Conference Speaker Biographies

Josh Ahmann, Parametrix, 503-416-6861

Mr. Ahmann is a Planner and GIS Analyst with Parametrix in Portland, Oregon, where he supports a range of planning projects with custom GIS solutions for data collection, analysis, reporting and public involvement. Currently, Josh is working on GIS-based public involvement tools for the Salmonberry Trail Brownfields Assessment Project in Tillamook County. Prior to working professionally, Josh received a B.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Away from work, Josh enjoys spending time rock hounding with his wife and two young children.

 

David Anderson, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 541-633-2012

Mr. Anderson has more than 26 years of experience as an environmental consultant and regulator. He is in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Bend office and is currently DEQ's Eastern Region Manager for the Cleanup, Emergency Response, and Hydrogeology Programs.

 

David Ashton, Port of Portland, 503-313-5431

Mr. Ashton is the Assistant General Counsel at the Port of Portland. David specializes in environmental, natural resources and land use issues related to Port aviation, marine and development properties, with a focus on those issues as they arise in real estate and business transactions. He has worked on industrial and commercial brownfields redevelopment projects for 25 years and is in recovery from working as an environmental lawyer on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. David holds a LL.B (with honors) University of Exeter, UK and a JD (magna cum laude) from the University of Miami School of Law.

 

Donna Barnes, Ochoco Lumber Company, 541-447-6296

Since 1978, Ms. Barnes has served in a variety of capacities at Ochoco Lumber Company; starting as a secretary, working her way into sales, human resources, financial accounting. Most recently, the company's real estate management and redevelopment needs have required her to team up with environmental specialists and DEQ to efficiently dispose of the hazardous waste generated during the dismantling of the sawmill buildings and equipment. Subsequently, she managed the successful completion of the DEQ voluntary cleanup program, and on-going development process to transition Ochoco Lumber's 76-acre brownfields site into Prineville's first commercial mixed use development.

 

Gary Barth, Clackamas County, 503-754-2050

Mr. Barth has a diverse portfolio of responsibilities that includes economic development, parks, libraries and other related activities. Gary joined Clackamas County in 2006 after a lengthy career in the financial services industry encompassing a broad and varied background in operations, finance, product management, business development and marketing. He is the former Chair of the Portland-Vancouver Regional Partners Council for Economic Development and currently serves on the board of the Clackamas County Business Alliance. Gary received his undergraduate degree from Portland State University and an MBA from the University of Portland.

 

Charlie Bartsch, U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency

Mr. Bartsch is Senior Advisor for Economic Development to EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, charged with promoting inter-agency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. Among his other duties at EPA, he works closely with the EPA-DOT-HUD Partnership for Sustainable Communities, advises the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization on area-wide planning and auto communities revitalization financing strategies, and is taking a leading role in developing the agency's EJ2014 strategy, addressing equitable development concerns in environmental justice communities. He also has been an EPA point person on the White House "Strong Cities/Strong Communities" recovery initiative, and on the Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability Initiative with Brazil. Prior to his service at EPA, he was chair of the National Brownfield Association's Advisory Board, chair of GroundworksUSA, and on the editorial board for the Bureau of National Affairs. In 2001, he received the International Economic Development Council's Chairman's Award for Outstanding Service for ten years of work on brownfields policies and legislation.

 

Jenn Bildersee, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, 503-823-7764

Ms. Bildersee coordinates the city of Portland Brownfield Program, working with public and private partners to bring formerly contaminated properties back into active use. Her work at the city of Portland since 2007 has involved managing environmental assessment and/or cleanup of more than 40 properties, securing and administering federal brownfield grants, participating in national guidance making efforts on urban agriculture, and working on a statewide coalition to develop legislation for brownfields cleanup tools. Her education includes a Master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor's degree in biology from Columbia University.

 

Carson Bowler, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC, 503-796-2078

Mr. Bowler has been a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt going on 18 years. His practice includes advising clients on environmental liabilities and options for dealing with contaminated properties and adjacent waterways, including insurance recovery. Carson also litigates environmental cases, if and when the other site is completely unreasonable.

 

Chris Breemer, Cascadia Associates, LLC, 503-906-6577 x101

Mr. Breemer is a Principal Geologist and a founder of Cascadia Associates, LLC. His practice focuses on environmental assessment, remediation, and legal support for a range of state/municipal, industrial, and commercial clients. Chris recently managed an US EPA Community-wide Assessment Grant on behalf of Deschutes County, an area-wide planning effort in the city of Redmond, Oregon, and a redevelopment assessment for the Bend Demolition Landfill.

 

Mary Camarata, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 541-687-7435

Ms. Camarata is the Brownfields Coordinator for DEQ's Western Region (Yamhill, Marion, Polk, Lincoln, Linn, Benton, Lane, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties). She has been a Brownfields Coordinator for 10 years with DEQ. Mary has worked on the following redevelopment projects: city parks, food banks, health center, libraries, city halls, community centers, port facilities, and recreational facilities. She loves being a part of helping communities get their dream projects constructed.

 

Cheyenne Chapman, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-229-6461

Ms. Chapman works at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality as the Operations Division Legal Policy Analyst. Cheyenne serves as the statewide coordinator for the Prospective Purchaser Agreement Program, and provides legal policy advice to the Emergency Response and Cleanup Program. She has worked as a land use planner and municipal attorney, and also has experience in the non-profit sector, most recently doing research and advocacy on pollution prevention, toxics reduction, and sustainability. Cheyenne has a bachelor's degree in environmental Design from the University of Colorado; a law degree (JD) from the University of Oregon; and an advanced law degree (LLM) in Environment and Natural Resources from the Lewis and Clark School of Law.

 

Kari Christensen, Oregon Health Authority, 971-673-1211

Ms. Christensen has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of health care, health promotion, environmental health, community and stakeholder engagement, public policy, and land use. Kari currently leads the Oregon Health Authority's Brownfield and Land Reuse Initiative.

 

Ignacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), 415-398-1080 x107

Mr. Dayrit is the Director of Programs at CCLR, a nonprofit that assists communities with infill and brownfields reuse. Ignacio coordinates CCLR's technical assistance program and is a redevelopment expert having spent 20 years with the city of Emeryville's Redevelopment Agency, where he was responsible for the city's Brownfield Program. He has more than 30 years of experience in public sector development including: fiscal and financial analysis, public debt financing, feasibility analyses, community outreach, grants, and urban design.

 

Tony DeFalco, Verde, 503-889-0087

Mr. DeFalco is the Living Cully Eco-district Coordinator at Verde, coordinating the nation's first equity driven Eco-District designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. Tony's expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 15 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy.

 

Leonard Farr, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., 971-230-5304

Mr. Farr is a senior associate with Stantec. He has worked as an environmental consultant in Portland, Oregon, for 26 years. Len regularly assists clients with complex regulatory issues, with particular emphasis in the areas of environmental due diligence, brownfield redevelopment, remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS), and cleanups of contaminated land. He also assists local government clients in preparing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfields grant applications to aid in addressing blight in their communities. Two brownfields projects managed by Mr. Farr have received national awards for excellence in brownfields redevelopment.

 

Julie Garver, Innovative Housing, Inc.,
503-226-4368 ext. 3

As Housing Development Director, Ms. Garver takes the lead on all aspects of affordable apartment project development for Innovative Housing, Inc., (IHI). Julie joined IHI in 2005. She is LEED Certified and has more than 20 years of project management experience with focus areas in rehabilitation of aging buildings, Green Building, and brownfields site redevelopment. Julie coordinates projects from inception to lease up, including the development of budgets, writing funding applications, working with lenders, meeting with neighbors and jurisdictions, hiring consultants and contractors, and managing the project work. She has managed both new construction and rehab projects ranging in cost from $50,000 to $15 million.

 

Bruce Gilles, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-229-6391

Mr. Gilles has 30 years of experience as a project manager and program manager in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Cleanup Program. He previously served as Project Manager and Cleanup Manager in the DEQ Northwest Region, and currently serves as the Statewide Cleanup Program Manager at DEQ Headquarters. Bruce manages several program areas in his current role including rulemaking, policy and guidance development, cost recovery operations, the Orphan Site Program, the Dry Cleaner Program and Emergency Response.

 

Annie Gorski, City of Salem, 503-540-2480

Ms. Gorski serves as the city of Salem's Economic Development Manager, overseeing activities in six of the city's urban renewal areas, managing business retention and recruitment efforts, and coordinating other economic development initiatives. Since 2014, she has directed Salem's Site Reuse and Revitalization Program utilizing $400,000 in U.S. EPA Community-wide Brownfields Assessment grant funding. Annie has served in various roles at the city since 2007, managing development projects, community outreach, grant writing, and corridor and area-wide planning. She has also worked in the private and non-profit sectors, managing brownfields redevelopment and community development projects in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Missouri. Annie has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Community Development and Planning from Clark University.

 

Brian Harper, Metro, 503-797-1833

Mr. Harper is a Senior Regional Planner with Metro, the regional government that covers 25 cities and three counties in the Portland region. Brian's work focuses on addressing statewide brownfields policy issues as well as identifying funding to assess and remediate brownfields sites throughout the Metro region. He also works on large-scale investment projects, such as the SW Corridor Plan, as part of Metro's Investment Areas group. Prior to joining Metro in 2008, Brian managed a Downtown Revitalization program for the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

 

Mary Hashem, RE | Solutions, LLC,
303-945-3018

Ms. Hashem co-founder of RE|Solutions, LLC, a woman-owned real estate advisory and development company specializing in environmentally-distressed properties. She is a nationally-recognized leader in Brownfield acquisition and development, with more than three decades of experience in environmental risk management and real estate transactions. For the last 15 years, her career has focused solely on the acquisition, cleanup and redevelopment of commercial and industrial Brownfield properties. Mary is a graduate of MIT, a member of the ASTM E50 Standards Committee, and serves on EPA's National Brownfield Conference Advisory Panel, as well as several state Brownfield stakeholder groups.

 

Kelly Haverkate, Dayton Community Development Association, 971-241-2076

Ms. Haverkate serves as the Program Manager for the Dayton Community Development Association. She has volunteered in this capacity for 6 years. A background with Dayton Planning Commission, City Council and Historic Landmarks Committee has served as a great foundation for the work that Kelly and a dedicated team of volunteers are doing in their community. Kelly feels that the key to having successes in their downtown revitalization has been the teamwork and collaboration between Downtown Dayton, the city, the business owners and the community. In her spare time, Kelly has a tax business and flies hot air balloons.

 

David Hearns, Durham & Bates Insurance, 503-224-5170

Mr. Hearns leads the Environmental & Large Property insurance and risk management practices at Durham & Bates Insurance. Dave focuses on programs to facilitate risk transfer opportunities for complex and challenging environmental and real estate exposures. He specializes in: master site environmental policies; contractor's pollution liability policies; and solutions for distressed property in purchase and sale transactions. Dave provides resources in loss control, risk mitigation, insurance program development, claims management and client education. Dave has spent more than 16 years in the insurance and risk management industry after graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Business Administration.

 

Matt Hoffman, Multnomah County Health Department, 503-988-7848

Mr. Hoffman works for the Environmental Health Services section of the Multnomah County Health Department in community-based brownfields redevelopment. Matt works to promote health, equity and inclusion of underserved populations in the process of potential site selection, cleanup and redevelopment. His goal is to develop tools that empower the community to explore brownfields opportunities in their neighborhood and provide technical support and guidance where needed, and to foster connections to public agencies and funding opportunities.

 

Karen Homolac, Business Oregon,
971-239-9951

Ms. Homolac manages the Oregon Brownfields Redevelopment Fund and the U.S. EPA funded Oregon Coalition Brownfields Cleanup Fund. Prior to joining Business Oregon in 2002, she worked with the California Trade and Commerce Agency's Sacramento Regional Office, where she was responsible for providing community development assistance to cities within a 37-county region. From 1989 to 1994, Karen served as an international trade economist with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. There she worked on the 1989 U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement; the North American Free Trade Agreement; and provided extensive economic analytical and policy recommendation support on a number of unfair trade disputes between the United States and Canada.

 

Shawn Irvine, City of Independence,
503-837-1191

Mr. Irvine has worked for the city of Independence for ten years filling a variety of community and economic development roles. He is a board member of the Independence Downtown Association and has worked extensively as the liaison between that organization and the city. Together they have accomplished a wide variety of infrastructure and beautification projects downtown, filling storefronts and helping revive Independence's historic downtown. In addition to his role as the primary point of contact for businesses looking to grow or relocate in Independence, Shawn led the city's 2009 Vision 2020 action plan project and has coordinated several workforce development and entrepreneurship programs for the city. Shawn also is the staff person for the city's Historic Preservation Commission.

 

Tiffany Johnson, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality,
503-229-6258

Ms. Johnson recently joined the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality as the Cleanup Program Policy Analyst. She enthusiastically works with technical staff and stakeholders to develop effective cleanup policies and guidance. Tiffany also serves as the state Point of Contact for the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council. She has eight years of experience working with government agencies and developers on environmental compliance matters. Prior to joining DEQ, she served as a lead brownfields policy planner and rule writer for the Washington Department of Ecology. Tiffany is a licensed attorney in Oregon. She holds a Juris Doctor and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from Lewis & Clark College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.

 

Ben Kaiser, Kaiser Group, 503-234-4718

Mr. Kaiser is owner and principal of Kaiser Group, Inc. and PATH Architecture, Inc. Ben is originally from the Midwest, where he began his career in architecture and construction as a carpenter's assistant in Cleveland, Ohio. He went on to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and his B.F.A. Alongside his studies, he continued on in the construction trades as well. He became a registered architect in 1992 and moved to Portland a year later. Kaiser Group was founded in 2000 in Portland, with a focus on commercial and residential renovation and new construction. PATH followed in 2005, committed to offering the highest level of conceptual design and to creating timeless modern works of lasting value. Both PATH and Kaiser Group have received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects and governmental entities for projects completed. Both firms stress the importance of sustainability in design and construction. Ben currently sits on the Portland Design Commission, which is tasked with overseeing the myriad of zoning, design, and planning issues within the city of Portland.

 

John Kuiper, Amec Foster Wheeler, Inc.
503-639-3400

Mr. Kuiper is a principal geologist at Amec Foster Wheeler who has been performing environmental assessments and site cleanups for 27 years. Over this time, he has worked on more than 500 projects, including sites throughout the northwest, nationally, and abroad. An Oregon native, he received his BS and MS in geology from Oregon State University in 1984 and 1988. Much of his work over the years has been focused on helping manage the risks associated with acquiring contaminated properties, and on cleaning up contaminated sites using various remedial technologies.

 

Heather Kuoppamaki, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-229-5125

Ms. Kuoppamaki is an environmental engineer in the Materials Management program at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Since joining DEQ in June of 2015, Heather has been involved in oversight of the Solid Waste Orphan Site Account Program and permitting and compliance of various solid waste facilities in the Northwest Region of Oregon. Before joining DEQ, Heather spent almost 10 years as an environmental consultant assisting solid waste facilities and remediation site owners with their design and compliance needs.

 

James Lewis, Deschutes County, 541-385-1414

As the Property Manager for Deschutes County, Mr. Lewis is responsible for the physical oversight of County property, as well as, administration, purchase/sale, leasing, land use entitlements, development and public auctions. James routinely coordinates with other jurisdictions (cities, special districts and public agencies) as necessary for property oversight. His past 23 years of professional experience in Central Oregon includes: City of Bend Community Development Director/Planning Manager; City of Redmond Planning Manager; Owner/Principal of Forterra LLC, a private development consulting firm; Development Director for DesertScape LLC, a private development company; and as Associate Planner with the Deschutes County Planning Department.

 

Doug MacCourt, U.S. Department of Energy, 202-586-7866

Mr. MacCourt advises the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy's director and staff and works throughout U.S. DOE and with other federal and state agencies on policy, legislative, and funding issues that are critical to the Office's mission of developing and deploying clean energy and related economic development projects in Indian Country. Doug has more than 25 years of experience working with tribes, Alaska Native corporations, and tribal business enterprises on all aspects of energy development and natural resources matters. Prior to joining US DOE, he was a Partner in the Portland office of Ater Wynne, where he led the Land Use and Redevelopment Practice in the firm's Business Group. Prior to that, Doug created and managed the city of Portland Brownfields Redevelopment Program where he successfully negotiated and implemented redevelopment of residential, commercial, mixed use, industrial and transportation projects through the Metro area.

 

Anne Medenbach, Port of Hood River,
541-386-1645

Ms. Medenbach is the Development & Property Manager for the Port of Hood River. Anne is a native Oregonian and an OSU Forestry graduate. After three years as an Environmental Planner in Honolulu, she moved to Bend and became the Executive Director of the Bend Downtowners Association. Anne then transitioned into Commercial Real Estate brokerage, management and construction. After a children and travel filled hiatus, she moved to the Columbia Gorge with her family and trained as a commercial appraiser in The Dalles. She began with the Port in January of 2014 and enjoys the challenging and very diverse work.

 

Seth Otto, Maul Foster & Alongi, 503-501-5230

Mr. Otto is a Senior Planner at Maul Foster Alongi, a Northwest integrated multidisciplinary firm. Seth leads MFA's land use planning and brownfield practice in Oregon and southwest Washington, and works to develop new tools to incentivize brownfield remediation and redevelopment. Seth is engaged in redevelopment planning for brownfields and underutilized properties around the Pacific Northwest for both public and private clients. He also has worked as a consultant on a wide variety of development and public improvement projects—from conceptual design and feasibility through design development and land use entitlement.

 

Amy Pearl, Hatch Innovation, 503-452-6898

Ms. Pearl is helping increase access to capital in Oregon. She drafted Oregon's new crowdfunding law that now gives every Oregonian the right to invest in local enterprises—for the first time ever. Local ownership strengthens our local economy. She runs programs that teach entrepreneurs and investors how to use the law, and the Hatch Oregon platform has helped raise nearly $400K for small business. Amy is the founder and executive director of Hatch Innovation, focused on helping people launch enterprises that improve communities. The conviction that ordinary citizens have immense untapped capacity for altruism and innovation grounds her work.

 

Emily Picha, ECONorthwest, 707-293-7265

Ms. Picha specializes in policy analysis, implementation, and redevelopment feasibility for planning and development projects. Since joining ECONorthwest in 2012, Emily has worked to craft strategic solutions for infill development and create implementation plans that are designed to capitalize on market opportunities and maximize economic returns to communities. Emily's recent projects include opportunity site strategies, redevelopment action plans, an analysis of underutilized brownfields in Oregon, infrastructure funding strategies, and regional policy plans.

 

Andrew Punsoni, Cascade Technical Services, 925-768-8377

Mr. Punsoni is the Northwest Program Manager at Cascade Technical Services. In this role, Andrew is responsible for managing all high resolution site characterization (HRSC) and remediation field service opportunities in Cascade's northwest region. His diverse background includes work at dry cleaners, industrial manufacturing facilities and federal facilities. His past roles on these remediation projects include lab analysis, field work and oversight. Cascade is the largest and most diverse environmental services firm in the industry providing complete turnkey services from initial site investigation through remediation to the environmental consulting community.

 

David Rabbino, Tonkon Torp LLP,
503-802-2144

Mr. Rabbino is a member of the firm's Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group. David has more than 20 years of experience in environmental law and environmental litigation and been chosen by his peers six times as a Super Lawyer in environmental litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants and has significant experience in environmental coverage actions. David also assists clients in complying with environmental laws and the redevelopment of contaminated real property, known as brownfields. He has experience in sustainable energy, negotiating power purchase agreements and contracts related to the financing of renewable energy systems.

 

Carrie Rackey, Stantec Consulting Services., 971-230-5203

Ms. Rackey is an Associate/Project Manager in Stantec's environmental services group. Carrie has more than 16 years of experience in both regulatory and consulting roles, including experience in multiple states and the United Kingdom. She specializes in full-spectrum brownfields redevelopment project management, from grant writing to developing ranked brownfields inventories, and designing and conducting assessments and cleanups. Carrie has written successful U.S. EPA brownfields grant applications for communities throughout Oregon to support projects as diverse as rural rails-to-trails and downtown core revitalization. Her technical skill set includes assessment of soil, groundwater, soil vapor, sediment, human health risk assessment, and remediation system management.

 

Kelly Moosbrugger Reid, City of Oregon City, 503-496-1540

Ms. Reid has been a Planner with the city of Oregon City for three years. Kelly is currently supporting the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, a multi-government partnership aimed at redeveloping a 23-acre former industrial site at one of the most beautiful and historic natural wonders in the country, Willamette Falls. Kelly holds a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, a Bachelor of Sciences Economics Degree from the University of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

 

Paula Richardson, Saga Environmental and Engineering, Inc., 503-694-6960

Ms. Richardson is the Vice President of Saga Environmental and Engineering, Inc. She earned her degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and moved to Oregon from Wisconsin to head Saga's Portland office almost three years ago. Paula has 14 years of experience in environmental investigation and remediation, and has worked on numerous brownfields projects. Prior to moving to Oregon, Paula served two terms as President of the Wisconsin Groundwater Association.

 

Christina Robertson-Gardiner, City of Oregon City, 503-496-1564

Ms. Robertson-Gardiner has been a Planner with the city of Oregon City for 14 years. Christina is currently supporting the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, a multi-government partnership aimed at redeveloping a 23-acre former industrial site at one of the most beautiful and historic natural wonders in the county, Willamette Falls. Christina holds a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Willamette University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

 

Patrick Rowe, Sussman Shank LLP,
503-227-1111

Mr. Rowe is a partner at the Sussman Shank law firm. He has deep experience in brownfields and contaminated property matters. Patrick guides clients through the purchase and sale of such properties, providing effective advice regarding how to best structure the transaction to advance the parties' goals and return properties to productive use. He regularly litigates environmental cases in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. In addition to his 15+ years in the private sector, Patrick worked as an attorney at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, doing both enforcement and regulatory rule writing in the Water Quality Division. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

 

Timm Schimke, Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste, 541-317-3177

Mr. Schimke is the Director of Solid Waste for Deschutes County and has served in that capacity for the last 20 years. Timm has more than 29 years of experience in the solid waste field, and is active in state level solid waste policy making having served on a number of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality groups such as the Waste Policy Leadership Group, the Waste Tire Task Force and the State Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He is active in the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) at both the state and national level holding a seat on the SWANA International Board of Directors.

 

Toby Scott, PBS Engineering + Environmental, 503-248-1939

Mr. Scott is a Senior Hydrogeologist with PBS' Bend office with more than 29 years of professional experience in Oregon, California, Idaho, and Washington. His expertise encompasses environmental, geologic, and hydrogeologic investigations; risk-based cleanups; regulatory audits; geotechnical services, project management; and hazardous waste characterization and management. Toby was previously employed with the Oregon DEQ's Environmental Cleanup Program working on projects operating under voluntary cleanup and negotiated enforcement agreements. He also has experience leading state managed orphan site cleanups and utilizing institutional and engineering controls to enable reuse of underutilized properties. Toby performs all levels of site investigations, including RI/FS projects, feasibility studies and remediation.

 

Heather Stafford, Business Oregon,
503-319-4839

Ms. Stafford is the Assistant Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Division at Business Oregon. The I&E team manages the Oregon Innovation Council, the Oregon Growth Board and a variety of programs and partnerships to build a more vibrant statewide ecosystem to support innovation, entrepreneurship and capital. Heather previously ran a business accelerator in Southern Oregon, managed statewide market research for the SBDC's Grow Oregon program and founded her own independent record label. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Heather worked as a digital media and video producer during the dotcom craze of the late 90s, where she first fell in love with entrepreneurship.

 

Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street,
503-986-0679

Ms. Stuart is the state coordinator of Oregon Main Street (OMS) which is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. OMS helps communities throughout the state preserve and revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional business districts using a range of services and assistance to meet the needs of communities interested in revitalization. Prior to her current position, Sheri worked for the National Main Street Center for eight years working primarily with small- and mid-size communities across the country. Before joining the NMSC, Sheri served as executive director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program in Washington for eight years. During her tenure, the program received numerous state awards as well as twice being recognized as a semi-finalist in the Great American Main Street Awards. Most recently, Sheri was the assistant coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program.

 

Dennis Terzian, PBS Engineering + Environmental, 503-417-7601

Mr. Terzian, RG, is a Senior Geologist at PBS Engineering and Environmental with more than 19 years of experience managing site investigation and remedial activities for a variety of clients including municipal and state agencies, brownfield properties, industrial/commercial clients, and non-profit organizations. Through numerous site investigations, he has evaluated and implemented remedial activities at sites with environmental issues related to historic petroleum releases, chlorinated solvents, wood preservatives, and metals.

 

Randy Tucker, Metro, 503-481-9455

Mr. Tucker has served as Legislative Affairs Manager for Metro, the Portland metropolitan area's regional government, since 2004. As Metro's lobbyist, he has led the legislative advocacy efforts of the Oregon Brownfields Coalition since its inception in 2014. From 1998 until 2004, Randy served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the land use advocacy group 1000 Friends of Oregon. Prior to joint 1000 Friends, he worked as an Environmental Advocate on toxics issues for the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG); in that capacity he served on the rulemaking advisory committee for the 1995 Oregon Environmental Cleanup Law.

 

Vicki Walker, USDA Rural Development,
503-414-3305

Ms. Walker serves as Oregon State Director for USDA Rural Development. Vicki served for 10 years in the Oregon State Legislature, in both the House and the Senate, before being appointed by President Obama to Rural Development in November 2009. Ms. Walker served on numerous committees and task forces on topics ranging from renewable energy, health care, youth suicide prevention, education, judiciary, and public safety, to name a few. She earned a reputation in the Oregon capitol for demanding accountability and transparency in government, spearheading landmark legislation on many issues. In the 2009 Legislative Session, she was a member of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means, co-chaired the Subcommittee on Natural Resources, and was a member of the Subcommittee on Public Safety. In 2007, she won the Legislator of the Year Award from the Special Districts Association of Oregon.

 

Craig Ward, City of Troutdale, 503-674-7233

Mr. Ward began his service as Troutdale City Manager in August 2010. Most of his preceding 30+ years of public service were with various jurisdictions in Washington State as a regional planner, elected City Councilor, county planning and building director, urban planner, and environmental consultant. He earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Forest Management, and a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University. Craig has been both a Certified Planner (AICP), and is a Credentialed City Manager. His brownfields experience ranges from superfunds of abandoned military bases and the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park, the Troutdale Urban Renewal Area, and UST's.

 

Gil Wistar, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-229-5512

Mr. Wistar's work has had two primary themes: connecting people/resources to promote cleanup and successful reuse of contaminated sites, and providing access to key DEQ information about these sites. Gil is a co-leader of the quarterly Oregon Brownfields Forum for sharing information and case studies, which is open to anyone interested in brownfields cleanup and reuse. He has many other responsibilities in DEQ's Cleanup program, such as, managing federal grants, administering DEQ's cleanup site database, and managing high-priority projects designed to clarify and enhance program operations, both for DEQ staff and external stakeholders.

 

Lon Yandell, GeoDesign, Inc., 503-968-8787

Mr. Yandell has more than 30 years of environmental experience, focusing on site investigation, site cleanups and risk-based closures to support the acquisition and redevelopment of brownfields sites. His extensive brownfields experience includes hundreds of projects for private companies and dozens of municipalities throughout the western United States, including multiple U.S. EPA Cooperative Grant projects in Oregon. As a senior brownfields practitioner, Lon is highly experienced in developing innovative redevelopment and closure strategies to accelerate the regulatory closure process and significantly reduce potential liability and redevelopment costs, including preparing Prospective Purchaser Agreements to address purchaser liability concerns for brownfields sites.

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