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, PhD- 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, Esq - 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. Current lead for stack testing, stack testing observations and data management.
john.wakefield@vermont.gov 802-279-5674
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
James Gorham - Environmental Analyst
Conducts compliance inspections at sources of air pollution and investigates air pollution related complaints..
james.gorham@vermont.gov 802-272-3430
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 Diesel Emissions Reduction 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
Bennet Leon - Environmental Analyst (Acting Section Chief)
Supervises AQCD Planning Section staff. Leads development and maintenance of Vermont’s State Implementation Plan (SIP). Performs data analyses associated with emissions inventory, ambient air quality, and atmospheric deposition data.
bennet.leon@vermont.gov 802-249-4221
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, PhD - 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
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

Supports field operations for the Air Monitoring Section including the preparation of particulate filter samples for field deployment, processing of air quality data, oversight of EPA Contractor performing the gravimetric weighing program for the PM 2.5 and PM10 network, coordination of sample shipping and receiving with multiple EPA contractor labs, and supporting the field network operations including the collection of ambient air samples, continuous air concentration data and meteorological parameter QA results from Vermont’s multi-site air monitoring network.

amy.shedrick@vermont.gov 802-279-5632
Renee Miller - Environmental Analyst

Oversees all aspects of field operation, maintenance and sample collection for Vermont’s multi-site Air Monitoring Network established for the measurement of EPA Criteria pollutants, air toxics compounds (Volatile organic compounds (VOC), carbonyl compounds, semi-volatile compounds and PM10 metals) and multiple meteorological parameters.  Also responsible for overall review, validation, management and reporting of results for all meteorological parameters measured at all Air Monitoring Network sites.

renee.miller@vermont.gov 802-279-5281
Benjamin Dilauro - Environmental Analyst

Oversees all aspects of field operation, maintenance and sample collection for Vermont’s multi-site Air Monitoring Network established for the measurement of EPA Criteria pollutants, air toxics compounds (VOC, carbonyl, semi-volatile and metals) and multiple meteorological parameters.  Also responsible for review, validation and reporting of EPA Method TO-15 VOC sample analytical results from Vermont’s Air Toxics and EPA’s National Air Toxics Trends Stations (NATTS) network.

benjamin.dilauro@vermont.gov 802-477-3308
Jean Woodward - Environmental Analyst
Provides initial and quarterly review, validation as well as data management and reporting of all EPA Criteria air pollutant data, including gaseous and particulate matter results.  Also responsible for review, validation and reporting of EPA Method TO-11A carbonyl compound sample analytical results from Vermont’s Air Toxics and EPA’s National Air Toxics Trends Stations (NATTS) network.  Also supports the field network operations including the collection of ambient air samples and continuous air concentration data from Vermont’s multi-site air monitoring network. 
jean.woodward@vermont.gov 802-377-5949