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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Grant, P.E. -
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.
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
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
Darrin.McKeehen@dep.state.fl.us if you have any questions or
to register for the workshop.