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Rhode Island Commissioners

Terrance Gray
NEIWPCC Executive Committee Member
Terrance Gray is the director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM). Gray brings 34 years of experience at RIDEM, and since 2019 has been the primary point person on the Rhode Island interagency team for the Transportation and Climate Initiative. He has also led several permitting and enforcement program initiatives and reforms at RIDEM and has been directly involved in Rhode Island’s brownfields program since its inception. He received his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, a master’s in civil engineering from Northeastern University, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Rhode Island.

Sue Kiernan
Sue KiernanRepresentative of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director at NEIWPCC Meetings of the Executive Committee and Commissioners
Susan Kiernan is a deputy administrator in the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) Office of Water Resources. She has worked at RIDEM since 1987 with a focus on water resources including groundwater, surface water and wetlands. She has lengthy experience developing water resource programs including non-point source pollution and water quality monitoring. Kiernan currently serves as a vice-chair of the Rhode Island Environmental Monitoring Collaborative and represents RIDEM in the regional Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and EPA Southeast New England Program. She oversees DEM programs involving water monitoring and assessment, TMDL development, nonpoint source pollution and financial assistance for water quality improvement and habitat restoration projects. Kiernan earned a bachelor’s in biology from the University of New Hampshire and a master of public affairs degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Nicole Alexander-Scott
As director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH), Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott oversees the coordination of a broad range of public health programs and services. Alexander-Scott is board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, pediatric infectious diseases, and adult infectious diseases and is an assistant professor of pediatrics and medicine at Brown University. From 2009 to early 2015, she served as consultant medical director of RI DOH’s Office of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. Alexander-Scott received her M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and she holds a master’s in public health from Brown University.

Amy Parmenter
Representative of the Rhode Island Department of Health at NEIWPCC Meetings of the Commissioners
As the interim chief and supervising environmental scientist for the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) Center for Drinking Water Quality, Amy Parmenter protects and promotes health and safety by ensuring the quality of the state’s public drinking water supplies. She has been with the center since 2013. Previously, she worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority’s drinking water program for almost a decade. Parmenter has a bachelor’s in geology from James Madison University, a master’s in biological and environmental sciences (hydrogeology) from the University of Rhode Island and is working towards a master’s in public administration at Roger Williams University.

Janine Burke-Wells
Janine Burke-Wells is the executive director for the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA), a position she has held since May 2019. Prior to joining NEBRA, Burke-Wells worked in various public sector positions for more than three decades, including 10 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and 20 years in local government where she oversaw the operations of the wastewater treatment systems in West Warwick and Warwick. Burke-Wells’ served as president of the New England Water Environment Association in 2018,  and currently is a member of its Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. She has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s of public administration from Northeastern University.