Upcoming Event: New Jersey Water Association Annual Conference
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Jersey Water Works Conference

December 7, 2018

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SPEAKERS

Immediately after graduation from college, Mr. Warwood joined the United States Coast Guard as a petty officer, where he investigated and enforced environmental pollution regulations. Subsequent to that, he joined the Philadelphia Water Department as an environmental scientist. In that role, he supported green stormwater infrastructure maintenance and workforce development initiatives. Currently, he works in human resources as the apprenticeship and workforce development director, guiding, preparing and motivating the next generation of water resource industry professionals.

Prof. Teodoro’s scholarship stands at the nexus of politics, public policy, and public management. His research focuses on U.S. environmental policy, examining the ways in which human capital, management practices, and political institutions condition the implementation of federal environmental regulations. He pursues a line of applied policy research on water utility finance and management and has developed new methods for assessing rate equity and affordability. Ongoing efforts include comparative analysis of private and public utility management, as well analysis of racial, ethnic, and income disparities in environmental compliance and enforcement.

Lester Taylor chairs the law firm’s education practice group, which focuses on representing boards of education in matters related to general counsel services, special education, litigation, labor, employment, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Taylor has represented state, county, and municipal public entities. He has significant experience in all facets of education law and has represented a number of urban and suburban school districts throughout New Jersey. He served as mayor of the City of East Orange from 2014 to 2017.

Sen. Bob Smith represents the rights and interests of the citizens of the 17th Legislative District, a dynamic and ever-changing community that includes parts of Middlesex and Somerset counties. Having served in the New Jersey State Legislature since 1986, first as an assemblyman and more recently as a senator, Sen. Smith is considered one of the state’s leading environmental lawmakers. During his eight terms in the General Assembly, Smith was consistently ranked at or near the top of NJPIRG’s Public Interest rating and has been named Environmental Legislator of the Year by several New Jersey environmental organizations.

Mayor André Sayegh assumed office in July 2018. He served on the Paterson City Council from 2008 to 2018, where he helped establish a more business-friendly and family-friendly Paterson. He was an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College for 17 years and served as the director of job readiness and customized training. Prior to his election to the City Council, he served on the Paterson Board of Education, as chief of staff for State Sen. John A. Girgenti, and as a field representative for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell.

Mr. Neukrug is University of Pennsylvania’s professor of professional practice in global water leadership and founding director of the Water Center at Penn. His 40 years in the water industry culminated as chief executive officer of Philadelphia Water. He advises cities and water utilities in everything “water.” As founder of Philadelphia’s first Office of Watersheds, he created its award winning Green Cities, Clean Waters program. He is a professional engineer, member of the US National Drinking Water Advisory Council, principal of CASE Environmental LLC, and senior advisor to the Global Water Leaders Group, and he chairs the Leading Utilities of the World Network.

A professional visual and performance artist and art teacher, Kween Moore serves the community through arts programming and culture with a healing component, and through public arts workshops for children and adults. Moore has recently partnered with Express Newark and EvoluCulture for a community poetry open-mic event. An “artsypreneur,” a moniker she created for her work, she has produced projects with several major organizations and programs in New Jersey and surrounding areas, including New Arts Council, Newark Public School Summer Plus Program, EvoluCulture, Newark Open Doors 2015-18, Lincoln Park Music Festival, NJPAC’s Lobby Project (Slut: The Play), and GrassRoots Girls Camp.

Ms. McCabe assumed her current responsibilities in January 2018. She comes to NJDEP with a distinguished career in government service, both in environmental law and science. Most recently, Commissioner McCabe served as deputy Region 2 administrator for the US EPA. In that position, she assisted the regional administrator in overseeing operations and regional implementation of all EPA programs in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She also served as acting EPA administrator and acting Region 2 administrator in 2017 and was a long-time member of the EPA’s Executive Management Council.

Mr. Kricun operates an 80 million gallon-per-day wastewater treatment facility located in Camden. He has more than 30 years of experience in wastewater and biosolids management. Mr Kricun is a board-certified member of the American Association of Environmental Engineers. He serves on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and is the chairman of its Utility of the Future and Community Service committees. He was the 2012 recipient of the Praxis award for professional ethics and has received three environmental quality awards from the US EPA.

Mr. Kennedy represents approximately 1,000 member firms in the public and private sectors throughout the state that are active in all phases of heavy, highway, site, utility, and environmental remediation construction. In addition to his role in statewide matters, he staffs the national Clean Water Construction Coalition, an organization of construction associations whose purpose is to promote federal legislation that improves water and wastewater infrastructure on a national level. He is a current member of the Jersey Water Works Steering Committee and co-chair of the collaborative’s Asset Management and Finance Committee.

Mr. Harpell has been in his current role for the past 11 years and is the current president of the Association of Environmental Authorities. His career highlights include six years consulting with the PMK Group and seven years at the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority, where he was the project manager for the design and construction of the Brick Reservoir. Mr. Harpell and the Jackson Township MUA have been able to effectuate nearly $65 million in capital improvements while keeping potable water rates 15 percent below the Ocean/Monmouth County average.

Ms. Gallagher, a Philadelphia native, has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation in the areas of social impact, community engagement, education, public health, transportation, and criminology. Her areas of expertise include study and instrument design, public opinion research, in-person interviews and focus groups, program evaluation, statistics, and project management. She serves on the board of Friends of the Wissahickon and is an avid cyclist in Philadelphia.

Ms. Degillio is the principal external contact for American Water in New Jersey, which provides water and wastewater services to approximately 2.7 million people in more than 190 communities. In this role, she reinforces and strengthens customer, regulatory and local government relationships and drives operational and financial results for New Jersey. Additionally, she serves as senior vice president of the company’s Eastern Division, which includes New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Maryland.

Ms. Bowman leads Spring Point’s programs on water sustainability and animal welfare. She has 30 years of conservation expertise, focused primarily on freshwater ecosystems. Previously, she was a consultant promoting sustainable water solutions in the American West, including development of impact-focused private investments. She has worked for the Walton Family Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, American Rivers, and the Environmental Law Institute. She has also worked as an environmental consultant to the government of the former Czechoslovakia and worked as an environmental attorney in private practice.

Ms. Miller, Principal of MnM Consulting, is a communications professional with more than a decade of experience creating targeted publicity and marketing campaigns for a range of clients in private industry and the nonprofit sector. MnM Consulting specializes in media development, digital and print publishing, brand strategy, content creation, and clean energy/ sustainability education for business and general audiences. MnM Consulting works with several small business, government, and nonprofit clients across a number of industries on brand development, project management, event coordination, and product deployment. Ms. Miller has a B.A. in Arts, Media and Culture from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University in New York.

Mark Mauriello began his career with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in May 1980. He was appointed as land use regulation director in 2002 and assistant commissioner in 2006, and in November 2008 he became NJDEP commissioner, replacing newly confirmed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. Upon his retirement from NJDEP in January 2010, he formed his own consulting firm, specializing in coastal zone management, floodplain management, land use regulation, and regulatory compliance. He then accepted a position as director of environmental affairs and planning with Edgewood Properties, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s environmental programs and serving as an advisor on regulatory issues and property acquisitions.

Jane Kenny is founder and managing partner of The Whitman Strategy Group, an all-women firm specializing in environmental and energy issues and government relations. Previously, she served as a regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Kenny has been a top advisor to three governors of New Jersey and served as New Jersey’s commissioner for the Department of Community Affairs. She serves on the board of directors for New Jersey Resources. She is a trustee for New Jersey Future and a visiting associate at the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.

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