EBC Rhode Island Leadership Program: “Hot Topics” with the RIDEM Office Chiefs


Date: October 18, 2022

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EST


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


District Hall Providence

Matunuck Room
225 Dyer Street
Providence, RI


A map and link to directions is at the bottom of this page.

This EBC Rhode Island leadership program will feature Director Terry Gray and the chiefs of the key offices at the Bureau of Environmental Protection in the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM). Terry Gray’s keynote presentation will introduce each chief, their program responsibilities, and provide an update on what is new at RIDEM. The office chiefs will hold a series of panel presentations on “hot topics” ranging from PFAS to upcoming changes to site remediation regulations. With much of the decision making at the Department of Environmental Management taking place at the office level, this EBC Rhode Island webinar provides a unique opportunity to understand the challenges and concerns of the leadership of the offices.

Join us for an informative and lively conversation with the key RIDEM decision makers as they discuss ongoing and future programs strategies and challenges.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees one hour after the conclusion of the program.

Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Program Agenda:
  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. – Program Begins
  • 12:30 p.m. – Program Adjourns
Program Chair:
  • Rick Mandile, Principal, SAGE Environmental
Keynote Speaker:
  • Terry Gray, Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Speaker Agenda:

New Wetlands Regulations

  • Eric Beck, P.E., Administrator, Groundwater and Freshwater Wetlands Protection
  • Sue Kiernan, Deputy Administrator, Office of Water Resources
  • Ron Gagnon, Administrator, Office of Customer & Technical Assistance


  • Jim Ball, Administrator, Office of Emergency Response
  • Joseph Haberek, P.E., Administrator of Surface Water Protection, Office of Water Resources
  • Leo Hellested, P.E., PLS, Administrator, Office of Land Revitalization & Sustainable Materials Management


  • Laurie Grandchamp, Administrator, Office of Air Resources
  • Elizabeth Stone, Programming Services Officer, Climate Change Policy & Programs

Dam Safety Changes

  • David Chopy, Administrator, Office of Compliance & Inspection

Site Remediation Regulations Preview

  • Leo Hellested, P.E., PLS, Administrator, Office of Land Revitalization & Sustainable Materials Management
  • All attendees must submit the required health questionnaire while registering for this event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to take an at-home test prior to attending any EBC in-person program.
  • While encouraged, masking is not required.
  • Please do not attend this program if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: a cough, shortness of breath, troubled breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste, or loss of smell.
  • Please do not attend this event if you are testing positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about attending this program, please reach out to EBC staff by calling the office (617-505-1818) or via email ([email protected]).

Available PowerPoint presentations from the program will be posted to this event page five business days after the conclusion of the webinar.

EBC does not guarantee that each speaker’s PowerPoint will be posted.

This program is not being recorded.

Event Sponsors


Registration Details

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–>Through October 11After October 11
EBC Member:$70$90

Group Registration

For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print

Please note that refunds are not available after Friday, October 14, 2022. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17.

Recording the program is not permitted.

Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees who are currently unemployed.

Elected Officials: Please contact EBC

Students: Please contact EBC

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