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Accolades and Accomplishments

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | Posted in iWR-1-20

Among the recent graduates of the Leadership Rhode Island Program is Dr. Courtney Schmidt, a NEIWPCC environmental analyst and staff scientist at the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.

NEIWPCC is pleased to welcome the following three new employees, all assisting the New York State Department of Health.

  • Joel Bernosky is a NEIWPCC environmental analyst (drinking water specialist) serving NYSDOH’s western district. He works from the agency’s Buffalo office.
  • Stephanie Facchine serves the NYSDOH capital district as a NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst (drinking water specialist), and is based in Albany.
  • Maxwell Landsman-Gerjoi is a NEIWPCC environmental analyst (hydrogeologist), also based in Albany

Here in Lowell, please welcome Tyler Way, our new office maintenance/clerk.

In addition, at the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Mae Kate Campbell joins the staff as an environmental analyst. Way and Campbell both started this week.


November 22 marked Susan Sullivan’s thirtieth anniversary at NEIWPCC. Sullivan joined the staff in 1989 as an environmental analyst. She has been the Commission’s executive director since 2017.

Leaving the Commission, with our thanks for years of service, are Denise Ruzicka and Suzanne Blancaflor of Connecticut, and Alicia Good of Rhode Island.

Nelle D’Aversa, a NEIWPCC environmental analyst who is the bioextraction coordinator at the Long Island Sound Study, wrote  of her work in the 2019 issue of Habitat Hotline Atlantic.

In October, Dr. Jim Ammerman, science coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study and a NEIWPCC environmental analyst, presented on using monitoring data and citizen science to address hypoxia at the Association of National Estuary Programs in Dewey Beach, Delaware. He led sessions at that conference and also at meeting of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation in Mobile, Alabama.

Also in October, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst Jennifer Lichtensteiger moderated a session on regulations at the New England Water Environment Association’s Northeast Residuals & Biosolids Conference in Springfield, Mass.