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Samuel Bell Named Vice Chair of the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee

Posted February 8, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Samuel Bell of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. will be joining the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee as the Vice Chair – Climate. Sam has been a long-time supporter of the EBC, and looks forward to contributing his industry knowledge to the Climate Change and Air Committee as Vice Chair.

Samuel Bell, Senior Resiliency Planner
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
144 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA
781.278.3847  //  samuel.bell@gza.com

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Sam Bell is a Senior Resiliency Planner who has spent the last 12 years working with local communities and states around the country to prevent natural and climate-related hazards from becoming disasters. He serves as the Planning Leader for GZA’s Natural Hazard Risk Management practice group. In this role, Sam leads teams in assisting GZA clients with natural hazard and climate adaptation planning, risk assessments, risk communication, community education and outreach, and in preparing actionable hazard mitigation measures designed to make communities more resilient. Most recently Sam led teams that successfully developed Natural Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Plans for Somerset and Milford in Massachusetts, and Stratford, Old Saybrook and Westport in Connecticut. He also assists several businesses in New England in: 1) conducting flood vulnerability assessments; 2) preparing flood mitigation solutions; and 3) preparing flood emergency response plans based on FM Global requirements.

Prior to joining GZA, Sam served as a Hazard Mitigation Grant and Planning Team Lead from 2007 to 2011 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) providing disaster recovery support to states throughout the Northeast in response to the adverse impacts caused by historic flooding. He worked with multiple State Emergency Management Agencies and Departments of Environmental Protection to identify strategies and flood mitigation solutions to protect residences and critical facilities from incurring damages from future flooding. From 2011 to early 2014, he assisted FEMA as a consultant in revising risk evaluation and program effectiveness tools that FEMA, States, local, tribal and US territories use to evaluate the effectiveness of all eligible flood mitigation projects including critical facilities and infrastructure. These tools included the FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Tool Version 5.0 used to evaluate project cost-effectiveness, and a pioneering streamlined riverine flood loss avoidance study methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of flood mitigation after completion. To assist all stakeholders with using FEMA’s BCA Tool and preparing Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant applications, Sam led trainings throughout the United States (U.S.) including several in New England.

Sam earned a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor Environmental Design in Planning from the University of Colorado-Boulder.


EBC Announces Leadership Team for PCB & Emerging Contaminants Subcommittee

Posted January 8, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Malcolm Beeler of Weston & Sampson, Elizabeth Denly of TRC, Steven LaRosa of Weston & Sampson, Jim Occhialini of Alpha Analytical, and Timothy Snay of  Ransom Consulting, Inc., have all been added to the newly formed EBC PCB & Emerging Contaminants Subcommittee Leadership Team.

Frank Ricciardi, Vice President at Weston & Sampson, will continue to serve as the Subcommittee Chair.

Malcolm Beeler, Team Leader | PCB Technical Lead
Weston & Sampson
273 Dividend Road, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
860.513.1473  //  BeelerM@wseinc.com

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Mr. Beeler is a Senior Project Manager and Team Leader with Weston & Sampson Engineers in Rocky Hill, CT. He is a Licensed Environmental Professional with 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry focused on creative problem solving, project management, site investigation, contaminant remediation and environmental compliance. His consulting practice presently includes site investigation and remediation for PCBs in soil, groundwater, and building materials at numerous sites.  He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemistry and Civil Engineering, all from the University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth Denly, Quality Assurance & Chemistry Systems Director
650 Suffolk Street, Lowell, MA 01854
978.656.3577  //  edenly@trcsolutions.com

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Ms. Denly is a Director in the Technical Development Unit and is the Chemistry/Quality Assurance Director in the Environmental Sector at TRC. She is a chemist with 29 years of consulting experience encompassing field and laboratory analyses and audits, QA/QC, data validation, and consulting for regulatory agencies.

Ms. Denly is a leader in ITRC’s PFAS and TPH Risk Work Groups and in TRC’s Center of Research & Expertise (CORE) Emerging Contaminants Team and recently received the ITRC’s Industry Member of the Year Award for 2017. She is currently focusing on PFAS, specifically the nomenclature, chemistry, sampling procedures, QA/QC, and laboratory analytical methodologies, and has a significant role in educating clients, attorneys, and regulators about PFAS.

As a senior QA specialist at TRC, Ms. Denly is responsible for providing QA/QC oversight in support of a variety of environmental investigations and remediation programs including risk-based soil cleanups, ambient air monitoring, and human health and ecological risk assessments. In this role, she has directed the preparation of QAPPs, coordination with the laboratory, selection of the appropriate analytical methodologies to achieve the desired remedial standards, oversight and performance of the data validation process, and determination of the usability of the data and achievement of data objectives.

Steven LaRosa, Senior Project Manager
Weston & Sampson
98 South Main Street, Suite 2, Waterbury, VT 05676
802.244.5051  //  LaRosaS@wseinc.com

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Mr. LaRosa is Weston& Sampson’s Emerging Contaminant Technical Leader with a current focus on PFAS.

Steve has been managing several PFAS investigation and remediation projects in Vermont and Rhode Island and has provided technical support for projects in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the VTDEC.

Mr. LaRosa is a geologist with 25 years of experience, including extensive experience in preparing work plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) using TRIAD investigative techniques, cost estimating, health and safety programs, Corrective Action Feasibility Investigations (CAFIs) and Corrective Action Plans (CAPs).

Steve has presented at more than a dozen professional conferences and continuing education trainings regarding PFAS investigation and treatment.

Jim Occhialini, Vice President, Technical Sales
Alpha Analytical
320 Forbes Boulevard, Mansfield, MA 02054
508.898.9220  //  jocchialini@alphalab.com

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Jim Occhialini is a vice president with Alpha Analytical and he serves as the practice leader for the
laboratory’s specialty analytical services group. Jim has 40 years of environmental analytical and
consulting experience working on a wide range of projects. Jim is very active with a number of regulatory workgroups and industry associations where he has given numerous technical presentations and training programs.

Timothy Snay, Principal | Vice President | Senior Scientist
Ranson Consulting, Inc.
12 Kent Way, Suite 100, Byfield, MA 01922
978.465.1822 x122  //  tsnay@ransomenv.com

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As a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) in Massachusetts and a Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) in Connecticut since 1998, Tim has almost 30 years of professional experience in the environmental consulting field working with large and small teams of environmental professionals on a variety of projects

Specialties: Investigation, remediation and abatement of PCBs in the environment and building materials, site investigation and remediation, environmental due diligence, brownfields redevelopment and regulatory compliance.

As a Principal and Vice President at Ransom’s Byfield, Massachusetts office, Tim is responsible for day-to-day company operations, short- and long-term business planning, management of small- and large-scale environmental projects, mentoring junior staff, and providing technical support services. Tim’s responsibilities include providing technical and regulatory support to project staff, technical review of final work products, project management, business development, client relationship maintenance, and development and management of operating budgets.


Lucas Hellerich Added to Connecticut Chapter Leadership Team

Posted January 2, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Lucas Hellerich of AECOM will be joining the EBC Connecticut Chapter Leadership Team. Lucas has been a long-time supporter of the EBC, and looks forward to contributing his industry knowledge to the Connecticut Chapter as a member of the Leadership Team.

Lucas Hellerich, PhD, PE, LEP, Associate Vice President, Senior Project Manager
Environment, Northeast
500 Enterprise Drive, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
860.263.5783  //  lucas.hellerich@aecom.com

Lucas Hellerich, PhD, PE, LEP is an Associate Vice President and an Environmental Remediation Practice Leader at AECOM’s office located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. He has been with AECOM for over 17 years with experience in environmental investigation, remediation, and consulting. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Connecticut. He is a registered professional engineer in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Lucas is also a Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional. He has been the project manager and technical lead on numerous environmental remediation projects throughout the United States and in several other countries.


EBC Announces Leadership Change for the Ascending Professionals Committee

Posted January 2, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Cristina Mendoza, Solutions Design Lead at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., will become the Chair of the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee. Also at that time, Jessica Yeager, Senior Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants, will become the committee Vice Chair.

With the greatest appreciation EBC would like to thank Valerie Moore, Associate at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, for her many years of service to the EBC as the Chair of the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee and for her invaluable support of the EBC.

For more on the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee, follow this link.

Cristina Mendoza, Solutions Design Lead
Capaccio Environmental Engineering
293 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA  01752
508.970.0033 x128  //  cmendoza@capaccio.com

Cristina Mendoza's Bio

Cristina brings five years of experience working as Senior Environmental Scientist and Sustainability Consultant. Most recently, she assumed the role of Solutions Design Lead at Capaccio Environmental Engineering. Complimenting her work as a strategic sustainability consultant, Cristina now leads the Solutions Design Team at Capaccio to develop holistic, value driven solutions to EHS and sustainability challenges. Cristina also has expertise in Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Management Systems development and implementation.

Cristina holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and an MBA, both from Clark University. She serves as an expert advisor for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Sustainability Roundtable and was awarded the 2017 Environmental Business Council of New England’s Ascending Leader Award for her exceptional leadership and industry involvement in the early stages of her career.

Jessica Yeager, Project Engineer
Geosyntec Consultants
1330 Beacon St Suite 317, Brookline, MA 02446
617.992.9065  //  jyeager@geosyntec.com

Jessica Yeager's Bio

Jessica Yeager, PE (MA), LSP is a senior remediation engineer at Geosyntec Consultants with over nine years of experience developing remedial designs for brownfields sites. She has her S.B. from Harvard in Environmental Engineering and her M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from MIT. She has designed many different remedial systems for Fortune 100 companies. Lately, her focus has been on providing innovative remedial solutions for brownfields redevelopments in metro Boston, including vapor intrusion evaluation and mitigation.


Stephen Wright Added to Solid Waste Management Committee Leadership Team

Posted December 18, 2018 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Stephen Wright of Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. will be joining the EBC Solid Waste Management Committee Leadership Team. Steve has been a long-time supporter of the EBC, and looks forward to contributing his industry knowledge to the Solid Waste Management Committee as a member of the Leadership Team.

Stephen E. Wright, P.E., Vice President
Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
1 Technology Park Drive, Westford, MA 01886
978.392.0900  //  swright@sanbornhead.com

Steve Wright is a Vice President and Principal Engineer with Sanborn Head & Associates working out of their Westford, Massachusetts office. Steve has 30 years of civil/solid waste experience representing clients in the municipal, higher education, and private industry sectors. Throughout his career, Steve has worked on a wide range of solid waste planning, design and construction projects, including solid waste management feasibility studies; landfill design, assessment, and closure; post-closure site development; transfer station design and construction; and recycling/materials recovery facility planning and design. He also has several years of consulting management experience, including serving as the environmental group manager for Kleinfelder’s Cambridge, Massachusetts office before joining Sanborn Head.

Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.