Staff

Administrative

Lissa McCracken - Executive Director

Lissa McCracken

Executive Director

Responsibilities

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.

Experience

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.

Educational Background

  • B.S. Biology, Eastern Kentucky University
Debbie Elswick - Unit Business Manager

Debbie Elswick

Unit Business Manager

Responsibilities

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.

Experience

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.

Educational Background

  • Attended University of Louisville

Certifications

  • Unit Business Training Certification (University of Louisville)

Professional Memberships

  • NCURA (National Council of University Research)

Technical Services

Mark Toda - Senior Sustainability Engineer

Mark Toda

Senior Sustainability Engineer

Responsibilities

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.

Experience

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.

Educational Background

  • 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

Cheryl Eakle

Senior Sustainability Engineer

Responsibilities

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.

Experience

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.

Education

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.

Certifications

  • Certified Energy Manager
Emily Draper - Student Engineer

Emily Draper

Student Engineer

  • 502-852-1563

Responsibilities

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.

Educational Background

  • Chemical Engineering Major, University of Louisville
Nia Johnson - Student Engineer

Nia Johnson

Student Engineer

  • 502-852-1563

Responsibilities

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.

Educational Background

  • Mechanical Engineering Major, University of Louisville
Michael Lawson - Student Engineer

Michael Lawson

Student Engineer

  • 502-852-1563

Responsibilities

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.

Educational Background

  • Electrical Engineering Major, University of Louisville
Nathan Williams - Student Engineer

Nathan Williams

Student Engineer

  • 502-852-1563

Responsibilities

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.

Educational Background

  • Industrial Engineering Major, University of Louisville

Communications, Outreach and Technology

Ken O'Hara - Program Manager

Ken O’Hara

Program Manager

Responsibilities

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.

Experience

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.

Educational Background

  • A.A.S. Life Sciences, Niagara County Community College
  • B.S. Environmental Science, McNeese State University
  • M.S. Environmental Science, McNeese State University

Certifications

  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Lead Auditor

 

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