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Advisory Board

Bobbi Chase Wilding
Deputy Director, Clean and Healthy New York

Bobbi Chase Wilding

Deputy Director, Clean and Healthy New York

Bobbi Chase Wilding is the Deputy Director of Clean and Healthy New York. For the last fifteen years, Bobbi has led a number of environmental health initiatives and campaigns across NYS. She serves on the as an advisor to the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse and is the Bisphenol A Coordinator for the National Workgroup for Safe Markets. She co-led national Emerging Technologies and the Fenceline Action workgroups, and helped organize the 2006 Environmental Justice for All tour. Prior to her role at Clean and Healthy New York, Bobbi worked for NYPIRG and Citizens' Environmental Coalition, where she held the position of Associate Director. Bobbi has a BS in Environmental Science, a MS in Ecological Economics, Values and Policy, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bobbi is the author of Environmentally Safe Hospitals and Environmental Racism in New York State.

Rebecca Miller
Environmental Compliance Assistance Supervisor

Rebecca Miller

Environmental Compliance Assistance Supervisor

Rebecca is an Environmental Compliance Assistance Supervisor at Empire State Development in the Environmental Services Unit.  Previously, Rebecca held positions at the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation in their Small Business Environmental Assistance Program and Green Innovation Grant Program as well as USEPA in the Office of Pesticide Programs.  Rebecca has an undergraduate degree in Math from Russell Sage College in Troy and a MS in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy from SUNY Albany.  Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys the outdoors with her husband, son and pups.  She is also a volunteer firefighter and fosters dogs for a local pit bull rescue.  

Bob Bechtold
President and Founder, Harbec Plastics, Inc.

Bob Bechtold

President and Founder, Harbec Plastics, Inc.

Bob Bechtold is the president and founder of Harbec Plastics, Inc., a 37-year old progressive injection molding company that provides a full service of model making, precision mold making, and complex precision plastic injection molding. Eco-Economics is a core value at Harbec. Over the last 10 years, Bob developed an energy management strategy that relies on cogeneration for a portion of the company electricity, heat, and air-conditioning requirements. Harbec is one of the first companies in the world to successfully implement a completely micro-turbine powered combined heat and power plant. Harbec has ISO 9000 and QS 9000 certifications for quality control and assurance, and ISO 14000 certification for environmental responsibility.

James J. Valenti
SH&E Coordinator, United Steelworkers - District 4

James J. Valenti

SH&E Coordinator, United Steelworkers - District 4

Jim is a Safety, Health and Environmental Coordinator for the United Steelworkers for the States of CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and Puerto Rico. Jim is a graduate of Onondaga Community College and the School of Industrial Labor Relations Program at Cornell University.

Randall Duggan
Environmental Engineer / Program Manager, Globalfoundries US

Randall Duggan

Environmental Engineer / Program Manager, Globalfoundries US

Randall is an environmental engineer with Global Foundries. He previously served as a pollution prevention coordinator for IBM in East Fishkill, NY, where he worked with the site?s business units to generate pollution prevention projects and deliver them through realization. Randall led the site?s hazardous and non-hazardous waste management program, and served as the Chairman of the Site Operations Technical Review Board (TRB) -- a team that reviews projects and their business justifications, and prioritizes them for the business. Randall has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University in CA. He received a M. E. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College and served as graduate laboratory assistant at the school. Randall received a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University while working at IBM.

Dr. Katrina Korfmacher
Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of Community Outreach, Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Katrina Korfmacher

Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of Community Outreach, Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Korfmacher is associate professor and director of Community Outreach in University of Rochester Medical Center?s Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC). The primary focus of her outreach work is addressing environmental health and justice issues of the communities in and around Rochester through policy change. Over the past 13 years, she has developed, participated in, supported, and evaluated many community partnerships related to childhood lead poisoning prevention, subsistence fish consumption, and healthy homes in Rochester. Dr. Korfmacher works on regional/state issues including chemicals policy reform, hydrofracking and and participates in local, state, and national organizations related to community environmental health.. She is co-author of Collaborative Environmental Management: What roles for Government? as well as numerous journal articles on environmental health, communities, and policy. She holds an MS in water quality management and Ph.D. in environmental studies from Duke University.

Liz Markham
Assistant Project Coordinator, New York State Energy & Research Development Authority

Liz Markham

Assistant Project Coordinator, New York State Energy & Research Development Authority

Liz Markham is an Assistant Project Coordinator for the Manufacturing Technology Development & On-site Power Applications within the research and development division at the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Liz chairs the NYSERDA Strategic Sustainability Plan task force and co-chairs the NYSERDA Employee PEV Charging Policy task force. Liz received a MBA in Sustainable Business, Marylhurst University, and a dual BA in Philosophy and English Writing from St. Lawrence University. Liz has also received the USGBC GPRO certification for Fundamentals of Building Green and Operations & Maintenance Essentials.

Gavin McIntyre
Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Ecovative Design

Gavin McIntyre

Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Ecovative Design

Gavin McIntyre is the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Ecovative Design, a packaging materials manufacturing company in NYS. Gavin co-invented Ecovative?s patent-pending technology that uses a fungal mycelium to transform agricultural byproducts into strong biological composite materials. These materials are 100% compostable, and made with a fraction of the energy of conventional plastics. Since the company?s start in 2007, he has led all material and biological process development in the company?s strides to replace synthetics He has served as the principal investigator on grants received from the US EPA, the USDA, the NSF, Empire State Development, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Gavin has also served on Technology Roundtables hosted by the NYS Executive Chamber, the US DoE, the NSF, and the US EPA. Gavin received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has a number of utility patents to his name.

Elizabeth Meer
Special Assistant, Commissioner's Policy Office, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Elizabeth Meer

Special Assistant, Commissioner's Policy Office, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Beth is a Special Assistant in the Commissioner's Policy Office at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Her areas of focus include pollution prevention, green economic development, green procurement, chemicals policy, and sustainable government operations. Special projects include leading implementation of Executive Order No. 4, which requires state agencies to green their operations and purchase green products; helping to coordinate DEC's participation in the Tonawanda-based innovative Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) initiative. Prior to working at DEC, Beth was a Senior Policy Analyst with the NYS and the New York State Assembly Commission on Toxics Substances and Hazardous Waste, where she drafted and negotiated varies laws and funding programs, including legislation authorizing the creation of NYSP2I. Beth holds a BA in Biology from Colgate and a MS in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from Cornell.

Matthew C. Watson
Deputy Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, Empire State Development

Matthew C. Watson

Deputy Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, Empire State Development

Matthew C. Watson is Deputy Director of ESD?s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation. NYSTAR?s portfolio includes the: Centers for Advanced Technology, Centers of Excellence, High Performance Computing, Hot Spots, Incubators, Regional Technology Development Centers and other programs. Prior to ESD, Matt held a management role with a leading global strategic communications firm, Fleishman-Hillard, where he advised corporate clients. Matt has a BA in economics from State University of NY at Albany.

Harry Ching
Manager, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

Harry Ching

Manager, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

Harry is a Manager for the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp, a public benefit corporation of NYS that provides financing for local wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. EFC invests more than $1 billion each year in water_quality improvements through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Harry manages the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) which provides free, confidential technical assistance to New York?s small-business owners to assist them in complying with state and federal air regulations. Harry is graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Caitlin Ferrante
Chapter Coordinator, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Caitlin Ferrante

Chapter Coordinator, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Caitlin Ferrante is the Chapter Coordinator for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter – the New York affiliate of the country's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, representing over 48,000 members statewide. Over the past seven years with the Sierra Club, Caitlin has campaigned on a variety of environmental issues ranging from the disclosure of ingredients in cleaning supplies and removing toxic chemicals in children's products, to the labeling of foods containing pesticides related to genetically modified organisms. While attending the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, Caitlin was a co-founder of the school's Environmental Club, coordinating the College's first campus-wide recycling initiative. Caitlin received her B.A. in English Adolescent Education, and her M.A. in English from the College of Saint Rose.