2017 Board of Directors

Nadine Spertus
Solar Turbines

Nadine Spertus is a Senior Principle Environmental Engineer for Solar Turbines. In this role she is responsible for managing Site Assessment Projects, Air Compliance, including GHG reporting, SPCC and SWPPP programs for Solar’s San Diego and Texas facilities.

Prior to working at Solar, Nadine was a Remedial Project Manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in San Diego for 7 years. She has extensive experience working with Environmental Regulatory Agencies and the public.

Nadine holds a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. She is a licensed PE in the State of California.

Vice President
Ed Othmer

Ed Othmer has more than 20 years of engineering experience as a storm water practitioner. During his career, Ed has managed projects for clients such as Caltrans, the City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the San Diego Unified School District and several other private clients.

Ed received his Masters in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He is a registered civil engineer in California and has maintained a variety of other certifications, including being a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality, Qualified SWPPP Developer and Practitioner (QSD/P), and Construction General Permit Trainer of Record. Ed also serves as the co-chair of the Industrial Environmental Association Water Committee.

Chuck Pryatel
SCS Engineers

Chuck Pryatel is a Senior Project Advisor for SCS Engineers with over 30 years of experience in environmental regulatory compliance. He manages projects that include hazardous materials and waste compliance audits, preparation of spill prevention control and countermeasure plans, hazardous waste tank system assessments and certifications, and assists as a regulatory liaison resolving complex environmental issues. His experience includes completing environmental site assessments, subsurface investigations, preliminary endangerment assessments, health risk assessments, and environmental mitigation and clean-ups.

Prior to his private sector work Chuck served in positions of leadership at the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health including Chief of the Hazardous Materials Division and Chief of the Site Assessment and Mitigation Division.

Chuck has a Masters of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from the University of California San Diego. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist in the State of California.

Tom Gardner
South Bay Sand Blasting & Tank Cleaning
Tom Gardner is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at South Bay Sand Blasting & Tank Cleaning, and has over 20 years of experience in environmental compliance, specifically with solid and hazardous waste. He has worked as an environmental, compliance, project, and budget manager for environmental and construction activities associated with many different solid waste management facilities. Tom also has developed, managed, and maintained capital and expense budgets for solid waste management facilities, and has been the IEA treasurer since 2015.

Jack Monger

Jack Monger was appointed as the CEO of the Industrial Environmental Association in June, 2012. He is only the 4th person to hold that position in the past 30 years.

Prior to joining the IEA, Jack worked as a lobbyist and government / public relations professional in San Diego for 23 years. Jack’s clients included companies and organizations in the fields of healthcare, real estate development, airport and maritime operations, travel and tourism, and the U. S. Navy. Jack played a role in some of San Diego’s most controversial public policy issues such as San Diego’s switch to the Strong Mayor form of government, the development of Petco Park, and the establishment of the region’s clean syringe exchange program.

Jack was a Naval Officer for six years prior to returning to San Diego in 1981. Jack moved to the public sector in 1983 when he joined the staff of San Diego City Councilmember Gloria McColl, where he was responsible for media and community relations. During this time Jack also ran McColl’s successful election campaign against challenger Bob Filner.

In 1985, Jack was tapped to serve as the first San Diego County Executive Director for the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital and direct that organization’s operations in San Diego region. In 1987, Mr. Monger became the Executive Director of the Hall of Champions Sports Museum in Balboa Park.

In 1990, Jack joined The Corky McMillin Companies where he directed business and community relations. This position led to his involvement with numerous public and private organizations and his work with business and political leaders from San Diego to Washington, D.C.

Jack is a past-President of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and remains active in a variety of San Diego organizations, including, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego Port Tenants Association, and the San Diego Downtown Partnership.

Jack is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Jack and Darby Monger have three daughters and have resided in Coronado since 1981.

Programs and Conference Coordinator
Joelle Burila

Joelle joined IEA in June 2017 as the Programs and Conference Coordinator. Originally from San Diego, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies. After college, she continued living in San Francisco and worked for a nonprofit organization called Livable City, serving as the Volunteer Program Manager, where she grew the volunteer program to nearly 500 people. Joelle was part of a team coordinating open street events where they reclaim car-congested neighborhoods for community health and transform them into car-free spaces, with tons of free activities for all to enjoy. She worked with numerous individuals as well as community organizations, including high school and college groups, nonprofit and corporate employers. Joelle enjoys new life adventures, and loves her family, friends, and dog Charlie.