Air Quality and Climate Division Contact Information

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Air Quality and Climate Division
Davis Building - 2nd Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3802
Main Telephone: 802-828-1288
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Air Quality and Climate Division Contact Information
Name, Position and Brief Job Description Email Address Phone
Heidi Hales - Director
Manages the Divisions programs, including permitting, compliance, monitoring, mobile sources and planning. Implements state and federal clean air laws and works with federal, regional, state and local agencies and organizations to address air pollution and climate change. Responsible for setting the overall direction of the air quality and greenhouse gas reduction programs in the State of Vermont
heidi.hales@vermont.gov 802-498-7338
Corie L. Dunn - Administrative Assistant
Provides office administration support to this Division and two others.
corie.dunn@vermont.gov 802-828-1288
Megan O'Toole - Attorney
Provides legal support to the Director and Staff of the Air Quality and Climate Division.
megan.otoole@vermont.gov 802-249-9882
Permitting (Engineering Services) Section
Douglas R. Elliott - Section Chief
Supervises Permitting & Engineering Section of Air Quality & Climate Division. Administers the state and federal Air Quality Permits to Construct and Permits to Operate programs for Vermont. Provides technical and program management assistance to AQCD on air pollution emissions from stationary sources. Reviews permit applications for Air Quality Permits to Construct and Permits to Operate. Provides technical assistance to applicants on permitting and air pollution emissions from stationary sources.
doug.elliott@vermont.gov 802-377-5939
Jay Hollingsworth - Environmental Engineer
Member of Permitting & Engineering Section of Air Quality & Climate Division. Reviews permit applications for Air Quality Permits to Construct and Permits to Operate. Provides technical assistance to AQCD and applicants on permitting and air pollution emissions from stationary sources.
jay.hollingsworth@vermont.gov 802-272-3006
Tony Mathis - Environmental Engineer
Member of Permitting & Engineering Section of Air Quality & Climate Division. Reviews permit applications for Air Quality Permits to Construct and Permits to Operate. Provides technical assistance to AQCD and applicants on permitting and air pollution emissions from stationary sources.
tony.mathis@vermont.gov 802-272-3445
Philip Cannata - Environmental Engineer
Member of Permitting & Engineering Section of Air Quality & Climate Division. Reviews permit applications for Air Quality Permits to Construct and Permits to Operate. Provides technical assistance to AQCD and applicants on permitting and air pollution emissions from stationary sources.
philip.cannata@vermont.gov 802-461-9001
Steven Snook - Environmental Engineer
Member of Permitting & Engineering Section of Air Quality & Climate Division. Reviews permit applications for Air Quality Permits to Construct and Permits to Operate. Provides technical assistance to AQCD and applicants on permitting and air pollution emissions from stationary sources.
steven.snook@vermont.gov 802-490-6626
Compliance (Field Services) Section
John Wakefield - Section Chief
Supervises Compliance Section. Division lead on enforcement related legal actions. Enforcement liaison for USEPA. Manages Outdoor Wood Boiler Change Out Program.
john.wakefield@vermont.gov 802-279-5674
Dave Manning - Environmental Analyst
Conducts compliance inspections at industrial sources of air pollution. Observes stationary source compliance testing, reviews testing protocols and final reports. Compliance data manager. Reviews routine reports.
dave.manning@vermont.gov 802-272-3430
David Shepard - Environmental Analyst
Investigates air pollution related complaints and conducts compliance inspections at sources of air pollution including industrial facilities, gasoline dispensing facilities and perchloroethylene dry cleaners. Oversees Vermont’s outdoor wood boiler certification program. Issues open burning permits.
dave.shepard@vermont.gov 802-272-4088
Brian Monroe - Environmental Analyst
Conducts compliance inspections at industrial sources of air pollution. Observes Continuous Emissions Monitoring System Relative Accuracy Test Audits and stationary source compliance testing. Oversees Fire Training Notification program. Compliance outreach coordinator.
brian.monroe@vermont.gov 802-338-2047
Mobile Sources Section
Tom Moye - Section Chief
Oversees Mobile Sources Section programs and supervises staff.
tom.moye@vermont.gov 802-279-5327
Deirdra Ritzer - Environmental Analyst
Manages the Vermont Clean Diesel Initiative, which provides technical support and incentive funding for diesel emission reduction projects. Provides technical support for Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance and Low Emissions Vehicle Programs. Provides mobile sources technical support, research and outreach and education.
deirdra.ritzer@vermont.gov 802-233-8052
Planning Section
Jeffrey Merrell - Section Chief
Supervises AQCD Planning Section staff. Performs data analyses, conducts computer modeling, and prepares inventories to estimate and characterize atmospheric emissions of Greenhouse Gases, Hazardous Air Contaminants, and Criteria Air Pollutants released by Mobile, Point, and Nonpoint sources in Vermont.
jeff.merrell@vermont.gov 802-272-3656
Daniel Riley - Environmental Analyst
Provides air quality forecasts using meteorological data and computer modeling. Implements the annual Point Source Registration Program.
dan.riley@vermont.gov 802-272-3695
Jessie Motard-Côté - Environmental Analyst
Coordinates the State Air Toxics Program. Analyses hazardous air contaminant (HAC) ambient monitoring and emissions inventory data. Works to better characterize the health risks attributable to HACs, identify emerging air toxics of potential concern, and recommend strategies to minimize emissions and associated health risks.
jessie.motardcote@vermont.gov 802-522-4013
Bennet Leon - Environmental Analyst
Engages in development and maintenance of Vermont’s State Implementation Plan (SIP). Conducts data analyses and computer modeling associated with emissions inventory, ambient air quality, and atmospheric deposition data. Facilitates visualization and communication of air quality and emissions data through ArcGIS and other graphical means.
bennet.leon@vermont.gov 802-249-4221
Brian Woods - Environmental Analyst
State staff representative for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Provides technical support on climate change and energy issues. Analyzes hazardous air contaminant data and provides technical support as part of the state air toxics program.
brian.woods@vermont.gov 802-272-4496
Collin Smythe - Environmental Analyst
Conducts air pollution emissions inventories, computer modeling, emissions reduction strategy evaluations and other technical analyses. 
collin.smythe@vermont.gov

802-689-0003

Air Monitoring Section
Robert Lacaillade - Section Chief
Supervises Technical Services section for Air Monitoring of Air Quality & Climate Division. Also contact person for the National Air Toxic Trends Station (NATTS) network.
robert.lacaillade@vermont.gov 802-272-3093
Jenny Berschling - Environmental Analyst
Performs quality assurance activities for the ambient air monitoring network, providing an independent assessment of operations relative to federal requirements and guidance. Develops QAPPs and SOPs for proper operation of many of the instruments in the network. Conducts internal system audits to insure SOPs are followed. Submits ambient air data to the EPA AQS database.
jenny.berschling@vermont.gov 802-272-2747
Amy Shedrick - Environmental Analyst
Provides level one review of all criteria data, also is responsible for program data validation, data managment, and data reporting. Member also supports field and lab staff on an as need basis.
amy.shedrick@vermont.gov 802-279-5632
Renee Miller - Environmental Technician
Oversees all monitoring sites. Also retrieves and sets up various air monitoring samples and provides maintenance when needed.
renee.miller@vermont.gov 802-279-5281
Benjamin Dilauro - Environmental Technician
Oversees all monitoring sites. Also retrieves and sets up various air monitoring samples and provides maintenance when needed.
benjamin.dilauro@vermont.gov 802-477-3308
Jean Woodward - Environmental Technician
Oversees laboratory operations for the Technical Services Section, prepares samples for field deployment, processes air quality data, provides gravimetric weighing for the PM 2.5 program, coordinates sample shipment with EPA contractors, and collects ambient air samples for Vermont’s multi-site network.
jean.woodward@vermont.gov 802-377-5949