Executive Committee Bio


Frederick McNeill, President
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.
Robert Fischer, President Elect
Bob has been the Water Quality Superintendent for South Burlington Vermont since 2015, overseeing two advanced facilities including energy production, thermophillic and mesophilic digestion, microfiltration, BNR and 34 pumpstations. He earned a BA in Biology and History (Dual Major) from the State University of New York College at Buffalo (1987) and did graduate work at Humboldt State University (1993). As a Fisheries Biologist in the late 1980’s and 1990’s Bob managed several large projects including IFIM studies on the Truckee River system for the USFS, harvest management for the Yurok Tribe/USFWS and as Assistant Forest Fisheries Biologist for the USFS Eldorado National Forest. Bob started his career in Water Quality at the Truckee Tahoe Sanitation Agency, California and continued at Middlebury Vermont and as Chief Operator at the Montpelier Vermont Water Resource Recovery Facility. Bob is a Vermont Grade 5 DM Wastewater Operator and Class 4 C Water Operator and is the former Government Affairs Chair for NEWEA and current Government Affairs Chair for GMWEA and a Past President. He is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers and recipient of: Crystal Crucible Society (2007), WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence (2010), Alfred E. Peloquin Award (2014), Operator Award (2019) and Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence (2015). Bob was also the Chief Water Operator for the Town of Websterville Vermont (2007-2010). Bob is also a twenty year United States Ski and Snowboard Coach for the Killington Mountain School.
Scott Goodinson, Vice President
Scott Goodinson has worked in the wastewater industry for over 30 years. He is a US Navy Veteran, serving onboard a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine during the 80’s. After leaving the Navy in 1986, he tried his hands at several jobs but like most of us, 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 WPCF where he worked for 20 years. After retiring from Cranston, Scott worked at the West Warwick WPCF and the Warwick Sewer Authority as the Superintendent at both facilities. Scott is currently the Superintendent at the Town of Narragansett Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Mr. Goodinson has a Rhode Island Grade IV Operator Wastewater License, a Grade II Collections System Operator License, is a Veolia Water Project Manager’s “Boot Camp” Graduate, a RI Interlocal Trust Supervisor’s Management Institution (SMI) Graduate, he holds numerous Train-the-Trainer Certifications and is OSHA 40 hour certified.
Scott served as a Board Member on the Pawtuxet River Authority & Watershed Council for over 10 years, was a member on the RI Operations Challenge Team for 8 years, he is a Past-President and a former State Director of the Rhode Island Clean Water Association (RICWA).
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.
David VanHoven, Deputy Treasurer
David earned a BS from Bucknell University and MS from University of Wisconsin. He is a Program and Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry currently working on large wet weather projects in New England. He served as previous chair of the Water For People committee.
Virgil Lloyd, Past President
Virgil is a Senior Vice President with Fuss & O’Neill Engineers, serving clients throughout New England. He has over 40 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 is a devoted member of NEWEA and has served the organization in many roles, including having the honor to serve as President in 2021. He is also a long-time supporter of CT state association activities, where he is currently serving on the merger committee that is focused on combining the Connecticut Water Pollution Abatement Association with the Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Control Authorities, into a new organization entitled the Connecticut Water Environment Association. He is proud to be named as a board member for the new CTWEA organization.
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.
James Barsanti, WEF Delegate
Jim has 37 years of experience in the water and wastewater field. He is presently working as an Environmental Engineer with MassDEP and is an Adjunct Instructor at Bristol Community College teaching courses in wastewater collection systems and water distribution systems. 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 and Massachusetts Grade 4D Distribution Systems Operator-In-Training. He has been an active member of NEWEA and WEF since 1992 and served as NEWEA President in 2017. 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 and 2019 recipient of the James J. Courchaine Collection Systems Award.
Peter Garvey, WEF  Delegate
Peter is a Vice President with Dewberry Engineers Inc. and from it’s Boston office, oversees Dewberry’s operations in New England. He has over 30 years of experience working with clients to assess and improve their water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. He earned a Bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering and mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Peter is registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York. Peter is the past chair and vice chair of NEWEA’s Collection Systems Committee, and was 2020 recipient of that committee’s Golden Manhole award. He has been a regular presenter and moderator at NEWEA conferences and seminars. In addition to his current WEF Delegate duties, Peter is also an active member of WEF’s Collection System Committee.
Ray Vermette, WEF Delegate
Ray is currently the Facility Supervisor at the City of Dover, NH Wastewater Treatment Facility with over 30 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 20 years, serving as 2019 President, 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.
Janine Burke-Wells, WEF Delegate
Janine Burke-Wells is the Executive Director of the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association, a position she has held since May 2019. Prior to joining NEBRA, Janine worked as a public servant for over three decades – 10 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and over 20 years in local government where she managed the wastewater systems in West Warwick and Warwick (Rhode Island). Ms. Burke-Wells earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University. She represents the State of Rhode Island to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. Ms. Burke-Wells has served NEWEA in many capacities including President in 2018. She is a member of NEWEA’s Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. She continues to maintain a Rhode Island Wastewater Operator’s license which someone went out of their way to help her obtain early on in her clean water career.
Vanessa McPherson, Connecticut State Director
Vanessa is a Principal Engineer with Arcadis, focused on wastewater infrastructure in Connecticut for nearly 20 years. Her experience extends from planning through construction phases on collection system and treatment projects. She received both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut and New York. Her passion for all things water is one of the things that has defined Vanessa all of her life. Vanessa is a Board Member of CTWEA, and is honored to be a part of such a distinguished group of clean water professionals and advocates. She also serves on the Water Pollution Control Commission for the Town of Redding, CT.
Paula Drouin, Maine State Director
Paula Drouin is Assistant General Manager of the Lewiston-Auburn WPCA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural and Applied Sciences and a master’s degree in Biology, both from the University of Southern Maine. She also holds a Grade V-B Maine Wastewater license and a Grade II NEWEA Wastewater Laboratory Analyst certificate. Paula has been very active with the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA). She founded the Young Professionals Committee in 2011 and then went on to form and chair the New Media Committee (since combined with Communications) in 2014 which brough MEWEA into the world of Facebook and Twitter, and she still oversees those social media accounts as well as the website. She served as MEWEA President in 2018 and has also since chaired the Public Relations Committee and Awards Committee.
Adam Yanulis, Massachusetts State Director
F. Adam Yanulis is a Vice President and Client Service Leader at Tighe & Bond in Westwood MA. He has over 35 years of experience working with Cities, Towns and Utilities on infrastructure planning and implementation of capital programs throughout New England. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Adam has served on several NEWWEA Committees including Registration, Sponsors, Public Awareness, and Past Chair of Govt Affairs. He is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. His also a member of the New England Chapter of American Public Works Association Executive Committee as well as a member of the Board at New Hampshire Public Works Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association and Past President of the New England Section AWWA. He is a commissioner on the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and past member of the Water Works Museum in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Michael Trainque, New Hampshire State Director
Michael received his BS in Civil Engineering from UMass- Lowell in 1979 where he received the BSCES Howe-Walker award for outstanding ASCE student chapter member as Vice president of the ASCE student chapter. He is a licensed professional Civil Engineer in NH, MA, ME, VT and FL and has NCEES national certification. Michael received the Alfred E. Peloquin award from NEWEA at the annual conference in January 2022. He was with Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. for over 42 years, most recently as Vice President in the Northeast Municipal Engineering Services group in Manchester, NH. Michael’s experience is primarily in wastewater collection and treatment but also includes stormwater and other aspects of Civil Engineering. He served for 2 years on the NH Legislative Commission to study stormwater. He is currently the Chairman of Industrial Advisory Board for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UMass Lowell and has been an active member of the Advisory Board since 1999. Michael serves on the Permits and Government Affairs Committees for the New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association as well as the NEWEA Government Affairs Committee. Michael is a member of WEF as well as several other water and wastewater trade associations.
Edward Davies, Rhode Island State Director
Eddie is a Superintendent of Wastewater and an Industrial Pretreatment Program Coordinator for the Quonset Development Corporation in North Kingstown, RI. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aquaculture & Fishery Technology from the University of Rhode Island, has held positions in various scientific disciplines over the past 23 years, and has spent the last 12 years specializing in wastewater treatment. Eddie served honorably in the RI National Guard, 3rd Battalion – 172nd Infantry Division (Mountain), from 1995 – 2003. He has a Rhode Island Grade IV Wastewater Operator License, a NEWEA Grade III Collections System Operator Certification, and a NEWEA Grade II Laboratory Analyst Certification. Eddie has been an active member of Rhode Island Clean Water Association (RICWA) since 2013, and continues to be heavily involved with Operator Training and Operations Challenge Programs.
Michael Smith, Vermont State Director
Michael Smith is a Team Leader and senior wastewater process designer for Weston & Sampson Engineers in their Waterbury, VT office. Smitty has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Norwich University, in Northfield, VT, is a registered Professional Engineer in Vermont, Maine, New Jersey and New York. He has worked for the past 33 years on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, design and construction projects; as well as agricultural bio-energy projects. Most recently, Smitty has been working with craft breweries throughout New England on high-strength wastewater planning and pre-treatment, winning State and regional awards for several of these projects. He has been an active member of GMWEA and NEWEA for more than 20 years, serving on both the Collection Systems Committee and the Operations Challenge Committee for most of his membership; and is a recipient of the Collection System Committee’s Golden Manhole Award. He is currently volunteering on a technical advisory committee with other environmental consultants and members of the Vermont DEC to update Vermont’s Indirect Discharge Rules.
Vonnie Reis, Collection Systems/Water Resource Council Director
Ms. Reis has been working in the Civil/Environmental Engineering field for over 30 years. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University. She is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of Massachusetts. A member of NEWEA and WEF for over 20 years, Vonnie has been a member of the Collections Systems and Government Affairs Committees, Chair of the Public Education Committee, a regional judge for Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and Communications Council Director. She has also participated and presented in numerous NEWEA strategic planning sessions and technical conferences. She currently works for the City of Melrose, Massachusetts as the City Engineer.
Deborah Mahoney, Communications Council Director
Deb Mahoney is Brown and Caldwell’s Boston Office Leader and Municipal Market Leader for New England. She has worked in municipal wastewater in New England for 23 years. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from UMass-Lowell. Deb has been a committed NEWEA member her entire career and has held positions as YP Chair, NEWEA Secretary and Assessment and Development Committee Chair. She is also a proud member of the 5S. In addition to NEWEA, Deb is on the Board of Directors for the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association, holding the position of Vice President.
Colin O’Brien, Outreach Council Director
Colin O’Brien is a Client Service Manager for Brown and Caldwell’s New England Team located in Andover, MA. He received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He has over six years of experience in the wastewater industry working on projects across the Northeast. Colin manages waste to energy projects, provides stormwater sampling and staff training services, leads design projects of solids handling and BNR improvements, manages design and construction of wet weather facilities, and other activities associated with Long-Term-Control Plans.
In his spare time, Colin enjoys working on his pheasant farm, serving the town of Phillipston (MA) as a Firefighter/First Responder, hunting and fishing across New England, and living on his homestead in rural Worcester County. Colin is also the former NEWEA Young Professionals committee chair. Colin is an advocate for the environment through his work and his involvement with NEWEA and other local industry associations.
Marina Fernandes, Treatment, Systems Operations and Management Council Director
Bio and headshot forthcoming.
Marianne Langridge, Innovation Council Director
For the past 30 years Dr. Langridge has been passionately focused on synthesizing perspectives on the environment to discover and implement solutions that ensure the sustainability of our communities globally. Her education in Systems Science had a solid scientific and engineering foundation that enables her to weave together diverse areas of expertise in water, waste management, technology, mathematical modeling, economics, program management, change management, psychology, and organizational behavior to build action- oriented teams with broad perspective that are results focused. It is with this perspective that Dr. Langridge lead’s NEWEA’s Innovation Council. In addition, she is an active member of the Water and Environment Federation, and their Intelligent Water Committee and planning team member for the upcoming 2022 JSWA-EWA-WEF joint conference on Resiliency in Water. She is Lead Editor for WEF’s Manual of Practice #33, Information Technology in Water and Wastewater Utilities, v2 (upcoming March 2022), and is a contributor for AWWA’s upcoming Manual of Practice on Innovation.
Amy Anderson George, Meeting Management Council Director
Amy Anderson George is Project Manager our of Arcadis’s Wakefield MA office. She has 16 years of experience in the the municipal wastewater field. She received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Roger Williams University. She has been an active member of NEWEA since 2005 and has served as the Chair of both the Exhibits Committee and the Program Committee and a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.