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
Sanaa Chakibi
Deborah Hunsicker
Jessica Jenkins, M.S.
Shirin Mandegari
Anny Mosher, CPEA
Teresa Sabol Spezio, Ph.D., P.E., QISP
Pamela Walaski, CSP
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.

Key Staff Members

Sanaa Chakibi
Sanaa Chakibi is an STC Program Director located in Arlington, VA. She has 12 years of experience in environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance auditing and environmental management systems compliance. Ms. Chakibi has performed audits for a variety of clients including a chemical plant, a cement processing operation, a waste management facility, and various light industrial and administrative locations worldwide. She has extensive EHS regulatory review and analysis experience, and has been responsible for monitoring and communicating regulatory developments  for the  United States, Canada, several countries in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), other African nations and the European Union. Ms. Sanaa specializes in helping companies assess their operation’s regulatory risk, review their corporate standards and develop a strategy to meet their global environmental, social, and health & safety compliance goals through the development of audit tools, timely compliance intelligence and issues training.  Ms. Chakibi recently served as an Environmental Regulatory expert to the Kuwait EPA and assisted the agency to draft their waste and water regulations. She developed and delivered training to government officers as well as private entities on a variety of EHS issues.

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.

Anny Mosher, CPEA
Anny Mosher, CPEA is a STC Program Director located in Houston, TX and has over 25 years of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) experience including process safety, industrial hygiene, product stewardship, emergency response, occupational health, distribution, environmental, and auditing. She has worked at small sites with less than 20 employees, large integrated sites with more than 8,000 people, and multi-company industrial parks with shared infrastructure. Her experience includes Responsible Care® implementation and RC14001® certification. She has developed and updated a wide variety of EHS compliance plans and written programs. She has assessed applicability of federal and state regulations and corporate standards and implemented the management systems to sustain compliance. Examples include process safety management, confined space entry, respiratory protection, national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (e.g., MON and OLD MACT), and contractor safety. Ms. Mosher has led multi-discipline and multi-site teams to accomplish critical business and company goals. She was able to secure environmental permits for major expansions and new facilities utilizing strong influencing and negotiation skills and extensive experience with regulatory agencies, industry groups, and community neighbors. She partnered with clients and contractors to reduce unplanned events and create a sustainable, incident free culture. She has provided EHS support for agency inspections and audits.

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.

Pamela Walaski, CSP
Pam Walaski, CSP, is an STC Senior Program Director located in the Pittsburgh, PA area. She has nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations create sustainable occupational safety and health programs. Pam specializes in conducting safety and health management system assessments and integrating risk management programs that assist organizations improve bottom line performance. She has a national reputation as a seminar leader, and conference/webinar presenter covering multiple occupational safety and health topics including risk management, serious injury prevention, OSHA compliance, and contractor management. She is also a published author including her own book Risk and Crisis Communications; Methods and Messages (Wiley, 2011) and is the Safety Management Systems Section Coordinator for the of the Safety Professionals Handbook, currently under revision [American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), 2012]. Pam is an At-Large Member of the Board of Directors of the ASSP. She received the Safety Professional of the Year Award from Region VIII in 2018.

Meghan White
Meghan White, is an STC Program Director located in Hamilton, Ontario. She has 13 years of experience in environmental consulting and regulatory compliance. She has provided regulatory tracking services and authored audit protocols for companies that operate in several countries and regions, including Canada, the UK, Australia, and the European Union, and advises clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, mining, manufacturing, petroleum, and utility industries of regulatory requirements and policy implications. 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 clients covering over 50 countries. Meghan will be coordinating STC’s international regulatory information services, including our ongoing EHS audit protocol support for Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) of Vancouver, B.C., as well as expanding STC’s other partner offerings. Prior to joining STC, Meghan worked for a major EHS software company and provided client implementation support to ensure successful usage of the EHS management systems software in order to track performance of environmental and sustainability programs and ensure compliance with EHS legislation and policy.