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Dr. Shari Meghreblian
Deputy Commissioner
TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Shari Meghreblian joined TDEC as Deputy Commissioner on May 2, 2011 to oversee the department's environmental regulatory programs for the protection of Tennessee's air, land and water. Meghreblian is TDEC's representative on Governor Haslam's Top to Bottom Review Committee and the Department of Economic and Community Development's Fast Track Infrastructure Development Program. She is a primary sponsor of TDEC's LEAN process improvement initiative and the governor's Customer Focused Government initiative.

Meghreblian has more than twenty years of combined experience in private sector manufacturing and environmental management systems. She came to TDEC from General Motors' plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where she served as the environmental operations manager since 2005.  Prior to that, she worked in various roles at the Spring Hill facility under the Saturn Corporation, including manager of environmental affairs, production operations supervisor and environmental engineer. Recognized in Tennessee and nationally as a successful steward of natural resources through industrial conservation and pollution prevention, Meghreblian's achievements include leading the General Motors' Spring Hill plant to become the first industry in the state to achieve Performer Level status, the highest achievement available in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership program.

A Kentucky native with roots in family farming, Meghreblian has been active in environmental and business advocacy across Tennessee for more than two decades, holding membership in numerous organizations such the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Air and Waste Management Association; Tennessee Environmental Council; The Nature Conservancy; and the Harpeth River Watershed Association. Shari holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Management and a master's degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor of science in Marketing/Economics from Western Kentucky University.

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