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Administrative Profiles


Richard Whitman - Director


Leah Feldon - Deputy Director

Email Leah or phone: 503-229-6408


Wendy Wiles - Environmental Solutions Administrator

Wiles has more than 20 years of private business and public service experience in the environmental health/safety field, most recently serving as manager for DEQ’s Hazardous Waste and Underground Storage Tanks programs. She oversees land-related programs based at DEQ’s headquarters, including environmental cleanup, emergency response, solid waste, hazardous waste and underground storage tanks.

Wiles has a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Health from Oregon State University. She earned a M.S. degree in industrial relations in 1987 from the University of Oregon.

Email Wendy or phone: 503-229-6834

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Lydia Emer - Operations Administrator

Lydia Emer joined DEQ in May 2014. Prior to May, she worked for The Oregon Public Health Division, specializing in performance management and quality improvement.

Emer has a master’s degree in Public Administration and Development from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. Her bachelor’s degree in American Literature and History was received from the same university.

Email Lydia or phone: 503-229-6411


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Nina DeConcini - Northwest Region Administrator

DeConcini has been at DEQ since 1993 and most recently served six years as manager of the agency’s Communications and Outreach office. She also worked in DEQ’s air quality program. Prior to joining DEQ, she managed transportation and other environmental programs at The Walt Disney Company in southern California.

DeConcini has a B.A. in Religion from The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Email Nina or phone: 503-229-6271


Keith Andersen - Western Region Administrator

Andersen has been with DEQ since 1992, working in water quality and cleanup programs in DEQ’s Eugene-based Western Region office. Most recently, he has served as Regional Environmental Solutions manager for Western Region, as well as Deputy Administrator for the Headquarters-based Water Quality Division. Prior to coming to DEQ, he worked in the private sector and for the U.S. Forest Service.

Andersen received a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Oregon State University and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Portland State University.

Email Keith or phone: 541-687-7355

Linda Hayes-Gorman  

Linda Hayes-Gorman - Eastern Region Administrator

Hayes-Gorman has been with DEQ since 1990, working first in the solid waste program of the agency, then moving on to provide business assistance in the air quality program. In 2006 she became an air quality manager in the Bend office and, in May 2010, became DEQ’s Eastern Region Administrator.
Hayes-Gorman has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University and two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Germanics and the other in International Studies from the University of Washington.

Email Linda or phone: 541-633-2018.


Kerri Nelson - Central Services Administrator

Nelson joined DEQ in June 1990. For the past several years she has worked as DEQ's Western Region Administrator. Nelson has worked in the tanks, hazardous waste environmental cleanup and water quality programs. Prior to becoming the regional administrator, she managed the Rogue, Umpqua and South Coast Basin water quality teams.

Nelson's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Finance Law from Portland State University and a graduate degree in Geochemistry from Sul Ross State University, Texas.

Email Kerri or phone: 503-229-5045/541-687-7328

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Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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