Executive Committee Bios

Jim Barsanti Jim Barsanti, President
Jim is an Assistant Director of Water and Wastewater for the Town of Framingham’s Department of Public Works and has 31 years of experience in the water and wastewater field. He has a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and Vermont. Jim is a NEWEA Grade IV Collection Systems Operator, Massachusetts Grade IV Water Distribution System Operator-In-Training, and is certified by NASSCO for pipeline, manhole, and lateral assessment. He has been a member of NEWEA and WEF since 1992, and has served as the Assessment and Development Committee Chair and the Collection Systems Committee Chair. Jim is currently an active member of those committees as well as the Finance, Sustainability, Public Awareness, and Newsletter Committees. He is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers and the Golden Manhole Society and was the 2014 Massachusetts recipient of the NEWEA Alfred E. Peloquin Award.
Janine Burke-Wells Janine Burke-Wells, President-Elect
Janine has worked in the public sector for over twenty-five years. She began her career with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in Boston where she worked for a decade before moving into local government. Currently, Janine is the Executive Director of the Warwick Sewer Authority. Janine has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University. She holds a Grade II wastewater operator’s license from the State of Rhode Island. Janine has received numerous awards for contributions to the wastewater profession including, most recently, her selection into the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. Janine’s previous positions with NEWEA include a 3-year term as the Rhode Island State Director (2012 – 2015) and Vice Chair of the Awards Committee. She has also been active in the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association having served in various capacities since 1998. Janine currently serves as a Commissioner for the State of Rhode Island on the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
ray vermette Raymond Vermette, Vice President
Ray is currently the Facility Supervisor at the City of Dover, NH Wastewater Treatment Facility with over 26 years of experience in the wastewater field. He has an Associate’s Degree in Water and Wastewater Technology from the New Hampshire Technical College and a Certificate in Supervisory Skills from the University of New Hampshire. Ray is a New Hampshire Grade IV Wastewater Operator, NEWEA Grade IV Collections Operator, New Hampshire Grade I Water Treatment Operator and a NEWEA Grade I Laboratory Analysis. Ray has been a NEWEA member for over 18 years, serving as the NH State Director and the Plant Operations Committee Chair. Before his involvement with NEWEA, Ray served on many NHWPCA Committees and was the Past President of the Associations 40th year. He is a past recipient of the NEWEA Alfred E. Peloquin Award,Operator of the Year Award and is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.
pbloomfield Priscilla Bloomfield, Treasurer
Senior Project Manager with CH2M. She has over 14 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry, focusing on asset management, strategic and master planning, benhmarking, and organizational assessments. Priscilla is a registered Professional Engineer in California, Texas, and Florida. She holds a BS in biology from Bates College, and a Bachelors of Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College. Priscilla has been an active member of NEWEA and WEF since 2003. She is a member of NEWEA’s Asset Management, Microconstituents, Sustainability, and Watershed Management committees and is the former chair of the Asset Management and Microconstituents committees. Priscilla is also a member of WEF’s Utility Management Committee and Sustainability Community of Practice.
Raymond Willis Raymond Willis, Past President 
Ray is a Vice President at Onsite Engineering, Inc. and has over 20 years experience in the water/wastewater/stormwater engineering fields. Ray received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island, is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Program for Emerging Leaders, and holds Professional Engineering and Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator’s licenses. Ray has served NEWEA in various capacities as the Massachusetts Director and as a member of the Awards, Collection System, Membership and Government Affairs Committees in addition to serving as a moderator for the NEWEA Annual Conference and Specialty Conferences. Ray is also a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. In addition to roles with NEWEA, he is active in the Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association (MWPCA) being a member of the Board of Directors in addition to have served as President. He is a member of the Association’s Government Affairs, Finance, Decentralized Operations, and Collection System Committees.
Mary Barry Mary Barry, NEWEA Executive Director
Mary Barry is the Executive Director of NEWEA, the premier Water Quality Member Association in New England. Throughout her tenure, she has placed a bold emphasis on volunteer support; member services, program expansion, broader technical reach, and public out-reach. Ms. Barry’s motivation and commitment is responsible for guiding the Association’s efforts to improve water quality and elevating the value of water and significance of our industry. Ms. Barry’s leadership is focused on advancing knowledge, innovation, and sound public policy for the protection of the water environment and our quality of life. Before serving as Executive Director, Ms. Barry worked in the environmental engineering industry for nearly 25 years as Strategic Market Programs Director at local, national and international engineering companies within the New England area. Ms. Barry has a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Massachusetts and a M.A. in Communications Management and Public Relations from Emerson College.
Dan Bisson, WEF Delegate
Dan is an Associate and Client Service Leader with CDM Smith and has over 22 years of experience in the water environment industry. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from WPI. He has been an active member of NEWEA since 1998 and has served in numerous leadership roles including: President(2012), President-Elect, Vice President, Meeting Management Director, Publications Director, Journal Committee Chair and Newsletter Committee Chair. He has also served as a member of the Senior Management Team, Finance Committee and Government Affairs Committee. Dan is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers(5S). In addition to his NEWEA involvement, Dan has been active in many other professional associations including Maine Wastewater Control Association, Maine Water Utilities Association and Boston Society of Civil Engineers and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies-New Hampshire(ACEC-NH). Dan is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and is a licensed professional engineer in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has published various articles and made presentations relating to water quality issues, wastewater, and biosolids processing at various professional associations or publications including NEWEA, MWWCA, MWUA, NEWWA, NHWWA, NHWPCA, ASCE and WEF.
Sue Sullivan Susan Sullivan, WEF Delegate
Susan is the deputy director of NEIWPCC, a position she has held since 1997. In her current position, she coordinates and helps implement policies and programs of the highest priority to state and federal agencies, and oversees all of NEIWPCC’s operational and programmatic activities. She also holds leadership roles in various regional and national organizations, including a position on the board of directors of the Interstate Council on Water Policy and on the executive and management committees of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. In 2014, she began a six-year term
 as a senior fellow of the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island, which addresses environmental problems affecting coastal ecosystems. As a first-term WEF Delegate, she is on the House of Delegates Nominating Committee, and serves as vice-chair of the Legislative Subcommittee of the Government Affairs Committee. She was also inducted into NEWEA’s Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers in 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from Long Island University and her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Frederick J. McNeill, WEF Delegate
Fred started his engineering career over 30 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer managing a rural water supply program in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Fred then embarked on a 20 year consulting career including ten years working internationally in Egypt, Jordan, Armenia, Georgia, and Bulgaria. Returning to his home town Fred moved to the public sector in 2006 and became Chief Engineer for the City of Manchester’s Environmental Protection Division where he manages northern New England’s largest wastewater utility. Fred has a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. A past president of New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association, Fred is currently a member of the New Hampshire Rivers Management Advisory Committee and has served as a New England Water Pollution Control Commissioner since 2007.
mformica Matthew Formica, WEF  Delegate
Matt is a Project Manager for AECOM and has more than 16 years of experience in the water quality field. Matt earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the from the University of New Hampshire, is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Program for Emerging Leaders, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Matt has served NEWEA in various capacities including as a member and Chairman of the Program Committee and as the Lead of the 2013-2014 NEWEA Rebranding Taskforce. He has also has served as a member of the Membership and Finance Committees and is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. Matt has also contributed to a number of NEWEA and WEF journal publications and has presented over 15 papers at various local, national, and international conferences.
Virgil Lloyd, Connecticut State Director
Virgil is a Senior Vice President with Fuss & O’Neill Engineers, serving clients throughout New England from their Manchester, CT headquarters office. He has over 34 years’ experience in the water and wastewater industry. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Virgil holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Haven and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He has been an active member and supporter of NEWEA for many years, and is the former chair of the CSO/Wet Weather Issues Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Water Pollution Abatement Association. He is currently the co-chair of the Connecticut PA12-155 Phosphorus Non-Point Source Workgroup.
Mac Richardson Clayton (Mac) Richardson, Maine State Director
Mac has worked for the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution control Authority (14 mgd WWTF) since 1988, previously working for Woodard and Curran and Combustion Engineering. He has been the contract operator of a small treatment plant (25,000 gpd) serving the Windham schools since 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Mac is a Maine registered professional engineer and grade 5 wastewater treatment plant operator. He was a founding member of NEBRA, has served on the NEWEA residuals committee for many years and is a past president of the Maine Water Environment Association and is currently the MEWEA communications chair.
Justin deMello Justin deMello, Massachusetts State Director
sgreig Sean Greig, New Hampshire State Director
Sean is currently the Water and Sewer Superintendent for the Town of Newmarket. He has over 20 years of experience in the water and wastewater field. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Norwich University, and a Pollution Abatement Certificate from Southern Maine Technical College. He is a NH Grade IV Wastewater, NEWEA Grade IV Collection Systems, Grade III Water Treatment, and Grade II Water Distribution operator. Sean is one of the founders of the New Hampshire Seacoast Sewer Snakes operations challenge team. He has served on the New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association Board of Directors in addition he served as president.
Mike Spring Michael Spring, Rhode Island State Director
Michael is employed as the Maintenance Manager for the Narragansett Bay Commission at the Field’s Point wastewater treatment facility. He has over 23 years experience in the wastewater industry primarily in the areas of maintenance management, operations supervision, equipment reliability, asset management, infrastructure, emergency management and safety. He has also worked on and with multiple hearth and fluidized bed incinerators, a wide range of conveyors and vacuum systems, dewatering systems such as plate and frame, belt presses, centrifuges and many varieties of positive displacement and centrifical pumps as well as pump controls, level sensors, flow meters and valve operators. Michael has also played a key roll within the Rhode Island Operations Challenge Team as the team captain and committee chairman. He has also served as the chairman of the New England Wastewater Pollution Control Association. Through his years of service , Michael has also documented numerous events pertaining to the industry through photographs for publication and distribution.
Nathan Lavallee Nathan Lavallee, Vermont State Director
john digiacomo John Digiacomo, Collection Systems/Water Resource Council Director
John is presently the Assistant Town Engineer for the Town of Natick, Massachusetts and has almost 20 years of experience as both a consultant (8 years) and municipal engineer (12 years). John earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1997, is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and a Certified Soil Evaluator in Massachusetts. John has been an active member and supporter of NEWEA since 2004, has been a member of multiple committees (Collection Systems, Stormwater, CSO/Wet Weather, Membership, Public Awareness) during that time. As a member of the Collection Systems Committee he has coordinated multiple specialty conferences, chaired and taken part in numerous subcommittees and has served as the Collection System Committee’s Clerk from 2008 to 2014, Vice Chair in early 2014 and Chair from 2014-2017.
Jennifer Lachmayer Jennifer Lachmayr, Communications Council Director
Jenn is a Principal-in-Charge and Business Development Manager for Malcolm Pirnie the Water Division of ARCADIS-US located in Wakefield MA. Jenn has over 28 years of experience in environmental engineering. She earned her BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in MA, RI, NH, and ME and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Jenn has been a member of NEWEA since 1996 and has served on Programs Committee, the Assessment & Development Committee, and currently chairs the Public Awareness Task Force. In addition, Jenn is active in several other organizations including AWWA, NEWWA, APWA, ECHA, MWPCA as well as WEF. For WEF Jenn has been an active volunteer since 1997 and currently serves on the Collection Systems Committee (CSC) and chairs the Workshop subcommittee in addition she serves on Program Workshop Subcommittee and the Steering Committee for the CSC. Jenn is the recipient of the WEF’s CSC golden manhole award.
Elena Proakis Ellis Elena Proakis-Ellis, Meeting Management Council Director
Elena Proakis Ellis is presently the City Engineer for the City of Melrose, Massachusetts, a registered Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE). Elena has been working in the environmental science and engineering fields for nearly 20 years, having received a degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University in 1996 and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. In addition to her work for the City of Melrose, she has worked for nine years at CDM Smith, as both an environmental scientist and engineer, and for eight years with the Town of Concord Department of Public Works, as the Water and Sewer Operations Engineer. Within NEWEA, Elena has been an active member since 1997 and has served as the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) international science fair program New England coordinator for five years, followed by chairing the SJWP National Competition’s Local Arrangements Committee for two years, leading the effort for NEWEA to host the national competition in Boston in 2012. She has also served as the Public Education Committee’s Vice Chair from 2010 to 2012 and Chair from 2013 to 2015.
Jonathan Kunay Jonathan Kunay, Outreach Council Director
Jonathan is a Project Manager for CDM Smith and has more than 13 years of experience in underground infrastructure assessment and rehabilitation. Jonathan earned a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering and a Minor in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, is certified in NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP), Manhole Assessment and Certification Program (MACP), and Lateral Assessment and Certification Program (LACP), and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. Jonathan has served NEWEA in other capacities including as a member and Chairman of the Water For People Committee for more than 10 years. Jonathan has also authored a NEWEA journal publication and has presented more than 15 papers at various local and national conferences.
MaryLee Santoro MaryLee Santoro, Treatment, Systems Operations and Management Council Director
MaryLee began her career with NEWEA around 2010 as a recipient of the Lab Practices Crystal Crucible Award, as well as the WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award in 2010. She became the Co-Chair and subsequent Chair of the Lab Practices Committee since then. During this tenure she has grown the membership and participation of the Lab Practices Committee as well as Liaison for the Laboratory Event for Operations Challenge since 2010; fielding a team of qualified committed judges yearly and bringing a new level of professionalism to the laboratory event. MaryLee has also served on the NEWEA Awards Committee, Public Education committee, and Public Awareness; participated in 2 Planning sessions for NEWEA and attended the ABC Annual Conference in Jan 2015 on Certification as well as continuing to serve on the Certification Task Force and presented on Laboratory related topics at two specialty seminars. Professionally, MaryLee has a Bachelor’s of Biology and a Master’s of Organizational Leadership. 2016 marks 25yrs at the Stamford WPCA in the Laboratory; Class 1 CT Wastewater Operator License; ABC Certified Environmental Analyst, NEWEA Class 2 Lab Operator Certification. This year MaryLee is the proud recipient of the Public Education Award from NEWEA. MaryLee and her team in Stamford provide educational tours to over 1000 visitors a year-now reaching the 10,000 mark in the past 10yrs! Ages of groups range from pre-school to Senior Citizens as well as Law students from Columbia and Pace Universities. Recently this summer, MaryLee also presented the Wastewater education program in Spanish!