Keynote Speakers

Picture of Dr. Kristi HendersonDr. Kristi Henderson is the director of the Division of Animal and Public Health at the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is the staff consultant to the AVMA Committee on Environmental Issues, which addresses pharmaceutical disposal. Dr. Henderson earned her DVM from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and prior to joining AVMA staff in 2009, she utilized her degree as a private practitioner, visiting teaching associate, and federal veterinary medical officer.




Picture of Mary HendricksonMary Hendrickson is Chief Regulatory Consultant, PharmEcology Services, a business unit of WM Sustainability Services. She has extensive experience in healthcare and distribution management including years of regulatory leadership experience at one of the largest reverse pharmaceutical distributors. Mary has a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and the Food and Drug Law Institute. She can be reached at 262-649-6914 or at



Picture of Rebecca KlaperRebecca Klaper is Professor and Director of the Great Lakes Genomics Center in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Klaper and her lab study (1) the potential impact of emerging contaminants, such as nanoparticles and pharmaceuticals on aquatic life, (2) how to design these chemicals to minimize their environmental impact, and (3) links between the impact of these chemicals on the health of aquatic species and human health. She has served as a technical expert to the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the International Joint Commission regarding the potential impacts of PPCPs and other emerging contaminants on the Great Lakes. She has also served as a technical expert in reviewing the EPA White Paper on the environmental impact of nanotechnologies and their research strategy for nanotechnology. Dr. Klaper received her Ph.D. in ecology from the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, her M.S. in entomology from UGA, and her B.S. in honors biology at the University of Illinois.



Picture of Dana KolpinDana Kolpin is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City, Iowa, and has been the project chief of the USGS Toxic Program's Emerging Contaminants Project since its inception in 1998. His research interests include the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other emerging contaminants in the environment. He has published over 100 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. He received his B.S. degree from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa, both in geology.



Picture of Charlette SmithCharlotte Smith is Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, a business unit of WM Sustainability Services. She founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC in 2000 and sold the company to Waste Management in 2009. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor. Ms. Smith is a registered pharmacist who received her BS in Pharmacy and MS in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). She can be reached at 713-725-6363 and at