Name: William Halligan, Esq.
Position of Interest: AEP President
My name is William Halligan, Esq. I have been an active member of the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) since I began my career over 30 years ago. From January 2011 to December 2014, and from January 2016 to present, I have served on the AEP State Board of Directors as Executive Vice President. As Executive Vice President, I am responsible for assisting the President with overall management of the corporation, development of Board meeting agendas, supervision of membership coordination and administration, and serve as the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and the Permanent Conference Committee. Prior to joining the State Board, I served at the local chapter level as Orange County Chapter President and Chapter Director for nearly 10 years. I also served as Conference Chairman for the highly successful 2006 AEP State Conference in Newport Beach.
My professional experience includes over 30 years as a CEQA practitioner and over 17 years as an attorney. I earned my Juris Doctorate degree specializing in environmental and land use law from the Chapman University School of Law. In addition to my involvement with AEP, I am an active member of the Orange County Bar Association. I serve as a frequent guest lecturer on CEQA and associated case law for AEP‘s CEQA Workshop Series, UC Irvine‘s Graduate School of Management Program, UC Riverside, and Cal Poly, Pomona. My diverse background provides me with a unique understanding of the issues facing our profession.
I would like to continue my service to AEP as President. I am a CEQA practitioner and attorney with exceptional knowledge of the environmental profession. I have years of experience with AEP and understand the issues facing our organization. I would appreciate your vote for me, William Halligan, to serve a two-year term as President of AEP.
Name: Mindy Fogg, Ventura County
Position of Interest: Executive Vice President
I am a Planning Manager with Ventura County. I have over 19 years of experience as a planner and CEQA Practitioner in both the public and private sectors. Since 2007 I‘ve been an active AEP member and have greatly benefitted from this organization‘s dedication to the environmental profession. I served on the San Diego Chapter Board from 2008 to 2015, both as Vice President of Membership and Chapter Director. At the chapter level, I focused much of my efforts on retaining members, recruiting new members, and organizing/facilitating the local CEQA Workshops.
For the last five years I‘ve been part of the State AEP Board of Officers and Directors. Serving as a Board Officer, I have had the honor of working with various teams dedicated to enhancing member services, making technological improvements, and providing exceptional educational programs such as the CEQA Essentials and Advanced CEQA workshops.
As Executive Vice President I would continue to focus on providing high-quality services to environmental professionals, promoting membership growth and retention, and increasing diversity and inclusion. Currently, our State Board and Chapters are working to maintain quality programs and services through virtual platforms during the pandemic. I am confident that my years of Chapter Board and State Board experience combined with my ability to foster teamwork and collaboration, build enthusiasm, and achieve results make me a good fit for this position.
Name: Konnie Dobreva, JD
Position of Interest: Administrative Vice President
I have been an active member of AEP since 2004 and have served the Orange County Chapter Board in various positions for over 13 years, including as President, Secretary, Membership Liaison and VP of Programs. I am the current Chapter Director. I also had the pleasure of serving on two AEP State Conference Committees, Newport Beach in 2004 and Huntington Beach in 2014, as Conference Co-Chair.
At the Chapter level, my focus as Director has been on coordinating the CEQA Workshops, leading the Corporate Sponsors program benefiting the OC AEP Scholarship (which has distributed over $50,000 to future environmental professionals), and supporting efforts to engage local students with our organization. At the State level, in addition to representing the Chapter at State board meetings, I assisted in previous overhauls of the State AEP website, supported the transition between association management platforms, and edited the AEP CEQA Statute and Guidelines handbook.
Professionally, I have over 19 years of experience as a CEQA project manager and land use planner. I earned a BA, Cum Laude, in Environmental Analysis & Design, with a Minor in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine. I also hold a Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, where I specialized in alternative dispute resolution. I am the Director of Environmental Planning with EPD Solutions, Inc. For fun, I enjoy lecturing on CEQA as a panelist for the Advanced CEQA Workshop and the CEQA Essentials Workshop.
I would like to continue and expand my service to AEP as the Administrative Vice President / Corporate Secretary. I believe my years of Chapter and State board experience will benefit the organization, particularly as we gear up to transition association management platforms and update our website. I believe we all greatly benefit from this organization‘s dedication to the environmental profession. I ask for your vote to allow me to support it, and those who are volunteering to keep it running smoothly and successfully. Thank you.
Name: Michael D. Smith, PhD
Position of Interest: NAEP Liaison
I am running for the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) Liaison position on the AEP Board of Directors for two primary reasons:
1). I have been an active member of both AEP and NAEP for over 20 years and my career has been focused on improving the practice of impact assessment, and I view volunteering time and energy to helping improve professional organizations like AEP and NAEP to be a crucial component of those efforts.
2). Specifically, I am in an excellent position to serve as an effective liaison and advocate for AEP issues and concerns with NAEP given my active role with AEP coupled with my experience with leadership within NAEP. I currently serve on the AEP Board as the NAEP Liaison, a position I was originally elected to in 2015. In this position, I have focused on maximizing AEP member benefits in partnership with NAEP, as explained in more detail below. In addition to my current service, from 2007-2010, I served as an elected At-Large Board of Directors member for NAEP. During this period, NAEP created the current affiliation structure and relationships with the state chapters, including AEP. For all of these reasons, I have in-depth knowledge and a proven track record of both the enormous potential opportunity for AEP‘s affiliation with NAEP to bring real value and benefits to AEP members, as well as the numerous challenges to realizing the full benefits inherent in the partnership.
I have over 27 years experience in consulting and teaching in CEQA and NEPA, and am currently a Principal with WSP USA based out of their San Francisco office. I have managed and provided compliance review for some of the California‘s and the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major energy, transportation, water infrastructure projects. I frequently lead training workshops in CEQA and NEPA for AEP and NAEP, as a faculty member at the UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program, the UCLA Extension Environmental Studies and Sustainability Programs, the NEPA Certificate Program at the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, and as a Senior Consultant at The Shipley Group, one of the nation‘s top NEPA training firms. I am a past recipient of a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at EPA‘s Office of Water and Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC, and from 1998 to 2007, I was an Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences at Humboldt State University where I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental impact assessment, environmental planning, land use planning, and rural community development.
The primary responsibility of the NAEP Liaison Board member is to advocate for educational, professional development, and related issues that are relevant to California AEP members of NAEP, and for arranging and producing the annual NEPA workshop training for AEP members. I have served as the lead organizer for these AEP NEPA Essentials workshops the past 7 years as part of my NAEP Liaison Board position, and I
have participated as one of the lead instructors for the workshop during that period. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I led the transition of the workshop series this Fall into a virtual workshop event, which had a very high turnout. I look forward to working with the Board to continue improving the value of these workshops for the AEP membership as well as helping to expand the availability of other useful training and professional development opportunities. A strong partnership and sharing of resources between AEP and NAEP in this area offers tremendous potential to realizing these opportunities, and I look forward to utilizing my past experience with both AEP and NAEP training and development program to help optimize these type of future benefits for the AEP membership.
Name: Claudia Garcia
Position of Interest: Director-at-Large
My first experience with the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) was as a student volunteer at the 2014 Huntington Beach conference. I was excited to listen and learn from environmental professionals throughout the State and practice my networking skills. The networking events and student panels were especially relevant to me and made a career in the environmental field seem more attainable. In fact, it was this first experience that led to my first position as an environmental planner.
Shortly after settling into my career, as a full-fledged environmental professional, I joined the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter board as the Vice President of Programs for the East Bay. My mission as a new appointee was to ensure that our members had ample opportunity to attend interesting topical workshops and the happiest of happy hours. It was a very rewarding position and it afforded me the opportunity to meet with current members and identify their specific needs so that our events were tailored accordingly. To this day, I continue to assist in the coordination of the CEQA Essentials and Advanced Workshops for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. I find these events particularly rewarding because it is a great opportunity to communicate to current members and potential new members about the benefits of joining AEP. Also, I get to choose the food and so far, the reviews have been great!
In addition to my experience with member services, I also worked to develop relationships with student members and non-student member. I routinely attend student chapter events and make it my mission to seek-out student attendees at conferences. As a UC Berkeley alumnus (Go Bears!), I also volunteer at career events geared toward environmental science students to discuss opportunities in the environmental field and the benefits of networking. This past year I also served as a mentor for the UC Berkeley Students of Color Environmental Collective Mentorship Program. The experience was quite rewarding, and I hope to participate again during the next cycle.
My experience on the SF Bay Area Chapter board the past three years has proven quite fruitful and now as I progress in my own career as a professional I would like the opportunity to join the State Board as a Director-at-Large to better serve and give back to
the AEP members at a greater level and to continue advancing the goals of the organization. My interest in this position is based on the opportunity to focus on my outreach efforts on reaching new members as well as to members who cannot attend the usual Chapter functions. As a Director-at-Large I would focus my efforts on identifying alternative programs for people to interact with each other and participate in chapter events throughout the State. If elected, I will strive to represent our members, listen to their needs, and provide needed services. Thank you!