JANICE VAN MULLEM, Assistant Fire Marshal - Huntington Beach Fire Dept
Janice Van Mullem is the Assistant Fire Marshal for the Huntington Beach Fire Department. She assumed this position in 2016 after three years as the Hazardous Materials Program Specialist. Janice received her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Science Technology and Public Policy, and a Masters Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering. She has a long career in the environmental field, specializing in hazardous material and hazardous waste management. She was an inspector for several years with the Orange County CUPA as a Hazardous Waste Specialist, and has experience as a multi-media environmental specialist at Naval Weapon Station Seal Beach.
JANICE WITUL, Investigator - US EPA
Janice Witul is in the Clean Water Enforcement Section of the Enforcement Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 in San Francisco, California. Her duties include compliance assistance, inspections, and enforcement for Oil Pollution Prevention, along Incident Command System training and response.
As a member of the Oil Program, she reviews Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, Contingency or Facility Response Plans, and performs inspections at facilities subject to the Oil Pollution Acts SPCC Rule. Compliance assistance includes working with state and local agencies that oversee California's Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act, as well as outreach to regulated industry sectors.
Ms. Witul is a Safety Officer for EPA Region 9 Incident Management Teams, and a Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) team member for oil spills.
JASON BOETZER, EH Division Chief - Sacramento County EH
Jason Boetzer is the Chief of the Sacramento County Environmental Health Division. He has over 17 years of experience working in the environmental health field. In 2002, Jason accepted a job with Calaveras County where he developed and implemented the CUPA program. Calaveras County had just become certified as a CUPA; therefore, it was the first time that facilities were inspected.
In 2008, Jason became Manager of the Calaveras County Environmental Health Dept and served in this role until he was appointed the Environmental Management Agency Administrator in July 2015. As the Agency Administrator Jason oversaw Environmental Heath, Air Pollution Control, Animal Services, On-site Wastewater, Agriculture Weights and Measures and Animal Services and also served as Director of Environmental Health and the County Air Pollution Control Officer. Jason also worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Sonora, CA, where he taught Food Safety and Sanitation for the Hospitality Management Program for 14 years. Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Public Health, from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He is a Registered Environmental Specialist.
JASON RIZZI, Fire Marshal - Roseville Fire Dept
Jason Rizzi is a Division Chief with the City of Roseville Fire Department, serving as Fire Marshal and CUPA Program Manager.
Jason is active in code development relating to hazardous materials and flammable liquid safety and currently serves on the CA OSFM Tanks in Underground Areas working group representing the CA Fire Chiefs Association. Jason holds ICC certification as a Certified Fire Marshal (CFM), Fire Plans Examiner, CA Underground Storage Tank Inspector and as an Aboveground Tank System Inspector (SP001) from the Steel Tank Institute. Jason additionally provides industry training throughout the Northern California Region in hazardous materials spill response and underground storage tank certification.
Jason holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Fire Science from Cogswell Polytechnical College. He has over 20 years of cumulative fire and hazardous materials experience including Fire Marshal for the City of West Sacramento, Fire & Hazardous Materials Inspector for the County of Sonoma and Chief Warrant Officer with the United States Coast Guard, assigned to the National Strike Force, specializing in response to natural disasters, oil spills and chemical releases.
JEFF HOLWAGER, Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist - Los Angeles County Fire
Mr. Holwager obtained a Bachelors degree in Environmental & Occupational Health from California State University of Northridge (1994) and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the State of California, since 1995.
Mr. Holwager has 22 years of experience working as an environmental regulator for Los Angeles County, with the Environmental Health Dept. and the Fire Dept. In the Environmental Health Dept. he worked in the District Environmental Services Unit conducting Food and Housing inspections, in the Hollywood District Office as a senior inspector and as the Acting Chief of the Water & Sewage Programs and the Mountain & Rural Program. In 2005, Mr. Holwager was hired as a Hazardous Materials Specialist with Los Angeles County Fire Dept., Health and Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD). In 2012, Mr. Holwager was promoted to Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist, Inspection Section. Mr. Holwager has been assigned to the Statewide Hazardous Materials Technical Advisory Group (TAG), the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act TAG, as the Administrative Enforcement Coordinator for HHMD, and is currently on the Terrorism Task Form for HHMD.
JEFF THORNE, Battalion Chief - Belmont Fire Department
I have been in the Fire Service for over 23 years and a licensed paramedic for 19 years. A member of the San Mateo/Foster City/Belmont Fire Department command staff. Currently I am assigned to the Central San Mateo County Training Division, overseeing training for approximately 300 personnel with 7 cities and 5 fire departments. I am a Hazardous Material Specialist since 2001 with additional certifications as a WMD specialist, Hazmat Safety Officer and CSTI Outreach Instructor. An active member of the San Mateo County Hazmat Emergency Response Team.
JEFFREY LAWSON, Attorney - Silicon Valley Law Group
Jeff Lawson is a shareholder of Silicon Valley Law Group, where his practice focuses on compliance and litigation related to environmental law and land use. He also litigates complex commercial and employment cases. Jeff serves the real estate, manufacturing, water, agriculture, transportation, financial services, and semiconductor industries. Jeff has been recognized by Law & Politics Media and San Francisco Magazine as one of "Northern California's Super Lawyers" from 2004 to the present and has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Sobrato Development Company
San Jose Arena Management (the San Jose Sharks)
Great Oaks Water Co.
USA Properties Fund
Samaritan Properties, LLC.
T.W.C. Storage LLC v. State Water Resources Control Board (2010) 185 Cal. App. 4th. 291 (Authority of Regional Board to Impose Fines.)
Great Oaks Water Co. v. Santa Clara Valley Water District (2009) 170 Cal. App. 4th, 956 (Applicability of CEQA to Groundwater Charges.)
Kelsoe v. State Water Resources Control Board (2007)153 Cal. App. 4th 569 (Perfect compliance is not required for eligibility under the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Clean-Up Fund.)
Canal Street, Ltd. et al. v. Robert A. Sorich et al. (2000) 77 Cal. App. 4th 602 (Settlement tolls five-year period to reduce action to judgment overruling Varwig v. Leider (1985) 171 Cal. App. 3d 312.)
Boyce v. Bumb (1996) 944 F. Supp 807 (Innocent Party May Maintain a Claim for Full Cost Recovery under CERCLA.)
Camellia Park HOA v. Greenbriar Homes Co. (1995) 882 F. Supp 150. (Recoverability of attorney fees under RCRA.)
In the Matter of Gilroy Associates (1993) TSCA Appeal No. 92-6 Environmental Appeals Board (Mistake of fact is a defense to a PCB violation under Toxic Substances Control Act.)
Capogeannis v. Superior Court (1993) 12 Cal. App. 4th 668 (Applicability of Torts of Continuing Nuisance and Continuing Trespass to Former Owners of Contaminated Property.)
Williams v. Leybold Technologies, Inc. (1992) 785 F. Supp 765 (Application of Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act to Manufacturer.)
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A, with great distinction, San Jose State University
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
"Northern California Super Lawyers," San Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Media, 2004-present, Top 100: 2011, 2012, 2013
Martindale-Hubbell AV rated
President, Board of Directors, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Member, Rotary Club of San Jose
Member, Mission Readiness, Military Leaders For Kids
Brigadier General, California Air National Guard (retired)
Professor, Lincoln Law School-Environmental and Water Law
Advisor, California Bar Association Environmental Law Section Executive Committee
JEFFREY MILLER, Investigator - San Diego County DA's Office
Jeffrey Miller has been a sworn Peace Officer for the last 25 years, working for the San Diego Police Department in the beginning of his career, and is currently a Supervising Investigator at the San Diego County District Attorneys Office for the last 10 years. He is a POST certified instructor and teaches for many public and private organizations throughout the United States for the last 15 years. Jeffrey is a regular instructor for CUPA, and has worked many years in the Environmental Crimes Unit.
Jeffrey teaches several topics across various disciplines, and has brought many valuable and useful things to this Advanced Evidence course. Additionally, Jeffrey has included many tried and tested investigative techniques that will give your DA the best evidence.
Jeffrey's focus for this course is to provide attendees with straight forward, real-life tools and techniques to make your cases successful, not a bunch of history and statistics.
JEFFREY POETSCH, President - JCPoetsch Advisos
Jeff Poetsch has over 32 years experience in large-scale real estate entitlement, development management, and strategic planning and consulting. Currently Mr. Poetsch, as President of JCPoetsch Advisors, Inc; is engaged by several corporate and private clients to coordinate the development and asset management of their real estate holdings. Prior creating JCPoetsch Advisors, Inc. Mr. Poetsch was Senior Vice President at Constructa Inc, a French based real estate development company and was responsible for Constructa's New York and Western Regions which included the management of firms activities in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New York. He is also a licensed architect and was previously the owner of architecture and consulting practice serving Northern California.
Currently, Mr. Poetsch is the President of the Ravenswood Shores Business District in East Palo Alto, and is the spokesperson for this constituency before the various regulatory agencies (Planning, Redevelopment Engineering, and City Council) as well as the interface for the neighborhood community groups. Mr. Poetsch has worked with the land owners, the City and other regulatory agencies to address the
JEFFREY RABER, CEO & CVO - The Werc Shop
Dr. Raber currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Commercial Cannabis Labs (ACCL). He received his B.S. in biochemistry from Lebanon Valley College, PA and subsequently a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on developing new synthetic methodologies useful in pharmaceutical drug discovery and manufacturing efforts. Dr. Raber studied botanical phylogenetic relationships based on the RuBisCO enzymes evolution while in college and was named to the USA Today 1997 All-USA College Academic Team for his research accomplishments in this area. While at USC he was awarded the Harold and Lillian Moulton Fellowship for his efforts on the construction of novel heterocycles and peptidomimetics utilizing a proprietary boron-based multicomponent condensation reaction.
Driven by a desire to find his own medicine and make a positive contribution to society while creating American jobs, Dr. Raber founded The Werc Shop in 2010 with a focus on botanical analysis, new product developments and sustainability.