Small Business / Community Support

Kansas 2021 Virtual Environmental Conference

Dane Boring

Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards Coordinator

Dane Boring joined KDHE in 2019 in his current role as Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards Coordinator and now brings over 4 years of experience in Water Quality Standards to the table. He graduated with chemistry and earth science degrees from Emporia State before pursuing graduate studies in environmental sciences. Dane enjoys combining his accumulated knowledge and experience to tackle the unique and diverse challenges working on the intersection of science and policy known as Water Quality Standards.

Mindy Bowman

Chief, Solid Waste Section

Mindy Bowman has worked for the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management as Chief of Solid Waste Permitting for a little over 2 years. She is a licensed professional engineer in Kansas. Previously, Bowman worked for the Bureau of Air for 25 years in a variety of positions, the last 14 of which were in air permitting.

Austin Clapp

Dry Cleaning/Superfund Program Manager

Austin Clapp graduated with a degree in Geology from Northwest Missouri State University in 2016. He began his career working for KDHE's Site Response Unit in late 2016. Clapp stepped into his current role as Program Manager for Dry-Cleaning and Superfund Programs in July of 2019. He obtained his Professional Geology Licensure in May of this year.

Doug Cole

District Environmental Administrator, Southeast District Office

Doug Cole is the District Environmental Administrator for the KDHE Bureau of Environmental Field Services Southeast District Office in Chanute, Kansas. Cole has been with KDHE for 23 years in both field and administrative roles.

Julie Coleman

Director, Bureau of Waste Management

Julie Coleman is the Director of the Bureau of Waste Management within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She has worked for KDHE since 1988, holding positions in 4 different bureaus. Outside of KDHE, Julie serves as Vice President of the Kansas Land Trust. Julie received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biology from Wichita State University.

David Cozad

Director, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division EPA Region 7

David Cozad began in October 2019 as the first Director of the newly established Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division, EPA Region 7. Prior to that, he served for ten years as Regional Counsel for EPA R7, heading up the region's 45-person legal office. Mr. Cozad also recently completed details to EPA HQ as Acting Deputy AA for Enforcement in 2017, and Acting Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics Official in 2018-2019.

Alexis Crawford

Environmental Scientist, Right-To-Know and Radiation Control Programs

Alexis Crawford was born and raised in the KC Metro Area, and graduated from UMKC in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Since October of 2016, Crawford has been working for KDHE. She started out as an Environmental Associate in the Spill Response Program for approximately 3 years before moving on to her current position as an Environmental Specialist in the Right-To-Know and Radiation Control Programs.

Lori Desch-Ranallo

Administrative Coordinator for Tank Management Services, Inc.

Lori Desch-Ranallo is the Administrative Coordinator for Tank Management Services, Inc. and has been the Kansas Operator Training Coordinator for KHDE since 2008. Her other duties include meeting planner for Fuel True, formerly PMCA of Kansas for the past 13 years and most recently the SIR manager.

Erich Glave

Director, Bureau of Environmental Field Services

Erich Glave is the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Field Services with KDHE. He has been with KDHE for 14 years starting as an inspector in 2007. Glave is a graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. His hobbies are hiking, kayaking and gardening.

Leo G HenningLeo G. Henning

KDHE Deputy Secretary and Director of Environment

Leo G. Henning was appointed as the Deputy Secretary and Director of Environment for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in February of 2018. In that capacity, he directs all environmental program activities and oversees a staff of approximately 440 employees.

Henning has worked for KDHE for 28 years. During this time, he has directed the Bureau of Environmental Remediation that houses all the environmental cleanup programs, the Bureau of Environmental Field Services that performs emergency response and facility inspections and the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory that carries out all the environmental and health testing.

Mr. Henning received a bachelor and master degree in Geology from Wichita State University and is a licensed professional geologist. A native of Wichita, KS, he is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Bob Jurgens

Director, Bureau of Environmental Remediation

Bob Jurgens is the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Remediation, one of six bureaus of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Division of Environment. Bob has over twenty-seven years in the environmental consulting and regulatory field. He has held several management positions at KDHE since 1998 and currently oversees five sections providing oversight for the Bankruptcy, Brownfields, Dry Cleaner Remediation, Environmental Liability Release, Environmental Use Control, Federal Facility, Natural Resource Damages, Orphan Site, Risk Management, Site Assessment, Spill Response, State Cooperative, Storage Tank, Superfund, Surface Mining and Voluntary Cleanup Programs. Bob has Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, specializing in groundwater hydrology. He serves as a Division lead for information technology and data management systems. Bob also is as a Deputy Commander for KDHE emergency operations.

Nancy LarsonNancy Larson

Director, K-State Pollution Prevention Institute

Nancy Larson is the director of the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute and has more than 30 years of experience working in the public and environmental health arena. Her current position allows her to provide pollution prevention (P2) and regulatory compliance technical assistance to Kansas industries, small businesses and communities. Nancy serves as an executive and active member of several boards including the solid waste planning board, the pollution prevention roundtable and national small business environmental assistance program. One of the best parts of her position is meeting and working with state and local partners like all of you!

Christine Mennicke

Regulations and Data Unit Chief, KDHE - Bureau of Waste Management

Christine Mennicke is an Environmental Program Administrator in the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management. She has worked for KDHE since 1994: two years in the Bureau of Environmental Remediation and the last 25 years in the Bureau of Waste Management. She has Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and maintains a Professional Geologist license in Kansas.

Seth Mettling

Brownfields Coordinator, Bureau of Environmental Remediation

Seth Mettling has his master's in public administration and is a planner by nature. He has experience working with and for municipalities and is a Certified Municipal Clerk. Mettling has been with the BER for four years, three and a half of those he's been the Brownfield Coordinator.

Sharon Morgan

Storage Tank Section Chief

Sharon Morgan obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1983 from Centenary College of Louisiana and began working in the oil business as a petroleum geologist in Louisiana and Texas.

She began working at KDHE as an environmental technician in 1993, reviewing and processing reimbursement requests from environmental consultants. She moved up to a Project Manager position in the Landfill Unit in 1994, followed by work in the Drycleaner Unit.

In August 1996, Morgan began her career in the Storage Tank Section as a Project Manager in the Investigation Unit where she managed investigations, excavations, and risk assessment sites and developed related programs.

Continuing to work her way up, she accepted the Groundwater Monitoring Unit Chief position in 2006 and in 2017 was awarded the Storage Tank Section Chief position. She has worked non-stop on developing amended Storage Tank Regulations and Statutes, in addition to working on the new KEIMS database.

Sharon Morgan has over 27 years of experience at KDHE and believes that 'hard work works'!!!

Lee NormanLee A. Norman, M.D.

KDHE Secretary

Lee A. Norman, MD, is the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), appointed by Governor Laura Kelly. KDHE has three divisions, including Health, Environment, and Healthcare Finance, which includes the Medicaid program (KanCare). In his military role, Norman is a Colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard, stationed at Joint Forces Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, reporting to the State of Kansas Adjutant General. COL Norman, as the State Surgeon of Kansas, guides medical troop sustainment and training, health services support, force health protection, biosecurity, and serves as advisor and liaison to the Kansas Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He is a bio-threat and pandemic illness advisor to the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center.

Amy Seeds

Environmental Specialist, Title V/MACT/NSPS Reporting,
Air Compliance and Enforcement Section

Amy Seeds has been with KDHE's Bureau of Air for 4 years as the Reporting Specialist and is also the KEIMS Compliance and Enforcement Liaison.

Dr. Marcia Schulmeister

Environmental Specialist, Title V/MACT/NSPS Reporting,
Air Compliance and Enforcement Section

Dr. Marcia Schulmeister is a professor and the director of KU's new Environmental Geology Master's degree program. Prior to joining KU, she served as a faculty member and department head in the Earth Science department at Emporia State University for 17 years, where she trained professional geologists and developed one of the first online geoscience M.S. programs in the U.S. She has directed undergraduate and graduate student research on hydrogeochemistry and water resources in the U.S., China, and Thailand as a Visiting Professor with the Chinese Academy of Science and a Fulbright Scholar at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. She has also worked as an environmental professional at the Illinois State Water Survey, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Kansas Geological Survey, and for three years in the Remedial Unit at KDHE. Dr. Schulmeister is a Geological Society of America Fellow and has served on advisory boards for The Kansas Water Research Institute, National Ground Water Association, and Geological Society of America's (GSA) Hydrogeology Division.

Travis Sieve

Interim Section Chief, Watershed Management Section

Travis Sieve has worked for KDHE Watershed Management Section for 11 years. He started as an education/information coordinator and worked up through the program to the role of WRAPS/NPS programmatic manager. Water quality in Kansas is an important issue to Sieve. He holds degrees in both biology and business.

Liz SmithElizabeth Smith

Unit Chief, Steam Probabilistic Monitoring, Harmful Algal Bloom Response, Compliance
Monitoring, Use Assessment and the Kansas Surface Water Register

Elizabeth Smith has been at KDHE for 16 years. She currently works in the Planning, Monitoring, and Assessment Section in the Bureau of Water, where she oversees Stream Probabilistic Monitoring, Harmful Algal Bloom Response, Compliance Monitoring, Use Assessment, and the Kansas Surface Water Register. She also serves as general editor of the biennial Integrated Water Quality Assessment and is the EPA Region 7 representative to the National Water Quality Monitoring Council. She holds a BS in Biology and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Kansas.

Tom Stiles

Director, Bureau of Water

Tom Stiles has overseen the Bureau of Water (BOW), administering the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act in Kansas, since May 2019. Prior to that, he was BOW Assistant Director for three years and has been with KDHE since 1998 and Kansas government since 1982. Stiles holds a B.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Forest Hydrology from the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Past President of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA).

Doug Watson

Chief, Air Monitoring and Planning Section

Doug has been employed as an Environmental Scientist/Meteorologist in the Bureau of Air of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment since March 1999. He is currently the Chief of the Air Monitoring and Planning Section. He has been heavily involved in the atmospheric modeling and planning areas of ozone, particulate matter and regional haze in the state of Kansas. Doug received his degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas.

Tiffini Wells

Environmental Program Data Manager, KDHE - Bureau of Environmental Remediation

Tiffini Wells grew up in the countryside of Southeast Kansas/Oklahoma border. She graduated with Honors in B.S. Geology and Geophysics from University of Missouri - Rolla, Minor in Business management. Wells met her husband in high school and together they have two daughters and a new puppy.

2008-2016 - Project Manager, Bureau of Environmental Remediation (BER) Orphan Sites Program

2016-2018 - Data Manager, Bureau of Waste Management (BWM) Hazardous Waste Section

2018-Present - Environmental Program Data Manager and Project Manager tasked with incorporating BER into the Kansas Environmental Information Management System, or KEIMS.

John L. White

Unit Chief, KDHE KS Residential Lead Hazard Prevention Program

John L. White has been with the KDHE Lead Program since 2016. Prior to joining KDHE, White was a Regional Field Manager with KDOR for 15 years.