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Wastewater and Onsite Systems Staff

NEIWPCC Headquarters (Lowell, Mass.)


Christina Stringer
Director of Wastewater & Onsite Programs
978-349-2513
cstringer@neiwpcc.org
Christina oversees NEIWPCC’s work related to wastewater management, regional environmental training, environmental professional certification, onsite/decentralized wastewater, and underground storage tanks. She manages the development and revision of technical guidance documents related to wastewater, and serves as the technical adviser on program issues. Christina joined NEIWPCC in June 2018 as part of the Water Resource Protection division, and transitioned to her current position in January of 2021. She earned her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of South Florida. full bio

Patricia L. Chesebrough
Program Manager
978-349-2517
pchesebrough@neiwpcc.org
As a Program Manager in the Wastewater Division, Patty manages NEIWPCC’s training program and delivers courses pertinent to wastewater treatment and other environmental issues. She acts as the lead trainer on some of NEIWPCC’s municipal and industrial wastewater treatment offerings. She also serves as project manager on various engineering projects for wastewater facilities and oversees NEIWPCC’s stormwater workgroup and related efforts. Patty holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado. full bio

Kale Connerty
Information Officer
kconnerty@neiwpcc.org
As an information officer for the Wastewater and Onsite Systems Division, Kale leads the production of LUSTLine, and assists with the division’s Tanks programming. She works with authors and contributors to source content, she maintains publication guidelines and protocols, and she maintains webpages and distributions lists for LUSTLine and Tanks products. Kale previously served as an information officer in NEIWPCC’s communications division and originally joined NEIWPCC in June 2018 as the Youth and the Environment Program coordinator for the Wastewater Division. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Climate Change and Sustainability from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Victoria Helle
Environmental Analyst
978-349-4318
vhelle@neiwpcc.org
Victoria provides support to NEIWPCC’s training programs. She helps to coordinate virtual and in-person courses by hosting classes, providing technical support to students and trainers, maintaining course materials, and assisting with the development of upcoming training opportunities, initiatives, and resources. Victoria joined NEIWPCC in May of 2022, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Management with a minor in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

Michelle Jenkins, Information OfficerMichelle Jenkins
Information Officer
978-349-2516
mjenkins@neiwpcc.org
Shelly coordinates the Massachusetts Wastewater Certification and Renewal Program and the Massachusetts Title 5 Certification Renewal and Training Program. She also coordinates with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Board of Certification on status changes and emergency applications and provides them with approved renewals and issues. Shelly processes applications and renewals for all Massachusetts Certified System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators, as well. Shelly first joined NEIWPCC in 2003 as an administrative assistant and was promoted to her current role in August 2019. She holds an Executive Secretarial Program Certificate from the Burdett School in Boston.

Evan Karsberg, Environmental AnalystEvan Karsberg
Environmental Analyst
978-349-2512
ekarsberg@neiwpcc.org
Evan provides support to NEIWPCC’s training and certification programs. He helps to coordinate virtual and in-person courses by hosting classes, providing technical support to students and trainers, and maintaining course materials. He supports certification programs by organizing and maintaining operator records and processing certification and renewal applications. Additionally, he assists the Wastewater and Onsite Systems Division with the development of annual plans and preparation of quarterly reports. Evan joined NEIWPCC in 2021, and holds a MA Wastewater Municipal Grade IV license.

Jennifer Lichtensteiger
Environmental Analyst
978-349-2518
jlichtensteiger@neiwpcc.org
As an Environmental Analyst, Jennifer’s responsibilities focus on both the Massachusetts and EPA-funded wastewater operator training programs, as well as current municipal wastewater and onsite wastewater system projects. She coordinates and schedules NEIWPCC’s wastewater training schedule including catalog production, course selection, course information distribution, and venue management. In addition, Jennifer coordinates the Youth in the Environment Program based in Lowell and New York City and identifies and addresses region priorities for residuals and NPDES with NEIWPCC’s Workgroups and Commissioners.  Jennifer joined NEIWPCC in July 2018. She holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. full bio

James Plummer
Environmental Analyst
978-349-2520
jplummer@neiwpcc.org
James joined NEIWPCC’s Water Resources Protection Division in December 2017, and transitioned to his current role with Wastewater and Onsite Systems in 2021. Previously serving as lead on the Nonpoint Source workgroup and the Annual NPS Conference, James continues to manage NEIWPCC’s Tracking and Accounting Collaborative (TACo). James coordinates with EPA and state staff to plan national SRF workshops. James also provides administrative oversight for several staff in Maine’s Drinking Water Program and coordinates NEIWPCC’s Stormwater Workgroup. Before joining NEIWPCC full time, James worked for two summers as the coordinator for the Youth and the Environment Program. James holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tampa. full bio

Lillian Zemba
Environmental Analyst
978-349-2525
lzemba@neiwpcc.org
Lillian manages NEIWPCC’s underground and leaking underground storage tanks (UST/LUST) programs. Working in coordination with the U.S. EPA, her efforts bring together federal, state, and tribal partners from across the country to improve the prevention and cleanup of releases from USTs. In this capacity, Lillian plans and implements the National Tanks Conference, oversees the production of the LUSTLine bulletin, coordinates UST and LUST trainings and webinars, and serves as the technical coordinator for the Tribal UST/LUST Workgroup and the EPA Region 1 UST/LUST Workgroup. Lillian joined NEIWPCC in July of 2022 and holds a bachelor’s in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. full bio


South Portland


Peter Zaykoski
NEIWPCC Program Manager;
South Portland Program Manager
207-253-8020
pzaykoski@neiwpcc.org
Peter serves as the program manager for NEIWPCC’s South Portland Office. He oversees the NPS program, ME Certification and Licensing program, and NEIWPCC’s work supporting the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC). In this capacity, he develops and delivers environmental training programs and seminars, prepares and reviews reference materials, and provides support to the JETCC Board of Directors. Peter also serves as NEIWPCC’s Quality Assurance Program Manager, overseeing all aspects of quality assurance activities within the organization. Peter joined NEIWPCC’s Water Resource Protection Division in September 2018 and took on the role of South Portland Program Manager in May of 2022. He received his master’s from Duke University in Environmental Management with a Geospatial Analysis Certificate. full bio

Spring Connolly, Administrative AssistantSpring Connolly
NEIWPCC Administrative Assistant
207-253-8020
sconnolly@neiwpcc-jetcc.org
Spring provides secretarial and administrative support for NEIWPCC’s South Portland Office. Her responsibilities include updating content on the JETCC website and designing many of the program’s publications, including the spring and fall training catalogs. She works closely with Maine DEP to maintain the Maine Wastewater Operator Certification records database and handles inquiries from Maine’s operators. Spring also coordinate’s NEIWPCC’s Training and Certifications Workgroup. Spring joined NEIWPCC in 2009. She’s a graduate of Kearns High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Independent Environmental Monitors


Linda Allen, NEIWPCC New York City CSO Project DirectorLinda Allen
NEIWPCC New York City CSO Project Director;
NYC CSO Monitoring Program
518-402-8234
linda.allen@dec.ny.gov
A NEIWPCC employee since 2009, Linda monitors and reviews New York City’s efforts to comply with requirements of the city’s Amended Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order. She reviews plans and specifications, engineering reports, studies, and analytical data associated with CSO abatement projects required under the order. Linda also reviews waterbody/watershed facility plans and long-term control plans to assess water quality standards compliance. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University and is a licensed professional engineer in civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

Daniel (Don) Flannery
NEIWPCC Environmental Engineer;
NYSDEC
718-482-6963
daniel.flannery@dec.ny.gov
Don, who joined NEIWPCC in November 2017, monitors the progress of and reviews and comments on New York City’s efforts to implement capital projects required by the New York City Amended Consent Order (ACO).  ACO projects include large regional CSO abatement facilities and sewer separation and treatment plant upgrades.  Don reviews plans and specifications for compliance with ten state standards and NYS DEC rules and regulations and conducts field inspections for progress and final acceptance. Don holds a M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.



Debra Hanas, Environmental Analyst

Debra Hanas
NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst;
NYSDEC Onondaga Lake/Health & Safety Coordinator

315-426-7457
debra.hanas@dec.ny.gov
Debra serves as the NYSDEC Division of Water Onondaga Lake Watershed/Health and Safety Coordinator. She oversees project schedules to verify compliance with Amended Consent Judgment milestones, assists with developing an Onondaga Lake Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), helps with Onondaga Lake watershed planning, develops health and safety policies, and implements safety training programs. A NEIWPCC staff member since 2004, Debra holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Yassir Soffan, Information OfficerYassir Soffan
NEIWPCC Information Officer;
NYSDEC

518-402-8162
yassir.soffan@dec.ny.gov
Yassir provides desktop, network, and server support to end users, including workstations, servers, and peripherals. He diagnoses and troubleshoots hardware and software problems and coordinates problem resolution with other members of the NYSDEC Division of Information Services. Yassir joined NEIWPCC in 2002. He holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Westfield State College and is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

 


New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection, Capital Replacement Program


Shotoya Simmons
Assistant Accountant
ssimmons@dep.nyc.gov
Shotoya supports the Capital Replacement Program with NYCDEP by performing detailed financial processes. She prepares operations and maintenance (O&M) documents, reviews expenditures, tracks annual budgets, and performs reconciliations. She also prepares quarterly reports, maintains accurate documentation on accounts, and assists with meetings as needed. She joined NEIWPCC in June of 2022, and holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from the University College of the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Douglas Strait
Environmental Engineer
dstrait@dep.nyc.gov
As a NEIWPCC Environmental Engineer working with the NYC DEP, Douglas assists with the assessment, replacement, and maintenance of wastewater treatment infrastructure within the New York City water supply watershed. He performs site inspections, coordinates with WWTP owners and DEP compliance staff, prepares and reviews progress reports, and tracks program budgets and program progress. Douglas joined NEIWPCC in September of 2021. He holds a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of Georgia.



Peter Bernard, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst  Peter Bernard
 NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
207-287-6471
peter.bernard@maine.gov
As an Environmental Analyst for the Maine DHHS Drinking Water Program, Peter works with the Information Management Team to provide compliance support for the Drinking Water Program and the Subsurface Wastewater Unit. Peter assists with development, production, and distribution of DWP media and oversees the Subsurface Wastewater permitting process including communication and education with towns regarding issues and/or errors with permits or payments. Peter joined NEIWPCC in January of 2016.

Ellen Daly
NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst
207-287-4484
ellen.daly@maine.gov
Ellen works with the Data Management and Program Support Team providing data entry, research, and analysis. As a Data Specialist, she adds and maintains inventory data in the Maine Drinking Water Program’s database and provides quality control in the document management system. In addition, she assists data management staff with monthly public water systems sampling compliance. Ellen joined NEIWPCC in October 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University).

Martha Nadeau, Assistant Environmental AnalystMartha Nadeau
NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst
207-287-5683
martha.nadeau@maine.gov
A NEIWPCC employee since 2009, Martha works with the Maine DHHS Drinking Water Program’s Information Management Team to provide technical support to the program’s Compliance and Enforcement Team. Martha holds an A.A.S. in Business Administration and Management from Central Maine Technical College.

Elizabeth Pellegrino
NEIWPCC Assistant Environmental Analyst
207-287-5681
elizabeth.pellegrino@maine.gov
Elizabeth provides support to the Subsurface Wastewater Unit within the Maine DHHS Drinking Water Program. She oversees the permit/fee reconciliation process, communicates with towns regarding permit status and assists to resolve permitting issues. She also assists with data improvement projects, providing QA/QC oversight of data entry processes, and participating in field visits as needed. Elizabeth joined NEIWPCC in November of 2021 and holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.

Christina Trufant, NEIWPCC Environmental AnalystChristina Trufant
NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst
207-287-4458
christina.trufant@maine.gov
Christina joined NEIWPCC in June 2017 and is responsible for determining public water system compliance with the state of Maine and federal safe drinking water regulations. She assures that compliance monitoring schedules are entered and maintained in the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) database and that they are correct, complete, and consistent with rules regulating public water systems. As a Rule Specialist, she also communicates regulatory requirements to staff and public water systems through training and direct meetings. Christina holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Southern Maine.