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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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Caroline Y. Freeman
Director, Air and Radiation Division


Since August 2020, Caroline Yvette Freeman has served as the ARD Division Director. Caroline joined the Region 4 office in 1991 in the Clean Air Act Enforcement Program. She has since held various other roles in Region 4, including as the Chief of the Restoration and Sustainability Branch in the Superfund Division, as the Acting Deputy Director in the Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, Acting Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator; Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the Region 4 Administrator, Enforcement Branch Manager in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Division for RCRA, OPA, and PCB Programs, Air Enforcement Supervisor for Stationary Sources across the Southeast, Regional Asbestos National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Coordinator/Air Enforcement Compliance Engineer, Superfund Remedial Project Manager, and Regional Superfund Ombudsperson. Prior to her work at EPA, Caroline served as a Senior Design Engineer with Simons-Eastern Engineering Consultants, Inc., and as a Senior Project Engineer with International Paper Company. Caroline is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.  

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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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Mary Hauner-Davis

Mary Hauner-Davis is a National Technical Service Leader for Air Quality and Noise at Burns & McDonnell. She also serves as a department and project manager, where she specializes in air permitting and carbon emissions accounting, regulatory compliance and sustainability services. With over 24 years of experience, she has assisted numerous industrial and energy facilities with preparing emissions and carbon strategies as well as obtaining complex permits for these facilities. She specializes in overall permitting strategy, assisting with development of strategies to meet her client’s important construction schedules. She also assists clients with greenhouse gas and ESG evaluation and planning.  She graduated from Cornell College with a BA in Chemistry and obtained a masters degree from University of Iowa in Environmental Engineering. She has served on the local Air and Waste Management Association board for numerous years and has participated in conferences in industry panel discussions related to the New Source Review, PSD Netting, Cross State Air Pollution Rule, NOx transport regulations as well as greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability.

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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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Taylor Loftis

Mr. Loftis is an Associate Advisor at Tora Consulting with 15 years of experience in environmental consulting with a focus on air quality consulting for industrial clients. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered PE in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Mr. Loftis is based outside of Charlotte, NC and serves clients throughout the United States and internationally with completion of a variety of permitting actions for capital project including PSD/NSR, Title V, minor source, exemptions, and environmental impact assessments. 

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Amy Marshall

Amy Marshall is ALL4's Air Quality Practice Director and has over 25 years of experience in air quality permitting and compliance. She graduated from NC State University with a degree in chemical engineering and is a professional engineer. She provides strategic air quality regulatory support to industrial clients and also works with various industry associations to evaluate impacts and provide technical comments to EPA and state agencies on air quality policies and rules that impact industrial emissions sources.

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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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Dana Norvell

Dana Norvell has 27 years of environmental experience principally dealing with air quality permitting and compliance issues. She has provided Title V, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting support and NESHAP compliance support for a variety of industrial sectors including steel manufacturing, pressure-sensitive tape plants, chemical plants, brick manufacturing plants, painting/coating operations, pulp and paper plants, and oriented strand board facilities. Ms. Norvell is a Managing Consultant in Trinity Consultants’ Raleigh, NC office. She is one of the main instructors for Trinity’s North Carolina and South Carolina (NC and SC) air regulatory classes which focus on permitting and compliance.  Ms. Norvell graduated from NC State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and is a registered PE in NC, SC, and Virginia.

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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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Todd Russo

Born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Todd Russo has been a champion of environmental causes since receiving a degree in Environmental Science from McNeese State University. Following graduation, Todd worked in the Air and EPCRA division of an environmental consulting firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1991-1998. When he joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1998, Todd brought experience and education to his position as a Clean Air Act Inspector and Enforcement Officer. In 2008, he was promoted to Chief of the South Air Enforcement and Toxics Section, and in 2019, became the Chief of the Air Enforcement Branch within EPA’s Region 4 Enforcement Compliance and Assurance Division.

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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.

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