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Meet the Staff

  • On  November 20, 2020 in |
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April Stevens is an environmental supervisor in the recycling and litter prevention section of the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) within the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance. April’s team administers the Recycle Ohio grant program, which provides funding opportunities for local governments, schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish and implement recycling and litter prevention programs, recycling market development for manufacturers, expansion of recycling equipment and processing facilities, and recycling infrastructure improvements.

April earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from The Ohio State University in 2012.

How long have you worked for Ohio EPA?
11 months.

What excites you the most about the work that you do or your field of study?
I have always felt drawn to protecting the environment, but waste is of particular interest to me. We use the term throw away, but there really is no away. Trash has to go somewhere, and my job is to keep it from going to a landfill!

Favorite memory or accomplishment with the Agency or related to your field?
When I first started out in this industry 12 years ago, I worked for a company that received a Recycle Ohio Grant. I even helped write the application. So, working at Ohio EPA and helping award these grants is coming full circle for me. I have to admit, this is the less stressful side to be on when it comes to the application process!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
This year has been tough with the COVID-19 pandemic, but normally my favorite thing to do is travel. I moved around a lot as a kid, so new places and experiences are in my blood. I did go on vacation to Florida with my family this year, but once things are back to normal, I hope to go somewhere in Europe.

Who inspires you?
The late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has been an inspiration to me. The way she tirelessly fought for gender equality and women’s rights, while being a wife and mother, is very inspiring. She worked until the age of 87, through multiple bouts of cancer, because she knew the work she was doing was bigger than her. That kind of strength and commitment is rare.


Dan Halterman is a lead worker in the Office of Financial Assistance (OFA) in the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance. While supporting the environmental planning unit for project reviews, he can directly relate to the environmental engineering and project coordination units and management for routine problem solving.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in conservation from Kent State University in 1981, and a Master of Science in resource and policy planning from The Ohio State University in 1986.

How long have you worked for Ohio EPA?
Nearly 29 years. I joined DEFA 25 years ago, before that, I worked in the Division of Surface Water.

What excites you the most about the work that you do or your field of study?
Minimizing bureaucracy for loan recipients – I learned long ago that a phone conversation is more effective and easier than multiple emails to explain important nuances of the loan programs.

Favorite memory or accomplishment with the Agency or related to your field?
From random project assignments, I completed the environmental review for the first dam removal project (the historic Kent Dam reconfiguration) DEFA funded. That experience made me the dam removal expert for several more. I kept learning the similarities of dam removals and the range of unique aspects expanded with each project. What’s standard is 1) many affected locals are adamantly opposed initially, and 2) after the project is complete, people generally like the change.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Gardening and thinking about the garden, reading, writing, running, biking, painting. The favorite is whichever of those I’m doing at the time.

Who inspires you?
1. Martin Luther King Jr, who eloquently offered a clear and true view of reality and of a possible healthy society. 2. Good writers - I regularly experience jealousy, hoping and doubting I can improve to their levels.