Minneapolis Speakers
Bill Sloan, Environmental Risk Consultant, Commerce Bank

Presenting: Opening Welcome & State of the EBA
Monday, June 11, 8:00am

and, Moderator: Session 4: USEPA Superfund Task Force Recommendation 27 Feedback – Open Forum
Monday, June 11, 10:50am
and; Presenting: Session 7:  Data Security - Break the Disconnect with IT Instead of Breaking the Bank!
Monday, June 11, 3:00pm

and, Co-Presenter: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, June 13, 8:30am


William K. Sloan (Bill) has performed environmental risk management at Commerce Bank for the last nine years.  Prior to the bank, he had more than 20 years of environmental consulting experience and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager with a BS in Environmental Management. Bill has been active with the EBA for the past five years and is the currently serving as President of the EBA.


 

Kathryn Peacock, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Moderator: Session 1:  Perspectives on Revisions to SBA SOP 50 10 5 J

Monday, June 11, 8:25am
and, Moderator: Session 8:  Minneapolis Case Study – Solhaus Site
Monday, June 11, 3:45pm

 

Kathryn Peacock serves as Principal and National Client Manager for Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. With 20 years of experience under her belt, Kathryn has worked on thousands of transactions, subsurface investigations, and site remediation projects for some of the nation’s largest lenders and investors. She holds a bachelor degree in Soil Science from Prescott College and a Masters in Education from the Arizona Teachers Institute. Kathryn speaks and writes frequently on a wide range of environmental due diligence topics, and is dedicated to advancing standards and best practices through her active involvement with industry associations such as ASTM.


 

David Lambert, Vice President and Environmental Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Presenting: Session 1:  Perspectives on Revisions to SBA SOP 50 10 5 J
Monday, June 11, 8:25am
and, Presenting: Session 4: USEPA Superfund Task Force Recommendation 27 Feedback – Open Forum
Monday, June 11, 10:50am

David Lambert (Dave), is a Vice President and Environmental Manager with the Real Estate Technical Services (RETECHS) Environmental risk management group of Wells Fargo Bank.  Dave manages environmental risk, developing environmental policy, interpreting and arbitrating environmental policy requirements for various business lines, environmental review of one-off and portfolio transactions, and developing and implementing group-wide operational processes and procedures.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, for 20 years Dave held senior management positions in two national environmental consulting firms that served the banking industry, where, in addition to business development, project consulting, and customer management responsibilities, he had full profit and loss accountability and corporate finance responsibilities. Dave is currently EBA's Treasurer and he has been a member of the EBA since 2011.

 

Georgina Dannatt, Environmental Risk Manager/ Vice President, Bank of the West

Presenting: Session 1:  Perspectives on Revisions to SBA SOP 50 10 5 J

Monday, June 11, 8:25am
and, Presenting: Session 6:  Lender Risk Management in the Margins
Monday, June 11, 2:00pm
and, Presenting: Session 13: Banker Involvement in the ASTM Standard Development Process
Tuesday, June 12, 11:45am

 

Georgina Dannatt is the Environmental Risk Manager/Vice President at Bank of the West in San Ramon, CA. For over 20 years Georgina has managed environmental risks on behalf of lending institutions, both in-house at Bank of the West and the former Bay View Bank, and performing out-sourced environmental reviews. She develops policy and implements an environmental risk management program covering loan origination, foreclosure, and related facility issues. Georgina has extensive experience in the performance of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments; previous experience includes ES&H management and contamination investigations for industry and at environmental consulting firms. She received the prestigious PRISM Hall of Fame Award in 2017 and is now Co-Chair of the ASTM E1528 Transaction Screen Committee.  Georgina is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Registered Environmental Property Assessor. She has been an active member of EBA since 1996 (Technical Committee Chair 1999-2001, 2005-2015, 2017-present and Vice President 2015-2017), as well as involved in her local AHMP/CHMM chapter since its formation in 1987.


 

Janet Annan, Team Lead - SBA, Partner Engineering & Science
Presenting: Session 1:  Perspectives on Revisions to SBA SOP 50 10 5 J
Monday, June 11, 8:25am

 

Janet Annan has over 13 years of experience in the environmental due diligence service industry and serves as the Technical Team Lead for the SBA Division at Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. She provides technical expertise and senior review to ensure ASTM, AAI, and SBA requirements are completed for the client requirements on RSRAs, TSAs, ESAs, and Phase II ESAs. Her responsibilities include project and team oversight, report review, client liaison, and technical expert for SBA environmental due diligence. Ms. Annan’s significant experience in due diligence assessments include a variety of property types, needs, and requirements of a varied number of reporting standards including ASTM, AAI, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, SBA, and customized client formats. Specifically, Ms. Annan has performed and supervised Phase I and Phase II Site Assessments, Baseline and Exit Assessments, SBA Farm Loans, TSAs, Subsurface Investigations, RSRAs, Peer Reviews, Limited Compliance Overviews, Asbestos Surveys, Radon Measurement and Mitigation Surveys, National Environmental Policy Protection Act (NEPA), "hands-on" field investigations relating specifically to Kansas and Missouri Risk-Based Corrective Action (KRBCA and MRBCA), remediation projects at active and abandoned hazardous waste facilities including formerly-used defense (FUD) sites, CERCLA sites with Community Involvement, and hazardous material emergency response.


 

Eric Adams, District Counsel, U.S. Small Business Administration
Presenting: Session 1:  Perspectives on Revisions to SBA SOP 50 10 5 J
Monday, June 11, 8:25am
and, Presenting: Session 3:  Vapor Intrusion Case Study – A Timeline of Assessment, Mitigation and Real Estate Transaction Closure
Monday, June 11, 10:20am

 

Eric Adams is the District Counsel for the San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  He serves as the Chair of SBA’s Environmental Committee, which drafts revisions to SBA’s Environmental Policies and Procedures, decides appeals and considers exceptions to policy.  He is a frequent speaker on the subject of SBA’s Environmental Policies and Procedures. Mr. Adams received his J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1987, the recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards in Environmental Law and Real Estate Sales Transactions.  Prior to joining the SBA in 1993, he was in private practice with the firm of Tarkington, O’Connor & O’Neill, a commercial litigation firm in San Francisco.  Mr. Adams is admitted to practice in the State of California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He has been appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, litigating SBA matters for over 20 years.


 

Jennifer A. Wilkie, Ph.D., P.E., Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Presenting: Session 2:  The Great Lakes Legacy Act Sediment Remediation Program
Monday, June 11, 9:25am

 

Jennifer Wilkie is a Principal Engineer based in the Chicagoland area with over 20 years of experience in environmental research and consulting focused on providing multidisciplinary services and support to clients.  She obtained a B.S.in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1991, M.S. in Chemical Engineering (1994) and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1997) from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and Louisiana. Dr. Wilkie’s practice spans a wide range of disciplines including site characterization and the remediation of sediment, soil, groundwater, surface water, and air; sediment management; environmental chemistry and forensics; and litigation support. She has supported industrial, federal, and private clients at sites ranging in size from small commercial facilities to large Superfund sites, helping her clients effectively navigate the regulatory frameworks of CERCLA, RCRA, and state cleanup programs.  Over her career, Dr. Wilkie has successfully managed, designed, and/or implemented remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and removal/remedial actions at a number of large sediment sites including the Lower Passaic River, Kalamazoo River, Gowanus Canal, San Francisco Bay, Upper Trenton Channel, and Chicago River. Dr. Wilkie has published or presented more than 20 scientific papers in the areas of environmental science and engineering and served on the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) where she contributed to the regulatory guidance document on remediation approaches and remedy selection for contaminated sediments. She also has an appointment as an adjunct professor in the Armour College of Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology.


 

Vanessa Chambers, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Nova Consulting Group, Inc.
Moderator: Session 3:  Vapor Intrusion Case Study – A Timeline of Assessment, Mitigation and Real Estate Transaction Closure
Monday, June 11, 10:20am

 

Mrs. Chambers currently serves as a Senior Vice President and the Southern Regional Manager for Nova’s Southern Region and is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has experience with a wide variety of projects ranging from vacant land to industrial manufacturing, Brownfields sites, petroleum facilities, oil/gas properties, and telecommunications sites. As a result of her experience, Mrs. Chambers has become proficient in a variety of environmental services including environmental site assessments; Phase II site investigations; indoor air quality consulting; asbestos consulting services; activities under the jurisdiction of the National Environmental Policy Act; and regulatory compliance. In addition, Mrs. Chambers oversees the client development and technical delivery functions of the region. Mrs. Chambers manages several national accounts which require oversight of environmental, geotechnical, construction materials and facilities services.  Mrs. Chambers has served as the point of contact for lending institutions, large commercial/real estate institutions, developers, special servicers, and law firms.


 

Mark Perry, Corporate Vice President, Nova Consulting Group, Inc.
Presenting: Session 3:  Vapor Intrusion Case Study – A Timeline of Assessment, Mitigation and Real Estate Transaction Closure
Monday, June 11, 10:20am

 

Mr. Perry has more than 25 years of real estate consulting industry experience conducting and managing environmental investigations and property site assessments for private, commercial and industrial business clients, property management/real estate development companies and state/local government agencies.  Mr. Perry has conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) {including various scope-specific studies (i.e. HUD, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) and right-of-way corridor assessments}, Phase II Subsurface and Remedial Investigations, Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Building Surveys; and, prepared Asbestos Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plans. Mr. Perry has also coordinated and managed the completion of ASTM-Scope Property Condition Assessments (PCAs), HUD Project Capital Needs Assessments (PCNAs), and various scope Physical Needs Assessments (PNAs). In addition to assessment/investigation activities, Mr. Perry has managed the implementation of various active soil, soil vapor and ground water remediation technologies including hazardous waste characterization and disposal coordination, in-situ remediation and vapor mitigation, as well as coordinated geotechnical evaluations for proposed retail development projects.  Mr. Perry has continually maintained expertise in environmental compliance, rules and regulations, and coordinated project financing through various state and federal regulatory bodies and public funding programs. In his current role as Corporate Vice President at Nova, Mr. Perry manages the Environmental Assessment & Remediation (EAR) Group which includes: client account management, project delegation/scheduling, service-line support, client-specific and corporate marketing strategy development, staff performance reviews and leadership mentoring.


 

Erin Miles, Attorney Advisory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
Presenting: Session 4: USEPA Superfund Task Force Recommendation 27 Feedback – Open Forum
Monday, June 11, 10:50am

 

Erin Miles is an attorney advisory with EPA’s Office of Site Remediation Enforcement within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, where she focuses on cleanup enforcement matters. Erin has almost 15 years of experience working at EPA. From 2011 to 2018, Erin served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. She initially joined OSRE in 2003. Before joining EPA, Erin was an associate attorney at a law firm in Washington State. Erin has a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.


 

Michael Kulka, CEO, PM Environmental
Presenting: Session 4: USEPA Superfund Task Force Recommendation 27 Feedback – Open Forum
Monday, June 11, 10:50am

Michael Kulka is a Chief Executive Officer and Principal at PM Environmental, Inc. and has served clients throughout the United States for over 25 years. He specializes in Environmental Due Diligence, portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional real estate and development. Kulka is the national client manager for numerous Fortune 100 financial institutions, retails chains, industrial conglomerates, and real estate developers. He has managed multiple large scale commercial, retail, and industrial redevelopments involving multiple service lines within the company. Kulka has presented on national panels within the environmental industry on topics such as Environmental Due Diligence, Brownfields, Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) and environmental compliance.

 

Peter Dollander, Senior Environmental Risk Officer, BB&T
Presenting: Session 5:  Lender and Consultant Perspectives on Phase II Scope; How Much is Enough?
Monday, June 11, 1:30pm

 

Peter Dollander is a Senior Environmental Risk Officer in the Environmental Risk Management Department at Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T). He is responsible for evaluating and managing environmental risk in conjunction with residential and commercial real estate transactions. Duties include review of environmental assessments (Phase I/II ESAs, etc.) while keeping constant communication with loan officers, bank clients, consultants, attorneys and regulators. He also manages the Department’s external reviewer program. Mr. Dollander has over 18 years of experience in the environmental risk management and environmental consulting fields.


 

Timothy J. McGahey, VP Environmental Due Diligence, AKT Peerless
Moderator: Session 5:  Lender and Consultant Perspectives on Phase II Scope; How Much is Enough?
Monday, June 11, 1:30pm

 

Timothy J. McGahey serves as AKT Peerless’ Vice President of Environmental Due Diligence and has over 19 years of experience in environmental consulting.  Mr. McGahey has managed due diligence and remediation for large-scale recreational, residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial real estate redevelopments and transactions.  Mr. McGahey helps clients navigate the complexities of environmental regulatory requirements while maintaining a cost-effective and practical approach to risk management.  Mr. McGahey specializes in brownfield redevelopment, and has managed two nationally recognized brownfield redevelopment projects, including a recipient of the 2014 Phoenix Award Grand Prize.


 

Karla M. Smith, P.G., Executive Vice President, AEI Site Mitigation Division Lead
Presenting: Session 5:  Lender and Consultant Perspectives on Phase II Scope; How Much is Enough?
Monday, June 11, 1:30pm

 

As an Executive Vice President and national lead for AEI Consultants’ Site Mitigation and Remediation Division, Karla is charged with the continuous development and integration of AEI’s Site Mitigation’s Divisional strategies, technical prowess, processes and quality initiatives to align the Division’s practices and personnel to exceed AEI’s clients’ expectations and goals for their projects. Karla is a licensed Professional Geologist with 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. As part of her duties Karla oversees, coordinates and provides technical lead responsibilities for all phases of environmental assessment, mitigation and remediation including, but not limited to, subsurface investigations, soil, groundwater and soil vapor remediation, risk assessments, vapor intrusion assessments, environmental cost risk analyses, regulatory interaction and expert witness testimony. With her experience, Karla has developed a full understanding of environmental and business risk decisions. Combined strengths in strategic planning, team building and resource evaluation, while identifying unique ways to problem solve, as well as her client/customer service strengths, lead her team to be an advocate for their client’s interests.  Her clients’ include companies with both debt and equity interests in oil and gas, renewable energy, brownfield redevelopment, commercial, retail and residential use, along with large industrial and power plant operations and decommissioning. Karla’s clients’ are municipalities and counties, housing authorities, federal institutions, insurance firms, banks and lending institutions, energy and power purchasers as well as commercial, residential and industrial developers. Karla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Millsaps College (Jackson, MS), a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Louisiana Monroe (Monroe, LA) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University (Dallas).


 

Thomas Rengert, Collateral Environmental Consultant, Wells Fargo
Presenting: Session 5:  Lender and Consultant Perspectives on Phase II Scope; How Much is Enough?
Monday, June 11, 1:30pm

 

Tom has over 18 years in the environmental industry.  Tom has expertise in remedial construction, site assessments and environmental risk management.  Tom joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Vice President and Collateral Environmental Consultant for Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Technical Services Division.  Tom primarily manages the Real Estate Capital Markets group for Wells Fargo as well as vendor management. Tom is graduate of Binghamton University in New York and currently resides in Charlotte North Carolina.


 

Bill McGuinness, Environmental Risk Analyst and VP of Operations, ERI
Moderator: Session 6:  Lender Risk Management in the Margins
Monday, June 11, 2:00pm

 

Bill McGuinness is an Environmental Risk Analyst and Vice President of Operations for ERI, LLC. Prior to joining ERI, he was a consultant in the environmental industry for over 20 years. His consulting experience includes consulting services to local oil companies, major convenience store chains, furniture and textile manufacturers, property developers, institutional investors, and individuals in the private sector. Since joining ERI, he has been assessing the environmental risk associated with multi-tenant retail, multi-family residential, commercial real estate, industrial and Brownfield redevelopment properties. He is a Licensed Geologist in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. He received his B.S. in Geology/Geophysics from the University of Missouri – Rolla, and his M.S. in Geology from the University of Toledo. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.


 

Stuart Weese, VP, Manager – Environmental Risk, Appraisal Department, Hancock Whitney Bank
Presenting: Session 6:  Lender Risk Management in the Margins
Monday, June 11, 2:00pm

 

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Stuart began his real estate career working as a salesperson and researcher while still in school. After graduation, Stuart returned to his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana where he trained in multiple facets of the real estate industry including leasing and sales, renovation and appraisal. He joined the Appraisal Department of Whitney Bank in 1995 as a commercial appraisal reviewer, and later was named the Bank’s Environmental Risk Manager. Since 1997, Stuart has been involved with the ordering and reviewing of environmental reports, the inspection of sites, conducting classes, and the making and enforcing of the Bank’s environmental policy.  Stuart holds a Louisiana Real Estate Broker’s license, Asbestos inspector and Lead Paint inspector/assessor licenses, is HAZWOPR certified, maintains the REM designation from NREP, and is a member of the RMA and ASTM. Stuart has been a member of the EBA since 1998.


 

Briana Kirby, Lead Environmental Risk Analyst, Bremer Bank
Presenting: Session 6:  Lender Risk Management in the Margins
Monday, June 11, 2:00pm

 

Briana Kirby graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and a minor in Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation. She started her career with Bremer in February, 2016 as an Environmental Risk Analyst and is currently the Lead Environmental Risk Analyst. Within her position, she evaluates the environmental risk of residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial property transactions primarily in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota to ensure Bremer and their clients are protected from any future environmental liability. With her free time she enjoys yoga, traveling the world, and finding great food.


 

Michael Wearne, Environmental Risk Manager, Columbia Bank
Presenting: Session 6:  Lender Risk Management in the Margins
Monday, June 11, 2:00pm

 

Mr. Wearne is responsible for Environmental Risk Management for Columbia Bank. Prior to this assignment he served in a similar capacity at Washington Mutual Bank. In 2003 and 2004 Mr. Wearne served at the request of Washington State’s Governor Locke to be a member of the group which prepared the Area-Wide Soil Contamination Task Force Report. This report addressed the impact of area-wide soil contamination from incidents such as the Asarco Plume. Mr. Wearne represented the interests of financial institutions in the State of Washington. Mr. Wearne is active in the Washington Fly Fishing Club, where he served as president in 2012 and 2013.


 

Mary Clare Maxwell, Environmental Risk Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Presenting: Session 4: USEPA Superfund Task Force Recommendation 27 Feedback – Open Forum
Monday, June 11, 10:50am
and, Presenting: Session 6:  Lender Risk Management in the Margins
Monday, June 11, 2:00pm
and, Presenting: Banker Only Session
Tuesday, June 12, 1:30pm

 

Ms. Maxwell is an Environmental Risk Manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Chase). She has worked in Environmental Banking for 16 years and in the consulting industry performing transaction due diligence for 5 years prior. She manages the team that reviews environmental due diligence on properties supporting loans around the country. In her roles at Chase, she has lead and participated in the environmental review for hundreds of multi-bank transactions.  She holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Iowa. She has also completed course work supporting a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Mary Clare has been a member of the EBA since 2001 and actively participates in committee calls.


 

Dennis Firestone, RG, Managing Director, CBRE, Inc.
Presenting: Session 7:  Data Security - Break the Disconnect with IT Instead of Breaking the Bank!
Monday, June 11, 3:00pm
and, Moderator: Session 9: PFAS – Emerging Contaminant Developments
Tuesday, June 12 8:45am

 

Dennis Firestone has worked in the environmental, construction, and property condition field for over 30 years, specializing in risk management, asset management, and environmental due diligence for the financial and real estate industries. During this period, Mr. Firestone has managed the assessment and remediation of thousands of properties domestically and internationally. His clientele has included investment banking firms, national and regional banks, insurance companies, developers, law firms, life companies, and REITS. Mr. Firestone has been both a provider of risk and real estate services, having managed offices for various consulting firms providing a wide range of environmental, geotechnical, and construction services, and as a client of these services. He spent over twelve years at FINOVA Capital Corporation, as the Environmental & Engineering Services Program Manager, overseeing due diligence efforts and direct asset management (including re-branding, mothballing, and demolition); and over five years at Wells Fargo Bank, as Operations Manager for Environmental & Construction Services in the RETECHS group.  Mr. Firestone is currently serves as SVP – Premier Client Services in the CBRE, Inc. Assessment & Consulting Services Group, with a primary focus on client development, operational management & technology integration, staff technical development, and mentorship.


 

Kelly Stratton, President and Founder, Quire
Presenting: Session 7: Data Security - Break the Disconnect with IT Instead of Breaking the Bank!
Monday, June 11, 3:00pm
and, Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, June 12, 1:30pm

 

Kelly Stratton is the CEO and Founder of Quire, a cloud-based software application used for technical report writing. Prior to founding Quire, Kelly spent seven years in the environmental consulting industry specializing in environmental due diligence, regulatory compliance, and commercial/industrial redevelopment projects. She followed that term with seven years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of an environmental data company, managing sales, new product initiatives, and a national company-wide rebranding effort. As CEO of Quire, Kelly directs strategic and business development initiatives to advance Quire as an industry leader in collaborative, report writing technology. Kelly has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a Minor in Speech Communications from Penn State University and currently resides on the EBA Board as an Affiliate Member representative.


 

Michael Cole, VP, REVAL Environmental Risk Team Lead, SunTrust Bank
Presenting: Session 10: Lender Concerns with No Further Action Letters
Tuesday, June 12, 9:30am
and, Presenting: Session 12: Construction Risk for Lenders
Tuesday, June 12, 11:20am

 

Michael Cole has over 25 years of real estate experience including property management, real estate sales and Fee appraisal experience, while in college studying Applied Science at North Carolina State University and then Law at Campbell University (CumLaude). Michael was an Appraiser for Cole, Layer and Tremble and worked as a Revaluation Director for Lee County Assessors Department. Since 1996, he has focused her career on environmental risk management for the financial services industry.   His experience encompasses policy development and implementation, program execution and training for Environmental Risk Management as it relates to contaminated real estate, Regulatory Compliance, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Michael received his Certified Environmental Inspector (CEI) designation in 1999 from the Environmental Assessors Association.


 

David Vieau, PG, CHMM, President, Vieau Associates, Inc.
Presenting: Session 8:  Minneapolis Case Study – Solhaus Site
Monday, June 11, 3:45pm

David Vieau, PG, CHMM, is President of Vieau Associates Inc., a Twin Cities-based environmental consulting firm specializing in environmental due diligence and brownfields remediation.  He serves as a national instructor of the ASTM Standards on environmental site assessments, and regularly convenes with a broad range of stakeholders on environmental issues affecting due diligence and site development.

 

Shanna Schmitt, PG, CPG, Geologist/Project Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Presenting: Session 8:  Minneapolis Case Study – Solhaus Site
Monday, June 11, 3:45pm

Shanna is a native of Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a BS in Geology.  She is licensed as a Professional Geologist in MN and is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Shanna has been working as a geologist for 15 years, in both the private and public sectors, and currently works in the Remediation Division of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  Shanna has worked on a variety of brownfield/redevelopment and remediation sites, including Phase I ESAs, Phase II Investigations, hazardous material surveys, monitoring, response action plans, implementation reports, storm water infiltration on contaminated sites, institutional controls, etc.  She is currently working on Brownfield, Superfund, and MN Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program grant sites at the MPCA.  Shanna is a dedicated volunteer with the Minnesota Section of AIPG, a member of Minnesota Brownfields, the Minnesota Ground Water Association (MGWA), the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), and the Geological Society of America (GSA), and she serves on a variety of advisory boards and committees.  Shanna is passionate about geoscience outreach, whether speaking about volcanoes with school children or discussing geoscience careers with college students.

 

Tony Anthony, Co-founder and Principal, AKT Peerless
Presenting: Session 9: PFAS – Emerging Contaminant Developments

Tuesday, June 12, 8:45am

 

Mr. Tony R. Anthony, CPG, CHMM, LEED-AP: Tony is a Co-founder and Principal of AKT Peerless with over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, from Wayne State University, with a focus on contaminant fate, transport and remediation.  Tony has served developer, lender, government, and industrial clients for a broad range of environmental issues. His firm has been recognized for their excellence in brownfield redevelopment winning multiple national awards. Currently, Tony is a member PFAS committees with ITRC and Michigan Manufacturers Association.


 

Adam Meurer, CHMM, PWS, Principal, ECS
Presenting: Session 10: Lender Concerns with No Further Action Letters
Tuesday, June 12, 9:30am

 

Adam Meurer is a Principal with ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC who believes in the power of a client-focused work philosophy. As a member of the ECS team since 2008, he manages environmental operations for ECS’ Southern Mid-Atlantic region. A self-described “displaced Yankee” from western New York, he is currently based in Charlottesville, VA. Adam is involved in the research, preparation and reviews of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Voluntary Remediation Reports, Environmental Impact Statements and Threatened and Endangered Species Reviews, among others. His duties also include subsurface hydrologic analyses, pollutant fate and transport modeling and impacted soil studies and remediation. Adam received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College in Meadeville, PA, and his Master’s in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is an active member of ASTM’s E50 Committee and participates in the revisions of various environmental industry standards and guides.


 

Jennifer Force, Senior Consultant, Terracon Consultants
Presenting: Session 11: Lessons Learned with Brownfields

Tuesday, June 12, 10:45am

 

Jennifer Force is a Senior Consultant in Terracon’s Minneapolis office with over 25 years of environmental consulting experience.  Specializing in brownfields redevelopment, Jennifer has extensive experience in planning, design, funding and construction phases of projects. Her experience, which spans private and public sectors, includes working with various regulatory programs to obtain approvals and liability assurances on behalf of her clients.  Using her expertise, she has secured over $15.8 million of investigation and cleanup grants for her clients from local, state and federal programs.  Jennifer is a member of Minnesota Brownfields and currently serves on their Advisory Committee.  She holds a BS in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


 

Jon Fletcher, Vice President of Senior Housing Partners, Presbyterian Homes
Presenting: Session 11: Lessons Learned with Brownfields

Tuesday, June 12, 10:45am

 

Jon Fletcher is Vice President of Senior Housing Partners at Presbyterian Homes. At Presbyterian Homes, Jon focuses on the development of senior housing and mixed-use communities. Prior to that, Jon was most recently VP of Development for Lennar Multifamily Communities where he specialized in the development of luxury urban and mixed-use apartment communities. Fletcher brings over 10 years’ experience in real estate, development, for-profit and not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurship and project management. His background includes marketing, acquisitions, asset management, portfolio analysis, and organizational development. Jon is a former Army Sergeant and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. He has previously served on the board of trustees of Crown College, the board of directors for The Bridge for Youth, Heritage Academy of Science and Technology, the Urban Land Institute Minnesota Young Leaders Group, as well as the Brooklyn Park Planning Commission. He holds a BA in Music Performance from Crown College, an MBA in Finance from UW-Whitewater, and has completed executive education course work at MIT. He is also a 2012 ’40 under Forty’ awardee from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.


 

Candace Sykora, Hydrogeologist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Presenting: Session 11: Lessons Learned with Brownfields

Tuesday, June 12, 10:45am

 

Candace Sykora is a hydrogeologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  With over 11 years of experience with the agency, she is responsible for providing regulatory review and oversight for voluntary environmental investigations and cleanups as well as operating facilities governed by RCRA and Superfund.  Candace received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.


 

Chris Srock, RG, Vice President and Senior Principal, Terracon Consultants
Presenting: Session 11: Lessons Learned with Brownfields

Tuesday, June 12, 10:45am

 

Chris Srock is a Vice President and Senior Principal at Terracon Consultants. Mr. Srock has a bachelor degree in Geological Engineering, a masters degree in Environmental Sciences, and is a professional engineer and registered geologist with over 30 years of experience in the engineering and environmental consulting field. He has served as program manager for thousands of due diligence, corrective action and remediation projects for real property and manages long-term national accounts for financial institutions (equity and loan portfolios), life insurance companies, real estate investment trusts, law firms, developers, and other real property owners.  


 

Richard J. Manser, Manager, Environmental Risk, Opus Holding, L.L.C
Presenting: Session 12: Construction Risk for Lenders
Tuesday, June 12, 11:20am

 

Richard Manser is Manager of Environmental Risk at The Opus Group, a locally based commercial real estate development, construction, and design company with projects across the country. Opus routinely redevelops projects with soil, groundwater and soil vapor related challenges. Richard works with local regulatory and technical leaders in providing the necessary expertise to develop cost effective due diligence and environmental remediation strategies that match Opus’s risk profile. A key part of his role is assisting Opus with environmental due diligence and site remediation on brownfield redevelopment sites. In addition to The Opus Group, Richard has worked locally with Barr Engineering and has held senior environmental consulting positions with Arcadis, AMEC (now The Wood Group), URS (now part of AECOM) and his own company milepost12. His consulting work has focused in the Upper Midwest and California. Richard is on the City of Edina’s Energy and Environment Commission and an active member of MN Brownfields.


 

Kenneth H. Podpeskar, The Environmental Law Group, Ltd
Presenting: Session 12: Construction Risk for Lenders
Tuesday, June 12, 11:20am
 
Ken Podpeskar concentrates his practice on compliance counseling, spill reporting and remediation, Superfund cleanups, property transfers, and solid and hazardous waste issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ken worked as an engineer for eight years at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where he was involved in both the hazardous and solid waste programs. With over 25 years of experience as an attorney, Ken has worked extensively with corporations and financial institutions on properly addressing environmental issues arising in corporate or property acquisitions or sales. Ken received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, in 1990 from William Mitchell College of Law, where he was executive editor of the William Mitchell Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Minnesota in 1980. Prior to joining The Environmental Law Group, Ken was a partner at Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly LLP and co-founder of Bloomberg & Podpeskar LLP. He also was an adjunct professor of environmental law at William Mitchell College of Law and is a member of the American Bar Association; Minnesota State Bar Association; and Hennepin County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section.

 

William Alpine, Corporate Counsel, ATC Group Services
Moderator: Session 12: Construction Risk for Lenders
Tuesday, June 12, 11:20am
 
William “Bill” Alpine is currently Corporate Counsel and Director of Cost Recovery for ATC Group Services, LLC (“ATC”). Bill’s responsibilities include providing guidance to the company’s employees in the areas of contract management, risk management, litigation and due diligence. He also oversees the company's state environmental claims management program. He serves as a member of the Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional Association’s Legislative Committee and the ASTM E50 Committee. Prior to joining ATC, Bill worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, most recently as the Executive Director of the Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund. He served as co-chair of the State Fund Administrators Task Force. Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. ATC is an environmental consulting company that provides a broad range of environmental services to its petroleum, institutional, governmental and educational clients.

 

Jan Sheinson, Environmental Risk Manager, BMO Harris Bank
Presenting: Session 3:  Vapor Intrusion Case Study – A Timeline of Assessment, Mitigation and Real Estate Transaction Closure
Monday, June 11, 10:20am

and, Presenting: Banker Only Session
Tuesday, June 12, 1:30pm

Jan Sheinson has twenty two years of experience as the Bank's environmental risk manager for two major lending institutions - JP Morgan Chase and now BMO Harris Bank (BMO). Jan manages all levels of environmental due diligence for all lines of business throughout BMO’s U.S. footprint. He is responsible for ensuring relationship managers comply with the Bank’s environmental risk policy and procedures. When characterizing the extent of subsurface impact in terms of cost of to cure (remediation), one of Jan's primary responsibilities is to provide a technical opinion and integrate the environmental risk within the framework of the loan transaction. Primary lines of businesses Jan serves include commercial real estate, community development, business banking, middle market, private bank (wealth management), asset based lending, and capital markets. Jan's other roles include governing, training, and ensuring the lending units comply with the bank's environmental risk policy and procedures. Jan graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental geology.


 

Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental
Presenting: Session 4: USEPA Superfund Task Force Recommendation 27 Feedback – Open Forum
Monday, June 11, 10:50am
and, Presenting: Affiliate Only Session
Tuesday, June 12 1:30pm
and, Presenting: Getting from the Phase I to the Risk Management Decision
Wednesday, June 13, 8:30am

 

Julie H. Kilgore is President of Wasatch Environmental, an environmental science and engineering firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has over 20 years’ experience in environmental assessment, investigation, remediation, and regulatory agency coordination. Julie has been directly involved in investigation, cleanup, and negotiating regulatory closures for several chlorinated solvent, metals, and petroleum-impacted sites including facilities with multi-agency interests. Julie is the chair of Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action. Julie also chairs the task group responsible for developing E 1527-05, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, has served on the ASTM International Board of Directors, and was involved in the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Envision Utah Brownfields Task Force. Julie has lectured for several professional organizations, participated in national conference panel presentations, and provides industry training regarding the 2002 Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, All Appropriate Inquiry, and Phase I Environmental Assessments.



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