Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference - Speakers

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 compliance and permitting under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.   She regularly counsels clients on hazardous and solid waste compliance issues and with the purchase and sale of contaminated properties across the United States.   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.

John Colebrook, Manager, Consulting Services, Trinity Consultants
John Colebrook is the Manager of Consulting Services for Trinity Consultants’ Northern Kentucky office. He provides a wide array of support and solutions to clients including greenfield facility siting support, state and federal air quality permitting, NSPS and MACT compliance assistance, emission inventory development, and dispersion modeling.

Rebecca Goodman, Secretary of Energy and Environment, 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.

Timothy J. Hagerty, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Tim Hagerty is a partner in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Frost Brown Todd LLC, where he concentrates his practice in environmental, natural resources, and land use law.  He has over twenty-seven years of experience counseling clients concerning the requirements of the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and other major federal and state environmental and resource review requirements.  He spends much of his time assisting clients in the electric utility and mineral extraction industries, including coal mining and oil and gas exploration. Hagerty also has extensive experience in metals manufacturing and heavy industry and in the transportation sector. Hagerty’s practice includes regulatory counseling, permit and enforcement defense litigation, and transactional support.  Hagerty is a graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of Louisville.

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.

Tammi Hudson, Director, Division of Waste Management, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Tammi Hudson is the Director of the Division of Waste Management. She previously served as a consultant for the Division of Water, and for the past 12 years Tammi has held multiple engineering positions within the Energy and Environment Cabinet. Her experience also includes 10 years as project manager for compliance, permitting, and sustainability at a manufacturing company; and 6 years at a consulting firm. Tammi works closely with regulated entities to find solutions for complex issues and emerging environmental concerns. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Tammi lives in Frankfort with her husband, and has two children who are studying at the University of Kentucky.

Scott Kirkpatrick, Technical Director, ALL4 LLC
Scott Kirkpatrick has a diverse background with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of environmental health and safety. Following a ten-year career providing air quality consulting to clients across the upper mid-west he moved through various EHS and management positions in the paper industry. He has recently joined All4 and will be collaborating with clients to proactively manage through today’s complex regulatory environment.

Philip Imber, Manager Environmental Air Section, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Philip Imber spent the first five years of his career in the chemical process industry as a chemical engineer. In 2001, he transitioned into the electric utility sector, joining LG&E and KU. Currently, Philip is Director of Environmental and Federal Regulatory Compliance – directing a thirty-person team responsible for the company’s strategy and compliance to air, water, waste, and critical infrastructure protection programs. Philip received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree of business from Bellarmine University.

Carey Johnson, Director, Kentucky Division of Water
Carey Johnson is Director of the Division of Water within the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection in the Energy and Environment Cabinet.  Originally hailing from Boone County in northern Kentucky, he received a BS and MS in Soil Science from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.  For the past 19 years, he has led Division efforts to meet Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Act goals, manage and enhance resilience to natural hazards, and in  developing and utilizing digital tools.  He serves as the state lead for Kentucky Silver Jackets collaborative efforts with the US Army Corps of Engineers and is a current member of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC); a federal advisory committee established to review and make recommendations to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on matters related to the national flood mapping program.  He represents the Division as an Ohio River Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) Commissioner proxy, as a steering committee member of the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) and on the Kentucky State Hazard Mitigation Council.  Since June 2020, Carey has served as chairperson of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) – a scientific and educational nonprofit organization with over 7000 members dedicated to reducing flood losses across the nation.

Michael Kennedy, PE, Director, Kentucky Division of Air Quality
Michael Kennedy is the Director for Kentucky’s Division for Air Quality. He has been with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet since 2009. He started his EEC career with DAQ in source sampling then moved to Permit Review Branch. Michael also had a stretch as Assistant Director for Kentucky’s Office of Energy Policy.   Prior to working for EEC, he worked in the private sector as an engineer for a small but diverse manufacturing company located in his hometown of Manchester, Kentucky.  He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-systems and Agricultural Engineering. He holds a PE in environmental engineering.  He lives in Lexington with his wife, Heather, three daughters, and a son.

Clay Larkin, Partner, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP
Clay is a partner in the Lexington office. Recognized in the fields of Environmental and Energy & Natural Resources Law by Chambers and Super Lawyers magazine, Clay has devoted a significant amount of his practice to representation of energy clients in the coal, oil and gas and electricity generation industries. Clay also regularly represents clients in environmental litigation and compliance counseling matters under SMCRA, the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes, and also has experience in general litigation and transactional matters in the energy and natural resources field.

Amanda Lefevre, Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Amanda LeFevre serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Department for Environmental Protection. She previously served as the Director of the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA). Amanda specialized in enhancing the educational offerings in DCA and its programs which include compliance assistance, brownfields 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 the Vice-Chair of the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee. Amanda 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.

Brian Otten, Senior Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Mr. Otten has over eight years of experience in environmental consulting. He actively supports a wide array of industries including power production, plastics manufacturing, non-metallic minerals, and municipal waste landfills. The work Mr. Otten has conducted providing environmental consulting services has included work in preparation of Title V operating permits, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) applications, and complex air dispersion modeling analyses using the AERMOD, BLP, CAL3QHC, CALINE3, DEGADIS, SCREEN3, and VISCREEN modeling programs. His work has also included evaluation and quantification of process emissions, regulatory analyses, and preparation of Best Available Control Technology (BACT) analyses. With an in-depth understanding of air regulations and air permitting processes, he helps industrial clients develop and execute strategies for addressing environmental permitting and reporting requirements.

Sarah Payne-Jarboe, Partner, English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP
Sarah Jarboe practices environmental law at English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP.  Her practice includes environmental permitting, regulatory interpretation, litigation, and negotiations. She has advised clients on various environmental matters, including the Clean Water Act sections 402 and 404, and has participated in permitting and enforcement negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. Sarah, along with ELPO attorneys LaJuana Wilcher and Joye Beth Spinks, was recently published in the American Bar Association’s Fifth Edition of Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions: Acquisition, Development, and Liability Management. The ELPO environmental attorneys wrote Chapter 22: Wetlands Considerations in Real Estate Transactions, which provides an overview of the legal implications of the presence of wetlands on a property.

Mark Pendley, CIH, QEP, CSP, CHMM, Environmental, Safety and Security Team Leader, Logan Aluminum
Mark Pendley is an Environmental, Safety and Security Team Leader with Logan Aluminum, Inc. Logan Aluminum is a leading manufacturer of flat rolled aluminum sheet, providing rolled aluminum sheet to the food packaging industry, automotive industry, and building construction materials industry.  Mark has over 24 years EHS experience in global management consulting, heavy industry, manufacturing, power sector, academia, federal and state government. In his current role with Logan Aluminum, Mr. Pendley provides strategic leadership for environmental performance assurance, and other ESG performance qualification and certification strategies. He has also served with US Navy in its Naval Expeditionary Combat Command.

Maren Seibold, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants
After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in chemical engineering, Ms. Seibold began her career at Trinity Consultants. For the past 17 years, she has conducted multimedia compliance audits, prepared regulatory reviews and permit applications, developed emission inventories, designed and implemented compliance plans, and assisted facilities with greenhouse gas (GHG) and refrigerant management. She has worked in a variety of industries including the distilled beverages, chemical, pharmaceutical, secondary aluminum, petroleum refining, oil and natural gas, electric utility, wood products, food processing, and semiconductor sectors. Ms. Seibold also serves as an instructor for several courses offered by Trinity.

Kate Shanks, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Kate Shanks is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Kentucky Chamber. She has been with the Chamber for more than five 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.

Joye Beth Spinks, Associate, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP
Joye Beth Spinks is an environmental law Associate at English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Joye Beth helps corporate clients in various industries including water treatment, agriculture, aluminum processing, scrap metal recycling, and food processing. Joye Beth advises clients on a variety of environmental matters, including Clean Water Act permitting, compliance, and enforcement issues. Joye Beth taught high school environmental science for four years prior to becoming an attorney.

Bradley Strait, Attorney, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP
Bradley is an associate in the Firm’s Environment and Natural Resources practice. More specifically, his practice consists of aiding clients in a variety of environmental law related issues including permitting and regulatory compliance matters under federal, state and local laws, as well as transactional due diligence. Prior to joining the Firm, Bradley was an attorney at a Lexington law firm where his practice focused primarily on general civil litigation.

Todd Svoboda, Senior Engineer, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc.
Todd Svoboda is currently working as a Senior Engineer at East Kentucky Power Cooperative in Winchester KY.  Todd went to school at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky, receiving his degree in Chemical Engineering.  Todd currently manages EKPC’s generating facilities KPDES Water Permits, BMP plans, water and wastewater projects, Effluent Limitation Guidelines, project management, and more.  Todd leads and coordinates projects with engineering and construction, legal, Kentucky Division of Water, plant managers, and consultants.  Prior to working at EKPC, Todd worked at Lexmark International almost 19 years in various roles.  He served in management, operations, environmental, product engineering, research and development, consulting, and sales. 

Julie Taccino, Managing Consultant, Digital Solutions, ALL4, Inc.
Ms. Julie Taccino is a professional engineer with over 10 years of total experience in digital solutions and air compliance and permitting. She has supported clients in the public utilities, chemical, and oil and gas industries with MIS configuration, business analysis, and project management. Ms. Taccino has assisted clients in EMIS implementations with client training, testing support, legacy data mapping and cleansing, and creating content for environmental compliance and emission calculations. With a degree in Chemical Engineering and experience in air emission calculations, air compliance and digital solutions, Ms. Taccino has an understanding of the challenges and best practices associated with implementing and maintaining digital solutions for environmental compliance.

Robin Thomerson, Partner, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP
Robin is a partner in the Lexington office where she focuses her practice on environmental law issues that arise regarding permitting and compliance with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Robin has represented various entities, including utilities and manufacturing companies, in maintaining compliance with environmental laws. In a complex and ever-evolving regulatory environment, she is up to date on all current permitting issues and requirements.  She is experienced in working with state and local environmental permitting agencies. Robin’s experience with regulatory agencies gives her a unique perspective as she works with clients to address their needs. She served as an attorney with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, where she represented the Kentucky Divisions of Waste and Water, and she served as the lead attorney for the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, where she handled compliance, permitting and programmatic matters.

Karen Thompson, Senior Technical Manager, ALL4, Inc.
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.


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