Kentucky Environmental Conference - Speakers


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).

Melissa Duff, Director, Division for Air Quality
Melissa joined the Division for Air Quality in 2002.  The Division is comprised of 166 full-time employees divided into 4 technical branches and 20 specialized sections and is responsible for carrying out the Clean Air Act requirements on behalf of the Commonwealth.  During her time with the Division, she has worked as an engineering assistant in the Emissions Inventory Section, Emissions Inventory Section Supervisor, internal policy analyst within the Program Planning and Administration Branch, Program Planning and Administration Branch Manager, and currently serves the Division as the Director.  Prior to joining the Division, Melissa spent 10 years working in the manufacturing industry.  She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, and resides in Frankfort with her husband and two children.

Blaine Early, Ph.D., J.D., Attorney, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Blaine Early has practiced environmental law at Stites & Harbison, PLLC,  for over 20 years.  His work with industry includes advice on compliance, permitting, transactions, response to enforcement actions, participation in regulatory development, and related administrative and civil litigation.  In addition to the environmental statutory programs, he advises on sustainability and energy matters.  He is the current Chair of the Kentucky Chamber’s Energy & Environment Council and Chair of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Environmental Commission.  He is former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Water Quality and Wetlands Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy & Resources and is a past chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Environmental Section.  Before law, Blaine was a professor of biology and chair of the biology department at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  He earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Louisville, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky.

Penn Edward, Operations Manager, Fire Industrial Response Safety Training
Mr. Edward is the operations manager for Fire Industrial Response Safety Training, a consulting and safety company specializing in emergency response training and providing staffed emergency response teams.  He has a BS in Fire Arson and Explosives Investigation from Eastern Kentucky University and has been working in emergency services delivery for 15 years.  He served as an adjunct faculty at Lansing Community College (MI) and for several years was the head of a 14 county state funded hazardous materials response team.  He is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician and Nationally Registered Paramedic.  He continues to deliver emergency response and hazardous materials training throughout the country to public, private and healthcare agencies.

Anita Evenson, Senior Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Anita serves as a senior consultant in Trinity’s Covington/Greater Cincinnati office as an experienced air permitting and compliance expert with more than 15 years of high-level performance in the environmental consulting and engineering fields. This includes project management and technical experience in air quality permitting, emission inventories, regulatory compliance support, multi-media environmental assessments, and complex permitting compliance efforts surrounding CAM plans, several MACTs, Title V renewals, synthetic minor permits (including NSR and PSD analysis), and other engineering projects. Routinely assists clients in complying with complex environmental regulations. Develops air emission inventories for plastics, resins, coating, steel mills, automotive, food and flavoring clients that involves site evaluations, process analysis, extensive records review, and detailed calculations of potential and actual emissions.  Anita is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a B.S. 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.

Rebecca Goodman, Secretary, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Rebecca Goodman was appointed as the state’s top environmental officer in December 2019 by Governor Andy Beshear.  Secretary Goodman has spent more than four decades in service to the Commonwealth.  She most recently advocated on behalf of Kentucky utility ratepayers as the executive director of the Office of Rate Intervention within the Office of the Attorney General.  Through her work on both state and federal cases, Secretary Goodman regularly dealt with social and environmental justice issues that frequently involved low income, disadvantaged and residential customer needs. She has served as general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Electric Generation and Transmission Siting Board. Secretary Goodman also has served as the executive director of the Office of Legal Services at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet after beginning her career as a staff attorney for the Kentucky Public Service Commission.  Secretary Goodman earned her Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Kentucky State University.

Tony Hatton, Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Mr. Hatton is Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. Mr. Hatton has held a variety of positions in the public and private sector, including key positions overseeing environmental cleanups at Superfund, Department of Defense and Department of Energy sites. He holds a Master of Science in geology from Eastern Kentucky University.

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.

Derek Howard, Environmental Scientist, Smith Management Group
Derek Howard has been an Environmental Scientist with Smith Management Group since December 2017.  Prior to that, he was an Environmental Engineer at SRG Global in Morehead, KY.  He has experience in air, water, wastewater, and hazardous waste compliance at manufacturing facilities.  He has also been involved in groundwater remediation activities at multiple sites.

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.

Amanda LeFevre, Director, Division of Compliance Assistance, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Amanda LeFevre has been with the Division of Compliance Assistance and the Department for Environmental Protection since 2006. She served in the Environmental Assistance Branch in the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program and as Assistant Director for the division before becoming Director in 2018. Amanda specialized in enhancing the educational offerings of the division and its programs which include brownfields, compliance assistance, operator certification and the state’s environmental leadership program, KY EXCEL. She serves as the Chair of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials’ (ASTSWMO) Brownfield Focus Group and Vice-Chair of the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Brescia University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. Amanda is a Kentucky native originally from Falls of Rough, Ky. She resides in Lexington with her husband, John.

John Maybriar, Director, Division of Waste Management
In 1987, after graduating with an Environmental Science Degree from Morehead State University, Jon began working for the Kentucky Division of Waste Management Uncontrolled Site Section.  In 1988 he became a USEPA Technical Assistance Team contractor conducting emergency response and CERCLA investigations and removals throughout Region IV.  Jon returned to the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and for 13 years was project manager for the oversight program responsible for remediating the US Department of Energy’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.  He has served as the Branch Manager of Field Operations for DWM for 8 years.  During this tenure his Branch was responsible for inspecting Kentucky’s 3,800 gas stations, 875 permitted solid waste facilities and 2,700 RCRA facilities.  Jon became the Assistant Director for DWM in 2015 serving under the Director Tony Hatton.  In October 2016, he was appointed Director of the Division of Waste Management.

Liz Natter, Executive Director/General Counsel, Office of Legal Services, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Elizabeth Ungar Natter is General Counsel for the Energy and Environment Cabinet. She earned her  J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the Department for Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins. She has experience working in private law firms, nonprofits, and state government, including previous service at the Office of General Counsel for the agency when it was the NREPC. For the last 15 years of her nearly 35-year legal career, Liz worked in Consumer Protection in the Attorney General’s office, including representing the Commonwealth in investigating and litigating cases against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.

Vince Pinnick, Enviromental Engineer, Reynolds Consumer Products
Vince Pinnick is the Environmental Engineer at the Reynolds Consumer Products – Louisville Foil Plant in Louisville, KY.  He has held similar roles at SABIC in Mt. Vernon, IN and American Synthetic Rubber Company, a Division of Michelin in Louisville, KY.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville, and 15 years of Environmental compliance related work experience within the chemical industry.  During this time he has helped to coordinate over 20 stack testing events.

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.

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.

Joye Beth Spinks, Associate, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
Joye Beth Spinks worked as a high school environmental science and biology teacher in Ohio County for four years prior to attending Boston University School of Law. During law school, she interned for the Chairperson of the Joint Committee for the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture of the Massachusetts General Court (legislature) as part of BU Law’s Legislative Policy and Drafting Clinic.  She returned to her hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky following graduation to practice environmental law and civil litigation.  At ELPO, Joye Beth has worked on several permitting and enforcement matters related to the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

Larry Taylor, Environmental Scientist Consultant Sr., Office of the Commissioner, Department for Environmental Protection
Larry Taylor is the Senior Environmental Scientist Consultant for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Commissioner’s Office and serves as the science and policy advisor to the Commissioner and the Department on high profile, multimedia or cross-program projects that often involve multiple divisions. His education is from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Biology and a Master of Science in Biology with emphasis in toxicology and ecology and has worked for DEP since 1994.  He served as a human health and ecological risk assessor until joining the Commissioner’s Office. In his present role at DEP, Larry serves as Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) coordinator, Environmental Justice coordinator, Quality Assurance Manager, legislative liaison, works on public health outreach, and has represented the department or cabinet on various committees, task forces, and work groups to advance environmental protection in the Commonwealth.  He also serves on the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center Board of Directors.

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.

Karen Thompson, CHMM, PG, Manager of Environmental Services, Smith Management Group
As a 20 +-year veteran in the environmental industry, Karen Thompson works as a geologist specializing in hydrogeology.  She began her career working on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Remediation as an employee for the State and University of Kentucky.  Since completion of her Master’s degree in Geology at UK in 2002, Karen has worked in the private sector.  Karen is a registered professional geologist in Kentucky and Indiana, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and a member of AIPG and the National Groundwater Association.   She currently serves as a member of the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board. Karen’s projects include remediation of chlorinated solvents and hydrocarbons at various sites across Kentucky.    She currently works for SMG, where she helped completed the first risk-based USTB closure and the first 415 Program application.  Karen also works on water resources projects, risk-based closures, compliance, auditing and redevelopment of brownfield properties.

Mary S. Walker, Administrator for Southeast Region, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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.

LaJuana Wilcher, Partner, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
LaJuana Wilcher was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Assistant Administrator for Water at EPA in Washington, DC. in 1989. Following her federal government service she was an environmental partner in two multinational law firms in DC for almost a decade before returning to her hometown of Bowling Green. She was Secretary of Kentucky’s Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (2003-2006). She uses insights obtained in government and private practice to help clients develop strategies to comply with environmental laws and regulations in permitting and enforcement matters. She owns and operates Scuffle Hill Farm in Alvaton.

 

 

 

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