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

  • Shelley Koehn
    Chair
    3M Company
    3M Center, 224-5W-03
    St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
    651-733-8428
    Shelley is an Advanced Environmental Engineer within 3M’s Environmental Operations group. Prior to her work at 3M, Shelley worked as an air quality consultant for four years. Shelley has been involved in the A&WMA Upper Midwest Section as a member of the Young Professional Committee since 2015.
    Email
  • Mike Westereng
    Vice Chair
    Koch Industries
    P.O. Box 64596
    St. Paul, MN 55164
    651-480-2668 (office)
    Mike Westereng is an Air Permit Compliance System Owner at Flint Hills Resources’ Pine Bend Refinery. He has worked in the environmental field for 13 years, primarily focusing on air quality permitting and compliance. He has served as the Secretary for the UMS Chapter since 2016, with a move to Vice-Chair in 2020.
    Email
  • 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 9 years, primarily focusing on air quality permitting and compliance. He has been serving as the A&WMA UMS Treasurer since 2017.
    Email
  • Joseph Carlson
    Secretary
    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    520 Lafayette Road
    St Paul, MN 55155
    651-757-2539
    Joe is an Air Permit Engineer at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He has over three years of experience working in air permitting for large stationary sources. Joe has been a member of A&WMA since 2016, and first became involved with the Upper Midwest Section in 2019 when he joined the Education Committee. In 2020, Joe was elected to Secretary.
    Email
  • Andrew Willing
    Past Chair
    3M Company
    3M Center Building 224 5W-03
    St. Paul, MN
    651-737-3633 (office)
    Andrew is an Environmental Specialist within 3M's Environmental Operations group. He has over ten years of diverse experiences in the environmental arena. Andrew has been a member of A&WMA since 2006, and has been actively involved in the Upper Midwest Section since 2012.
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  • Bill Norge
    Director
    3M


  • Adam Driscoll
    Director
    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.
    Email
  • 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.
    Email
  • Miranda Mair
    Membership Commitee Chair
    HDR Engineering
    701 Xenia 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 four years of consulting experience and has been an A&WMA member since 2014. She has served as the Young Professional Chair for the UMS Chapter since 2016.
    Email
  • Cassidy Buckley
    Education Committee Chair
    3M Company
    3M Center, Bldg 224-5W-03
    St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
    651-733-7575 (office)
    Cassidy is a Senior Environmental Engineer with 3M Company, working on multimedia regulatory and permit compliance. Cassidy has six prior years of consulting experience, and has been an A&WMA member since starting his environmental career. He has served as the UMS Chapter’s Education Committee Chair since 2018, and previously served as Communications Chair.
  • 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 13 years, primarily focusing on air and water permitting and compliance. She has served as the Communications Chair for the UMS Chapter since 2018.
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  • Liam Brady
    Young Professional Committee Chair