Executive Committee Bio

Janine Burke-Wells Janine Burke-Wells, 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.
ray vermette Raymond Vermette, President-Elect
Ray is currently the Facility Supervisor at the City of Dover, NH Wastewater Treatment Facility with over 27 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 19 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.
Jennifer Lachmayer Jennifer Lachmayr, Vice President
Jenn is a Vice President and Business Development Manager for ARCADIS US Inc located in Wakefield MA. Jenn 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. Jenn 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 Jenn has been an active volunteer since 1997 and currently serves on the Collection Systems Committee (CSC). Jenn is the recipient of the WEF’s CSC golden manhole award.
pbloomfield Priscilla Bloomfield, Treasurer
Priscilla has over 17 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.
Jim Barsanti Jim Barsanti, Past President
Jim is an Assistant Director of Water and Wastewater for the City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works and has 33 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 and a Massachusetts Grade IV Water Distribution System Operator-In-Training.  He has been a member of NEWEA and WEF since 1992 serving as President, President Elect, Vice President, Communications Council Director, Assessment and Development Committee Chair, Collection Systems Committee Chair, and as a member of several other 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.
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.
Sue Sullivan Susan Sullivan, WEF Delegate
Susan is Executive Director of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). She served as the Commission’s deputy director from 1997 to 2017. Susan coordinates and helps implement policies and programs of the highest priority to state and federal agencies, and she oversees all of NEIWPCC’s operational and programmatic activities. Susan is one of three delegates from NEWEA to the House of Delegates of the international Water Environment Federation (WEF). She serves on that body’s Membership and Steering committees, and as chair of the WEF legislative subcommittee of the WEF Government Affairs committee. Susan also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), a national organization, and on the executive and management committees of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. She is a member of NEWEA’s Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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.
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.
Sue Guswa 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.
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.
Justin deMello Justin deMello, Massachusetts State Director
Justin has twelve 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. Justin’s municipal infrastructure experience includes planning, permitting, public outreach and education, funding, detailed design, bidding, construction oversight, construction administration, startup and operations. As a registered NASSCO PACP/MACP/LACP Trainer, he is an expert in underground infrastructure assessment, design, and rehabilitation using conventional open cut and trenchless technologies.
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.
Scott Goodinson Scott Goodinson, Rhode Island State Director
Scott is the Superintendent at the (7.7 mgd) Warwick Sewer Authority (WSA) and has worked in the wastewater industry for many years. After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving on a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine during the cold war era. After leaving the Navy in 1986, he tried his hands at several jobs but like most of us- the call of God, Country, and a Clean Environment was in his blood. Professional Services Group (PSG) hired Scott in 1990 as an entry-level operator-in-training at the (20.2 mgd) Cranston WPCF where he worked for 20 years until leaving as the Operations Manager. After leaving Cranston he worked at the (7.9 mgd) West Warwick Regional WPCF until 2012, leaving for the Assistant Superintendent’s position at the WSA. He has a Rhode Island Operator Grade IV and a Collections Systems license. Having served on the Pawtuxet River Authority as its Vice-Chair for over 10 years, he is now a life-long associate member. He has also been a board member for the RI Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA) for many years- the last three years serving as its President. Scott lives in Warwick, has been married to his high school girlfriend Lidia for over 30 years. Scott & Lidia have 4 children, 2 grandchildren, a huge garden, a dog, bird and lots of fish.
Chris Robinson 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 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 20 years of experience as both a consultant (8 years) and municipal engineer (13 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 Tabascko 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.
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 over 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.
Justin Skelly Justin Skelly, Outreach Council Director
Justin is a Project Engineer for AECOM and has 8 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.
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!