MPCA Commissioner's Office
The MPCA commissioner directs the day-to-day work of the agency's staff.
John Linc Stine was appointed commissioner of the MPCA by Gov. Mark Dayton effective May 14, 2012.
John Linc Stine joined the MPCA in March 2011 as Deputy Commissioner. Prior to joining the MPCA, John served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health where he was responsible for overseeing the department’s public health emergency preparedness, environmental health, infectious disease prevention/control and the public health laboratory functions.
John also worked for 25 years with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a hydrologist and administrator specializing in shoreland, flood plain, and wild and scenic river programs, water resource management and regulation. John also served as Assistant Director of the Trails and Waterways division.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree in soil and water resource management from the University of Minnesota. He is married with two adult sons.
Michelle Beeman was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the MPCA in May 2012. Prior to that, Michelle served as Assistant Commissioner for Legal and Enforcement Policy since March 2011, bringing a strategic focus to the agency’s legal and regulatory affairs.
Before joining the MPCA, Michelle was the Environment and Natural Resources Director for Dakota County since 2007. In that role she oversaw departments that handled watershed management, groundwater and surface water protection, contaminated lands and brownfields, recycling, waste management and hazardous waste regulation, parks, trails, and land conservation. Prior to that, Michelle was the Conservation Strategies Director for The Nature Conservancy in its Canada program, working with partners on large-scale forest protection projects across Canada.
Michelle has also worked in state government as the Legislative Policy Director for the Department of Natural Resources, and as an Assistant Attorney General representing the DNR and MPCA in environmental matters. Michelle was appointed as a member of the MPCA’s Citizens’ Board from 2003-2007.
Michelle is originally from New York, received her B.A. in History from Princeton University, and both her M.S. in Environmental Studies/Land Resource Management and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Rebecca Flood joined the MPCA in October 2008 as the Assistant Commissioner for water policy matters. In this role, she oversees the agency's programs and activities to maintain and improve the quality of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams.
Rebecca serves as Minnesota's representative on the U.S. EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force and with the Association of Clean Water Administrators, which is the national voice for state and interstate clean water programs. In addition to being the liaison to the agricultural sector, she serves as the agency’s technical representative to the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program Advisory Committee. This committee is advising the Commissioner of Agriculture on the development of a voluntary program designed to expedite adoption of agricultural best management practices specifically designed to protect water quality.
Prior to joining the MPCA, Rebecca was employed by the Metropolitan Council for 30 years in a variety of clean water programs, most recently serving as the Environmental Compliance Manager for the Council’s eight municipal wastewater treatment facilities in the seven-county St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area. In this role, she also represented the Council on a wide variety of statewide water policy committees, and led the development of both the Council’s phosphorus and mercury reduction strategies.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University.
Kirk Koudelka was appointed Assistant Commissioner of Legislative Affairs, Land and Solid Waste Policy in May 2012.
Prior to that, Kirk served as the Legislative Director at the MPCA for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions. Before coming to the agency, Kirk spent 11 legislative sessions at the Minnesota House of Representatives in various capacities. The last six years were spent focused on environmental and natural resources issues, four for which were with the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. It included administering the Solid Waste, Recycling and Resources Conservation Working Group focusing on state level changes, but also internal changes at the Legislature.
Kirk has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Hamline University.
Assistant Commissioner David Thornton is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the agency's air policies to improve and maintain air quality in Minnesota.
David joined the MPCA staff in 1980 as the Acid Rain Coordinator. After that, he managed air quality monitoring, data analysis and air policy activities for many years. Most recently he has been involved with implementing federal regional haze regulations, and developing policies to help reduce air emissions, particularly mercury emissions from power plants.
Originally from Texas, David is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a degree in chemistry and attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota where he studied atmospheric chemistry and environmental science.