IEC/OC - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
James Westbrook, Bluescape Environmental, President
Elizabeth Zernik, BSI Group, Vice President
Mehran Ebrahimi, GSI Environmental, Secretary
Brenda Palermo, AECOM, Treasurer
D.S.R.K. Srinivas, AQC Environmental Engineers Amir Baum, Custom Chemical Formulators Donna Baker, Disneyland Resort Bozena Szeremeta, Applied Medical Kristin De Soto, RPS Group
Donna Baker, Chair
Kristin De Soto, Chair
Mehran Ebrahimi Elizabeth Zernik
Elizabeth Zernik, Chair
Kristin De Soto
John Gleason, Chair Mehran Ebrahimi Amir Baum
D.S.R.K. Srinivas, Chair Donna Baker
Air Quality Subcommittee
Chair: Chris Waller / Paul Engle
Chair: Mehran Ebrahimi/ Elizabeth Zernik
Chair: Dave Boggs/ Hari Gupta / Bob Rost
Chair: Amir Baum
Board Member Bios
James A. Westbrook is a SCAQMD Certified Permitting Professional (CPP) and President of BlueScape Environmental, an air quality and environmental consulting firm based in Southern California. He specializes in developing strategic, cost-effective environmental permitting and compliance strategies designed to achieve client business goals. In the past 30 years, he has managed or completed more than 100 projects for industrial clients located in the Orange County and Los Angeles region, including refineries, oil & gas operations, power plants, chemical plants, Port operations, building materials manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, battery plants, aerospace companies, and electronics manufacturing. He holds a B.S in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University in Bloomington. Prior to founding BlueScape in 1997, James worked for Ramboll ENVIRON and Kleinfelder.
Elizabeth Zernik, ToR/QISP/CGL, QSD/QSP, CPESC is designated by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) as a Certified Trainer of Record (ToR) for the Industrial General Permit (IGP). CASQA based the selection on experience in the California Industrial General Permit (IGP) implementation, academic credentials, and training competencies of the applicants. Ms. Zernik is part of an inaugural set of ToRs qualified to conduct training required under the California IGP. Ms. Zernik has over 20 years of experience in environmental and stormwater quality compliance. Ms. Zernik has provided construction and industrial stormwater support services to a wide range of clients. She maintains a current understanding of stormwater regulations and the practical implications to a client site. She has taught field and classroom compliance training courses. She is currently working to provide ongoing content support to the IGP Training Team, developing the training for the Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) Certification.
Mehran Ebrahimi is a California licensed Professional Civil Engineer and a stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP) Trainer of Record (ToR) for Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) Training. Mehran has extensive experience with implementation of the California IGP and has provided storm water program support to a variety industrial facilities in California covered under the IGP. He has developed site-specific hydrologic simulation models and supported the design and optimization of advanced storm water treatment and infiltration systems. Mr. Ebrahimi has 10 years of environmental consulting experience focusing on operation and optimization of surface water treatment systems, including installation, operations, and system troubleshooting.
Brenda Palermo is a Professional Engineer (civil) with over 11 years of experience. She has designed stormwater BMPs, prepared drainage studies, designed landfill covers, prepared stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), and post-construction Best Management Practice (BMP) plans including Low Impact Development (LID) Plans, Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plans (SUSMPs). She is a qualified SWPPP developer and practitioner (QSD/QSP) under the Construction General NPDES Permit, and a Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP). She has conducted training on sampling and she has also been a co-trainer for the QSD/QSP course. She has designed detention and infiltration basins, hydrodynamic separators, and stormwater conveyance systems. She has produced construction plans for Water-Wastewater infrastructure, Reservoir Dams, and Landfills. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Ambassador for the Society of Women Engineers. Brenda has participated in IECOC meetings and was one of the trainers in the recent EH&S Training that IECOC put on in November 2019.
Amir Baum is a passionate results-driven Environmental Health and Safety Professional with seven years of relevant work experience in OSHA regulatory compliance, worker health and safety training, hazardous materials reporting, hazardous waste, emergency response planning, and auditing both in construction and general industries combined. His previous work experience in environmental engineering included specializing in air permitting, construction and industrial stormwater SWPPP NPDES permitting, MS-4 compliance, NPDES treatment system design, monitoring and reporting. He is currently working as an Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Custom Chemical Formulators, Inc. an FDA regulated cleaning products manufacturing facility where for nearly 2 years he has been managing the day-to-day regulatory and EH&S responsibilities of the facility serving as a dynamic safety leader to ensure compliance with OSHA regulatory compliance standards along with compliance with all applicable permits serving as industrial SWPPP Legally Responsible Person (LRP). He received a Masters Degree in 2009 from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Health, Science, and Policy at University of California, Irvine in 2006. Most recently he completed an Environmental Management professional certificate from UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education that he is applying every day in his Safety Manager position managing complex environmental compliance requirements in a highly regulated and dynamic work environment. He is highly passionate in sustainability and public health impacts from exposure to air and water pollution with doing his part to make a positive impact to protect environmental resources and health.
D. S. R. K. Srinivas is an expert environmental consultant with specialization in air pollution (including dispersion modeling), and also has extensive experience in EH&S management, waste water, and hazardous waste management. He has over 23 years of professional experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering with specializations in air pollution control/modeling as well as advanced waste water treatment. In his current position as Chief Environmental Consultant/Engineer at AQC Environmental Engineers (for the past 10 years), he has been providing support to a variety of industries (process and manufacturing) and commercial clients on permitting, emissions reporting, compliance achievement/maintenance, pollution prevention and control, environmental audits/ assessment, environmental compliance and reporting (air, waste water, hazardous waste, etc.), and EH&S services to a wide range of industries. He also provides environmental expert witness and specific litigation support.
Kristin de Soto graduated as a chemical engineer from Vanderbilt University with an environmental concentration. She has been an environmental consultant since 1997. Her focus is primarily on commercial and Industrial real estate environmental due diligence and multi-media environmental compliance. She is currently a Principal Environmental Consultant for RPS (formerly Iris Environmental) in its Irvine office. She has formerly worked at ENVIRON (Ramboll) and Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (currently GHD), as well as other industrial, utility, and consulting companies for the past 20 years. Her work has included Phase I Environmental Site assessment for real estate transactions, implementation of decommissioning activities, storm water permitting, sampling plan design and implementation, Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC), Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) development and implementation, air emission studies, air modeling and permitting, Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting, Annual Emission Report (AER) preparation, Title V permit application preparation, source testing protocols, and greenhouse gas emission verification reporting. She is a licensed professional chemical engineer in California, a professional photographer, and an amateur potter.
Bozena Szeremeta is currently working as a Manager of Environmental Compliance for Applied Medical Resources Corporation in Rancho Santa Margarita. She is responsible for all areas of environmental compliance including waste handling and disposal, storm water and wastewater management as well as air quality. In addition, she is responsible for development of sustainability reports and evaluation of applicable domestic and international environmental regulations. Bozena has over 18 years of experience in management and/or performance of projects involving industrial facility closures, soil and groundwater remediation, and underground storage tank closures. She has assisted clients in environmental assessments of commercial and industrial properties related to property transfers, due diligence reviews, and environmental audits. She has MS in Chemical Engineering from Technical University, Rzeszow, Poland. She also has a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager Certificate from Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.