National Steering Committee

The National Steering Committee, also known as the NSC, has a mission "To serve, support, and strengthen the Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs through representation and collaboration." 

NSC members are made up of representatives from each of the 10 EPA regions. Each subcommittee is also asked to provide a representative for the monthly calls.  

The monthly calls are held the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. The group communicates through the NSC listserv and a call agenda with call-in information is provided each month before the scheduled call. Attendance is limited to the NSC members and subcommittee chairs. 

Leadership is provided by the NSC Chair, Jennifer Collins of IN.

2021-2021 NSC Photo Directory

Headshot of Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins
NSC Chair

Indiana Department of Enviromental Management
(317) 234-9730

Headshot of Donovan Grimwood

Donovan Grimwood
NSC Vice-Chair

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
(615) 532-4966

  • List of Regional Representatives


      Regional Representative Regional Alternate

    Region 1
    (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT)






     Sara Johnson

    Sara J. Johnson, MS
    NH Department of Environmental Services
    (603) 271-1379

    Julie Churchill

    Julie M. Churchill
    ME Department of Environmental Protection
    (207) 287-7881

    Region 2
    (NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

    Edward Bakos

    Edward Bakos
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
    Small Business Assistance Program
    (609) 292-0958



    Region 3
    (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV)

    Jeremy Hancher

     Jeremy Hancher, CEA, REP
    Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP)
    Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    Phone: (610) 499-4322

    Nancy Herb

    Nancy Herb
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    (717) 783-9269

    Region 4
    (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN)

    Derek Bozzell

    Derek Bozzell
    Environmental Assistance Branch Manager
    Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
    Division of Compliance Assistance
    (502) 782-6324

    Crystal Warren

    Crystal Warren
    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
    (901) 371-3164


    Region 5
    (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)

    Emily Ohde

    Emily Ohde
    Environmental Specialist
    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    (507) 206-2625

    Alexis Andrews

    Alexis Andrews
    Environmental Supervisor
    Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
    (614) 644-3646


    Region 6
    (AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX)

    Lloyd Kirk

    Lloyd A. Kirk
    Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
    (405) 702-7105



    Region 7
    (IA, KS, MO, and NE)

    Jennifer Wittenburg

    Jennifer Wittenburg
    Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program
    Iowa Waste Reduction Center
    University of Northern Iowa
    (319) 273-6580

    Nancy Larson

    Nancy Larson
    Pollution Prevention Institute
    Kansas State University
    (316) 660-0104

    Region 8
    (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY)

    John Podolinsky

    John Podolinsky
    Montana Small Business Ombudsman
    Small Business Environmental
    Assistance Program

    Eleanor Divver

    Eleanor Divver
    Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
    Utah Department of Environmental Quality
    (801) 536-0091

    Region 9
    (AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau)

    Eric Florio

    Eric Florio
    University of Nevada, Reno
    (775) 834-3674

    Chris Lynch

    Chris Lynch
    University of Nevada, Reno
    (775) 834-3687

    Region 10
    (AK, ID, OR, WA and 271 native tribes)

    Belinda Breidenbach

    Belinda Breidenbach
    Idaho Small Business Development Center
    (208) 426-1873



  SBEAP-SBO Guidelines - 2010 NSC guidelines for positions and voting. (update pending)

The NSC Technical Subcommittee periodically reviews and provides comments on proposed EPA regulations. The NSC approves and submits the comment letters to EPA. Recent comment letters are listed below.

Additional comment letters can be found on the NSC Technical Subcommittee page.

National Steering Committee meeting records

Consolidated, searchable meeting minutes by year

2021 National Steering Committee consolidate meeting minutes: Notes

2020 National Steering Committee consolidate meeting minutes: pdf

2019 National Steering Committee consolidate meeting minutes: pdf

2018 National Steering Committee consolidate meeting minutes: pdf

2017 National Steering Committee consolidate meeting minutes: pdf

2016 National Steering Committee consolidate meeting minutes: pdf