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2007 Annual West Coast Collaborative Partnership Meeting  

Speaker Biographies

U.S. EPA’s Annual
West Coast Collaborative Partnership Meeting
March 28, 2007
in Sacramento, California

Rick Albright
Director, Office of Air, Waste and Toxics, Region 10, Rick Albright is the Director
of the Office of Air, Waste, and Toxics in the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA) Region 10 office. He has worked at the EPA for over 21
years. His previous work experience with the EPA includes the Director of EPA’s
Office of Waste and Chemicals Management; Director of EPA’s Alaska Operations
Office and Unit Manager of EPA’s Superfund Program, as well as various
experience in EPA’s water programs (such as permitting, water quality
standards, and TMDLs). Previous work positions outside of EPA include applied
research at Washington State Department of Game and serving as a Staff biologist
at University of Washington at the School of Fisheries. Mr. Albright’s
educational background includes a BA in Zoology from the University of Washington
and a MS in Fisheries, also from the University of Washington. Personal hobbies
include gardening, kayaking, skiing, reading, camping, hiking, various home
projects, and spending time with his family.

Sharon Banks
Sharon Banks is actively involved in reducing diesel exhaust in Oregon.
She is the newly appointed CEO of Cascade Sierra Solutions or (CSS).
She spent 16 years managing finances for the Lane Regional Air Protection
Agency – a little local agency with big ideas in Lane County,
Oregon. She works in partnership with a variety of government, schools,
and private enterprise stakeholders to improve air quality and sustainability
in Lane County, Oregon. Her passion is designing programs using collaborative
processes and market-based approaches to improve air quality and
energy efficiency. Her educational background is in business and
transportation logistics. She also serves one weekend a month as
a transportation officer in the Oregon Army National Guard. She is
a team member of the Oregon Clean Diesel Initiative; an active member
of Clean Cities Coalition; a member of Oregon Environmental Council
and on the Board of Clean Air Northwest (CAN); and member of EPA’s
Smart Way Transport and West Coast Collaborative. Recent Projects

  • The Lane Clean Diesel Project – a program started in 2004
    that facilitated many fleets in implementing ultra low sulfur diesel
    and biodiesel blends prior to the 2006 mandate
  • The Oregon Clean School Bus Program – a program to currently
    installing diesel retrofits, replacing old buses and using clean
    fuel in Oregon school districts
  • The Clean Fuel for Bridges Program – a program to use ultra
    low sulfur diesel in the highway construction equipment used on the
    I-5 corridor
  • The Everybody Wins Program –a program to install APUs on
    trucks with sleeper cabs that operate on the I-5 corridor
  • E85 Distribution Network – A project to bring retail access
    of E85 to Washington and Oregon.

Taylor S. Davis
Taylor Director, Public and Governmental Affairs, Deere and Company
Taylor Davis has worked for Deere for ten years and holds a Bachelor
of Arts from Houston Baptist University and a Juris Doctor degree
from South Texas School of Law.

Kevin Downing
Kevin Downing graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Reed College,
having presented his body of work either as publication in academic
journals or in colloquia and professional meetings. He moved to work
on environmental policy matters as a legislative assistant in the
Oregon Legislature and on political campaigns. He has worked for
the Department of Environmental Quality since 1992 where he initially
led the efforts of the Department to respond to the challenges of
the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act by meeting every one of
the requisite deadlines on time. He has also been responsible for
the development and implementation of multiple air and water quality
programs including nonpoint source pollution reduction projects,
abatement of air quality nuisances, open burning, vapor recovery
from marine loading of petroleum products and air quality regional
maintenance plans. In the past few years, Kevin has been leading
the state’s efforts to reduce the impact of diesel emissions
through the promotion of advanced pollution controls on existing
diesel vehicles. He has made numerous presentations on the application
of clean diesel technology to citizen, business and academic
groups in Oregon as well as elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest and
nationally. He lives with his wife and two children in a neighborhood
of Portland where he had led efforts, as president of the neighborhood
association, to successfully reduce the number of travel lanes on
a heavily used street in order to restore balance to other travel
modes, like bicyclists and pedestrians, while stimulating the development
of a business community along the corridor.

Kerry Drake
Kerry Drake is an Associate Director in the Air Division of the EPA
Region 9.  He focuses on permitting, enforcement, and agriculture
as well as general air quality issues in the San Joaquin Valley and
Sacramento metropolitan areas of California, and in the state of Hawaii.  He
came to the EPA after serving for more than a decade with the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality. Mr. Drake graduated, with honors,
from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering,
and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Larry F. Greene
Mr. Larry Greene is the Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan
Air Quality Management District based in Sacramento, California. The
district staff of 100 operates programs in air monitoring, planning,
compliance assistance, enforcement of air quality rules, public education,
mobile sources, and review of local land use projects. He has
twice served as President of the California Air Pollution Control
Officers Association, which represents air quality issues for the
34 California Districts and he serves on the Board of the National
Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), a national organization
which represents air quality issues for state and local agencies.
Larry has earned a Bachelors Degree in Science Education from North
Carolina State University, and Masters Degrees in Logistics Management
from Florida Institute of Technology and Human Resources Education
from Boston University. Larry is a founding board member of Walk
Sacramento, a non-profit group advocating for more pedestrian access
in the Sacramento region.

Roger A. Isom
Roger A. Isom is the Vice President & Director of Technical Services
for the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, and has
been since 1992. Prior to that, he worked for the Fresno County and
San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control Districts. In addition,
he is a member of the Executive Board of the Ag Energy Consumers
Association. In 2000, he was appointed to the USDA-NRCS Agricultural
Air Quality Task Force as an agricultural organization representative
specializing in air quality. He is a member of the Dust Emission
Joint Forum appointed by the Western Governors Association. He is
a Registered Environmental Assessor with the State of California,
and graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1988.

Deborah Jordan
Deborah Jordan was named the Director of EPA Region 9’s Air
Division on November 3, 2003. Prior to her selection as Director,
Ms. Jordan served as Associate Regional Administrator, acting as chief
of staff for Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri. For the two
previous years, she served as Chief, Federal Facilities and Site Cleanup
Branch in the Superfund Division. She has extensive background in
the air program prior to moving to Superfund, having served as Associate
Director from 1995-2000. Her tenure in the Air Division includes
having managed the Title V operating permits program from 1992-1995.
Ms. Jordan holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees
from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the University of California
at Berkeley, all in chemical engineering. She serves on the Board
of Directors of the Air and Waste Management Association, Golden West

Ralph Knight
Mr. Knight has been in school transportation for 38 years. As
Director of Transportation for the Napa Valley Unified School District,
he has led the District in many uses of alternative fuels. Napa
Valley is the only school district in California that operates a 100%
CNG transit fleet, and they are the only school district today still
operating three electric school buses. Napa Valley Unified School
District will be the first district in California to operate a new
diesel-electric hybrid school bus.

Cynthia Marvin
Cynthia Marvin is the assistant division chief for planning and technical
support at the California Air Resources Board. Her background
includes 18 years experience with the Board developing clean air plans
and regulations to protect public health, plus private sector work
as a banking executive and a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology. Ms. Marvin
led development of CARB’s 2006 Emission Reduction Plan for Ports
and Goods Movement in California. She currently manages the agency’s
program to implement the $1 billion approved by the voters to reduce
the emissions and health risk from freight movement in California’s
trade corridors under the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality,
and Port Security Bond Act of 2006.

Dennis McLerran
Dennis McLerran is the Executive Director of the Puget Sound Clean
Air Agency, the regional air quality agency for King, Kitsap, Pierce
and Snohomish counties. He has led the Agency in developing a
number of national award winning programs. These innovative programs
include Diesel Solutions, a broad-based voluntary diesel retrofit
and clean fuels program; the Puget Sound voluntary summer clean gasoline
program; and developing legislation creating the Washington State
Clean School Bus program, making $5 million per year available to
clean up 9,000 school buses. He currently serves as Co-Chair
of the Mobile Sources and Fuels Committee of the National Association
of Clean Air Agencies and is a past President and Board member. He
is also a member of US EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee
and the Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee. He is currently
helping to lead the West Coast Collaborative, a group of stakeholders
promoting retrofitting of diesel engines. Mr. McLerran is also
a past recipient of the Municipal League of King County’s Public
Employee of the Year award. 

Elin Miller
Elin D. Miller is the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 10, which
has jurisdiction in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon,
Idaho, and Alaska. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson announced
the appointment of Ms. Miller to serve as Regional Administrator,
effective October 30, 2006. With over twenty years experience in
environmental and agricultural issues, Elin brings a wealth of knowledge
to the Agency. Most recently, she served as President and CEO of
Arysta Life Science North America & Australasia, a crop protection
company based in Tokyo. From 1996-2004, she held various positions
at the Dow Chemical Company including Global Vice President of Public
Affairs, Vice President of Global Pest Management and Vice President
of Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Dow, Elin served as the Director
of the California Department of Conservation, where she was responsible
for regulating oil and gas production, as well as the state’s mining,
recycling and agriculture land conservation initiatives. She also
served as the Chief Deputy Director of the California Department
of Pesticide Regulation at Cal EPA. She has served as the Chair-Elect
for the Sponsor’s Board of the Future Farmers America, was a member
of the President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University,
was on the board of the American Farmland Trust, and was the Chair
of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment. Elin holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in Agronomy/Plant Protection from the University
of Arizona where she was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and was recently
recognized with their 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award in her profession.
She and her husband Bill own a working farm in Umpqua, Oregon

Peter Murchie
Peter works in the Office of Air Waste and Toxics (OAWT) in Region
10. Until recently Peter also worked for the Office of Air Quality
Planning and Standards (OAQPS) in the national air toxics program
and as part of the agriculture/forestry air quality team. Peter
is the Team Lead for the EPA Region 10 diesel team and Coordinator
of the West Coast Collaborative. Beyond EPA, Peter has worked with
the World Health Organization and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
on water quality management in developing countries and with the US/Canada
International Joint Commission on ecosystem management of the Great
Lakes. His education and work has focused on the impacts of environmental
stressors on public health and developing collaborative approaches
on mitigating environmental health problems. He has a Masters
of Public Health and a Masters of Science in Natural Resources Management
from the University of Michigan.

Wayne Nastri
Wayne Nastri, a lifelong westerner, was appointed Regional Administrator
for Region 9 in October 2001. Mr. Nastri has led the Region to real
progress in meeting the west’s environmental challenges, especially
in improving air
in the Central Valley and Southern California and in
protecting of scarce water resources
throughout the arid west. Clear communication, strong enforcement and
accountability to the public for a measurable "bottom line" have
been the hallmarks of his tenure. A strong proponent of partnership
as the best route to environmental protection, Mr. Nastri has launched
many creative collaborations to protect the health and environment
of all those who live in the Pacific Southwest. Most recently, Mr.
Nastri partnered with EPA’s Seattle region to launch the West
Coast Diesel Emission Reduction Collaborative
which will speed
voluntary reductions of diesel emissions from ports, trucks and other
federally regulated sources in a significant assault on one of the
west’s gravest air quality problems. Mr. Nastri also created EPA’s
Southern California Field Office
in Los Angeles — a major improvement
in EPA’s local presence for the region’s largest metropolitan area.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Nastri held various environmental leadership
positions, including Board membership for California’s South Coast
Air Quality Management District (covering Southern California), as
well as participation in advisory boards for California’s state air
quality and waste management agencies. His fifteen years of environmental
consulting experience culminated in his presidency of Environmental
Mediation Inc. before accepting his position at EPA.

Joseph W. Oldham
Mr. Oldham is currently the Fleet Acquisition Supervisor for the Fleet
Management Division of the General Services Department within the
City of Fresno; a position that he has held for the past ten years. During
that time, Mr. Oldham has helped the City of Fresno deploy the largest
alternative fuel and low emission fleet of vehicles in the San Joaquin
Valley. Mr. Oldham believes that everyone can make a positive
contribution to improving air quality and resource conservation. Together
with his wife, Donna, and their three children, the Oldham family
has made personal commitments to environmental stewardship through
the use of solar power on their home in Coarsegold, CA, the exclusive
use of California native plants in their landscape, and in the vehicle
that they drive, a 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid.

Lanny Schmid
Lanny Schmid is employed by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in Omaha Nebraska
as a Director of Environmental Operations, and is the current chairman
of the Environmental Affairs Committee for the Association of American
Railroads. During his 20 plus years at UP, he has been assigned
a wide variety of responsibilities in almost all geographic areas
of their system covering all environmental programs. Prior to
UP, Mr. Schmid spent ten years managing environmental and energy conservation
programs in major beef slaughtering plants and two years at the Nebraska
Department of Environmental Control. He has a Bachelors Degree
in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering, both
from the University of Nebraska, and is a Registered Professional

Lori Stewart
Lori Stewart is Deputy Director of the Transportation and Regional
Programs Division, in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality
at EPA.  Ms. Stewart’s division focuses on innovative
emission reductions programs such as the National Clean Diesel Campaign,
the SmartWay program, and Best Workplaces for Commuters as well as  working
with States to incorporate mobile source reduction programs (including
cleaner fuels) in State Implementation Plans and to meet transportation
conformity requirements. Ms. Stewart joined the EPA transportation
programs in 1995, and has been with the Environmental Protection
Agency in a variety of positions for more 20 years.

Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor is the Director of Strategic Market Planning for Cleaire
Advanced Emission Controls with responsibilities for integrating products,
technologies and new product development with regional air quality,
transportation and toxics programs. Taylor is a graduate of the
University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Physical Anthropology.
Taylor has worked in management capacities in a number of fleet operations
including the University of California Fleet Services, U.S. Fleet
Leasing, and the City of Sacramento Public Works. Taylor began working
at the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District in
1991 and became the Manager of the Mobile Source Division in 1995
where he developed several emission reduction programs including the
Sacramento Heavy-duty NOx Program (which was used as a model for the
statewide Carl Moyer Program) and the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air
and Transportation or “SECAT” Program. Taylor has served
as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Public
Equipment Managers Association (PEMA), an association of public agency
and utility fleet managers in the Sacramento area. Taylor is the current
Vice President of the Greater Sacramento Regional Clean Air Coalition,
the Department of Energy affiliated Clean Cities Coalition in the
Sacramento region. Taylor is also a member of the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District’s Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) Task
Force, a program that is investigating the health risk from toxic
air contaminant emissions in the Bay Area and assessing opportunities
for risk reduction measures to improve air quality in more highly
impacted communities.

Jim Tischer
Jim Tischer is a regional program manager for the Center for Irrigation
Technology (CIT) at California State University, Fresno. Tischer
has a long history of successful assignments at the water/energy/resource
stewardship interface having served as a well drilling and pump
company president, founding manager of a large central California
resource conservation district and as an executive director of
a statewide agricultural advocacy organization.
In the area of renewable energy and distributed generation, Tischer
served as director of fuel procurement for the permitting, construction,
start up and operation of four California biomass plants for a major
Fortune 500 corporation. All four plants continue to be operational
as of March 2007). He is the team leader for the development and
implementation of the innovative Solar Initiative and Renewable Fuels
Initiative for the International Center for Water Technology at CSU,
Fresno. Tischer, a graduate and Fellow of the California Agricultural
Leadership Program and the University of California, Davis, lives
in Woodland, California and is active in the local community.

Mia Waters
Air Quality, Acoustics and Energy Program Manager, Washington State
Department of Transportation Mia Waters has degrees in environmental
science, sociology, and transportation planning. She has been
working in the air quality field for over 15 years in Washington,
Oregon, and oversees, and has focused on transportation related air
emissions for over 10 years. Her recent work on diesel emission
reductions was catalyzed in 2002, working with the Puget Sound Clean
Air Agency and getting to know the benefits of their "diesel
solutions program". Mia is here today to talk about Washington
State DOT’s efforts to fund public fleet vehicles using the Federal
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program.

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