EPA Administrator Christie Whitman appointed administrators for two agency regions: James B. Gulliford for Region 7, the Midwest/Great Plains region; and L. John Iani, for Region 10, the Pacific Northwest region.
"EPA is fortunate to have the leadership of such experienced environmental professionals," said Whitman. "They bring a wealth of knowledge about agency programs and relationships with the states, which will be critical in developing more progressive approaches to protecting the environment and public health."
Gulliford will be responsible for managing agency programs in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. He has been the director of the Division of Soil Conservation in the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
since 1986. Gulliford served in a similar capacity, as the director of the Iowa Department of Soil Conservation from1982-86. Gulliford, a resident of West Des Moines, Iowa, holds a bachelor''s degree and a master''s degree in Forestry Economics and Marketing from Iowa State University.
Iani will manage agency programs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Since 1993, Iani has served as vice president for corporate affairs and general counsel for UniSea, Inc., one of the nation''s largest seafood companies, in Redmond, Wash. Between 1990 and 1993 he served as president of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, and from 1985 until 1990, Iani practiced law at Bogle and Gates firm in Seattle, Wash. He also worked as a legislative aide to Senator Frank Murkowski and U.S. Representative Don Young. Iani, a resident of Mercer Island, Wash., is an alumnus of Occidental College and the Seattle University School of Law.
by Virginia Foran