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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 bachelor’s 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 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.

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 bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.