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CUPA-2018
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BRIAN ABEEL, Sr. ESC - Cal OES

Mr. Brian Abeel has over 29 years experience working with various Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as the public of California. He began his career in 1988 with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as a student assistant while attending college. After graduating in 1990 from the University of California at Davis with a B.S. degree in Bio Chemistry, he worked for DTSC as a Hazardous Substances Scientist inspecting hazardous waste generator, treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, and working with peace officers investigating hazardous waste crimes. In 1999, he transferred to the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services working in the Hazardous Materials Section as a Hazardous Substances Scientist. And, now as a Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, where he is tasked with SERC Coordination, Emergency Response Planning and Coordination, Spill Release Reporting, Hazardous Materials Team Typing, Hazardous Material Disclosure, and Improving Multi-Agency Emergency Response to Major Hazardous Materials Incidents in the State of California.

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CUPA-2018
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BRIAN BENNETT, SVP - Facilitr

Brian has been in B2B, Hi Tech (mostly Silicon Valley) since 1982. He was involved with hardware/chips for 10 years before jumping into the birth of the Internet with Netscape for 5 years, followed by CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software with E.piphany; Enterprise Search software with Verity; SEO (Search Engine Optimization) software with Conductor; SEM (Search Engine Marketing) with 3Q Digital; and Environmental Compliance software with Facilitr (formerly NoViolation). Brian has had an executive title and charter for the last 18 years, usually with Sales & Marketing responsibilities.

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CUPA-2018
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BRIAN ESCAMILLA, Clan Lab Program Manager and Principal Instructor - Network Environmental Systems

Brian Escamillas primary responsibilities with NES, Inc. are developing, scheduling, and updating all Clan Lab courses and field guides. He also trains instructors and ensures they are provided with the most current information. Brian has been an instructor with NES since 2002 and has trained thousands of personnel across the United States in various narcotics related classes. Mr. Escamilla has researched and manufactured methamphetamine, PCP, MDMA, methcathinone, fentanyl, euphoria, and various other drugs in a controlled laboratory setting. As a court qualified Expert Witness, Mr. Escamilla has testified in both the State and Federal court systems. He has a well-respected reputation for providing testimony in the areas of crime scene investigation, controlled substances, blood alcohol, and clandestine laboratories. His knowledge and opinions are sought after by such eminent disseminators of information as Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and CBC News. He has published over 35 papers, conducted over 70 workshops, and given over 15 conference presentations related to narcotics and clandestine laboratories at conferences all over the United States.

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CUPA-2018
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BRIDGETTE DESHIELDS, Principal Scientist - Integral Consulting Inc.

Ms. Bridgette DeShields has 30 years of experience and is a specialist in regulatory strategy, site investigation, site remediation, sediment and water quality management, and environmental toxicology. She has managed programs ranging from large site investigations to screening and quantitative ecological and human health risk assessments. She also designed and participated in dredging program management, field evaluations, bioaccumulation studies, literature reviews, and specially designed study programs. Her work has been focused on sediment assessments and waterfront projects with natural resource components and complex regulatory frameworks. She also has technical expertise in the area of bioaccumulation and bioavailability. Ms. DeShields has developed risk-based levels for petroleum compounds and published in the area of produced water management. She has led technical sessions and workshops on risk assessment, petroleum hydrocarbons and emerging contaminants for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Industrial Environmental Association, and the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences.

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CUPA-2018
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BRITTANY SHEAHAN, Environmental Scientist - DTSC

Brittany Sheahan is an Environmental Scientist with the Department of Toxic Substances Control. She is currently an inspector for DTSC's San Diego Border Unit conducting truck stop inspections at the CA/Mexico Ports of Entry with the CBP HAZMAT Unit. Brittany is also the Import/Export Coordinator for DTSC, managing all notifications to import or export hazardous waste from California. She also provides training on import/export requirements to the Maquiladora industry in Mexico.

Tu-N2, Tu-N3

CUPA-2018
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BRUCE WELDEN, Supervisor - Monterey County EHD

Biography for Bruce A. Welden Retired Supervisor, Hazardous Materials Management Services Monterey County Division of Environmental Health Bruce worked in the Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response fields for over twenty five years. As Supervisor of the Monterey County Hazardous Materials Management Services (HMMS) he was in charge of all CUPA Programs, including Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Management, Underground and Aboveground Tanks, and Accidental Release Prevention. In addition he oversaw the Health Departments Emergency Response Team whose trained staff respond 24/7/365 to emergency incidents requiring Health Department oversight. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), a certified Hazardous Materials Specialist, a certified Underground and Aboveground Tank Inspector, and holds a Bachelors Degree from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters Degree from California State University, Hayward.

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CUPA-2018
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CARL PALLADINO, Principal Health Physicist - The Palladino Company Inc

Mr. Carl Palladino has over 25 years experience as an environmental consultant. He is a principal health physicist for The Palladino Company and provides a wide range of environmental, radiological, training, and emergency management services. Mr. Palladino has diverse experiences as a responder to hazmat emergencies; managing hazardous/radioactive waste investigation/remediation projects; consulting for emergency management projects including exercise design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as developing radiological response plans; and developing/conducting health and safety trainings. He is recognized as an outstanding, effective trainer and has taught over 350 radiological, technical, and safety classes to thousands of professionals and emergency response personnel.

TU-F3, W-K1

CUPA-2018
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CARMEN SANTOS, PCB Coordinator - US EPA Region 9

Carmen D. Santos is the EPA Region 9 PCB Coordinator working in the Region 9 Land Division. In this role, Ms. Santos provides regulatory assistance with the federal PCB regulations implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act to parties external to EPA Region 9 and within the Regional EPA office. Ms. Santos also provides technical and regulatory assistance related to cleanup of PCBs and demolition of buildings that have materials containing PCBs and works on various PCB cleanup projects. Ms. Santos is one of the authors of the PCB Facility Approval and Streamlining Toolbox (PCB FAST) published by EPA in May 2017. PCB FAST, which is the subject of her presentation, is designed to help Responsible Parties and regulators reduce delays, improve communication, and increase efficiency in the cleanup and disposal of PCBs at a site so that goals such as site redevelopment can be achieved in a timely manner. Prior to her involvement with PCBs, Ms. Santos worked in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Office in the EPA Region 9 Land Division where she gained experience with RCRA corrective action and enforcement.

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CUPA-2018
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CARYL SHEEHAN, Senior Engineering Geologist - SWRCB

Caryl Sheehan is a Senior Engineering Geologist in the California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund (Fund). Caryl is responsible for the implementation and management of the Expedited Cleanup Account Program (ECAP), which is a special project in the Fund, and the ECAP Pilot Project. The goal of ECAP is to investigate methods to reduce the cost for site cleanup and the time for leaking UST cases to achieve regulatory closure under the State Boards Low-Threat Closure Policy. The ECAP process includes improved and increased communication between stakeholders to clarify scope, plan multi-year budgets, expedite decision-making and project implementation, and reduce ineligible costs. Prior to joining the State, Caryl worked as an environmental consultant with Sullivan International Group, Science Applications International Corporation, Burns & McDonnell, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and others. She has volunteered for many years with a non-profit that installs drinking water wells in villages in Africa. Caryl has earned a B.A. and an M.S. in Geology and is a California Professional Geologist and a certified Project Management Professional.

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CUPA-2018
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CASLIN TOMASZEWSKI, Executive Vice Chair - California Grower's Association

As the former Executive Director of the Calaveras Cannabis Alliance, Caslin served as the industry representative on the Calaveras County working group that developed the Calaveras County Urgency Ordinance and Taxation Program. He currently holds the position of Executive Vice Chair with the California Grower's Association, and owns/operates Sevro, Inc., a cannabis-centric consulting business. With over 12 years of experience in Cannabis cultivation, Caslin is considered to be an expert in both local level cannabis policy and outdoor and mixed light cultivation as it currently exists in California.

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