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Air & Waste Management Association - Gulf Coast Chapter

Executive Team

A&WMA Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors, 2017 Term



CHAIR

Jessica Ross, P. E.

Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE)

jlross@edge-es.com


Jessica Ross is a project manager at Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE), headquartered in Houston, Texas. Jessica specializes in air quality services and has provided environmental consulting services since 2011. She has assisted clients in the petrochemical, surface coating manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, natural gas transmission, and refining industries. Her experience includes management of air permitting projects, preparation of New Source Review (NSR) permit applications, Permit By Rule (PBR) registrations, Title V permit applications, air compliance audits, and performing air quality dispersion screen modeling evaluations for sites in Texas. 

In past consulting assignments, Jessica also specialized in merger and acquisition (M&A) due diligence with limited compliance reviews (LCRs). Jessica has evaluated sites with operations in manufacturing, petrochemical distillation, repair and contracting services, poultry industry, and oil and gas waste handling, primarily in Texas, with experience in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Alabama, and Arkansas.



VICE CHAIR

Paul Witkowski
Kinder Morgan
paul_witkowski@kindermorgan.com

Paul Witkowski is an Environmental Engineer at Kinder Morgan providing air quality and compliance support in the natural gas pipelines business segment. He previously provided air permitting and air quality engineering services as a consultant. Paul graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2008 along with a M.E. in Environmental Engineering in 2010. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.


PAST CHAIR
Shagun Bhat, PhD
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
sbhat@geosyntec.com

Dr. Shagun Bhat is a Senior Engineer in Geosyntec’s Houston, Texas office. Shagun’s practice has focused on air quality issues, including air permitting and compliance, for energy, refining, chemical, petrochemical, and coatings sectors. Specific areas of expertise include federal and state air permitting, air emission inventory development and improvement, use of open-path monitoring techniques to quantify air emissions from non-point sources, and air dispersion modeling and impacts analysis, for clients located in the United States and the Middle East. Besides routine air permitting, Shagun has also been involved in a number of air emissions inventory improvement projects for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”). Additionally he has also been involved with conducting and supervising environmental site assessments and due diligence audits. Shagun earned his doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rice University and obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Bhat’s doctoral research focused on characterization and source apportionment of fine particulate matter in urban and rural areas.


SECRETARY

Mathew Gobert
EMSI
matthew.gobert@emsi-air.com

Mathew Gobert is the Vice President of Business Development for Emission Monitoring Service, Inc., where his passion for building strategic partnerships has afforded him a strong alliance throughout the environmental industry. His dedication to providing exceptional customer service is integrated into every opportunity presented. Matt’s thorough understanding of the business comes from a career that began in the field, making him uniquely qualified to advise clients on a wide range of environmental compliance issues. He has enjoyed a career of continuous growth; starting as a sampling and monitoring technician, transitioning into the roles of Supervisor, Facility Manager and Division Director. He has previously worked for Jones & Neuse and ARI Environmental. With over 25 years of experience, he has successfully managed major LDAR programs for chemical and energy customers across the United States, with zero Notice of Violations. Matt has extensive knowledge negotitating Consent Decree's and has developed LDAR Programs at over 50 different facilities throughout the country, including refineries owned by ExxonMobil, Shell, Marathon Oil, Sinclair Oil, Valero, Delek, Flint Hills Resources and Navaho Refining. Highly recognized as an expert in Leak Detection and Repair, Matt is actively engaged in the environmental community. He is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufactueres (AFPM) and served as co-chair for the 2016 International Society of Automation (ISA) LDAR Fugitive Emissions Symposium. Matt was educated at Lamar University and lives in the Houston area with his wife and family. He may be reached through the following channels: 281-428-1140 / matthew.gobert@emsi-air.com


TREASURER

Arijit Pakrasi
CB&I
arijit.pakrasi@cbi.com

Arijit Pakrasi is a subject matter expert in Air Quality practice area based in the CB&I office in Houston, TX. He has 23 years of experience in diverse areas of air quality management and air quality impact assessment for industrial clients. His current focus is in air permitting, air quality impact analysis, ambient monitoring, air pollution control technology analysis, and compliance assurance projects for industrial clients in the Oil&Gas, Chemical, Petrochemical, and Electric Utility sectors. He routinely provides analysis of current and proposed regulations to clients as part of their strategic compliance planning. Dr. Pakrasi is a licensed professional engineer (Ohio and Texas). He is also a board certified environmental engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He has been a member of A&WMA since 1992.


SENIOR DIRECTOR

Mike Taylor
Emission Advisors
mtaylor@emissionadvisors.com

Mike Taylor, President of Emission Advisors, has seventeen years of experience in environmental trading, brokerage and consulting in emission reduction credit programs, carbon programs renewable energy certificates, and federal and regional allowance programs. Mr. Taylor was US Emissions Trader with Louis Dreyfus Energy Services and prior to that he was the Senior Trader in Coal and Emissions with NRG Energy where he was responsible for optimizing the emissions portfolio for the 20,000 MW fleet and adding incremental value through trading in the environmental markets. He has transacted over a billion dollars’ worth of environmental credits in his career. Prior positions held by Mr. Taylor in emissions and energy trading industry includes Senior Vice President at an environmental services firm, CRAI and Enron. He currently serves on the board of Gulf Coast Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association. He served three years on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Market Associations. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, summa cum laude, from Louisiana State University.


FRESHMAN DIRECTOR
Robert LeBlanc
Spirit Environmental, LLC
rleblanc@spiritenv.com

Robert LeBlanc is a project consultant at Spirit Environmental, LLC where he primarily works on projects relating to air permitting and compliance. Robert’s experience in environmental consulting includes Louisiana State Minor Source, Texas Permits by Rule (“PBR”), New Source Review (“NSR”), Nonattainment New Source Review (“NNSR”), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”), and Federal Title V Operating Permits for a variety of industrial clients. In addition to Robert’s experience in air consulting, he also has knowledge on Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) preparation, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permit implementation and reporting, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (“SWPPP”) and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (“SPCC”) implementation, and hazardous waste generation reporting. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management Systems from Louisiana State University.


MEMBERSHIP AND SPONSORSHIP CHAIR
Sally Perry
GHD
Sally.Perry@ghd.com

Sally is a Compliance Program Manager with GHD. She has over ten years of experience and progressive responsibility in environmental compliance and permitting in the chemical, manufacturing, refining, and oil & gas industries. Her general knowledge base includes: air permitting and compliance, storm water permitting and compliance, waste management and compliance, wastewater compliance, remediation, soil and groundwater assessments, greenhouse gas reporting, spill prevention, chemical reporting, and due diligence. Sally is the former Membership Chair for A&WMA Central Texas Chapter and is the incoming Vice Chair for the A&WMA Southern Section. Sally holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Systems and a minor in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.




SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR

Tutu Aghedo, Ph.D.
tutu.aghedo@gmail.com



ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION CHAIR

Paul Witkowski
Kinder Morgan
paul_witkowski@kindermorgan.com



YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COORDINATOR

Seneca Harvey

ToxStrategies, Inc.
sharvey@toxstrategies.com
Seneca Harvey is a Scientist I at ToxStrategies, Inc based in Houston, Texas. Ms. Harvey regularly supports the assessment of potential health risks associated with exposures to consumer products, food ingredients and additives, pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals. In her two years with the firm she has conducted more than 50 assessments to characterize the safety of herbal compounds, developed toxicology-based exposure limits for pharmaceutical substances, evaluated indoor air data to estimate cancer risk and non-cancer hazard indexes, and has established a working knowledge of health-based toxicological values (e.g., RfDs, MRLs, and AEGLs) used globally. She has particular expertise in developing project-specific information search strategies and implementing such using an array of public and proprietary databases and software tools. Ms. Harvey holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas Tech University.



COWEBMASTER

Edul Chikhliwala
EcoChem Analytics
chikli@ecochem.biz



COWEBMASTER

Nicholas Nussbaum
TRC Companies, Inc.
NNussbaum@trcsolutions.com