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JENNIFER BENSON, Chief Information Officer - DTSC

Jennifer Benson is the Chief Information Officer for the California Department of Substances Control since 2017. She has served as an IT Manager for Cal EPA since 2015. Benson has over 30 years of information technology experience, with the last 20 focused on project, program, and portfolio management in the state, local, and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Management Information Systems, and has achieved several technical certifications including Project Management Professional, Information Technology Infrastructure Library and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

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JENNIFER BROWN SHAW, Principal - Shaw Law Group

Jennifer Shaw is the founder of Shaw Law Group. A well-respected expert in employment law for more than 20 years, employers rely on Jennifer to provide practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues, including wage-hour compliance, reasonable accommodation/leave of absence issues, and hiring/separation processes. She is a trusted advisor to HR professionals and leadership teams in a wide variety of organizations and industries. Jennifer also offers considerable expertise in conducting neutral investigations for employers. She is often called in to assist with challenging and high profile matters. Jennifer also regularly trains and advises clients on this important topic. Jennifer has developed a national reputation for providing innovative and entertaining workplace training to management and non-supervisory employees. She uses case studies, audience participation, and storytelling to bring employment law to life. Through private, on-site sessions, open public sessions, and webinars, she trains over 10,000 people each year. Jennifer has authored hundreds of articles on employment law, and has been quoted in numerous publications.

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JENNIFER RALPH, Environmental Health & Occupational Safety Specialist - Cal State Univ San Marcos

Jennifer Ralph is an Environmental Health & Occupational Safety Specialist with California State University San Marcos. She has been an REHS for over 25 years and has worked with a variety of programs including food and pool safety, water quality, vector control, radiation safety, biosafety, and hazmat compliance and spill response. Her past experience includes work as an EHS for Orange County and San Diego County, a contractor for 3E Company, and a high school science and health teacher for the Santa Ana Unified School District.

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JEREMY JOHNSTONE, Inspector / Enforcement Officer - US EPA Region 9

Jeremy Johnstone is an Environmental Engineer with the US EPA Region 9 in San Francisco, CA. He is an experienced inspector, with over 30 years of experience with EPA, and is currently assigned to EPA Region 9's Emergency Response, Preparedness and Prevention Branch as an Inspector and Enforcement Officer in EPA's Chemical Accident Risk Reduction programs. Prior to his current assignment Jeremy was a federal Clean Water Act inspector. Jeremy received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

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JERRY SCHOLLMEYER, Sales Manager - Morrison Bros Co

Jerry Schollmeyer was born and educated in a small community in Southwest Wisconsin. He received a B.S. degree in Comprehensive Industrial Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In 1979, Jerry moved to Dubuque, Iowa to begin his career teaching Industrial Technologies at Dubuque Senior High School. After four enjoyable years teaching, his career path led him to Morrison Bros. Co. In 1989, he became Sales Manager. Jerry serves as a member of Underwriters Laboratory Standards Technical Panel for storage tanks listings UL 142 and UL 2085. He is a former board member of the STI/SPFA (Steel Tank Institute and Steel Plate Fabricators Association) and a Past Commodore of the Julien Dubuque Yacht Club. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys convertible rides, boating on the Mighty Mississippi River with his wife Marlene as well as trap shooting, skiing, and snow shoeing. He enjoys gourmet cooking and puts his creativity to good use by creating his own greeting cards.

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JESSICA DROEGE, Accidental Release Prevention Engineer - Contra Costa County HS

Jessica Droege works for Contra Costa County as an Accidental Release Prevention Engineer inspecting facilities subject to the California Accidental Release Prevention Program and Contra Costa Countys Industrial Safety Ordinance. Although she has only been in this position for two years, Jessica is passionate about keeping the environment and public safe from hazardous chemicals and strives to learn and improve her skills at every opportunity. In her free time, Jessica enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling the world, and caring for the small zoo she has at home- including two cuddly rabbits, a princess cat, a talkative parrot, and one colorful aquarium. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently working towards a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.

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JILL TOWNZEN, Scientific and Policy Advisor - CA Dept of Pesticide Reg

Dr. Jill Townzen is a Scientific and Policy Advisor with the Pesticide Program Division at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). She has been with DPR for six years; her previous positions in the Department have included Chief Legislative Analyst, Lead for Emergency Exemption Registrations, and Environmental Scientist for the Re-evaluation Program. As the Chief Legislative Analyst she worked to evaluate DPRs role under the changing cannabis legislation and had a lead role in shaping DPRs cannabis policy. Before joining the state, Dr. Townzen conducted surveillance for mosquito control programs in Oregon, Washington, and California.

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JIM MIILLE, President - Chemical Solutions

Mr. Miille has worked in the chemical and environmental industry for more than 40 years. He has also consulted for USEPA, DTSC and many local agencies. Most of his time has been involved in helping industry maintain environmentally compliant facilities. Mr. Miille has also helped many foreign countries with their environmental programs through the USAID program. In addition to compliance consulting, Mr. Miille designs and builds state-of-the-art HazMat facilities such as metal finishing shops. He is a licensed Engineering and Building contractor and has a Masters Degree in Chemistry and and MBA in Marketing/Finance. Today, Mr. Miille will discuss design and construction considerations for compliant facilities.

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JIM WHITTLE, Sr. REHS - Shasta County EH

Jim has worked for the Shasta County Environmental Health Division since 1997, performing CUPA inspections since that time. In 2001, he became the CUPA program manager. He has served as an alternate on the CUPA Forum Board for a number of years, Chairs the Northern Region CUPA Forum, and the APSA TAG. He has participated on the APSA Regulations workgroup and APSA Advisory Committee. Jim is a graduate of Cal State University, Chico.

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JOEL MARTENS, EH Sup - Tulare County EH

Joel Martens formerly served as the Steering Committee Co-Chair and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Statewide Issue Coordinator for the Hazardous Material Business Plan (HMBP) program. In this capacity he was a key participant, along with other Unified Program and Industry representatives, in the development of Health and Safety Code amendments affecting the HMBP program. Joel currently serves as Past Chair of the CUPA Forum Board. He began his career as an Environmental Health Specialist for the County of Tulare in 1987, and has supervised the CUPA for the past 17 years. Joel is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Hazardous Substance Professional, and is certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician.

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