Rhode Island Commissioners

Janet Coit
NEIWPCC Executive Committee Member
For more than 20 years, Janet Coit, director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), has worked on environmental matters. Before joining DEM, she oversaw conservation projects for 10 years at The Nature Conservancy. Previously, Coit was counsel and environmental coordinator in the Providence office of the late Senator John Chafee and, subsequently, Senator Lincoln Chafee. She went on to pursue national environmental policy work in the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. Coit holds a J.D. from Stanford and a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College.

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. 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 an M.P.H. from Brown University.

June Swallow
Representative of the Rhode Island Department of Health at NEIWPCC Meetings of the Commissioners
As chief of the Office of Drinking Water Quality in Rhode Island’s Department of Health, June Swallow is the primary state official responsible for assuring drinking water safety in Rhode Island. In this capacity, she oversees statewide programs to assure not only the safety of public drinking water supplies, but also public swimming pools, bottled water, and private wells. She also serves as the designee of the Director of Health on the Rhode Island Water Resources Board. Swallow has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT. She is a registered professional engineer in Rhode Island.

Janine Burke-Wells
Janine Burke-Wells became the new Executive Director for the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA) in May 2019. Prior to joining NEBRA, Janine worked in various public sector positions for over three decades including 10 years with the U.S. EPA before moving into local government where she oversaw the wastewater treatment systems for the Town of West Warwick and then the City of Warwick. Burke-Wells’s active involvement in the New England Water Environment Association includes serving as the president of the association in 2018. She is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. Burke-Wells has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University. She also holds a Rhode Island Grade II wastewater operator’s license.

Russell Chateauneuf
After a long career in the public sector, Russ Chateauneuf is now senior project manager at the Horsley Witten Group. He manages projects in areas such as stormwater management; water quality impact assessment; wetland, wastewater, and water quality permitting; and public and private water supply development. From 1991 to 2013, he served as chief of groundwater and wetlands protection at Rhode Island DEM. Other previous positions include water department director and director of public works for the City of Warwick, R.I. Chateauneuf is a registered professional engineer in Rhode Island and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.