Since NEIWPCC’s formation in 1947, our Commissioners have played a critical role in setting the organization’s priorities, evaluating staff programs and projects, and representing their state’s interests.
35 commissioners—five from each member state—oversee NEIWPCC. Each commissioner is appointed by their state governor. A state’s delegation typically consists of the heads of its environmental and health agencies, who generally designate representatives to attend NEIWPCC meetings on their behalf, supplemented by three highly experienced individuals from outside state government. This approach provides the Commission with diverse, expert leadership. The number of Commissioners from each state may vary from year to year due to the gubernatorial appointment process.
The full Commission meets three times per year. The Executive Committee, a subset of the Commission which consists of the heads of our member states’ environmental agencies or their representatives, conducts five regular meetings annually.
Each year, our Commissioners elect a chair and vice-chair, with these officer positions rotating among the states to ensure equal representation.
Michael Kuhns has worked for Maine DEP for over 20 years in many different capacities including directing programs for air quality, water resource regulation, and pollution prevention. Currently, he is the director of Maine DEP’s Bureau of Water Quality, where he manages and develops legislation related to wastewater issues and water quality monitoring. Previously, as an environmental manager in the private sector, Kuhns worked on sustainability initiatives including energy conservation and efficiency projects. Kuhns is a certified professional engineer and energy manager in Maine. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa, as well as B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and Zoology from Wesleyan University.
As MassDEP’s assistant commissioner for water resources, Douglas Fine manages the agency’s work on point and nonpoint sources of pollution, public drinking water supplies, and public waterfront access and oversees administration of revolving loan programs. Fine has been with the agency since 1989, serving in a range of policy development and operations management roles. From 2004 to 2015 he was assistant commissioner for planning and evaluation. Fine received an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Antioch College.
Since 1995, Richard Kotelly has been NEIWPCC’s Treasurer, a position to which he brings a wealth of experience. Early in his career, he designed navigation projects along the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine for the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He then worked for nearly 30 years at the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration and its successor organization, EPA, in the Boston regional office. As deputy director of the Water Management Division, Kotelly’s managerial responsibilities included serving as EPA’s chief engineer on the planning, design, and construction of the MWRA’s $3.5 billion wastewater treatment project on Deer and Nut Islands in Boston Harbor. Kotelly received an M.S. in Sanitary Engineering from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT.