has more than 30 years of civil/environmental engineering experience in the regulatory, academic, and consulting fields. Dr. Bedessem was a District Manager for the Wyoming Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program regulating primarily rural facilities for solid waste management. As a civil engineering faculty member at the University of Wyoming, she conducted research in the solid waste arena focusing on contributing factors leading to groundwater contamination from municipal landfills. She taught solid waste management training courses for rural landfill operators and taught solid waste handling technologies internationally.

As a consultant for the last 15 years, she has specialized in solid and hazardous waste management including leachate and gas management, integrated solid waste management (ISWM) planning, as well as assessment and remediation of groundwater quality impacts related to waste disposal facilities. As part of the ISWM planning process, she has assisted multiple communities in determining their future approach to solid waste management, whether it be design of transfer stations or service centers, joining with other communities to develop new disposal facilities or expanding existing disposal facilities.