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Northeast District Brownfields Workshop Programs

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James R. Maher, P.E. - Jim Maher is the Assistant Director of the DEP Northeast District and he oversees Compliance Assurance for the water, air and waste programs.  Jim began his career with the DEP in 1988.  For the past ten years, Jim served as Program Administrator of the State Lands and Environmental Resources Permitting program.  In this role, Jim administered the Dredge and Fill, Sovereign Submerged Lands and Wetlands programs for Northeast Florida.  Jim previously spent much of his career as a Water Facilities Engineer working with domestic and industrial wastewater systems, drinking water, stormwater, TMDL and water quality issues.  Jim has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Florida.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida

Kim Walker, Administrator Brownfields and Federal Facilities Restoration Section - Ms. Walker is the Environmental Administrator for the Brownfields and Federal Programs Section in the Bureau of Waste Cleanup, Division of Waste Management.  She joined the DEP in January of 2006 and since that time has been the Program Manager for the Florida Brownfields Program.  Ms. Walker is responsible for management and development of the state Brownfields Program.  She works closely with the local governments, EPA, the Department of Economic Opportunity, and Enterprise Florida, Inc., to promote the program and provide incentives for redevelopment and clean up of brownfield sites.  In late 2011, her responsibilities were expanded to include management of the grant and DEP staff that support the Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA).  Ms. Walker works directly with the Air Force, Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to manage environmental restoration of contaminated sites at Florida’s military installations.  Prior to joining DEP, Ms. Walker worked as an environmental consultant for 20 years.  As a consultant, she managed a wide variety of contracts and projects including CERCLA investigations, RCRA compliance audits, stormwater permitting and compliance, Targeted Brownfields Assessments, and NEPA public involvement tasks.  In her capacity as a consultant, Ms. Walker managed brownfields contracts for sites around Florida and led and participated in many projects at DoD installations in the Southeast including:  NAS Jacksonville, NAS Pensacola, Redstone Arsenal, Avon Park Air Force Range, and NS Mayport.  Ms. Walker has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Florida State University.

Mary E. Van Pelt - Ms. Van Pelt is currently an Environmental Scientist and Project Officer in the Brownfields Section with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta GA.  Before joining the Brownfields group, she was a technical expert for food residuals diversion from landfills, organics recycling, and composting issues.  Mary Beth has also worked with EPA in the Midwest on implementing the Clean Water Act as it pertains to large confined animal feeding operations (factory farms) as well as with EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program in Mississippi to restore and protect the Gulf ecosystem through water quality and agricultural issues.  Her career began on the family farms in Illinois where she assisted her brother while completing her degrees in Biology and Botany, as well as a master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Illinois.

Nandra Weeks, P.E. - Ms. Weeks is a principal engineer with Geosyntec Consultants based in Jacksonville, Florida, has more than 20 years of experience managing and performing environmental projects in the areas of municipal solid waste and hazardous waste management, site assessment and remediation, and environmental risk management.  She has served as the program manager for five multi-million dollar assessment, remediation, and environmental compliance contracts for: NASA, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the City of Jacksonville, Indian River County, and CSX Transportation.  She has extensive experience in assessment and site remediation programs at closed landfill sites and other environmentally impaired Florida properties.  Ms. Weeks has developed cost-effective approaches to contaminated property redevelopment using the latest regulatory, technological, and economic development tools for sites.  Ms. Weeks is a past president of the Florida Brownfields Association and served on the Board for six years.  She continues to advance the state of the practice in waste management by chairing the Research Selection Committee and serving on the Board of the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.  Ms. Weeks earned her BS in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and her MBA from Nova University.

F. Joseph Ullo, Jr., Esquire - Mr. Ullo is a Shareholder at the Tallahassee office of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., and served as the president of the Florida Brownfields Association from 2010-2011.  Mr. Ullo represents private clients, local governments and special districts in the areas of environmental, land use, and administrative law.  His experience includes real estate transaction issues and other land use and environmental issues.  Mr. Ullo is a licensed Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and represents inventors and companies in securing patents, trademarks, and copyright protection.  Prior to going to law school, Mr. Ullo worked as a civil engineer and project manager with an environmental consulting firm in Tallahassee, Florida, representing private manufacturers and served as an Engineering Manager under contract with Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Hazardous Waste and Dry-cleaning Remediation Program.  Mr. Ullo is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and is a member of the Florida Engineering Society and a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association.  As a dual degree candidate, Mr. Ullo received a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993.  He also earned a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the Florida State University in 1998.  Mr. Ullo earned his J.D. from Florida State University, College of Law in 2006 where he received certificates with honors in Environmental and Land Use Law.  While in law school Mr. Ullo held the position of research assistant to Charles W. Ehrhardt and was an associate editor for the Florida State University Law Review.  Mr. Ullo is admitted to practice before the Middle and Southern Federal District Courts in Florida.

Joseph Bell - Mr. Bell is an Incentive Analyst with the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Division of Strategic Business Development.  From 2005-2012, Mr. Bell served as Program Manager with Enterprise Florida, Inc., the state public-private partnership responsible for Florida’s statewide economic development.  Among other responsibilities, Mr. Bell managed Florida’s Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus incentive.  The Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus Refund is available to encourage redevelopment and job creation within designated brownfield areas.  Mr. Bell is also an active member of Florida Brownfield Association.  Before joining Enterprise Florida, Mr. Bell was a planner with Orange County Growth Management Department in Orlando, Florida.  A native of St. Lucia, Joseph received his BA in International Marketing from Baruch College (New York City), and a MPA, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Central Florida.

Richard L. Maguire, Esquire - Mr. Maguire is a Shareholder at Rogers Towers, P.A., one of the oldest, largest and most distinguished law firms in Northeast Florida.  Founded over 100 years ago in Jacksonville, Rogers Towers now has over 75 attorneys in 7 offices throughout Florida.  Mr. Maguire practices exclusively in the environmental field, including representing individuals, local governments, businesses, lenders and trusts concerning: environmental compliance; real estate and corporate transactions; permitting, enforcement, and litigation of all environmental issues; handling, treatment, permitting for and disposal of hazardous, toxic or solid substances and wastes, and petroleum products; regulation of underground storage tanks; air and water quality; wastewater treatment and disposal; marina and dock permitting; sovereignty submerged land leases; dredge and fill and wetlands, potable water supply and groundwater protection; and odor and noise control.  He is the former chair of Rogers Towers’ Environmental and Land Use Department.  Mr. Maguire served in the U.S. Coast Guard and received his B.S. from the United States Coast Guard Academy and his J.D. from the University of Miami.  He has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named one of The Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation), 2009-2013.  He is on the Board of Directors for the First Coast Manufacturers Association, President of the Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary Club, a member of the United States Propeller Club, and a Board Member and Former Chair of the Winston Family YMCA.

Margo Moehring, AICP - Margo is the Managing Director of Policy and Planning for the Northeast Florida Regional Council and the Executive Director, Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida, Inc.  Margo joined the Regional Council staff as Director of Policy in January 2008.  In this capacity, she has led efforts to establish a 50 year vision for growth and development on the First Coast, is working on an update to the regional plan informed by the vision, and works with the Regional Community Institute on sea level rise in Northeast Florida, an action item identified by the vision.  Prior to joining the Regional Council and RCI, she was appointed Chief of the Strategic Planning Division of the City of Jacksonville, Planning and Development Department.  Margo was born and raised in the Bronx.  Before moving to Florida in 2000, she was Executive Director of Strategic Planning with the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Division of Real Estate Services.  Margo graduated from Jacksonville University and has a Master of Philosophy Degree in Town Planning from University College, London.  Margo is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

David Goldman, P.G. - Mr. Goldman is Senior Vice President with the engineering firm of Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.  He is a registered Professional Geologist in the states of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.  He has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Geology from the University Florida and currently serves on the Department of Geology Advisory Board.  He has over 25 years of experience in assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties.  For the last 14 years he has been conducting assessment and cleanup planning for Brownfield development sites throughout Florida and other states.  His current practice is in the integration of site assessment and cleanup with civil design and permitting, construction, and operational components of redeveloped contaminated properties.

Lisa Frazier, AICP - Lisa is a Certified Planner and Associate with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and Natural Resources, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning.  Lisa has over 25 years of experience conducting urban land planning and environmental studies in Florida and Michigan.  She has been extensively involved in land development and redevelopment, greenways and trails, multimodal transportation studies, green infrastructure and conservation planning.  Her experience includes master plans, zoning and land development codes, comprehensive plans, agency coordination, land planning and entitlement services for public and private sector development, preparation of conservation design and greenway plans, grant writing and land acquisition,  Phase I environmental site assessments, and numerous projects involving endangered and threatened species.

William J. Schilling Jr., P.E. ("Bill") - Bill is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Florida and a shareholder with the engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc..  He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.  He has over 18 years of experience with land development projects in northeast Florida and has worked with private developers, local municipalities and counties throughout the area.  He specializes in the areas of traffic engineering, transportation planning, concurrency, and entitlement planning and has been a part of major development projects within the District.

Ken Pinnix - Mr. Pinnix is the Branch Manager for Cardno TBE in the Jacksonville, Florida, office and is responsible for Project Management, Client Services, and Business Development in the Northeast Florida area.  Ken has extensive experience in brownfields redevelopment, municipal consulting, economic development, community outreach, and program management.  He was most recently Manager of the Brownfields, Historic Preservation & Community Planning Group, Community Planning Division for the City of Jacksonville, Florida.  He served as facilitator/leader of the Jacksonville Brownfields Coalition and was instrumental in the Brownfields program’s recognition as one of ten (10) US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Showcase Communities.  Ken worked in various leadership roles for 10 years in the Planning and Development and Housing and Neighborhoods Departments where he served as Chief of the Community Development Division and Brownfields Program Coordinator and led the City of Jacksonville’s Program from 2001 to 2011.  An accomplished scientist and researcher, Ken has more than 20 years of experience with medical device research and consulting with Emory University, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson and is a published author of several scientific papers.


Contributing Sponsors


Wyatt Grant, P.E. - Mr. Grant is the Executive Vice President of EnviroTek based in Tampa, Florida.  Mr. Grant has over 10 years of experience as environmental remediation engineering and project management for Brownfields, government, utility, commercial, industrial and municipal projects.  His Brownfields experience includes Brownfield designations, Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements, site assessment, remediation, redevelopment and tax credit applications.  His engineering experience includes technical expertise in remedial system design, construction management, alternative site closure remedial approaches, dewatering engineering design, UST removals, and project implementation management.  Mr. Grant’s project management experience includes management of environmental, geotechnical, civil and nuclear construction projects.  Mr. Grant is a professional engineer and earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Cyndi Romero - Ms. Romero is a Vice President at EnviroTek based in Tampa, Florida.  Ms. Romero has over 20 years of experience in development and management of community and economic development projects.  She has expertise in planning and implementing Brownfields Programs as part of comprehensive economic redevelopment plans including coordinating public/private financing and assisting industry in the disposition of contaminated properties.  She continues to assist highly regulated industries on environmental construction and remediation matters for compliance and closure of impacted sites.  Ms. Romero holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and is currently pursuing an environmental law degree from Emory University School of Law.

Sean Rome - Mr. Rome is Vice President and Principal Geochemist with Tetra Tech, Inc., and has over 14 year of environmental redevelopment, engineering and environmental consulting experience.  He is responsible for overall program management for several nationwide and statewide contracts involving energy and engineering design projects, redevelopment and environmental consulting.  Mr. Rome also provides technical oversight on a variety of renewable energy projects primarily involving solar and landfill gas applications.  Mr. Rome also serves as Florida lead for Environmental Redevelopment and has been involved with numerous redevelopment projects, including the 2005 USEPA Region 4 Phoenix Award Winning Baldwin Park Redevelopment Project, along with numerous other award winning redevelopment projects.  Mr. Rome is also well published in the field of redevelopment and dense non aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) remediation and has presented as a key speaker at several conferences including the National Brownfields Conference, Florida Brownfields Conference and the First International Conference for DNAPL Characterization and Remediation, and the Tenth International In-Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium.


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Last updated: July 09, 2013
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