Please join NEFAEP, its members, and guests as we come together for our August luncheon event.

 NEFAEP is pleased to announce our speakers for the August luncheon!

Diane Pickett, P.G.

Program Administrator

Petroleum Restoration Program

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Currently the Program Administrator, Diane has been involved with Florida’s Petroleum Cleanup Program since 1987 from both sides of the fence, the regulatory and engineering consultant sides.  Diane has developed cost-effective and efficient assessment and workflow policies and procedures for both the state and the private sector and constantly strives for consistency from all the players in the Program.  Diane has a BS in Geology from Michigan State and a Masters in Geology from Florida State.

John F. Wright, P.E.

Chief Engineer

Petroleum Restoration Program

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

 Environmental Engineer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Petroleum Restoration Program. John has been with DEP for over 29 years, has worked with Florida’s Petroleum Cleanup Program for the past twenty years, and is the Chief Engineer for the program. Other experience with DEP includes industrial wastewater permitting, compliance and rule development. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida in 1983. Duties with the PRP include overseeing remediation projects, reviewing performance based cleanup proposal in the Advanced Cleanup Program, developing risk based closure strategies, acting as a liaison with DOT on contamination issues, and assisting with remediation policy development.


Thursday August 25, 2016

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM


Ed Ball Building

1st Floor Training Room (Near the Adams Street entrance)

214 North Hogan Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Lunch will be provided

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SAVE THE DATE for NEFAEP’s June Networking Event

Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 11:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Mitzi Vergenz

Topic: How to do a Tank Inspection

Location: Havana-Jax, 2578 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL

Mitzi Vergenz has broad experience in the environmental regulatory, compliance, and remediation industry.  She has managed projects for private companies as well as environmental compliance at military bases. 

As a consultant, Vergenz has been involved in projects associated with wastewater discharge and permitting, industrial pre-treatment, remedial system design and installation, spill control plans, and environmental site assessments.  

As a regulator, she has overseen remedial projects for the Florida Petroleum Pre-approval Program and monitored customer compliance with Industrial Pre-treatment regulations for a municipal utility.  

Additionally, Vergenz was the laboratory manager for a used oil and industrial wastewater processing facility.

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NEFAEP November Luncheon

Join NEFAEP for lunch and a presentation by Karen Adams, Manager of Environmental Programs, CSX. For more information and to RSVP click here!

  • Location: Havana Jax 2578 Atlantic Blvd
  • Time: 11:45 to 1:00 pm
  • Cost: $10 for Members; $13 for Non-Members

About the Speaker:

Karen Adams, Manager of Environmental Programs

Ms. Adams focuses on the water programs at all CSX yards, with an emphasis in permitting, preparing DMRs, preparing contingency plans, and responding to regulatory agency inquires or inspection reports.

Prior to joining CSX, Karen was the EHS Manager for POET, an ethanol producer based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with manufacturing facilities in 7 States. Karen also worked at EPA and Coast Guard in Washington, DC where she wrote portions of the National Contingency Plan regulation and the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures regulations.  She started her working career cleaning up hazardous waste sites in the Superfund program and inspecting oil storage facilities.

Karen has a BS in Chemistry, a Masters in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctorate.

NEFAEP Scholarship Program

Scholarships are one way NEFAEP endeavors to help bring more professionals into the environmental field of study. Scholarships provide a means of rewarding excellence as students pursue their college careers, and many provide funds to help make the educational experience possible. They are a powerful investment in the future of a student and a community and they open the door to life-changing opportunities for deserving students.

NEFAEP will be providing up to two (2) $1,000 dollar scholarships for the winter 2016 semester! Applications will be accepted from August 1 to October 2, 2015.


  • Student must be a NEFAEP member or a family member.
  • Student must submit a copy of their most recent transcript.
  • Student must express an interest in an environmental field as major program of study.
  • Student will receive additional consideration if they provide documented community service involvement in the NE Florida area.


NEFAEP will present and recognize the winners of the scholarships at our monthly meeting held in November 2015.

Click here to download the application:

NEFAEP Scholarship Application

Applications and questions can be submitted via email to

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 2, 2015.


Republic Services Recycling Facility Tour

Please join NEFAEP, its members and guests as we tour Republic Services Recycling Facility. Tours start at 11:00 a.m. Lunch with a speaker from Republic Services will follow.


Republic Services Recycling Facility Tour and Lunch

July 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

7000 Imeson Road, Jacksonville, FL 3221

***Close toed shoes required for tour***

For more information click here.

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NEFAEP May Luncheon

Register for the NEFAEP May Networking Luncheon!

Speaker: Darrin McKeehen

Brownfields Coordinator, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Mr. McKeehen is the DEP’s Brownfields Coordinator for the Northeast District and a professional geologist in the Waste Cleanup Section.  He has held this position since June 2008. His responsibilities include the coordination of the management and development of the state’s Brownfields Redevelopment Program with the direction of Brownfields Liaison, Kim Walker. Mr. McKeehen works closely with local governments, regional planning councils, community groups and property owners to promote and facilitate the program and associated incentives for the redevelopment of Brownfield sites. Mr. McKeehen has 27 years of professional environmental experience and has been with DEP for the past 16 years. Prior to becoming the Northeast District’s Brownfield Coordinator, he was the Drycleaner Solvent Cleanup Program Coordinator. In addition to his Brownfields responsibilities, he maintains a wide variety of Waste Cleanup projects.  Mr. McKeehen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Bowling Green State University.

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