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Meet your EPA Alliance Instructors and Staff

EPA Alliance instructors are nationally renowned experts within their field of study and have logged hundreds of hours of professional training in a classroom setting. All of our instructors hold higher education degrees and have a minimum of 15 years experience. Most of our instructors also have a government/military employment background. The instructors we assign to our courses combine theoretical techniques with proven field experience.


Mr. Kelley is an experienced business and EH&S professional working directly in the oil and gas, energy and maritime field since 1998; primarily in Environmental Training. He is the Founder and Director of Training for the EPA Alliance Training Group, which was founded in 2009 and is a private veteran-owned small business specializing in comprehensive and quality driven environmental training for both government and private sector clients around the world. Mr. Kelley has worked in and managed some of the largest environmental training organizations in the US, including Government Institutes, ABS Consulting, Aarcher Institute and now the EPA Alliance Training Group. Mr. Kelley has a A.S. in Environmental Technology from Palomar College and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the U.S. Marine Corps University at Cal-State San Marcos. Higher education upon request.


Mr. Santarella is a Senior Partner at Santarella & Eckert, LLC. Joe specializes in representing private parties in environmental litigation and permit matters as the senior member of his own law firm. Previously, he served as an enforcement attorney with the U.S. EPA Region 8 and as counsel in private practice in Washington, D.C. He has worked in all the major federal environmental statutes including CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, TSCA, NEPA, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Mr. Santarella has published numerous articles on environmental law and has authored the chapter on enforcement and liability in the Environmental Law Handbook, 16th and 17th editions. Joe has a J.D. from George Washington University – National Law Center and a B.A. in History with Honors, Muhlenberg College.


Jay Collert is the Environmental Protection Manager in the Employee Safety and Environmental Management Branch of the FDA. Jay has been in the environmental field since 1977, working first in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a certified water and wastewater operator. He was a Master Technical Instructor in the USAF, teaching advanced water and wastewater operations. In 1988, Jay was assigned to the environmental flight at Plattsburgh AFB, NY, where he starting managing environmental compliance programs. After retiring from the USAF, he worked at Government Institutes as a program manager and instructor, developing and conducting environmental compliance courses nationwide. He continued that work with ABS Group, Aarcher Institute and now with the EPA Alliance Training Group. In 2010, he joined the United States Secret Service (USSS) as the environmental/energy/sustainability manager. He came to the FDA in June 2012. Jay holds an MA in Public Administration and an MS in Education. He is also a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a Certified Environmental Trainer, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College where he has been teaching business management and political science courses since 1992.



Rolf R. von Oppenfeld is an environmental lawyer with the TESTLaw Practice Group, who started out as a research chemist in the 1970s,  then worked for EPA headquarters (toxic substances, hazardous waste and Superfund offices) for a few years, and who thereafter has spent the past 27 years in private environmental law practice representing both public and private entities.

He received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from George Washington University in 1982.  He was a law partner with a large southwestern law firm where he worked for a dozen years, and then set up his own environmental law firm some 15 years ago. Mr. von Oppenfeld has represented a wide variety of industrial and commercial entities, as well as state, tribal and local governments, in a nationwide environmental practice that includes facilities from Alaska to Florida.

Mr. von Oppenfeld has had over the years a significant national and international counseling and litigation practice involving various environmental issues.  A current particular emphasis is on regulatory and legal compliance of industrial facilities and governmental operations, implementation of corporate components of management systems. With specific emphasis on Fortune 500 corporate policies, audit programs, management of change and regulatory development, and responding to upsets and release emergencies As well as management of regulatory concerns associated with U.S. and international real estate and industrial development, and also environmental and  toxic tort dispute resolution.



Mr. Owen is an experienced firefighter and safety professional with more than 26 years experience providing safety-related training and consulting services. Mr. Owen designs, develops, and instructs courses in various health and safety topics. He has provided training for all EPA/AHERA asbestos and EPA lead paint abatement certification levels. In addition, Mr. Owen serves as a Master Instructor for the International Association of Fire Fighters' Hazardous Materials programs.

He has conducted thousands of hours of HAZWOPER training for all levels, including hazardous waste, TSD facility, and emergency response. As a lost control specialist for the insurance industry, he was successful in reducing risk premiums for property management, heavy highway and utilities construction companies, and general industrial manufacturing. He was responsible for planning business activities and supervising loss control, managing claims, and providing on-site training, safety audits, job site inspections, and written safety programs. Recently, Mr. Owen provided initial and refresher training at a world-class semiconductor manufacturing facility. These programs were designed based on the special needs of the client, reflecting the current state-of-the-art and unique hazards of the operations. Refresher courses were placed online for continuous student access.

Mr. Owen’s education includes a Master’s of General Administration in Applied Management from the University of Maryland University College. Mr. Owen also holds a B.S. in General Studies from the University of Maryland with a special emphasis in fire protection engineering and in safety and health education. He is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Environmental Trainer, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Registered Environmental Manager, and Registered Chemical Hazardous Materials Manager. Mr. Owen also has completed the requirements and is a NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist, BECA Certified Professional Environmental Auditor and conducts both ISO 9000 and 14000 Lead Auditor training programs.



Joyce A. Rizzo is President and co-founder of JD2 Environmental, Inc. (JD2), where she manages several storage tank inspection and auditing programs, develops and conducts specialized training programs, and for provides expert testimony on various aspects of storage tank management. She has more than 35 years experience in all aspects of environmental engineering and management, including 12 years with the petroleum industry. Ms. Rizzo spent 20 years as an environmental consultant involved in risk assessment and environmental engineering programs designed to evaluate potential risks and liabilities associated with facility operations and property transfer, storage tank management, and expert testimony. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Management Graduate Certificate from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is the editor and principal author of Underground Storage Tank Management: A Practical Guide, 5th Edition, and Aboveground Storage Tank Management and SPCC Guide, 2nd Edition, co-founder of the Leak Detection Technology Association (LDTA), a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and Chairperson of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Tank Leakage and Repair Standards. She conducts seminars on storage tanks and has authored numerous articles on storage tanks, environmental assessments, SPCC requirements and auditing.



Mr. Piercey is the Vice President of JD2 Environmental, Inc. and provides technical expertise in underground storage tank (UST) design, installation, closure, remediation, inspections, maintenance programs, and training, as well as environmental liability assessments. Prior to the formation of JD2 in January 2002. Mr. Piercey was Vice President at Lexicon Environmental Associates, Inc. Prior to Lexicon, Mr. Piercey was Operations Manager at Groundwater Technology, Inc. where he was in charge of the operations of all Precision Testing and UST Assessments throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Piercey was responsible for all contracts, testing and quality control. Mr. Piercey started in the Precision Testing business as New England Field Manager for Hunter Environmental Services with testing experience throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Currently, Mr. Piercey is a speaker for the EPA Alliance Training Group courses on Storage Tanks and SPCC Management and conducts an audio conference on aboveground tanks for Progressive Business Conferences.



Carol Robinson is the vice president of Pillar Management Associates, a process improvement and consulting and training firm specializing in ISO Management System implementation. Her background is primarily in quality systems, environmental systems, OHSAS systems and manufacturing engineering.

Carol started her career as a manufacturing engineer for Dana Corporation, a Fortune 500 tier 1 automotive supplier where she also held the position of Quality Assurance Manager. She then joined AMBAC International as a Senior Quality Engineer. Carol then joined the University of South Carolina as the Associate Technical Director of a NIST sponsored program called the Southeast Manufacturing Technology Center (SMTC) which helped small manufacturers become more competitive. She subsequently was asked to create an ISO 9000 registrar and was the co-creator of American Quality Assessors (AQA), an ANSI-RAB accredited registrar (certification body). She was the Director of Registration at AQA until early 1997 when she and her partner formed Pillar Management Associates. Carol then started two more registrars (certification bodies) eventually turning the management over to the owners upon accreditation.

Carol is a RABQSA certified quality systems lead auditor with the experience of over 300 ISO 9001 audits and 50 ISO 9001 implementations. She is an ASQC CQE and CQA. She has a BSIE from the University of Toledo and a MBA and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.



Brian W. Boose is the Vice President of PlanIt2, Inc., a Certified woman-owned small disadvantaged business established in May 2008 to provide value-added, cost-effective National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related professional consulting services to the Federal government. Brian has been practicing NEPA since 1989 across the nation, and has prepared more than 200 Environmental Assessments and over a dozen Environmental Impact Statements for a variety of Federal agencies. He has prepared NEPA documents for Federal clients in over 45 states and US territories and is an experienced NEPA practitioner, mentor, educator, and trainer of professional, adult students. Since 2008, Brian has taught over 500 students in over 25 NEPA training courses; participants include both Federal agency staff and private consultants. Subject matter covered includes all aspects of NEPA, from “NEPA 101” basics, through effective writing and managing NEPA projects and inter-disciplinary teams, to the intricacies and nuances of specific NEPA-related components. Brian’s friendly, knowledgeable teaching ins, blended with over 20 years of practical, hands-on NEPA experience spanning the spectrum of agencies and proposed action types, provides instruction that is educational, entertaining, practical, and founded on real examples that provides real-time, real-value instruction for participants. Brian is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). Brian graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences/Ecology from the University of California at Davis in 1990.



Mr. Lindberg is currently the principal trainer and consultant for the Lindberg Compliance Services Group and serves as an instructor for the EPA Alliance Training Group. Mr. Lindberg also provides consulting services related to construction and hazardous waste site work safety and compliance including serving as the On Site Safety Officer, auditing site safety, and compliance with regulations contract specifications and related tasks. He serves as technical resource for clients during hazardous materials emergency response, hazardous waste remediation, construction and investigation projects. He also provides on site project management to contractors and consultants during unique or difficult assessments and or remediation. Lindberg Compliance Services Group assists contractors and consultants with the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of site specific safety plans. Projects range from underground tank removal and remediation to large- scale Superfund sites. Bill has a BS degree from University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manger (CHMM) and a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET).

  Jay Collert

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