Environmental Quality Board Members

Tracy Hammon

(Bartlesville), Chair, represents the petroleum industry. Dr. Hammon is Manager of Global Product Stewardship & Toxicology for Phillips 66. She is a board-certified toxicologist and industrial hygienist with full-time professional experience in toxicology, risk assessment, industrial hygiene, product stewardship, bioavailability and statistics. She has authored or co-authored numerous technical reports and memos including health criteria documents, risk assessments, research study reports, and fact sheets. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, M.S. in Environmental Health (Toxicology) and B.S. in Microbiology, and she currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa. Dr. Hammon has served on the Environmental Quality Board since April 2012 and her term expires in January of 2024.

Michel (Mike) Paque

(Oklahoma City) Vice-Chair,represents a non-profit environmental organization. Mr. Paque is the Executive Director of the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC). Among the responsibilities of the GWPC Executive Director are developing and maintaining an effective relationship between the GWPC, its member components, and the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; monitoring legislation, rule making and guidance development related to groundwater issues; increasing membership; developing position papers; and representing GWPC on national and federal work groups and committees. Mr. Paque has a B.S. in Regional Analysis and an M.S. in Political Science and Urban Affairs. He was a member of the Water Quality Management Advisory Council for many years. He has served on the Environmental Quality Board since February 2017 and his term expires in January of 2027.

James (Jimmy) Kinder

(Walters), represents rural water districts. Mr. Kinder is a fourth-generation farmer/rancher from Cotton County. His business enterprises are stocker cattle, wheat, canola, and grain sorghum. He is nationally active with the Soil Health Institute, Farm Foundation, and American Farm Bureau. Mr. Kinder, who has a B.S. in Agronomy, is on the state board of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and its affiliated companies. He is a board member of his local rural water district, Cotton County Rural Water #2. Mr. Kinder has served on the Environmental Quality Board since May 2012, and his term expires in January of 2027.

Perry (Mark) Barton

(Collinsville) represents manufacturing. Mr. Barton is a Plant Manager for Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). He has served as manager for a total of ten generating stations, including small diesel-fired facilities and large natural gas and coal-fired facilities. His responsibilities include employee development, safety, environmental stewardship, regulatory compliance, financial control, and operational excellence. He has an MBA along with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is an advisory board member for the OSUIT Power Plant Technology curriculum, for which he is currently the chairman, and his volunteer activities include facilitation for senior citizen and youth groups and support of the Bit by Bit therapeutic riding program. Mr. Barton has served on the Environmental Quality Board since February 2018 and his term expires in January of 2023.

John Easton

(Bixby) represents Local Governing Board of a City or Town.  Mr. Easton has served on the Bixby City Council for twelve years.  During that time he served as Mayor for five years and Vice Mayor for six years.  He is a third generation farmer from Tulsa County and is President of Easton Sod Farms, Inc.  Mr. Easton has a B.S. degree in Political Science and a J.D. degree.  He has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1983. Mr. Easton was appointed to the Environmental Quality Board in 2020 and his term expires in January 2025.

Shannon Ferrell

(Orlando) represents agriculture industries. Dr. Ferrell, who grew up on a farm in western Oklahoma, holds the rank of Professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Agricultural Economics, where his responsibilities include serving as lead faculty contact for legal issues in the agriculture sector, providing research and extension programs regarding interaction of energy development and environmental issues with agricultural production, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, engaging in agribusiness-related research, serving as academic advisor, and mentoring students in the university’s Scholar Development Program. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College Of Law, where he developed a completely new curriculum for courses in Agricultural Law and Wind Energy Law. He has a law degree, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, and a B.S. in Agribusiness. Dr. Ferrell has served on the Environmental Quality Board since February 2014 and his term expires January 2025.

Matthew Newman

Matthew Newman (Tulsa) represents the solid waste industry and has extensive expertise in business development, management, and advocacy for sustainability.  Mr. Newman specializes in environmental, social, and governance (ESG), circular economy, waste reduction and recycling initiatives, renewable energy, logistics and optimization, and identifying profit opportunities in the sustainability spectrum.  Mr. Newman serves on the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board (NIST MEP) and is board chairman.  Mr. Newman is the Principal Managing Partner of New Era Advisors which is engaged in strategic growth and modernization initiatives, implementation and commercialization of new concepts and technologies through collaboration, networking, and consultative management, identifying and executing opportunities at the intersections of fossil fuel, renewables, up-recycling, carbon capture, hydrogen, manufacturing, and sustainability capitalism.

Matt graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He has served his community through support for local schools, city and non-profit boards including; The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s Solid Waste Management Advisory Council, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, GRI oil and gas task force advisory committee, The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Advisory Council, The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Tulsa Regional Water Policy Task Force, The Foundation for Tulsa Schools, Sustainable Tulsa, received numerous awards at the state and local levels, and serves as a guest lecturer for colleges and universities. Mr. Newman was appointed to the Environmental Quality Board in February 2022, and his term expires in January of 2027.

Kenneth Hirshey, Jr.

(Bixby) represents the environmental professional field. Mr. Hirshey, who has both an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering, is the founder and CEO of Cyntergy AEC, a full-service architectural, engineering and construction management firm. He is responsible for strategic direction for the company, including business development, strategic alliance partnerships, and public relations. Prior to founding Cyntergy, Mr. Hirshey held positions with regional and national engineering and architectural firms and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is affiliated with the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Management Association and is certified as a Project Management Professional. Mr. Hirshey serves on the Board for the Tulsa Children’s Museum, Influencers Tulsa, and Young Life. He has served on the Environmental Quality Board since November 2017 and his term expires in January of 2024.

Alexandria (Alexie) Kindrick

(Mounds) represents a non-profit environmental organization. Ms. Kindrick is Vice-President of Engineering for Ross Group in Tulsa. As a registered P.E. whose focus areas are environmental and civil engineering and a LEED Green Associate, she is passionate about solving municipal infrastructure problems, especially relating to wastewater collection and water distribution systems. She has actively served communities in Oklahoma over the last decade and is Past President of the Oklahoma Water Environment Association. She also has recently served on the DEQ Water Quality Advisory Council. Ms. Kindrick was appointed to the Environmental Quality Board in 2019 and her term expires in January of 2024.

Richard Auer

(Lenapah) represents the conservation districts. Mr. Auer is a long-time farmer and rancher in Nowata County where he operates a commercial cow/calf operation. He has served as an Associate Director on the Nowata County Oklahoma Conservation District Board of Directors since September of 2019. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mr. Auer was appointed to the Environmental Quality Board in 2021 and his term expires in January of 2026. 

Steve Mason

(Oklahoma City) represents hazardous waste industries. Mr. Mason is a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma. He is the President of Bluebird Consulting and Mason Realty Investors. He has had a lengthy career in the waste management and environmental industries, but is also a noted Oklahoma City developer and entrepreneur. Mr. Mason has an M.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the City of Oklahoma City Business Improvement District, Scissortail Park, Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, among others. He has received numerous awards for community involvement, urban redevelopment, and business leadership. Mr. Mason has served on the Environmental Quality Board since December 2000 and his term expires in January of 2026.

Tim Munson

(Oklahoma City) represents a non-profit environmental organization. Mr. Munson is Exploration Manager for Spartan Resources in Oklahoma City. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology. He is a board member and former Chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. He has assisted OERB in developing educational curricula, including the PetroTech program, for which he is lead instructor. He serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University as well as the Board of Visitors at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma. He has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Oklahoma Energy MBA Program and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXV. He was appointed to the Environmental Quality Board in May of 2013 and since that time has served as Vice-Chair and Chair. His term expires in January of 2023.

Billy Sims

(Mountain View) represents water usage. Mr. Sims is a long-time farmer and rancher and has served as a field representative for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Mr. Sims spent 25 years with the First National Bank in Mountain View, Oklahoma, including service as its President for the majority of that time. He has been associated with rural water for several decades. Among his accomplishments is organizing and creating Caddo County Rural Water District #3. He currently serves as President of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association. His postsecondary education was in business administration and accounting. Mr. Sims has served on the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) representing a non-profit environmental organization since May 2012; recently he was appointed to represent water usage on the Board, effective February 2019, with his term expiring in January of 2024.