NEIWPCC Executive Committee Member
Clark Freise, Acting Commissioner, has served as the Assistant Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Environmental Services since October 2015. Freise previously served in a number of senior executive roles in industry. Prior to industry, he served in the federal government as a Naval Officer, scientist and as a program manager. Freise graduated from the United States Naval Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution joint program with degrees in physical oceanography.
Representative of the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Commissioner at NEIWPCC Executive Committee and Commission Meetings
Eugene Forbes was appointed as Water Division director at New Hampshire DES in May 2014. Previously, Forbes was executive vice president and assistant secretary on the board of directors for Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, where he helped manage all Vermont-area environmental engineering projects. Forbes also worked as an environmental engineer and construction superintendent for the state of Vermont and private companies. Forbes is a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified professional engineer in five states. He holds numerous degrees: an M.B.A. from New Hampshire College, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Thomas Ballestero is director and principal investigator at the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center and an associate professor in the university's Civil Engineering Department. His research projects include the Stormwater Center, stream restoration, and bedrock hydrogeology. As an associate professor, Ballestero teaches advanced courses in stormwater systems, stream restoration, sediment transport, open channel flow, engineering hydrology, and hydrologic monitoring. Professionally licensed as an engineer, hydrologist, geologist, and groundwater professional, Ballestero holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Fred McNeill began his career more than 30 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer managing a rural water supply program in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He then embarked on a 20-year stint as an engineering consultant, spending considerable time in Egypt, Jordan, Armenia, Georgia, and Bulgaria. In 2006, McNeill assumed his current position: chief engineer for the City of Manchester's Environmental Protection Division, where he manages northern New England's largest wastewater utility. He is the state director for the New England Water Environment Association and a member of the New Hampshire Rivers Management Advisory Committee. McNeill has an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.
Prior to his retirement, Nelson Thibault was chief officer for all municipal clients at Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, a national consulting engineering company, and sat on its board of directors. He started working for the firm in 1979, and over the years, worked his way up to become one of the principal owners of the company. He has more than 45 years of experience in the environmental industry and is a longtime member of NEWEA, where he held many positions including New Hampshire State Director. Thibault was awarded life membership to the Water Environment Federation. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
As president at Normandeau Associates, an environmental consulting firm, Robert Varney focuses on the company's continued expansion and strategic development. Previously, Varney was regional administrator for EPA Region 1, where he oversaw high-profile initiatives associated with climate change, safe drinking water, Superfund, brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, environmental justice, and water body restoration. Before joining EPA, Varney served as commissioner at New Hampshire DES and was one of the nation's longest-serving state environmental agency leaders. A former NEIWPCC chair, he has received many awards, including EPA's Lifetime Achievement Award, the ECOS Founders Award, and the John H. Chafee Award for Leadership. Varney holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire.