Dr. Stephen D. Harper is a Level 4 Superfund Program Community Involvement Coordinator in the Region 6 EPA Superfund Office in Dallas, Texas. It is his job to work with site teams in conducting outreach in communities impacted by Superfund removal and remedial sites. This usually consists of CIC activities for 10 to 15 sites, including planning, preparing for and conducting meetings with public officials and meeting frequently with the site teams. He also creates, processes, prints, and mails site fact sheets, newsletters, invitations, newspaper notices and other community involvement publications, and takes on administrative tasks and other special projects, as well.
Mr. Harper has an exceptional background as an educator with a BA from Texas Western College, 2 M.Ed. degrees, one from the University of Texas at Austin and one from the University of Texas at El Paso, as well as a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chihuahua, Mexico. Mr. Harper taught for the Defense Department in Canada, Portugal and Germany, as well as in El Paso. He served as a principal in Texas schools for fifteen years and, to round out his forty years in education, on the Graduate Faculty at The University of Texas at El Paso in Educational Administration.
In 1993, Mr. Harper left a distinguished career as a teacher and principal for a six-year stint as Program Director, ESL Program for Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugee Services. Mr. Harper continued his community involvement by serving the EPA through Senior Service America, Inc. as a SEE Assistant Lead Inspector, Indoor Environments Assistant and Assistant Tribal Circuit Rider in the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs.
In February, 2008, NOWCC and EPA became the beneficiaries of Mr. Harper’s prior SEE experience, strong interpersonal skills, and commitment to service when he assumed the position of Community Involvement Coordinator. When his SSAI and NOWCC SEE experience is combined, Mr. Harper’s service to SEE Program totals over 13 years of providing the public with critical information related to EPA’s mission – a very impressive way to round out such a distinguished career.