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Due to the COVID crisis, we are all working from home. We are available by email, and some staff may be limited to email only or short phone calls. If you cannot reach us by phone, please email us.

Ed Gonzalez, Executive Director – 206-352-2050 ext 101; egonzalez@pprc.org

Michelle Gaither, Industrial Engineer – 206-352-2050 ext 107; mgaither@pprc.org

Ken Grimm, Industry Outreach Manager – 206-352-2050 ext 102; kgrimm@pprc.org

Carol Beard, Business Manager – 206-352-2050 ext 103; cbeard@pprc.org

Krysta Thornton, Communications Manager (Blog Manager) – 916-770-9204 (only available for brief conversations during COVID) kthornton@pprc.org

Brittney Wendell, Oregon Manager – 206-352-2050 ext 106; bwendell@pprc.org 

Nate Woodard, Environmental Outreach Specialist – 206-352-2050 ext 105; nwoodard@pprc.org

Clayton Brown, Western States Alliance Program Manager; cbrown@pprc.org 

Ed Gonzalez, Executive Director

Ed BioEd has 20 years of experience working in the environmental and health fields, managing programs/projects in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, California, and now Washington. Ed holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso. While working as Program Manager at University of Texas at El Paso, Ed’s project work included: wetland restoration; providing access to potable water and health care for impoverished families in Juarez, Mexico; the introduction of green building concepts to local builders; and the management of the Southwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center.

Ed has also served as the Program Director of the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN), a cooperative alliance of pollution prevention (P2) programs throughout EPA Region 9, which is based out of the University of Nevada, Reno. His professional areas of interest include:

  • Green Building
  • Environmental Justice
  • Green Urban Planning
  • Organic Farming

Outside of work, Ed enjoys a variety of outdoor activities which include, fishing, camping, hiking, and cooking delicious southwestern dishes. He also enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family.

Michelle Gaither, Industrial Engineer

Michelle Gaither has workeMichelle Gaitherd in the field of environmental technical assistance for fifteen years, helping industry, government, and institutions reduce waste, pollution, toxics, and resource consumption.

Michelle has an M.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in industrial engineering, and career experience in both areas. The two disciplines complement each other in addressing environmental issues and solutions. Currently, at PPRC, projects include Integrating lean manufacturing and environmental methods for synergistic results, systematically evaluating safer chemical alternatives, and general research, writing, and sleuthing solutions for PPRC’s rapid response  inquiries around toxics and waste reduction.

Prior to PPRC, Michelle’s work experience included: management of research projects for the Clean Washington Center to develop applications for using recycled materials; Support of the labwide “Environmental Sustainability Project” for Battelle / Pacific Northwest National Labs at the Hanford site; and, manufacturing engineering at a successful electronics company.

Beyond PPRC, Michelle enjoys raising four children, playing and coaching sports, and volunteering with local school and environmental organizations.

Ken Grimm, Industry Outreach Manager

Ken GrimmKen joined PPRC after working extensively in the manufacturing sector. He draws on this expertise while working with various industry sectors, and the challenges they face while simultaneously becoming more competitive and “green.” Contact Ken for information on:

  • Technical and Regulatory Analysis
  • Business Drivers and Incentives
  • P2 Barriers and Opportunities in Manufacturing
  • P2 Results Measurement
  • Technology Diffusion
  • Environmental Management Systems

After leaving college, where his major emphasis was psychology (P2 is all about behavior change, right?!), Ken spent some time in the autobody trade before embarking on a seventeen-year journey in the metal fabrication industry. After stints as a lead painter and supervisor, Ken spent the last six years acquiring a hat collection which included ETC (Employee Transportation Coordinator), ISO 9000 Internal Auditor, Safety Director, Human Resources Manager, and Environmental Coordinator. He received an award of recognition from the mayor for his work as an ETC and has many years of no violation inspections from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to his credit, including one which called the facility a model company in the four-county area they regulate.

Outside of work Ken enjoys a variety of activities with friends and family, including fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, cooking and motorcycle riding. He builds computers as a hobby and currently has 50+ systems in the homes of friends, relatives and neighbors.

Carol Beard, Business Manager

Carol Beard has many years of experience working in the accounting field and managing accounting departments.  Her full charge accounting knowledge working in different types of businesses including non-profits gives her a broad perspective on the needs of running an office. She loves to volunteer and has been a Girl Scout leader for 5 years.

Carol’s off time includes gardening, walking her dogs, travelling and time with husband, family and friends.

Krysta Thornton, Communications Manager                                                                

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is krysta-thornton-headshot.jpgKrysta Thornton has nearly 10 years of experience working in a communications capacity for diverse public health and environmental nonprofit organizations around the country. She has a passion for transparent environmental health communication that is accessible to everyone regardless of educational background. She has a strong background in content strategy, information architecture, health promotion and advocacy.

Krysta holds a Masters of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Brittney Wendell, Oregon Manager 

Brittney has several years of experience working with businesses and industries on pollution prevention, environmental compliance, and sustainability. With PPRC, Brittney manages the statewide EcoBiz Certification program in Oregon. She also leads pollution prevention outreach programs to assist industrial and commercial facilities in the reduction of toxics, waste, and resource consumption. Recent projects have focused on mercury and PFAS reductions.

Prior to PPRC, Brittney worked for an environmental consulting firm, training crews and monitoring public utilities projects for compliance with air, waste and stormwater regulations. She also conducted several seasons of bird surveys. She holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from U.C. Berkeley.

Outside of PPRC, Brittney leads sustainability efforts at a gourmet mushroom company and sits on the Board of Directors for an environmental nonprofit. She enjoys birdwatching, drinking tea, and tending plants.

Nate Woodard, Environmental Outreach Specialist

Nate has an educational background in Environmental Science and has spent the past 15yrs working to protect our ecosystems.  Nate’s areas of expertise include education and outreach, pollution solutions through best management practices, natural resources project management and stakeholder relationship building.  Nate is committed to creating meaningful change to enhance our ecosystems and preserve biodiversity.

Outside of work Nate enjoys spending time in remote mountain locations with friends and family, creating beneficial community events, concocting potions and frolicking in fields of native wildflowers.

Clayton Brown, Western States Alliance Program Manager 

Clayton is an award-winning clean water industry professional with over 21 years of pollution control and water treatment experience and helped start the Regional Preferred Pumper Program.  He was the SC Manager at CWS for 30 years, and retired in October, 2017. His current role is board chair for the Pacific Northwest Source Control Training Association. He demonstrates innovative leadership, team building and coaching skills with the ability to motivate staff incorporating holistic and collaborative communication. Clayton has proven program and project management skills with demonstrated capacity to drive projects to successful completion. He is responsible for numerous process improvements resulting in significant resource and capital savings and is active in several industry associations.

Clayton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Portland State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from George Fox University. Clayton lives with his wife, Tricia, in Newberg, Oregon.  They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren at their little off-the-grid cabin near Lake Cushman, Washington.

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