UF TREEO Instructors


Brian DuChene, PE

Mr. DuChene is an Engineering and IEQ Consultant for Terracon Consulting, Inc. and has provided instruction for asbestos and other courses offered by UF/TREEO since 1989.  He has co-developed the curriculum materials for UF TREEO’s AHERA Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner Refresher courses.  Mr. DuChene has conducted specialized asbestos training seminars including AHERA compliant worker, supervisor, inspector/management planner refreshers, two-hour awareness, and 16-hour Operations and Maintenance courses.

Russell Stauffer, PE, LEED AP
Mr Stauffer is a Senior Project Industrial Hygienist at Terracon Consulting, Inc.
H. David Cox
Florida Power and Light
Betty Gail Cuccia
Environmental Engineer, Indyne, Inc.
Timothy Grabe
Director, Safety and Health, CES
Dan Harrison
Owner, DMH Company
Charles Haury, CIH, CSP
Petra Safety Solutions, LLC
Walter (Buster) Heape, Jr.
MARS - Mobile Renovation Services
Karen M. Meyer
Principal, Eco Advisers, LLC
Marshall Smith
Florida Power and Light
Carlos A. Vazquez
Florida Power and Light
Terry L. Zinn
Attorney at Law

Waste Management

Robert Bachus, PHD, PE

Robert, principal of GeoSyntec Consultants, holds a doctorate degree in geotechnical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Bachus has been project manager for many projects requiring specialty geotechnical analysis and geotechnical testing. He has over 22 years experience in geotechnical engineering and is a nationally recognized expert in areas of landfill design, in situ testing, laboratory testing, and soil stabilization.

Jim Bradner, PE
Jim is a professional engineer who retired from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in 2009. During his 30-year career with the Department's Central District office, Jim worked in all four major environmental program areas and earned a Master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Central Florida. Jim served 10 years as Solid Waste Program Manager and two years as Air Resource Management Program Administrator.
Raymond Dever, P.E.
After having served as an occasional volunteer instructor for TREEO since the 1990’s, Ray joined the TREEO faculty upon his retirement in 2015 from  a 40-year career in full-time engineering practice, most of which was in solid waste management and related environmental areas.  For the final 19 years of his career, he served as Vice President and Tampa Office Director for SCS Engineers, where he was responsible for directing the firm's projects throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.  Ray is recognized as an expert in solid waste landfills and related areas, having served as Director of SWANA’s Landfill Technical Management Division and having represented numerous clients in litigation or mediation of landfill-related matters.  
Jane Gregory, CHMM, CET
Norman Thomas
Retired in 2013 as Solid Waste Director of Leon County, Florida. He has over 30 years of executive management experience in Solid Waste Management, including landfill operations, transfer station operations, waste hauling, waste collection, rural waste convenience center operations, solid waste management facility siting, contract management, recycling and public relations.

Water Quality

Philip Brown

Phillip Brown has been employed with the City of Jacksonville Beach for 22 years. He started as a Lift Station Mechanic, was promoted to Plant Mechanic and started working on his Wastewater C license. Once he obtained his license, he fell in love with the job and continued his education until he received his Wastewater A license. He was then promoted to his current position, Operation Training Specialist.

While doing all this, he started working with his mentor, Ron Trygar at UF/TREEO Center, as an instructor assistant helping with the Wastewater C review course. Phillip is currently working on his BA degree in Environmental Science and CET (Certified Environmental Trainer) designation.  Phillip is happily married with five kids and five grandchildren. When you love your job it's no longer work.

Mike Cherniak
Mike has 35 years of experience as an environmental consultant. Besides providing management oversight for several Florida utility systems, he has evaluated more than 100 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems.  Mike has delivered several thousand hours of water, wastewater, and hazardous material training to environmental personnel across the nation. He served as president of NESHTA and is a recipient of their Environmental Education Award for lasting and significant contributions to the environmental profession. Mike co-authored the CSU Office of Water Programs manual, Manage For Success: Effective Leadership Practices for Utility Managers.
Jim Clifton
Jim is the former assistant director of technical training at UF/TREEO Center where he was involved with operation and maintenance evaluations of wastewater treatment facilities and energy audits of water and wastewater systems. While at UF/TREEO, Jim developed and taught a number of courses. He recently retired as the superintendent of the wastewater treatment plant for the town of Simsbury, Connecticut. Jim has a Class A Wastewater Certification in Florida and Class IV Wastewater Certification in Connecticut.
Mike Flanigan

Mike has worked in the wastewater industry for eleven years in both operations and a certified lab.  He completed his BA in Business administration in 2008, his MBA in 2010, and his MS in Strategic Management in 2011.  Mike holds a Florida class “A” wastewater treatment operator’s license, a class “C” FWPCOA wastewater collections certification, and a class “C” FIPA industrial pretreatment certification.  For the past three years he has taught, and continues to teach, “Applied Decision Methods for Business” and “Strategic Management” for Saint Leo University.   

Joe Hurley

Joe is a Vice President of Woodard & Curran, Inc. and specializes in SCADA applications, set-ups, staff training, and system troubleshooting. With more than 35 years as a Master Electrician and Controls Engineer, Joe has been involved in various project roles including retrofits, upgrades and ground-up SCADA system design and installation for a wide range of treatment facility applications. Joe is also one of the Woodard & Curran electrical safety instructors, training employees in NFPA 70E standards and basic electrical safety.

Charlie Martin, Phd

Charlie has Florida Class A Water and Wastewater Operator Licenses. He has a Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering, a BS in Biology/Expanded Physical Science and an AA degree in Chemistry.

Presently, Charlie is the Water/Wastewater Director for the City of Graceville. There he has an Advanced Wastewater Treatment facility and directs a NELAC certified Drinking Water/Environmental Water Laboratory.

Les O'Brien

Les retired from Gainesville Regional Utilities after 22 years in the Water Engineering Department. He was the Cross-Connection Control Supervisor from 1982 to 1990. Les is also retired from the University of Florida after 19 years. Les was the Senior Training Specialist for UF/TREEO and he continues to provide backflow training for UF/TREEO today.

Les has been an instructor for backflow prevention and cross-connection control courses in Florida since 1983 and has been responsible for training instructors of backflow prevention tester training programs throughout the United States. He is a Past President of the American Backflow Prevention Association (1989-90) and is currently a member of the ABPA Public Awareness & Education Committee. Les was also a member of AWWA's 512 Committee.

Les and his family created the story line for the comic/coloring book, "Buster Backflow."

Glynn Stoffel, CET
Glynn is a certified environmental trainer and owner of GLS Environmental Associates. He has over 30 years experience in maintaining and managing underground utility systems. As a training consultant, he has delivered thousands of hours of training throughout the country on the safe operation, maintenance and construction of water, sewer and storm drain systems, including the development of a series of courses to assist construction inspectors in obtaining NICET certification. He also provides training in water system security, emergency response planning and asset management and is a regular guest instructor at the Florida Water Utility Management Institute. In addition to his work with UF/TREEO, he conducts training for the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at the College of Southern Maryland, the Technology Transfer (T2) Center at the University of Maryland and the Environmental Training Center at Delaware Technical & Community College. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is recognized as a Certified Environmental Trainer and Certified Instructional Technologist by the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association.
Ron Trygar, CET
Ron is the Senior Training Specialist for Water and Wastewater programs at UF/TREEO Center. Previously he was the Wastewater Process Control Specialist at Hillsborough County Public Utilities in Tampa FL.  He has worked in the wastewater industry for more than 30 years in a variety of locations and positions. Ron became a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in 1998 and has since provided training for associations and regulatory agencies such as FDEP; FW&PCOA Short Schools; USABlueBook; FWEA sponsored training events and local school environmental programs. Working alongside the FDEP Northeast District, Ron helped begin the FRWA/FDEP joint operator certification review classes that are still given around the state today.  Ron holds a Florida class A wastewater treatment operator’s license and a Florida class B drinking water operator’s license.