NEIWPCC Executive Committee Member
Katie Scharf Dykes is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). She was nominated by Governor Ned Lamont to serve as the Commissioner of DEEP, and was confirmed on February 20, 2019. Katie previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) from 2015-2018, and as Deputy Commissioner for Energy at Connecticut DEEP from 2012-2015. Katie also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (RGGI) from 2014 to 2017. RGGI is a multi-state effort focused on reducing carbon emissions from electric generating facilities. Katie joined CT DEEP in March 2012 after prior service as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy. She is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School.
Representative of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Commissioner at NEIWPCC Meetings of the Executive Committee and Commissioners
Jennifer Perry is a licensed professional engineer, with 28 years at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Perry has extensive experience in wastewater systems, ground water and surface water permitting, dam safety and infrastructure management. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Diedre S. Gifford
Deidre S. Gifford became the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) in 2019 and the acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health (DPH) in 2020. Gifford previously served as the deputy director at the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Services, Medicaid director in the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, co-founder and project director of Rhode Island’s multi-payer medical home demonstration, and director of healthcare policy and programs for Rhode Island’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. She received a master’s of public health in epidemiology and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.
Representative of the Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner at NEIWPCC Meetings of the Executive Committee and Commissioners
Lori Mathieu is a public health branch chief with the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health and Drinking Water (EHDW) Branch, which is responsible for state and federal regulatory oversight and technical assistance for the state’s 2,500 public drinking water systems. Mathieu serves as the department appointed representative to both the Water Planning Council and the State Drought Interagency Team. In 2021 she became president elect to the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators and is chair of the town of Coventry’s Inland Wetland Agency. Mathieu is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in environmental planning, engineering, and geography.
Michael joins NEIWPCC’s Commissioners with more than 45 years of professional municipal government experience in water pollution control and solid waste disposal management. Michael is presently serving as Superintendent of Sanitation for the Town of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and has been managing the Towns Water Pollution Control and Solid Waste/Recycling Divisions since 1993. Michael currently serves as Chairman of the Capital Region East Operating Committee and the Central CT Solid Waste Authority, managing regional hazardous waste and statewide waste disposal/recycling initiatives and programs. Michael was the past President of the CT Water Pollution Abatement Association (CWPAA) and former New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Connecticut State Director, and continues to serve as CWPAA Executive Board Member and NEWEA Government Affairs Committee. Recipient of Water Environment Federation, William D. Hatfield, NEWEA Clair N. Sawyer and Operations awards.
Denis Cuevas has worked in the public sector for over 20 years and serves as General Manager of the City of Waterbury, Water Pollution Control Department since 2009. He is the current President of the Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Control Authorities (CAWPCA). His experience has focused on managing the Water Pollution Treatment Facility with a design flow of 27 million gallons a day, collection system that includes 20 pump stations and 330 miles of collection system infrastructure. He is responsible in managing the design and construction of wastewater infrastructure projects including the phosphorous reduction project currently under construction. Denis graduated with bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Connecticut and is a licensed Professional Engineer in CT.
Jane K. Stahl
Jane Stahl has over thirty years of experience as an environmental policymaker, regulator and consultant. As Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Ms. Stahl was responsible for the State’s Air, Waste, Water and Long Island Sound Programs. She now brings the breadth and depth of knowledge acquired through her leadership of those programs to private and public entities engaged in project development, permitting, enforcement, rulemaking and policy development issues in the realms of energy, environmental protection and natural resource management and land use. Though it seems like ancient history, Ms. Stahl received a B.A in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from the UConn School of Law.