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JUDGES OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEARING BOARD

Steven C. Beckman, Chairperson and Chief Judge, was appointed to the Environmental Hearing Board by Governor Corbett in 2012. He was named Chairperson and Chief Judge by Governor Shapiro in February 2023. Judge Beckman received his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in 1983. He next attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned a Masters Degree in Geology. Judge Beckman received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 and went to work at MacDonald Illig Jones and Britton LLP in Erie, Pa. In 1996, he was appointed by Governor Ridge to serve as the Regional Director for the Northwest Region office of the Department of Environmental Protection. In 2001, Judge Beckman left the DEP and returned to MacDonald Illig law firm where he was a partner and a member of the law firm's Environmental Law practice group at the time of his appointment to the Board.
Bernard A. Labuskes, Jr. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1982. He was Senior Comments Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a law clerk to Honorable Charles Clark, Chief Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, from 1982 to 1983. He served as Assistant Counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources from 1985 through 1987, where he focused on litigation and enforcement matters. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he was a partner and chair of the Environmental Practice Group of McNees, Wallace & Nurick in Harrisburg. He was appointed to the Environmental Hearing Board by Governor Ridge in November 1998 and became a member of the Board in January 1999. He lives with his wife and two children in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Sarah L. Clark was appointed to the Environmental Hearing Board by Governor Tom Wolf in October 2022 and is based in Harrisburg. In January 2019, she was appointed Director of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation after serving in the same role at the Department of Environmental Protection since February 2015. Prior to joining the Wolf Administration, she served on the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus, first as Legal Counsel, then as Executive Director. Judge Clark is active in the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources where she was appointed Planning Committee Chair for the section's 2022 Spring Conference and serves as a mentor on the section's Leadership Development Program. She received her J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental Law, Science and Policy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, in which she also interned in the Environmental Law Clinic. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Art History and a dual major in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
MaryAnne Wesdock was appointed to the Environmental Hearing Board by Governor Josh Shapiro in December 2023 and is based in Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment, Judge Wesdock served as Senior Counsel to the Board and has authored many of the Board's Adjudications and Opinions dealing with issues in the field of environmental law as well as practice and procedure before the Board. Judge Wesdock serves as the Board's liaison to the Environmental Hearing Board Procedural Rules Committee and is a co-editor of the Board's Practice and Procedure Manual which is relied on by practitioners before the Board. She was instrumental in developing the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Environmental and Energy Law Section Pro Bono Program. She also supervises the Board's internship program and serves as a mentor to law students through the PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section. In 2006, Judge Wesdock was awarded the prestigious Environmental Law Lifetime Achievement Award by her peers in the PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section in recognition of her work at the Board and her contributions to the Section. Judge Wesdock is the Past Chair of both the PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section and the Allegheny County Bar Association Environmental and Energy Law Section. Prior to joining the Board, she served as Assistant Corporate Counsel to Hanover Foods, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian. She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Paul J. Bruder, Jr. was appointed to the Environmental Hearing Board by Governor Shapiro in 2023. Judge Bruder received his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College in 1990 and his law degree from the University of Dayton in 1994. He began his career at the former Department of Environmental Resources, later the Department of Environmental Protection, then spent 25 years in private practice first at Rhoads & Sinon and then Mette, Evans & Woodside in Harrisburg, At both firms, he was the Chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group, and also served as the President of the Mette Evans Board of Directors for two years. Judge Bruder was appointed by Governor Corbett to serve a four-year term on the Chesapeake Bay Citizens Advisory Council from 2012-2015. He lives in Camp Hill with his two daughters.

ASSISTANT COUNSEL OF THE ENVIROMENTAL HEARING BOARD

Eric J. Delio, Esquire, Senior Assistant Counsel, joined the Environmental Hearing Board in 2013 as an Assistant Counsel to Judge Bernard A. Labuskes, Jr. and former Judge Michelle A. Coleman. He counsels the Board on complex issues in environmental law involving air quality, water quality, solid waste management, brownfield cleanups, mining, and oil and gas, among others. He also advises the Board on revisions to its rules of practice and procedure. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel's Mediation Practice Group. He received his B.A. in English, Professional Writing from Mercyhurst University, and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While at the University of Pittsburgh he participated in the school's Environmental Law Clinic, was recognized as a Distinguished Public Interest Scholar, and received the Allegheny County Bar Association Environment and Energy Law Section Scholarship Award.
Alisha M. Hilfinger, Esquire holds a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she was a Recipient of the Law and Leadership Scholarship. During law school, she worked as a summer associate at OGC Law, assisting in various civil litigation matters. Additionally, Alisha interned at Neighborhood Legal Services, working primarily with domestic abuse victims. After graduating, Alisha joined the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, clerking for the Honorable Deborah Kunselman. Pursuing her passion for environmental law, Alisha joined the Board in 2019 as the Assistant Counsel to the Honorable Steven C. Beckman.
Marguerite S. White holds a BA in English with specialized honors in creative writing from Drew University. She received her JD and Environmental and Energy Law Certificate, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a Dean's Scholar, Public Interest Scholar, and the 2022 recipient of the Thomas M. Cooley, II Legal Writing Award. At Pitt, Marguerite participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and served as a teaching and research assistant to several members of the faculty. She was a summer associate at the Community Justice Project, where she had the opportunity to assist in civil litigation and general advocacy. Between college and law school, she was an educator and small business owner. Marguerite joined the Board in 2023 as Assistant Counsel to the Honorable Sarah L. Clark.

BOARD SECRETARY

Christine A. Walker, Esquire received her B.A. in Communications from Chatham College and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, where she served on the Senior Staff of the Law Review and as Editorial Assistant of Juris. She is a recipient of Duquesne's Cali Excellence for the Future Award in Environmental Law. Christine began her career as Judicial Secretary to The Honorable S. Louis Farino on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. She joined the Environmental Hearing Board in 2013 as Law Clerk to The Honorable Steven C. Beckman in Erie. She was appointed Secretary to the Environmental Hearing Board in October 2016, after having served as Acting Secretary since January 2016. Christine is based in Pittsburgh and lives in the Pittsburgh area.

ELECTRONIC DOCKET AND FILING MANAGER

Rich Finley joined the Environmental Hearing Board as Administrative Officer in 2020. He is based in Harrisburg where he directs the operation of the Board's electronic filing and docketing system. Rich had previously served as Administrative Officer for the Governor's Office of General Counsel at the Department of Human Services.