2023 Annual Conference

61st Annual PNWIS Conference:
October 25-27, 2023

The Suquamish Clearwater Resort

PNWIS 2023 “Summit by the Sound”

The 61st Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air & Waste Management Association was held October 25th – 27th 2023 in Suquamish, WA at The Clearwater Resort. The conference was attended by over 200 environmental professionals.

Link to Event “Social Wall” (photos, etc.) – hosted by Whova


special guests

The conference’s keynote speaker was Casey Sixkiller, Regional Administrator of EPA Region 10, Seattle. Also, special guest A&WMA past president Nancy Meilahn Fowler spoke at the President’s Luncheon. 

professional development



Professional Development Chair: Steve Van Slyke, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

conference sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

conference exhibitors:


The Gala event was held at the beautiful Kiana Lodge, located about a mile southwest of the conference center. Highlights of the Gala included dinner and dancing.

Polar Bear Plunge Event

Many PNWIS 2023 participants began Thursday morning with a cold dip in the Puget Sound in the first PNWIS Polar Bear Plunge! Thank you to Geosyntec Consultants for sponsoring the event.


Please see the PNWIS Awards Descriptions document here (PDF – click to view in new tab)

  • Robert Stockman Distinguished Achievement Award:

Dan Mahar – Northwest Clean Air Agency

  • Educator of the Year Award:

Dan Burgard – University of Puget Sound

  • The Young Professional of the Year Award:

Madeline McFerran – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

  • PNWIS/A&WMA Executive Committee Award

Krista Kinsey – J.R. Simplot Company

  • Hawkeye Award:

Chris Kitchen – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

  • Hard Hat Award:

Kristina Schafer – Montrose Environmental Group

  • Lab Coat Award:

Graeme Carvlin – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

  • Environmental Achievement Award:

Kenworth Truck Company

  • Media Award:

Northwest Treaty Tribes

  • PNWIS Certificates of Appreciation:

Jay McAlpine – EPA Region 10

Lyn Tober – Northwest Clean Air Agency 

Norma Job – Ash Grove Cement Company

  • Excellence in Presentation Award:

“Help! I’m a new environmental manager at a facility with a CEMS – what do I need to know?”: Krista Kinsey

  • Young Professional – Excellence in Presentation Award:

“Mitigating smoke impacts in Oakridge, Oregon”:  Grace Kaplowitz and Travis Knudsen

  • “Bent Black Banana” Award:

Christine Cooley, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

  • Environmental Challenge:
  • 1st Place – University of Puget Sound “Logger Corp. Environ. Consulting”:   Aubrey Kettley, Catherine Schilli, and Amelia Pooser
  • 2nd Place – Montana Tech. “Copper King Consulting”:  Johannes Chandler, Gavin Rahl, Benjamin Schreiber, Janae Valle, and Alyssa Plant
  • Student Paper Awards:

Christina Dyke:  $200,  Gautham Hari: $200

Conference Committee:

Conference Chair and Awards Co-Chair:

Roylene Cunningham, EPA Region 10

Web/Communications Chair:

Jay McAlpine, EPA Region 10

Registration Chair:

Norma Job, Ashgrove Cement

Student Programs / Environmental Challenge Chair:

Melody Kieneker, Farallon Consulting

Young Professionals Chair:

Betsy Cochran, Spring Environmental