THE PATH AHEAD:

Creating a Green Chemistry Roadmap for Washington State

May 25 - 26 | Renton, WA

Overview || Agenda & Presentations || Bios

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES (Alphabetical)

Mary Armstrong, Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety Engineering, Operations & Technology

Cal Baier-Anderson, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Design for the Environment Program, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. François Baneyx, University of Washington

Valerie Bone, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Pacific Market International (PMI)

Joyce Brake, Policy Analyst/Legislative Liaison, Washington State Workforce Board

Sue B. Clark, Regents Professor of Chemistry, Washington State University

Wendy Cleland-Hamnett , Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention , U.S. EPA

Paula J. Del Giudice, Executive Director , Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)

Ellen Ebert, Director of Science for Teaching and Learning, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Karen Fleckner, President/CEO, Nu Element, Inc.

Elaine M. Faustman, PhD, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

John Frazier, Director of Considered Chemistry, Nike, Inc.

Kristi Growdon, Director of Federal Relations, Washington State University

Katie Gulliford, Chemistry Instructor, Tacoma Community College

Bethany Johnson, Policy Analysis Leader, EHS Strategy and Risk Analysis Engineering, Operations and Technology, The Boeing Company

Senator Jim Kastama, 25th Legislative District

John Martin, Cleantech Open Northwest

Marjorie MartzEmerson, Environmental Compliance Materials Program Manager for the Americas, Hewlett-Packard

Roger McFadden, Vice President and Senior Scientist, Staples, Inc.

Kevin Myette, Director of Product Integrity, REI, Inc.

Cheri Peele, Research Consultant, representing Clean Production Action

Brian Penttila, Chemical Engineer, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)

James (Jim) N. Petersen, Professor and Director, Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Washington State University

Richard Pleus, Ph. D. Managing Director, Intertox, Inc.

Rachel Pokrandt, Director of K-12 Curriculum and Training. Beyond Benign: The Warner-Babcock Foundation for Green Chemistry

J. Thomas (Tom) Ranken, President & CEO, Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA)

Senator Phil Rockefeller, 23rd Legislative District

Susan St. Germain, Washington State Department of Commerce

David Sjoding, Washington State University, Extension Energy Program

Ted Sturdevant, Director, Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology)

Laurie Valeriano, Policy Director, Washington Toxics Coalition

Bruce Warr, Sr. Manager, Supplier Information Strategy & Environment, Boeing Supplier Management

Gilda Wheeler, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ken Zarker, Washington State Department of Ecology

Mary Armstrong, Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety Engineering, Operations & Technology

Mary Armstrong is vice president of Environment, Health and Safety for The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company. Mary was named to this position in May 2007. Boeing has established – and is on track to meet – aggressive environmental performance targets for 25 percent improvements in energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions intensity, hazardous waste generation, water consumption and recycling rates by 2012.

Additionally, the company completed a major goal by certifying all of its major manufacturing facilities to the globally recognized ISO 14001 environmental standard and has been named a top performing industrial company in both the 2009 and 2010 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, which ranks corporations for transparency around reporting climate-change risks and actions to improve environmental performance. Under her leadership, Boeing established a target to improve workplace safety by 25 percent between 2009 and 2013. The company is on track to meet this target.

Prior to her current position, Mary was president of Boeing Shared Services Group, responsible for leading a 10,000 person business unit that provides cost-effective services across Boeing's global enterprise. Mary has also served as vice president and general manager of the Commercial Airplanes Fabrication Division, composed of 12 operating sites throughout the world. There she was responsible for leading component engineering and manufacturing facilities that supply parts, tools and assemblies for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

Mary’s earlier leadership assignments included serving as vice president and general manager of the Boeing Aircraft Systems & Interiors division and vice president of Boeing Facilities Services for the Puget Sound area and Wichita, Kan. Mary joined the company in 1984 as a process engineer for Manufacturing Research and Development.

She serves on The Nature Conservancy’s International Leadership Council, the board of governors for Argonne National Laboratory, the executive committee for The Conference Board Chief EH&S Officers’ Council and as vice chair of the board of directors for the World Environment Center. Mary also serves on the board of directors for IslandWood, a Bainbridge Island, Wash., school inspiring environmental and community stewardship, and the University of Washington Chemical Engineering advisory board.

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Cal Baier-Anderson, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Design for the Environment Program, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency

Cal Baier-Anderson is a Toxicologist with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Design for the Environment (DfE) Program. DfE works in partnership with industry, environmental groups, and academia to reduce risk to human health and the environment through the use of inherently safer chemicals. In this capacity she conducts alternatives assessments to identify inherently safer chemicals for informed substitution, considered to be a critical component of EPA’s green chemistry and sustainability efforts. Prior to this position, she served as a health scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund and a part-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Cal earned a Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1999 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, after which she served as a technical advisor to communities living adjacent to hazardous waste sites through EPA-funded community assistance programs. Additional work experience includes risk assessment and risk communication consulting.

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Dr. François Baneyx, University of Washington

Dr. François Baneyx is the Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He directs the University of Washington Center for Nanotechnology, the Pacific Northwest node of the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, and serves as Co‐Director of the Genetically Engineered Materials Science and Engineering Center, a NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

Dr Baneyx earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 1992 after postdoctoral work at DuPont. His research interests are in the areas of protein folding, protein expression, protein structure‐function relationship and nanobiotechnology.

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Valerie Bone, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Pacific Market International (PMI)

Valerie joined PMI in 1995 with 16 years of experience in design, product development, quality and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In 1997, Valerie initiated PMI’s first CSR program. Today, she is responsible for overseeing global CSR, Liability, Philanthropy and Quality functions at PMI.

Valerie’s work at PMI in CSR has enabled PMI to be recognized in its field for its work in this area. Most notably are the 2006 & 2008 American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for CSR program excellence in China. Since, 1998, Valerie has worked closely with PMI factories to enable continuous improvement on both social and environmental initiatives. Valerie was part of the 2005 PMI Environmental Task Force that researched and mapped out environmental initiatives for PMI. In 2009, Valerie launched PMI’s new Environmental Program that will drive and document environmental improvement in the supply chain. In 2010, Valerie lead a team of both employees and consultants that produced PMI’s first CSR Report per GRI guidelines.

Valerie is a member of the following professional organizations: American Society for Quality, Business for Social Responsibility, Center for Corporate Citizenship, International Society of Sustainability Professionals, Outdoor Industry Eco Working Group and Network for Business Innovation & Sustainability.

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Joyce Brake, Policy Analyst/Legislative Liaison, Washington State Workforce Board

Joyce covers industry and economic development policy issues at the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. She staffs the Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team, the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force, and has been instrumental in streamlining the state's cluster-based economic development reconciliation process.
A licensed attorney, Joyce joined the Workforce Board in February 2010. Prior to that, she served in a variety of legislative and policy roles both nationally and globally. Her experience includes state capital lobbying of job retention strategy, legislative counsel at the Washington State Senate, AmeriCorps administrative law advocate, parliamentary intern at the German Bundestag in Berlin, and Fulbright Scholar for the U.S. Department of State. Joyce and her husband Adam live in Tacoma with their two animated dogs and two aloof cats, and are expecting a Baby Brake this fall.

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Sue B. Clark, Regents Professor of Chemistry, Washington State University

Sue Clark is a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at Washington State University in Pullman. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental chemistry and radiochemistry. She is also an expert in environmental chemistry of plutonium and other actinides, chemistry of high-level radioactive waste systems, and chemistry of actinide-bearing solid phases in natural environments. She joined the faculty at WSU in 1996, and has served as Interim Dean of the College of Sciences, Chair of the Chemistry Department, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington State University, Tri-Cities.

Prof. Clark is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. She currently is named by the Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, which advises the Energy Department on research directions in the basic energy sciences. She was also named by Ralph Cicerone of the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Research Council. On behalf of Congress and various federal agencies, this Board conducts studies on the nuclear enterprise in the US, including aspects of radioactive waste management, radiation exposure and risk assessment, and human capital development in nuclear sciences and engineering. Since joining the faculty at WSU, Prof. Clark has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in environmental chemistry.

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Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention , U.S. EPA

Wendy Cleland-Hamnett is the Director for the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) in EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. She served as the Acting Director of OPPT from January 2009 through February 2010 and prior to that served as the Deputy Director of OPPT from April 2004 to December 2008. Ms. Cleland-Hamnett began her career at EPA in 1979 and spent her first ten years with the Agency in a variety of jobs within OPPT, including as Attorney-Advisor, Branch Chief, and Deputy Division Director positions.

Prior to re-joining OPPT, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Information Collection, in the Office of Environmental Information (OEI), upon the creation of the Office in 1999. In that position, she led the successful effort to create EPA=s Central Data Exchange for electronic reporting of environmental data, a key element of the Agency=s E-Government strategy. She also co-chaired efforts with State partners to design and implement the National Environmental Exchange Network, a cutting-edge approach to improving the quality, quantity and accessibility of environmental and program data shared among EPA, States and other Federal partners.

Prior to the creation of OEI, she held several positions in the Office of Policy, including: Director of the Center for Environmental Information and Statistics (April 1998 to Oct. 1999); Director of the Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities (1995 to 1998), and Deputy Director of the Office of Regulatory Management and Evaluation (1992 to 1995). From 1989 to 1992, Ms. Cleland-Hamnett was a Special Assistant in the Office of the EPA Administrator. Her assignments included work on pesticides and toxics programs, research and development issues, the Agency’s Risk Assessment Council, the EPA Science Advisory Board, and a special panel reporting to the Administrator on the quality of science at EPA. Ms. Cleland-Hamnett attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and received a B.A. in Political Science from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. She received a law degree from George Washington University and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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Paula J. Del Giudice, Executive Director , Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)

Paula Del Giudice has been Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) for two years. Formerly the director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Western Office in Seattle, she brings many years of nonprofit management experience to her position. In addition, she has worked as a tireless advocate for aquatic ecosystems in the Northwest—especially salmon habitat; federal issues such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air & Clean Water acts; climate change; and public land management and wildlife issues in Nevada. Prior to working as an environmental nonprofit manager, Del Giudice wrote about environmental issues and outdoor recreation for several daily newspapers and many regional and national magazines. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the executive committee of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx). In 2008, she was awarded the top environmental award by the Outdoor Writers Association of America—a group of which she’s been a member for 31 years. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a M.Ed. from Regis University.
When she’s not bugging her daughter, who will be a senior at Seattle Prep, to clean her room or texting her son who’s a junior at Boston College, she loves to fly fish, backpack, knit, paint with watercolors, read, travel, and melt glass with her torch and her kiln. She’s also a merit badge counselor and serves as Assistant District Commissioner for Cascade District of Boy Scouts of America.

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Ellen Ebert, Director of Science for Teaching and Learning, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Ellen Ebert has been in education for 35 years, including teaching general chemistry, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Chemistry. Ellen comes from Clark County, Nevada where she was a science trainer for the Regional Professional Development Program. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and in German Literature and Language. She has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in educational technology. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in education. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science in 1994 and the Radio Shack Tandy Award in 2000.

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Karen Fleckner, President/CEO, Nu Element, Inc.

Ms. Fleckner provides strategic vision and day-to-day management for Nu Element, Inc., an alternative energy services and product development company. The company specializes in fuel cell systems, fuel processing, desulphurization, waste-to-energy and renewable micro-grid distributed energy resources. Under her direction, the company has had numerous projects in sustainable clean energy solutions for military and commercial applications. Ms. Fleckner has over 12 years’ of experience in cleantech. A veteran of many clean technology management and business development successes; she has a strong understanding of how to implement technology to meet business objectives. She is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Washington State University (WSU) to commercialize a novel catalyst for fuel cells from WSU and funded by Boeing Commercial Airplanes for use on board aviation applications. As a result of her EIR position with WSU, she will launch a new company called Cataluna, Inc. Ms. Fleckner has won many awards as a business leader in her community such as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Award for Excellence, and Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. Ms. Fleckner’s company was honored with the Boeing 2005 Supplier of the Year Award for Technology Advancement. Ms. Fleckner holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington.

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Elaine M. Faustman, PhD, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

Elaine is a professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, School of Public Health and directs the Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication. Her research interests include understanding molecular mechanisms of developmental and reproductive toxicants, characterizing in vitro techniques and developing biologically based dose-response models for noncancer risk assessment. Her research expertise includes the development of tools for incorporating new scientific findings into risk assessment decisions. Dr. Faustman is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Risk Analysis. She is the Secretary General for the International Union of Toxicology. She has served on numerous committees for NIEHS including the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors and for the World Health Organization (including Environmental Health Criteria Document Committees for modeling dose-response and children’s risk assessment). She has also been involved in National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Spacecraft Exposure Guidelines, Sub Committee for Zinc-Cadmium Sulfide and Upper Reference Levels of Nutrients for the Food and Nutrition Board (IOM) and the Committee on Toxicology. She chaired the NAS Committee on Developmental Toxicology. She currently serves on the USEPA Scientific Advisory Panel and on the Science Panel for the Department of Ecology for the State of Washington. Dr. Faustman is a PI of a USEPA/NIEHS funded Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research; NIEHS/NSF funded Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Studies and a PI of the Pacific Northwest Center for the National Children’s Study. She is the Director of the Risk Assessment Core for the NIEHS funded Center for Nanotechnology for the University of Washington. Dr. Faustman received a PhD in toxicology from Michigan State University.

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John Frazier, Director of Considered Chemistry, Nike, Inc.

John Frazier, Nike’s Director of Considered Chemistry, leads a team of chemists and scientists focused on corporate product stewardship. The overall goal of Nike Considered is to deliver more from less, focusing on the Nike North Stars: Greener Chemistry, Water Stewardship, Thriving Communities, Closed Loop, and Climate Stability.

Mr. Frazier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University, a Master's in Chemistry from San Diego State University, and 20+ years of experience. He and his teams have established and driven numerous chemistry and environmental programs while supporting materials and process (M&P) engineering. John has served product engines in the aerospace industry as well as athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment.
Currently, his duties have included the development, deployment, and oversight for a variety of sustainability and product stewardship programs. Most notable of the programs are the Nike:
Restricted Substance List (RSL) and Sustainable Chemistry Guidance; Global Water Quality Program and
Nike’s Greener Chemistry Program.

John frequently provides supply chain training and presents at chemistry and water symposiums. He strongly believes it is critical to raise the environmental awareness of consumers and industry as well as helping young scientists and students to envision the opportunities of green innovation.

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Kristi Growdon, Director of Federal Relations, Washington State University

Kristi has served as Federal Relations Director since 2002 to facilitate relationships between Washington State University and all branches of the federal government and WSU’s faculty, staff and administration. Kristi favorite aspect of the job is spending time with the faculty and students learning about the new research they are pursuing and helping them find resources to advance the science. Kristi and her family leave in Seattle, she attended Chapman College in Southern California but she is now a very proud Washington State University Cougar.

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Katie Gulliford, Chemistry Instructor, Tacoma Community College

Katie Gulliford is a chemistry instructor at Tacoma Community College. Prior to working at Tacoma CC, she taught for five years at Highline Community College. As the organic chemistry instructor at Highline, she implemented a fully “green” organic chemistry laboratory curriculum after attending the Green Chemistry in Education workshop at the University of Oregon. Katie will be teaching organic chemistry at Tacoma CC next fall, and hopes to implement a green curriculum in that course as well. Katie is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Steering Committee of the Green Chemistry Education Network.

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Bethany Johnson, Policy Analysis Leader, EHS Strategy and Risk Analysis Engineering, Operations and Technology, The Boeing Company

Bethany Johnson is local to Washington State, having lived near the ocean and rainforest on the west coast as well as in the arid desert on the northeastern interior. While the U.S. is considered home, Bethany lived in Seoul, South Korea for four years and spent a year studying in Chengdu province in the People’s Republic of China. Both personal and business travel have taken her to more than 40 countries.

Currently residing in Seattle, Bethany has worked for The Boeing Company since 1998 in a variety of functions and business units. She started her career with the company as an intern in procurement; returning to the company after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a triple major in business, biology and Chinese studies, a concentration in international business and a minor in chemistry. She obtained her Master's degree while working her first two years at Boeing, and to expand into a more diverse arena, later completed the Art Institute of Seattle's culinary degree program. More recently, to align with her current work statement, Bethany completed Willamette University’s Sustainable Enterprise Certificate program, the Prince of Wales's Business & the Environment Programme through the University of Cambridge, and the University of Washington’s Certificate program in Environmental Law & Regulation.

Bethany is the EHS Policy Analysis Leader for Boeing’s Environment, Health and Safety organization. She is responsible for the team leading internal analysis of emerging environmental and employee safety regulations, as well as support of internal strategy and the company’s carbon disclosure. In her first decade with Boeing, Bethany spent time in procurement, project management for a global executive development program, human resources supporting international relocations, and a two-year internal audit rotation, which included a term with Investor Relations at company headquarters.
In her off time Bethany spends most of her time trying to keep up with her three-year old son, her husband’s remodel projects, and a soon to be new addition to the family. She also enjoys time with her extended family and friends, as well as leisure travel, reading, cooking, gardening, the arts, playing soccer, volunteer activities and the outdoors.

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Senator Jim Kastama, 25th Legislative District

Sen. Jim Kastama chairs the Senate Economic Development, Trade and Innovation Committee. Representing the 25th Legislative District since 1996, Jim was first elected to the Senate in 2000 after two terms in the House of Representatives. Jim also sits on the Senate Ways & Means committee and the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, and throughout his political career has been the Legislature’s leading advocate for shared parenting. Jim also is a member of the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations, the State Economic Development Finance Authority Board and the Washington Economic Development Commission. Jim’s varied civic service and activities include memberships on the Valley Arts United Advisory Board. He is a former VISTA volunteer and recipient of a congressional recognition award. A graduate of Puyallup High School, Jim attended Claremont Men’s College and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a past examiner for the Washington State Quality Awards.

Jim lives in his hometown of Puyallup with his wife, Barbara, and children Isaac, Anna Laura, Michael, Sarah and Rachel. He is an insatiable skier and cyclist and is a perpetual student of new ways to make businesses more competitive and to create better jobs for Washingtonians.

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John Martin, Cleantech Open Northwest

John Martin has done business development for technology companies for over 25 years and currently co-leads a regional green-collar venture accelerator competition called the "Cleantech Open". John is the former director of Washington State’s Nanotechnology Initiative at the Washington Technology Center (WTC) from 2005 to 2007. John has worked closely with the Green Chemistry program in Oregon and program managed an EHS study including PNNL and Boeing. For 10 years prior to WTC-Nano, he served as the Americas hemisphere bizdev director for the Japanese cellular carrier IDO/KDDI-au, after previously working for Sundstrand and Stratus Computer in Boston. John received a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Washington, an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management, and post-graduate certificates from Babson College and the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir. John is also a MEMS market analyst for the investment advisory firm Boucher-Lensch Associates in Silicon Valley.

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Marjorie MartzEmerson, Environmental Compliance Materials Program Manager for the Americas, Hewlett-Packard

Marjorie MartzEmerson has been with HP for more than 10 years providing technical environmental assessment and regulatory support to product research, development, and manufacturing teams across the company. Marjorie has a Masters degree in environmental health, and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Marjorie has a wide range of experience with the University of California, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the EPA Office of Research and Development, state government, and industry on a wide range of toxic substance, hazardous materials, and environmental transport issues.

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Roger McFadden, Vice President and Senior Scientist, Staples, Inc.

As of January 1, 2011 Roger McFadden is Vice President and Senior Scientist at Staples, Inc., a position he has held since July 2009 when Corporate Express was acquired by Staples. Before joining Staples, Roger was Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Corporate Express with headquarters in Broomfield, CO a position he held from May 2006 until 2009, before joining Corporate Express
Roger was Vice President of Technical Services and Product Development for Coastwide Laboratories with headquarters in Portland, OR a position he held from1988 until 2006 when Corporate Express acquired Coastwide Laboratories. Before joining Coastwide, Roger worked as a consulting chemist and product engineer for several chemical manufacturing companies in both the U.S. and Canada.

Roger sits on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and was recently appointed to the California Green Products Innovation Institute. He is a charter member of the Green Chemistry Commerce Council (GC3) and currently co-chairs a committee to advance Green Chemistry and the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Initiatives. Holding a Master’s Degree in chemistry, Roger is a frequent speaker for health care organizations, educational institutions, public agencies and private corporations. He speaks on a variety of environmental, safety and health topics including Greening the Supply Chain to Meet Your Sustainability Objectives, Cleaning up the Toxic Supply Chain, Building a Supply Chain with an Environmental Conscience, Insuring a Future for our Grandkids, Supply Chain Management for the Future, Small Things Make a Big Difference and many other related topics.

Roger believes that we need a revolution in product design with an environmental conscience and commitment to green chemistry; the future belongs to companies that integrate green chemistry principles to eliminate hazard and waste at all stages of product life cycle; and that educational institutions can advance the benefits of green chemistry by incorporating it in textbooks,
curriculum and across multidisciplinary fields including fundamental sciences, business, law and engineering.

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Kevin Myette, Director of Product Integrity, REI, Inc.

REI is a national premium retailer of high quality Outdoor Gear and Apparel for muscle powered sports. Product Integrity consists of product: quality, safety, and sustainability and remains one of the top reasons why customers shop at REI. Kevin has the responsibility for ensuring the integrity of all products sold at REI—both private and wholesale brands. This includes functions of research, laboratory and field testing, quality control, product and supply chain restricted substance compliance and other issues of environmental responsibility. In addition to these roles, Kevin oversees the REI Gear and Apparel engineering processes and the information technology utilized by REI’s private outdoor brand group.

Kevin is a 29 year veteran of the outdoor and cycling industries with 25 years with REI. He is a member of, and has participated in, a number of groups including: ASTM, AATCC, UIAA, AFIRM in order to promote better understanding, standards, testing, safety, environmental considerations, and fair labor assurance for products and supply chains. He is a co-founder a broadly supported effort to develop a cross outdoor industry eco index under the industry trade group OIA (Outdoor Industry Association). He also started the working group, also under OIA, to address fair labor in the supply chain,

In the outdoors he is a passionate road cyclist and mountain biker; downhill, backcountry and XC skier; hiker, backpacker, mountaineer, kayaker, wakeboarder, etc. He is particularly fond of the fact that he is one of the few people who can—and does—hold legitimate staff meetings at the summit of Mount Rainier, in sea kayaks in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound, or on the mountain bike trails of the North Cascades. He holds a bachelors degree from Williams College.

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Cheri Peele, Research Consultant, representing Clean Production Action

Cheri Peele works as a Research Consultant for Clean Production Action. Her work focuses on chemicals policy and understanding strategies businesses use to manage chemicals and materials in their supply chains. Prior to working with Clean Production Action, Cheri worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology on its PBT Initiative and for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs on mercury and waste policy.

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Brian Penttila, Chemical Engineer, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)

Brian has extensive industrial experience in new product and process development, experimental design, manufacturing technical support, and test method development from physical testing through analytical chemistry. Brian’s primary focus at PPRC is helping businesses to reduce risk from chemical exposure through source reduction, pollution prevention and alternatives assessment.

Brian has a PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a BS in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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James (Jim) N. Petersen, Professor and Director, Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Washington State University

Dr. Jim Petersen has served in a variety of research leadership capacities. In 2008, he returned to his academic roots in chemical engineering and bioengineering, where he articulated a vision and worked with an alumnus to secure the largest donation from an individual in WSU’s history. He served as the Principle Investigator for WSU’s first Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) grant, which was responsible for educating some 40 science and engineering PhD students, nearly 200 undergraduate researchers, and several high school teachers who conducted environmental biogeochemistry research. His research, which has been funded by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and other organizations, has focused on the kinetics of biologically mediated, environmentally significant chemical reactions, the design of in situ bioremediation systems, and the design of transformational energy processing systems. His work has always been collaborative in nature, and he has concentrated on developing such collaborations and on the education of graduate students associated with his research. He has published over 90 journal and research papers. Jim has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. , Ames, Iowa, Ph.D in Chemical Engineering; 1979.

Jim is involved with a number of key organizations, including the serving on the Board of Directors of Washington Technology Center, member, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Laboratory Advisory Committee, 2006 – 2008, member, Board of Directors, Washington State University Research Foundation (2002 – 2008); member, Washington State Attorney General’s Technology Advisory Committee (2007 – present); Editorial Board, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Jan 2003 – present, co-chaired the Governor’s 2006 Life Science Task Force, Invest in Research task force, the American Council on Renewable Energy Higher Education Steering Committee, 2006 – present. He is a PNNL Affiliate Staff Scientist (PASS), Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and listed in 21st and 25th editions of Who's Who in the West and in the 2nd and 3rd editions of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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Richard Pleus, Ph. D. Managing Director, Intertox, Inc.

Richard has over 25 years experience as a toxicologist assessing the risk to humans exposed to chemical and biological agents via water, air, soil, therapeutic agents, and consumer products. Dr. Pleus’ current focus is on developing environmental health and safety (EHS) standards for nanomaterials and assisting in the evaluation of EHS risks from exposure to engineered nanoparticles through his participation as a U.S. delegate on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229, Nanotechnologies. Dr. Pleus is also leading the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Working Group 3 to develop a comprehensive list of physical and chemical characterization parameters of engineered nano-objects for toxicologic assessment.

Dr. Pleus is a U.S. delegate for the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Science and Technology. He was selected for his expertise on nano-related EHS issues. Dr. Pleus is the Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Development and Launch of an Interoperable and Curated Nanomaterial Registry, a program funded by a number of federal agencies including NIH. He served on the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center review panel for intramural proposals, and he served as co-chair for the In Vitro Plenary of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop titled "Nanomaterials and Human Health & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods." Dr. Pleus is co-founder of the Nanotechnology Health and Safety Forum.

Dr. Pleus is the founder and of Intertox, Inc., an independent scientific consulting and research organization and co-founder and Chief Scientist of Intertox Decision Sciences, LLC, a risk management company offering software and database solutions for several industries including nanotechnology. Dr. Pleus is assisting with a number of product-related nanotechnology issues with companies around the world. His credentials include a B.S. in Physiology, with honors, from Michigan State University; an M.S. in Environmental Health and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Minnesota; and postdoctoral research in neuropharmacology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Rachel Pokrandt, Director of K-12 Curriculum and Training. Beyond Benign: The Warner-Babcock Foundation for Green Chemistry

Rachel has been developing multi-disciplinary sustainable science curricula for middle and high school students for 9 years, working on programs with Pfizer, The U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, DuPont and DOW Chemical. Rachel has been involved in Green Chemistry Education through the ‘Chemistry with a conscience’ and ‘Solutions in Green Chemistry’ programs of Beyond Benign and has trained over 4000 teachers in the use of these materials through summer institutes and weekend workshops in the U.S., Ireland, England and Puerto Rico. Rachel has a BA in Theatre Studies and British Literature, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and an MBA with a concentration in Ecopreneurship. Prior to her curriculum development work, Rachel was a classroom teacher for 7 years.

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J. Thomas (Tom) Ranken, President & CEO, Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA)

As an entrepreneur, Tom co-founded and was CEO of VizX Labs, which developed the GeneSifter software system used to make discoveries about genes. As CEO of Axio Research Corporation, Tom also led a team that turned around the company following significant losses. He directed public affairs at Immunex Corporation and was President of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association. He spent seven years in banking. Tom is leading the WCTA, an association of cleantech businesses and supporters in Washington founded in 2007 to help grow the sector by helping to generate and grow companies, jobs, and products.

Tom spent 14 years as a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center including serving two-terms as President of the Board. He has served on the Boards of VizX Labs, Axio Research, WBBA, Technology Alliance, University Sunrise Rotary Club, Seattle Mental Health, Council of State Bioscience Associations, Crisis Clinic, the Emerging Companies Section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and others.
Tom has an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia. On the weekends, he plays lead guitar in a rock ‘n’ roll band and is an adult leader (and former Scoutmaster) of Boy Scout Troop 80.

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Senator Phil Rockefeller, 23rd Legislative District

After public school education in the state of New York, Phil Rockefeller attended and graduated from Yale University, then Harvard Law School. Following active duty with the U.S. Air Force, he became a resident of Washington, joined the Weyerhaeuser Company’s law department, and was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association.

In 1967, Rockefeller moved to Washington, D.C. and took a staff job with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education & Labor. In 1969, he joined the Office of the Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare, working on Departmental legislative requests and testimony before the Congress. In 1970 he returned to Washington as Regional Attorney for the newly formed regional office of “HEW” (for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) and later held other regional management positions, including Regional Commissioner of the United States Office of Education and Regional Administrator for the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the U.S. Department of Education. In 1981 Rockefeller accepted an invitation to serve as education aide to then-Governor John Spellman, and did so through 1984, returning to the U.S. Department of Education in 1984. He retired from federal service in 1994.

Senator Rockefeller was elected to his second four-year term as State Senator on November 4, 2008, and was sworn in on January 12, 2009. He came to the Senate in 2005, after election to three two-year terms as State Representative from the 23rd Legislative District, from 1999 to 2005.
In his current duties as a Senator, Rockefeller chairs the Environment, Water & Energy Committee and is the Majority Assistant Floor Leader. He also serves on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Rules Committee. He also finds time to serve on the Ecosystem Coordinating Board of the Puget Sound Partnership, an agency created by legislation championed by Senator Rockefeller in 2007.
Senator Rockefeller has been a board member of numerous civic and community service organizations, including Kitsap Community Resources, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Council, Bainbridge Public Library, Bainbridge Island Land Trust, and the Kitsap Area Agency on Aging. He also participates in the work of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Environment & Natural Resources Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Western Water & Environment Committee of the Council of State Governments (West).

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Susan St. Germain, Washington State Department of Commerce

Susan leads the business development team for the State of Washington. With over 20 years of experience in business development, she has worked with a wide range of companies throughout the state. Susan is a Certified Economic Developer through the IEDC and was a founding member of the state’s Clean Washington Center for secondary materials use.

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David Sjoding, Washington State University, Extension Energy Program

David has over thirty years experience in the energy field focusing on the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, energy policy, and distributed generation. David is a Renewable Energy Specialist at the WSU Extension Energy Program. He serves as Team Leader of the six state Pacific Regional Bioenergy Partnership and leads of the five-state Northwest Clean Energy Application Center. Dave focuses on clean heat and power, bioenergy, geothermal, farm energy, and hydrogen/fuel cells in his current job assignments. Sjoding served as an Assistant Director for many years at the Washington State Energy Office before coming to the WSU Energy Program in 1996. In addition, he chaired the Power Washington Review Committee, which ultimately allocated over $95 million in oil settlement funds. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He has a strong understanding of the northwest energy policy framework and structure. He is also frequently a speaker at energy conferences.

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Ted Sturdevant, Director, Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology)

Ted was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire as director for the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) in November 2009. The Department of Ecology is the state’s primary environmental agency, with programs addressing water quality and quantity, air quality, solid, hazardous and nuclear waste, oil spill prevention and response, and shoreline and wetland protection. Ecology has approximately 1,500 employees and an operating budget of $446 million.

Prior to becoming Ecology director, Sturdevant spent seven years as the agency’s director of Governmental Relations and leading Ecology’s initiative to reduce toxic threats. Before joining Ecology’s senior management team in 2003, Sturdevant worked under Gov. Gary Locke, leading Locke’s external affairs team. He also served in a variety of staff positions in the Oregon legislature and worked on several state and national political campaigns in Oregon and Washington State. Ted is married and lives in Olympia. He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities.

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Laurie Valeriano, Policy Director, Washington Toxics Coalition

Laurie has worked for Washington Toxics Coalition since 1995. She has worked to pass strong environmental health policies at the state level for more than 15 years. During those years she has led successful campaigns to make Washington the first state in the nation to ban the toxic flame retardant, deca (PBDE), and adopt the strongest standards in the nation for toxic chemicals in toys and children's products. Laurie received her B.A in Political Science from the State University at Albany in 1991. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three children and loves to go camping and practice yoga.

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Bruce Warr, Sr. Manager, Supplier Information Strategy & Environment, Boeing Supplier Management

Bruce Warr is responsible for leading the development of Boeing’s Supplier Management Information Strategy and integrating environmental initiatives across the Boeing Supplier Management organizations and through the supply chain. In this role, Bruce leads various enterprise teams to leverage best practices in terms of process and information integration. As an enterprise resource, he reports to leaders in each of the business groups, Boeing Defense Space & Security, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Shared Services Group and Boeing Research & Technology
Prior to his current assignment, Bruce was in Engineering, Operations and Technology managing the development of the Boeing Enterprise Supplier Tool, which is Boeing’s supplier information system used for gathering and reporting information on the activities involving supplier performance and other transaction activity across Boeing. Bruce’s career at Boeing spans 31 years, with experience in Supplier Management, Production Control, and Information Technology. Bruce has a wife and 3 daughters and enjoys golf, gardening, and other outdoor activities.

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Gilda Wheeler, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Gilda Wheeler is the Program Supervisor for Environmental and Sustainability Education at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). She is responsible for supporting districts, schools, teachers, and students in implementing legislatively-mandated environmental and sustainability education in Washington State. This includes the development of integrated standards and assessment and professional development for classroom teachers and in‐formal educators. Gilda also serves on a number of state and national boards and committees including EEAW/E3 Washington Board of Directors, national K‐12 Sector of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, and the Council of Chief State School Officers EdSteps Global Competency Work Group.

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Ken Zarker, Washington State Department of Ecology

Ken Zarker has been actively involved with hazardous waste, pollution prevention and toxics reduction programs for over twenty five years. Ken has been responsible for managing state environmental programs in Texas and Washington State on hazardous waste permitting, policy, toxics reduction, and sustainability. Ken has served in a leadership capacity at the national and international levels as Chairman of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Ken serves on several boards and committees, including the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Cross Media Committee, Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Board of Directors, Green Chemistry in Commerce Council, Stewardship Action Council and delegate to the North American Pollution Prevention Partnership. Ken has been working actively to support regional collaboration on green chemistry and chemicals policy development. Ken holds a B.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City.

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