Environmental Permitting and Reporting 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.

Ben Dressman, Sales Representative, Alpha Analytical
With over 30 years of experience servicing clients in the Midwest, Ben’s background includes working with environmental consultants, to provide analytical support for a broad spectrum of project applications, to supporting commercial environmental laboratories and government agencies offering various instrumentation and capital equipment solutions. Today Ben supports clients in Kentucky and vicinity. His role includes working with the environmental consultants and the lab to coordinate all aspects of your project from the initial project setup with the Alpha Project Managers, to developing the initial quote, to managing the logistics of getting your samples to the laboratory in a timely manner.

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.

Jarod Gregory, Senior Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Jarod Gregory is a Consultant in Trinity Consultants’ Northern Kentucky office. He provides a wide array of support and solutions to both Kentucky and Ohio clients including state and federal air quality permitting, NSPS and MACT compliance assistance, emission inventory development, odor nuisance compliance and mitigation, and chemical inventory reporting. He focuses primarily on air quality support for the chemical manufacturing and refining industries. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Elisabeth Martin, Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Elisabeth Martin is a Consultant in Trinity’s Covington, Kentucky office. She assists clients with local, state, and federal air quality permitting, as well emissions quantification and reporting. Ms. Martin has experience serving a variety of industries, such as secondary aluminum, utilities, petroleum refining, food/beverage, telecommunications, and bulk terminals.  Ms. Martin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been a consultant at Trinity since 2017.

Jim Occhialini, Vice President, Alpha Analytical  
Jim has over 40 years environmental analytical and consulting experience working on a wide range of project applications including site characterization/investigation and remediation, ecological and huan healthrisk assessmen; fied analytical screening; analytical method development and dat validation.  Provides PFAS technical assistance and troubleshooting associated with the research and method development required for the incorporation of new compounds, new environmental media and new regulatory criteria.  Has designed multiple PFAS studies in conjunction with 3rd parties in the areas of product cross-contamination.  Provides extensive project-level technical support in the areas of data interpretation and usability; sampling and analytical method selection; and quality assurance / quality control.

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.

George Schewe, CCM, QEP, Principail Meteorologist, Trinity Consultants
Mr. Schewe is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist as well as a Qualified Environmental Professional who has 44 years of dispersion modeling and air quality management experience throughout the U.S. and prominently in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.  He has prepared permit applications, interfaced with state agencies, prepared overall air quality impact assessments as well as regulatory review requirements, prepared additional impacts analyses, and modeled both criteria and toxic chemical releases to assess potential air impacts.  He has contributed to a wide variety of environmental assessment studies including Prevention of Significant Deterioration, non-attainment area net emission modeling, state and federal air toxics analyses and risk assessments, and State Implementation Plan (SIP) preparation.  He has conducted numerous workshops, seminars, and technical classes over the past 25 years for the U.S. EPA - Air Pollution Training Institute, Trinity’s annual course offerings, CenSARA, MARAMA, WESTAR, Ohio EPA, and other regional air agencies.

Philip Schworer, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd
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.

Anna Skinner, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Anna Claire is an attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl.  She 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.

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.






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