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Steering Committee

GLRPPR Steering Committee Members:

Geoff Bristow
PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

Becky Jayne
P2 Specialist
Illinois EPA, Office of P2

Ernest Johnson III
Senior Environmental Manager

William Narotski
Ohio EPA -- Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention

Dale Phenicie
Director of Projects
Council of Great Lakes Industries

Mary Rossi
Erie County Department of Environment & Planning

Ted Smith
USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office

Phyllis Strong
Pollution Prevention Coordinator
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Tom Ustanik
Lansing Cleaners Inc.

The steering committee directs the Roundtable efforts; provides continuity, guidance, and a commitment to meeting the Roundtable goals; and actively seeks to represent the membership. The steering committee is composed of twelve members. Committee members serve two years terms, with six of the members being chosen in each year.

Nine members represent the Great Lakes states:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Ontario
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin
The remaining six positions represent:
  • Environment Canada
  • Regional provinces of Canada
  • Regional, local, state and tribal regulatory agencies
  • Regional, local, state and tribal technical assistance programs
  • Non-Governmental Programs (i.e., industry, NGO, etc.)

Previous Members

Becoming a Member:

As mentioned above, six new committee members are needed each year. If you are interested in serving a two-year term, or if you would like more information about the duties involved, please email Laura Barnes or a current committee member.

Roles of GLRPPR Steering Committee Members
  • Set policy and direction for GLRPPR;
  • Participate in updates of the mission as needed and the Organizational Plan every 2 years;
  • Ensure that the Organizational Charter and Organizational Plan are carried out.


  • Priority travel scholarships to summer and winter conferences and other regional conferences where appropriate;
  • Half price registration at all GLRPPR conferences and workgroup meetings;
  • Ability to deliberate on and vote on policy positions drafted by the work groups;
  • Potential to set the direction for current and future GLRPPR projects;
  • Opportunity to promote technical expertise in the area of choice for the region.


  • Participate regularly in GLRPPR conference calls and
  • Attend GLRPPR conferences and Steering Committee conferences;
  • Select and implement a Focus Area. Focus Areas can either be programmatic or topical as identified below. Multiple members can share the same Focus Area. Not all Focus Areas need to be represented at all times.

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-8940

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