Sara Michael is an Environmental Scientist with the California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL-EPA) at the Department of Toxic Substances Control in Cypress California (CA). In her current remedial project manager position, Sara is proficient in all aspects of corrective/remedial action. From discovery, investigation, negotiation of costs, remediation and closure, to peer review of technical and administrative /regulatory document development. As a pioneer of and for women in the trades, Sara brings an eclectic background of expertise. In the 1970ís Sara worked as a tank farm operator for a prominent Tar and Chemical Company in Indianapolis, Indiana (Indpls. IN). In 1978 Sara moved to Long Beach, CA. Sara gained employment and soon after became a Class B precision grinder/machinist for a leading steel industrial complex in Torrance, CA building on/off shore oil rigs. When the steel industry crashed in the 1980ís Sara took her severance pay over and joined Local 2375 Piledrivers, Bridge and Dock Builders of America out of Wilmington, CA. She performed as a journeyman piledriver/heavy timber construction worker for many years. In 1988, Sara traded her tool box and nail bags for books by entering the academic arena at Long Beach City College. In 1993, she earned an associateís degree in physical sciences. In 1994, Sara relocated back to Indpls. IN, to attend Purdue University School of Science at Indiana University/Purdue University. There, she earned simultaneous baccalaureate degrees, a B.A. in biology and B.S in psychology in 1998. Soon after graduation Sara was hired by the Indiana University School of Medicine, Oncology Department. She worked as a stem cell research associate where among other duties Sara advanced in sterile-hood operandi performing surgical procedures to harvest organs and tissue and implementing standard laboratory protocols. In December of 2000, Sara was accepted to the Environmental Studies Graduate Program at California State University at Fullerton. In 2001, she accepted a graduate student position with CAL-EPA. Sara received her Masterís Degree in 2004 and a few months later became a civil servant. She prides herself on project management expertise, editorial skillfulness and communication proficiencies. While Sara is very knowledgeable about the trades (building bridges from the ground up) and science, she believes the ability to build communications bridges, where others might fail, is an art.