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Parvonay L. Stover

Parvonay L. Stover

Title: Chief of Staff

Degree(s): Bachelor Degree in Political Science, Ball State University; Master Degree in Public Affairs, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: With over a decade of state service, Parvonay is dedicated to improving the lives of Hoosiers and finding creative solutions to complex problems. Most recently, Parvonay served as Executive Director of Contracts and Compliance with the Department of Correction, where she created a new division to centralize and streamline strategic sourcing, contract administration, compliance monitoring, and grants management for the department’s administrative offices and correctional facilities. Prior to that, she was Government Affairs Director for the Office of the Attorney General, where she worked to advance legislation to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices and ensure the safety of victims of violent crimes. Parvonay has also served as Legislative Director for the Department of Child Services and successfully advocated for numerous legislative initiatives on child abuse and neglect prevention, educational attainment of foster youth, juvenile justice, human trafficking, adoption, and child support. Parvonay also served as a Budget Analyst with the State Budget Agency and started her career as a Legislative Assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives.

Nancy King

Nancy King

Title: Assistant Commissioner, General Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel and Criminal Investigations

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Nancy has accumulated over 24 years with IDEM’s Office of Legal Counsel, working in all media. Nancy 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 OLC and subsequently, the branch chief over the rules development branch. Nancy has worked extensively with IDEM’s rulemaking boards. Additionally, Nancy has been counsel for the Natural Resource Damages Co-Trustee within IDEM and worked to secure the NRDA settlement which resulted in the dredging and cleanup of the Grand Calumet River in Northwest Indiana.

Valerie Tachtiris

Valerie Tachtiris

Title: Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Legal Counsel and Criminal Investigations

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Environmental Administration from the University of Evansville; Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: 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 the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Department of Health, and Department of Natural Resources in matters before administrative, state, and federal courts.

Matthew Stuckey

Matthew Stuckey

Title: Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air Quality

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Indiana University – School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Matthew started at IDEM in 1993 in the Office of Management and Budget as a Stores Clerk. He was hired by IDEM’s Office of Enforcement in 1994 as a case manager where he handled air cases and represented enforcement on OAQ work groups. In 2005, Matt transferred to OAQ as a senior environmental manager in the New Source Review Section of the Permits Branch. He became section chief of that section in 2006. In 2007, Matt became the deputy chief of the Permits Branch and not long after was promoted to the chief of the Permits Branch.

Phil Perry

Phil Perry

Title: Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air Quality

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education and Technology from Ball State University

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Phil has over 37 years of experience working the in environmental field starting with the City of Indianapolis, Air Pollution Control Division in 1984 and moving onto IDEM in 1989 with the Office of Solid and Hazard Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Permitting for 5 years. He has worked in the Office of Air Quality since 1994 and previously served as the Compliance and Enforcement Branch Chief for the last 22 years.

Peggy Dorsey

Peggy Dorsey

Title: Assistant Commissioner, Office of Land Quality

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science from Purdue University.

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Peggy has been the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Land Quality for over 10 years. She also has over 30 years of experience in the environmental arena in both the public sector at the city, county and state levels as well as the private sector at two environmental consulting firms.

Douglas Louks

Douglas Louks

Title: Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Land Quality

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University, Master of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Doug began working for IDEM’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2015 after working several years in the private sector as an attorney. He served as Branch Chief for the UST program prior to becoming Deputy Assistant Commissioner.

Corey Webb

Corey Webb

Title: Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Land Quality

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Corey has over 18 years of experience in the environmental field, including work in both the public and the private sector. He has 12 years of experience working in IDEM’s Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP). He was the first state of Indiana employee to complete Indiana’s Development Dimensions Leadership Academy, and was one of 36 graduates of the 2013 Indiana Experienced and Emerging Leadership Program. Corey served as the Section Chief leading the VRP for 6 years prior to being appointed as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Land Quality in 2017.

Martha Clark Mettler

Martha Clark Mettler

Title: Assistant Commissioner, Office of Water Quality

Degree(s): Master of Planning in Environmental Planning from Indiana University; Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Martha has been with IDEM in the Office of Water Quality since 1995. She has held the positions of Branch Chief of the Watershed Planning Branch and also the Section Chief of the Ground Water Section.

Paul Higginbotham

Paul Higginbotham

Title: Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Water Quality

Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Biology, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from Anderson University.

Special license(s): N/A

Experience: Paul has been with IDEM since 1992. He was Branch Chief of the Permits Branch in the Office of Water Quality for nine years and also served as the Solid Waste–Underground Storage Tank Enforcement Section Chief in the Office of Land Quality.

Bob Lugar

Bob Lugar

Title: Assistant Commissioner, Office of Program Support

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Ball State University

Special license(s): IDEM Class 2 Municipal Wastewater Operator and IDEM Class B Industrial Wastewater Operator

Experience: Bob has 22 years of operational and managerial experience in water, industrial wastewater, and municipal wastewater fields. He additionally, spent 4 years supervising utility infrastructure and wastewater plant construction.

Carl J. Wodrich

Carl Wodrich

Title: Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Program Support

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology, Eastern Illinois University; Master of Science in Biology, Eastern Illinois University

Special license(s): N/A

Carl has over 21 years of experience in the environmental and natural resources field and began his career in 2000 as a General Summer Assistant/Intern and as an intermittent staff member with the Office of Water Quality’s Assessment Branch. Carl spent almost six years with IDEM that also included time spent managing Section 319 water quality grants and as a project manager in the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) program at IDEM until 2006 when he began his tenure with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as their NRDA Program Director. Carl was then promoted to Director of Ecological Services for the DNR when, in addition to his work on the Grand Calumet River in Northwest Indiana, he was tasked with coordinating the development and approval of the agency’s in-lieu fee (ILF) program for stream and wetland mitigation and in 2014 was awarded the Colonel Richard Lieber Award of Excellence (DNR Employee of the Year) for his efforts. Carl most recently served as the Assistant Director of the Division of Land Acquisition managing these two programs prior to his return to IDEM to serve as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for OPS.

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