Task Force Executive Members




       Alaska Executive Member TBD


Laurel Nash
Assistant Deputy Minister,
British Columbia Ministry of
Environment & Climate Change Strategy

Laurel has worked for the BC provincial government, in the Natural Resources Sector, for over 25 years, including roles in BC Parks, the Ministries of Forests, Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and most recently Environment and Climate Change Strategy. She has held senior leadership and statutory roles such roles as the Director of Petroleum Lands and the Chief Gold Commissioner and Chief Negotiator.

Laurel has been an Assistant Deputy Minister since 2014, first in the Strategic Initiatives Division of the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and currently as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection Division of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Laurel brings strong leadership, innovation and collaboration to this role and looks forward to working with all levels of government, Indigenous Nations, industry and other partners to find opportunities to improve our stewardship in the province.

Laurel grew up in in the Northwest Territories, before coming to B.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Victoria. She currently lives in Victoria with her husband and two children.


Mailing Address:

BC Ministry of Environment
P. O. Box 9339, Stn. Prov. Govt
Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 9M1

Thomas M. Cullen Jr. Administrator Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) California Department of Fish & Game

Thomas Cullen, Jr.
Office of Spill Prevention &
Response (OSPR)
California Department
of Fish & Wildlife

Thomas M. Cullen Jr. was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Administrator of the California Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) in June 2012. He also serves as one of two Chief Deputy Directors of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Mr. Cullen directs a team of scientists, environmental specialists, game wardens, and support personnel in protecting and preserving 3,427 miles of shoreline and 7,734 square miles of State waters from oil and other deleterious substances as well as invasive, non-indigenous marine species.

Phone: (916)445-9326
Cell: (916)599-6988
Fax: (916)324-9786

Mailing Address:
Department of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

1700 K Street, Ste. 250
Sacramento, CA 95811


Keith Kawaoka
Deputy Director for
Environmental Health
Hawaii Department of Health 

Keith Kawaoka, D.Env., who has been with the Hawaii Department of Health for more than 15 years, has been appointed Deputy Director of Environmental Health. Gov. David Ige confirmed his appointment in April, 2015.

Dr. Kawaoka has extensive environmental health expertise. He brings to the position more than 35 years of experience in the environmental protection field from both the public sector and private industry. He directs the Department’s Environmental Health Administration, which includes the Environmental Management Division, Environmental Health Services Division, and State Laboratories Division, and the HEER Office. Prior to joining the Hawaii Department of Health, he held various senior level positions in both national and local environmental consulting firms.

Kawaoka holds a master’s degree in public and environmental health and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering, both from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Phone: (808) 586-4249
Fax: (808) 586-4368

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Health
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801-3378


Photo: Lydia Emer, Administrator for Land Quality, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Lydia Emer
Administrator for Land Quality Programs,
Oregon Department
of Environmental

Lydia Emer is the Administrator for Land Quality programs with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. She has served as an administrator since 2014. The division focuses on leadership and direction for coordinated short and long range planning for programs and services provided by Cleanup and Emergency Response, Materials Management, and Hazardous Waste and Tanks to support our agency’s mission to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.

Prior to finding a home in environmental quality programs, Lydia performed various roles over 14 years with the Oregon Public Health Division. Her primary focuses were on agency-wide performance improvement and accreditation, and leading efforts reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease in our state. Lydia received a M.S. in Public Administration and Development from the University of Birmingham (2009), United Kingdom.

Phone: (503) 229-5300
Fax: (503) 229-6762

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Environmental Quality
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite #600
Portland OR 97232

Dale Jensen Program Manager, Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program

Dale Jensen
Program Manager,
Washington Department of
Ecology Spill Prevention,
Preparedness & Response Program

Program Manager Dale Jensen, Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program, represents the Department of Ecology on the Oil Spill Task Force. Previous to joining the Spills Program, Dale served as manager in the Department of Ecology’s Air Quality and Toxics Cleanup programs. Prior to state service, Dale was a small business owner/operator in retail, agriculture, and environmental consulting.

Phone: (360) 407-7450
Cell: (360) 790-8143
Fax: (360) 407-7288

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Ecology
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

300 Desmond Dr.
Lacey, WA 98503