UF TREEO Instructors


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Toi Akien

Mr. Toi Akien is an Environmental Scientist with a background in project engineering. His experience includes managing and conducting asbestos inspections, conducting phase I and phase II environmental site assessments, soil and groundwater sampling and site contamination research assessment. Mr. Akien is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certified Inspector and Risk Assessor, an ACAC Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), and a Licensed Asbestos Consultant (LAC). He has extensive training experience garnered as an educator with the Palm Beach County School District and teacher in private local classes. He has been an instructor with UF TREEO since 2017. 

Brian DuChene
Brian DuChene, PE

Mr. DuChene is an Engineering and IEQ Consultant for Terracon Consulting, Inc. and has provided instruction for asbestos and other courses offered by UF TREEO since 1989.  He has co-developed the curriculum materials for UF TREEO’s AHERA Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner Refresher courses.  Mr. DuChene has conducted specialized asbestos training seminars including AHERA compliant worker, supervisor, inspector/management planner refreshers, two-hour awareness, and 16-hour Operations and Maintenance courses.

Russ Stauffer
Russell Stauffer, PE, LEED AP
Mr Stauffer is a Technical Director with Partner Engineering and Science. He has over 40 years of experience as a civil, structural and environmental engineer/industrial hygiene consultant. His project experience ranges from pre-renovation to property transfer assessments and demolitions of major industrial facilities in Florida and around the country. He has been an instructor with UF TREEO since 1988.
H. David Cox
Florida Power and Light
Charles Haury
Charles Haury, CIH, CSP
Petra Safety Solutions, LLC
Walter (Buster) Heape, Jr.
MARS - Mobile Renovation Services
Karen Meyer
Karen M. Meyer
Principal, Eco Advisers, LLC
Marshall Smith
Florida Power and Light
Carlos A. Vazquez
Florida Power and Light
David Wiggins
David M. Wiggins

David Wiggins is the CEO and President of Hazardous Operations, Inc.  He has been the in the Environmental Health & Safety field since the 1980’s. 

In 1994, he joined the State of Florida where he was the Supervisor of Environmental Health & Safety for the State Buildings overseeing all aspects of training for Asbestos, Lead, Indoor Air Quality, Underground Fuel Storage tanks, Hazardous Waste Operations, PCB’s and Water Quality projects.

He has been an instructor with UF TREEO since 1996.

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Terry L. Zinn
Attorney at Law

Waste Management

Robert Bachus
Robert Bachus, PHD, P.E.

Robert, principal of GeoSyntec Consultants, holds a doctorate degree in geotechnical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Bachus has been project manager for many projects requiring specialty geotechnical analysis and geotechnical testing. He has over 22 years experience in geotechnical engineering and is a nationally recognized expert in areas of landfill design, in situ testing, laboratory testing, and soil stabilization.

Raymond Dever, P.E.
After having served as an occasional volunteer instructor for TREEO since the 1990’s, Ray joined the TREEO faculty upon his retirement in 2015 from  a 40-year career in full-time engineering practice, most of which was in solid waste management and related environmental areas.  For the final 19 years of his career, he served as Vice President and Tampa Office Director for SCS Engineers, where he was responsible for directing the firm's projects throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.  Ray is recognized as an expert in solid waste landfills and related areas, having served as Director of SWANA’s Landfill Technical Management Division and having represented numerous clients in litigation or mediation of landfill-related matters.  
Jane Gregory, CHMM, CET

Jane Gregory has almost thirty years of experience in the environmental compliance field, working in both the public and private sectors.  She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a Certified Environmental Trainer and a LEED Green Associate.  Jane currently serves Orange County citizens as the Public Information Officer for the Environmental Protection Division and Supervises the Compliance Support and Strategic Engagement Program.  She also represents Orange County on the Central Florida food policy council and the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance, serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Environmental TRaining Alliance (METRA), and teaches hazardous waste management as an instructor for the UF TREEO Center. 

Tom Lubozynski
F. Thomas Lubozynski, P.E.

Retired 25 year military career – Air Force. He has also worked at Orange County Public Schools and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).  While at the FDEP Central District he was responsible for enforcement and permitting for the following programs: solid waste, hazardous waste, petroleum storage tanks, and cleanup of contaminated properties.  When he retired from FDEP in March 2017, he was managing permitting for solid waste, air, and stormwater programs.  

Larry Ruiz
Larry Ruiz, Landfill Operations Section Manager for Hillsborough County, holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Florida A&M University.  He has over 30 years of environmental project experience, with particular emphasis in the solid waste management field and has been an adjunct instructor for TREEO since 1994. Mr. Ruiz’s experience ranges from hands-on participation in field and design work to direction of solid waste management projects. His responsibilities have included landfill siting and design, landfill operations, landfill closure plans, landfill leachate monitoring and treatment system design, landfill gas collection and control systems design, and Solid Waste Facilities environmental assessment.
Norman Thomas
Retired in 2013 as Solid Waste Director of Leon County, Florida. He has over 30 years of executive management experience in Solid Waste Management, including landfill operations, transfer station operations, waste hauling, waste collection, rural waste convenience center operations, solid waste management facility siting, contract management, recycling and public relations.
Timothy Townsend is a professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Florida. His area of expertise is solid and hazardous waste management. Research interests include sustainable landfill design, construction and operation; managing construction and demolition debris; beneficial use and recycling of wastes; and handling of special wastes such as electronic scrap, recyclers, and sustainable materials management. Dr. Townsend teaches courses on waste and materials management fundamentals, landfill design, and waste management in developing countries.

Water Quality

Phil Brown
Philip Brown

Phil has been employed with the City of Jacksonville Beach for 22 years. He started with the city as a Lift Station Mechanic, was promoted to Plant Mechanic and is now Plant Supervisor. When Phil obtained his Wastewater C license he fell in love with the industry and continued his education until he received his Wastewater A license. Phillip has a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in environmental science, and a “C” Collection Certification. He is currently working on his CET (Certified Environmental Trainer) designation. Phillip is happily married with five kids and five grandchildren. “When you love your job it’s no longer work anymore.”

Mike Cherniak
Mike has 35 years of experience as an environmental consultant. Besides providing management oversight for several Florida utility systems, he has evaluated more than 100 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems.  Mike has delivered several thousand hours of water, wastewater, and hazardous material training to environmental personnel across the nation. He served as president of NESHTA and is a recipient of their Environmental Education Award for lasting and significant contributions to the environmental profession. Mike co-authored the CSU Office of Water Programs manual, Manage For Success: Effective Leadership Practices for Utility Managers.
Jim Clifton
Jim Clifton
Jim is the former assistant director of technical training at UF/TREEO Center where he was involved with operation and maintenance evaluations of wastewater treatment facilities and energy audits of water and wastewater systems. While at UF/TREEO, Jim developed and taught a number of courses. He recently retired as the superintendent of the wastewater treatment plant for the town of Simsbury, Connecticut. 
Joe Hurley
Joe Hurley

Joe is a Vice President of Woodard & Curran, Inc. and specializes in SCADA applications, set-ups, staff training, and system troubleshooting. With more than 35 years as a Master Electrician and Controls Engineer, Joe has been involved in various project roles including retrofits, upgrades and ground-up SCADA system design and installation for a wide range of treatment facility applications. Joe is also one of the Woodard & Curran electrical safety instructors, training employees in NFPA 70E standards and basic electrical safety.

Charlie Martin, PhD

Charlie has Florida Class A Water and Wastewater Operator Licenses. He has a Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering, a BS in Biology/Expanded Physical Science and an AA degree in Chemistry.

Presently, Charlie is the Water/Wastewater Director for the City of Graceville. There he has an Advanced Wastewater Treatment facility and directs a NELAC certified Drinking Water/Environmental Water Laboratory.

Updated Pic 7.2019Jeff Odoms, M.A, FAEM

Jeff Odoms, M.A, FAEM has a Florida Class A Wastewater Operator License with 25 years of experience in the field wastewater treatment operations, environmental and  industrial pre-treatment program compliance and emergency preparedness as it relates to these industries. He holds a M.A degree in Emergency/Disaster Management, a B.S in Project Management and an A.S in Forensic Investigation. He is also credentialed as a Florida Associate Emergency Manager and a FEMA Incident Command Course/National Incident Management System Instructor.

Steve Roberts

Steve is an instructor for the Water Programs at the University of Florida TREEO Center. In addition to his knowledge and experience in water plant operations, Steve brings to students a diverse and well-rounded perspective of local water resources conditions, issues and needs.  He has performed instruction throughout the state of Florida.  These added values are supported by having 40 years of related experiences in the public sector.  This includes engineering consulting, municipal water, reclaimed water and storm water system operations, maintenance, planning, and executive management.  He is a licensed Florida Class A Water Operator. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Environmental Management with a concentration in Environment Management.

Glynn Stoffel
Glynn Stoffel, CET
Glynn is a certified environmental trainer and owner of GLS Environmental Associates. He has over 30 years experience in maintaining and managing underground utility systems. As a training consultant, he has delivered thousands of hours of training throughout the country on the safe operation, maintenance and construction of water, sewer and storm drain systems, including the development of a series of courses to assist construction inspectors in obtaining NICET certification. He also provides training in water system security, emergency response planning and asset management and is a regular guest instructor at the Florida Water Utility Management Institute. In addition to his work with UF/TREEO, he conducts training for the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at the College of Southern Maryland, the Technology Transfer (T2) Center at the University of Maryland and the Environmental Training Center at Delaware Technical & Community College. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is recognized as a Certified Environmental Trainer and Certified Instructional Technologist by the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association.
Ron Trygar
Ron Trygar, CET
Ron is the Senior Training Specialist for Water and Wastewater programs at UF/TREEO Center. Previously he was the Wastewater Process Control Specialist at Hillsborough County Public Utilities in Tampa FL.  He has worked in the wastewater industry for more than 30 years in a variety of locations and positions. Ron became a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in 1998 and has since provided training for associations and regulatory agencies such as FDEP; FW&PCOA Short Schools; USABlueBook; FWEA sponsored training events and local school environmental programs. Working alongside the FDEP Northeast District, Ron helped begin the FRWA/FDEP joint operator certification review classes that are still given around the state today.  Ron holds a Florida class A wastewater treatment operator’s license and a Florida class B drinking water operator’s license.