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Meet the Staff

Brody Betsch

How long have you worked for Ohio EPA?
I joined Ohio EPA in January 2021.

What excites you the most about the work that you do or your field of study?
Ohio has always been my home, so I am excited to be working on projects that directly improve the quality of life for fellow Ohioans and protect our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.

Favorite memory or accomplishment with the agency or related to your field?
I went on a two-week trip to Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas during one of my undergraduate winter semesters. This was a botany trip that I spent with several botany professors, fellow peers, and a local specialist. It was my first time learning hands-on about flora vastly different from what I was used to. Being thrown out of my comfort zone was a surprisingly wonderful experience that I learned a lot from.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I love tools! I’m always getting my hands dirty and tinkering on some sort of project during my free time. I’ve always had an affinity for wood working and the pride and satisfaction of completing a project. I also like to explore new trails, either by foot or by bike, and enjoy nature without the distractions of life.

Who inspires you?
I have a wealth of individuals in my life who inspire me. Michael Vincent, Miami University Herbarium curator emeritus and professor, has been and continues to be a major force in my life, pushing me to be the best that I can. Mike is the epitome of a master botanist and has a seemingly limitless knowledge of all things plant related. There was never a question he couldn’t answer or a problem he wasn’t willing to help me with. I am blessed to have studied under such an amazing professor and to have an amazing friend who inspires me every day.


Jon van Dommelen

How long have you worked for Ohio EPA?
27 years in March 2021.

What excites you the most about the work that you do or your field of study?
I really like puzzles and solving noncompliance at all sizes of wastewater treatment plants is all about solving individual puzzles. Each treatment plant and every influent is unique. Using (usually) simple process control methods we can typically figure out the noncompliance quickly. For more difficult noncompliance, we have advanced tools to help to solve those issues as well, thanks to the management that continues to support us so well.

Favorite memory or accomplishment with the agency or related to your field?
There are many. Working with Keith Kroeger for 15 years was great. His background was operations and mine was engineering. Together we could pretty much solve any issue that we came across. He made me a better operator and I made him a better engineer. The other favorite memory is the appreciation and gratitude that is expressed by the operators that we have helped return to compliance. They get frustrated by their noncompliance and when we go in and show them how to collect cheap, easy, and effective data, and how to interpret that data to make the proper process control decisions, I can almost see the lightbulb turn on when they take those methods and use them.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I run, I cook, I make bread, cakes and pies (it is a good thing that I run, eh?)

Who inspires you?
Really, my wife and kids. They are all absolutely awesome.