We encourage our members to get involved in SAEMS. Consider joining one of our committees to help SAEMS inform, educate, and promote environmental management for Southern Arizona.

Contact the appropriate committee chairperson for more information on meetings and events.

Education Committee

The Education Committee oversees the yearly scholarships awarded to University of Arizona students pursuing environmental studies. They promote the scholarship contest through U of A departments with students that would qualify for the scholarship, review the applications, interview finalists, and recommend final scholarship awards based on both merit and financial need.


The Education Committee also collaborates with other area government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations as determined by the SAEMS board, for impactful environmental education and outreach projects where SAEMS and its members are able to partner to provide direct hands-on assistance and small grants.

BJ Cordova

Jay Cordova

Education Chair | Scholarship Coordinator // Executive Director at Arizona Transportation Builders Association | Tucson, Arizona
Mr. Cordova has been a SAEMS member for 15 years. He recently joined Arizona Transportation Builders Association as their Executive Director after completing his MBA at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. He previously served the community through several positions over nearly 16 years at Tucson Clean & Beautiful and has worked in the nonprofit and education sector in Arizona for over two decades. He enjoys collaborating with both government and private sector partners as well as fellow nonprofits. He has a strong personal and professional commitment to and involvement in Southern Arizona community improvement, education, and social services organization efforts to improve our region's quality of life.

RCRA Conference Committee

The RCRA Committee organizes and facilitates the SAEMS annual RCRA Seminar. This conference provides environmental professionals with the opportunity to learn the latest RCRA regulatory updates, share industry specific information, and network among environmental professionals and government agencies within Arizona. Proceeds from this conference go directly into the SAEMS student scholarship fund.

Derek Koller

Derek Koller

RCRA Conference Coordinator // Environmental Department Manager at Terracon | Tucson, Arizona
Mr. Koller is the Environmental Department Manager for Terracon in their Tucson, Arizona Office and has been a SAEMS Member since 2008. Mr. Koller served as SAEMS Secretary from 2012 to 2014, as President during the 2015 – 2016 term, and is the currently the SAEMS Historian. Additionally, Mr. Koller has been a member of the SAEMS RCRA Conference for several years and has acted as Conference Coordinator for the last two years, and is active on the SAEMS Social Media Committee. Mr. Koller graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health with a B.S. in Public Health with a focus on Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health and is working on his Masters in Public Health at the U of A. At home he gets to spend time with his lovely wife Tanya and their three beautiful daughters Alex, Jesse, and Bella and their three male companions: Einstein (dog), Saban (cat and yes, named after the head coach at the University of Alabama), and Cranberry (fish).
Patricia Hartshorne

Pat Hartshorne

Communications // Project Manager at SCS Engineers | Tucson, Arizona
Pat has been the SAEMS Communications Coordinator since January 2013, and SAEMS Secretary for two terms prior. She has degrees in geosciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS) and the the University of Arizona (MS), as well as a degree in Commercial Art. She is currently a Project Manager at the environmental engineering and consulting firm SCS Engineers, where she has been employed for over 29 years.

Trash & Bash Committee

The Trash & Bash Committee periodically performs Wildcat dump cleanups and other clean-ups are also scheduled in partnership with other organizations.


Derrek Sizemore

Senior Staff Scientist at Terracon | Tucson, AZ

Social Media Committee

SAEMS seeks to better connect out members and promote our accomplishments through developing our presence on social media platforms. The mission of this committee is to produce and promote internet-based materials and resources to showcase the activities and annual scholarship awards of SAEMS to its members and the residents of Southern Arizona. This committee oversees the primary social media outlets, LinkedIn and Facebook.


SAEMS is actively looking for a social media committee chair! Please self-nominate or send ideas for potential nominees to with the Subject Line: Social Media Committee Chair Nomination.

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