How DEQ's structure works for cleaner air, land and water
In February 2014, DEQ reorganized the structure of the agency to focus on better measuring our service delivery and improving environmental outcomes for Oregon. The Air, Land, and Water Quality Divisions are now program areas which exist within the newly formed Operations and Environmental Solutions Divisions.
Director - Richard Whitman
Deputy Director - Leah Feldon
- Office of Policy and Analysis - Greg Aldrich
- Compliance and Enforcement - Sarah Wheeler
- Outcome-Based Management - Sue Langston
- Chief of Public Affairs - Jennifer Flynt
Eastern Region - Linda Hayes Gorman
Hayes-Gorman has been with DEQ since 1990, working first in the solid waste program of the agency, then moving on to provide business assistance in the air quality program. In 2006 she became an air quality manager in the Bend office and, in May 2010, became DEQ’s Eastern Region Administrator.
Hayes-Gorman has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University and two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Germanics and the other in international studies from the University of Washington.
Email Linda 541-633-2018
Northwest Region - Nina Deconcini
DeConcini has been at DEQ since 1993 and most recently served six years as manager of the agency’s Communications and Outreach office. She also worked in DEQ’s air quality program. Prior to joining DEQ, she managed transportation and other environmental programs at The Walt Disney Company in southern California.
DeConcini has a Bachelor of Arts in religion from The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Email Nina 503-229-6271
Western Region - Keith Andersen
Andersen has been with DEQ since 1992, working in water quality and cleanup programs in DEQ’s Eugene-based Western Region office. Most recently, he has served as Regional Environmental Solutions manager for Western Region, as well as Deputy Administrator for the headquarters-based Water Quality Division. Prior to coming to DEQ, he worked in the private sector and for the U.S. Forest Service.
Andersen received a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Portland State University.
Email Keith 541-687-7355
Environmental Solutions - environmental strategies
Division Administrator - Wendy Wiles
Wiles has more than 20 years of private business and public service experience in the environmental health/safety field, most recently serving as manager for DEQ’s Hazardous Waste and Underground Storage Tanks programs. She oversees land-related programs based at DEQ’s headquarters, including environmental cleanup, emergency response, solid waste, hazardous waste and underground storage tanks.
Wiles has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health from Oregon State University. She earned a Master of Science degree in industrial relations in 1987 from the University of Oregon.
Email Wendy 503-229-6834
- Air Planning - David Collier
- Air Technical - Jeffrey Stocum
- Laboratory - Brian Boling
- Materials Management - Loretta Pickerell
- Watershed Management - Gene Foster
- Water Quality Standards/Assessment - Jennifer Wigal
Operations - process excellence
Division Administrator - Lydia Emer
Lydia Emer joined DEQ in May 2014. She previously worked for The Oregon Public Health Division, specializing in performance management and quality improvement.
Emer has a master’s degree in Public Administration and Development from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. She received her bachelor’s degree in American literature and history from the same university.
Email Lydia 503-229-6411
- Air Program Operations - Jaclyn Palermo
- Cleanup and Emergency Response - Bruce Gilles
- Community and Program Assistance - Anita Yap
- Hazardous Waste and Tanks - David Livengood
- Permitting and Program Management - Ron Doughten
- Vehicle Inspection Program - Gerry Preston
Division Administrator - Kerri Nelson
Nelson joined DEQ in June 1990. Nelson has worked in the tanks, hazardous waste environmental cleanup and water quality programs. She also served as the Western Region Administrator for several years and managed the Rogue, Umpqua and South Coast Basin water quality teams.
Nelson's has a bachelor's degree in finance law from Portland State University and a master's in geochemistry from Sul Ross State University in Texas.
Email Kerri 503-229-5045
- Financial Services - Mark Brown
- Health and Safety - Todd Brown
- Human Resources - Sue Korn
- Information Services - Sohng Shin