Executive Committee Bio

 

Virgil Lloyd, 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
Frederick J. McNeill, P.E., President Elect
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.
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.
Jennifer Kelly Lachmayr, Past President
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.
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.
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 has 35 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 also as Communications Council Director, and is a past 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 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.
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 Compliance for Casella Resource Solutions (previously 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. He also did additional graduate work at the University of Kentucky, also in Ag Engineering.
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.
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.
Edward Davies, Rhode Island State Director
Bio forthcoming.
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, 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.
Philip Forzley, Treatment, Systems Operations and Management Council Director
Phil is a Vice President at Fuss & O’Neill who, after building his career in Connecticut, expanded his service area into northern New England and now serves clients from our office in White River Junction, VT. He holds Professional Engineer registrations in VT, NH, MA and CT and obtained BS and MS degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut. Phil has been active in NEWEA for many years as a committee member, committee chair and now as a Council Director. He especially enjoys developing relationships with clients and helping them solve engineering problems and navigate the regulatory environment.
Marianne Langridge, Innovation Council Director
Bio forthcoming.
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.