California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

7th LEA/CIWMB Conference (2004)

Biographies

Sharon Anderson is the manager for the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) Support Services Branch. She has worked for the Board for 17 and a half years in several Permitting and Enforcement Division programs, including the LEA Evaluation Program, Board as Enforcement Agency Section, and the Headquarters Section of the Enforcement Branch. Ms. Anderson has also been a State inspector and worker as a professional in the petroleum industry for five years.

Marc Arico is an Industrial Hygienist for the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). Some of his duties include participating in the Health and Safety Officers working group within the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Headquarters Building, reviewing Site Specific Health and Safety Plans for CIWMB’s site investigations, identifying and evaluating workplace and job hazards, developing and recommending hazard control measures, and assisting in the development of proactive accident prevention strategies. In addition, he provides health and safety training to CIWMB field staff and employees of the Solid Waste local enforcement agencies. Previously, Mr. Arico provided support and program review services to solid waste local enforcement agencies to ensure they met certification requirements, and he has written regulations for the CIWMB. Mr. Arico has been with the Board since 1990. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University Sacramento.

Lisa F. Brown is Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement for the California Environmental Protection Agency. Her legal career started in 1980 with the California Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Enforcement Program. From 1986 to 1997 she worked in the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, where she created the Environmental Prosecutions Unit and the San Joaquin County Environmental Crimes Strike Force. She worked as an attorney with the California Air Resources Board from 1997 to 1999. Ms. Brown currently chairs the State Environmental Enforcement Task Force and co-chairs the California Border Environmental Enforcement Task Force. She teaches on various enforcement subjects for the California District Attorneys Association and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Ms. Brown received a B.A. in history from the University of Santa Clara and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of law.

Dan Avera is the Director of Environmental Health Services, San Bernardino Co. LEA. He is currently the Chair of the Solid Waste Committee of the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH). Dan has managed environmental health programs for many years. His extensive experience, knowledge, and leadership in CCDEH are essential to the CIWMB partnership efforts in shaping statewide regulatory policies pertaining to solid waste.

Terry Brennan has worked for the past 13 years as an Integrated Waste Management Specialist at the California Integrated Waste Management Board. For the past four years, Mr. Brennan has been focused on reducing food waste, providing ongoing technical assistance to businesses and local governments, and working with industry and regulators involved in food banking, animal feed programs, rendering, and food waste composting. Mr. Brennan has coordinated several regional workshops as well as a statewide conference for local government and industry representatives focused on food waste diversion issues. He continues to develop food diversion reference materials and assistance tools on an ongoing basis.

Stephen Cain is a Senior Environmental Planner for the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He managed the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Permit Assistance Center in Ontario, California, and served as a Public Participation Supervisor and Specialist for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Mark Cameron, CIH, REHS has managed health and safety for 11 forensic laboratories statewide for the past six years. He is also an instructor for the Department of Justice Advanced Training Center, where he teaches 40-hour and 8-hour refresher clan lab safety courses. He is responsible for bureau clan lab safety procedures, respiratory protection, and instrumentation. He is also an instructor for University of California, Davis Extension, teaching courses on hazardous waste site safety, respiratory protection, use of personal protective equipment, hearing conservation, and industrial hygiene.

Ann Clarkson has worked for 12 years in the Solid Waste Program for Santa Clara’s department of Environmental Health. Although she has responsibility for closed landfill sites and assists with solid waste complaints and vehicle inspections, her main focus in the program is lead in the Medical Waste Management Program. With most medical waste generators permitted and in compliance, Ms. Clarkson is able to focus on household programs that concentrate on eliminating this type of waste (specifically sharps) from the solid waste stream. She is also involved in an effort in the county to regulate body art establishments and to eliminate mercury from hospitals through an audit program.

Tammy Derby graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1989. She is registered with the State of California as an Environmental Health Specialist and has been employed with the County of Sacramento Environmental Management Department for 13 years. Ms. Derby has been working in the Sacramento County LEA Program for the past four years. She has been a representative for LEA input to the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health, serving as the Central Valley Technical Advisory Committee member to the Solid Waste Policy Committee.

Matthew Fore graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. He immediately began his career in environmental health with the Monterey County Health Department. Since 2000, he has managed the LEA program for San Benito County and has enjoyed representing the South Central Round Table at the Enforcement Advisory Council. Mr. Fore maintains a vital interest in the environmental health field and currently serves as the secretary of the California Environmental Health Association.

Dr. Alec C. Gerry came to the University of California, Riverside, as a veterinary entomologist and extension specialist in February of 2003. Prior to his arrival at UC Riverside, Dr. Gerry served as a senior public health biologist for the California Department of Health Services. Dr. Gerry additionally serves as a medical entomologist in the United States Army Reserve, where he currently holds the rank of major. Research efforts in his laboratory are focused on the biology, ecology, and integrated management of pest arthropods and disease vectors associated with animal agriculture. Recent research has included studying the dispersal ability of nuisance flies and evaluating manure management techniques to reduce fly production.

Robert Greger works for the California Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch, as the chief of their Inspection and Enforcement Section. The Radiologic Health Branch is responsible for regulating uses of ionizing radiation in California. Mr. Greger is a nationally certified health physicist who has worked in the ionizing radiation field, in both State and federal government, and in industry for more than 25 years.

Barbara Hamrick is an associate health physicist with the Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch. She has a bachelor’s and master’s in physics from the University of California at Irvine, as well as a J.D. from Loyola Law School. She is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and has worked in the field of radioactive materials regulation for federal, State, and local government agencies for 13 years. The past three years of her professional career have been primarily devoted to the review of sites in the process of decontamination and decommissioning for the termination of their radioactive materials license.

Patricia Henshaw is the supervisor for the Local Enforcement Agency program for the County of Orange. She has worked at the County of Orange Health Care Agency since 1984 and since 1992 in the LEA section. Ms. Henshaw is one of the vice-chairs on the EAC and was a team member on the original Partnership task force group that was instrumental in establishing the LEA/CIWMB Partnership Conference. Prior to joining the EAC, she was one of the technical support members for the CCDEH Solid Waste Policy Committee. Ms. Henshaw originally comes to California from Seattle and wants to see again the University of Washington (her alma mater) in the Rose Bowl.

Reinhard Hohlwein has worked as an integrated waste management specialist at CIWMB since 1990. He currently works for the Permitting and Inspection Branch. His assignments have been mostly Bay Area urban counties and rural counties in Northern California. He is lead staff on the new revised CIWMB regulations on alternative daily cover (ADC) and has conducted statewide training on State Minimum Standards as part of Title 27. He is currently developing an image library for solid waste photographs focusing on operational standards and facilities, which will eventually be available for use by LEAs and Board staff. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with an educational background in environmental studies, biology, and photography.

Robert Holmes is the regulations and legislation coordinator for the Permitting and Enforcement Division. He has been with the Board for 12 years in various capacities, including acting as the enforcement agency in jurisdictions where the Board is the enforcement agency. Prior to coming to the Board he worked for the Orange County Health Care Agency as a hazardous waste specialist.

Andy Kao has a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in industrial hygiene at California State University, Northridge. Prior to his current position, he was employed with City of Los Angeles Department of Airports as an associate safety engineer overseeing the occupational safety and health of 3,500 department employees. Andy Kao’s current function is to serve as an advisor to any health and safety-related issue during the course of our function as an LEA.

Jason Keadjian manages public affairs for one of the most complex residential development projects in Northern California. He leads the communications team for the Pacific Bay Homes development of a 220-acre property formerly used as a military demolition site for ordnance and explosives. Mr. Keadjian’s experience with the public affairs implications of application and permit planning, as well as the public involvement requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, make him Singer Associates’ leading development consultant. His success in leading public debates by garnering consensus, establishing coalitions, and informing decision makers has earned him a reputation as one of the leading grassroots community strategists. Mr. Keadjian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied English and business.

David Konwinski is one of the founders of Onsite Power Systems Inc. and currently serves on the board of directors. He functions as the corporation’s president and chief marketing and business development leader. Mr. Konwinski is responsible for establishing the corporation’s business and research relationships.
He has more than 18 years of experience in business and marketing. He is experienced as a business manager and marketing director working in the agriculture, financial, and real estate development fields. His entrepreneurial experience in the real estate and agricultural market has led to successful business ventures of his own.

William J. Krycia is the regional manager for the Department of Industrial
Relations—Cal/OSHA Enforcement, Region II, which covers the Central Valley from the Oregon border down to Edwards Air Force Base. Mr. Krycia has been with the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, for more than 23 years. In addition to his regional manager duties, he is involved with special projects within Cal/OSHA on blood borne pathogens, tuberculosis, hantavirus, SARS, and indoor air quality. He is chairperson for the division’s Field Sanitation and Agricultural Health and Safety Task Force. He is also the Northern California Process Safety Management Team Leader and the division’s field coordinator with the CDAA Worker Safety Circuit Prosecutor Project. Mr. Krycia has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a certified industrial hygienist.

Dr. Howard Levenson is currently Deputy Director of the Permitting and Enforcement Division at the California Integrated Waste Management Board. He was the advisor to Board Member Paul Relis from 1991 until 1998. He then served as supervisor of the Organic Materials Management Section at the Board until May 2003. Prior to his service at the Board, he worked from 1983 to 1991 as a senior associate in the Environment Program of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), a nonpartisan analytical support agency of the U.S. Congress. While there he worked on a range of environmental issues, including marine pollution, groundwater pollution, climate change, and municipal and industrial solid waste management. He was the primary author of OTA’s 1989 assessment, “Facing America’s Trash: What Next for Municipal Solid Waste?” He has a B.S. and an M.S. in natural resources management from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Kansas.

Jack Macy served as the organics recycling coordinator for the San Francisco Recycling Program for the past eight years and is currently the commercial recycling coordinator. Mr. Macy initiated, and helped develop and implement, San Francisco’s award-winning food diversion and composting programs in the commercial and residential sectors. In addition, he is the past president and current board member of the California Organics Recycling Council (CORC). With CORC, he has worked on statewide organics policy issues and has developed and coordinated workshops on best facility management practices, on-site composting, food recycling and organics regulations and markets. Prior to arriving in California, Mr. Macy developed and directed a statewide composting program for the state of Massachusetts. This program assisted more than 250 communities to set up yard trimmings composting programs and comply with a statewide ban on yard trimmings.

Jim Marxen is Deputy Director for the Office of External Affairs within the Department of Toxic Substances Control. He has managed public participation programs for DTSC since 1993. He has 12 years’ experience working for various Los Angeles-area daily newspapers.

Jack McGurk is chief of the Environmental Management Branch of the California Department of Health Services in Sacramento, California. He is responsible for the oversight of eight environmental health programs, including the Medical Waste Management Program. Mr. McGurk played a key role in developing the legislation that became the California Medical Waste Management Act. Mr. McGurk is currently leading a pollution prevention partnership project with California hospitals to reduce the solid and medical wastes they generate and eliminate mercury from their waste streams. The program was honored with a 2002 and 2003 Champion for Change Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment for promoting pollution prevention in health care facilities.

Joseph Mello is currently manager of the Land Disposal Program at the State Water Resources Control Board, where he is in charge of maintaining the $8 million program. He has also worked at two of the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, including the Sacramento RWQCB, and has worked as an environmental consultant for 10 years. He is a California registered geologist and certified hydrogeologist and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from San Jose State University.

Jack Miller has been an environmental health professional for 33 years. Mr. Miller began in Orange County and now works for the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health. He has worked in several areas including hazardous materials, food protection, recreational health, solid waste, land use, medical waste, and stormwater. Currently he manages the LEA, Occupational Health, and Vector Control programs.

Michael Paparian is a full-time member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board, holding the seat reserved for a representative from the environmental community. Mr. Paparian was first appointed by Governor Gray Davis in May 2000 and was reappointed in June 2001. Mr. Paparian is actively involved in developing product stewardship strategies for electronic waste, State agency compliance with diversion mandates, and recycled-content product procurement. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Paparian worked for the Sierra Club for more than 20 years. During that time, Mr. Paparian worked on environmental policy issues and served as the California State Director of the Sierra Club from 1985 to 1994. At the time of his appointment to the Board, he was the Sierra Club’s senior regional representative for California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Cheryl Peace was appointed as a full-time member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board by the Senate Rules Committee on January 8, 2003, as one of four public representatives. Her term on the Board extends until January 1, 2007. Mrs. Peace has experience in commercial property management and in the financial sector, including positions as a loan officer with the Bank of America, a cost analyst in the finance department of Rohr Industries (now B.F. Goodrich)—a prominent aerospace parts manufacturer—and bookkeeping services with several small business ventures. She graduated with honors and a degree in business administration from San Diego State University, with an emphasis on marketing. Mrs. Peace has been married to her husband Steve for 28 years and has three sons attending California universities.

Darryl Petker, P.E., is a senior technical waste management engineer with the CIWMB. He is currently working on developing training and regulatory issues relating to the training of landfill managers and inspectors. Additionally, Mr. Petker helped coordinate waste tire hauler checkpoints in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol. He is a registered civil engineer and has more than 18 years solid waste experience with both the CIWMB and private industry in dealing with solid waste issues. Some of the areas that Mr. Petker has worked with include information display and sharing for decision making, landfill training programs, planning, landfill design, construction and maintenance, operational issues, closure and postclosure planning and construction, and site evaluations.

Greg Pirie is the solid waste local enforcement agency coordinator for the County of Napa. He has worked in solid waste for more than nine years, including the inspection, enforcement, and permitting of all solid waste facilities for landfills, transfer stations, compost facilities, illegal landfills and illegal dumping. He also manages the franchises for solid waste collection and disposal services and rate reviews for unincorporated areas of Napa County. He is the chair of the Enforcement Advisory Council to the California Integrated Waste Management Board and chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Enforcement Agency Roundtable. Greg received a B.S. in biology–environmental health from San Diego State University.

Jarrod Ramsey-Lewis, P.E., is a 1998 graduate from the University of Portland with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He joined the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in July 2000 as a water resources control engineer conducting investigations, inspections, and preparing waste discharge requirements and enforcement actions for industrial and municipal facilities in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. For the last three years he has acted as the primary liaison between State, private, municipal, and federal biosolids representatives, including participation in the 2001 and 2003 National Regulators Biosolids Conference as a California representative.

Sherrie Sala-Moore is the supervisor of the Disposal Reporting System (DRS) Section in the Waste Analysis Branch at the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Ms. Sala-Moore has a bachelor of science in engineering and began working for the Board in 1994, participating in the review of the initial Solid Waste Generation Studies submitted in planning documents of jurisdictions. The DRS Section is responsible for managing the solid waste disposal data reported quarterly by each county or regional agency with disposal and ADC/AIC tons by facility and by jurisdiction of origin.

Mike Schmaeling has been working in the environmental health field since 1977 and regulating solid waste since 1989. He has served as the chair of the Enforcement Advisory Committee and the Solid Waste Specialists of Southern California. He is currently a Technical Advisory Committee representative for the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health. His goals are to protect the beauty of Santa Barbara County, work with the CIWMB in developing regulations that make sense, and surf as much as possible.

Guy Shaw, R.E.H.S., has been working as an environmental health specialist in the State of California since 1975. He has been with the Kern County Environmental Health Services Department since 1979. In 1989 he became supervisor of the food program. From 1991 to 1997 Guy was supervisor of the housing program, during which he was responsible for a policy change that was copied by many health department and code enforcement agencies throughout the state. Since 1997, Mr. Shaw has been supervisor of the Land, Water, and Housing programs, which include eight subprograms. In 1999, he was given the responsibility of overseeing the Kern County Interim Biosolids Ordinance. Since then, he has played an important role in creation of the 2000 Kern County Biosolids Ordinance, and he helped write the current Kern County Biosolids Ordinance that permits only the land application of Exceptional Quality Biosolids. Guy is also an EPA-State of California certified lead assessor/inspector and adjunct faculty member at Bakersfield Community College.

Allison Spreadborough has worked for the CIWMB for the past 14 years in various capacities, as an analyst in the Financial Assurances Section and as a waste management specialist in the Buy Recycled and Project Recycle Programs. Ms. Spreadborough has facilitated the Phase I and II Construction and Demolition and Inert Debris regulations as well as the Nonhazardous Ash and the Transfer/Processing regulations. She is currently assigned in the Permits and Inspections Branch, Region 2.

Melinda S. Stehr joined the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) Technical Assistance Unit in 1998. As a member of this unit, Ms. Stehr has become specialized in the various analytical and technical aspects of the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Programs and has played a key role in the development of various State emergency plans. In 2001, she became the OES Debris Specialist and trained under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Emmetsburg, Maryland. Ms. Stehr is a 21-year veteran of State service and was previously employed by the California Department of Health and Human Services and the California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement.

Diane Takvorian has been involved in the struggle for social and environmental justice for more than 25 years. She is the executive director and a founder of Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), an environmental justice organization in the San Diego/Tijuana region that started in 1980. EHC works to protect public health and the environment threatened by toxic pollution through efforts that create a just society. EHC’s community organizing and policy advocacy work with disenfranchised communities has enabled hundreds of residents to develop into community leaders and eliminated many health risks. Diane has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the board of directors of the Environmental Research Foundation; the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, to which she was appointed by President Clinton; and the Environmental Advisory Committee for San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy. She currently serves as the co-chair of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. Ms. Takvorian holds a masters degree in social work, with an emphasis in public policy and community organization. She is on the faculty at San Diego State University School of Social Work where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on community organization and administration. She is married to Dr. Robert Bray, a clinical social worker whose work focuses on victims of trauma and abuse.

Russell Teall is the president and chairman of the Board of Biodiesel Industries, Inc., a company he founded five years ago to develop and commercialize biodiesel production technology. Under Mr. Teall’s leadership, Biodiesel Industries successfully evolved patent pending biodiesel production techniques for a wide variety of feedstocks. These include laboratory-scale demonstrations and full-scale commercial operations in Las Vegas, Nevada, and New South Wales, Australia. The plants, with capacities of 3–10 million gallons per year, produce biodiesel predominantly from recycled fryer oils. The product is used in more than 3,000 government fleet vehicles in Southern Nevada and in mining and government fleets in Australia. Biodiesel Industries is continuing to actively develop improvements to the biodiesel production process with the U.S. Navy and has four additional production facilities under development.

Wayne Tsuda is the director of materials and waste resources for the Department of Environmental Affairs in the City of Los Angeles. The Materials and Waste Division is the home of the Local Enforcement Agency for the city. This division also provides policy advice and consultation to the offices of the mayor and city Council members and city departments on hazardous materials, hazardous waste, solid waste, and household hazardous waste issues. Mr. Tsuda has more than 28 years experience working in public health and environmental compliance and enforcement programs. He holds registrations as an environmental health specialist and as an environmental assessor. Mr. Tsuda holds a B.S. in environmental health science from California State University, Northridge, and he has completed graduate work at the University of Southern California.  Mr. Tsuda has taught courses in the University of California at Los Angeles hazardous materials certificate program and is currently an advisory board member of the UCLA Extension Recycling and Solid Waste Management certificate program.

Scott Walker is the supervising engineer managing the Integrated Waste
Management Board’s Remediation, Closure, and Technical Services Branch. He is a California registered professional civil engineer and a certified engineering geologist (CEG) with more than 15 years experience. Mr. Walker was with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board from 1986 to 1992 and has been with the CIWMB since 1992.

Carl Washington was appointed as a full-time member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board by Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson on November 29, 2002. As the Speaker’s appointee, Mr. Washington represents the public. His term on the Board extends until January 1, 2006. First elected to the California Assembly in 1996 and re-elected twice, Mr. Washington, a Democrat, represented the 52nd Assembly District, which includes the Compton and Paramount areas of Los Angeles County. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Mr. Washington served as a senior deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke from 1992 to 1996. During his tenure in the Capitol, Mr. Washington was active on environment-related bills that affected school pesticide use, water and air pollution, ocean wildlife habitat, waste discharges into coastal waters, multilingual contamination warnings, and the building and renovation of “green” State office buildings. The California League of Conservation Voters gave Assembly member Washington a score of 93 percent on its 2002 Environmental Scorecard. Born in Littlefield, Texas, Mr. Washington attended Bishop College in Dallas, where he studied at the Minister’s Institute and was ordained a minister in 1988. In 2003 Mr. Washington received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in administrative management from Excelsior College in Albany, New York.

Dr. Dennis Wilson has been a staff veterinarian with the Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for the past five years and worked for CDFA as a field veterinarian prior to that time. Besides food safety issues, he has dealt with environmental issues for the division. Additionally, he spent four years at the Veterinary Medicine and Teaching Research Center in Tulare, California, a facility associated with University of California’s School of veterinary medicine in Davis. He received a master’s of preventive medicine and doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1984 at UC Davis and a Ph.D. in comparative pathology in 1990 at the same institution.

2004 Conference

Last updated: March 17th, 2004
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