Blacksmith Technical Advisory Board
Blacksmith is supported by a Technical Advisory Board (TAB) made up of highly experienced professionals from a range of disciplines, who provide advice, insights and guidance to Blacksmith’s strategy and operations.
The members of the TAB are invited to participate on the basis of their expertise, experience and commitment to the goals of Blacksmith. The membership of the TAB includes experts from India and China and geographical coverage is being expanded to reflect Blacksmith’s operational scope. The TAB also includes representatives of key partner organizations with whom Blacksmith operates closely.
The roles of the TAB are to provide:
• Strategic advice to Blacksmith management and operational staff.
• Access to best practices in pollution management and remediation techniques.
• Practical guidance on operational aspects of specific projects.
The members of the TAB provide inputs on a routine basis or in response to specific requests. Regular conference calls are held to exchange information and opinions with operational management at Blacksmith. Specific issues are taken up as needed.
The TAB operates through sub-groups which include specific operational or geographic experience of particular relevance to current operations. Some TAB members participate in country operations to provide detailed guidance and technical expertise on critical projects.
For interviews with any of Blacksmith's TAB experts, please contact
TAB ACTIVE MEMBERS
Nicholas Albergo, P.E., DEE
President, HSA Engineers & Scientists
Mr. Albergo is the President and CEO of HSA Engineers & Scientists, an engineering consulting firm based in Florida. The firm has over 300 employees and 10 offices located throughout the southeastern United States. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil, environmental and chemical engineering. Currently, he serves as the ASTM E50.02 Vice Chair on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action.
Mr. Albergo possesses extensive domestic and international experience in contamination assessment, degradation and migration analysis, water/wastewater treatment and permitting, and soil & groundwater remedial strategy. He has chaired numerous scientific conferences, and has over 180 technical publications to his credit. He has provided expert testimony in many complicated litigation matters in the U.S. and abroad and also serves as an arbitrator on the AAA Roster of Neutrals.
Chris Arsenault is an environmental engineer in the remediation department and his experience includes the investigation, design, and implementation of groundwater, soil, and indoor air remedial solutions. He has worked on projects ranging in scope from environmental site assessments for real estate transactions to multi-million dollar site closures. He focuses on complex problems that require knowledge of a variety of subsurface remedial solutions, including bioremediation, chemical oxidation, soil vapor and multi-phase extraction, air sparging, and monitored natural attenuation. Mr. Arsenault has worked on projects under the control of the U.S. EPA and numerous state agencies, and he is well versed in field investigation procedures regarding state and federal regulations governing environmental site work. He has worked on projects for many Fortune 500 clients and prestigious universities, as well as projects at high profile sites.
Pat Breysse, M.D.
Director of the Division of Environmental Health Engineering, Department of Environmental Health Sciences,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Breysse is currently Director of the Division of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment, a large multi-investigator research program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.
Dr. Breysse is an active researcher with over 120 peer-reviewed publications. His research focuses on air pollution and risk assessment. He serves or has served on numerous government committees and panels including the U.S. National Toxicology Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and National Academy of Sciences.
Risk Management Specialist, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Brutus is currently the Risk Management Specialist for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for the downstate reservoirs that bring all water into New York City. He previously worked on complex multi-technology remediation projects with CH2M Hill, Inc. Mr. Brutus has extensive site investigation experience including, but not limited to, indoor and outdoor air sampling, multiple groundwater and soil sampling techniques and technologies. He has also contributed to nonprofit organizations restoring contaminated brownfields to their former use as wetlands and worked in analytical laboratories in New York and New Jersey.
Owen Cadwalader specializes in geochemical and hydrologic analysis for groundwater and soil remediation projects. He has been working for Geosyntec Consultants since 2009. Mr. Cadwalader holds a Master of Sciences from Dartmouth University; specifically in Earth Sciences; Contaminant Hydrology and Aqueous Geochemistry.
Jack Caravanos, Ph.D., CIH, CSP
Director, MS/MPH program in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Hunter College, City University of New York
Dr. Caravanos is an assistant professor at Hunter College, CUNY, where he directs the MS and MPH program in environmental and occupational health sciences. He received his M.S. from Polytechnic University in New York City and Ph.D. in public health (environmental health) from Columbia University's School of Public Health in 1984. Dr. Caravanos holds certification in industrial hygiene (CIH) and industrial safety (CSP) and prides himself on being an "environmental health practitioner." He specializes in lead poisoning, mold contamination, asbestos and community environmental health risk.
Dr. Caravanos has extensive experience in variety of urban environmental and industrial health problems and is often called upon to assist in environmental health assessments, including lead/zinc smelter in Mexico, health risks at the World Trade Center, ground water contamination in New Jersey and municipal landfill closures in Brooklyn. Presently he is on the technical advisory panel of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Brooklyn-Queens Aquifer Feasibility Study, a New York City Department of Environmental Protection-sponsored community action committee evaluating health risks associated with aquifer restoration.
Vice President/Principal Planner at Maul, Foster, Alongi
Mr. Darling's experience and skills include primary responsibility for financing, designing, developing, and operating mixed use, industrial, and federal real estate investments; port facilities; municipal public works infrastructure; solid waste systems; urban forestry programs; and parks and open space. He has guided planning efforts and land use entitlements, as well as the creation of local economic stimulus programs. His work has required his active involvement in local, state, and federal policy and legislative matters.
President, Society for Occupational and Environmental Health
Mr. Dobbin holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a M.Sc. in occupational hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, U.K. He has over 40 years occupational hygiene experience as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and as an independent.
His assignments included 17 years with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (and its predecessors), where he managed research programs and developed policy, including a two-year assignment with the U.S. Congress in the Office of Technology Assessment. Mr. Dobbin has worked on toxic chemical issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He managed a Superfund grant program for model hazardous waste worker and emergency responder training for 10 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. National Institutes of Health. Since 1997 he has worked independently on occupational, environmental and public health policy issues for nonprofit, labor and other non-governmental organizations.
Mr. Dobbin is President of the Society for Occupational and Environmental Health, an international society and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics as well as past Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Section, American Public Health Association. He was the 1998 honoree for the OHS/APHA Alice Hamilton Award for lifetime achievement in occupational health. He is an elected fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an international occupational and environmental health honor society.
Mr. Dobbin is a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, where he served as recording secretary of the Physical Agents Threshold Limit Value Committee and chaired the Computer and Nominating Committees. A Certified Industrial Hygienist (ret), he has participated in the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, National Public Health Policy Association and Society of Risk Assessment.
Bruce D. Forrest, M.D., MBA
President, Forrest & Company, Inc.
Dr. Forrest is a medical graduate from the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he also pursued postgraduate doctoral research with an emphasis in mucosal immunology and vaccines. He has an M.B.A. from the Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom. Dr. Forrest hass over 20 years of academic and pharmaceutical industry experience and has worked on over 60 publications with special emphasis on the development of vaccines and biologicals.
During his time in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Forrest was the clinical leader for the successful NDA reviews and approvals of a live, tetravalent rotavirus vaccine in Europe; for the seven-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the U.S. and Japan as well as managing closely relationships with China on this approval; and overseeing NDA approvals in Japan for etanercept and gemtuzumab ozogamicin, as well as submissions for bazedoxifiene and temsirolimus. He has designed and implemented extensive global clinical programs that have involved as many as 38 countries, and has wide experience in the conduct of large-scale efficacy trials, including pneumococcal conjugate vaccine efficacy trials in Native American communities and in Soweto, South Africa.
Matthew Garamone, M.A., J.D.
Senior Counsel - Environmental, Health & Safety, First Solar, Inc.
Mr. Garamone has a B.S. degree in the biological sciences from Rutgers University, M.A. in environmental studies/management from Montclair State College (NJ), and J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. He is an environmental, health and safety attorney employed with First Solar, Inc.
From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Garamone was an an environmental, health & safety attorney with Pfizer Inc. From 1999 to 2001 he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Region 2 as an assistant regional counsel in the Water and General Law Branch, and as an environmental scientist from 1993 to 1999 in the Superfund program, specializing in hazardous waste remediation, oil spill response, and hazardous materials emergency response. In addition, from 1989 to 1993 Mr. Garamone was an emergency response specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
He has served on the board of directors of the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference (2007 - 2009) and the Passaic (NJ) River Coalition (2007 - 2009). In 2000 he was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the Lake Restoration and Management Advisory Task Force.
Josh Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Global Conservation Program, Wildlife Conservation Society
Dr. Ginsberg received a B.Sc. from Yale, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton in ecology and evolution. He is currently senior vice president of the global conservation program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, and previously was vice president for conservation operations (2004-2009), director of the Asia and Pacific Program (1996 -2004), and acting director of the Africa Program in 2002. Dr. Ginsberg spent 17 years as a field biologist/conservationist working in Asia and Africa.
He serves on the NOAA/NMFS Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team, which he chaired from 2001 to 2007. He has held faculty positions at Oxford University and University College London, and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches conservation biology and has supervised 16 masters and four doctoral students. He is an author of over 50 reviewed papers and has edited three books on wildlife conservation, ecology and evolution.
Nadia Glucksberg, M.Sc.
Senior Hydrogeologist, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Ms. Glucksberg is a senior hydrogeologist at Haley & Aldrich, Inc., where she has over 20 years of experience in the investigation and remediation of chemically and radioactively contaminated sites. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and M.Sc. in hydrogeology from Oregon Health Science University. She has extensive experience in developing conceptual site models and characterizing groundwater flow in complex systems. She is the Program Chair for the American Nuclear Society's Decommissioning, Decontamination, and Reutilization Division and is a certified Professional Geologist and a Licensed Environmental Professional (CT).
David J. Green
Owner and CEO, Phoenix Soil, LLC; United Retek of CT LLC; American Lamp Recycling, LLC; Green Globe, LLC; and Jayjet Transportation, LLC.
Mr. Green received his M.Ed. in chemistry and has owned and operated hazardous waste remediation companies since 1979. His companies have conducted in-situ and ex-situ treatments of hazardous materials in over 16,700 sites in the U.S., China, U.K., and Central Europe. The technologies incorporated include low temperature thermal desorption, solidification/stabilization and chemical treatment. Mr. Green serves as Chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Commission and the Director of Operations for the Connecticut Department of Homeland Security USAR Team.
Pascal Haefliger, Ph.D, MASPH
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
Dr Haefliger is currently an independent environmental health and chemical safety consultant. He previously worked from 2005 to 2010 for the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Department for Public Health and Environment. He managed various chemical safety and risk assessment projects and initiatives, including the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint and a project to raise awareness and promote action on 10 Chemicals of Major Public Health Concern. He also worked on the prevention, preparedness and response to chemical incidents and emergencies. He conducted numerous field missions to support countries in investigating and managing the public health consequences of chemical incidents, including in Senegal and Nigeria for lead poisoning outbreaks, in Mongolia for a suspected outbreak of mercury intoxication, and in Angola for a bromide poisoning outbreak. Prior to working for WHO, Dr Haefliger was a scientific researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr Haefliger holds a Master in Chemistry (MChem) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland; a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Zurich, Switzerland; a Master of Advanced Studies in Public Health (MASPH) from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and an Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy Making (INP) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
David Hanrahan, M.Sc.
Director of Global Programs, Blacksmith Institute; TAB Leader
Mr. Hanrahan oversees the technical design and implementation for Blacksmith Institute of over 40 projects in 14 countries. Previously he worked at the World Bank for 12 years on a broad range of environmental operations and issues, across all the Bank’s regions. During much of this time he was based in the Central Environment Department, where he held technical and managerial positions and participated in and led teams on analytical work and lending operations. Before joining the World Bank in 1994, he had 20 years of experience in international consulting, during which time he also earned post-graduate degrees in policy analysis and in environmental economics.
His professional career began in Britain in water resources for a major international engineering consultant. He then moved to Australia to build the local branch of that firm, where he helped to develop a broad and varied practice for public and private sector clients. He later returned to the U.K. and became development director for an environmental consultancy, and subsequently business manager for a firm of applied economics consultants.
Weber, Hayes & Associates
Mr. Hayes has the primary responsibility for planning and directing hydrogeology studies for Weber, Hayes & Associates. He has spent the last seventeen years working on a variety of groundwater investigations, including regional groundwater supply studies, groundwater monitoring plans, site remediation testing and design, environmental site assessments, monitoring well installations, and conducting pumping tests.
David Hunter, Sc.D.
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard University School of Public Health
Gilbert Jackson Ph.D.
TSenior Infrastructure Engineer, USAID/EGAT Bureau (retired)
Mr. Jackson was a Senior Infrastructure engineer in USAID/EGAT Bureau focused on innovative solutions including Post Disaster Infrastructure Reconstruction; best practices for water resources management, clean-up; industrial production, clean energy, bio-fuels production, and greening the supply chain. He has previous experience in USAID's LAC Bureau, Policy Bureau and Near East Bureau dealing with Environmental/Energy matters, received patents, and served in the Executive Offices of the President, DOE, EPA, and USAID as chief urban/industrial environmental and Energy Officer for (USAID) Latin American and Caribbean Bureau; was Bureau Environmental Coordinator (BEO) for Near East Bureau and managed LAC Bureau Environmental Initiative for the Americas (EIA )addressing energy/environmental issues in 14 LAC and previously 9 Middle East countries- resulting in over $1B in savings of water, energy , and materials for 500 industrial SMEs; Served in the Middle East Peace Process; experience in United Technology's Pratt and Whitney Advanced powers systems division/ MITRE Corporation, National Center for Resource Recovery; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), U.S. Department of Energy, Executive Office of the President, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Taught chemistry / engineering Montgomery College; University of Maryland. Produced and moderated VIEWPOINT radio show on WGTB/FM (90.1FM) on Environmental/Energy issues for National Public Radio's "All things Considered". Mr. Jackson was awarded a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, with honors, from the University of Maryland, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with honors, from the City University of New York.
Technical Advisor, Green Cross Switzerland; Managing Director, Atlantic Consulting
Mr. Johnson has a broad perspective on environment and chemical contamination, beginning his career as an editor of "Chemical Engineering" and "Chemical Week" magazines. He then became involved in the selection, assessment and remediation of industrial sites with a major project the remediation and conversion of a former aluminum smelter to alternate land-use. An early adopter of life-cycle assessment, combined with his experience in environmental impact assessment, led to his 1996 appointment as editor of "Environmental Impact Assessment Review," a leading peer-reviewed journal in the field.
Mr. Johnson has analyzed numerous environmental issues that touch on the chemical industry including: alternative fuels, brominated flame retardants, CFCs and replacements, ecolabels (for detergents, furniture polishes, hairsprays and personal computers), GHG emissions and trading, plastics recycling, PVC and the chlorine-chain, REACH, socially-responsible investing, tri-butyl tins and TRI and environmental reporting. In 1994 he organized the first responsible care conference for plant managers in Europe. Currently, his main work is comparing the carbon footprints of various sources of energy. He has worked internationally, concentrating mainly on the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Robinson is an active member of the Board of Green Cross Switzerland.
Barbara Jones, M.Sc.
Principal, Cardinal Resources
Donald E. Jones
Founder and Principal, Quality Environmental Solutions, Inc.
Founder of Quality Environmental Solutions, Inc. in 1992. The Annapolis, Maryland firm specializes in client-focused responsiveness to ensure environmental compliance, liability protection and common sense solutions to complex environmental issues. Mr. Jones has a BA in Geology from Boston University and a MS in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin. His technical specialties include litigation support, environmental site assessments, hydrogeologic evaluations, remedial system design and implementation, permit strategy development, and technical training. His experience includes management of projects involving assessment and remediation of soil and ground water contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons, heavy metals and industrial chemicals. Mr. Jones completed the assessment and remediation of soil lead contamination in Senegal and has completed lead assessment and remediation projects at artisanal ceramic workshops in Mexico on behalf of Blacksmith Institute.
Mukesh Khare, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India; Principal Member, International Sustainable Technological Association (ISTA), Arizona State University; Consultant (Air Pollution), Government of Delhi, India
Dr. Khare received his Ph.D. in engineering, specializing in air quality, from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K. in 1989. He has published more than 35 refereed research articles in professional journals, 40 articles in refereed conferences/seminars, two books (Modeling Vehicular Exhaust Emissions, WIT Press, UK; Artificial Neural Networks in Vehicular Pollution Modeling, Springer, USA); three contributed chapters in books/handbooks, published by WIT Press and Elsevier, USA. Additionally, he has published about 20 technical reports on research/consultancies conducted for government agencies and private industries.
Dr. Khare continues to serve as peer reviewer for several government ministries grants programs and state programs and consultant/advisor to the Government of Delhi, India. He also serves as reviewer to many journals and publishing houses. Prof. Khare is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management and is guest editing one of its special issues on Urban Air Pollution, Control and Management.
Dr. Khare’s research has focused on local scale urban air quality modeling targeting the predictions of episodes at urban roads/intersections, mainly arising out from undefined low-level/line sources. Current research areas include formulation of air quality models and their validation and exposure assessment of related pollutants on indoor occupants. He has also worked extensively in the area of industrial wastewater treatment particularly application of Rotating Biological Contactor Systems to treat industrial and sewage wastes. Dr. Khare and his research group have carried out a number of on-site assessments of air pollutants and designed a number of effluent treatment plants to treat the corresponding wastes from various types of industries.
Robert Kurkjian, Ph.D
Program Manager/Principal Scientist, Tetra Tech
Dr. Kurkjian has more than 20 years of experience conducting complex environmental investigations, evaluating surface and ground water resources, remediating soil and groundwater, and managing hazardous waste. He has worked on a variety of projects involving air, soil, sediment, and water quality studies, permitting, and regulatory compliance. Previously, Dr. Kurkjian served as the Director for the Environmental Research and Management Center at the American University of Armenia from 1995-1999. He has also consulted with the Armenian Ministry of the Environmental Protection, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the U.S. Agency for International Development regarding environmental and agricultural conditions in Armenia.
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc.
Director, Children's Environmental Health Center
Chair, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, and
Director, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Landrigan is a pediatrician and an international leader in public health and preventive medicine. His pioneering research on the effects of lead poisoning in children led the U.S. government to mandate removal of lead from gasoline and paint, actions that have produced a 90 percent decline in incidence of childhood lead poisoning over the past 25 years. His leadership of a National Academy of Sciences Committee on pesticides in children's diets generated widespread understanding that children are uniquely vulnerable to toxic chemicals in the environment. The findings of the NAS Committee secured passage of the Food Quality Protection Act in 1996, a major U.S. federal pesticide law and the first environmental statute to contain specific protections for infants and children.
Dr. Landrigan served as Senior Advisor to the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency where he was instrumental in helping to establish the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection. Dr. Landrigan has been a leader in developing the National Children's Study, the largest study of children's health and the environment ever launched in the United States.
Geologist, U.S. Army Environmental Center
Mr. May recently retired from the U.S. Army Environmental Center where he was the Chief Geologist for over 20 years. With extensive experience on the cleanup of hazardous wastes at military facilities throughout the United States, he is presently working on the cleanup of ranges where munitions were used throughout the world.
Also, he was in charge of the Army's groundwater pump and treat optimization efforts. He is an expert on the analysis of efficacy of remediation efforts. He has been involved in the development of new technologies for, and the cleanup of superfund sites for almost 30 years. He has been a technical advisor to Blacksmith Institute with projects in the Philippines and the Ukraine.
Terry Oda, M.Sc.
Environmental Engineer, Water Pollution/Quality Specialist
Mr. Oda has been involved in water pollution control since 1972. He served nearly 31 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he managed the wastewater permitting and enforcement and water quality standards programs at the regional level. As a result, he has extensive experience in wastewater pollution control and setting of water quality standards. He is currently an independent consultant.
Mr. Oda has worked in the Philippines and China with local and provincial level government, industry and NGOs in various collaborative projects. They include development of a watershed management and cleanup plan, development and implementation of a source water protection program to ensure delivery of safe drinking water, and development of a program to improve municipal water pollution control through improved source control. As part of these efforts, he has worked with rural villages to prevent polluted runoff through integrated management, treatment and resource recovery of household, farming and animal wastes, and the production of biogas.
Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics & Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University
Medical Director for National & Global Affairs, Child Health Advocacy Institute
Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health & the Environment, Children's National Medical Center
In addition to his work at George Washington University, Dr. Paulson is the Medical Director for National and Global Affairs of the Children's Health Advocacy Institute at the Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Paulson is also the director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, one of ten pediatric environmental health specialty units in the US. Dr. Paulson chairs the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and serves on the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In October 2004 Dr. Paulson was a Dozor Visiting Professor at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, where he lectured throughout Israel on children's environmental health. He was a recipient of a Soros Advocacy Fellowship for Physicians from the Open Society Institute and worked with the Children's Environmental Health Network, and has also served as a special assistant to the director of the National Center on Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control, addressing children's environmental health issues.
Dr. Paulson has developed several new courses for the George Washington School of Public Health about children's health and the environment. He is the editor of the October 2001, and the February and April 2007 editions of "Pediatric Clinics of North America" addressing children's environmental health. He has served on numerous boards and committees related to children's environmental health.
Anne Riederer, Sc.D.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Riederer received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1989, M.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University in 1991, and Sc.D. in environmental science and engineering from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. Her research focuses on assessing exposures of children and women of childbearing age to developmental neurotoxins, including pesticides, heavy metals, and other environmental contaminants.
From 1998-2004, Dr. Riederer held a U.S. Superfund Basic Research Program Training Fellowship to study lead, mercury and PCB exposures at the former Clark Air Base, Philippines. From 1991-1998, she worked for Ha gler Bailly Consulting on air, water and waste regulatory program development for the Philippines, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Mexico, and Egypt for various bi- and multilateral development agencies. She directed the company's Manila, Philippines office from 1994-1998.
Dr. Riederer is currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow, hosted by the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is also adjunct faculty in the department of environmental health at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, where she served as research assistant professor and co-director of the Global Environmental Health Program from 2004 to 2010.
Independent Environmental Adviser
Mr. Richards is an independent environmental adviser on environmental policy and strategy, external engagement and multi-stakeholder initiatives, and strategic environmental risk management. He spent 32 years in the mining industry, 19 of those at operating mines and advanced development projects. For 28 years he was an employee of Rio Tinto.
His background is in economic geology and geochemistry, and since 1992 he has worked in corporate environmental policy development and assurance. He has been involved in several multi-stakeholder initiatives including the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) project (2000 – 2002), the IUCN-ICMM Dialogue (2002 – present), the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2004 – 2005), the Post Mining Alliance (2005 – present) and the Business & Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP) (2007 – present). He helped to develop geochemical risk assessment tools and has extensive experience in site-based strategic multi-disciplinary risk reviews.
Stephan Robinson, Ph.D.
Unit Manager (Water, Legacy), Green Cross Switzerland
Dr. Robinson holds a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from Basel University. In 1994 he joined Green Cross Switzerland where he serves today as international director of its Legacy of the Cold War Programme. The Programme addresses the full implementation of arms control and disarmament agreements; safe and environmentally sound destruction of weapons arsenals; conversion and clean-up of military facilities and lands; reduced environmental impacts of military practices; improvements in the areas of public health, education, and social infrastructure in regions affected by military legacies; stakeholder involvement on military-environmental issues; and the building of a civil society.
Since 1995, the facilitation of chemical weapons destruction in both Russia and the U.S. has been a focus point of the Programme, which operates a network of 11 local and regional public outreach offices, the organization of a Russian National Dialogue on chemical weapons destruction, as well as practical community projects to improve emergency preparedness and health infrastructure. Other activities include the clean-up of a major oil spill at a nuclear missile in the Baltic area; the scientific investigation of a site of former chemical weapons destruction (open pit burning site); different risk assessments of military facilities; an inventory of the Soviet nuclear legacy; and epidemiological studies of public health impacts by chemical weapons storage.
Dr. Robinson is regularly in Eastern Europe for on-site visits of projects and for meetings with various groups of stakeholders from government officials to local citizens.
Chairman, Roux Associates, Inc.
Mr. Roux received an M.A. in geology from Queens College, City University of New York, and a B.S. in engineering science from C.W. Post College, Long Island University. A certified Professional Geologist and Hydrogeologist, he has served on the editorial board of "Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation" and currently is on the Board of Registration of the American Institute of Hydrology.
Mr. Roux has over 35 years of experience with contaminated soil and groundwater remediation at industrial plants and landfills. He has worked at a number of the largest and most complex Superfund sites in the US, as well as major chemical and petroleum facilities.
Roux Associates, which was founded in 1981, currently has more than 230 professional employees in five offices. The firm provides a broad range of consulting and project management services to solve complex environmental, health, and safety problems associated with air, water, land and interior pollution; hazardous materials; and toxic waste treatment and disposal. Roux Associates was twice named as one of America's 500 fastest-growing private companies by "Inc. Magazine," and since 1996 has been listed as one of the top 200 environmental consulting firms by "Engineering News Record."
Leona D. Samson, Ph.D.
David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Director, Center for Environmental Health Sciences
Professor of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Samson received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from University College, London University, and did postdoctoral training at the University of California, both at San Francisco and Berkeley. After serving on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health for 18 years, she joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 as a professor of biological engineering and director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences.
Dr. Samson's research has focused on how cells, tissues and animals respond to environmental toxicants. She has received numerous awards during her career, including the Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Scholar Award (1993-98); Charlotte Friend Women in Cancer Research Award (2000); Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Award for Research Excellence (2001). In 2001 Dr. Samson was named the American Cancer Society Research Professor, one of the most prestigious awards given by the Society, subsequently underwritten by the Ellison Foundation of Massachusetts. In 2003 she was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science; in 2004 she became president of the Environmental Mutagen Society.
Jerry Spetseris, PG, PMP
Remediation Project Manager/Consultant
Mr. Spetseris is a licensed geoscientist in Texas and Florida and a certified project management professional. He earned a B.S. in geology from Ohio University, and M.S. in geology and M.B.A. from University of Houston.
Mr. Spetseris is experienced in satellite imagery reconnaissance & analysis of features to identify potentially impacted sites; site assessment and remediation; remediation risk liability transfer; environmental due diligence adhering to all appropriate inquiries methodology; stakeholder engagement including leading public meetings, data analysis and interpretation, negotiating and working remedial alternatives with impacted local populations; social and environmental impact assessments in support of permitting efforts; and regulatory assurance.
For most of his career, he has focused on creating a working relationship with various stakeholders to implement remedies to environmental problems. These include E&P operations, pipelines, bulk terminals, petrochemical plants, uranium mills, or remediating historic releases at O&G upstream, midstream, and downstream sites and managing all aspects of HSE as well as remediation at orphan manufacturing, petrochemical and Superfund sites nationwide.
Kelvin Telmer, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Artisanal Gold Council; Chair, IUGS-GEM
Professor, SEOS, University of Victoria
Dr. Telmer has worked for more than 20 years as an environmental geochemist and geologist for mining and consulting companies and academia in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, as well as in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He directs The Artisanal Gold Council, which he founded to improve the environment and livelihoods of small-scale gold mining communities through innovative field programs and educational campaigns. An internationally recognized leader in this field, he collaborates with the United Nations, World Bank, private sector, governments, and civil society to develop technologies, programs and policies to reduce the use of mercury while improving gold recovery in small-scale mining.
Dr. Telmer has designed and implemented mercury emissions reduction technologies and introduced a variety of mineral processing techniques to improve gold recovery. He is currently a principal consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme's Global Mercury Partnership on ASGM and participant in the development of the UN's forthcoming global mercury treaty.
Program Manager, International Lead Management Center
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Mr. Wilson is the program manager for the International Lead Management Center in North Carolina, responsible for the design and implementation of multi-stakeholder lead risk reduction programs. Before joining the Center, he worked for 15 years in the oil industry, followed by 18 years with MIM Holdings in the metals industry. He left the United Kingdom and MIM UK as the group personnel manager in 1996 to join the Center after a career that spanned smelter production, industrial relations and human resource management.
He has worked with UN Environmental Programme, UN Conference on Trade and Development, and the Basel Secretariat on Lead Risk Reduction and Recycling projects in the Far East, Russia, Central and South America, the Caribbean and West Africa.
TAB ADDITIONAL MEMBERS
Thomas G. Boivin
President, Hatfield Consultants
Grant S. Bruce
Vice-President, Hatfield Consultants
Former Director, Environmental Resources Management, Young Leaders Programme Director, GIFT
Dr. B. Sengupta
Former Member Secretary
Central Pollution Control Board,
Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt of India
Presently National Technical Advisor , Blacksmith Institute , India.
Jay Vandeven, M.S.
Principal, ENVIRON International Corp.
Mr. Vandeven is a principal in the Arlington, VA office of ENVIRON International Corp., an international consulting firm providing chemical risk management services to public and private sector clients with more than 70 offices worldwide. He has been a consulting environmental engineer for 25 years, focusing on the sources, fate, transport, and remediation of chemical and radiological compounds in all environmental media, and has worked on some of the largest Superfund sites in the U.S. as well as contaminated sites in Eastern Europe. He routinely counsels clients on negotiations with regulatory authorities and represents them in environmental disputes.
Mr. Vandeven is a member of the committee that administers the ENVIRON Foundation, an internally managed philanthropic initiative providing financial assistance to projects worldwide that promote protection of human health and a sustainable global environment, particularly chemical impact and society’s use of the earth’s resources.