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JOHN SCANDURA, Branch Chief - DTSC

John Scandura manages a Brownfields and Environmental Restoration branch in the California Department of Toxic Substances Controls Cypress regional office. This branch oversees the cleanup of hazardous waste facilities, active and former military bases, federal and state superfund sites, regulated hazardous waste facilities, and brownfields. Before joining the state in 1985 John spent four years in the environmental consulting business. He has a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a masters degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. John has been active in his community as a Boy Scout leader, church volunteer, and City of Huntington Beach boards and commissions. In November 2016 he was appointed for the second time to serve as a planning commissioner for Huntington Beach. He is married, has a son who is an Eagle Scout and attends the University of Oregon, and a daughter who achieved the Girl Scout Gold Award and attends the University of San Diego.

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JOHN SCHOFIELD, Environmental Scientist - US EPA Region 9

John Schofield is an Environmental Scientist with U. S. EPA Region 9, San Francisco, CA. John has been with Region 9 since 2007 all within the RCRA Inspection/Enforcement program. His current duties include California RCRA Inspection/Enforcement liaison with DTSC, CalEPA, and CUPAs, performing process-based compliance evaluation inspections of regulated facilities, enforcement case manager, internal consultant on RCRA technical issues (e.g., mining/mineral processing, refineries), and EPA RCRA work group participant (e.g., Generator Improvements Rule). Prior to coming to EPA, John was a loss control environmental consultant for several major insurance companies and was an environmental compliance and facilities maintenance supervisor for a large airline. While at the airline, John developed and implemented several environmental training courses to include but not limited to hazardous waste manifesting, emergency response, stormwater management, and waste determination. Before entering the private sector, John was an inspector and supervisor for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Kansas City Region Office, Solid Waste, Superfund and Hazardous Waste Section.

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JOJO COMANDANTE, Hazardous Materials Specialist - Los Angeles County Fire

Mr. Comandante has a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and taught HazMat Chemistry at the UCLA Extension for 5 years (1997-2002). He worked for a glass manufacturing company as an environmental engineer for 5 years before transferring to the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. as a HazMat Specialist. Currently, he works in the Emergency Operations Section of the Health Hazardous Materials Division of L A County Fire as a Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist. He supervises HazMat Specialists who respond to hazardous material incidents and uses his knowledge of chemistry in helping to mitigate the incidents. He participates in community outreach programs, including high school mentor programs, science fairs, and community meetings.

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JONATHAN BLAZO, Hazardous Materials Specialist - Santa Clara County DEH

Jonathan Blazo is a Hazardous Materials Specialist with the County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health. Jon's true interest as a CUPA inspector lies in the hazardous waste realm with a particular focus on inspections related to tiered permitting, hospitals/pharmaceuticals, and the semi-conductor industry. Strengths include waste characterization, manifesting/DOT, waste management methods, and understanding the interface between state and federal laws. Jon comes with experience as a licensed commercial hazardous materials transporter and hazardous waste labpack chemist where he provided services to private industries, universities, and municipalities throughout more than 15 states. Additionally, he has served as a proposal manager for a large hazardous waste disposal firm, and as a compliance specialist and emergency responder for Michigan State University campus and off-site TSDF (RCRA Part B). These differing work experiences have allowed Jon to have a strong understanding of the hazardous waste industry and the framework that governs its regulation.

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JOSEPH CRISOLOGO, Senior Homeland Security Engineer - SWRCB

Currently working as the Senior Homeland Security Engineer with the State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Drinking Water (SWRCB DDW), Joseph has over 30 years of experience and service to the State of California in various capacities. Joseph promotes water security, emergency preparedness and response and organizational resilience; he has served as a District Engineer in the Hollywood District; he has conducted training on health and safety and hazard communication with both the SWRCB DDW and the CYA; he has managed a hazardous materials management program with the former California Youth Authority (CYA); and he has investigated and remediated hazardous waste sites with the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Joseph is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California, has his Baccalaureate of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

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JULIE MULLINS, Staff Services Manager I - DTSC

Julie Mullins is the Chief of the Department of Toxic's Financial Responsibility Unit. With almost 12 years of experience working in the FR Unit, Julie has developed extensive knowledge and experience in the financial assurance requirements for hazardous waste facilities.

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JUSTIN PADDOCK, . - Shaw Law Group

Justin Paddocks practice is focused on conducting internal investigations and providing advice/counsel to public and private sector employers. Justin is a former public sector executive, who oversaw two state offices. Governor Brown appointed him to lead a program within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Justin and his team investigated consumer complaints throughout California and coordinated enforcement efforts with local District and City Attorneys. He managed more than sixty employees. Justin began his career analyzing and lobbying legislation at the State Capitol. He has extensive experience with State of California human resources policies, including: progressive discipline, recruitment practices, and bargaining unit disputes.

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KATHLEEN PACHECO, Senior Deputy County Counsel - Alameda County DEH

Kathleen Pacheco is a Senior Deputy County Counsel at the County of Alameda Office of the County Counsel. She has been an attorney with Alameda County since 2001, and is currently assigned to represent Alameda Countys General Services Agency and Department of Environmental Health. Prior to joining the Office of the County Counsel, Kathleen worked both as in-house counsel and in private practice. Kathleen has been a speaker and panelist at continuing legal education programs sponsored by local bar associations and is a past president of the Women Lawyers Committee of Santa Clara County. She received her undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and her law degree from Santa Clara University.

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KATHRYN DOMINIC, Senior Engineering Geologist Unit Chief - SWRCB

Ms. Dominic manages the Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP) in the State Water Resources Control Board's Division of Financial Assistance. She is a career professional in contaminated site investigation and cleanup. Her experience encompasses large military and other federal installations, brownfields, and petroleum UST and bulk fuel facilities. She managed a broad spectrum of projects and programs before implementing SCAP in 2015.

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KATHRYN LAWRENCE, Section Chief for Emergency Preparedness & Prevention - US EPA

Kathryn Lawrence is Chief of Emergency Prevention and Preparedness at EPA Region 9 in San Francisco. Programs managed include the CAA 112r Risk Management Program and Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act. Prior to her current position, Kay was an On Scene Coordinator in EPAs Emergency Response Program. Her initial assignments at EPA included RCRA and NPDES inspections.

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