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2023 February Meeting - The BEER TED Talk
Thursday, February 09, 2023, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MST
Category: Technical Meetings

Deadline to register is February 1
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February 2023
Technical Luncheon Meeting


Thursday, February 9, 2023

11:30 AM Check-In

12:00 to 1:00 PM Presentation





TEMPE, AZ 85281 (map) 

The BEER TED Talk – Building Extremely Effective Relationships with Tribal Environmental Departments
Presented by Ondrea Barber, Freeport-McMoRan Native American Affairs Group and Ryan Eberle, Air Quality Program Manager, Gila River Indian Community

The presentation will provide an overview of the range of Tribal Environmental Departments (in AZ) focusing on the Gila River Indian Community’s Department of Environmental Quality (GRIC DEQ). The presentation will also present strategies for effective collaborations with Tribes and Tribal Environmental Departments.


Ondrea has over 25 years of experience working with and for Federal, State and Tribal governments and the private sector to address environmental concerns and develop successful environmental programs. She also has experience in cultural resource protection, housing, economic development, renewable energy development, mineral resource extraction, remediation projects, and multi-jurisdictional planning and problem solving. Her work in various capacities give her a unique perspective and wide range of experiences related to the challenges of environmental protection, Tribal Nation building, and natural resource management. Ondrea joined Freeport-McMoRan in 2017 with a focus on Native American/Indigenous People Engagement and environmental projects.  She is part of the company’s Native American Affairs Team which aims to build long-term, transparent and mutually beneficial relationships with key tribal partners.


After graduating from NAU with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Ryan Eberle worked as an engineering consultant for 15 years assisting both public and private sector clients with air quality permit processing, compliance assurance, ambient air monitoring, and special projects.  In 2014, he accepted the role of Air Quality Program Manager for the Gila River Indian Community.  As the Air Program Manager, he leads a small team that conducts regulatory ambient air monitoring and permitting and compliance/enforcement activities for stationary sources and construction activities.  From October 2021 through December 2022, Ryan was the Acting Director of Gila River’s Department of Environmental Quality, which includes air, water, waste, pesticide, and wildlife regulatory programs.


Meeting Cost

$30 Members

$40 Non-Members

$15 Student Members

$0  Scholarship Recipients

$45 On-site Registration (day of luncheon)

REGISTER BEFORE February 1, 2023


Lunch Menu

Mexican Flavors Buffet with sour cream Chicken Enchiladas, Roasted corn & charred tomato salad and Spanish rice, pinto beans, salsa, flour & corn tortillas and chef’s choice dessert.

Vegetarian or gluten-free meals are available upon request during meeting registration.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: A full refund will be given if registration is cancelled 48 hours prior to the start of the event; if within 48 hours, no refund will be given.

Upcoming EPAZ Events:

February 28 - March 1, 18th Annual EPAZ Conference at Pera Club Conference Center

April 12, Monthly Technical Meeting at Pera Club, Topic TBA

May 11,  Monthly Technical Meeting at Pera Club, Topic TBA

June 8,  Monthly Technical Meeting at Pera Club, Topic TBA

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Committee Events:

Feb 4: Community Service Cleanup on Lower Salt River

Feb 4 - 12: ZERO Waste Ambassadors needed for Super Bowl Experience

Feb 11: EPIC sponsored field trip to Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, carpool available

Apr 29:  Andre House Meal Prep & Serving

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New to Job Bank:

SRP, Environmental Compliance Scientist/Engineer 1, 2, Senior

Nucor Kingman, Env Engineer

LANGAN, Geotechnical Project Engineer/Mgr

N. Weiss Associates, Env Compliance Tech

Brown and Caldwell, Geologist/Env Engineer

SUMCO, H&S Supervisor


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PO Box 60663, Phoenix, Arizona 85082

602.332.3174   [email protected]


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