Serving Environmental Professionals for over 35 Years

For over 35 years, the Upper Midwest Section (UMS) of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) has provided a forum for Association members who live in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and the Dakotas to meet, learn, and network. Approximately 200 environmental professionals representing industry, government, and consultants are members of the UMS.

The Mission of A&WMA is to assist in the professional development and critical environmental decision-making of our members to benefit society.

The core Purpose of A&WMA is to improve environmental knowledge and decisions by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.

Upper Midwest Section Chapters

UMS Chapters

There is currently one chapter in the Upper Midwest Section.

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Contact Details

  • Miranda Mair
    Chair
    HDR Engineering
    1601 Utica Avenue South, Suite 600
    Minneapolis, MN 55416
    763-278-5903 (office)
    Miranda is a Meteorologist / Air Quality Specialist with HDR Engineering, working in the areas of air permitting and dispersion modeling. Miranda has seven years of consulting experience and has been an A&WMA member since 2014. She has served as the Young Professional Chair and Membership Chair for the UMS Chapter and was recently elected as Chair for 2022.
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  • Joseph Carlson
    Vice Chair/Program Planning Committee Chair
    Braun Intertec Corporation
    1826 Buerkle Road
    Saint Paul, MN 55110
    651-318-5065
    Joe is a Project Engineer at Braun Intertec Corporation with over five years of experience in air and environmental permitting and compliance. Prior to serving as Vice Chair and Program Planning Committee Chair, Joe served as A&WMA-UMS Secretary from 2020-2021.
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  • Phil Fish
    Treasurer
    Barr Engineering
    4300 Market Pointe Drive, Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55435
    952-842-3643 (office)
    Phil is a Chemical Engineer at Barr Engineering Company. He has worked in environmental consulting for 10 years, primarily focusing on air quality permitting and compliance. He has been serving as the A&WMA UMS Treasurer since 2017.
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  • Liam Brady
    Secretary
    Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
    2080 Wooddale Drive, Suite 100
    Woodbury MN 55125
    218-491-0549
    Liam is a Chemical/Environmental Engineer at Stantec Consulting Services Inc. He has three years of environmental engineering experience. Liam has been involved with the Upper Midwest Section since becoming a member in 2019. He served as the YP Committee Chair since 2020 and was recently elected to Secretary in 2022.
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  • Shelley Koehn
    Past Chair
    3M Company
    3M Center, 224-5W-03
    St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
    612-816-1247
    Shelley is a Senior Environmental Engineer within 3M’s Air Permitting and Compliance group. Prior to her work at 3M, Shelley worked as an air quality consultant. Shelley has been involved in the A&WMA Upper Midwest Section since 2015, and served as the Section Chair in 2020 and 2021.
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  • Patti Leaf
    Director
    Xcel Energy
    414 Nicollet Mall (2nd flr)
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612.964.1176
    Patti is a Senior Environmental Analyst at Xcel Energy. She has over 20 years of experience in the air quality field and has been involved in regulatory and legislative review and impact analysis, control technology research, permitting and compliance, externalities and project management. She has also been involved with the permitting of wind facilities. She has been an AWMA member nearly 20 years and was elected to the board in 2020.
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  • Hassan Bouchareb
    Director
    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    520 Lafayette Rd N
    Saint Paul, MN 55155
    651-757-2653
    Hassan is an engineer in the Air Policy unit at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He has worked at the MPCA since 2011, previously in the air permitting group, but now works primarily on mercury emissions reduction efforts and Regional Haze planning for Minnesota's state implementation plan, but also spends time on air quality rulemakings, technical analyses, and other air program initiatives.
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  • Bill Norge
    Director
    3M


  • Jess Keller
    Communications Committee Chair
    Xcel Energy
    13999 Industrial Blvd
    Becker, MN 55308
    763-261-3670
    Jess is an Environmental Analyst at Xcel Energy's Sherco Plant. She has worked in the environmental field for over 15 years, primarily focusing on air and water permitting and compliance, as well as hazardous waste compliance. She has held positions in industry, government and consulting throughout her career. She has served as the Communications Chair for the UMS Chapter since 2018.
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  • Sam Helal
    Young Professional Committee Chair
    Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
    7500 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 300
    Golden Valley, MN 55427
    763-252-6896
    Sam is an Environmental Engineer at Stantec Consulting Services Inc. She has 3 years of environmental consulting experience that primarily focuses on air permitting and compliance. She began her role as the YP Committee Chair in 2022.
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  • Adam Driscoll
    North Dakota Regional Environmental Conference Committee Chair
    Barr Engineering Company
    Minneapolis, MN

    952-832-2791
    Adam Driscoll is a Senior Air Quality Consultant at Barr Engineering Company. He has 14 years of experience in environmental engineering, having worked both in consulting and in industry.
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  • Roger Clarke
    Landfill Operators Conference and Arrowhead Conference Committee Chair
    Xcel Energy
    414 Nicollet Mall, 2nd Floor
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-280-6061
    Mr. Clarke has 36 years of experience as an environmental professional. Mr. Clarke’s is currently a Principal Environmental Scientist within Xcel Energy’s Environmental Services Department. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of compliance programs to facilitate compliance with RCRA, TSCA, CERCLA, the Clean Water Act and the EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.
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    Conference on the Environment Committee Chair