Kentucky Environmental Conference - Speakers

Arnie T. Beringer, CHMM, CEECO Equipment
Arnie began his career as an intern for the Ohio EPA (RAPCA) while he was attending the University of Dayton pursuing a Degree in Environmental Engineering.  After spending an additional year with Ohio EPA after graduation, Arnie worked as an environmental engineer for Navistar for approximately 3 years in both their Springfield and Columbus Operations.  After Navistar, Arnie took the environmental manager position at Sun Chemical at their pigment plant operation in Cincinnati.  For the next 16 years he had various plant and regional EHS management positions and last served as the Corporate EHS Compliance Assurance Manager for the North American operations for Sun Chemical. In May of 2011 he left Sun Chemical to take over the family business, CEECO Equipment, as a manufacturer’s sales representative specializing in air pollution control and process equipment solutions. Arnie is a longtime member of the Air & Waste Management Association where he has served as the President of the Southwest Ohio Chapter on 3 separate occasions including currently.

Carolyn Brown, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Carolyn Brown is a partner with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and chairs the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.  Her practice focuses on all areas of environmental law and includes counseling on regulatory requirements, permitting and transactional issues as well as environmental litigation.   She received her B.S. from the University of Kentucky in 1979 and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1982. She is the immediate past chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Policy Council.  She previously chaired the Energy, Environment and Resources Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association and has served on the Commerce Lexington Public Policy Council. She is a fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers and serves on the Board of Regents.  Carolyn is resident in the firm’s Lexington office.

Jennifer Cave, Attorney, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Jennifer Cave is a member of the firm's Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Service Group. She works closely with businesses to ensure compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Her experience includes assisting and advising clients on the Clean Air Act and state air pollution laws as well as applying for, negotiating the terms of, and complying with air permits, including Title V and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits, NPDES wastewater permits, and solid waste landfill permits. She has significant experience defending clients in administrative and civil enforcement actions and citizen suit litigation. Jennifer also counsels domestic and international manufacturers on the importation and sale of mobile sources, including non-road engines, vehicles and equipment under the Clean Air Act.

Adam Cook, CHMM, Sr. Environmental Consultant, Shield Environmental Associates, Inc.
Mr. Cook has accrued over 9 years of professional experience as an Environmental Specialist within manufacturing, with the last two years serving industry as an environmental consultant.  Over the course of his career, he has assisted many industrial facilities with industrial compliance issues including applications of the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

Jake Fournier, Sr. ESS Professional, Marathon Petroleum
Jake Fournier is an environmental professional at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) supporting MPLX, the midstream gas gathering and processing subsidiary.  Jake has 10 years of experience and has provided air permitting and regulatory compliance support at Marathon’s Catlettsburg, KY and Garyville, LA refineries and was one of the leads for advocacy and implementation efforts on the Refinery Sector Rule in 2015 and 2016. Jake is a graduate from the University of Toledo with a degree in chemical engineering.

Nicole Galavotti, P.E., Sr. Environmental Engineer, Shield Environmental Associates, Inc.
Mrs. Galavotti has accrued 23 years of experience in the environmental field in both an industrial manufacturing setting and as a consultant assisting industries. After graduating from ESF at Syracuse University, Mrs. Galavotti was responsible for the environmental department at three industrial sites for a Fortune 500 company and handled the regulatory affairs and on-site compliance issues.  Due to the multiple relocations and eagerness to work with different manufacturing operations, Mrs. Galavotti decided to work in the environmental consulting field.  As a partner and the leader of the Industrial Compliance Group at Shield, she is intimately familiar with multimedia permitting issues and real-world application of designs.  This intimate knowledge of how manufacturers operate allows for identification of regulatory and compliance issues.  Coupled with 18 years of working with Kentucky regulators and inspectors, she has become a trusted name in the industrial compliance field.

Scott Gerstner, Environmental Scientist, Kentucky Division of Waste Managment
Mr. Gerstner graduated from the University of Louisville in December 1989 with a degree in Political Science. He joined the Division of Waste Management in November 1991 as an Environmental Inspector. He conducts RCRA inspections at hazardous waste generators, transporters, TSD facilities, contained landfills and other solid waste sites. He provides RCRA training to DWM employees, presents hazardous waste training for the regulated community with the Department’s Division of Compliance Assistance, co-created the hazardous waste Standard Operating Procedures for Field Operations technical staff, and serves as co-leader of the Field Operations Branch Hazardous Waste Workgroup.

Gregory Hemker, CHMM, President, EHS Technology Group, LLC
Mr. Hemker is one of the founders of EHS Technology Group, LLC located in Miamisburg, Ohio. He has over 40 years of experience in environmental engineering and management. Mr. Hemker obtained a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). His principle fields of expertise are air pollution, hazardous waste, and hazardous chemical management. He has conducted numerous environmental management training seminars throughout the U.S. and China. In recent years Mr. Hemker has focused on consulting with manufacturing industries to solve problems associated with air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste, oil and chemical spill prevention, chemical safety, and industrial hygiene. Has lead the development and implementation of Energy management Systems at manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Kentucky. Mr. Hemker is a RAB trained lead auditor and has been developing and implementing ISO 14001, 9001, 50001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems since the adoption of the Standards.

Matt Huddleston, Ph.D., Natural Resources Program Director, Synterra
Matt is an environmental toxicologist with over 20 years of consulting, regulatory, and academic experience.  His team provides client support in toxicology and risk assessment, protected species, wetlands and water resources, and ecological restoration. Matt began his science career in 1994 as a risk assessor with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.  He has provided expert testimony in environmental toxicology. Matt has taught college courses in natural sciences, and is an adjunct professor at Clemson University.  Matt holds a Doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University.

Bill Johnston, PG, Principal Geologist, Linebach Funkhouser, Inc,
Mr. Johnston provides project management leadership/direction for environmental assessment and remediation projects.  He has 32 years of experience in assessing and remediating petroleum contaminated soils and groundwater associated with underground storage tanks (USTs) in numerous states across the country. He has worked on multi-phase site assessments including RCRA, CERCLA and dry cleaning plant related projects. He also has successfully obtained Letters of Eligibility and/or Letter of Concurrences for half of the sites that have submitted applications and been approved by the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program that was established by regulation on February 1, 2014.

Mark Klan, PhD, Connsulting Toxicologist/Principal, ToxDoc & EnRisq, LLC
Mark J. Klan, PhD, ToxDoc & EnRisq, LLC.  Dr. Klan has been a consulting toxicologist in practice for over 30 years specializing in environmental & applied toxicology, and environmental quantitative risk assessment.  Dr. Klan earned his doctorate from the University of Louisville Medical School, continued academic research at Duke University Medical School, joined Amoco Oil Company to support industry and manufacturing, and entered into the consulting field over 25 years ago.  Dr. Klan is involved in a wide variety of projects involving product labeling and process support, regulatory compliance, brownfields redevelopment, and public communication.  Dr. Klan is based in Louisville, Kentucky with projects and clients throughout the country.

Brad Rodgers, PE, CHMM, Branch Manager, Wood
Mr. Rodgers is a professional environmental engineer. He has worked as a USEPA enforcement officer, a corporate environmental engineer, and an environmental consultant for more than 30 years. This background provides him keen insight into the different objectives pursued by these entities to achieve a common goal. Mr. Rodgers is a Branch Manager for Wood, a global Engineering Firm, with more than 60,000 employee worldwide. Wood maintains two offices in Kentucky, one in Lexington and the other in Louisville serving government, energy and commercial clients.

Philip Schworer, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Mr. Schworer’s practice is comprised of environmental, health and safety litigation, chemical exposure litigation, corporate transaction due diligence, compliance auditing, and compliance counseling. Included in his related experiences have been: (1) defense of industries and businesses when sued by federal, state and local environmental agencies; (2) defense of Superfund claims by the EPA; (3) defense of toxic tort and chemical exposure claims asserted against business and industry; (4) due diligence investigations during acquisition or divestiture of commercial or industrial property; and (5) compliance auditing and counseling for industry. Mr. Schworer received his B.S. degree in biology and his M.S. degree in environmental health from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine; his J.D. degree from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northern Kentucky University. Mr. Schworer also took graduate-level coursework in environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

Kate Shanks, Vice President of Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Shanks has been with the Chamber for more than four years and focuses her work on energy, environment, small business, and competitiveness issues. She is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and Management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the Chamber, Kate spent nearly 12 years working for state agencies focused on energy and environmental policy and regulation and has held multiple positions relating to communications, outreach, policy analysis and design, and legislative affairs.

Anna Skinner, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Anna Claire focuses her practice on environmental, health and safety issues. Her experience includes assisting clients on environmental issues in the context of business transactions and compliance counseling. Anna Claire has experience with Clean Air Act enforcement and compliance issues and has helped clients against environmental enforcement initiatives directed at electric utilities. She also helps clients respond to Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement actions and has experience in many aspects of discovery and trial preparation, including factual investigation, drafting motions and discovery requests, and witness preparation.

Woo Smith, Environmental Department Manager, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Woo is a Senior Environmental Professional and currently leads the Environmental Department for Terracon’s Louisville Office. Terracon is an environmental, construction/materials testing, facilities, and geotechnical consulting firm with over 4,500 employees in 150 offices nationwide. Woo graduated from Emory University with a degree in Political Science with a focus on Environmental Policy. She joined Terracon upon graduation and has worked in the firm’s Atlanta, Chicago, and Louisville offices. Woo is an industry professional knowledgeable in environmental procedures utilized by numerous federal agencies and has overseen the development of hundreds of Due Diligence, NEPA, Natural & Cultural Resource Reports. In addition to managing a portfolio of national accounts, she oversees project execution, technical review, and quality control.

Robin Thomerson, Partner of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Ms. Thomerson is a member of the Dinsmore & Shohl Toxic Tort and Environmental Practice Group in the Lexington office and focuses her practice on environmental law including issues arising regarding permitting and compliance with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA and CERCLA.  She received her law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1986 and represented the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in matters regarding surface mining, waste, and water and air quality from 1986 until 2009.  Since entering the private sector in 2010, she has represented clients in the utilities and industrial sectors in various areas including issues related to compliance, enforcement and permitting.  She is the editor of the Dinsmore Air Quality Letter and frequently writes and speaks on environmental issues in Kentucky.

Mary S. Walker, Administrator for Southeast Region, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -INVITED-
Mary Walker is the the Administrator for EPA’s Southeast Region (Region 4).  In this capacity, she leads EPA's efforts to protect human health and the environment in the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as six federally-recognized tribes.  Mary previously served as the Deputy Regional Administrator and Water Division Director in the Region 4 office. In these roles, she worked cooperatively with states to improve coordination and the timeliness of EPA actions, actions she will continue as Regional Administrator. Prior to her work at EPA, Mary served as the Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), where she oversaw policy development and rulemaking for all media, permitting and compliance programs, and for general agency operations. Mary earned an undergraduate degree from Tulane University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Mary is an Alabama native and currently lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children.


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