LIONEL PUHUYESVA

2017 CONNER BYESTEWA JR. ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD RECIPIENT

Mr. Lionel Puhuyesva is currently the Director of Water Resources for the Hopi Tribe and has been in this capacity for over 7 years now. He has been in the environmental eld for over 15 years having been employed with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community as well as the Ak-Chin Indian Community in Arizona. He attended Arizona State University with a major in Peace and Justice Studies and a minor in Native American Justice Studies.

He is currently a Northern Arizona Regional Tribal Operations Committee Representative and has served in this capacity for a number of years. As Director he and his staff have been working on numerous projects including the Tuba City Open Dump site with US Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Of ce and the Little Colorado River Water Adjudication; as well as many spring restoration and water quality monitoring projects throughout the Hopi Reservation. Mr. Puhuyesva and his staff continue to work on preserving and protecting the water resources of the Hopi Tribe.

GREG LOVATO, Administrator Division of Environmental Protection

Greg Lovato was appointed administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection in February 2017. After 14 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, where he worked in the RCRA waste and cleanup programs including 6 years at the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, he was hired as the NDEP Remediation Branch Supervisor in 2006. He has also served as the Deputy Administrator, overseeing the Division’s Corrective Actions, Industrial Site Cleanup, Mining, Waste, and Federal Facilities Programs, and previously as the Chief of environmental cleanup programs. He serves on the NV Petroleum Fund Board to Review Claims and represents Nevada on the Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. in Management-Engineering from Claremont McKenna College. He is licensed as a
professional civil engineer in Nevada and California.

Contact Information:

Greg Lovato, Administrator
Division of Environmental Protection
901 S Stewart St., Suite 4001
Carson City, NV 89701-5249

Phone: 775-687-9373
Email: glovato@ndep.nv.gov
Assistant: Kristen Burke; k.burke@ndep.nv.gov

IAN BINGHAM, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Ian Bingham currently serves as the Communications Director, Ombudsman and Tribal Liaison for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut and has been with ADEQ for over 25 years. He spent the majority of his time at ADEQ in enforcement related programs, before becoming the Administrator of the Arizona Environmental Performance Track Program in 2007. Since then he has coordinated many of the agency’s voluntary stewardship efforts including overseeing the Green Auto Program; the Small Communities Assistance program; the Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program; and the development of an environmental management system (EMS) for ADEQ.

Contact Information:

Ian Bingham, Communications Director
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
1110 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 771-4322
idb@azdeq.gov
www.azdeq.gov

TOMÁS TORRES, Water Division

Tomás Torres serves as Director of the Water Division, in EPA’s Paci c Southwest Region. The Water Division, in collaboration with states, tribes, and many stakeholders, is responsible for safeguarding drinking water in the Paci c Southwest and for restoring watersheds, oceans, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health and support economic and recreational activities. Tomás oversees effective implementation of our two major national water laws and effective implementation of those laws by states and tribes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the outer Paci c Islands. Tomás has over twenty ve years of environmental management experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Water Division in October 2015, Tomás served as Director of EPA’s San Diego Border Of ce and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the two most recent U.S.-Mexico environmental protection agreements. Tomás has held various leadership positions in EPA’s Land and Superfund programs and has worked in the private sector to develop industrial capacity in the areas of air emissions reduction, pollution prevention, and health risk assessment. Tomás is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

MEREDITH KURPIUS, Air Division

Meredith Kurpius has recently moved from her position managing the Air Quality Analysis Of ce to the role of Associate Director within EPA Region 9’s Air Division. Meredith has twenty- ve years of experience working on technical air quality issues, including almost fteen years at EPA. Meredith has a B.S. from Cornell University in Natural Resources and a PhD from UC Berkeley in Atmospheric Science.

KATHLEEN JOHNSON, Enforcement Division

Kathleen Johnson is in charge of EPA’s regulatory enforcement activities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Paci c Islands, as well as on tribal lands in the Paci c Southwest. The Enforcement Division, with a staff of 95, including inspectors, planners and data analysts, consolidates the enforcement of key federal statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Kathleen’s top priority is to achieve high rates of environmental compliance through strategic collaboration with states, tribes, local governments and the U.S. Department of Justice. Kathleen also manages the environmental review process for the Region, evaluating the potential environmental impacts of federal projects. Before heading up the Enforcement Division, Kathleen developed her leadership skills in previous positions at Region 9. Most recently, she served as Public Affairs Director, overseeing the regional communications program. Formerly, Kathleen was a senior manager in the Superfund program, overseeing numerous cleanup projects in communities throughout the region, including military base closures in California and massive groundwater pollution sites in Arizona. For seventeen years prior to that, she served as an enforcement attorney in the Of ce of Regional Counsel, where she supervised complex multi-party litigation to effect cleanups, notably at Iron Mountain Mine, Operating Industries, Inc. land ll, and the San Gabriel Valley aquifer. Kathleen earned a law degree from Baylor University School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas. Before beginning her career with the EPA, she was in private legal practice in Houston, Texas.

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