Catherine Finneran is Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs. She oversees environmental and climate initiatives, including work to achieve the company’s industry-leading goal to become carbon neutral by 2030. She leads the team responsible for corporate sustainability, an area where Eversource has repeatedly been recognized for leadership by outside evaluators. Her scope also includes transmission, distribution, gas and clean energy environmental permitting, environmental emergency response, and management of environmental reserve sites.
Catherine has more than 20 years of experience focused on clean energy, environmental protection, and economic development. Before joining Eversource, she served as Senior Director of Renewable Energy Generation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where she oversaw the design and implementation of programs to grow the Massachusetts clean energy market.
That included oversight of state grant and rebate programs for solar, land-based wind, renewable gas, and clean heat.
She previously served as the Director of Clean Energy for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) working with agency staff to promote clean energy initiatives across air, water, waste and other MassDEP programs. She also served as the central point of contact for the state for brownfields redevelopment, working with developers and municipalities to support the cleanup and reuse of underutilized sites. Early in her career Catherine served as Development Manager for the City of Chicopee, where she helped the City form a 501c3 non-profit community development corporation.
Catherine is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBCNE), as well as Director and Membership Chair for New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE). She is a Governor appointee on the Connecticut Blue Plan Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Commission. She represents Eversource on the Massachusetts Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) which advises the Administration on the implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).
President and Executive Director
Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc.
375 Harvard Street, Suite 2, Brookline, MA 02446
email | 617.505-1818
Ann Gisinger is the President and Executive Director of the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC), a nonprofit membership organization established to support and foster the development of the environmental and energy industries in New England. An experienced nonprofit manager, Ann’s proven leadership in programming and membership supports the growth and success of the EBC.
Ann’s previous work includes place-based education, program development and management, and visitor services with The Trustees of Reservations. She received her Master of Science degree in Biology as well as a Certificate in Management of Community Organizations from Tufts University in Medford, MA and her Bachelor of Science degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
Outside of EBC Ann is an active member and former Board President of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society and is a New Mom Mentor with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Ann spends her free time with her young son and husband taking walks, visiting playgrounds, and dining at every restaurant in Brookline.
Margaret (Peggy) Briggs is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Epsilon Associates, Inc., a leader in providing environmental management and permitting services to real estate, energy, industrial and public sector clients. Epsilon’s engineers and environmental scientists provide clients with the full range of environmental analysis, permitting, and compliance services. Epsilon’s reputation for practical strategies and successful outcomes has made Epsilon an industry leader, as demonstrated by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce award for Business Excellence, conveyed to Epsilon in 2002.
Ms. Briggs has an extensive track record of successfully assisting clients through the complex regulatory process associated with development, institutional, infrastructure and energy facility projects. She has played a major role in countless MEPA, BRA and NEPA permitting efforts over the past 20 years. She regularly collaborates with lawyers, project proponents, and regulatory agencies in strategic discussions of permitting, and project planning. She has developed streamlined permitting processes for numerous projects.
Ms. Briggs combines a firm technical understanding of key environmental issues and driving regulatory programs, with the strong communications skills that are necessary to complete a successful and efficient permitting program. Through her complex and visible assignments, she has developed a reputation as a pre-eminent project manager and MEPA/NEPA specialist. Her recent projects include the Boston Convention Center expansion, the Mashpee Wampanoag Casino in Taunton, the redevelopment of the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, and the redevelopment of the site of the former Boston Garden.
Ms. Briggs was elected to the Board of Selectmen in Concord, Massachusetts, and served from 2002 – 2008. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Middlebury College.
Mary K. Ryan is a partner in the Litigation Department of the Boston law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish. Her practice includes substantial trial and appellate cases in the state and federal court, particularly in environmental litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and Boston College Law School. Ms. Ryan has significant experience in federal and state hazardous waste litigation and counseling, as well as in land use litigation. Ms. Ryan frequently lectures and writes on hazardous waste and environmental litigation issues for the American Bar Association and the MCLE. Among her many leadership positions, Ms. Ryan is the past chair of the Standing Committees on the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services for the Supreme Judicial Court and held a similar position forthe American Bar Association. She has also served as president of the Boston Bar Association in 1997-1998, has chaired the Environmental Litigation Committee of the BBA, is active with the ABA Litigation Section’s Environmental Litigation Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council of New England. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989.
Mr. Hamilton is a Civil/Coastal Engineering and President of the Woods Hole Group. He has been with the Woods Hole Group since 1994, and has previously served as Coastal Engineer, Business Unit Director, V.P. for Scientific Operations, and V.P. for Business Development. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, and a M.S. from the University of Delaware Center for Applied Coastal Research.
He has experience managing large and small contracts, including support for a 5-year $15M USACE New England District contract that included several task orders in support of EPA Region one, most notably related to the New Bedford Superfund Site. He is focused on development of business relationships and multi disciplinary project and client management. His extensive market and contracting experience includes government agencies, architectural/engineering partners, offshore oil and gas producers, private owners/developers, power utilities, and manufacturing industries. He has strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills combined with an effective leadership, communication, negotiation, and personnel management approach. His technical expertise is on solving problems related to shoreline erosion, coastal structures, water quality, environmental permitting, and the transport and dilution of thermal discharges and contaminants released into the marine environment.
He also has multi jurisdictional regulatory experience, including preparing EIS documents under NEPA, and ahs served as an expert witness. Mr. Hamilton’s technical skills include numerical modeling, field data collection, and technical writing/editing. He is responsible for developing technical approaches to complex projects, and for ensuring the technical teams within Woods Hole Group proceed in a logical manner aimed at producing high quality work products. Recent types of projects in which Mr. Hamilton has participating are related to salt marsh restoration, environmental sampling and testing, dredged material management, and environmental resource impact assessment and management planning.
Tricia is a Senior Vice President and Board Member at Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in environmental and geotechnical engineering, with offices throughout New England and beyond. Tricia leads Sanborn Head’s Developer Client Service Area, a group which provides services to the greater Boston real estate development market. With 18 years in the industry, Tricia has focused on evaluation of business environmental risk in support of real estate negotiations in the development industry, as well as investigating and remediating contamination for industrial clients. Her key areas of practice include hydrogeologic and environmental investigations, remedial system design and implementation, and environmental due diligence.
Tricia is a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP), a Massachusetts Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP). Tricia’s strong technical background and understanding of environmental issues complements her working knowledge of regulations governing hazardous waste site cleanup activities, including the Massachusetts Contingency Plan and Connecticut Remediation Standard Regulations.
Tricia has a B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University (1996) and a M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000).
Tricia participates as an active member of several professional associations, such as Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA formerly ASFE), Boston Bar Association (BBA), WTS-Boston, Environmental Professionals of Connecticut, LSP Association, and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Tricia has also served on NAIOP’s Membership and Marketing Committee and she currently serves on CREW Boston’s Membership Committee and is co-chair of WTS-Boston’s Programs Committee.
Bob Cox is an environmental lawyer with over 30 years of experience helping clients with complex, technically challenging environmental compliance and enforcement actions. Bob counsels primarily businesses, public utilities and municipal authorities in water, air, hazardous waste and solid waste matters before EPA, MassDEP and municipal regulatory boards. He represents clients in cost recovery claims in private party litigation under Chapter 21E and CERCLA in state and federal courts. Bob regularly advises clients on brownfields development activities and on strategies to limit or shift environmental liability risks in connection with real estate or business transfers. He has extensive experience advising and defending clients before local boards with respect to license and permitting issues. He also has significant experience in NPDES water permitting, including appeals of NPDES permits, as well as administrative appeals and hearings on MassDEP issued permits. He defends claims and actions brought by government environmental enforcement agencies.
Bob is recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental, and since 2004, has been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Bob is Managing Partner at Bowditch. He is Chair of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He also serves as Clerk, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Chair, Mayor’s Brownfields Task Force, City of Worcester, and is a member of NAIOP’s Massachusetts Brownfields Redevelopment Committee.
Mr. Ionata has more than 30 years of experience in the implementation of multidisciplinary projects from inception through environmental impact review, design, permitting and construction. He managed environmental review, permitting and construction compliance for two of the largest public infrastructure projects in the United States – the $15B Central Artery/Tunnel and the $3.5B Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant and Outfall. As a Senior Vice President of Tetra Tech, Mr. Ionata leads a multidisciplinary team that provides engineering and environmental services to private and public clients throughout New England. He is well-versed in fast-track and design-build delivery methods, having fulfilled leadership roles on the MBTA Greenbush Commuter Rail expansion, the MWRA Blue Hills Covered Storage project, the award-winning MassDOT 93 Fast 14 Bridge Replacement Project, and the ongoing Longfellow Bridge Restoration.
Mr. Ionata earned a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. in Forest Science from the Yale University School of Forestry. He resides in Barrington, RI where he has served on the Conservation Commission for 15 years. Mr. Ionata received the Stephen B. Lewis Award for Service to the Environmental Industry and served as the Chairperson of EBC from 2009 through 2011.
Steve is Principal of Barrett Energy Resource Group and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also Vice President of Minuteman Wind LLC which is developing a 12.5 MW wind project in Savoy Massachusetts. Steve has over 20 years of experience in environmental policy and regulation. His professional career includes work for international, federal and state agencies, municipalities, and private consulting firms. For the past 10 years, he has focused on renewable energy and sustainable development.
Steve is presently developing guidance and serving as a technical advisor to the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for its renewable energy and emission reduction programs. He is the lead author of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Solar Policy (November 2010) and the Principal Investigator for three separate studies of the economic and technical feasibility of renewable energy at airports funded by the National Academy of Sciences. Steve also has a strong interest in marine renewable energy, is working on tidal and wave energy projects proposed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) of New England. He holds a BA in International Policy from Union College in Schenectady New York and an MA in Environmental Policy and Science from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Maeve Bartlett is currently the Director of Strategic Development at AECOM, a multinational design, engineering and construction firm. Maeve works on issues and projects across a wide range of disciplines, including energy, water, transportation and environmental permitting. Her primary focus is Sustainability, which encompasses business development and planning as well as project specific analysis and advice. Her clients cross all AECOM business lines and include transit agencies, offshore wind developers and city governments. Prior to joining AECOM in early 2015, Maeve served as Secretary of the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). Maeve had direct oversight of all of the energy and environmental agencies in Massachusetts, including MA DOER, MEPA and the MA DPU, as well as MA DEP, MA CZM, Mass Fish and Game and DCR. Before becoming Secretary, she served as MEPA Director, as General Counsel at EEA, as Senior Enforcement Counsel at EPA and in leadership positions at the MA Department of Transportation and the MBTA. Maeve has experience in development of complicated projects. Her understanding of interactions among the various permitting agencies often helps to facilitate permitting, as she has built a reputation for consensus building on divisive issues. She is a proud recipient of the Paul Keough Award from the EBC.
Andrea is a Principal water resources engineer with extensive experience leading projects of varying size, type, scope, and complexity. Her technical specialties include stormwater management system design, surface water hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance. Andrea has considerable experience in green stormwater infrastructure and low impact development from project planning and permitting to life-cycle costing, construction oversight, monitoring, and maintenance.
Andrea is a highly experienced project manager responsible for overseeing staff, reviewing project deliverables, controlling budget and schedule, and managing client relationships for dozens of projects annually. She is skilled at communicating complex concepts to a variety of audiences both in verbal and in written form. Andrea has authored and provided senior review of hundreds of technical reports, journal manuscripts, guidance documents, and fact sheets.
Andrea has presented on water resources and stormwater-related topics at over 30 conferences and workshops nationwide, including the NEIWPCC Annual NPS Conference, IECA’s Environmental Connection Conference, EWRI International Low Impact Development Conference, and NEWEA Annual Conference. She is also a technical peer reviewer for the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage and the Journal of Environmental Engineering.
Andrea is a Registered ProfessionalEngineer in MA and NY a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a Certified Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Provider.
Kathleen Brill is a Partner at Foley Hoag LLP who concentrates her practice on complex environmental and land use matters. Kathleen leverages her experience in the environmental consulting and real estate development fields to assist her clients in acquiring, protecting, and developing properties. On behalf of her clients in the public, private, energy, institutional, and development sectors, she has handled matters related to environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, environmental due diligence, environmental insurance, and government investigations. Kathleen has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner of environmental law.
Kathleen has helped clients acquire permits at the local, state, and federal levels, and frequently coordinates the efforts of environmental, transportation, architectural, geotechnical, marine and other specialty consultants to ensure cohesive presentations before regulatory authorities. Particular areas of expertise include zoning, wetlands/Chapter 91 licensing, Article 97 protections, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) compliance, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, and Clean Air Act permitting and compliance.
Kathleen has a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. Kathleen is active in numerous civic and professional organizations, and has held leadership positions with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (Massachusetts Chapter).
Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in the design, construction, and management of roadway, site development, sustainable design, and infrastructure-related projects. After beginning her career in the public realm, she moved over to the private side early on, eventually joining Nitsch Engineering in 1990. Lisa served as COO for 18 years before becoming President and CEO in 2011, and Chairman and CEO in 2016. As such, she is the champion for the vision, growth strategy, strategic direction, and overall performance of the firm. Lisa’s passion is to grow the firm and provide diverse opportunities to Nitsch Engineering’s staff for advancement, while providing creative, innovative, and sustainable project solutions for their clients.
Lisa holds a BSCE from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an MBA from Northeastern University, and is a 2004 graduate of ACEC National’s Senior Executive Institute. Her contributions to her community have been well recognized by a range of organizations. Lisa received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the New England region’s services category. She also received the 2017 Leadership Award and 2008 Woman of the Year from WTS-Boston; received the 2004 Citizen Engineer Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers; received the 2003 Francis Academy Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from UMass-Lowell; was honored with a 2002 Pinnacle Award as an Emerging Executive from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; and received the BSCES Lester Gaynor Award in recognition of her exemplary service as a public official in Wilmington, Massachusetts in 2001.
Kathy Campbell, PE, LSP, LEED AP is the President and CEO of CDW Consultants, Inc., a Woman-Owned Business. She is a registered Professional Engineer (Environmental), a MA Licensed Site Professional, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Kathy has over 30 years of experience in environmental science and engineering as a consultant, working for both the public and private sectors. She is primarily responsible for the client management and growth of her firm, but clients demand that she also keep her hands in project planning and execution. Her specialty is solving environmental problems at abandoned industrial sites and has a passion for bringing brownfield sites back to economic re-use.
Kathy has managed many high-profile, award winning projects for private clients, redevelopment authorities and public agencies, providing expertise in the areas of LSP services, site assessment, remediation, permitting, environmental compliance, and hazardous materials management. Her numerous long-term clients include the cities of Chelsea and Medford, state agencies MBTA, DCR, and DCAMM, and federal agencies EPA, Army Corps, and VA. She also won for CDW the environmental compliance services contract for the 8-year Keolis Commuter Rail Contract.
Kathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in New York. She has served on many professional society committees and boards, and stays active in the Licensed Site Professional Association, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Environmental Business Council of New England, WTS International – Boston Chapter, and the Society for Women Environmental Professionals. In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals (the LSP Board) and in 2017 was re-appointed by Governor Charlie Baker. She has been published in several industry periodicals and is respected for her leadership in the environmental and transportation fields.
John Chambers, PG, LSP has dedicated his career to revitalizing New England communities and environmental stewardship. John’s primary technical role in his 30 year career as a hydrogeologist and Licensed Site Professional, has focused on brownfields revitalization and site development; environmental assessment and remediation; and regulatory compliance.
John’s currently responsible for overall operations of Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. a 100-year old New England environmental and civil engineering firm serving clients from our offices in each of the six New England states. In that role John continues to evolve Fuss & O’Neill’s multidisciplinary technical capabilities in our primary service areas of Climate, Energy, Mobility and Placemaking. He is part of a 250 person technical team whose culture emphasizes selfless teamwork, collaboration and technical acumen.
John earned his BS in Geology from Tufts University in 1989, and an MS in Civil Engineering from Washington State University in 1996. These two educational interests were the foundation for John’s career passion for restoring blighted properties and the environment to improve the social, aesthetic, and economic health of the communities, clients and teammates he serves.
Chad W. Cox, P.E. is a Senior Principal with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Chad manages GZA’s operations in Metro-Boston and currently is serving as the Managing Director on GZA’s Board of Directors. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, specializing primarily in dam engineering including dam safety and design, dam decommissioning, hydroelectric project development, and construction engineering services. Chad has worked on numerous projects in New England and beyond, including the rehabilitation of the Upper Mystic Lake Dam, the Muddy River Flood Reduction Project, the Byron Weston Hydroelectric Project, and others. He has published papers on dam engineering with organizations including ASCE, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, and the US Society on Dams. Chad was part of founding EBC’s Dam Management Group and is still active with the Group. Chad has degrees in civil engineering from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his engineering career with the Peace Corps, serving for over two years as a water supply engineer in Nepal. Chad is a native of Oklahoma but has lived in the Boston area for more than 20 years and now resides with his family in Brookline, MA.
Senior Legal Counsel
890 Winter Street, Suite 300, Waltham MA 02451
email | 617.560.1407
Gary Davis joined the Spectra Energy legacy team in 2014, to provide legal counsel on environmental permitting and compliance, operational and right of way/real estate matters in connection with the delivery, operation and maintenance of natural gas pipeline facilities and services to end use customers.
Prior to joining Enbridge, Gary served in a variety of roles in the public and private sector where he worked on a broad range of legal services, including real estate and land use; regulatory and environmental compliance; construction; employment; and administrative law. Gary’s experience in the public sector included several legal positions within Massachusetts’ environmental agencies, including the General Counsel of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where he worked with the six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies, on energy and environmental matters. Gary received his B.S. and MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.
Founder and president Bob Delhome, credits Charter’s track record for innovation, partnering and creative solutions as key contributors for his company’s many achievements and the respect it’s earned in the industry. Bob is committed to always doing what’s best for Charter’s clients, employees and partners alike.
Guided by strong personal ethics and an entrepreneurial spirit, Bob founded Charter in 1997 and has led its growth from inception to a multi-faceted enterprise with deep expertise in three core business areas: Remediation & Civil Construction, Environmental Services and Brownfield Development.
Charter is continually challenging itself to evolve and refine how it integrates its core competencies to deliver unique and differentiated solutions to the market.
It is a privilege for Bob to be able to leverage his professional experience combined with his passion for people and problem solving while executing complicated projects that enhance the natural and built environment while being impactful to the community at large.
Brenda Enos is a Principal with TRC Companies. She has extensive experience in managing environmental permitting, environmental compliance, and environmental management systems.
Prior to joining TRC, Enos worked for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). While at Massport she was assistant director of capital programs and environmental management which included developing, launching, and implementing Massport’s Resiliency Program. Additionally, she initiated the development of Massport’s Disaster Infrastructure Resiliency Planning Study, one of the first of its kind in the aviation industry. Enos was the Vice President of Environmental Management Systems for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation before joining Massport.
Enos is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a Registered Environmental Manager. She received her MBA from Bryant University and her BA in Chemistry from Hiram College.
Ms. Gladstone is a Vice President and Senior Principal at GEI Consultants, Inc. GEI is a national environmental, geotechnical, water resources engineering and ecology firm, employing almost 500 people in 26 offices. She is specialized in the assessment, cleanup and development of contaminated properties with more than 25 years of experience in environmental engineering, site investigation and cleanup. Ms. Gladstone is a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP), Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Her principle areas of practice are the development of contaminated properties, vapor intrusion mitigation, Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) cleanup, and the management of public sector environmental contracts.
Ms. Gladstone has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York (1981) and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1983).
She is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Waste Site Cleanup Program Advisory Committee and the MassDEP Commissioner’s Fees and Advisory Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of The Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET) and the Nazzaro Center, Boston Community Center. She serves on the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE) Public Strategies Committee, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (Naiop) 21E Committee, the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Public Arts Committee, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Environmental Committee and the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) Steering Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Society of Engineers (BSCES), WTS and Fenway High School, and the NEWIRE Steering Committee.
Ben Harvey is the Executive Vice President and one of the owners of E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. After graduating from Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971, Ben moved into an active leadership role at E.L. Harvey & Sons. His duties within the company include negotiating the sales of recyclables to mills worldwide. He contracts with disposal sites for the safe and efficient transfer of waste materials. Ben is a superior administrator, providing leadership and motivation to the company’s management team.
Ben is a well-respected and nationally recognized business leader and an authority in his industry. He has used his years of experience and wealth of knowledge in the industry to educate thousands of business and association leaders.
Ben brings his knowledge and know-how to many industry associations, including WasteCap of Massachusetts, MassRecycle, Detachable Container Association (DCA), National Recycling Coalition (NRC), Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). He has presented to national forums at numerous WasteExpo and ISRI conventions. Ben is a very accomplished and highly recognized public speaker for the waste and recycling industries.
Ben also takes active leadership roles in many trade organizations and associations. He is a past president of the Eastern Paper Mills Association and the Waste Recyclers Council of NSWMA and currently holds leadership roles on the Board of Directors of MassRecycle and WasteCap of Massachusetts. He is President of the Paper Stock Industry, a chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling, as well as being on the Board of Governors of the Environmental Industries Association. He is on the Board of Directors ISRI and also on the Board of Directors of Detachable Container Association (DCA), he is vice president of this organization. Ben serves in many committees and task forces for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Fran is Tighe & Bond’s Business Unit Leader directing the firm’s efforts in the Renewable Energy, Education, Healthcare, and Real Estate markets. He has served in a lead design and management role for many of our largest and most complex development projects. Fran is a Director of the firm, and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Business Council (EBC) of New England, as well as the Leadership Teams for the EBC Renewable Energy Committee and the EBC Connecticut Chapter. Fran has over a decade of experience on the Board, and is currently Chairman of a large municipal electric company with electric generation, distribution, and transmission facilities – as well as natural gas distribution, state-of-the-art LNG vaporization, and advanced fiber optic network. He was recognized by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers for his public service efforts focusing on hydroelectric, gas, electric, and energy issues with the Lester Gaynor Award. He was recently invited by Secretary Sullivan to serve on Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Adaptation Advisory Committee, which will advise the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on how to address the potential impacts of climate change.
Fran holds professional registrations in two disciplines, civil and structural. He earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP); and holds professional registrations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New York.
Dr. Alan Kao is a Principal in Ramboll’s Boston, Massachusetts office. He has more than 20 years of experience helping clients evaluate due diligence risks and opportunities in the areas of site contamination; environmental, health, safety, and product compliance; Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) management; and climate risk. Alan is also Ramboll’s Global Service Line Leader for Compliance, Strategy, and Transaction Services, which includes services related to the acquisition, operation, growth, and sale of companies, properties, and assets.
Ms. Knee is an engineer and data management specialist with RPS ASA and currently serves as the technical director. She has a broad engineering and scientific background but has specialized in coastal flooding issues for almost 15 years. Over her 13 years at ASA she has completed numerous coastal flooding and vulnerability studies both nationally and internationally.
In addition to her focus on coastal issues, Ms. Knee has also has more than 13 years of experience in GIS, modeling, software development, ocean observing, and data management and communication. She currently manages numerous complex data management, distribution, and visualization projects for NOAA, the USACE, and NROC. Prior to joining ASA in 2004 she used a Fulbright Fellowship to study the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge flooding in the country of Mauritius by integrating GIS and systems engineering models.
Arthur N. Mabbett is the Chairman, CEO and founder of Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (Mabbett®), Consultants, Engineers and Program Managers, Bedford, Massachusetts, an internationally recognized and award-winning firm specializing in integrated architectural-engineering, and environmental, health and safety consulting and engineering services to manufacturing and commercial industry, institutions and Federal, state and local public agencies. Mabbett is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Mabbett has regional offices in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Virginia and was established in 1980. Mabbett was recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in the USA by Inc. magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and by the Zweig Letter as one of the fastest growing architectural, engineering and environmental Hot Firms in North America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012 Mabbett was also recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with its Veteran Champion Award for both Massachusetts and New England and in 2015 as the SBA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year in Region 1.
Mr. Mabbett is also the founder and Chairman of Mabbett & Associates Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, a leading United Kingdom-European Union consultancy with regional offices in Rosyth (Edinburgh), Belfast, Inverness and a project office in Cardiff, Wales. Mabbett Ltd provides similar services to manufacturing and commercial industry, government agencies and municipal governments throughout the U.K, Europe and the Middle East and Caribbean. Mabbett Ltd was established in 1996.
Mr. Mabbett is also the President of Veterans Business Supply, Inc. (VBS) an online retailer of commercial, industrial, office-business, health and safety, and first aid supplies.
Mr. Mabbett holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer; a Registered and Certified Environmental Health Scientist; a Certified Safety Professional; a Qualified Environmental Professional; and a Certified Hazard Control Manager. He served meritoriously in the U.S. Army as a Major, Environmental Science Officer; 6 years active duty and 13 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Mr. Mabbett has broad and multi-disciplinary experience in the environmental, health and safety fields. He is the author of numerous technical publications and is a regular featured speaker at various conferences and events. He is the founding President of the Environmental Business Council of New England and serves on several Boards in leadership positions to include: Boy Scouts of America, The Spirit of Adventure Council, British American Business Council of New England; and the University of Massachusetts Boston.
A registered Professional Engineer in Rhode Island as well as Ohio and New York, Ron has over 15 years of environmental engineering and management experience. Throughout his career, Ron has focused on site characterization and remediation programs, stormwater design and permitting, and air quality compliance for public and private sector clients. He has worked extensively on environmental investigations and engineering design projects at federal and commercial client sites, including urban renewal projects and Brownfields redevelopment. Ron earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Roger Williams University.
Thomas A. Mackie is an environmental business lawyer. For over thirty-five years he has advised companies in the environmental industry and other businesses facing environmental issues. He handles facility siting, environmental and land use permitting, appeals, regulatory compliance, enforcement defense, liability and insurance coverage cases.
For industry leaders Mr. Mackie spearheads environmental due diligence in acquisitions, mergers and similar transactions. These projects regularly involve the evaluation of myriad environmental liabilities, permits and licenses.
Currently he is on the Board of the Environmental Business Council of New England, the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden and Keep Massachusetts Beautiful. He regularly presents at seminars on environmental law and regulation for the EBC, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and other organizations. For the last fifteen years he has authored the chapter on “Massachusetts Solid Waste Law and Regulation” in the Massachusetts Environmental Law treatise published by MCLE.
Mr. Mackie graduated from Hobart College and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.
After graduating from Vermont Law School’s prestigious Environmental Law Center, Rick Mandile began his career performingabroad range of environmental assessment and remedial services in New England. For the first 10years of hiscareer, he worked for small and large consulting firms. In 1995, Rick founded SAGEEnvironmental which he and his team have grown to become the largest environmental, health and safety (EH&S) consultancy headquartered in Rhode Island. To-date, Rick has lead the environmental assessment of over 2,000 properties throughout the east coast and successfully completed some of the most complex remedial projects in the region.
He is recognized as a master strategist in securing approvals for complex and controversial projects, developing environmental compliance plans for pro-active and troubled companies, and successfully completing and defending a wide variety of environmental permits.
Rick represents developers, businesses and high net worth individuals with real estate and business due diligence needs as well as permitting, siting, compliance and auditing services. His projects comprise all scales of commercial and industrial developments/redevelopments ranging from residential subdivisions to industrial scale energy projects. Environmental assessment and remedial projects include many state and federal brownfields sites, hospitals, universities, solar farms, industrial scale anaerobic digestion facilities, and Fortune 500 firms.
He is Chairman of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Environmental Business Council, a member of the Massachusetts LSP Association, RI Society of Engineers and RI Realtors Association amongst others.
Rick is a licensed ship captain, an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his two children, Caleb and Mackenzie, and his partner, Carleen.
Michelle O’Brien handles environmental and land use permitting and related litigation for various types of developments including residential homes, commercial and industrial buildings, waterfront properties, and wind turbines. She defends companies in environmental enforcement matters at the federal, state, and local levels. She also represents private parties in cost recovery and property damage claims involving releases of oil and hazardous materials, and assists clients with real estate transactions involving contaminated properties. An accomplished litigator, Michelle obtained one of Massachusetts’ highest trial verdicts in 2005. She has also appeared before the Massachusetts Appeals Court several times, and in 2014 obtained a victory before the Supreme Judicial Court.
Before joining Pierce Atwood in January 2015, Michelle practiced 15 years at a boutique environmental law firm. Prior to that she was a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General in both the Environmental Protection and Trial Divisions. She was a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court and a legislative aide to the Chair of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Michelle is recognized for her expertise in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers of America, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, among other publications. In 2015 she was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law. She is a former member of the Boston Bar Association Council and former co-chair of its Environmental Law Section. She is an active member of several professional organizations and in 2007 received the Member Award from the LSP Association. Michelle is a trustee of Lesley University and chair of its Campus Planning and Property Management Committee.
Mr. Peter has over 25 years of experience in the environmental industry. Currently he is President of Site Redevelopment Technologies, LLC. (SRT), a company engaged in purchasing environmentally distressed and underutilized properties for remediation and redevelopment. Past remediation experiences along with a productive working knowledge of environmental regulations provide ideal opportunities to succeed in some of the more difficult brownfield real estate projects. Initially restoring brownfields in December 2006, SRT is pursuing properties throughout the region and is currently involved in redeveloping many contaminated sites and providing new alternatives to environmental problems.
Previously he was CEO of United Retek Corp., responsible for many key brownfield redevelopments, which were facilitated by using innovative procedures to recycle hazardous soils and sediments. These new processing methods, with state and federal regulator approvals, provided for remediation of sites at greatly reduced cost. In many cases the cost reduction allowed for the redevelopment to become feasible and therefore create a productive property from a former abandoned, contaminated site.
As General Manager of Aggregate Industries, Mr. Peter began and developed the Soil Reclamation Division to recycle over two million tons of contaminated soil, most notably from Boston’s Central Artery Project, during his tenure of eleven years. The Division grew to be a substantial profit center and integral part of the construction material concern while also responsible for Safety, Environmental Compliance and Real Estate Management for the company.
His career began at Marathon Oil Company/US Steel Corp., where he had a variety of engineering and management responsibilities. Mr. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree from Brown University. He is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials, the American Chemical Society and is a Board Member of the Environmental Business Council of New England.
Ian is a Senior Associate at Haley & Aldrich with more than 30 years of experience providing strategic environmental consulting services including technical and regulatory direction related to the investigation, cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, litigation support for cost recovery actions, and regulatory compliance services under RCRA, Superfund, the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), and the Massachusetts Solid Waste Regulations. His areas of expertise include site investigation, forensic chemistry in support of contaminant source identification, data quality, and cost allocation and recovery for environmental cleanup. Ian has been a Licensed Site Professional since the inception of the program in 1993.
Ian has served as a guest lecturer for the National Ground Water Association, Boston University School of Public Health, and Tufts University School of Engineering. As an expert in data quality, he helped the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) develop quality control guidelines for MCP investigations and provided training to the LSP community in conjunction with MassDEP.
Ian has provided pro bono environmental consulting services to community groups through Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) for over 10 consecutive years.
He holds an M.S. in Engineering in Environmental Studies from the University of Lowell, and an A.B. in Chemistry from Vassar College.
Managing Director – Environmental Resources
101 Walnut Street, Watertown, MA 02472
email | 617.607.2710
As VHB’s Managing Director of Environmental Resources, Jake leads a team of over 60 Massachusetts-based environmental planners, scientists, and engineers. In his 15-year career, Jake has supported municipal, institutional, and state agency clients in the areas of flood control and drainage design, riverine modeling, ecological restoration design, stormwater management design, coastal modeling, water quality modeling, constructed treatment wetland design, geographic information systems, and permitting. Jake has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, and an Envision™ Sustainability Professional.
Michael J. Scipione, P.E., CEO of Weston & Sampson, has nearly 40 years of engineering experience. Since joining Weston & Sampson in 1985 as a project engineer, Mike has risen through the corporation and been instrumental in the success and growth of the firm. In 2005, Mike was elected and promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Weston & Sampson has experienced significant growth to more than 650 employees in regional offices throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions.
As the firm’s CEO, Mike provides clients and business associates with an accessible and hands-on approach to projects while fostering Weston & Sampson’s tradition of prompt client service and response. A professional engineer in all New England states, Mike has been active in and/or held offices in national and regional professional organizations throughout his career, including the Environmental Business Council, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, and the Solid Waste Association of North America.
Mike holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is also a graduate of ACEC’s Senior Executive Institute and Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.
Ms. Servidio is Senior Vice President at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. and has more than 30 years of experience in providing specialized environmental compliance to industry. To help minimize risks, she has focused on solving our clients’ environmental compliance challenges by providing cutting edge hazardous waste management solutions (contingency plans, waste characterization); Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA) and Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) reporting; and NPDES permitting (stormwater, non-contact cooling water and process specific). Through effective TURA planning, Ms. Servidio has also helped clients to improve product quality, save money, and keep employees safe.
Capaccio’s mission “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” is something Ms. Servidio believes in and practices. She earned a Certificate of Recognition for effective TUR planning from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, and was chosen to present on the benefits TUR planning as key note speaker for the Cancer Council of Australia. She has also been recognized by the New England Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (NEACHMM) with a “Champion of Excellence” award.
Ms. Servidio holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University, is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified TUR Planner. Ms. Servidio currently serves on numerous committees and boards including the TUR Advisory Committee, Central Massachusetts Environmental Business Network (CMBEN) and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. She formerly served as President of the NEACHMM.
Chad is Principal and CEO of SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC (“SumCo Eco”), a self-performing heavy site civil construction firm. Founded by Chad and his brother Travis in 2006, the company has completed hundreds of environmental improvement projects across the Northeast including dam removals and rehabilitations; river, wetlands and marsh restorations; coastal resiliency and climate adaptation; site remediation and redevelopment; culverts, bridges and other infrastructure; invasive species management, landscaping and more. In his role as CEO, Chad continuously defines and advances the firm’s ecological construction niche; has assembled and guides SumCo Eco’s complementary construction leadership team in addressing the diverse ecological, environmental and infrastructure challenges posed by climate change, and collaborates with industry stakeholders to improve best practices in ecological construction. Chad is a scientist by education and training, having received his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked “in the field” at project sites for nearly 20 years, and oversaw the development and installation of the firm’s ecological construction and revegetation projects for over 10 years. Chad is an active member of and frequent presenter at the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists, and the Environmental Business Council of New England.
Normandeau’s Chief Executive Officer Colonel (retired) Curt Thalken, PE has over 35 years of management, environmental consulting, engineering and permitting expertise. In his 10 years with Normandeau, COL Thalken has served in positions of increasing responsibility, including serving for the past several years as Chief Operating Officer.
Since joining Normandeau, Thalken has been responsible for overseeing company operations, including expansion of Normandeau’s Federal and State Government portfolio, an increased presence in renewable energy markets, and has championed innovative technologies to address emerging environmental issues for our clients.
His experience with Normandeau includes extensive oversight of: energy transmission (Gas and electric) and power (including: nuclear, fossil fuel, hydro and other renewables) projects nationwide; Federal, State and Municipal environmental service contracts; and environmental compliance assistance for many private sector entities nationwide.
Prior to joining Normandeau, COL Thalken served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an engineer officer for over 25 years. His experience included working in both austere and developed environments, teaching in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY, and command of an Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) in Afghanistan. His military career culminated as Commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) responsible for all aspects of the Federal Government’s engineering efforts and regulatory programs within New England.
His education includes a BS, in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy and MS, in Engineering Sciences, from Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of: NH, CT, and FL.
Michael Walsh is Vice President with CDM Smith, a global engineering and construction firm headquartered in Boston. Mike is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in technical, project management, client service, and organizational management roles, including the management of large, highly complex projects both locally and overseas. In his current role, Mike provides technical and managerial oversight for water, water reclamation, and alternative project delivery projects throughout New England.
Mike is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in multiple states, a Chartered Engineer (CEng.) in the United Kingdom, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) as designated by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. He is active in several professional organizations, is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, and has served as both guest and primary lecturer for several college-level engineering courses. He is also a Past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA), which represents over 120 engineering and land surveying companies in Massachusetts.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Merrimack College and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University.