IDEM Attorneys

Beth Admire

Beth has more than 20 years of experience with IDEM and is the state natural resource co-trustee in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Natural Resource's co-trustee. In IDEM’s Office of Legal Counsel, Beth also works with the Offices of Water and Land Quality, primarily in the area of federal litigation.

Before she came to IDEM, Beth worked for the Indiana attorney general’s office in the Federal Litigation section, and for the Cook County State Attorney’s Office in Illinois.

She graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Illinois and Indiana.

Beth received an economic development award from the city of East Chicago in March 2016 for her work in restoring the Grand Calumet River.

Sierra L. Alberts

Sierra has represented the State of Indiana in environmental matters for over 16 years. She is assigned to the Office of Water Quality and represents IDEM in administrative appeals, provides legal counsel, and works with the Indiana attorney general’s office on civil litigation matters. Sierra is also the practice group coordinator for the Office of Water Quality and the section chief of the Office of Criminal Investigations.

Sierra has worked with the Indiana attorney general’s office, where she defended and prosecuted environmental matters for state agencies including IDEM, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in matters before administrative, state, and federal courts. Before she came to the state in 1999, Sierra was a deputy prosecuting attorney with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sierra received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.

Susanna Bingman

Susanna began working for IDEM in December 2015 and is assigned to the Office of Water Quality. She is program counsel and assists with enforcement actions and Office of Environmental Adjudication appeals.

Susanna received a degree in Environmental Policy and Management from The Ohio State University and graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Between undergrad and law school she worked with AmeriCorps at a watershed group in southeast Ohio. After passing the July 2015 bar exam, she briefly clerked for the solicitor general in the Indiana attorney general’s office.

Susanna is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana.

Kyle Burns

Kyle primarily provides counsel to the Office of Land Quality on a wide range of topics including excess liability trust fund Office of Environmental Adjudication appeals, rulemaking, and enforcement actions. He also works with the Office of Program Support and the Office of Records Management, and he assists with filing bankruptcy claims on the agency’s behalf. Kyle began at IDEM in January 2016.

He graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he served as the executive articles editor of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review and earned graduate certificates in environmental and natural resources law and intellectual property law. He graduated cum laude from DePauw University in 2007.

Kyle is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana.

Tim Junk

Since 1988, Tim has worked as an environmental attorney, first in private practice and then for six successive attorneys general. On behalf of the state, he has prosecuted and defended complex environmental cases in administrative, state, and federal tribunals, including cases before the Indiana Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit. During the economic downturn from 2007 through 2012, he handled bankruptcy cases, which resulted in more than $50 million in claims and cleanups.

He joined IDEM’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2017 and primarily provides counsel to the Office of Land Quality.

Nancy King

Nancy has over 24 years of experience with the Office of Legal Counsel, working in all media. She drafted originating legislation for the Title V air permitting program and accompanying rules, and has worked primarily in the areas of rules and legislation drafting and review for all programs, as well as program counsel. Nancy has been the section chief over the rules section within the Office of Legal Counsel and subsequently, the branch chief over the rules development branch. She has worked extensively with IDEM’s rulemaking boards. Additionally, Nancy has been counsel for the natural resource co-trustee within IDEM and has worked to secure the Natural Resource Damage Assessment settlement which resulted in the dredging and cleanup of the Grand Calumet River in Northwest Indiana.

Nancy earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to that, she worked for Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing in Rochester, NY, writing legal treatises for the American Law Reports series.

Clark Kirkman

Clark began working for IDEM’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2017. Prior to joining IDEM, he served as law clerk for Judge Elaine B. Brown of the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Clark graduated cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2009. While in law school, he spent two semesters interning at the Conservation Law Center, where he worked on a variety of environmental law issues. He earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2004.

Clark is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Clark is a member of Class XLII of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series

April Lashbrook

April currently provides counsel to the Office of Land Quality, offering advice and representation to all land programs, including solid and hazardous waste permitting and enforcement; underground storage tank compliance, releases, and enforcement; the Excess Liability Trust Fund; and hazardous substance remediation in various state and federal voluntary and enforcement programs. She also coordinates IDEM’s agencywide response to bankruptcy notices and has participated in several multistate and federal agency groups formed to ensure companies who seek Chapter 11 reorganizations remain responsible for their environmental liabilities.

April has represented IDEM in administrative and state court litigation since 2006, first as a deputy attorney general with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, and since 2013 with IDEM’s Office of Legal Counsel. Before graduating summa cum laude from Capital University Law School (Columbus, Ohio) in 2001 and participating as articles editor for the Capital University Law Review, she worked for nine years as an environmental, health and safety manager and technical trainer for a nationwide hazardous waste management company based in Texas and Ohio. April obtained a Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Chemistry, from Butler University in 1990.

She is admitted to practice in Indiana, Ohio (inactive), the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Lisa McCoy

Lisa is practice group coordinator for all Office of Legal Counsel attorneys who represent the Office of Land Quality (OLQ). She represents OLQ in all administrative litigation and negotiations and advises staff and upper management on issues of law that arise regarding permitting; remediation of sites under Superfund; the state Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the state Voluntary Remediation Program; solid waste management; underground storage tanks (UST); leaking UST; and the Excess Liability Trust Fund.

Lisa has over 25 years of practice in environmental law as a government attorney with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and with IDEM, as a private attorney in an Indianapolis law firm, and as an in-house counsel representing the business and environmental interests of a corporation involved in heavy manufacturing. Representing both government and corporate clients provided Lisa with the opportunity to learn and to better understand the problems, issues, and obstacles faced by each. Lisa has experience in representing clients in complex environmental litigation; in permitting issues under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts; in the permitting of solid waste disposal, processing, and recycling facilities; and in the remediation of contaminated sites involved in redevelopment.

Lisa is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Lisa obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She previously worked in San Francisco for radio station KPOO doing news and blues and for National Public Radio in Berkeley and San Francisco.

Kathy Mills

Kathy has been with IDEM since 1994. She advises and assists the agency on negotiation, development, and drafting of contracts, grants, memorandums of understanding, and memorandums of agreement, and she conducts legal reviews of all such documents. She also provides legal counsel to the agency on employment matters and serves as the agency ethics officer, which she has done since 2006. Before her current duties at IDEM, Kathy handled administrative litigation for all IDEM programs and supervised litigation staff. She worked as a deputy attorney general in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General between 1987 and 1993, first in the Agency Litigation section and then in the Consumer Protection Division. Kathy graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, cum laude, and received a Bachelor of Journalism with honors from the University of Missouri.

Jessica Reiss

Jessica provides program counsel to the Office of Air Quality and represents the Office in permit appeals and enforcement actions. She also supports the Rules Development Branch, addressing rulemaking authority and other legal issues that arise during the development of air and water rules.

Jessica has worked for IDEM since September 2014. Before law school, she worked for three years in environmental, health, and safety at manufacturing facilities in Indiana. Before joining IDEM, she worked for three years as an environmental compliance consultant.

Jessica graduated from Vermont Law School (recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2016 and in many other years as the best environmental law school in the nation) in 2011 with a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude; a Master of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude; and a Certificate in Energy Law. She graduated from Ball State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.

Jessica is admitted to practice in Indiana, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Valerie Tachtiris

Valerie has over a decade of experience in environmental law and litigation, most notably having spent almost ten years at the Indiana attorney general’s office where she defended and prosecuted environmental matters for state agencies including IDEM, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in matters before administrative, state, and federal courts.

Valerie is the deputy assistant commissioner for the Office of Legal Counsel and Criminal Investigations. In addition to her managerial duties, she coordinates representation for the Office of Air Quality and represents IDEM in administrative air permitting and enforcement appeals to the Office of Environmental Adjudication.

Valerie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Administration from the University of Evansville and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Indiana, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Stephen Thill

Steve counsels and represents the Office of Land Quality (OLQ). He works most frequently with OLQ’s State Cleanup, Voluntary Remediation, Leaking Underground Storage Tank, and Enforcement sections. He also assists the Office of Legal Counsel’s Rules Development Branch with issues related to land quality. Steve has worked at IDEM since December 2014.

Before joining IDEM, Steve served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, providing advice and representation to several state agencies including the Department of Environmental Quality. Previously, he served as a judicial clerk to Justice Paul M. Newby of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and then to Judge William L. Osteen, Jr., U.S. district judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Steve graduated with the degree of Juris Doctor with High Honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served on the Board of Editors of the North Carolina Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Michigan.

Steve is admitted to practice in Indiana and North Carolina (inactive). He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Daniel Willard

Daniel joined the Office of Legal Counsel in 2017 and currently assists the Office of Water Quality with permitting, enforcement, and special projects. He provides legislative and rulemaking analysis regarding federal permitting requirements and legal advice for compliance and enforcement actions.

Before joining IDEM, Daniel was a graduate fellow in the Office of Bill Drafting and Research at the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, primarily working on Uniform Law Commission projects. He also interned in the City of Houston Legal Department’s Real Estate Section, supporting the City’s land use, licensing, and eminent domain activities, and was a volunteer mediator in Houston’s small claims courts.

Daniel graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 2016 after having visited as a third year law student at IU McKinney. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 2009.

Betsy Zlatos

Betsy is a graduate of Indiana University Law School-Indianapolis and has served as a program counsel for the Office of Air Quality (OAQ) since 2001. She provides advice and counsel to OAQ with respect to policy development and also provides legal support for air permitting, compliance, enforcement, and State Implementation Plan development. Before her work as air program counsel, Betsy represented all program areas at IDEM in administrative litigation before the Office of Environmental Adjudication. Before coming to IDEM, Betsy worked as a deputy attorney general in the Environmental section of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General from 1987 to 1993.