Board of Directors
Deborah DeLuca is a founding board member of Minnesota Brownfields and a former Board Chair. Deborah is Government and Environmental Affairs Director at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority where she is responsible for environmental due diligence, tracking environmental policies affecting the maritime industry and the Port Authority’s economic development activity, coordinating grant funding, and legislative affairs. Prior to her work for the DSPA, she was Principal of DeLuca Strategies for 14 years; in this capacity, she provided public, private and non-profit sector clients strategic advice on redevelopment and environmental policy and grant funding, having obtained over $22 million in state, local and federal funding for her clients. Deb has over 20 years of experience in environmental policy analysis and formulation, and in the cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties.
Steve Heurung is Board Chair and an Environmental Analyst in the Environmental, Energy and Land Use group at the law firm of Stoel Rives. He is based in the firm’s Minneapolis office and assists clients with brownfield redevelopment and on other environmental issues such as transactional due diligence, permitting and compliance. He has extensive experience with local and state brownfields funding, obtaining over $35 million in brownfields investigation, cleanup, and redevelopment grants supporting Minnesota municipalities and private entities with their brownfields redevelopment efforts. Steve also assists with the management of environmental investigation and cleanup projects and helps secure environmental liability protections for property acquisition, redevelopment, and use.
Margaret Knowlton is the Director of Environmental Risk for The Opus Group. She is responsible for development and administration of corporate environmental risk management programs, initiation of environmental policies and procedures, and management of environmental risk, issues, and due diligence. Margaret has extensive experience with environmental due diligence, site remediation, risk analysis, and environmental insurance. She has managed numerous brownfield redevelopment projects, established the Opus environmental insurance program, and has developed corporate best management practices, policies and procedures utilized nationwide.
Marcus Martin is the grant coordinator for a regional brownfield grant funding within the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities programs with over 10 years of urban planning and economic /community development experience. He has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Minnesota. He enjoys true stories told with a purpose and emotionally honest music with a little grit.
Sara Peterson is an environmental attorney and owner of Parkway Law, LLC and past Board Chair. She represents and counsels clients dealing with issues such as: environmental aspects of corporate, real estate and commercial transactions; environmental compliance and permitting; environmental enforcement matters; legacy environmental liabilities, and sustainability and environmental reporting matters. Sara began her career with Dorsey & Whitney’s environmental and regulatory practice group in 2000 and was elected a partner in 2007. In 2010, to complement her legal practice, Sara became a part-time adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, creating the curriculum for and co-teaching their new Environmental Capstone Course. Starting in January 2011, she also began teaching in the law school’s recently-established Sustainability Law Clinic.
Mary Sands is a Vice President and Senior Environmental Consultant at Barr Engineering. She has nearly three decades of experience as an environmental consultant including brownfields investigation and remediation, all phases of environmental due diligence, multi-media compliance audits, and cost engineering for environmental liability assessment. Her clients have included attorneys, developers, corporate real-estate managers, Native American tribes, universities, and others associated with property development. Mary has managed the investigation of numerous sites with hazardous-substance, petroleum, and agricultural contamination in the soil and groundwater. A number of these sites were enrolled in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC), Petroleum Brownfields, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA’s) Agricultural Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (AgVIC) programs. For many of these sites, soil and groundwater remediation (consisting of soil-vapor extraction, air sparging, excavation, dual-phase extraction, land farming, or capping) has been performed. (Bio obtained from Barr Engineering website).
Heidi Timm-Bijold is the Manager of Business Resources for the City of Duluth, Minnesota. In that capacity, she serves as a project manager for both the city and its economic development authority (DEDA) in projects that typically involve varying aspects of contamination cleanup, redevelopment and infrastructure challenges. She also manages DEDA’s Storefront Loan Program and the City’s JOBZ subzone—a program of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and is responsible for all mandated business subsidy reporting. Heidi is a board member of Sustainable Twin Ports (STP), having participated as a City of Duluth team member of STP’s 2008-2009 Early Adopter training program based upon The Natural Step (TNS). To that end, she is actively involved in the corporate City’s ongoing sustainability initiatives. She is also a member of the boards of Community Action Duluth and the Building for Women.
Meredith Udoibok is the Director of the Office of Brownfields and Redevelopment at the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Meredith has been working in the area of brownfield redevelopment for the past 18 years. Meredith helped establish the State of Minnesota’s Contamination Cleanup Grant Program, the Redevelopment Grant Program, and has been involved with the JOBZ program (tax free zones). She is also responsible for the administration of the Transit Improvement Area Loan Program, as well as an U.S. EPA-funded Revolving Loan Fund Program. In addition, Meredith has experience in working with many of the programs within the Business and Community Development Division when she served as Assistance Director of the Division. She has an extensive background in policy development and legislative issues as a former staff of the Minnesota Senate and congressional office.
Past Board Members:
Jon Carlson- Braun Intertec
Ken Haberman – Landmark Environmental
Paul Hyde – Hyde Development
Wayne Nelson – retired
Kristina Smitten- Hillcrest Development