Team Members

STC’s senior consultant team offers our clients vast experience in all aspects of EHS management systems, auditing, permitting, and compliance assurance. For larger or certain specialized tasks, STC is able to draw on the capabilities of other qualified individuals and firms with whom we have worked closely in the past.

PRINCIPALS
Barbara Jo Ruble, QEP, CPEA
Melanie Powers-Schanbacher, CPEA

KEY STAFF MEMBERS
Jenni Cawein
Kahlilah Guyah, CHMM, CSP
Joseph (Joe) Hardman, PE, CHMM, CPEA
Deborah Hunsicker
Jessica Jenkins, M.S.
Shirin Mandegari
Kathy McKinney-Tovar
Gerald (Jerry) Reid
Carol Robinson, CIH, CSP
Teresa Sabol Spezio, Ph.D., P.E., QISP
Meghan White

PRINCIPALS

Barbara Jo Ruble, QEP, CPEA
Barbara Jo Ruble, QEP, CPEA, and STC President, has more than 30 years of experience helping corporations to develop, assess, and improve their EHS management systems and compliance programs. She is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) for both ISO 14000/EMS and compliance auditing. She has assisted clients in a variety of industries to implement ISO 14001 management systems and obtain certification. She has developed comprehensive EHS guidance manuals, training programs, and multi-media auditing protocols for various industrial clients and is the primary author of OHSAS 18001/OSHA-VPP Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems: A Complete Implementation Guide, published by Specialty Technical Publishers of Vancouver, Canada. She has performed more than 200 EHS compliance audits or management systems assessments of industrial facilities worldwide. She has also provided independent review of corporate EHS auditing programs. She has analyzed clients’ information management needs, identified compliance gaps in current tools / approaches, and helped them to select and implement applications and platforms that better serve their needs. Her solution-oriented approach allows her to put EHS issues in laymen’s language and find practical solutions to complex problems. Ms. Ruble has been a member of The Auditing Roundtable since 1989 and is a past President of the organization. She recently developed the Roundtable’s Lead Auditor Training Course.

Melanie Powers-Schanbacher, CPEA
Melanie Powers-Schanbacher, CPEA and STC Principal and CFO has over 20 years of experience in EHS compliance auditing and environmental management systems assessments. Ms. Powers-Schanbacher has served as the audit team leader for EHS compliance and management systems audits conducted for clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer products, petroleum and utility sectors, as well as a variety of industrial manufacturing operations. She has provided third-party review and oversight to clients developing internal audit and self-assessment programs, including developing audit procedures and protocols, auditor training programs, and audit program metrics, evaluation processes and management reporting criteria. Ms. Powers-Schanbacher has assisted clients to develop EHS compliance management programs. She has also assisted clients to design and implement environmental management systems for conformance with ISO 14001, as well as EPA’s compliance-based EMS and National Environmental Performance Track models. Her experience includes developing EHS training programs, regulatory and legal requirements analysis and tracking processes, and permit compliance and regulatory reporting procedures and work instructions. She oversees a number STC’s regulatory information services, including the regulatory monitoring services STC provides its clients and managing STC’s authoring efforts for a number of EHS auditing, training and management systems guides published by Specialty Technical Publishers of Vancouver, B.C. She is a member of the Auditing Roundtable and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) in Environmental Compliance and in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems. She currently serves on the IIA/BEAC’s Examination Committee.

KEY STAFF MEMBERS

Jenni Cawein
Jenni Cawein is an STC Program Director located in Lexington, NY with over 16 years of experience in the environmental industry. Jenni brings global experience in the performance, structure, strategy, planning, and development of programs related to sustainability and EHS within the healthcare manufacturing and electrical utility industries. As corporate environmental manager at Baxter International for more than 10 years, she participated in the development of sustainability performance metrics, transparent sustainability reports, and innovative management standards that helped Baxter win over 300 EHS excellence awards, including Dow Jones Sustainability Index leader, Innovest’s Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations and CRO’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Jenni’s innovative approaches to integrating six sigma and lean manufacturing into EHS became the model for USEPA’s “Lean and Environment” and “Lean and Energy” toolkits, and her work managing supply chain EHS issues resulted in the launch of USEPA’s Green Supplier Network. While serving as Chairman of the Board of CHWMEG she drove globalization of hazardous waste site audits into China, India, Singapore, Brazil, and most countries in Europe. Jenni is an experienced ISO 14001 Lead Auditor and has operational direct experience managing air, water, and waste compliance programs within the electric utility industry, as well as site remediation projects and emergency response programs. She has presented at NAEM, AME/SME, BSR, and the Conference Board meetings on topics such as EHS supply chain management, “Lean and Green”, integration of sustainability into business operations, the business value of sustainability, and threat management. Jenni is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has served as a Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner.

Kahlilah Guyah, CHMM, CSP
Kahlilah L. Guyah, CHMM, CSP, STC Program Director has over 12 years of comprehensive experience in delivering EHS compliance solutions and implementing management systems. Her expertise include, but are not limited to EHS regulatory compliance, EHS auditing, hazardous material storage and disposal, international and domestic hazardous materials transportation, training development and administration, wastewater and stormwater management, emergency response, and environmental permitting and reporting. Kahlilah is a strong communicator, team leader and problem solver. She led EHS programs at Cordis Corporation, Cordis Neurovascular and Codman Neurovascular, each a part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. Most recently she designed and implemented the EHS program for Heartware Inc. including, among others environmental permitting, hazard communications, hazardous energy control, chemical and waste management, lithium ion battery shipment program and an EHS impact analysis process. These experiences and her desire to continually expand her knowledge have given Kahlilah the ability to flourish in fast paced manufacturing environments with a special emphasis on management of change from design to implementation. Kahlilah graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a MS degree in Chemistry and received her BS degree in Chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is an active member of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and recently received the Edward M. “Ed” Stratton Memorial HSE Professional Education Grant. Kahlilah is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a Certified Safety Professional.

Joseph (Joe) Hardman, PE, CHMM, CPEA
Joseph (Joe) Hardman, PE, CHMM, CPEA, STC Program Director has over 30 years of experience in EHS compliance auditing, providing technical support for EHS permits and licenses, and conducting risk assessments.  Mr. Hardman has served as the audit team leader for EHS compliance and management systems audits conducted on a global basis for operations in the chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer products, manufacturing and petroleum sectors.  He has conducted third-party manufacturing and supplier reviews and provided due diligence support and project management oversight for corporate acquisitions and divestitures, including reviewing gap and compliance data, assessing permit and licenses, and meeting closure/decommissioning requirements. Mr. Hardman has assisted facilities to develop and implement EHS compliance management tools such as streamlining and validating Title V air emission and NPDES wastewater discharge data for program compliance and sustainable solutions.  His experience includes developing and conducting EHS training programs for auditing, workplace and contractor safety; developing compliance templates and audit checklists; and developing guidance and company system standards and procedures.  He has developed and presented ISO laboratory certification training programs, waste minimization, oil spill prevention program management, SPCC and emergency response plan development, training and implementation.  He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) Health and Safety and is a member of the Auditing Roundtable.  Mr. Hardman currently serves as a member of the BEAC’s Examination Committee.

Deborah Hunsicker
Deborah Hunsicker, as an STC Senior Analyst and regulatory specialist, directs STC’s regional office in northern Idaho and has over 20 years experience in environmental consulting and regulatory compliance. She is a recognized expert in federal and state hazardous waste and hazardous materials regulatory issues, and has assisted various legal and industrial clients in the development of customized environmental auditing protocols, legal requirements analyses, ongoing regulatory tracking, and compliance programs, as well as the assessment of enforcement options. Currently, she coordinates several projects for key clients that involve tracking federal and state regulatory changes and preparing monthly summary reports of final and proposed regulatory changes that may impact operations. Ms. Hunsicker is STC’s lead author and project manager for our California Environmental Audit Guide and our training guide series, covering both federal and California training requirements. She is also a contributing author to the Environmental Auditing: Federal Compliance Guide and our Environmental State Differences Summary, covering both hazardous waste and solid waste issues.

Jessica Jenkins, M.S.
Jessica Jenkins, M.S. is an STC Senior Analyst located in Portland, OR. She has over 19 years of experience in environmental consulting and project management activities. As a consultant, her focus has been on due diligence, cleanup strategy development, and remediation oversight involving a high level of interaction with natural resource management agencies utilizing a variety of risk-based regulatory programs (both voluntary and enforcement) in numerous states. She also has regulatory compliance program experience, including SWPPP and SPCC Plan development. Jessica uses her experience to identify and minimize environmental risks to residents, construction workers, and occupants resultant from current or historical industrial and commercial activities, and to limit adverse environmental exposures.

Shirin Mandegari
Shirin Mandegari is an STC Program Director and has over 25 years of professional experience in environmental health and safety compliance and management systems. She has expertise air permitting and pollution prevention, wastewater and storm water quality, and hazardous waste management. Shirin has developed and implemented emergency response plans for a number of complex industrial operations. She managed and led the technical aspects of large complex projects involving site closures, groundwater and soil remediation, environmental and toxic assessment, and mitigation plans including lead and asbestos. She has conducted environmental and safety audits and assessments and provided safety training in various topics including for confined space, respiratory protection, fall protection, and noise reduction.

Kathy McKinney-Tovar
Kathy McKinney-Tovar is an STC Senior Analyst and has over 20 years of experience in the consulting industry assisting businesses with environmental compliance, regulatory issues, and due diligence. She has extensive project management experience and technical knowledge across a wide range of environmental programs. Ms. McKinney-Tovar has performed multi-media environmental compliance audits throughout the U.S. at aerospace and cogeneration facilities, hazardous waste TSDFs, oil terminals, semiconductor, electronics, pharmaceutical, explosives, chemical and paint manufacturing facilities and office buildings, and has assisted numerous industrial clients in the development of customized environmental auditing protocols and training programs. She has provided EHS regulatory compliance assistance to companies in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, energy, and education sectors. Recently she has tracked federal regulatory changes for a multi-national company and a consumer products company on a monthly basis to identify and provide a summary of final and proposed regulatory changes that affect operations. Ms. McKinney-Tovar is the lead author and project manager of our Vehicle Maintenance Facilities: A Federal Compliance Guide and Vehicle Maintenance Facilities in California: A Federal and State Compliance Guide. She is also a contributing author to our Environmental Auditing: Federal Compliance Guide, and our Environmental State Differences Guide. She was central to the development of our web-based protocol that combines our federal protocols with the state difference guide.

Gerald (Jerry) Reid
Gerald (Jerry) Reid is an STC Senior Program Director and has over 30 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs.  Jerry’s experience includes EHS compliance in the chemical intensive field of semiconductor manufacturing, developing EHS programs in the aluminum fabrication industry, as well as managing environmental compliance at a US Air Force instillation. During his work with STC, Jerry has conducted assessments of clients’ EHS programs, developed  written programs and associated forms and tools, and provided hands-on implementation support across the spectrum of environmental and safety compliance areas. He has also developed numerous online and hands-on training presentations including electrical safety, lock-out/tag-out, cranes and hoists, confined space entry, fall protection, excavation safety, scaffold safety, hazardous waste management, and hazard communication. In addition to standard EHS programs, Jerry’s experience includes the incorporation of NFPA 70E workplace electrical safety principles into clients’ electrical safety programs, development of toxic gas compliance programs, fire code compliance, development and implementation of emergency response programs, management of radiation and laser safety programs, and DOT compliance. Jerry is an ISO 14000 Lead Auditor and has conducted EHS compliance and management systems audits throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Singapore and Malaysia. He has also supported OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 site certification processes, including conducting internal audits, completing site risk assessments, determining legal and other requirements, and leading the development of aspects and impacts and objectives and targets.

Carol Robinson, CIH, CSP
Carol Robinson, CIH, CSP, and Expert Technical Advisor, has over 30 years of experience in EHS management and consulting for a wide range of industries that include biotech, chemical, high tech, personal care and petrochemical companies. Carol uses her understanding of clients’ organizations to develop EHS strategies, EHS compliance programs, and ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18000 management systems that fit their operations and cultures. She has created registries of requirements, performed compliance and management systems gap analyses, and conducted hazard and exposure assessments. She has extensive EHS audit experience, including designing audit programs, performing audit team training, and serving as team leader. She has performed more than 100 EHS compliance audits and management systems assessments using standard or custom client protocols. She has implemented a wide range of programs at client sites, including electrical safety, machine guarding, lockout/tagout, confined space, hazard communication, biosafety, bloodborne pathogens, and hazardous waste management. She produced customized instructor-led and online EHS training programs including new employee EHS orientation, hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens, contractor safety, and waste management. She has assisted clients in producing regulatory reports, such as Hazardous Materials Business Plans and Biennial Waste reports. As head of corporate EHS programs at JDS Uniphase and Helene Curtis, Carol developed corporate objectives, metrics, policies and strategic direction. She led injury reduction and waste minimization efforts that resulted in reduced costs. Her experience managing non-EHS groups including engineering, facilities, corporate security and TSCA compliance has exposed her to a diverse range of business issues and backgrounds, enabling her to provide focused, understandable and actionable guidance and training. Carol is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional.

Teresa Sabol Spezio, Ph.D., P.E., QISP
Teresa Sabol Spezio, Ph.D., P.E. is an STC Program Director in Los Angeles with over 25 years of experience in environmental compliance and auditing activities. Ms. Spezio began her career at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency where she inspected industrial facilities for compliance with air pollution and hazardous waste regulations. As an inspector she visited myriad facilities, developed Notices of Violations, provided information for compliance improvement and worked with federal officials on permitting of hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities. After Ohio EPA, Ms. Spezio worked as the Environmental and Safety Coordinator for an academic institution. There she developed programs for compliance with environmental and safety regulations continuously working to create programs that minimized the exposure to the regulatory overview by assisting her co-workers to developed processes that minimized hazardous waste use, air emissions and water discharges. After having experience with both government and industry, Ms. Spezio began her career as a consultant. For close to twenty years, she has used her experience to minimize the use of chemicals, minimize environmental exposure through discharges into air, water and land, and developed plans and programs to minimize spills and accidents.

Meghan White
Meghan White is an STC Program Director with 10 years of experience in environmental consulting and regulatory compliance. Ms. White is responsible for tracking and analyzing environmental, health and safety regulatory developments in several countries and regions, including Canada, the UK, Australia, and the European Union. She advises clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, mining, manufacturing, petroleum and utility industries of regulatory requirements and policy implications. Ms. White has extensive experience providing regulatory tracking services and authoring audit protocols for companies that operate in those industries. In addition, she has been responsible for the management and coordination of regulatory tracking and audit protocol programs that provide these services to a variety of different customers covering over 50 countries. Ms. White has also assisted clients with implementing software for EHS management systems in order to track performance of environmental and sustainability programs and ensure compliance with EHS legislation and policy.