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
Jcollins1@idem.in.gov

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
    Sara.Johnson@des.nh.gov

    Julie Churchill

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

    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
    Edward.Bakos@dep.state.nj.us

    Vacant

    Vacant

    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
    jwhancher@widener.edu

    Nancy Herb

    Nancy Herb
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    (717) 783-9269
    nherb@pa.gov

    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
    derek.bozzell@ky.gov

    Crystal Warren

    Crystal Warren
    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
    (901) 371-3164
    Crystal.Warren@tn.gov

     

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

    Emily Ohde

    Emily Ohde
    Environmental Specialist
    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    (507) 206-2625
    Emily.Ohde@STATE.MN.US

    Alexis Andrews

    Alexis Andrews
    Environmental Supervisor
    Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
    (614) 644-3646
    Alexis.Andrews@epa.ohio.gov

     

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

    Lloyd Kirk

    Lloyd A. Kirk
    Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
    (405) 702-7105
    Lloyd.Kirk@deq.ok.gov

    Vacant

    Vacant

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

    Nancy Larson

    Nancy Larson
    Pollution Prevention Institute
    Kansas State University
    (316) 660-0104
    nlarson@ksu.edu

    Jennifer Wittenburg

    Jennifer Wittenburg
    Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program
    Iowa Waste Reduction Center
    University of Northern Iowa
    (319) 273-6580
    jennifer.wittenburg@uni.edu

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

    John Podolinsky

    John Podolinsky
    Montana Small Business Ombudsman
    Small Business Environmental
    Assistance Program
    800-433-8773
    JPodolinsky@mt.gov

    Eleanor Divver

    Eleanor Divver
    Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
    Utah Department of Environmental Quality
    (801) 536-0091
    edivver@utah.gov

    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
    eflorio@unr.edu

    Chris Lynch

    Chris Lynch
    University of Nevada, Reno
    (775) 834-3687
    clynch@unr.edu

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

    Belinda Breidenbach

    Belinda Breidenbach
    Idaho Small Business Development Center
    (208) 426-1873
    belindabreidenba@boisestate.edu

    Vacant
    Vacant

     

      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