stormwater treatment technologies required to meet compliance standards of the Washington and Oregon industrial stormwater permits.

Edward Phillips

Senior Manager of Environmental Operations at BNSF Railway

Eddie Phillips has been with BNSF Railway for twelve years. His responsibilities includes compliance with stationary air permits, hazardous materials business plans, hazardous waste management, stormwater permits and wastewater permits. Prior to being with BNSF, he was an NPDES Enforcement Administrator with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, a Hazardous Materials Management Specialist with the Riverside County CUPA, and the Environmental Coordinator for the San Manual Band of Mission Indians. He is a Registered Environmental Manager, a Hazardous Materials Specialist, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, and a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality.

Nathan Holloway

President at Clear Water Services

Nathan Holloway has been active in the water quality industry for over 17 years and is proud to have worked his way up from an entry level technician to a leadership role as the President of Clear Water Services. Nate studied Oceanography and Environmental Science/Policy at the University of Washington and worked his way through school in both the restaurant and construction industries where he learned to balance customer service with a practical solutions-oriented work ethic. Nate and his team are well regarded for their ability to provide cost effective stormwater treatment solutions; ranging from high-flow active treatment systems to enhanced low impact development features, and the ability to form working relationships with key project stakeholders resulting in a high level of client satisfaction and regulatory approval.

John Demming

President at SafeDrain

Working as an emergency responder in the semiconductor industry in the 1980's, John responded to a chemical spill where thousands of gallons of polluted water entered a storm drain and contaminated a nearby creek. From that experience, John developed and patented the first storm drain insert in 1990, the Safe Drain™, and continues to build products that protect the environment and meet all EPA and SPCC requirements (e.g. BAT, BMP, MEP).

Melissa Wenzel

Industrial Stormwater Program Coordinator at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Melissa started her environmental career at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in 2002 with providing multi-program technical assistance to businesses and consultants, with a focus on hazardous waste regulations. She joined the industrial stormwater program in 2008 and was promoted to program coordinator in 2011. Since then, she’s created a statewide program that emphasizes training and education, assistance and pollution prevention. Her team has created guidance materials and tools that are used in several states and countries. Her greatest strength is partnering with programs and organizations inside and outside the agency to ensure environmental compliance, permittee assistance, and protection of Minnesota’s waters.

Melissa is also the longest standing member of the agency’s sustainability team and recently founded the organization’s sustainability transit team. She bikes year round and has appointed volunteer positions both the city and county level focusing on sustainable transportation, accessibility to parks and trails, and general community inclusivity. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Education.

Tina Lau

Area Environmental & Land Resource Manager at Lehigh Hanson

Tina Lau has more than 15 years’ experience in environmental compliance for the aggregates, construction and construction materials industries. She is currently the Area Environmental & Land Resource Manager overseeing Lehigh Hanson’s Bay Area and Central Valley North operations, including sand & gravel mines, a hard rock quarry, ready-mix concrete plants, asphalt plants and bay mining operations. Tina leads the efforts to ensure Lehigh’s operations are in compliance with all environmental, land use and lease requirements in addition to supporting the company’s acquisition, divestiture, and expansion efforts. She also represents Lehigh Hanson during regulation development and agency/public interactions. Prior to Lehigh Hanson, Tina was an Environmental Specialist at Graniterock in Watsonville.

Tina holds an MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Environmental Economics & Policy and a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley.

Michelle Rembaum-Fox

Engineering Geologist at California State Water Resources Control Board

Michelle has been providing compliance & enforcement of environmental regulation for the State of California for over 30 years. She is a lead inspector for the Industrial and Construction Storm Water Unit; and has been providing storm water permit compliance since 2007. Prior to the Storm Water Unit she worked for 9 years in the Water Board's Toxic Cleanup Division overseeing the remediation, cleanup and redevelopment for sites with soil and groundwater contamination. Before joining the Water Boards, she worked for the Department of Toxic Substances Control Boards in Berkeley, for 13 years managing toxic cleanup investigations, cleanup and closure of Federal and State Superfund sites.

Samir Abdelnour

Senior Counsel at Hanson Bridgett

Samir Abdelnour is a Senior Counsel with Hanson Bridgett. His practice focuses on environmental litigation, advice, and counseling. He routinely advises and represents public and private entities, as well as individuals, in regulatory enforcement actions, contaminated property remediation, land use entitlement and permit proceedings, water rights, product labeling, and litigation involving natural resources and other environmental issues. Samir’s practice includes a broad range of state and federal environmental and land use laws, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act, and California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (“Proposition 65”). Samir currently serves as the Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers’ Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate (“ELURE”) Section.

Nicholas Avino

Senior Industrial Designer at Mapistry

Nicholas has been designing state of the art eLearning courses for nearly ten years. He began working at a behavior change firm creating interactive, video-based courses to help counselors be more effective with their interventions. After that, then he co-founded a company specializing in interactive film production and immersive learning. Nicholas believes in staying on the cutting edge of learner engagement and education which is why he is thrilled to now be a part of the team at Mapistry.

When Nicky is not in the office he enjoys; camping, cooking, going to music festivals, switching places with his identical twin brother, and coin collecting. Some of his favorite places outdoors are the coastal redwoods of California, and the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Page Rossen

Account Executive at Mapistry

Page is an Account Executive at Mapistry. Page is a passionate environmentalist who previously worked at an environmental law firm doing case research. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara Page began her environmental career doing field work on the Channel Islands researching invasive species.

Page recently received her Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner certificate and loves getting out on site learning about new industries and businesses.

Max Potter

Environmental Compliance Inspector at City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department

Max currently works as an Environmental Compliance Inspector with the City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department. He is a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and grade II Environmental Compliance Inspector and holds several other professional certifications in environmental protection. He also holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Max is currently leading the City of Richmond’s construction stormwater pollution prevention inspection program.

Deanna Seaman

Senior Manager, Environmental Water Quality at Northwest Seaport Alliance

Deanna is a 25 year + environmental professional. She got her start in San Francisco dumpster diving to figure out how to implement curb side recycling for the garbage company. After running many household hazardous waste collection events in California (Deanna has a BS in chemistry from San Francisco State), Deanna graduated to the corporate office to run the environmental program. Then it was off to Snohomish County Washington via a short detour to run a household hazardous waste non-profit called NAHMMA. While in Snohomish, Deanna ran ground water models for legacy landfills, helped start a county wide green building program, crafted the County’s response to the EPA Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting requirement, wrote a Disaster Debris Management plan, and ran the Tri-County Urban Area Security Initiative’s Disaster Debris Workgroup. That Disaster Debris Management plan was implemented in response to the Oso Mudslide where Deanna acted as Debris Manager. Looking for funner things, Deanna went to the Northwest Seaport Alliance to run the water quality program and is currently managing 2 clean water act citizen lawsuits, seven industrial general permits and one MS4 as a phase 1 secondary permittee.

Molly Pritz

Deputy Fire Marshall I at Santa Clara Fire Department

Molly Pritz is a Hazardous Materials Specialist with Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Compliance Division. While she has only been in her current position for less than two years, her passion for environmental regulation began at a young age when her Air Pollution Control Inspector father gave her a child-sized hard hat and welcomed her to the ”family business.” She subsequently took a seat at the adult table, participated in her first environmental debate, and hasn’t stopped discussing regulations since.

Molly graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. with Honors degree in Geology. Her honors thesis focused on geochemical modeling of the frac water used in the hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Formation in Pennsylvania. She has also conducted research and monitored passive, acid mine drainage treatment systems. She currently performs Hazardous Waste, Tiered Permitting, Underground Storage Tank, and Hazardous Materials Business Plan compliance inspections and believes that every day is an opportunity to learn something new.

Marc Lorentzen

Lead Evaluator for the Triennial CUPA Evaluations at California Environmental Protection Agency

Marc Lorentzen has worked as a CUPA evaluator at CalEPA, Unified Program since July 2017. In the position as the evaluation team lead he has coordinated and conducted over 10 CUPA evaluations along with several other state agencies, including DTSC. As a liaison between state evaluators and CUPA staff Marc is very familiar with issues on both ends of the relationship. He also serves as a point of contact for CUPA managers and staff should they have any questions regarding the Unified Program or CUPAs. Prior to this current position, Marc worked at CDPH as a medical waste inspector. In that role he traveled the state conducting inspections at generators and treatment facilities. He also was integral to a statutory interpretation project during his time there.

Melisa Cohen

Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Professional

Melisa Cohen has provided environmental leadership to a variety of industries for over 20+ years. Melisa began her environmental career taking on an internship in the Aerospace Industry while completing her Environmental Science degree at University of California, Berkeley. Melisa quickly realized Industry’s need for professionals such as herself and has provided her environmental expertise in a number of industries including rocket motor manufacturing, wood treatment, waste management as well as scrap metal recycling. Melisa has seen it all having been involved in basic environmental compliance to water treatment system installations, site remediations, plant installations, emergency response as well as citizen lawsuits. Most recently, Melisa also branched out into providing support for Health and Safety as well as Sustainability Programs.