Board meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of every other month, starting in February. Meeting dates for 2017 are February 14, April 11, June 13, August 8, October 10, and December 12. Contact us for location information or to propose agenda items.
Board Member Bios
Shirley Pearson, PE, CPP, is a Principal Engineer at Yorke Engineering. She is professional engineer with over 29 years of experience in project management, regulatory compliance, and air quality engineering consulting. She previously served as the Environmental Compliance Department manager for URS Corporation managing 20 professional staff in Orange County providing air quality permitting, emissions source testing, air pollution control engineering, noise analysis, and on-site environmental, health & safety (EH&S) compliance services. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Professional Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management from UCI, and a Certified Permitting Professional (CPP) registration with the SCAQMD. She has previously worked for Procter & Gamble and McDonnell Douglas and has a unique appreciation for both the day-to-day manufacturing facility challenges as well as EH&S regulatory compliance requirements.
Bozena Szeremeta is currently working as a Manager of Environmental Compliance for Applied Medical Resources Corporation in Rancho Santa Margarita. She is responsible for all areas of environmental compliance including waste handling and disposal, storm water and wastewater management as well as air quality. In addition, she is responsible for development of sustainability reports and evaluation of applicable domestic and international environmental regulations. Bozena has over 18 years of experience in management and/or performance of projects involving industrial facility closures, soil and groundwater remediation, and underground storage tank closures. She has assisted clients in environmental assessments of commercial and industrial properties related to property transfers, due diligence reviews, and environmental audits. She has MS in Chemical Engineering from Technical University, Rzeszow, Poland. She also has a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager Certificate from Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.
Jeff Forde, PE, BCEE, CPP, is a Senior Manager at Ramboll Environ in Irvine. Jeff has over 20 years’ experience assisting industry in solving environmental compliance issues. He provides technical and management expertise in regulatory compliance projects, multi-media environmental regulatory compliance auditing, environmental management systems, air quality permitting applications, and human health risk assessments. He is a SCAQMD Certified Permitting Professional (CPP) and is an accredited California GHG Lead Verifier. He has a BS in Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and is California-licensed Professional Engineer.
D.S.R.K. Srinivas is an expert environmental consultant with specialization in air pollution (including dispersion modeling), and also has extensive experience in EH&S management, waste water, and hazardous waste management. He has over 20 years of professional experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering with specializations in air pollution control/modeling and advanced waste water treatment. In his current position as Chief Environmental Consultant/Engineer at AQC Environmental Engineers (for the past 7 years), he has been providing support to a variety of industries (process and manufacturing) and commercial clients on permitting, emissions reporting, compliance achievement/maintenance, pollution prevention and control, environmental audits/ assessment, environmental compliance and reporting (air, waste water, hazardous waste, etc.), and EH&S services to a wide range of industries (small, medium and large).
Jorge Rodriguez, PE, is a Senior Engineer at M.S. Hatch Consulting. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of California with over 14 years of experience in project management, regulatory compliance, and air quality engineering consulting. He previously served as the LA Metro Air Quality lead for AECOM, leading 20+ professional staff in the Southern California area providing air quality permitting, emissions source testing, and on-site compliance services. He has a BS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
James A. Westbrook is a SCAQMD Certified Permitting Professional (CPP) and President of BlueScape Environmental, an air quality and environmental consulting firm based in Southern California. He specializes in developing strategic, cost-effective environmental permitting and compliance strategies designed to achieve client business goals. In the past 30 years, he has managed or completed more than 100 projects for industrial clients located in the Orange County and Los Angeles region, including refineries, oil & gas operations, power plants, chemical plants, Port operations, building materials manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, battery plants, aerospace companies, and electronics manufacturing. He holds a B.S in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University in Bloomington. Prior to founding BlueScape in 1997, James worked for Ramboll ENVIRON and Kleinfelder.
Prasad Thimmappa, PE, QSD/QSP, is a Senior Engineer at Ninyo & Moore, and has more than 22 years of experience as an environmental engineer and project manager providing planning, design, construction quality management and control services for soil and groundwater remediation and water resources projects. Currently, Mr. Thimmappa manages several investigation and remediation projects for commercial/industrial clients, school districts and local cities, including the City of Brea, Downey, El Monte, Irvine, and Victorville. Mr. Thimmappa has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Bangalore University, India and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University. He is highly knowledgeable in the regulatory process of federal, state, and local agencies including the EPA, RWQCB, DTSC, and SCAQMD. Mr. Thimmappa is a registered civil engineer in the state of California and a member of several associations including, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Public Works Association (APWA), Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and the Professional Environmental Management Association (PEMA).
John Gleason, PE, QSD, QISP, ToR, CPESC, REPA, is a professional engineer with over 29 years of experience managing environmental compliance projects. Specializing in CERCLA ARARs and NPDES regulatory compliance, he is currently managing several projects with total contract value over $5M. He is a qualified industrial stormwater practitioner (QISP) and trainer of record (ToR) and has trained 1,000+ people in NPDES Permit requirements and general water pollution prevention. He is a compliance group leader for local and suburban travel (SIC Code 4011) under the Industrial General NPDES Permit. He is assisting several industrial clients with numeric action level (NAL) exceedance response actions, applying for no exposure, and seeking non-applicability based on no discharge to Waters of the U.S. or ability to contain the maximum historical rain. He has prepared and assisted with implementing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for many industrial facilities. He has prepared Spill Prevention control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans, hazardous materials business plans, and waste water discharge permits. Since 1995, he has worked on soil and groundwater remediation projects under CERCLA conducting human health risk assessments and Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirement (ARAR) evaluations. As the main author of updates to the U.S. Navy Standard Text for ARARs, he has trained Navy staff and contractors on environmental regulations and stormwater requirement compliance. He is able to bring field experience to training courses and is able to resolve complex compliance issues in a cost effective manner.
Elizabeth Zernik, ToR/QISP/CGL, QSD/QSP, CPESC is designated by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) as a Certified Trainer of Record (ToR) for the Industrial General Permit (IGP). CASQA based the selection on experience in the California Industrial General Permit (IGP) implementation, academic credentials, and training competencies of the applicants. Ms. Zernik is part of an inaugural set of ToRs qualified to conduct training required under the California IGP. Ms. Zernik has over 20 years of experience in environmental and stormwater quality compliance. Ms. Zernik has provided construction and industrial stormwater support services to a wide range of clients. She maintains a current understanding of stormwater regulations and the practical implications to a client site. She has taught field and classroom compliance training courses. She is currently working to provide ongoing content support to the IGP Training Team, developing the training for the Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) Certification.