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Martineau Announces Shari Meghreblian, Ph.D. as Deputy Commissioner for Environment

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 08:25am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced today that Shari Meghreblian, Ph.D. will join the department as Deputy Commissioner for Environment. Meghreblian will help oversee the department’s environmental regulatory programs for the protection of Tennessee’s air, land and water. 
“Governor Haslam and I are pleased to have someone with Shari’s significant expertise lead the department’s Bureau of Environment,” said Martineau. “She has been an environmental leader in the private sector with General Motors, worked closely with a number of environmental organizations and understands that environmental leadership goes hand-in-hand with successful business practices and a vibrant economy.”
Meghreblian has served as the environmental operations manager at the General Motors facility in Spring Hill since 2005. Prior to that, she served at the facility under the Saturn Corporation in roles including manager of environmental affairs, production operations supervisor and environmental engineer. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Management and a master’s degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor of science in Marketing/Economics from Western Kentucky University.
Meghreblian has been active in environmental and business advocacy across Tennessee, holding membership in numerous organizations such the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Air and Waste Management Association; Tennessee Environmental Council; The Nature Conservancy; and the Harpeth River Watershed Association. 
Recognized in Tennessee and nationally as a successful steward of natural resources through industrial conservation and pollution prevention, Meghreblian’s achievements include leading the General Motors /Saturn Spring Hill plant to become the first industry in the state to achieve Performer Level status, the highest available in the Department of Environment and Conservation’s Pollution Prevention Partnership program. 
“Tennessee is blessed with abundant natural resources and is an ideal place to live, work and play,” said Meghreblian.  “I look forward to working with the environmental experts within the department, as well as outside stakeholders, to continue the important work of protecting our air, land and water, while supporting economic development and quality of life across the state.”
Meghreblian will begin May 2. Paul Sloan, who has served the state of Tennessee as deputy commissioner since 2005, will be leaving the department to pursue other opportunities after a brief transition.

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