Serving Environmental Professionals for over 35 Years

For over 35 years, the Upper Midwest Section (UMS) of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) has provided a forum for Association members who live in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and the Dakotas to meet, learn, and network. Approximately 200 environmental professionals representing industry, government, and consultants are members of the UMS.

The Mission of A&WMA is to assist in the professional development and critical environmental decision-making of our members to benefit society.

The core Purpose of A&WMA is to improve environmental knowledge and decisions by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.

Upper Midwest Section Chapters

UMS Chapters

There is currently one chapter in the Upper Midwest Section.

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Contact Details

  • Andrew Willing
    Chair
    3M Company
    3M Center Building 224 5W-03
    St. Paul, MN
    651-737-3633 (office)
    Andrew is an Environmental Specialist within 3M's Environmental Operations group. He has over ten years of diverse experiences in the environmental arena. Andrew has been a member of A&WMA since 2006, and has been actively involved in the Upper Midwest Section since 2012.
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  • Adriane Lorsung
    Vice Chair
    MPCA
    520 Lafayette Rd N
    St. Paul, MN 55155
    651-757-2526
    Adriane is a licensed professional engineer with 13 years of experience in the environmental field. For the past ten years, Adriane has worked in the Air Quality Permits section of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, with a focus on state and federal air regulation and permitting, and 2 years in a supervisor role.
  • Phil Fish
    Treasurer
    Barr Engineering
    4300 MarketPointe Drive, Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55435
    952-842-3643 (office)
    Phil is a Chemical Engineer at Barr Engineering Company. He has worked in environmental consulting for 5 years, primarily focusing on air quality permitting and compliance. 2017 is his first year serving as the A&WMA UMS Treasurer.
  • Mike Westereng
    Secretary
    Flint Hills Resources LLC
    P.O. Box 64596
    St. Paul, MN 55164
    651-480-2668 (office)
    Mike Westereng is an Air Permit Engineer at Flint Hills Resources’ Pine Bend Refinery. He has worked in the environmental field for 12 years, primarily focusing air quality permitting and compliance. He has served as the Secretary for the UMS Chapter since 2016.
  • Tony Colombari
    Past Chair
    Trinity Consultants
    12445 55th St. N, Ste. A2
    Lake Elmo, MN 55042
    651-275-9900 x5
    Tony is a Senior Consultant with Trinity Consultants. He has worked in the environmental consulting field for 5 years, with his focus being on air quality permitting and compliance. Tony has been involved with A&WMA since joining Trinity Consultants in 2010.
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  • Jeff Smith
    Director (2016)
    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    520 Lafayette Rd N
    St. Paul, MN 55115
    651-757-2735
    Jeff Smith is the Director of the Industrial Division at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, helping to set the strategic direction and provide leadership of the agency. Jeff has been with the agency for 25 years, and works closely with businesses, consultants, citizens, business and environmental advocacy groups, legislators, and other governmental agencies to resolve complex regulatory and policy issues.
  • Mike Hult
    Director (2017)
    3M Company
    3M Center Building 224 5W-03
    St. Paul, MN 55144
    651-737-3597 (office)
    Mike Hult is a PE Chemical Engineer with 25 years experience in environmental and process safety, with an emphasis in air quality. He spent his first 20 years in environmental and process safety consulting. Mike currently works for the 3M Corporate Environmental Operations Group specializing in regulatory analysis, auditing, and environmental compliance.
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  • Bill Hefner
    Director (2017)
    The Environmental Law Group


    Bill is a partner with The Environmental Law Group, Ltd., where he advises clients in all major aspects of environmental law, including air, water, environmental review and remediation. Bill began his career representing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and has been named both a Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer by his peers. Bill became a member of the UMS Chapter’s Board in 2017.
  • Alissa Lawler
    Membership Committee Chair
    Wenck Associates, Inc.
    1802 Wooddale Drive Suite 100
    Woodbury, MN 55125-2937
    651-294-4594 (office)
    Alissa is an Environmental Engineer with Wenck Associates, Inc., working primarily in the areas of air and water permitting and compliance. Alissa has four years of consulting experience, and has been an A&WMA member since starting her consulting career. This is her third year serving as Membership Chair for the UMS Chapter.
  • Miranda Mair
    Young Professional Commitee Chair
    Wenck Associates, Inc.
    7500 Olson Memorial Hwy Suite 300
    Golden Valley, MN 55427
    763-252-6861 (office)
    Miranda is an Air Quality Scientist with Wenck Associates, Inc., working in the areas of air permitting and modeling. Miranda has one and a half years of consulting experience and over three years of experience as a producer and on-air meteorologist. She has been an A&WMA member since starting her consulting career. She has served as the Young Professional Chair for the UMS Chapter since 2016.
  • Cassidy Buckley
    Communications Chair
    Wenck Associates, Inc.
    1802 Wooddale Drive Suite 100
    Woodbury, MN 55125-2937
    651-395-5207 (office)
    Cassidy is an Environmental Engineer with Wenck Associates, Inc., working in the areas of air permitting and compliance. Cassidy has two years of consulting experience, and has been an A&WMA member since starting his consulting career. He has served as the Communications Chair for the UMS Chapter since 2016.
  • Roger Clarke
    Waste Committee Chair
    Xcel Energy
    414 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Mr. Clarke has over 25 years of experience as an environmental professional. Mr. Clarke’s is currently the Manager of the Waste and Remediation group within Xcel Energy’s Environmental Services Department in Minneapolis. Roger has a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Biology and a minor in Applied Statistics.