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CUPA-2018
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PATRICK LEDESMA, Hazmat Spec IV - San Mateo County EH

Patrick Ledesma is a Hazardous Materials Specialist with San Mateo County Environmental Health's CUPA. In his 18 years with the County, he has provided case management for the Local Oversight Program and has been a CUPA inspector for the past 13 years. He is the County's commercial/industrial stormwater specialist and has been part of the County's Type II Emergency Response Team for the past nine years. Mr. Ledesma has also worked as a fire inspector, an environmental consultant and construction project manager.

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CUPA-2018
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PAUL LOWENTHAL, Assistant Fire Marshal - Santa Rosa Fire Dept

Paul Lowenthal is the Assistant Fire Marshal for the Santa Rosa Fire Department. He's been with Santa Rosa for 17 years. Prior to Santa Rosa, he worked for the County of Sonoma Fire & Emergency Services and City of South Pasadena Fire Department. Paul has worked in Operations and Prevention. He is currently the CUPA Program manager, supervises a staff of fire inspectors and has other collateral assignments that include the management of Weed Abatement (the dry seasonal grasses, not the other green stuff), Community Outreach, HazMat Enforcement and he's the Public Information Officer. After working as the PIO for the first 2 weeks of the Sonoma Complex Fires in October, Paul has been assigned as the Debris Task Force Leader for the City of Santa Rosa under the Recovery Operations.

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CUPA-2018
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PAUL MCCARTER, Senior Project Manager - Tait Environmental Services

Mr. McCarter is a Senior Project Manager and Senior Geologist at Tait Environmental Services and has over 35 years of experience as a geologist in the mining and consulting industries. He holds a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and an MS degree in Geology from Oregon State University. He is registered as a Professional Geologist in seven states. In addition to consulting in environmental assessment and remediation, Mr. McCarter is also responsible for the preparation of Area Plans and Commodities Studies under the HMEP Grant Program. He has managed the preparation of Area Plans for Imperial, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Fresno Counties. He recently managed and prepared the Hazardous Materials Commodities Flow Studies for the Kern County Fire Department, the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians, Marin County Department of Public Works, Solano County Department of Resource Management, Environmental Health Division, and San Diego County Department of Environmental Health. These studies included the collection of field data on transportation routes through the CUPA/TERC jurisdictions, including road, rail, pipeline, and water transport.

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PETE JENSEN, Hazardous Materials Officer - Ventura County Fire

Captain Jensen has been in the fire service for over 28 years. He started his career in the Ventura County Fire Dept. on the hand crews fighting wildland fires. In 1990 he joined the Point Mugu Fire Dept. as a civilian federal Firefighter and progressed up to the rank of Captain. After almost 9 years with that department he started over as a rookie firefighter with the Ventura County Fire Dept. and again has promoted back up through the ranks to Captain. He is currently assigned as the HazMat Officer for the Ventura County Fire Department and is the coordinator for the Ventura County Regional Hazmat Program. Pete is a certified HazMat Specialist. Mr. Jensen has a Masters degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University, a Bachelors degree in Occupational Studies from CSU Long Beach and an AS degree in Fire Technology from Oxnard College. He is a certified instructor from the California State Fire Marshal, The California Specialized Training Institute, DHS and the National Sheriffs Association. Pete has delivered courses to Fire, Law, Health, Military, Local, State and Federal personnel.

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CUPA-2018
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PETE REICH, U.S EPA Rg. 9 Oil Program - US EPA Region 9

Pete Reich is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 9. Mr. Reich implements the Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations including the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Rule as well as the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) 90 and Facility Response Plan requirements.

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CUPA-2018
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PETER THOMAS, Senior Engineer - Resource Compliance

Peter Thomas is the President and Senior Engineer at Resource Compliance. Peter has extensive knowledge of chemical safety regulation with particular emphasis on ammonia refrigeration and process safety management. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and is a licensed professional engineer.

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CUPA-2018
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RANDE FERGUSON, Captain / Deputy Fire Marshal - Palm Springs Fire Dept

Rande Ferguson began his career by serving as a Firefighter in the U.S. Marine Corps and after five years of service he was honorably discharged. Rande has served 27 years with the Palm Springs Fire Department (PSFD) and has attained the ranks of both Fire Engineer and Fire Captain and currently works as a Deputy Fire Marshal. During his career with PSFD he has fulfilled various responsibilities such as an SCBA Technician, established an Honor Guard, Shift Training Officer and Fire Investigator. Rande is currently assigned to the Fire Prevention Division. Rande has a considerable amount of Fire Suppression training and experience dealing with EMS, aircraft rescue firefighting, structural firefighting and Fire Prevention training with expertise in inspections, special events and fire investigations. Rande was also an Adjunct Instructor for Riverside Community College for many years teaching at the Basic Fire Academy and the Truck Operations Academy.

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CUPA-2018
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RANDY SAWYER, Chief Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials Officer - Contra Costa County HS

Randy is the Contra Costa County Chief Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials Officer. The Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Programs is the Contra Costa County Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). Randy assisted in starting up the RMPP, CalARP and the County's Industrial Safety Ordinance Programs in Contra Costa County. Randy also worked with Contra Costa CAER in installing a Community Warning System for the County. Randy is on the CUPA Forum Board representing the Bay Area Region. He is the Issue Coordinator for the CalARP and APSA Programs. Randy has worked as a Project Manager, Project Engineer, Process Engineer, Facility Engineer and Production Engineer for Dow Chemical, Bayer Chemical and Aeorjet General. At these companies he has worked in the production of ethylene and propylene, specialty chemicals, and agricultural chemicals. He has been responsible for the design, construction and start-up of multi-million dollar projects. He has also been responsible for the operation and maintenance of chemical facilities. Randy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

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REGAN BOTTOMLEY, Consultant - Environmental Resource Ctr

Regan recently joined Environmental Resource Center after ten years in the industry providing training to Fortune 500 companies. She is a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act expert, teaching both standard and advanced RCRA classes as well as specializing in state-specific hazardous waste regulations for Texas, California and New York. In addition to training, Regan has performed hazardous waste compliance inspections and consulting services on a wide range of projects. She has participated in nationwide industry events, such as the California CUPA conference and the Texas Environmental Trade Fair, plus provided training for regulators, inspectors, and industry professionals. Along with RCRA, Regan is also an authority on the Department of Transportations Hazardous Materials Regulations, including shipping HazMat and/or hazardous waste. Regan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of East Stroudsburg and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix.

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RIZGAR GHAZI, Acting Deputy Director of the Hazardous Management Program - DTSC

Rizgar A. Ghazi is the Acting Deputy Director of the Hazardous Management Program, at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Previously, Rizgar served as the Permitting Division Chief at DTSC. Rizgar has over 28 years of experience in the environmental field with an emphasis in hazardous waste facility permitting and clean up as well as technical, supervisory and managerial experience. He led the team responsible for reorganizing and improving the permit decision process for hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities. Rizgar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento and is a licensed professional engineer.

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