About Us

​​​​BERC technical consultants are a group unlike any other. With the many services BERC offers, competent technical consultants are selected who are knowledgeable in regulation related to:

  • Planning and building issues
  • Hazardous materials
  • Solid waste
  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality

BERC consultants have extensive experience in:

  • Working with industry and government agencies
  • Developing an understanding of various industry processes/operations
  • Determining applicable environmental requirements
  • Explaining potential impacts
  • Giving personalized service that includes feasible solutions to environmental challenges
  • Finding facility-specific strategies benefiting businesses and the environment

A combination of government and regulatory experience and insight paired with an understanding of business needs makes BERC's consultants different from any other private or public consultants. In fact, many of BERC's past and present consultants have worked for governmental agencies, private businesses, and environmental consulting firms, giving them a wide perspective on environmental compliance issues.​​

Rounding out and supporting BERC's technical consultants are the administrative and intern staff. The administrative side of the team brings a wealth of experience and the interns, though usually shy on experience, bring lots of enthusiasm and energy to pursuing the goals and tasks at hand.


We are pleased to present our 2015 Five-Year Strategic Plan:

(Click the links below to view the Plan and its Attachments) 

Business Environmental Resource Center 5-Year Strategic Plan

Attachment A - Steering Committee Agencies

Attachment B - SWOT Analysis

Attachment C - Elevator Pitches

Attachment D - Time Allocation and Consultations

Attachment E - Historical BERC Budget/Funding

Attachment F - BERC Action Plan​​

Clark Whitten
Clark Whitten
Division Director

As Division Director of BERC, Mr. Whitten utilizes his 27 years of diverse public and private sector development experience to evaluate and simplify permitting processes and development of programs to assist business and the public in complying with local, State and Federal environmental regulations. Mr. Whitten manages the BERC budget and is responsible for facilitating collaborative relationships with the BERC Steering Committee and future funding partners.

Mr. Whitten is responsible for the redevelopment of Mather into a vibrant mix use community. At Mather, Mr. Whitten completed the complicated transfer of several thousand acres of property from the Air Force that required agreement with the US Corps of Engineers, US Fish & Wildlife, US EPA, DTSC, State Water Board and others and is currently overseeing the Master Planning and entitlement of over 1,200 acres that will ultimately result in 2 Million Sq/Ft of industrial, commercial, retail space and over 3,500 homes at build out. In addition, he has been instrumental in the creation of the proposed 1,200 acre Mather Environmental Preserve.

Additionally, he has special expertise in acquisition, due diligence, negotiation of complex real estate transactions, environmental permitting, Infrastructure engineering, community outreach and infrastructure construction.​

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June Livingston
June Livingston
Division Supervisor

As BERC Supervisor, Ms. Livingston brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental regulatory oversight as a California Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS). Livingston previously worked as the Communications and Media Officer, Hazardous Materials and Environmental Health Specialist for the County of Sacramento Environmental Management Department (EMD) for 15+ years. She also conducted regulatory facility inspection in Contra Costa and Los Angeles Counties. Environmental regulatory program expertise includes restaurant/food facility inspection/permitting, hazardous materials/wastes, waste water, stormwater, solid, liquid and medical waste.

In 2009, Ms. Livingston earned a County of Sacramento “Gold Star of Excellence Award” for the Gasoline Station Upgrade project to provide multi-agency compliance assistance / outreach to help businesses understand /comply with complex new regulations as well as avoid penalties for non-compliance -this award is the highest County of Sacramento honor that may be earned by an employee. Ms. Livingston has worked on numerous projects in partnership businesses, regulatory agencies, industry associations and the media to find solutions to compliance issues in an equitable manner. This is the mission of BERC and why she came to the organization in July 2006.

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Kathy Gallino
Kathy Gallino
Senior Environmental Consultant

Ms. Gallino received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Biology, from Sacramento State University in 1993. She started her career in the private-sector performing hundreds of environmental compliance assessments, facility audits, remedial actions, and asbestos surveys. In 1999, she began work with the County of Sacramento, and has dedicated over 7-years at BERC providing: liaison/ombudsman services between business and regulatory agencies, siting & comprehensive permit assistance, land use & multi-media environmental compliance, work force training & financing assistance. She also coordinates business attraction, retention, expansion, revitalization, and job creation efforts at the former McClellan Air Force Base. Kathy enjoys working one-on-one with the business community, developing public-private partnerships, and implementing the County’s economic development goals. Kathy is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Public Policy and Administration.

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Rick Balazs
Rick Balazs
Senior Environmental Consultant

With more than 20 years’ experience in the environmental regulatory arena, Mr. Balazs is able to offer BERC clients a holistic approach to their compliance needs. With both extensive private sector and public sector experience that has given Mr. Balazs the opportunity to visit hundreds of facilities and implement/evaluate hundreds of programs, Mr. Balazs is able to draw upon this experience for creative and functional solutions to clients’ environmental and regulatory needs. Mr. Balazs has expertise in the areas of hazardous materials storage, hazardous waste treatment, wastewater management, storm water runoff compliance, air quality regulations, CEQA, NEPA, contamination remediation systems, and asbestos remediation. This varied and expansive background has proven to be instrumental in assisting BERC clients.

Mr. Balazs holds a Bachelor Degree from California State University, Sacramento and has taught certification courses in the areas of HAZWOPER, Hazardous Waste Management, DOT Hazardous Materials Packing and Transportation, OSHA (Confined Space Entry, Toxicology, Personal Protective Equipment, Respirator Use and Fit Testing, Hazard Communication) Field Sampling and Decontamination Requirements/Procedures.

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Rich Brown
Rich Brown
Senior Environmental Consultant

Mr. Brown has been working in the environmental field since 2005. Mr. Brown held a position with Geocon Consultants, Inc. in Rancho Cordova as a Senior Staff Scientist for four years . At Geocon he performed soil, soil gas, groundwater, and air pollution assessments as well as Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. He also prepared quarterly groundwater and other technical reports for various properties throughout northern California.

Currently at BERC, Mr. Brown provides businesses with general environmental permitting and regulatory compliance assistance in the areas of air quality, hazardous materials/waste, stormwater, waste water, and other pollution prevention efforts on behalf of local partner agencies and utilities. Mr. Brown also helps coordinate the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program to recognize businesses for voluntarily adopting environmentally-friendly practices. He provides education and performs outreach through workshops for businesses and communities regarding environmental compliance and sustainability.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology from California State University, Sacramento.

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Tyra Butler
Tyra Butler
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Butler started her career with the County of Sacramento in 1997. She worked as an office assistant for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Family Child Care Licensing for eleven years.

She assisted customers with rules and regulations on how to obtain and maintain a Family Child Care Home. For a short time, Tyra also staffed the front counter for Child Protection Services where she assisted people from various backgrounds. She loves working hands-on with the public.

In 2008, Ms. Butler accepted a position with Economic Development Department where she took on a variety of projects. One of her favorite projects was taking pictures of the redevelopment activities of McClellan Business Park where she had the opportunity to get out into the field and learn about the time and energy that goes into construction work. Now at BERC, Tyra is ready to answer your questions and provide appropriate direction.​​

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Chase Stremsterfer
Chase Stremsterfer
Associate Environmental Consultant
Mr. Stremsterfer is currently an Associate Environmental Consultant. Chase helps businesses navigate through environmental regulations that affect businesses of all sizes in the areas of air quality, hazardous materials/waste, stormwater, waste water, zoning code, business licensing, and other areas. Consulting is free and confidential on behalf of local partner agencies and utilities. He also coordinates the Sustainable Business (SB) program which certifies businesses that go above and beyond normal environmental compliance. Chase walks qualified businesses through the SB checklist required for certification, conducts site visits, and promotes certified Sustainable Businesses through newsletters and social media.

He received a firm foundation in environmental science through environmental science courses and general education from the University of California Santa Barbara. His education continued at California State University, Sacramento with a major in Environmental Studies with a declared a minor in Economics which gave him specialized education in Environmental Economics.

​Mr. Stremsterfer graduated December 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics from California State University, Sacramento.​

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Brooke Hamilton
Brooke Hamilton
Program Assistant

​Ms. Hamilton is currently our Sustainable Business program assistant. Brooke works with businesses that go above and beyond required environmental compliance. These businesses excel in sustainable measures for energy conservation, air pollution, transportation and air quality, solid waste reduction, pollution prevention, and green building. For each Certification, Brooke works with the qualified business to complete the required checklist of qualifications, and goes on a site visit to finalize the certification. Once businesses are certified, Brooke goes to various social media outlets to promote the sustainable businesses and their environmental practices.

Brooke is currently working to complete her B.S. in Environmental Studies at Sacramento State University. With her experience with businesses and education in environmental sustainability and practices, she is well suited to assist in our Sustainable Business Program.

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