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CAT PACKER, Executive Director, Dept of Cannabis Regulation - LA Dept of Cannabis Reg

If you are involved with the cannabis industry in southern California you have likely heard of Cat Packer. Cat Packer is the Executive Director of the Department of Cannabis Regulation within the City of Los Angeles. Cat previously worked for an advocacy firm supporting the legalization of cannabis and public education.

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CATHERINE ROHLFES, Unified Program Information Systems Analyst - Cal/EPA

Catherine Gause- Rohlfes is the Unified Program Information Systems Analyst Lead for the California Environmental Protection Agency. Catherine joined the Unified Program team in February of 2009. In this role, Catherine is responsible for working with the Unified Program Developers Team and Program in CERS design, support, training, and overseeing of the CERS California Electronic Reporting System Technical Support Desk. Before joining Cal/EPA in 2008, Catherine worked in the computer industry in Northern California and in the Bay Area for Hewlett Packard, Oracle, and Intel. Catherine holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, and a Certificate in Purchasing and Materials Management (CPM) from California State University, Sacramento, CA.

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CHAD PEDDY, EHS Manager - Bay Ship & Yacht

Mr. Chad Peddy, REM is a very detail oriented person with 15 years of experience in the Environmental Health and Safety Field. Chads formal education is using a systems approach to earth science. Working with the State Water Resources Control Board he was instrumental in incorporating landside operations into the individual Dry-Dock NPDES permit. Working with OSHA Chad is able to get the equipment needed for compliance in lieu of fines. Mr. Peddy balances business needs within local, state, and federal regulations. This requires leadership, innovation, and networking throughout the regulated community. Mr. Peddy not only is able to identify the problem, but identifies implementable solutions.

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CHARLEY LANGER, Environmental Specialist - Sacramento County EMD

Charley Langer is an Environmental Specialist III in the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) Site Assessment and Mitigation Section. During his 17 years at EMD, he has overseen the completion of over 150 remediation projects. Prior to his work at EMD, Langer worked for six years in the Hawaii Department of Healths Underground Storage Tank and Voluntary Response (i.e., site cleanup) programs, and for three years as an environmental consultant. Langer has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Southern California.

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CHER VUE, Environmental Health Specialist - II - San Diego County DEH

Cher Vue was born and raised in the small town of Fresno. She decided to stay close to her roots and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety from CSU Fresno. Provided the opportunity to study at San Diego State University for the MPH in Environmental Health, Cher decided to move down to San Diego and applied for the student internship with the County of San Diego. After a year of being a student worker, she had the opportunity to work with the Food and Housing Division as an EH Tech for the Plan Check Division and was swooped up by the Hazardous Materials Division after three months with FHD. Cher has worked as a CUPA inspector for the County of San Diego for four (4) years and recently obtained the position as a retail store specialist in April of 2016. Since becoming a CUPA inspector, Chers pursued a few enforcement cases on various industry and is a secondary technical lead for the San Diego CUPAs APSA program.

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CHERYL NELSON, Supervisor, Planning & State Development Office - US EPA Region 9

Ms. Nelson is Manager of the Planning & State Development Office for the US EPA Region 9 in San Francisco, CA. This Office implements the RCRA Hazardous Waste base program (Grants, Authorization, Data Management, Notifications, Biennial Reporting, and e-Manifest) within EPA Region 9. She also serves as the national sub-lead for EPAs Regional Offices on the implementation of e-Manifest. Ms. Nelson formerly managed the RCRA Permitting Office for EPA and has nearly 30 years experience as a RCRA regulatory expert. Prior to her 19-year career at EPA, Ms. Nelson was an environmental consultant in the private sector. Her experience includes preparing RCRA classifications, participating in RCRA rulemaking, investigating and remediating contaminated property, conducting compliance audits and inspections, serving as a RCRA expert in enforcement cases, creating and delivering technical training, writing RCRA permits, writing closure plans and facility operating procedures, and serving and presenting as a Public Meeting hearing officer. Ms. Nelson holds a Bachelors degree in Geology from the University of Buffalo and a Masters degree in Geology from San Jose State University.

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CHERYL PROWELL, Sr. Water Resource Control Engineer - RWQCB-San Francisco Bay Reg

Cheryl Prowell is the Site Cleanup Program Manager at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region. She was part of the team that authored the Interim Framework for Assessment of Vapor Intrusion at TCE-Contaminated Sites in the San Francisco Bay Region, which summarizes recent USEPA, and DTSC guidance regarding TCE and establishes associated trigger levels for soil gas and groundwater. Ms. Prowell has a degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. She began her career as an Environmental Consultant working on contracts primarily for U.S. EPA and the Department of Defense. She joined the San Diego Water Board in 2007, where she worked on a variety of DOD, Site Cleanup, and land disposal projects prior to returning to the Bay Area in 2012.

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CHRIS NIVA, Business Systems Analyst III - Riverside County DEH

Chris is an IT Business Systems Analyst with Riverside County IT. He has been designing, developing and supporting IT applications for over 15 years and specializes in process imporvement. Chris recently developed the HMBP Enforcement solution currently in use by Riverside County DEH. In addition to his IT experience Chris has a Bachelors degree in Information Technology and is about to receive his MBA in March of this year.

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CHRISTIE BAUTISTA, Unit Chief - DTSC

Christie Bautista currently serves as a Unit Chief for DTSC's Enforcement and Emergency Response Division. Ms. Bautista also serves as an instructor for the Cal/EPA Basic Inspector Academy providing training on inspection and enforcement principles to state and local inspectors. Her previous experience includes serving at the CUPA level as an inspector, and an environmental consultant for private industry. Ms. Bautista obtained her Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health, and a Master of Public Administration both from California State University Northridge. Currently, she is a Doctoral candidate of Public Administration at the University of La Verne, specializing in environmental policy and regulation.

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CHRISTIE VOSBURG, Assistant General Counsel - Cal/EPA

Christie Vosburg was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2014 to serve as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement for the California Environmental Protection Agency. Christie comes most recently from the California Department of Justice, where she served as Deputy Attorney General in the Land Law Section of the Public Rights Division since 2010. Christie received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. During her time at Berkeley Law, she clerked for the Land and Natural Resources Sections of the California Department of Justice in Sacramento and for Shute, Mihaly, and Weinberger in San Francisco. She was also the Editor in Chief of the environmental law journal Ecology Law Quarterly. After law school, Christie served as a law clerk for Justice Gregory Hobbs on the Colorado Supreme Court in 2009-2010 in Denver, Colorado. Christie began her career as a legislative advocate for the former American Electronics Association. Christie received her Bachelors degree in Political Science and Sociology from University of California, Davis. Christie currently resides in Galt with her husband and three children.

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