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ENVIRONMENTAL FINANCE CENTER

WSU Environmental Finance Center Staff 

 

 

Michele Pugh

Michele Pugh Director
michele.pugh@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6629
Michele Pugh joined the Environmental Finance Center as director in November 2016. As director, she manages and conducts professional development, technical assistance, and project activities for the center. She has more than 25 years of industry experience in the environmental field. Prior to joining the Environmental Finance Center, she worked in a variety of environmental compliance roles for Monsanto, Koch Industries and Flint Hills Resources. She has managed programs including water, hazardous waste, storage tank regulations and emerging environmental issues. She has also provided environmental oversite for small to medium sized manufacturing facilities in various states. Michele graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Ohio University and Master of Science in environmental engineering from Tulane University.

  

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Tonya Bronleewe Program Manager
tonya.bronleewe@wichita.edu |  (316) 978-6638 
Tonya helps communities and organizations build their capacity so that they can tackle environmental challenges. Through program development, facilitation, trainings, technical assistance and applied research, Tonya seeks to foster sustainable (environmental, economic and social) solutions that improve lives. Before coming to the EFC in 2015, Tonya served the City of Wichita as an Air Quality Specialist, and prior to that she was a Natural Resources Extension Agent and Environmental Education Program Coordinator for K-State Research and Extension agent in Sedgwick County. Tonya graduated from Tabor College with a BA in Environmental Biology and International Studies and also completed a Master's of Science in Environmental Science at Friends University.

 

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Nicholas Willis Program Manager 
nicholas.willis@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6538
Nick Willis has been a program manager since 2014. He assists the Environmental Finance Center with the development of new initiatives and activities for a variety of stakeholders including federal, state and local government professionals, as well as nonprofit professionals. Nick specializes in professional training, technical assistance and special projects that promote quality local government management as well as environmental and financial sustainability throughout Kansas. Nick previously held positions with the City of Hays and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He has an undergraduate degree in biological systems engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science in agroecology from Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

 

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Leslie Kimble Marketing & Events Coordinator
leslie.kimble@wichita.edu (316) 978-7460
Leslie joined the Hugo Wall School in 2014 and currently oversees the Environmental Finance Center's marketing and event coordination needs. Leslie started her career in event marketing after planning numerous Wichita weddings and then interning at Disney Institute, Walt Disney Company's professional training and development company. Leslie assists the EFC staff with coordinating training logistics, developing marketing materials and providing research and training support. Leslie has a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in marketing and Bachelor of Arts in strategic communication from Wichita State University.
 

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Jerry Blain Project Associate 
gerald.blain@wichita.edu
Jerry has over 37 years of water utility management experience. Prior to coming to the EFC, Jerry retired from the City of Wichita where he had worked in water utilities in a number of roles for over 33 years. While serving as the City of Wichita Water Utilities superintendent of production and pumping, he was responsible for the operation of the city’s water production facilities, the operation of the city’s water treatment plant, the high service pump stations and the water and sewer laboratory. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1974 and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kansas. He belongs to the American Water Works Association, National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Jakob Whitson   Jakob Whitson Graduate Assistant
   jwwhitson@shockers.wichita.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 


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