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MARIA DUAZO, Hazardous Materials Specialist - Contra Costa County HS

Maria Duazo has 26 Years of Service with Contra Costa Health Services Hazardous Materials Programs as a CUPA regulator and member of the County Health Department's Hazmat Response Team. Our team has participated in the Urban Shield WMD Training Exercise since 2011. In Urban Shield and in regular responses, we can don all levels of PPE from Level A-Level D and have deployed various hazmat response instruments to incidents ranging from abandoned drums/buckets to overturned tanker trucks and petroleum refinery incidents.

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MARIA GUTZEIT, Chemical Engineer, Owner - Compliance Plus

Maria Gutzeit is the owner and principal engineer at Compliance Plus. She has 30 years experience in the environmental compliance arena. She began her career with Fortune 500 industry, including Amoco Oil, Waste Management of California, and Anheuser Busch. After serving as a site environmental engineer for three Southern California facilities, she founded Compliance Plus in 1995. The company serves industrial clients in Southern California and the western United States. Gutzeit focuses on a multi-media approach to ensure environmental compliance, integrating air, hazardous material, stormwater, wastewater, and waste management issues into programs that allow companies to efficiently meet and exceed regulatory expectations. Specialties include hazardous materials CalARP/RMP/PSM, waste minimization, air permitting and Federal MACT/NESHAPS issues. Ms. Gutzeit has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. For more information, please see www.compliance-plus.net. Gutzeit has also served as an elected water official since 2003, and recently worked on the negotiating team behind SB634(Wilk), signed into law in October 2017.

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MARIE WOODIN, Interim Director - Sacramento County EMD

Marie Woodin is Interim Director for the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department. Ms. Woodin has been with this Department for the past 27 years and was responsible for implementation and enforcement for a variety of environmental health and hazardous materials/waste programs. She received her Bachelor Science Degree from San Diego State University in Environmental Health Science and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Her primary focus has been in the Unified Programs, which included hazardous materials/wastes, tiered permitting, and underground tanks and she has worked on enforcement cases for 10 years. She was also a member of the Emergency Incident Response Team for 7 years.

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MARK HOWARD, Environmental Scientist - US EPA

Mark Howard is an environmental scientist with the EPA Office of Emergency Management, in the Regulation and Policy Development Division in Washington, D.C. Howard is the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Technical Team Leader and national project manager for the Inspector's Training Program, the Oil Program Technical Guidance Workgroup, the Upstream (production) Technical Workgroup, and the On-Scene Coordinator Readiness Training Program. He is also the lead technical member of the SPCC rulemaking workgroup. Prior to his work with the federal government, Howard worked for 10 years as a state responder and aboveground storage tank inspector with the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality.

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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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MARK SUTPHIN, Hazardous Material Specialist III - Orange County EH

Mark Sutphin is a senior Hazardous Materials Specialist with the Orange County Health Care Agency. Mark graduated from UC Irvine in 1985 with a BS in Biological Sciences. He began working for the Orange county Heath Care Agency in 1987. He has been a member of the Emergency Response team since 1989. He is a certified Hazmat Specialist, CSTI Clan lab trained, and has received various specialized training. He has responded to numerous hazmat incidents including Meth labs, Hash oil labs, Fentanyl incidents, White Powder incidents, and many other cases from the routine to the unusual.

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MARTY BROWNFIELD, Hazardous Materials Inspector - Kern County EH

Has been a hazardous materials inspector with Kern County since 1988 starting with Kern County Fire Department and transferring to Kern County Environmental Health CUPA program in 1996. Certifications: Steel Tank Institute Certified AST Inspector #AST-1690 Hazardous Materials Tech/Spec Fire Prevention Officer 1 CA-SFM Cert #771776 Volunteer Firefighter CA-SFM Cert #502619 Graduate of US EPA Advanced Environmental Crimes Investigations Course

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MARY AVASTU, Environmental Health Specialist III - Retired - San Diego County DEH

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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MARYAM TASNIF-ABBASI, Senior Supervising Environmental Scientist - DTSC

Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi's twelve years with the Department of Toxic Substances Control has focused on community revitalization through the redevelopment of underutilized Brownfields properties. As the Southern California Brownfields Coordinator, she has facilitated agreements with developers, property owners and government agencies, leading to successful environmental restoration and reuse. Her role as a Project Manager is focused on fast-paced redevelopment with time-sensitive schedules, and she has completed such projects as the Vivante Senior Living Facility in Costa Mesa, the Studio 15 Housing project in San Diego, and the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Miller Children's Hospital expansion. Additionally, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi coordinates the State Response Program Grant, which provides funding to government agencies and non-profits for Brownfields assessment and planning. She is currently a supervisor for the Site Mitigation and Restoration Branch in the Cypress office. Prior to DTSC, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi was a Senior Project Manager at the Bechtel Corporation for twelve years, working with both military and private sector clients. Through Bechtel, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi spent five years as a Regional Project Manager for the Chevron Environmental Management Company, responsible for the Ventura and Santa Barbara County portfolios, and special projects.

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