- Lissa McCracken - Executive Director
- lissa.mccracken at louisville.edu
Ms. McCracken is responsible for management and oversight of the Center’s business operations, strategic direction and staff. She evaluates and develops the service functions of KPPC to ensure that customer needs are met. She is also responsible for establishing and implementing Center policies and procedures as well as identifying new funding opportunities to support KPPC’s mission.
Ms. McCracken was appointed Executive Director of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center in April 2015. She has served as Acting Director since 2013 following the retirement of Cam Metcalf. Ms. McCracken has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field and has been a KPPC team member since 1998. She has also served as Communications & Outreach Program Manager, Pollution Prevention Specialist and Training Coordinator at the Center. Prior to joining KPPC, Ms. McCracken held positions as an environmental inspector, engineering technologist and enforcement specialist for the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.
- B.S. Biology, Eastern Kentucky University
- Debbie Elswick - Unit Business Manager
Unit Business Manager
- debbie.elswick at louisville.edu
Ms. Elswick joined KPPC in September 2008. She is responsible for managing the administrative operations of the Center and serves as a liaison with other departments within the University, including human resources, purchasing, payroll and grants management. Ms. Elswick manages the financial records of the Center and works closely with the Executive Director regarding fiscal management. She also coordinates quarterly meetings for the KPPC Board of Directors.
Ms. Elswick has over 20 years of administrative and customer service experience. She currently serves as the Unit Business Manager for KPPC and previously served as an Administrative Associate. Prior to joining KPPC, Ms. Elswick was employed as a supervisor/medical transcriptionist. She also previously worked at the University of Louisville in the Planning, Design and Construction department as an Administrative Secretary.
- Attended University of Louisville
- Unit Business Training Certification (University of Louisville)
- NCURA (National Council of University Research)
- Mark Toda - Senior Sustainability Engineer
Senior Sustainability Engineer
- mark.toda at louisville.edu
Mr. Toda joined KPPC’s technical staff as a Senior Sustainability Engineer in August 2015. He is responsible for leading the Center’s engineering team and provides technical assistance for client requests pertaining to pollution prevention (P2) and energy efficiency (E2) topics. He assists with P2/E2 related projects including development and delivery of training and workshops.
Mark has 25 years of experience in providing engineering and technical assistance to business and industry. Working with an industrial extension program at Penn State University, he provided engineering-based improvement opportunities to Pennsylvania manufacturers and entrepreneurs in a variety of technical areas, including new product development, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. In addition, Mark taught Sustainable Engineering at the Sullivan College of Technology and Design in Louisville, Kentucky. After attending graduate school at Cornell University, Mark worked for nearly 9 years in development engineering at the IBM Corporation in Endicott, New York.
- B.S. Bioengineering, Syracuse University
- M.S. Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Cornell University
Professional Development / Awards
- Facilities Energy Audit – Sponsored by the National Electrical Contractor’s Association (NECA)
- New Products for Industrial Markets – Penn State Institute for the Study of Business Materials
- Customer Driven Strategic Planning – Sponsored by Catalyst Connection
- Management Practices – IBM Management School
- Bill McNally Mentor of the Year Award – Sponsored by TechBridge, an organization that strives to create and embrace entrepreneurial opportunities with the purpose of growing technology.
- Cheryl Eakle - Senior Sustainability Engineer
Senior Sustainability Engineer
- cceakl01 at louisville.edu
Ms. Eakle joined KPPC’s technical staff as a Sustainability Engineer in March 2010. She provides support for KPPC’s pollution prevention and energy efficiency assessment services.
Cheryl has over 20 years experience in chemical manufacturing and capital deployment. Prior to coming to KPPC she worked as a process engineer for Rohm and Haas Chemicals, LLC (now Dow Chemical) providing day to day support for manufacturing units and leading design teams for capital projects. She has extensive experience in hazard analysis and risk management.
Cheryl received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
- Certified Energy Manager
- Emily Draper - Student Engineer
Ms. Draper works with KPPC through the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Ms. Draper, in her sophomore year of study at UofL, provides support on environmental sustainability assessments by surveying processes/equipment during on-site assessments, performing calculations, co-authoring assessment reports and providing research for technical assistance requests.
- Chemical Engineering Major, University of Louisville
- Nia Johnson - Student Engineer
Ms.Johnson works with KPPC through the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Ms. Johnson, in her junior year of study at UofL, provides support on environmental sustainability assessments by surveying processes/equipment during on-site assessments, performing calculations, co-authoring assessment reports and providing research for technical assistance requests.
- Mechanical Engineering Major, University of Louisville
- Michael Lawson - Student Engineer
Mr. Lawson works with KPPC through the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Mr. Lawson, in his junior year of study at UofL, provides support on environmental sustainability assessments by surveying processes/equipment during on-site assessments, performing calculations, co-authoring assessment reports and providing research for technical assistance requests.
- Electrical Engineering Major, University of Louisville
- Nathan Williams - Student Engineer
Mr. Williams works with KPPC through the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Mr. Williams, in his junior year of study at UofL, provides support on environmental sustainability assessments by surveying processes/equipment during on-site assessments, performing calculations, co-authoring assessment reports and providing research for technical assistance requests.
- Industrial Engineering Major, University of Louisville
Communications, Outreach and Technology
- Ken O'Hara - Program Manager
- ken.ohara at louisville.edu
Mr. O’Hara joined KPPC in October 2003. He is responsible for management and oversight of the Center’s communications and outreach efforts. He also directs technology planning and integration to optimize the delivery of technical services, communications and outreach initiatives that directly support KPPC’s mission and state-wide technical assistance mandate.
Mr. O’Hara has over 25 years of environmental management experience in manufacturing, government and non-profit sectors. Since joining KPPC, he has served as the Technical Services Program Manager and the Information Technology Program Manager. He has also served as project manager for environmental management system implementation efforts with Department of Defense installations. He has conducted environmental management workshops for small to medium-sized businesses and has developed related environmental management training materials. He initiated and has been instrumental with successfully aligning the assessment service model at KPPC with a results-driven technical assistance strategy for getting to P2 and E2 outcomes. Throughout his career, Mr. O’Hara has worked with integrating technology into environmental management systems and processes.
- A.A.S. Life Sciences, Niagara County Community College
- B.S. Environmental Science, McNeese State University
- M.S. Environmental Science, McNeese State University
- Environmental Management System (EMS) Lead Auditor
- Travis Wagoner - Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
- travis.wagoner at louisville.edu
Mr. Wagoner was appointed Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the KPPC in February 2017. He provides support of marketing, communications, outreach and related technology initiatives for programs and services provided by the Center, including a monthly newsletter and the annual report.
Travis has more than 10 years of experience as a communications professional. He worked in education at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky, for more than 15 years, serving as the school’s Alumni Relations & Communications Director. Travis was responsible for communication and activity directives for a large alumni association, as well as promoting the successes of the school to local media. Travis also served as editor of three different websites for Networld Media Group, also in Louisville, covering the quick-serve and pizza restaurant segments, and the digital signage industry. He specializes in content creation, editing and feature writing.
- B.A. Communication Arts/Public Relations, Xavier University