Commissioner's office

The MPCA commissioner directs the day-to-day work of the agency's staff.

John Linc Stine, Commissioner

MPCA Commissioner John Linc StineJohn 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, Deputy Commissioner

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.

Michelle BeemanBefore 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, Assistant Commissioner

Rebecca FloodRebecca Flood has served as the Assistant Commissioner for Water Policy at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency since October 2008. In this role, she oversees the agency's water resources programs and activities to protect the environment and enhance human health.

Rebecca chairs Minnesota’s Clean Water Fund Interagency Coordination Team, which is comprised of the seven state agencies that receive legislative appropriations from the constitutionally dedicated sales tax receipts resulting from the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the State Constitution. The appropriations from this fund (over $100 million annually) supplement the protection and restoration of Minnesota’s extensive water resources. The Team ensures that Clean Water Funded agencies develop programs to meet clean water goals and that the agencies utilize the funds in a coordinated, efficient and effective manner.

In addition to being the liaison to the agricultural sector, Rebecca serves on an interagency work group that advises the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on the statewide implementation of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The MAWQCP is a voluntary program designed to expedite the on-farm adoption of agricultural best management practices that 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 for the Council’s municipal wastewater treatment facilities in the seven-county St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University.

Kirk Koudelka, Assistant Commissioner

Kirk Koudelka, Assistant CommissionerKirk 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.

David Thornton, Assistant Commissioner

David ThorntonAssistant 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. He has been involved with implementing federal regional haze regulations, and developing policies to help reduce air emissions, particularly mercury emissions from power plants. Most recently he has spent much of his time working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, environmental justice and Tribal relations.

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.