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CUPA-2018
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JOHN WILSON, Instructor - CBL Training & Consulting

John is the founder of CBL Training and Consulting (CBLTAC), which began in 2004. John is currently a California State Peace Officer and works as a specialized investigator. He has worked in a variety of positions including street patrol, auto theft and drug investigations, and as a police academy instructor (Criminal Law, Impaired Driving, and Physical Training). He has served as a Drug Recognition Expert, and is court certified in Merced and El Dorado Counties as an expert in street drugs and influence. John is a P.O.S.T. certified homicide investigator, sex crimes investigator, crime scene investigator (CSI), auto theft investigator, DOJ-BNE narcotics investigator, and methamphetamine laboratory investigator among other certifications. Before becoming a peace officer, he was an Outdoor Adventure Education Supervisor for an at-risk youth program working for the Tulare County Office of Education. He also worked for King's View Center as a Child Care Worker in a chemical dependency unit in Tulare County, California. John served as a seasonal US Forest Service Wildland Firefighter in the Sierra Nevada mountains and is a U.S. Army veteran.

M-J1, M-D3, Tu-L1

CUPA-2018
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JOJO COMANDANTE, Hazardous Materials Specialist - Los Angeles County Fire

Mr. Comandante has a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and taught HazMat Chemistry at the UCLA Extension for 5 years (1997-2002). He worked for a glass manufacturing company as an environmental engineer for 5 years before transferring to the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. as a HazMat Specialist. Currently, he works in the Emergency Operations Section of the Health Hazardous Materials Division of L A County Fire as a Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist. He supervises HazMat Specialists who respond to hazardous material incidents and uses his knowledge of chemistry in helping to mitigate the incidents. He participates in community outreach programs, including high school mentor programs, science fairs, and community meetings.

M-I2, Th-I2

CUPA-2018
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JONATHAN BLAZO, Hazardous Materials Specialist - Santa Clara County DEH

Jonathan Blazo is a Hazardous Materials Specialist with the County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health. Jon's true interest as a CUPA inspector lies in the hazardous waste realm with a particular focus on inspections related to tiered permitting, hospitals/pharmaceuticals, and the semi-conductor industry. Strengths include waste characterization, manifesting/DOT, waste management methods, and understanding the interface between state and federal laws. Jon comes with experience as a licensed commercial hazardous materials transporter and hazardous waste labpack chemist where he provided services to private industries, universities, and municipalities throughout more than 15 states. Additionally, he has served as a proposal manager for a large hazardous waste disposal firm, and as a compliance specialist and emergency responder for Michigan State University campus and off-site TSDF (RCRA Part B). These differing work experiences have allowed Jon to have a strong understanding of the hazardous waste industry and the framework that governs its regulation.

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CUPA-2018
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JOSEPH CRISOLOGO, Senior Homeland Security Engineer - SWRCB

Currently working as the Senior Homeland Security Engineer with the State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Drinking Water (SWRCB DDW), Joseph has over 30 years of experience and service to the State of California in various capacities. Joseph promotes water security, emergency preparedness and response and organizational resilience; he has served as a District Engineer in the Hollywood District; he has conducted training on health and safety and hazard communication with both the SWRCB DDW and the CYA; he has managed a hazardous materials management program with the former California Youth Authority (CYA); and he has investigated and remediated hazardous waste sites with the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Joseph is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California, has his Baccalaureate of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

W-I1

CUPA-2018
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JULIE MULLINS, Staff Services Manager I - DTSC

Julie Mullins is the Chief of the Department of Toxic's Financial Responsibility Unit. With almost 12 years of experience working in the FR Unit, Julie has developed extensive knowledge and experience in the financial assurance requirements for hazardous waste facilities.

TH-B2

CUPA-2018
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JUSTIN PADDOCK, . - Shaw Law Group

Justin Paddocks practice is focused on conducting internal investigations and providing advice/counsel to public and private sector employers. Justin is a former public sector executive, who oversaw two state offices. Governor Brown appointed him to lead a program within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Justin and his team investigated consumer complaints throughout California and coordinated enforcement efforts with local District and City Attorneys. He managed more than sixty employees. Justin began his career analyzing and lobbying legislation at the State Capitol. He has extensive experience with State of California human resources policies, including: progressive discipline, recruitment practices, and bargaining unit disputes.

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CUPA-2018
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KAREEM TAYLOR, Environmental Scientist - Cal/EPA

Kareem has been with California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) - Unified Program Section since 2005. His current position is Acting Senior Environmental Scientist, Specialist whose primary responsibility has been the management of hazardous materials and hazardous waste storage program evaluations of Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA). Kareem is the most experienced CUPA evaluation team lead in CalEPA whose has led the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) violation library and Title 27 revision work groups, developed various Unified Program policy documents, and participated in other Unified Program related meetings and activities. Before working for CalEPA, Kareem worked for Clark Pest Control as a structural pest control technician. He also worked for WorldCom, a large telecommunication company, as an implementation engineer that managed fiber optic construction projects primarily in the Bay Area. For fun, Kareem enjoys fishing in the beautiful lakes, rivers, streams, and coastal areas in California

M-D2

CUPA-2018
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KAREN RIVELES, Staff Toxicologist & Emergency Response Coordinator - Cal/EPA

Karen Riveles is a toxicologist with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and works on emergency planning, preparedness and response. Karen's work focuses on the identification, characterization, and risk assessment of toxic air pollutants and assessing health effects and characterizing risk to public health and the environment from toxic chemical releases in the environment. Karen also helps to develop public health messages during and after chemical releases. Karen has been teaching at the CUPA Conference since 2012 and about public health messaging and risk communication since 2013.

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CUPA-2018
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KATHLEEN PACHECO, Senior Deputy County Counsel - Alameda County DEH

Kathleen Pacheco is a Senior Deputy County Counsel at the County of Alameda Office of the County Counsel. She has been an attorney with Alameda County since 2001, and is currently assigned to represent Alameda Countys General Services Agency and Department of Environmental Health. Prior to joining the Office of the County Counsel, Kathleen worked both as in-house counsel and in private practice. Kathleen has been a speaker and panelist at continuing legal education programs sponsored by local bar associations and is a past president of the Women Lawyers Committee of Santa Clara County. She received her undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and her law degree from Santa Clara University.

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CUPA-2018
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KATHRYN DOMINIC, Senior Engineering Geologist Unit Chief - SWRCB

Ms. Dominic manages the Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP) in the State Water Resources Control Board's Division of Financial Assistance. She is a career professional in contaminated site investigation and cleanup. Her experience encompasses large military and other federal installations, brownfields, and petroleum UST and bulk fuel facilities. She managed a broad spectrum of projects and programs before implementing SCAP in 2015.

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