Wastewater and Onsite Systems Staff

NEIWPCC Headquarters (Lowell, Mass.)

Tom Groves, Director of Wastewater and Onsite ProgramsThomas Groves
Director of Wastewater and Onsite Programs
Tom has been with NEIWPCC since 1990, and since 2000, he has managed our many programs in the wastewater treatment realm, including those focusing on onsite/decentralized systems. His activities include overseeing NEIWPCC’s regional training program and coordinating the development of technical guidance documents. Tom speaks regularly at conferences across the country, and served as president of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) in 2009 and 2010.  full bio

Michael Jennings, Senior Program Manager

 Michael Jennings
Senior Program Manager
Mike began his NEIWPCC career in 2000 in the Wastewater Division and then served in the Water Resource Protection Division for eight years. Returning to his NEIWPCC roots in the Wastewater Division in 2018, Mike manages NEIWPCC’s training program for the continued training of compact-members state water quality professionals and acts as the lead trainer on some of NEIWPCC’s municipal and industrial wastewater treatment offerings. Mike also serves as project manager on various engineering projects for wastewater facilities and oversees NEIWPCC’s stormwater workgroup and related efforts. Mike holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  full bio

Don Kennedy, Training Coordinator

Don Kennedy
Training Coordinator
Since joining NEIWPCC in 1999, Don has developed, coordinated, and led NEIWPCC wastewater and safety training courses. His courses include pump station operation and maintenance, instrumentation and SCADA control, operation and maintenance of wastewater collection systems, industrial wastewater treatment, and care of emergency generators. Don has spent more than 30 years in environmental services. He holds a B.A. from Framingham (Mass.) State University. full bio

Jennifer Lichtensteiger
Environmental Analyst
As an Environmental Analyst, Jennifer’s responsibilities focus on both the Massachusetts and EPA-funded wastewater operator training programs, as well as current municipal wastewater and onsite wastewater system projects. She coordinates and schedules NEIWPCC’s wastewater training schedule including catalog production, course selection, course information distribution, and venue management. In addition, Jennifer coordinates the Youth in the Environment Program based in Lowell and New York City and identifies and addresses region priorities for residuals and NPDES with NEIWPCC’s Workgroups and Commissioners.  Jennifer joined NEIWPCC in July 2018. She holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. full bio

Paul Spina, Certification SpecialistPaul Spina
Information Officer
A member of NEIWPCC’s staff since 2011, Paul plays an integral role in the certification and renewal of Massachusetts Title 5 System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators as well as Massachusetts Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators (WWTPOs). He holds a B.S. in Geography from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. full bio

Drew Youngs, Environmental AnalystDrew Youngs
Environmental Analyst
Drew started at NEIWPCC in August of 2016. He manages the national underground storage tanks (UST) program, created to prevent and remediate underground contamination from hazardous substances like gasoline. Drew also runs the Aquatic Trash Prevention program, aimed at reducing plastics found in the waters of New York and New Jersey. Additionally, he works on policy related to the Clean Water Act including the State Revolving Fund and Needs Survey. Drew holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech and a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island. full bio

South Portland

Leeann Hanson, Environmental AnalystLeeann Hanson
NEIWPCC Information Officer;
JETCC Coordinator
As coordinator of JETCC, based in South Portland, Maine, Leeann develops and coordinates environmental training programs throughout Maine. She networks with state and federal environmental agencies and other water quality-related organizations to ensure that JETCC offers the precise training that is needed and utilizes the best instructional and technical support available. Leeann has been a member of NEIWPCC’s staff since 1992. She holds a B.A. in Advertising, Journalism, and Speech Communications from the University of Maine at Orono. full bio

Spring Connolly, Administrative AssistantSpring Connolly
NEIWPCC Administrative Assistant
Spring provides secretarial and administrative support to the JETCC program. Her responsibilities include updating content on the JETCC website and designing many of the program’s publications, including the spring and fall training catalogs. She works closely with Maine DEP to maintain the Maine Wastewater Operator Certification records database and handles inquiries from Maine’s operators. Spring joined NEIWPCC in 2009. She’s a graduate of Kearns High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Independent Environmental Monitors

Linda Allen, Environmental EngineerLinda Allen
NEIWPCC New York City CSO Project Director;
NYC CSO Monitoring Program
A NEIWPCC employee since 2009, Linda monitors and reviews New York City’s efforts to comply with requirements of the city’s Amended Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order. She reviews plans and specifications, engineering reports, studies, and analytical data associated with CSO abatement projects required under the order. Linda also reviews waterbody/watershed facility plans and long-term control plans to assess water quality standards compliance. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University and is a licensed professional engineer in civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

Daniel (Don) Flannery
NEIWPCC Environmental Engineer;
Don, who joined NEIWPCC in November 2017, monitors the progress of and reviews and comments on New York City’s efforts to implement capital projects required by the New York City Amended Consent Order (ACO).  ACO projects include large regional CSO abatement facilities and sewer separation and treatment plant upgrades.  Don reviews plans and specifications for compliance with ten state standards and NYS DEC rules and regulations and conducts field inspections for progress and final acceptance. Don holds a M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.

Bhavani Rathi
Environmental Engineer
Bhavani conducts monitoring services for New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) work under the Municipal Separate Sewer System “MS4” permit and Omni Order. He focuses on site inspections, meets with local government representatives, and coordinates with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s New York City water and Central Office permits and compliance staff. Bhavani joined NEIWPCC in June 2018. He earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from City University of New York and is a licensed professional engineer.

New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water

Debra Hanas, Environmental Analyst

 Debra Hanas
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
NYSDEC Onondaga Lake/Health & Safety Coordinator

Debra serves as the NYSDEC Division of Water Onondaga Lake Watershed/Health and Safety Coordinator. She oversees project schedules to verify compliance with Amended Consent Judgment milestones, assists with developing an Onondaga Lake Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), helps with Onondaga Lake watershed planning, develops health and safety policies, and implements safety training programs. A NEIWPCC staff member since 2004, Debra holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Yassir Soffan, Information Officer

 Yassir Soffan
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;

Yassir provides desktop, network, and server support to end users, including workstations, servers, and peripherals. He diagnoses and troubleshoots hardware and software problems and coordinates problem resolution with other members of the NYSDEC Division of Information Services. Yassir joined NEIWPCC in 2002. He holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Westfield State College and is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery

Amanda Bailey, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst Amanda Bailey
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
Amanda joined NEIWPCC in September of 2016. She produces and provides guidance documents on the review of listed species, and trains staff in regional offices to utilize these guidance documents. Amanda provides support and training for the undertaking of northern long-eared and Indiana bat assessments and studies, and other fish and wildlife habitat use studies as necessary to assess potential impact(s) of proposed flood recovery activities on these natural resources. Amanda holds a master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.

Noah Katz
NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
Noah joined NEIWPCC in April 2018 as an Environmental Analyst and provides administrative and technical support to NYSDEC. He coordinates storm recovery projects with project partners such as GOSR, HPD, FEMA, USACE, and NPS. Noah also supports NYSDEP Region 2’s Division of Environmental Permits and Office of Natural Resources with all incoming permit applications associated with storm recovery efforts within New York City. Noah earned an M.S. in Aquatic Resource Management from King’s College London.

Eleni Kavvadias Eleni Kavvadias
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
Eleni joined NEIWPCC in March 2017 as an Environmental Analyst based in NYSDEC’s Long Island City office. She supports the Marine Resources Program by reviewing and approving rebuilding and storm recovery projects as well as the Department’s Spring Creek South hazard mitigation project. She also reviews permit applications for compliance with DEC regulations and provides regulatory oversight for municipal programs that are administered by the state. Eleni holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from SUNY Stony Brook.

Chris Lang, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst Chris Lang
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
Chris coordinates on various complex projects with applicants, involved municipalities, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Empire State Development Corp., DOS (coastal), OPRHP (historic preservation), USEPA, Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, USFW Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and US Coast Guard. He ensures timely review and issuance of permits associated with rebuilding projects. Chris holds a B.S. in Biology from Providence College and an M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy from Stony Brook University; he joined NEIWPCC in 2014.

May O'Malley, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst May O’Malley
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
Based in NYSDEC’s Albany office, May supports the Division of Permits. She ensures that permit applications are properly documented in the permit database (DART), assists with the coordination of multi-regional storm recovery efforts, and provides project management for certain storm recovery project applications, among other responsibilities. May holds an M.A. in Geography and a certificate in GIS from the University at Albany, SUNY. She joined NEIWPCC in early 2015.

Dean Tarulli, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst Dean Tarulli
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
Based in NYSDEC’s office in Stony Brook, Dean coordinates a Tidal Wetland Permit compliance program, ensuring that permits are issued consistently and fairly for storm recovery projects. Dean joined NEIWPCC in 2015 after working as a technician with NYSDEC. He holds a B.S. in Marine Science from Stony Brook University.