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MARK STARR, Deputy Director of Environmental Health - CA Dept of Public Health

Mark Starr is currently the Deputy Director for Environmental Health in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), beginning in October 2012. He was previously the Director of Community Health, Clinics and Animal Services for Placer County for five years, responsible for public health, community clinics, and animal services programs for the County. He was with the Division of Communicable Disease Control in CDPH/DHS from 1995 through 2007, including four years as Chief of the Division. Prior to that, he was the Chief Epidemiologist for Sacramento County from 1990-1995. Dr. Starr earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) degrees from the University of California, Davis and spent four years in private veterinary practice after graduation before entering public health. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (1991) and by the ACVPMs Epidemiology Specialty (1994). He has taught courses in epidemiology, public health, and environmental determinants of health at the University of California Davis, California State University Sacramento, and Chapman University.

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MARY AVASTU, Environmental Health Specialist III - Retired

Mary Avastu was employed with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Division (HMD) from 1986 until 2013. When she began with the division her duties included inspections of facilities that generated hazardous waste, stored hazardous materials, generated medical waste, or operated underground storage tanks. She became an Environmental Health Specialist III with the Program Coordination Group of the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Section of the HMD around the year 2000. Her duties included being the CUPA coordinator, Training Coordinator, Pollution Prevention Coordinator and over the last 10 years was the Enforcement Coordinator for the program. Prior to working with HMD she worked for the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District for six years in various positions including 3 years as an Air Pollution Control Inspector. She is on the Board of Directors of the California Hazardous Materials Investigators Association as the So-Cal Director at large and has been involved in the organization as past Secretary and Treasurer. She also is a facilitator for the Advanced Environmental Crimes Training Program which is held at the California Specialized Training Institute.

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MARY BIENKO, Deputy Chief - DMV

Deputy Chief Mary Bienko experience in Law Enforcement is extensive in both the Field and Administrative functions. She was with the Chula Vista Police for 10 years. She started her career with DMV Investigations in the Chula Vista Office in 1999. With such a close proximity to the Border she had a wide variety of cases in all programs but found her main interest was in DC Bienko was promoted to Supervising Investigator I in 2008 and has overseen the Vallejo District Office, Professional Standards and Background Unit, Office of Confidential Services including the Investigative Analysis, Computer Forensics and the Confidential Services Units. In 2012 she was promoted to Northern Area Commander covering the Sacramento, Rocklin and Vallejo offices. In October 2016 she was promoted to Deputy Chief over the Investigations Division Professional Standards Branch overseeing Recruitment, Backgrounds, policy and Procedures, Training and Special Projects.

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MATTHEW MCCARRON, Sr. Environmental Scentist-Enforcement - DTSC

Matt has been with the State of California for 22 years. Currently, he is a Senior in the Enforcement Division in DTSCs regional office. He is involved with Environment Justice projects, CUPA audits and trainings, E-Waste inspections, TSDF inspections and emerging issues enforcement. He was the statewide coordinator for the California Green Business Network and the Health Nail Salon project in the DTSCs Pollution Prevention Branch. Matt was also on partial loan to the Governors Office of Economic Development to provide permit assistance to businesses in Northern California in 2010. Previously he worked on the creation of the nations first E-waste recycling program and with the HHW/Used Oil program at CIWMB (now CalRecycle). Also work for Cal/EPA on Permit stream lining for businesses and providing regulatory assistance to the public, local governments and industry. Prior to that, he started with the state at DTSC as the Regional Duty officer providing regulatory assistance and trainings to business, local government and the public. Matt has Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.

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MATTHEW BUFFLEBEN, Supervising Water Resource Control Engineer - SWRCB

Dr. Buffleben (Buf LAY ben) was promoted to Supervising Water Resource Control Engineer in the State Water Boards Office of Enforcement in 2017. Dr. Buffleben oversees four units and project specialists that investigate and assist in the prosecution violations of the water code and health and safety code. Prior to his promotion, he was a supervisor for the Special Investigations Unit within the Office of Enforcement for five years. This unit provides technical input for a large variety of the Water Boards enforcement cases, with a focus is on wastewater treatment and storm water discharges. Previously, Dr. Buffleben had over 12 years of experience working at the North Coast Regional Water Board in Santa Rosa, focusing on logging operations and its impacts to water quality. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, and a M.S. in Environmental Health Science from UCLA. He completed his Doctoral Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering at UCLA in 2009. He is also a California licensed Civil Engineer.

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MATTHEW CARR, Circuit Prosecutor - California DA's Association

Matt Carr serves as the Senior Environmental and Workplace Safety Circuit Prosecutor, covering 16 rural counties in Northern California, from Del Norte to Kings. In that capacity, he supervises three attorneys who, along with him, prosecute corporations and individuals for violations of California's environmental and workplace safety laws, which include hazardous waste, water pollution, poaching, air pollution, and a surprising variety of other laws. Matt has been with the Project for over 7 years. Prior to that, Matt worked as an appellate law clerk in Hawai'i and in other capacities doing environmental law, and he taught a class on Environmental Practice at the UC Davis School of Law in 2016. Matt has a degree in Natural Resources Management and Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis. The counties in which Matt serves as a deputy district attorney are, from north to south: Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Plumas, Glenn, Lake, Colusa, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, and Kings.

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MATTHEW COHEN, Engineering Geologist - SWRCB

Matthew Cohen is a Professional Geologist with the California State Water Resources Control Board. He received his bachelor's degree in Geology from San Francisco State University. He has private sector experience conducting environmental cleanup and investigations at sites thought California. He currently serves as the Chief of the UST Cleanup / GeoTracker Unit where he implements the U.S. EPA Annual Cleanup Contracts, leads LUST case management and compliance tracking efforts through GeoTracker, conducts technical and policy training and outreach among Regional Water Quality Control Boards and LOP Agencies.

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MATTHEW KAUFMANN, Assistant Director of Hazardous Materials - Contra Costa County HS

Matt Kaufmann is currently an Assistant Director of Hazardous Materials Programs for Contra Costa Health Services CUPA. In his current role, Matt oversees the UST, APSA and Enforcement Programs. Matt is also a member of the Hazardous Materials Incident Response Team. Matt's experience includes 6 years as a Hazardous Materials Specialist with Contra Costa County and 2 years as Hazardous Waste Specialist with Orange County.

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MATTHEW MACLEAR, Partner - Aqua Terra Aeris Law Group

As a solo practitioner, former gubernatorial appointee, circuit prosecutor, and civil litigator, Mr. Maclear has represented a wide spectrum of clients including the People of the State of California, state agencies, air and water districts, nonprofits, community groups, and business entities. As Assistant General Counsel for Cal/EPA, Mr. Maclear oversaw and managed investigations and litigation handled by agency counsel, Office of the Attorney General, and local prosecutors in addition to running an inspector training program, managing the statewide environmental complaint system, politically sensitive enforcement actions, amongst other duties. Prior to his appointment to Cal/EPA, Mr. Maclear served as a Circuit Prosecutor for seven years handling both civil and criminal environmental, consumer and worker-safety cases for over 20 California rural counties. Mr. Maclear received his juris doctorate from the University of Pacifics McGeorge School of Law in 2000.

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MATTHEW QUICK, Special Agent - FBI

Special Agent Matthew Quick has been with the FBIs San Francisco Division since 2005. He is assigned as a counterterrorism agent to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and also serves as one of FBI San Franciscos Assistant WMD Coordinators.

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