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CUPA-2018
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GARY LUCKS, Partner Performance & Assurance - ERM

Mr. Gary Lucks JD, CPEA is a senior environmental attorney with deep expertise in environmental, health, and safety (EHS) law, legislative affairs, and sustainability strategy and implementation. He has over 30 years of experience advising Fortune 500 clients in clean tech, high tech, power, aerospace, biopharma, and many other industry sectors. He is a licensed attorney, a scientist, and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) who has completed or overseen more than 400 major EHS compliance audits across the country. He advises clients on maintaining business continuity and license to operate while managing EHS risks. He also specializes in sustainability strategy, implementation and reporting, environmental compliance counseling, environmental auditing, environmental managementsystems (EMS), training, and permitting. Mr. Lucks has published extensively on environmental law, legislation, and policy. He co-wrote a book on environmental law (California Environmental Law and Policy: A Practical Guide) which is used in law schools, colleges, by practitioners, and which has been cited in legal opinions).

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CUPA-2018
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GAVIN PENDLETON, Manager - Costco Wholesale

Gavin Pendleton has worked at Costco Wholesale for 20 years. He is currently the Hazardous Materials/Hazardous Waste Manager for US Operations. For the past 15 years he has developed and implemented environmental compliance solutions within a corporate setting and retail industry.

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CUPA-2018
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GEORGE BAKER, Emergency Response Coordinator - DTSC

George Baker is a geomorphologist by Training, and has worked for DTSC emergency response since 1994. His experience with DTSC includes responding to drug manufacturing emergencies, abandoned manufacturing businesses,natural disasters and train derailments, among others.

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CUPA-2018
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GERRIT KOVACH, Hazardous Materials Specialist III - Orange County EH

Gerrit Kovach is a Certified Hazardous Materials Specialist and an REHS with 4 years in the Orange County Environmental Health Hazardous Materials Section as the CUPA Enforcement Coordinator. He is the current Enforcement Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chair. Gerrit's training and background consist of Advanced Environmental Crimes Investigations and various WMD, CBRNE and Rad Response courses with Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) in Anniston Alabama and Mercury Nevada. He is also a part of the Radiological Response Team for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and the Orange County Strike Force Team representative. Gerrit is a Leo and has been with OCEH for 10 years.

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CUPA-2018
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GLENN FORMAN, Hazardous Substances Scientist - DTSC

Glenn Forman, Senior Environmental Scientist Cal-EPA, Department of Toxic Substances Control Glenn began his carrier for the DTSC in 1989 and he is currently assigned to DTSC's Enforcement and Emergency Response Division. His extensive training and work experience has enabled him to present instructional training courses for Cal-EPA, the California Hazardous Materials Investigators Association (CHMIA), California Standardized Training Institute, CUPA's, Federal EPA and the Western States Project. He has served as a training coordinator, area director, vice president and president of CHMIA. He is a graduate from Los Angeles Pierce College, (major Geology), and California State University at Northridge, (Earth Science/Geography). Current assignments include developing and delivering training to regulators and the public, conducting facility, transporter and complaint inspections and coordinating CUPA related enforcement activities throughout the state. Glenns headquarters is at DTSC's Southern California field office in Chatsworth, in Los Angeles County.

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CUPA-2018
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GLENN TOFANI, Principal Engineer - GeoKinetics

Mr. Tofani is the Principal Engineer at GeoKinetics Inc. located in Irvine, California. He is a Geotechnical / Civil engineer, an Engineering Contractor (A license), and a General Building Contractor (B License) with extensive experience in soil gas investigations, risk assessment, and mitigation. He has been responsible for the design and / or installation of methane gas or soil vapor VOC mitigation systems at more than 10,000 buildings to date. He has performed long term diffusion tests and chemical compatibility tests for manufacturers, installers, and regulatory agencies on many different types of barrier materials over the past three decades. He has developed smoke testing procedures, remote monitoring systems, and other QA/QC measure to ensure the effectiveness of methane and VOC mitigation systems. Mr. Tofani has worked with, and for, a number regulatory agencies in the development of methane gas and soil vapor VOC testing, assessment, and mitigation standards.

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CUPA-2018
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GRANT MINER, Specialist - Fullerton Fire Dept

Grant Miner is a Specialist with the Fullerton Fire Department. He has over 25 years of experience in hazardous materials response, inspection, investigation and enforcement with Fullerton Fire, Anaheim Fire, and the University of California. Grant is a Cal-OES certified Hazardous Materials Technician and Hazardous Materials Instructor. He graduated from U.C. Irvine.

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CUPA-2018
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GREG BRESHEARS, Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist - Santa Clara County DEH

Greg is a Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist with Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Healths Hazardous Materials Compliance Division (HMCD). He has more than two decades experience as a hazardous materials inspector performing underground storage tank, Hazardous Materials Business Plan, hazardous waste generator, and local Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance and Toxic Gas Ordinance compliance inspections. He is the program senior responsible for program development and coordination in the CUPAs Underground Storage Tank Program. Greg has overseen numerous UST installation, retrofit and closure projects and enforcement actions. He is a past Co-Chair of the Bay Area UST Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and has served as a member of several state-wide technical work groups including the California Leak Management (CALM) Work Group, Tanks in Basements Work Group, CERS Regulator User Group, CERS Change Management Committee, CERS 3.0 Work Group, and CERS UST Violation Library Subgroup. He manages the Unidocs website and is the Unidocs document coordinator. Greg was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to attend 2002 UST National Conference in Florida as Cali

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CUPA-2018
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GREG COON, Trainer - Firedog HM Training Specialist

Greg Coon is a recognized expert in his field, excellent public speaker, and experienced Haz-Mat responder who has 23 years of Haz-Mat response experience. Greg retired as the CUPA program manger from the City of Victorvile. Greg brings to the classroom a common sense approach to Haz-Mat Response and Regulation . He has certified well over 7000 responders in various levels of Haz-Mat course work.

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CUPA-2018
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GREG VLASEK, Assistant Secretary for Local Program Coordination - Mr.

Greg Vlasek was appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary for Local Program Coordination and Emergency Response in June 2017. He has worked in government service for ten years, first with the California Air Resources Board's Office of Legislative Affairs, then as Chief of the Office of Emergency Response in the Board's Monitoring and Laboratory Division. Greg is responsible for the state's Unified Program that establishes standards for hazardous materials, hazardous waste, underground storage tank and accidental release management and oversees the 81 delegated local government agencies that enforce those standards. He is also responsible for coordinating CalEPA's response to statewide emergencies. Greg's broad-based industry and government background is well-suited to his responsibilities. He began his career in 1981 as an environmental program manager with Southern California Gas Company, developing industry standards for hazardous material and waste management, environmental auditing protocols, and GIS techniques for evaluating Superfund sites. He was promoted in 1989 to become the company's environmental affairs liaison to CARB, where he assisted in quantifying and certifying emissions reductions of natural gas vehicles and heavy-duty engines. He moved to Sacramento in 1994 to assume the executive director role for the business advocacy group, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. While there, he played a pivotal role in advancing clean fuel incentives, such as HOV lane access legislation, the Carl Moyer Program and CARB's low carbon fuel standard. In 2001 Greg joined the natural gas production firm Wagner Brown as a regional sales manager. In 2004, he moved to the Sacramento Association of Realtors as public affairs director before joining CARB. Greg graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography.

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