PFAS Technical Program

Learn from experts about the latest research and solutions on all aspects of PFAS

Final Conference Program available! Check out the presentations, sessions, and speakers. 

Keynote Speakers: 

Sheila Holman, Assistant Secretary, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Sheila Holman was selected as the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s assistant secretary for the environment in February 2017. As the agency’s assistant secretary, Holman oversees development of major policy initiatives for programs with responsibilities such as permitting of discharges to surface waters; issuance of air emissions permits; implementation of grant programs for wastewater and permitting of coastal development; and regulation of animal operations.

Holman is a dedicated and talented career public servant, serving as the director for the N.C. Division of Air Quality since 2010. Prior to that, she held various supervisory roles with the N.C. Division of Air Quality and worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an environmental engineer. Holman earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. 

David Dunlap, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science Policy, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development

David Dunlap is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science Policy in EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). As Deputy Assistant Administrator, David guides ORD senior leadership in the development of high quality and objective science in the pursuit of overall EPA program goals, objectives, and policies and in fulfillment of the statutes and regulations for which each is responsible. He also represents the Administrator and Deputy Administrator at various task force, panel, and committees on science and operational program activities related to the development of Agency science policies and regulations.

David received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and has more than 30 years of both field-based environmental engineering and regulatory policy experience. Prior to joining EPA, he worked for private industry, trade associations and as an environmental consultant. His background includes work in the areas of chemical risk assessment; safety and security; water quality; municipal and industrial wastewater; and hazardous waste characterization and site cleanup.

Andrew J. R. Gillespie, Ph.D., Associate Director, U.S. EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory, and Executive Lead, U.S. EPA PFAS Research and Development

Dr. Gillespie is Associate Director for Ecology at U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and scientific oversight for ecological exposure research and development, including landscape and stressor characterization, stressor fate and transport modeling, and stressor-receptor interactions. He has 15 years of experience with EPA serving in several research executive level positions in risk assessment and risk management, plus 15 prior years of service with the U.S. Forest Service in a variety of research positions related to forest ecosystem inventory and monitoring. 
At present he is also serving as the Executive Lead for all EPA PFAS-related research including human and ecological toxicity, exposure, analytical methods, and PFAS treatment and remediation. He received a B.S. degree from Humboldt State University in forest engineering, and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in forest biometry from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Among his career assignments he also served one year as professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives/Subcommittee on Forests, and a three-month assignment with the U.S. State Department in Central Europe raising awareness of forest-climate science issues.

Experts will present research and solutions on all aspects of PFAS, including:

  • Chemistry
  • Health Effects
  • Water Issues
  • Soils and Biosolids
  • Landfills and Leachate
  • Air Issues
  • Measurement Methods
  • Treatment Methods
  • Federal Policy, Guidance, and DOD Impacts
  • State Activities