A&WMA Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors, 2020 Term
J Derek Furstenwerth, P.E.
CAMS eSPARC LLC
Derek Furstenwerth is the Vice President, Operations, at CAMS eSPARC LLC. Mr. Furstenwerth has over 28 years of experience in environmental program management, environmental and energy policy advocacy, acquisition and divestiture support, licensing and permitting, and operations excellence. Derek comes to eSPARC from Furstenwerth Environmental Strategies, a boutique environmental firm he founded in 2017. Before that, Mr. Furstenwerth led the environmental programs for Calpine Corporation, a top 5 U.S. power generator, Director, Environmental for GenOn Energy, another major merchant power generator. Throughout his career, which he began as a junior engineer at Houston Lighting & Power Company, while working his way up through the organization, Derek has been responsible for all areas of environmental compliance and planning, including agency interactions, regulatory advocacy, industry coalition-building, regulatory compliance at the facility and fleet level, complex compliance issue resolution, litigation support, acquisition & divestiture due diligence, and operational excellence. Derek’s experience makes him equally comfortable and effective in the control room, the Governor’s conference room, and the Board Room.
Raven Elliott is an environmental professional with 19 years of experience in regulatory compliance, permitting, technical leadership, compliance training, and project management. Mrs. Elliott’s experience in the Regulatory and Environmental realm comes with a wealth of knowledge from the corporate and field operations perspective. She has assisted as an industry collaborator with State policymakers. From permitting to compliance, to project management, she has served as an air and waste advisor to help companies lead the way in compliance. Her career focus is on successfully ensuring that air quality programs are developed and managed through business analysis, permitting approvals, compliance initiatives, and stakeholder communication for all required business operations. On the other hand, her personal focus is on her family, community engagement, and volunteering. Mrs. Elliott has a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Environmental Management, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She has been a member of AWMA for over 8 years.
Spirit Environmental, LLC
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.
Kristin Gordon is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years of experience as an air quality consultant and currently leads ALL4’s Houston Office. Kristin has air quality consulting experience in over twenty-five states with an emphasis on MACT, NSPS, PSD/NSR and Title V permitting and has worked for clients in a wide variety of industries including chemical, petroleum refining, power, incineration, food and beverage, cement, pulp and paper, and oil and gas. She is actively involved with the AFPM environmental committee and locally supports the youth of Fort Bend County through volunteer work with the Fort Bend County Fair. Kristin is a registered professional engineer in several states including Texas. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University and an MBA from Villanova University. Learn more about Kristin here .
TREASURER and ELECTION CHAIR
Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE)
Erika Horan has been the treasurer for the Gulf Coast Chapter for two consecutive years. She is an environmental engineering consultant at Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE). She has worked in the industry since 2011 working for both the state agency and in consulting. Her current focus is air permitting, compliance, and dispersion modeling. She has worked with a variety of industry clients, including Oil & Gas, Chemical, and Electric Utility sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and is a certified E.I.T. in Texas.
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.
Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE)
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. Jessica is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.
Behdad Yazdani is a Senior Consultant at Trinity Consultants and is based in Houston, Texas. He is a project manager and provides air quality and environmental compliance support for a wide range of industries including refineries, LNG facilities, pulp and paper, and off-shore oil & gas exploration. His experience includes state and federal air quality permitting, New Source Review (NSR) analysis, air dispersion modeling, regulatory applicability analysis, Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) implementation, air compliance reporting such as Annual Compliance Certification (ACC) and Semi-Annual Monitoring Report (SAMR), air emissions quantifications and reporting, storage vessel emission calculations and regulatory applicability analysis, and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting. Behdad graduated from North Carolina State University with an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arizona.
Engineer in Arizona.
Tutu Aghedo, Ph.D.
Dr. Aghedo is equipping the future generation of professionals with the foundational mathematics and data analysis skills necessary to navigate a modern world connected and driven by big data as an educator in Aldine ISD. As a Research Scientist at California Institute of Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rice University, and Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Hamburg Germany, she modeled the impact of emissions of various air pollutants on tropospheric ozone; evaluated the uncertainties in numerical models and satellite data; and researched the feedback between climate change and air quality. Her regulatory expertise includes compliance inspection of oil and gas, petrochemical, and manufacturing facilities air quality programs involving Title V and New Source Review (NSR) permits, and Permit by Rule regarding applicable state of Texas (Texas Administrative Code Title 30) and federal regulations (NSPS, NESHAP, and MACT). An author of peer-review articles and scientific reports, Dr. Aghedo has delivered solicited and invited talks to scientists, policy makers, and the general public. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (with honors), Masters in Modeling and Simulation of Complex Realities, and a doctorate degree in Geosciences. She became a member of A&WMA in 2014. She has served with the Gulf Coast Chapter as the Young Professional Coordinator, and now serving as the Scholarship Chair since 2016.
MEMBERSHIP AND SPONSORSHIP CHAIR
Sally Perry 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.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COORDINATOR
Spirit Environmental, LLC
Katharina Moeller is a Project Consultant at Spirit Environmental providing air quality permitting and compliance services. Her experience includes permitting and compliance regarding Texas Permits by Rule (“PBR”), New Source Review (“NSR”), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”), and Federal Title V Operating Permits. She has worked with a variety of industry clients including Oil & Gas, Terminals and Chemical sectors. Katharina graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION CHAIR
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 Texas.
Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC
Nyx Black graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Engineering in 2001 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Since then, Nyx has worked in both industry and consulting, primarily focusing on air permitting and environmental management systems for the chemical, manufacturing, and refining industries over a wide geographical footprint. She is a Senior Environmental Specialist for Sasol’s Greens Bayou and Winnie, Texas facilities, and a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana.