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 J. Johnson, MS

    NH Department of Environmental Services

    (603) 271-1379




    Region 2

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

    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, CEA, REP

    Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP)

    Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    Phone: (610) 499-4322


    Nancy Herb

    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    (717) 783-9269

    Region 4

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


    Donovan Grimwood

    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

    (615) 532-4966



    Derek Bozzell

    Kentucky Divison of Compliance Assistance


    (502) 782-6324

    Region 5

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

    Jennifer Dixon

    Air Quality Liaison

    Michigan Department of Environment,

    Great Lakes, and Energy

    (517) 284-6892

    Emily Ohde

    Environmental Specialist

    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

    (651) 757-2559

    Region 6

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

    Lloyd A. Kirk

    Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

    (405) 702-7105

    Julie Nicol

    Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment

    (501) 682-0849

    Region 7

    (IA, KS, MO, and NE)

    Nancy Larson

    Pollution Prevention Institute

    Kansas State University

    (316) 660-0104

    Jennifer Wittenburg

    Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program

    Iowa Waste Reduction Center

    University of Northern Iowa

    (319) 273-6580

    Region 8

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

    John Podolinsky

    Montana Small Business Ombudsman

    Small Business Environmental

    Assistance Program


    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

    University of Nevada, Reno

    (775) 834-3674

    Chris Lynch

    University of Nevada, Reno

    (775) 834-3687

    Region 10

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

    Belinda Breidenbach

    Idaho Small Business Development Center

    (208) 426-1873

    Patrick Hoermann

    King County – Washington

    (206) 263-1658

      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