Chris Andres, State of Nevada, Division of Environmental Protection – Ms. Andres has worked for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection for the past 11 years in the Bureaus of Corrective Action and Federal Facilities in its Las Vegas Office. She currently serves as Chief for the Bureau of Federal Facilities with a primary mission of providing programmatic and regulatory oversight for environmental activities at the Nevada National Security Site and Nevada Off-Sites. Prior to relocating to Las Vegas, Ms. Andres worked for the Bureau of Waste Management and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program (Superfund) for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for 16.5 years. She earned a B.S. in Biology from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA and a M.S. in Natural Resources from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.Richard Arnold, Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations (CGTO) – Mr. Arnold is a Southern Paiute and serves as the Spokesperson for the CGTO, which is comprised of 16 American Indian tribes from Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona, with demonstrated cultural and historic ties to the lands now occupied by the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Since 1990, the CGTO has effectively interacted with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s American Indian Consultation Program by co-developing systematic ethnographic studies that identify and protect culturally significant areas and resources. Mr. Arnold assisted in coordinating tribal participation in developing American Indian text into the NNSS Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement that was adopted as a national model by the Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management.
Richard Howe, White Pine County Commission – (bio coming soon)
John Klenke, Nye County Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office – Mr. Klenke has been working as a geoscientist for the Nye County Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office for over 5 years, and is the principle investigator for their Water Level Measurement Program. He is also involved in other scientific investigation projects including aquifer testing, distributed temperature sensing, groundwater chemistry sampling, and geologic and geophysical investigations. Having worked in the field of geology for 26 years, he spent 8 years working on the Yucca Mountain Project and 2 years with the Area 5 Radioactive Waste Program. Mr. Klenke received his Bachelor of Science in Geology, with a minor in Mathematics, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a member of the National Ground Water Association, Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Nevada Water Resources Association, and the Amargosa Toad Working Group.
Phil Klevorick, Clark County – Mr. Klevorick currently is the program manager for the Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning Nuclear Waste Division primarily in a regulatory oversight capacity of the Yucca Mountain project while supporting oversight on other activities including low-level radioactive waste management. In addition, he is also the economic development liaison for the County. He has also worked in Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management as both a Permitting Specialist and Enforcement Officer. Prior to joining Clark County in 1999, he was a police constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a federal warden with the National Parks Service, an environmental specialist dealing with hazardous emergency response and cleanup for a provincial government, and also a federal ranger with the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Klevorick has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Management. Mr. Klevorick is an active member in many capacities including the American Society of Public Administrators, American Planners Association, and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. His personal interests can pretty well be summed up in one word - RUGBY. He currently is the president of the Referee Society that manages all referees in Nevada and Southern California, board member of the USA Rugby (USARU) High Performance management group and coaches rugby referees on high performance in the USA and abroad.
Vance Payne, Nye County Emergency Management – (bio coming soon)
Jonathan Penman-Brotzman, National Park Service – Mr. Jonathan Penman-Brotzman, a resident of Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada, is the Environmental Protection Specialist at Death Valley National Park. Part of that role is participating with other agencies in planning efforts and keeping watch on projects that may have an effect on the natural and cultural resources in the park, such as, groundwater and dark night skies. He previously worked in a variety of roles at several National Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, and Colorado State Parks. His diverse background includes work in Fire Ecology, Invasive Species, Endangered Species, Forestry, Archeology, Historic Properties, Education and Interpretation, and as a Historian. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration/Environmental Policy at American Public University.
Dan Schinhofen, Nye County Commission – Mr. Schinhofen is in his second term as County Commissioner and currently serves as Vice-Chairman. He worked as a licensed landscape contractor in California, a licensed minister, and a small business owner. Moving his family to Nevada in 1994, he worked in the gaming industry. He is a musician and has organized the annual bluegrass festival in Pahrump for the past 10 years. Mr. Schinhofen is also an author of fiction stories under the pen name of Dylan Roberts, a weekly columnist for the Pahrump Mirror, and owner of his own publishing company. He has a Bachelor of Theology and is always ready to discuss religion, philosophy and myths. Mr. Schinhofen has been married for 40 years with three children and four grandchildren.
Connie Simkins, Lincoln County Commission – Ms. Simkins is a lifetime Lincoln County Nevada resident who has worked the last 11 years for the Lincoln County Commission as coordinator of its Nuclear Waste Oversight program, which is overseen by the City of Caliente and the Lincoln County Commission, along with several interested members of the public. She deals with nuclear energy, spent nuclear fuel disposal, renewable energy, public lands, protection of existing multiple uses of public land, and provides information to the general public. Her work history includes weekly newspaper, soil conservation, school district, and ranching. Ms. Simkins is involved in community services: chamber of commerce, fair and rodeo committee, off road advisory committee, pinion juniper utilization partnership, and local highway safety committee.
Delon Winsor, Esmeralda County Commission – (bio coming soon)
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