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Water Resource Protection Staff

NEIWPCC Headquarters (Lowell, Mass.)

 

Jane Ceraso, Director of Water Resource Protection Programs

 Jane Ceraso
Director of Water Resource Protection Programs
 978-349-2523
jceraso@neiwpcc.org
Jane provides leadership for the Water Resource Protection Division’s initiatives including water supply, non-point source pollution, climate change, research, and quality assurance. She also serves as the Lowell project officer for the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Jane joined NEIWPCC in 2015 with over 20 years of experience in the drinking water field. She previously worked as Environmental Manager for the Acton Water District in Acton, MA and Program Manager for MassDEP and Washington State drinking water programs. She holds a J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Yale University. full bio

Michael Jennings, Senior Program Manager

 Michael Jennings
Senior Program Manager
 978-349-2520
mjennings@neiwpcc.org
As senior program manager, Michael oversees our Hudson River Program, Onondaga Lake initiative, and Massachusetts Quality Assurance Program. As an additional responsibility, Michael is NEIWPCC’s quality assurance (QA) program manager, and as such, oversees all aspects of NEIWPCC’s QA activities, including the review of multiple QA Project Plan reviews each year. Michael joined NEIWPCC in 2000. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. full bio

Kristen McQuaide, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst

 Kristen McQuaide
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
978-349-2514
kmcquaide@neiwpcc.org
Kristen joined NEIWPCC in early 2014. In the Water Resources Protection Division, she serves as lead on the Non-Point Source workgroup. Kristen works with the planning committee on the Annual NPS Conference, assists the EPA in coordinating the National NPS Workshop, and assists in the coordination and surveying of needs of the quarterly meetings between the workgroups from New England and New York. She holds an M.A. in Community Development Policy and Practice from the University of New Hampshire.


Ann-Marie Caprioli, Environmental Analyst

 Ann-Marie Caprioli
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 HRNERR Program Coordinator
845-889-4745 x114
ann-marie.caprioli@dec.ny.gov
A NEIWPCC employee since 2000, Ann-Marie works with the Reserve manager on administrative oversight of grants, contracts, MOUs, state funding sources, contractual and seasonal personnel, internal controls, NYS competitive procurement processes, site stewardship program interagency agreements, and external relations with management partners. She helps manage the Reserve budget and assists staff with accounting and fiscal tracking of program budgets. Ann-Marie holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Bard College.

Kacie Giuliano, Environmental Analyst

 Kacie Giuliano
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 Hudson River Estuary Program Habitat Restoration
845-889-4745(ext. 117)
kacie.giuliano@dec.ny.gov
As the Assistant Environmental Analyst for the Hudson River Estuary Program, Kacie assists the Habitat Restoration team by conducting GIS inventory, developing web-based restoration program information, and developing and uploading watershed conservation content to the web. Kacie communicates with property owners about restoration projects, supports and participates in field data collection, conducts field site assessments, maintains and calibrates field instruments and equipment, and assists in writing permit applications for proposed restoration sites. Kacie holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. She joined NEIWPCC in November of 2015.

Michele Golden, NEIWPCC Information Officer

 Michele Golden
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 Hudson River Estuary Program GIS Coordinator
518-402-8225
michele.golden@dec.ny.gov
Michele works to refine and integrate data into the system developed by the Hudson River Estuary Program and the Division of Water to prioritize wastewater treatment infrastructure needs. She also creates and maintains GIS maps of sewer service areas, conducts spatial analysis, and models the impact of green infrastructure practices. Michele holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Siena College. She joined NEIWPCC in 2015.

Rebecca Houser, Environmental Analyst

 Rebecca Houser
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 Hudson River Estuary Program Education Associate
845-256-3115
rebecca.houser@dec.ny.gov
Rebecca identifies opportunities to insert Hudson River learning activities into existing units of study in Hudson Valley classrooms. She assists in developing lesson plans and activities that exploit these opportunities, linking them to learning standards and suggested syllabi from the NYS Education Department. Rebecca joined NEIWPCC in 2003. She holds a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

John Ladd, Environmental Analyst

 John Ladd
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 Hudson River Estuary Program Estuary River Bottom Mapping Coordinator
914-923-1108
john.ladd@dec.ny.gov
Since joining NEIWPCC in 2000, John has worked on developing accurate maps of Hudson River bottom bathymetry and substrate-type benthic habitats from the Battery to the Troy Dam. He is responsible for designing the project, including development of recommendations on overall approach, description of appropriate technology and alternatives, identification of potential partners and funding sources, and development of project specifications to be used in fundraising. John holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Columbia University.

Gavin Lemley, Environmental Analyst

 Gavin Lemley
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 HRECOS Program Coordinator
518-402-8202
gavin.lemley@dec.ny.gov
Gavin coordinates the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) program and is the principal point of contact for the observing stations. He manages three hydro-meteorological stations in the capital region and works with the Hudson River Estuary Program team on various watershed projects. Before joining NEIWPCC in 2012, Gavin received his M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Megan Lung, Environmental Analyst

 Megan Lung
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 Hudson River Estuary Program Stream Restoration and Conservation
845-633-5449
megan.lung@dec.ny.gov
Megan joined the NEIWPCC team as an Assistant Environmental Analyst for the Hudson River Estuary Program, Stream Restoration and Conservation, in November of 2015. Megan works to assess road crossings, and to train staff to assess road crossings. She works to assess aquatic barriers, prioritize known barriers for replacement and mitigation work, and shares information on known property barriers. Megan assists in organizing field crews, creates outreach materials to deliver to a municipal audience, and gives presentations on the impact of aquatic and known barriers. Megan has a B.S in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as B.S. in History, both from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Miller, Environmental Analyst

 Daniel Miller
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 Hudson River Estuary Program Habitat Restoration Coordinator
845-889-4745 x110
daniel.miller@dec.ny.gov
Dan evaluates the technical, environmental, and economic feasibility of habitat restoration projects on the Hudson River. He is responsible for implementing, facilitating, and administering key aspects of the projects, including development of information bases on restoration sites, provision of technical and logistical assistance with research and monitoring, review of feasibility reports, and facilitation of public participation. A member of NEIWPCC’s staff since 2000, Dan holds an M.S. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University.

Susan Pepe, Information Officer

 Susan Pepe
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 Hudson River Estuary Program Grants Coordinator
518-402-8270
susan.pepe@dec.ny.gov
Susan assists with the management of the estuary grants program. She prepares the grant application and instruction booklet for each grant round, publicizes grant opportunities, coordinates the application review process, prepares contractual documents, and maintains tracking systems for fiscal management and grant completion. She also serves as a point of contact for applicants and grantees. Susan joined NEIWPCC in 2015 after working with grants and contracts for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Research Foundation of SUNY. She holds an M.A. in Social Policy from Empire State College.

Alene Onion, Environmental Analyst

 Maude Salinger
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 Hudson River Estuary Program Communications and Citizen Participation
845-256-3877
maude.salinger@dec.ny.gov
Since joining NEIWPCC in 2013, Maude has worked to enhance achievement of New York State’s goals for the Hudson River Estuary through public outreach and communications. She assists in developing materials such as fact sheets, reports, press releases, and e-newsletters that inform the public and key stakeholders about the estuary and opportunities to conserve, restore, and revitalize the Hudson River ecosystem. Maude has a B.A. from Brown University.

Rebecca Thomas, NEIWPCC Program Manager

 Becky Thomas
 NEIWPCC Program Manager;
518-402-8218
becky.thomas@dec.ny.gov
Becky manages the contracts and memorandums of understanding, budget, and financial administration of the Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP) and supervises the management of the grants. She assists the program coordinator with coordinating personnel management policies for all contract employees that work for the HREP (NEIWPCC, Cornell Water Resources Institute, and Cornell Department of Natural Resources.) Becky also assists the coordinator of the HREP with project management. Becky joined NEIWPCC in 2002. She holds a B.S. in Management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Sarah Fernald, Environmental Analyst

 Sarah Fernald
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 HRNERR Research Coordinator
845-889-4745 x111
sarah.fernald@dec.ny.gov
Working both in the laboratory and in the field, Sarah oversees delivery of essential Reserve system-wide programs and conducts DEC marine habitat and Hudson River Estuary Program research and monitoring on topics such as SAV, tidal wetlands, shoreline habitat mapping, and monitoring. She also oversees management of the Norrie Point Environmental Center Laboratory and Reserve field research equipment. A NEIWPCC staff member since 2006, Sarah holds an M.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina.

Ben Ganon, NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst, HRNERR Research Technician

 Ben Ganon
 NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst;
HRNERR Research Technician

845-889-4745 x104
benjamin.ganon@dec.ny.gov
Ben works in both the laboratory and the field, assisting in long-term research and monitoring on Hudson River Estuary habitats, National Estuarine Research Reserve’s System-Wide Monitoring Program, and Sentinel Sites research project. Ben also assists in the operation of a NOAA National Water Level Observation Network tide station. He helps maintain and prepare field equipment, including instrument calibration, equipment repair, vehicle maintenance, and field gear preparation. A NEIWPCC staff member since May of 2016, Ben holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.

Emilie Hauser, Environmental Analyst

 Emilie Hauser
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 HRNERR Estuary Training Program Coordinator
845-889-4745 x112
emilie.hauser@dec.ny.gov
Emilie promotes informed coastal management and decision-making, translates scientific information, builds effective training partnerships, and fosters communication between scientific and coastal management communities. She joined NEIWPCC in 2002, and holds an M.S. in Geology from SUNY Stony Brook.

James Herrington, HRNERR Education Program Specialist

 James Herrington
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 HRNERR Education Program Specialist
845-889-4745 x109
james.herrington@dec.ny.gov
Jim joined NEIWPCC in May of 2016, working part time at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Jim is responsible for the Norrie School and Group Programs, where he schedules and coordinates logistics of field programs that take place at Norrie Point Environmental Center. Jim works on the Canoe programs, educator training and citizen science initiatives, such as the eel project. Jim has an A.S. in Animal Husbandry from Cobleskill AG and Tech.

Christopher Mitchell, Environmental Analyst

 Christopher Mitchell
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 HRNERR Research Assistant
845-889-4745 x 119
christopher.mitchell@dec.ny.gov
Chris joined NEIWPCC in 2010, and works both in the laboratory and field as he conducts long-term research and monitoring on the Hudson River. His projects involve water quality, atmospheric conditions, submerged plant beds, emergent marshes, and invasive species and nekton. Chris holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Binghamton University.

Sarah Mount

 Sarah Mount
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 HRNERR Science Educator
845-889-4745 x 106
sarah.mount@dec.ny.gov
As an Environmental Analyst Science Educator, Sarah assists the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve in implementing a wide range of education programs including citizen-science projects, distance learning programs, school field programs, public events and canoe tours at the Norrie Point Environmental Center, and other river reserve sites. Sarah joined NEIWPCC in December 2016 and holds an M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management from SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Eric Howe, NEIWPCC Program Director; LCBP & Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership

 Eric Howe
 NEIWPCC Program Director;
 LCBP & Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership
802-372-3213 x218
ehowe@lcbp.org
A NEIWPCC employee since 2009, Eric assumed the position of Program Manager of the Lake Champlain Bain Program, based in Grand Isle, Vermont. At the LCBP, Eric oversees the staff’s activities and serves as primary liaison to the LCBP Steering Committee. He provides overall program coordination, budget oversight, administration, and short and long term planning for the LCBP and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. As the Program Director, Eric will promote a holistic approach to restoration and protection of the Lake Champlain watershed, recognizing its environmental, economic, and social significance. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.

James Brangan, Information Officer

 James Brangan
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Coordinator
802-372-3213 x213
jbrangan@lcbp.org
A NEIWPCC staff member since 2002, Jim focuses on facilitating cooperation between Vermont, New York, and Quebec on efforts that improve appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of Lake Champlain. His work includes coordination of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, scenic byways and bike trails, the American Civil War Sesquicentennial, the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and the general development of interpretive exhibits. Jim holds a B.A. in Journalism and American History from the University of Connecticut.

Colleen Hickey, Information Officer

 Colleen Hickey
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 LCBP Education and Outreach Coordinator
802-372-3213 x211
chickey@lcbp.org
Colleen has been conducting outreach programs within the Lake Champlain watershed in northern New York, Vermont, and southern Quebec since 1991. She focuses on media outreach, school programs, educator training, and public outreach programs pertaining to the watershed. Colleen joined NEIWPCC in 1993. She holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

Laura Hollowell, Information Officer

 Laura Hollowell
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 LCBP Resource Room Coordinator
802-864-1848 x109
lhollowell@lcbp.org
Laura works with the LCBP’s Education and Outreach team, primarily in the Lake Champlain Resource Room at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Vt. She works with the public and with schools, answering questions, creating exhibits, and presenting educational programs. Laura, who joined NEIWPCC in 2003, holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Kathleen Jarvis, Administrative Assistant

Kathleen Jarvis
NEIWPCC Administrative Assistant
802-372-3213 x210
kjarvis@lcbp.org
Since joining the LCBP and NEIWPCC in 1993, Kathy has managed office operations, tracked office expenses and project budgets, maintained local grant and accounting records, and responded to public requests for information. She also provides overall administrative support to staff. Kathy holds an associate degree from Champlain College.

Ellen Kujawa

 Ellen Kujawa
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 802-372-0220
ekujawa@lcbp.org
As a technical team member, Ellen assists in facilitating research and implementation projects that address challenges facing water resources in the Lake Champlain Basin. She reviews and approves LCBP-related Quality Assurance Project Plans that ensure high quality environmental data and supports projects that address nutrient reduction, flood resilience, aquatic invasive species, and stormwater management issues. Ellen joined NEIWPCC in March 2017. She earned a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stephanie Larkin, Assistant Information Officer

 Stephanie Larkin
 NEIWPCC Assistant Information Officer;
 LCBP Resource Room Specialist
802-864-1848 x109
slarkin@lcbp.org
Stephanie has been working as a Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room specialist since the opening of ECHO at the Leahy Center in 2003. She answers questions on all aspects of Lake Champlain, including aquatic nuisance species, lake friendly cleaning products, and historical events. Stephanie joined NEIWPCC in 2003. She holds an M.E. in Curriculum and Instruction for Grades 7-12 from the University of Colorado.

Elizabeth Lee, Information Officer

 Elizabeth C. Lee
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 LCBP Communications and Publications Assistant
802-372-3213
elee@lcbp.org
A member of NEIWPCC’s staff since 2012, Elizabeth works on LCBP efforts designed to promote a better understanding of the Basin. Her past experience includes work in interior and graphic design for firms in Montreal and Miami. She holds a Diplôme d’Étude Collégiale in Human Sciences from Dawson College in Montreal.

Ryan Mitchell, Information Officer

 Ryan Mitchell
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
 LCBP Communications and Publications Coordinator
802-372-3213 x 212
rmitchell@lcbp.org
Ryan coordinates content development, editing, and graphic design for LCBP publications, websites, and exhibits, and assists with education and outreach programs. Before joining NEIWPCC in 2011, he worked in environmental permitting at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, developed publications at Earthwatch Institute, and conducted education and outreach at the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Geographic Alliance. Ryan holds an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University.

Margaret Modley, Environmental Analyst

 Meg Modley
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 LCBP Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator
802-372-3213 x 215
mmodley@lcbp.org
A NEIWPCC employee since 2003, Meg coordinates management efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the basin. Her work has included the development of a Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Nuisance Species Rapid Response Action Plan, implementation of the Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan, supervision of the Lake Champlain Boat Launch Steward Program, and working with local and regional partners on AIS education and outreach campaigns. Meg holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geology and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Vermont.

Cynthia Norman, Assistant Information Officer

 Cynthia Norman
 NEIWPCC Assistant Information Officer;
 LCBP Resource Room Specialist
802-864-1848 x109
cnorman@lcbp.org
Since joining NEIWPCC in 2004, Cynthia has been assisting visitors to the LCBP Resource Room at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. She answers questions about water quality issues, gives presentations to school groups, develops educational displays, and organizes the Resource Room’s publications collection. Cynthia spent her early career as an educator with the National Park Service and New Found Harbor Marine Institute, and served as a library paraprofessional at Yale University and St. Michael’s College. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

Matthew Vaughan, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst, LCBP Technical Coordinator

 Matthew Vaughan
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
LCBP Technical Coordinator

802-372-0216
mvaughan@lcbp.org
Matthew joined NEIWPCC and the LCBP in November of 2016. He is the primary staff support for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and serves as the liaison with technical staff working on basin issues in agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Matthew develops technical analyses and reports for the LCBP Steering Committee and the TAC and coordinates, oversees, and provides expert input for the technical review of proposed implementation projects. Matthew currently holds a master’s degree in Hydrologic Sciences from the University of California, Davis, and is working on completing his PhD in Natural Resources and Watershed Science from the University of Vermont.


Peter Bernard, NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst

 Peter Bernard
 NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst
207-287-6471
peter.bernard@maine.gov
As an Assistant Environmental Analyst for the Maine DHHS Drinking Water Program, Peter works with the Information Management Team to provide support to the program’s Compliance and Enforcement Team. He helps with instruction, guidance and review of completed work to assure accuracy and adherence to requirements and policy. Peter joined NEIWPCC in January of 2016.

Carlton Gardner

 Carlton Gardner
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
carlton.gardner@maine.gov
Carlton joined NEIWPCC in October of 2016 as an Environmental Analyst in the  Maine Department of Health and Human Services Drinking Water Program. He provides assistance to the Data Management and Program Support Team by conducting regulatory and water system specific research and developing standard operating procedures. He also provides support to Rule Specialists by reviewing public water system compliance data. Carlton holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Southern Maine.

Audra Martin

Audra Martin
NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst
207-287-4484
audra.martin@maine.gov
Audra works with the Data Management and Program Support Team providing data entry, research, and analysis. As a Data Specialist, she adds and maintains inventory data in the Maine Drinking Water Program’s database and provides quality control in the document management system. In addition, she assists data management staff with monthly public water systems sampling compliance. Audra joined NEIWPCC in May 2017 and holds a Master of Environmental Management from Texas Christian University.

Martha Nadeau, Assistant Environmental Analyst

 Martha Nadeau
 NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst
207-287-5683
martha.nadeau@maine.gov
A NEIWPCC employee since 2009, Martha works with the Maine DHHS Drinking Water Program’s Information Management Team to provide technical support to the program’s Compliance and Enforcement Team. Martha holds an A.A.S. in Business Administration and Management from Central Maine Technical College.

Christina Trufant, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst

Christina Trufant
NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
207-287-4458
christina.trufant@maine.gov
Christina joined NEIWPCC in June 2017 and is responsible for determining public water system compliance with the state of Maine and federal safe drinking water regulations. She assures that compliance monitoring schedules are entered and maintained in the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) database and that they are correct, complete, and consistent with rules regulating public water systems. As a Rule Specialist, she also communicates regulatory requirements to staff and public water systems through training and direct meetings. Christina holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Southern Maine.

David Welch, Environmental Analyst

 David Welch
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
207-287-3056
david.welch@maine.gov
David assists Maine DHHS Drinking Water Program staff in meeting requirements under the Public Water Supply Supervision program, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, and other areas as required by amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. David, who joined NEIWPCC in 2009, holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and Mathematics from the University of Maine at Farmington.


Eric Cheung, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst

 Eric Cheung
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
617-292-5992
eric.cheung@state.ma.us
Eric, who joined NEIWPCC in 2014, develops and refines procedures for compliance with the Well Drillers Program and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. He is also responsible for tracking well completion reports, responding to public information requests for well records, and creating training aids. He has a B.A. from Emerson College.

Helen Glina, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst

 Helen Glina
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
617-292-5671
helen.glina@state.ma.us
Helen started working for MassDEP, known then as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering, in 1988. She joined NEIWPCC in 2014. She is the first point of contact for the Bureau of Resource Protection’s Drinking Water Program. Helen reviews and analyzes data, and prepares reports. In addition, she ensures that the program’s electronic records are current, organized, and accessible. Helen has a B.A. in Russian Language.

 Nicholas Shuler
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
MassDEP

617-292-5567
nicholas.shuler@state.ma.us
Nick joined NEIWPCC in February of 2016 as an Environmental Analyst, working in MassDEP’s Boston office. Nick provides program support for the development and implementation of various Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) programs including the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR). He also provides administration, organization, coordination, public outreach and assistance and database entry and management for the Bureau of Water Resources, Drinking Water Program. Nick holds a BS in Biology from Mount Ida College.

Tsuyoshi Yano, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst

 Tsuyoshi Yano
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
617-292-5843
tio.yano@state.ma.us
Since 2002, Tio has been providing data management support for the MassDEP Bureau of Resource Protection’s Drinking Water Program. He joined NEIWPCC in 2014. His work includes building and running database queries, providing technical support for public-facing web applications, and coordinating statewide annual statistical reporting. Tio holds a B.A. in History from Boston College and a B.S. in Interactive Media Design from the New England Institute of Art.


Debra Hanas, Environmental Analyst

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

315-426-7457
debra.hanas@dec.ny.gov
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.

Bruce Mussett, Environmental Analyst

 Bruce Mussett
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 NYSDEC NYC Watershed Program and Human Resources Coordinator
518-402-8164
bruce.mussett@dec.ny.gov
Bruce works on issues related to the New York City watershed program, Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Grants Program, including project management, contractual issues, RFP development, and metrics reporting. He acts as administrator of the Division of Water’s Safe Drinking Water Act grants program, and serves as the liaison between NEIWPCC staff in Albany and our staff in Lowell. Bruce joined NEIWPCC in 2006. He holds a B.Com. from the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa and an M.B.A. from SUNY.

Erik Posner, Environmental Analyst

 Erik Posner
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 NYSDEC
518-402-8259
erik.posner@dec.ny.gov
Erik provides technical expertise to the Division of Water to develop and maintain systems in support of program objectives. His responsibilities include internal and external websites and all databases maintained by the division. A NEIWPCC employee since 2004, Erik holds an M.B.A. from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sarah Rickard, Environmental Analyst

 Sarah Rickard
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 NYSDEC
518-402-8155
sarah.rickard@dec.ny.gov
A NEIWPCC employee since 2004, Sarah provides a broad range of information management services for the Division of Water, including providing project management support for the development and maintenance of water information systems.  She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Yassir Soffan, Information Officer

 Yassir Soffan
 NEIWPCC Information Officer;
NYSDEC

518-402-8162
yassir.soffan@dec.ny.gov
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.


Myra Lawyer, Environmental Analyst

 Myra Lawyer
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 LCBP Agronomist
518-897-1387
myra.lawyer@dec.ny.gov
Based in New York State DEC’s Ray Brook office, Myra plays an important role in implementing LCBP’s efforts to reduce agricultural runoff in the New York portion of the basin. A certified crop advisor and comprehensive nutrient management planner, Myra worked as an agronomist in New York for fifteen years prior to joining NEIWPCC’s staff in 2012. She holds an A.S. in Agronomy from Purdue University.

Onondaga Lake Watershed




Peter Stangel, Environmental Analyst

 Peter Stangel
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
 LCBP Long Term Monitoring Biologist
802-490-6132
pete.stangel@partner.vermont.gov
Although based at Vermont DEC in Montpelier, Pete is a key part of the LCBP team. His responsibilities include monitoring Lake Champlain and its tributaries, collecting and analyzing aquatic samples to determine water quality, and preparing comprehensive water quality study reports. Development of the reports involves aquatic sampling and analysis, transcription and interpretation of data, compilation of material, and formation of recommendations. Pete joined NEIWPCC in 1996. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Johnson State College.