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CHRISTINE SOSKO, Director of Environmental Health - Sonoma County EH

Christine Sosko has been the Director of Environmental Health for Sonoma County since 2012. She is a member of the CCDEH Executive Committee and has served as chair for the CCDEH Solid Waste Policy Committee for the past three years. Christine has a Bachelors of Science degree in biology. She implemented debris cleanup programs in response to the Sonoma County Fire Storm in October 2017 and is an integral member/resource for the Sonoma County Debris Management Task Force.

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CHRISTOPHER MOON, Environmental Scientist - Cal/EPA

I grew up in Sacramento County and graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Geography - Earth System Science and a minor in Forestry. My wife and I moved back to Sacramento in 2015 where I began my state employment, as an Environmental Scientist, with the California Department of Public Health Medical Waste Management Program. I worked with CDPH as a medical waste inspector before eventually transferring to CalEPA and am now one of the newest CUPA evaporators with the Unified Program .

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CHRISTOPHER MYERS, US EPA Superfund ERS - START Contractor - US EPA START Weston Sol

Chris Myers has ten years of experience as an emergency response contractor for the US EPA as a member of the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START). As a primary responder under the START contract, Chris provides multi-disciplinary scientific support to the US EPA On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) during oil spills, chemical, biological, radiological releases, and large-scale national emergencies. Chris holds a BA in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He began his career in US EPA Region 8 before moving to California and joining the Region 9 team in 2010.

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CLARISSE GRAY, Principal Process Improvement - Pacific Gas & Electric

Clarisse Gray is a Process Improvement Principal at Pacific Gas & Electric Company in San Francisco. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and achieved a PG&E Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2012 and most recently, PROSCI Change Management certification in 2017. Currently, her Enterprise Continuous Improvement team is driving process improvement and change management activities on the most critical initiatives across the company, while also imbedding those capabilities within the organization. She began her post-college career in recruiting for 8 years at a couple companies and PG&E, which led to a position in the IT Project Management Office, developing processes to manage internal and contracting IT resources. In 2010, Clarisse was recruited to join PG&Es Black Belt development program, attaining certification in December 2012. Her job responsibilities include leading process improvement efforts throughout the company and training, coaching and certifying PG&E Lean Six Sigma belts.

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CORY HOOTMAN, Water Resources Control Engineer - SWRCB

Cory Hootman is a Water Resources Control Engineer at the State Water Resources Control Board. Since 2007 he has worked for the Underground Storage Tank Program. As a student assistant with the Cleanup Unit he performed technical case reviews for closure petitions and assisted with the management of the Local Oversight Programs and GeoTracker. As staff, he provides technical assistance for the Leak Prevention Unit. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and is a state registered professional engineer.

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CRAIG FLETCHER, Principal - Fletcher Consultants

Craig R. Fletcher is the principal of Fletcher Consultants, Inc., a California environmental consulting firm providing regulatory compliance, permitting, and water quality services for a diverse mix of clients. Founded in 2002, the firm specializes in tank system compliance, including preparing California SPCC Plans, Title 22 Hazardous Waste Tank System Assessments, conducting Steel Tank Institute (STI) Certified Tank Inspections, as well as providing training and technical support for SPCC and tank system regulatory compliance. Additional information about the firm is available at www.fletcherconsultantsinc.com. Mr. Fletcher has worked with the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) program since 1992, and has been involved with the development of over 200 SPCC plans for a variety of facilities. He is a national instructor for STI's SP001 Inspector Certification course. Mr. Fletcher is a STI Certified Inspector, a California Professional Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist. Mr. Fletcher also serves on the California State Fire Marshal's Aboveground Petroleum Storage (APSA) Regulatory Committee.

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CYNTHIA PAPPAS, Sr. Environmental Scientist - Pacific Gas & Electric

Speakers Name: Cynthia Pappas University attended: CSU-Fresno Degree and/or Credentials: BS, MBA, Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Current Job Title/Company: Sr. Environmental Scientist, Pacific Gas and Electric. List any Relevant Boards or Groups that you are a member of: One sentence about what work you currently perform: HMBP Program Manager List any other previous relevant work experience: Example of a Completed Bio Summary: Cynthia Pappas graduated from University of California, Fresno with a BS degree in Construction Management. She began her career working with the PG&E as an assistant land surveyor/mechanical draftsman. In 2000, she crossed paths with a SPCC engineer and the rest is history. Since 2000, Cynthia has worked for the Environmental team, starting with the SPCC/HMBP program as the introduction to Environmental Management. Recent accomplishments include her MBA and LSS Green Belt Certification. Her system-wide breath of knowledge includes the management of hazardous materials, characterizing hazardous waste, Company training programs and guidance document writing.

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DAN FIRTH, CERS Coordinator - Cal/EPA

Dan Firth has contracted with Cal/EPA since 2009, first as the project manager for the California Environmental Reporting System, CERS and currently as the CERS Coordinator. Since 2014 he has also worked with the State Water Resources Control Board on CERS related activities. Previously he worked for Alameda County as Chief, Environmental Health, and before that worked in Hazardous Materials and Fire related programs for twenty-six years for the cities of Palo Alto, San Jose and Sunnyvale. He previously worked in the private sector. He is past chair of the Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs Hazardous Materials Subcommittee and past Chair of the Santa Cruz County Hazardous Materials Advisory Committee. He was a member of the committee that wrote the first Model Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance in 1982. He was an initiator and project manager for Unidocs, the first online resource for local regional standardization of hazardous materials management and reporting forms, policies and guidelines for business, from its inception in 1998 through 2008. He has a degree in Biology from Cal State University at Hayward (now East Bay) from long ago.

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DAN GALLAGHER, Senior Engineering Geologist - DTSC

Dan Gallagher is a Senior Engineering Geologist with the Department of Toxic Substances Control where he provides geological support on contaminated sites and monitoring activities at hazardous waste landfills. He joined DTSC in 1999 after spending five years with Chevron Products Company as an environmental project manager and four years with Chevron Research and Technology Company as a hydrogeologist. He has an MS in geology from the University of Utah and a BS in geology from the University of Southern California, and he is a California Certified Hydrogeologist.

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DAN STARKEY, Hazmat Spec IV - Kern County EH

Dan Starkey is a Hazardous Materials Specialist with Kern County Environmental Health Services Department. He has worked for the Department for 30 years. He was instrumental in initiated the CalARP program for Kern County and currently his responsibilities include continued implementation of the CalARP program. He also has 28 years experience as a member of the Environmental Health 24/7 emergency response team. Dan has a B.S. in Soils and a minor in Geology from Brigham Young University.

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