Fall 2022 Speakers

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Mike Abraczinskas
 

Mike Abraczinskas is currently the Director of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) and has worked for DAQ for 23 years & 3 months as of October 1st.  Mike worked in 7 different positions in DAQ prior to being named Director in March of 2017.  He graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Meteorology and a Minor in Environmental Science.; is certified as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT); and is a graduate of the North Carolina Public Managers Program.  

 

Mike is a leader in the air quality management field and is active in national and regional organizations comprised of State and Local Air Quality Agencies.

  • In June 2021, Mike was selected to serve on a panel of experts for the Air & Waste Management Association’s (AWMA) Critical Review on the topic of PFAS.

  • In September 2022, Mike was elected as President of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA).

  • And, Mike currently serves as vice-president of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA).

Mike likes to golf, fish, be outdoors.

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Judy Analco

Judy Analco serves as a Technical Director in ERM's Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change practice. A certified enterprise risk manager, she has broad, interdisciplinary experience integrating business and ESG performance. Judy leverages practical, evidence-based approaches to help clients anticipate, manage, and exploit known and emerging risks to strategy, brand, and operations. 

Judy brings deep industry experience to ERM, having served as a first-in-the-industry risk executive for a cruise line and a division director in the public sector responsible for risk performance across 40+ agencies including an international port and airport.  

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Regional Administrator
Daniel Blackman


On November 29, 2021, President Biden appointed Daniel Blackman to serve as the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Southeast Region (Region 4). In this role Daniel is leading EPA efforts to protect public health and the environment for the region spanning Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Daniel has dedicated his career to creating economic opportunities for marginalized communities throughout the South, specifically in building more resilient communities with equitable economic opportunity, greater access to education and a healthy environment for all, not just for a select few.

Daniel has spent over a decade advising policymakers at the state capitol, and advocating on behalf of Georgia ratepayers and small businesses in energy-related matters before Georgia’s Public Service Commission. He has served as chairman of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club and board member to the ACLU.

During the Obama Administration, Daniel worked closely within EPA Region 4 on issues including water infrastructure, clean air, and land/emergency management policies that impacted the southeast. He leaned heavily on his civil rights background to amplify the Region’s Environmental
Justice (EJ) Policy and convened stakeholders with federal agencies to address a multitude of
community concerns strategically and comprehensively.

His work in addressing groundwater contamination at nuclear plants and its impact on public
health and safety has given him the opportunity to testify numerous times before the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission; and his commitment to working throughout the Southeastern United
States to push for legislation that addresses toxic ash left behind from burning coal has given him
the opportunity to play a key role in the transitioning from coal to clean energy in the United
States.

He is the son of immigrants from Barbados and is an alumnus of Clark Atlanta University. Daniel
and his wife Jeanelle are the proud parents of four children, and the family resides in Forsyth
County, Georgia.

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Tony Blanton, QSTI

Tony is a Co-founder of Integrity Air Monitoring, Inc.
QSTI (qualified Stack Testing Individual) Groups 1 through 4. This is his 4th Time speaker at CAPCA and he has 34 years experience in Air Quality.
US Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain

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 James Boylan, Ph.D.

James Boylan has worked at Georgia EPD for over 20 years and is currently the Assistant Branch Chief in the Air Protection Branch.  His background includes SIP development, state rulemaking, emissions inventories, control strategy development, ambient monitoring, modeling, and permitting.  He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.  He has served on EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) for the past five years where he been actively involved in the review of the PM and ozone NAAQS.

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Staci Bruce

Staci has been working as a consultant at Environmental 360 for over 7 years, where she specializes in Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and stormwater compliance. 
She currently manages the compliance plan division for Environmental 360 where she leads a team responsible for federal and state environmental compliance at industrial sites across the southeast.
Staci lives with her husband in their hometown of Chattanooga, TN. 

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Brooks Butler

Brooks Butler serves as the Director of Environmental and Transformation for Georgia-Pacific.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose, building products and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at over 180 locations in more than 30 States.

Brooks obtained a Bachelor of Biosystems Engineering degree from Auburn University in 2005. He went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University in 2007. Upon completing his studies at Auburn University, he worked in the consulting engineering field where he was involved in a variety of different water, wastewater and other municipal engineering projects. In 2011, he joined Georgia-Pacific as an environmental engineer at the company’s Alabama River Cellulose facility and since then has held various environmental leadership positions in different areas of the company. In his current role, which he has held since 2021, he leads the environmental program for Georgia-Pacific’s Containerboard business and also leads the environmental transformation program for all of Georgia-Pacific’s businesses.

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Mark J. Cuilla

Mark is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He is in his 31st year with the Division, currently serving as the Title V Permitting Section Chief.  Prior to this current position, Mark has served as an engineer in the Rules Development Section, as permitting engineer, Air Quality Analysis Branch Supervisor, and Title V Branch Supervisor

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John Dorman

John Dorman is Vice President for Strategy with AECOM’s Disaster Resilience Solutions. Mr. Dorman has over 34 years of experience in public, private and non-profit strategic policy, planning, budgeting, and financing, and all hazard risk management. Mr. Dorman has a wealth of knowledge and experience with federal programs, processes, and is one of AECOM’s subject matter experts for strategic identification and capture of funding, to include the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Bi-partial Infrastructure Law) and the Inflation Reduction Act. 

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Kristy Ellenberg

Kristy Ellenberg is the Director of Collaborative Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives for Environmental Affairs at the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC). In this role, she strengthens connections with government, industry, non-profit, professional and academic partners by coordinating complex permitting, convening collaborative stakeholder workgroups, guiding community engagement and supporting environmental justice.
 
Kristy is a graduate of Clemson University and University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to DHEC, she provided environmental conflict management, strategic planning, organizational development, capacity building and facilitation services to government and non-profit clients.

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Katelyn Goretzke

Katelyn is an environmental engineer from Clemson University . She joined Milliken in 2015 and has held process improvement, environmental, and regulatory positions. She acts as Manufacturing Sustainability Lead for the textile division - responsible for assisting with project generation and report out to leadership teams

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Mark E. Hawes, P.E.

Mark is the Director of Environment, Safety, and Product Compliance for Shurtape Technologies headquartered in Hickory, NC.  Mark and his team are responsible for the Environmental compliance for four Title V facilities and other minor permit operations that encompass NSR Pal, numerous MACT, NSPS, and other State/Federal Requirements.  He has successfully permitted and stood up compliance processes for each facility, including several greenfield sites.  He has been involved with numerous M&A events that provided opportunities to quickly assess compliance and the processes followed to understand what is needed to sustain compliant processes.  Mark has been with Shurtape for 25 years.  Prior to that he worked with the DEQ in Air and Water where he was part of the team that developed and implemented the Title V program, oversaw two regional offices for DAQ.  In Water he was the initial engineer for the State’s Coastal Stormwater program and later worked in wastewater permitting.  He is an NC State Graduate and a licensed Professional Engineer.  Fun Fact….All of Mark’s daughters as UNC Alum. Tough time for a Wolfpacker.

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David Lambert

David works closely with the Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. He provides a whole-of-department approach as companies navigate the permitting process. David previously served as Solid Waste Director for Moore County, as the Town Manager for the Town of Robbins. David has a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctorate from Elon University School of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from UNC-Greensboro.

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Bob Mahoney

Section Manager of Metals and Chemicals Permit Section, SC DHEC BAQ.  Air permitting experience since 1988, with a break to be a full-time Dad (2 daughters). Professional Engineer in SC & GA
Chemical Engineer from Georgia Institute of Technology. Married 30 years.

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Brandon Mogan

Brandon Mogan, PE is the President and Principal advisor of Tora Consulting, LLC. Tora provides technical and regulatory air quality services to utility and industrial clients across the United States, ranging from small industrial facilities to Fortune 500 companies. Over the past 18 years, Mr. Mogan has served as project manager and technical lead on numerous large air permitting and compliance projects involving a broad spectrum of Clean Air Act (CAA) and related state programs. Brandon received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a registered PE in multiple states.

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Steven Moore

Steve Moore is a Senior Managing Consultant with ALL4 located in Greenville, SC. Steve has 35 years of experience in areas of air quality permitting, air dispersion modeling, and facility compliance support.

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Brittany Robinson

Brittany is a Senior Environmental Program Manager and Air Lead for International Paper's Global Environmental Services.  She has over 25 years of experience with environmental regulations working for industry, consulting and EPA Region IV.  In her spare time Brittany loves to travel and play tennis. 

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Rhonda Banks Thompson, P.E. 

Chief, Bureau of Air Quality

South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC)
 

Rhonda Thompson has been with SC DHEC’s Bureau of Air Quality for over 32 years. She has been the Chief of the Bureau of Air Quality since April 2016. Prior to becoming Bureau Chief, she served as Assistant Bureau Chief for 9 years.    

 

At the regional and national level, Rhonda currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA), Board Member and past chair of the Southeastern States Air Resource Managers (SESARM), and Treasurer of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) Board of Directors.  

 

Rhonda has a B.S. Degree in Engineering from the University of South Carolina, and she is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in South Carolina. 

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Ethan Ware

Chair - Environmental and Natural Resources 
Practice Group. Williams Mullen.
Chambers, Tier 1 Attorney, Environmental Law.
Chair, Natural Resources Section, SC Bar 1992-1993.
Representation of Industry in Environmental Regulatory and OSHA issues sine 1986.

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Liz Williamson

Liz Williamson is an partner at Williams Mullen in the environmental section. She chairs her firm’s Clean Air Act practice.  She works with power sector and manufacturing clients.  Liz spent a substantial part of this year on topics such as the Good Neighbor FIP, regional haze, NSR, and air toxics standards. Relevant to this panel, Liz was heavily involved in EPA’s NSR enforcement initiative from 2007-2019. Liz received a JD and BS from Florida State. She is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, DC, Florida & Georgia.

Liz received both her Juris Doctor degree and her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. She is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Georgia and Florida. 

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Allison Wood

Allison Wood is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of McGuireWoods where she leads the firm's ESG Task Force. Allison is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of environmental law,
particularly in the area of climate change, where she has guided clients through 
complex and politically charged precedent-setting cases before the U.S. Supreme 
Court and several Courts of Appeals, including the litigation involving EPA's Clean 
Power Plan and Affordable Clean Energy Rule. 

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Gary T. Yoder

Gary is the Vice President of Environmental Services at ClimeCo working out of his home office in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been providing air quality compliance services for more than 30 years. More recently, however, a growing portion of his time is in support of ESG projects in ClimeCo's Sustainability, Policy, & Advisory business unit providing Climate Advisory services including climate accounting and life cycle assessments. 
He has a bachelor's degree from Ohio University and Master of Science degree in Meteorology from North Carolina State University