We believe the best instructors are those that routinely work in industrial and commercial facilities solving real-world problems and developing compliance solutions.
Each of our instructors have 20+ years of experience and are well credentialed. We routinely evaluate performance and effectiveness and make changes where new perspective or more relevant experience is required. Our training materials, techniques, and instructors are guided by an Ed.D., SHRM-SCP senior instructional designer.
As a leading environmental training organization, we remain devoted to excellence in learning and teaching and the quality of our courses. Our instructors’ background speak for themselves and our two decade commitment as an organization is well established.
Craig is an environmental regulatory compliance expert with more than 30 years hands-on experience working with clients nationwide to help them achieve and maintain compliance and improve environmental performance. In addition to his consulting work, Craig has served environmental compliance instructor since 1993, developing and presenting training to environmental professionals on a wide range of topics. During that time, he has served as the lead instructor for a graduate-level Clean Water Act course and as technical program manager for a US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)(contractor operated) regulatory hotline. Craig has achieved Certified Environmental, Safety & Health Trainer (CET) status through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is the Training Director for the Aarcher Institute.
Like all Aarcher Institute instructors, Craig is currently a practicing environmental compliance consultant who routinely works with commercial, industrial, and government environmental managers, resolving complex compliance challenges in real-life situations. He has performed more than 375 multimedia environmental, health, and safety compliance audits of facilities in all 50 states, and has been approved by USEPA as a third-party verifier (TPV) in support of settlement agreement and voluntary disclosure agreement audit programs. Mr. Schwartz has achieved and maintains Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) credentials.
Craig has also been certified as a US Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineator, UST operator in multiple states, sediment and erosion control planner in several states, pesticide manager certification, and RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training. He is the author of a chapter on environmental compliance auditing techniques in the Hazardous Materials Management Desk Reference (3rd and 4th edition; published by the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Managers).
Amanda provides the Aarcher Institute with guidance and direction for course development, instructional design, teaching methods, gap analysis, distance learning strategies. She leads Aarcher Institute in deploying Learning Management Systems (LMS) and developing Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) content.
Amanda is a Society for Human Resource Management senior certified professional (SHRM-SCP); holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education (and a graduate certificate in Technology and Distance Learning) from Colorado State University; and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation investigated the role of knowledge, motivation, and organizational resources in regulatory compliance decisions and included a comprehensive application of the New World Kirkpatrick Model.
Bonnie is an environmental and safety regulatory compliance expert with more than 20 years hands-on experience assisting clients nationwide achieve and maintain compliance. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA). She has also completed RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training. Her background includes extensive field work as a multimedia compliance auditor and technical researcher and writer, developing comprehensive environmental compliance audit protocols, training programs, policy, plans, and procedures. Bonnie is currently Program Manager of the Bureau of Land Management Compliance Assessment – Safety, Health, and the Environment (CASHE) program and is AARCHER’s Rocky Mountain Division Manager managing other compliance programs for the Department of Treasury, USDA Forest Service, and private industry. She also manages AARCHER’s Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 Technical Assistance and Sanitary Survey contract for providing technical support to Wyoming public drinking water systems. She oversees and is responsible for the technical quality of all Division work products.
Julia is an environmental scientist with 19 years of professional experience based in San Diego, CA. Ms. Norris is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and has been certified as a CARB Lead Verifier and a California UST Inspector. She has conducted over 100 environmental compliance audits for various federal agencies, Department of Defense, and private clients throughout the U.S and overseas. Ms. Norris maintains thorough understanding and applied practical experience of environmental regulations such as RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. In addition to multi-media compliance audits, she has been the technical lead on a wide range of environmental projects, including air emissions inventories, hazardous waste management plans, storage tank inventories, solid waste characterization and management, and NEPA documentation.
Bill is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and has extensive environmental regulatory compliance experience related to water and waste issues. He has more than 25 years experience preparing permit applications, solving client environmental challenges, and developing SPCC Plans, Facility Response Plans, Storm Water permitting, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Planning, Hazardous Material & Waste Management Plans, Pollution Prevention Plans, and Waste Analysis Plans.
John Kumm is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), Board Certified in Air Pollution Control (BCEE), a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has over 36 years of broad ranging experience including industrial plant operations; project management; and environmental consulting. John holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland, and an M.E. and Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Senior Engineer and Senior Project Manager with EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC, where he specializes in supporting private and public-sector clients with complex air pollution control, regulatory compliance management, and energy management projects.
Whitney has over 20 years experience professional consulting experience in the field of natural resources, CEQA/NEPA and regulatory compliance. Six of those years were spent working for environmental and land use attorneys specializing in CEQA/NEPA and regulatory compliance in both federal and state jurisdictions. She has prepared 100 or more CEQA/NEPA documents that range from large (5,000 page) EISs to 50 page Environmental Assessments (EAs) or Mitigated Negative Declarations (MNDs). Along with CEQA/NEPA compliance, Whitney has been managing projects that require U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Section 404 CWA, Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), numerous state wildlife agencies, Coastal Development Permits, state 401 Water Quality Certifications, as well as mitigation and restoration planning. For seven years Whitney co-taught a course at UC Berkeley Extension on CEQA/NEPA and regulatory compliance for projects in aquatic habitats. Whitney’s background has afforded her an ability to work on all aspects of projects for which NEPA compliance may be necessary and with inter-disciplinary teams that include engineers, hydrologists, historic preservationists/archeologists, biologists, geo-morphologists, hazardous material and risk assessment experts, aquatic toxicologists, air quality experts, among others.
Whitney’s clients have been both private entities and federal, state and local public agencies. For 5 years Whitney worked to support the Port of Los Angeles on their CEQA/NEPA documents and recently completed a joint CEQA/NEPA EIR/EIS for the 400-acre San Pedro Waterfront Redevelopment for which the NEPA Lead Agency was USACE. Whitney was the lead author of a NEPA Handbook for the Port of Los Angeles as most of their work requires Section 404 Individual Permits from USACE, thereby requiring joint NEPA/CEQA compliance. Whitney also spent the last two years working onsite for the US Department of Energy (DOE) at their Headquarters in Washington DC and in the Golden Field Office in Colorado, conducting NEPA reviews for projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Whitney prepared hundreds of CXs and identified projects for which additional NEPA review was necessary (mainly preparation of an EA). She was document manager for numerous DOE EAs that because of ARRA funding, had to be completed in very short timeframes.
Whitney is originally from Seattle, Washington and earned her B.S in Natural Resource Management and Public Policy with a minor in Biology in 1994; and M.S. in Natural Resource Management from Central Washington University in 1999 respectively. Whitney now lives in Historic Downtown Annapolis with her husband Michael where they recently completed a gut renovation on a house built in 1880.
Denise has more than 20 years experience in environmental consulting, training, biomedical product development, and research. She currently manages her own environmental consulting business working in the U.S. and Europe in product development, training, and technical oversight.
Prior to May 1996, she worked at RMCI, where she played a key role in training and business development. She also supported a 32-million dollar FAA Southern Region contract dealing with a broad range of environmental issues, including environmental audits, PCBs, emergency preparedness, asbestos, lead-based paint, and underground storage tanks. In addition to her technical and program management expertise, her environmental experience also includes managing the multimillion dollar contract workload of EPA Region 4 for A.T. Kearney, in which she conducted more than 250 RCRA Facility Assessments (RFAs) and reviews of RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) work plans and reports. She has participated in risk assessments for EPA Regions 2 and 4, as well as reviewing Boiler and Industrial Furnace (BIF) permit applications for EPA.
Denise’s commercial consulting experience includes the development of a national safety program for an international paper company, as well as conducting a complete management/safety audit of a major U.S. nonprofit organization struggling with increased OSHA and FDA regulation. She has also played key roles in numerous business proposals, which were awarded more than 250 million dollars in consulting contracts.
She has taught for Duke University, the University of Maryland, and Troy State University, as well as presenting more than 100 national workshops and training seminars in environmental chemistry, RCRA orientation, RCRA updates, environmental assessments, permit writing, and the identification of RCRA-regulated hazardous wastes. She has produced two biomedical patents and six publications in the “Journal of the American Chemical Society”, “Biochemistry”, the “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences”, “The British Journal of Phytotherapy”, and “Thrombosis and Haemostasis”. She also lectures for Government Institutes, the Environmental Institute, and Emory University. She is currently writing three technical books on environmental chemistry, phytochemistry, and phytopharmaceuticals.
Rita Dorward is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and ISO 14001 Certified Lead Auditor. She has more than 33 years’ experience working in industry and consulting as a regulatory environmental compliance specialist with expertise in hazardous waste.
Ms. Dorward has developed and conducted numerous hazardous waste training courses for DoD and commercial clients to meet RCRA compliance as hazardous waste generators and has developed and implemented hazardous waste management plans (HWMP) as part of that training. Ms. Dorward has written and presented DOT hazardous waste manifest training at the annual Air Force Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) Symposium for 2010, 2011, and 2012. Her background includes ensuring RCRA regulatory compliance at a large RCRA-permitted aerospace manufacturing facility with responsibilities in day-to-day compliance with hazardous waste generation, PCB and asbestos waste management, and hazardous waste characterization, storage, transportation/shipping, and disposal. She also conducted and tracked RCRA training for nearly 3,000 operational personnel. Industrial processes included aerospace engineering, research and development, and manufacturing.