Executive Committee Bio

Ray Vemette, President
Ray is currently the Facility Supervisor at the City of Dover, NH Wastewater Treatment Facility with over 28 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 20 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 the Hatfield Award. Ray is also a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.
Jennifer Kelly Lachmayr, President-Elect
Jennifer is a Vice President and Business Development Manager for ARCADIS US Inc located in Wakefield MA. Jennifer has over 32 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, CT and ME and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Jennifer has been a member of NEWEA since 1996 and has served on Programs Committee, the Assessment & Development Committee, Public Awareness, Communications Council Director and as a WEF Delegate. In addition, Jenn is active in several other organizations including AWWA, NEWWA, APWA, MEWEA, NBWPCA, MWPCA as well as WEF. For WEF Jennifer has been an active volunteer since 1997 and currently serves on the Collection Systems Committee (CSC). Jennifer is the recipient of the WEF’s CSC golden manhole award.
Virgil Lloyd, Vice President
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
Clayton “Mac” Richardson, Treasurer
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.
Janine Burke-Wells, Past President
Janine has worked in the public sector for nearly thirty 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.
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.
Frederick J. McNeill, P.E., WEF Delegate
Fred started his engineering career over 35 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 one of northern New England’s largest wastewater utilities. 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.  A long-time industry advocate, Fred has published/presented over 50 technical papers in his career on a wide-range of environmental engineering topics.
Matthew Formica, WEF  Delegate
Matt is a Project Manager for AECOM and has more than 20 years of experience in the evaluation, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities. His experience  includes implementing wastewater treatment facility processes pushing nutrient removal technology limits, combined sewer overflow removal, odor control evaluations, pipe remediation design, and residuals disposal upgrade projects.  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 2015 President, as the Lead of the 2013-2014 NEWEA Rebranding Taskforce as well as the Lead of the 2016-2017 Long Term Strategic Plan Taskforce.  He has also has served as the Chair of the Program Committee, Chair of the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. Matt has contributed to a number of NEWEA and WEF journal publications and has presented over 15 papers at various local, national, and international conferences.
Susan Guswa, WEF Delegate
Susan is a Senior Technical Leader at Woodard & Curran and has more than 20 years of experience on water quality planning, design, and regulatory compliance projects. Her focus is on wastewater treatment and nutrient removal with broad experience also encompassing collection systems and pump stations, stormwater, and reuse water.  She received her BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Duke University and her MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, Connecticut and California.  Susan is the past chair of the NEWEA Program Committee and the Plant Operations Committee and is currently a member of the Government Affairs Committee and Innovation Task Force.  Sue is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers and the 2018 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award.
James Barsanti, WEF Delegate
Jim is an Assistant Director of Water and Wastewater for the City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works, and has 34 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 and a NEWEA Grade IV Collection Systems Operator. He has been an active member of NEWEA and WEF since 1992. He served as NEWEA President in 2017, and has also served as Communications Council Director, Management Review Council Director, and as Chair of the Assessment and Development and Collection Systems 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.
William Norton, Connecticut State Director
Bill Norton is the Superintendent of the Town of Fairfield’s Water Pollution Control Facility (9MGD), an Advanced Biological Nutrient Removal Facility located on Long Island Sound. Bill has over 35 years of experience in the wastewater field, 29 years with the City of West Haven in various position culminating with the position of Administrator of Water Pollution Control Facilities, 3 years with the Town of Greenwich as their Process Control Engineer at the town’s Grass Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (12.5MGD) and now is in his current position with the Town of Fairfield since July of 2015. Bill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree from the University of New Haven both in Environmental Science. Bill posse’s a Class IV Wastewater License, Class IV Water License and Class III Water Distribution License all from the State of Connecticut and a Class IV Collection System License from NEWEA. Bill has been a member of the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Nitrogen Advisory Board since 2005.
Jeffrey McBurnie, Maine State Director
Jeff is the Director of Permitting and Regulatory Affairs for Casella Organics, a position he’s held since 2009. He is past president of the Maine Water Environment Association, for which he currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Residual Management Committee, and is active with the Government Affairs Committee. Jeff is also Chair of the Northeast Biosolids & Residuals Association’s Regulatory & Legislative Committee. He also serves part-time as the Consulting Director of the City of Brewer (ME) Water Testing Lab and as a Water and Wastewater Systems Operator certification trainer. Jeff is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Maine and is a Maine-licensed Water System Operator, Grade 4. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Maine – Orono and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the Texas A&M University.
Justin deMello, Massachusetts State Director
Justin has over a dozen years of professional experience working on a wide range of wastewater, water, and water resource projects for municipalities and private sector clients. Justin earned a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a M.B.A from Babson College.
Steve Clifton, New Hampshire State Director
Steve is Vice President with Underwood Engineers, serving clients throughout New England from their Portsmouth, NH headquarters office. He has over 35 years’ experience in the water and wastewater industry. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New Hampshire and Maine. Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Lowell. He has been an active member and supporter of NHWPCA, MEWEF and NEWEA for many years, and is a former treasurer and newsletter chair for the NHWPCA. Steve was the New Hampshire recipient of the Alfred E. Peloquin Award from NEWEA in 2005.
Scott Goodinson, Rhode Island State Director
Scott Goodinson is the Superintendent of the Warwick Sewer Authority (WSA) overseeing the operations of a 7.7 million gallons per day (mgd) advanced wastewater treatment facility and has worked in the wastewater industry for 29 years. Scott is a US Navy Veteran, serving onboard a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine during the 1980’s. After leaving the Navy in 1986, he tried his hands at several jobs but like most of us, working towards a better environment and clean water was in his blood. Professional Services Group (PSG) hired Scott in 1990 as an entry-level operator at the Cranston Water Pollution Control Facility (20.2 mgd) where he worked for 20 years and rose to the level of Operations Manager. After Cranston he worked a few years at the West Warwick Regional Water Pollution Control Facility (7.9 mgd). In 2012 he accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent at the WSA.Mr. Goodinson has a Rhode Island Operator Grade IV Wastewater License, a Grade II Collections System Operations License, is a Veolia Water Project Manager’s “Boot Camp” graduate and a RI Interlocal Trust Supervisor’s Management Institution (SMI) graduate. He holds numerous ICS/Disaster Management and Train-the-Trainer Certifications, and is OSHA 40 hour certified.Having served on the Pawtuxet River Authority as its Vice-Chair for over 10 years, Mr. Goodinson is a life-long associate member. He has also been a board member for the RI Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA) for many years and now serves as its Past-President. Scott lives in Warwick with his wife Lidia; they have four children and two grandchildren.
Chris Robinson, Vermont State Director
Chris is the Water Quality Superintendent for the Town of Shelburne where he is responsible for both of Shelburne’s Wastewater Treatment Facilities (0.66 mgd & 0.44 mgd), nineteen pump stations, collection system, and the Town’s Stormwater Utility (MS4). He has worked in the wastewater field for over 20 years. He currently holds a VT Grade 5 domestic wastewater license, a Class 4 water certification, and a master electrician license. He graduated from Paul Smiths College of the Adirondacks with an associate’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Technology. Chris participated with Vermont’s Caustic Solution operations challenge team for 3 years from 2000-2003. He currently serves on the Green Mountain Water Environment’s Board of Directors where he served as president from 2014-2016. Chris lives in Vergennes but tries to spend as much time in the Adirondacks where he owns a rustic camp.
John Digiacomo, Collection Systems/Water Resource Council Director
John began his term as Collection Systems & Water Resources Council Director in January 2017. He is presently the Assistant Town Engineer for the Town of Natick, Massachusetts and has over 22 years of experience as both a consultant (8 years) and municipal engineer (14 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, Awards) during that time. As a member of the Collection Systems Committee he 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.
Meg Tabacsko, Communications Council Director
Meg Tabacsko holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is employed by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Her primary responsibility is visiting area schools (pre-K through the college level) to educate teachers and students about the public health significance of water supply and wastewater treatment. Meg has been employed with the MWRA since October of 1986 and developed the MWRA’s award winning wastewater education program in 1989. Meg reaches over 10,000 students each year. In addition to the hundreds of classroom presentations she does, she also conducts teacher training workshops, creates curricula, and oversees an annual poster and writing contest. Meg has been an active member of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) since 1993. She serves Communications Council Director and has been Co-Chair of the Public Awareness Committee and Past Chairperson of the Registration, Membership and the Public Education committees as well as Meeting Management Director. Meg is a member of Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) and also serves on the Boston Harbor Educators’ Conference Planning Committee and the Waterworks Museum Education Committee. Meg has received the MA Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education, MME’s Nap Buonaparte Award, NEWEA’s Public Educator of the Year and the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award, and the Water Environment Federation’s Water Champion of North America Award.
Kate Biedron, Meeting Management Council Director
Kate Biedron is a Project Manager at CDM Smith with 14 year of experience focusing on multiple phases of Collection Systems projects ranging from the design and construction of wastewater pipelines and pump stations to infrastructure renewal consisting of sewer system evaluation surveys (SSES) and trenchless rehabilitation designs. She graduated from UMASS Amherst and got her Civil/Environmental master’s degree from UMASS Lowell. Kate has her PE in MA, NH, and CT. She is the vice chair of the Lowell, MA Conservation Commission, a member of the Umass Amherst Civil Engineering Advisory Board and the new Meeting Management Council Director for NEWEA. In the past Kate served as Chair of the Registration Committee and Chair of the Public Awareness Committee at NEWEA.
Justin Skelly, Outreach Council Director
Justin is a Project Engineer for AECOM and has 9 years of experience in the water quality industry working on a wide range of water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Justin earned his BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Justin has been an active member in NEWEA since 2010, and previously served as Chair of the Young Professionals (YP) Committee. As YP Committee Chair, his focus was on increasing membership of YPs in NEWEA, encouraging collaboration of YPs across NEWEA technical committees and other state/professional organizations, and providing valuable professional development and networking opportunities through events like the “Poo & Brews” and annual YP Summit. Justin received a “Thanks-A-NEWEA” award to recognize him for his lasting contributions to the YP Committee.
Philip Forzley, Treatment, Systems Operations and Management Council Director
Bio forthcoming.