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Jersey Waterworks Conference 2018 at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark on December 7, 2018. Keith Muccilli Photography, LLC
Jersey Water Works Conference

December 8-10, 2021

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Colette Pichon Battle is a generational native of Bayou Liberty, Louisiana. As founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP), she develops programming focused on equitable disaster recovery, global migration, community economic development, climate justice, and energy democracy.

Colette worked with local communities, national funders, and elected officials in the post-Katrina and post-Deepwater Horizon disaster recovery. She was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In 2015 Colette was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow, in 2016 she was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity, and in 2018 Kenyon College awarded her an Honorary Doctorate. In 2019, Colette was named an Obama Fellow for her work with Black and Native communities on the frontline of climate change and she gave a TED Talk, “Climate change will displace millions. Here’s how we prepare.” In 2021, Colette was appointed a Margaret Burroughs Community Fellow. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power, and ecology, Colette directs GCCLP’s legal services in immigration and disaster law.

Under Colette’s leadership, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy co-chairs the national Water Equity and Climate Resilient Caucus with PolicyLink, serves on the steering committee of the Ocean Justice Forum, and anchors the five-state, multi-issue initiative Gulf South for a Green New Deal. Colette also leads the Red, Black & Green New Deal, the national climate initiative for the Movement for Black Lives.

Colette serves on the boards of the US Climate Action Network and the Highlander Research and Education Center, is a member of the Movement for Black Lives policy table leadership team, advises the Kataly Foundation’s Environmental Justice Resourcing Collective, and chairs the Equity Advisory Group of the Louisiana Governor’s Climate Initiative Task Force.

Appointed by Governor Philip D. Murphy, Shawn M. LaTourette became New Jersey’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection on June 14, 2021. He hadserved as Acting Commissioner since January 16, 2021. Commissioner LaTourette is responsible for formulating statewide environmental policy while directing programs that protect public health and ensure the quality of New Jersey’s air, land, water, and natural and historic resources.

A lawyer and policymaker with more than 20 years of experience in environmental protection, Commissioner LaTourette began his career defending victims of toxic exposure, including organizing and advocating for the needs of vulnerable New Jersey communities whose drinking water was contaminated by petrochemicals. Throughout a career shaping environmental law and policy, he has served in executive roles and as a trusted adviser to governments, community and non-profit organizations, and leaders in industry and infrastructure, while also litigating high-stakes lawsuits involving environmental, energy and public health concerns.

Guided by a deep commitment to equity and a professional philosophy that uniting economic development and environmental improvement promotes the public good, Commissioner LaTourette has been regarded as a consensus builder adept at achieving balance among competing priorities. His diverse background — in protecting vulnerable communities, facilitating the development of infrastructure and public works, managing business risk, promoting conservationist policies and advocating for equity — has made him a leading force in policy, program and project development, especially those at the complex juncture of economic development, energy and environmental protection.

Mr. Adeem, a Newark native, began working for the City of Newark in 1991 in the Department of Engineering. In 2013, Adeem was promoted to superintendent of public works, where he oversaw daily maintenance operations of the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities. In 2018, he received his certification as a Public Works Manager and was appointed to his present position. He was a key player in various municipal projects, including the Queen Ditch Restoration Project, which helped address chronic flooding along Frelinghuysen Avenue that has plagued the area for more than 30 years. Director Adeem is credited with helping to rebrand the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities and upgrading the city’s infrastructure as it works to replace every lead service line. He is a dedicated public servant who has, and continues to, give back to his native community.

Alyssa joined EPA Region 2 as a U.S. Government Presidential Management Fellow. During her fellowship, she served on rotations to the EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs and to the US State Department’s Water Team. In Region 2, Alyssa has served as the Water Programs Coordinator, the Acting Chief of the New Jersey Watershed Management Section, the Chief of the NPDES Permitting Section and the Chief of the Clean Water Regulatory Branch. More recently she served as Acting Chief of the Drinking Water and Municipal Infrastructure Branch.  Alyssa has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment.

After thirty-five years as a dental professional, in my retirement, I evolved into a community activist for a better Paterson, my hometown of 51 years. As a Cuban American, I especially embrace and appreciate the many multicultural constituents of Paterson and recognize the need for a “no blame” solution approach. As a Paterson Civic Trustee, my environmental involvement is to research and bring forward practical solutions for a better community. 

Since 2018, I have been the chairwoman for the Paterson Green Team which allows me to bring resources to the community, like Recycling, Reducing and Reusing for a Green Clean Community. The Green Team’s Adopt a Catch Basin program has been instrumental in educating the community as to what a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and has increased community outreach. The Paterson Green Team continues working with various partners, helping to make the City more sustainable. Currently, I am the captain of my neighborhood block watch where flooding persists, and an active citizen participant on the Sewage Free Streets and Rivers Committee on behalf of Paterson whose Combined Sewage Overflow infrastructure is mandated for long overdue upgrades. As  a current flood victim, I am dedicated to  advocating for action on sewer separation that needs to be implemented as soon as possible.  

I am particularly focused on bringing educational awareness about the recurrent and devastating flooding on Paterson streets because all Paterson residents need to  understand  how structural water infrastructure is so critical for our  health and livelihoods.  One of my key goals is having partnerships, open community outreach and dialogue so that the diverse communities within Paterson come together to engage in solutions that affect the quality of life for all. 

Ms. Brunton is a civil and environmental engineer with over 20 years of experience whose recognized leadership of multidisciplinary teams produced numerous successful civil and water infrastructure designs.  Ms. Brunton has dedicated her career to protecting communities from flooding, the protection of miles of shoreline, and the restoration of more than 1,000 acres of habitat restoration. Ms. Brunton excels at working with clients to articulate project goals, which she translates into her management of teams of technical specialists that derive the required data and craft designs that meet project needs, align with client objectives, and meet project scope, budget and schedule commitments. She effectively works with stakeholders during project development to establish requirements, opportunities, and constraints that are assimilated into the design process. Her expertise includes managing task order-based contracts, designing and overseeing the execution of technical studies, including natural resource studies and hydrologic, hydraulic and hydrodynamic modeling efforts; developing engineering plans, specifications, and cost estimates; providing construction supervision; conducting post-construction monitoring; and developing and implementing adaptive management actions. Ms. Brunton is also experienced in advancing projects to meet federal, state and local regulations and successfully obtaining applicable permits and approvals. She currently serves as the Chair of the ACEC-NJ Water and Wastewater Committee.

 

Mr. Calbi is responsible for the multifaceted management position of water utility. He is the director for Ridgewood Water, one of the 25 largest utilities in the state, servicing more than 61,000 customers in four municipalities. Mr. Calbi is a licensed professional engineer and planner with more than 20 years of experience. The hallmark of his career has been the last four years with Ridgewood, advancing good government policies with sound engineering principles to provide safe drinking water from a complex groundwater system.

James F. Cosgrove, Jr., P.E. is a Vice President and Principal of Kleinfelder, Inc. He is a registered professional engineer in New Jersey with over 30 years’ experience in water resources management, with specific expertise in NJPDES permit support, water quality modeling, watershed and stormwater management, environmental impact assessment, and resiliency planning.  Jim has served on the NJ Clean Water Council for many years, often presents on hot environmental topics in NJ, and actively volunteers with local environmental groups.  He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and a M.Eng. degree in Water Resource Systems Engineering from Cornell University.

Rosana Da Silva is the Water Quality Manager at the Hudson River Foundation and the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, where she works with partner organizations and agencies to manage water resources and improve water quality in the Harbor Estuary. She dedicates her time towards incorporating science, data collection, and community engagement into addressing water quality challenges and uses an educational lens to communicate science. Rosana has an Ed.M. in science education and a B.S. in environmental sciences from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Rina Dalal has 15 years of experience in environmental engineering consulting and specializes in vulnerability assessments and resiliency projects. She has worked alongside utilities and municipalities in NJ and throughout the east coast to develop public education and participation programs for key water infrastructure improvement projects including lead service line replacement programs and climate change planning projects. Ms. Dalal is a member of the Association of Environmental Authorities and oversees the association’s mentoring program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and is currently completing a master’s degree in Sustainability Management.

Richard S. Dovey is President of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA), a position he has held since 1990. Mr. Dovey oversees a staff of 250, an annual operating budget of $60 million, and a capital budget averaging $5 million yearly.

The ACUA operates a 40 million gallon-a-day wastewater treatment plant in Atlantic City, NJ, a regional sewerage collection system serving 14 municipalities in Atlantic County and an extensive solid waste management system in Egg Harbor Township which serves 100,000 homes and businesses in Atlantic County. 

While Mr. Dovey has served as president, ACUA has been nationally recognized for excellence in innovation, efficiency, and environmental stewardship. 

As a strong proponent of renewable energy, he initiated many of ACUA’s green projects, such as a 500-kilowatt solar project, a landfill gas-to-electricity project, South Jersey’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station and, most notably, the construction of New Jersey’s first wind farm at ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. 

His continued focus on delivering excellent customer service and engaging with the community has made ACUA a highly regarded agency both locally and throughout the state. 

Kristin Epstein, P.E. has been the Assistant Director of the City of Trenton, Department of Water and Sewer (Trenton Water Works) since 2018. She leads TWW’s Capital Project Unit and is the project manager for TWW’s lead service line replacement program. Ms. Epstein received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering from Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.

Michael J Furrey is currently working as Owner/President and private consultant for his own company Agra Environmental and Laboratory Services after working for 12 years for a major public water utility, the North Jersey District Water Commission. He is a 1987 graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University with a BS in Environmental Chemistry. He served as the Chair of the Information Technology Committee for the NJ Section AWWA. He also served on the Advisory Board for Licensing of Water and Wastewater Operators. He was also the past chair for the NJAWWA Education Committee from 1996 to 1998. He currently holds a T4/W3 Water license and is an instructor for the Introductory and Advanced Water Treatment Courses in NJ. He has also coordinated many accredited seminars for organizations such as an Adjunct Professor for Rutgers University, NJIT, NJWEA, NJWA, NJWC and the AWWA-NJ.

Mr. Furrey was the AWWA-NJ section chair in 2015 and is presently an active AWWA member. He also served as Environmental Commission and Greenway Chair for Vernon Township NJ. He is currently the chair of the Vernon Township Municipal Utility Authority. He was also recently appointed to the Drinking Water Quality Institute and a member of the NJ Future Lead in Drinking Water 35-member Task Force.

Dr. Katy Hansen works to improve equity in local public service provision. As a Senior Advisor for Water at EPIC, she focuses on the allocation of federal financial assistance for water infrastructure. Prior to EPIC, Katy worked at the Environmental Finance Center at UNC-Chapel Hill,  Association for Water and Rural Development in South Africa, and Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in the Middle East. She led projects to digitize over 500 maps of water service areas for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and improve access to sanitation in rural Alabama with the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice.  She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Duke University and an MSc in Water Policy from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. 

Hector Herrera has spent the past 18 years as a public administrator in local government and is currently the Borough Administrator of the Borough of Bound Brook. Prior to obtaining his Master of Public Administration degree in 2010 from Rutgers University – Newark, Hector served in the United States Navy.  

Trish Ingelido is the Director of Division of Water Supply and Geoscience. She has over 20 years of experience in water resources management at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Water System Operations Element in the Division of Water Supply and Geoscience. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Environmental Policy from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a Certified Public Manager.

Dan is Senior Director at the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association (UTCA) of NJ, a trade association with members that deliver a wide range of infrastructure solutions for the public and private sectors. Dan’s subject matter expertise has him focusing on a wide range of environmental and utility issues. He serves on the Steering Committee of Jersey Water Works and is Chairman of the national Clean Water Construction Coalition, an organization of construction associations whose purpose is to promote federal legislation that improves water infrastructure. Prior to his role with UTCA, he served as an Assistant Commissioner at the NJDEP, Deputy Director of the NJ Office for Planning Advocacy, and in various roles in county government.

He is a licensed professional planner with a MCRP from Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware. Dan serves as the Chair of Bordentown City’s Planning / Zoning Board and the Vice-Chair of the Burlington County Agricultural Development Board.

Oleg Kostin has worked as a water industry professional since 1985, serving in various roles for the Passaic Valley Water Commission, Elizabethtown Water Company and New Jersey American Water. Oleg joined New Jersey American Water (NJAW) in November of 1987 and is currently the Director of Operations for New Jersey American Water. In this role, Oleg ensures production operations alignment and regulatory compliance statewide through operator training, establishing standard operating procedures, sharing best practices, and implementing quality assurance programs.  He identifies and implements efficiency improvement projects and is a company resource for treatment processes/techniques and contributes to water production capital project planning, design, and delivery.

Previously Oleg was the Licensed Operator of Record for NJAW’s Central Operating region for over 20 years. This region accounts for more than 280 million gallons per day in production capacity from two large surface water treatment plants, as well as groundwater, storage, and booster facilities.

Oleg has served various roles in the American Water Works Association New Jersey Section. He is as a past member of the Research Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and former Chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee. In 2012, the organization honored his work with the Harold V. Florence Jr. Operator’s Meritorious Service Award. 

Oleg is a past member of the NJ DEP Water and Wastewater Board of Examiners. Nationally, he is also a member of the Partnership for Safe Water and former Vice Chair of the Performance Evaluation and Assessment Committee for water treatment.

Oleg earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in environmental science and Biology from William Paterson University and holds New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection T-4, W-4 and N-1 operator licenses. 

Having grown up in poverty in Camden County, Renee Koubiadis is deeply committed to identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent many people and families from meeting their basic necessities. Renee has been an advocate and community organizer, helping disempowered populations use their voices towards social change throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 18 years. Renee currently serves as the Anti-Poverty Program Director of New Jersey Citizen Action where she leads the Anti-Poverty Network as she has done since 2016. She previously served as the statewide Advocacy Coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter (NASW-NJ) and prior to that the Assistant State Campaign Director for the Citizens’ Campaign, a New Jersey non-partisan movement of hundreds of citizens dedicated to innovative government reform and promoting citizen leadership. Renee is co-creator of Garden State Leaders, a leadership and advocacy institute for people impacted by poverty. In her various roles over the last 18 years, Renee has educated thousands of people on issues of poverty, leadership, structural racism, and civic engagement. In late 2017, she served as co-chair for Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team housing committee and in May 2020 was named to the New Jersey Restart and Recovery Advisory Council. Renee is a 2019 Lead New Jersey fellow and was recognized by New Jersey Citizen Action the same year with a Community Service Award. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Movement Alliance Project and the Steering Committee of the Latino Action Network. Renee is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and holds an MSW from Temple University and a BASW from Rutgers University.

Andrew Kricun is a Managing Director with Moonshot Missions, a non-profit focused on providing technical assistance to water utilities in underserved communities. He is also a Senior Fellow with the US Water Alliance working on their national water equity initiative. He is also working as a Senior Advisor at the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania on various projects related to the Delaware River watershed. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director and Chief Engineer of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, operators of an 80 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant in Camden, NJ. He has 35 years of wastewater and biosolids management experience. He graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in chemical engineering. He also holds a professional engineer’s license in civil engineering and is a board-certified environmental engineer as well.

Mr. Kricun serves on the New Jersey Environmental Justice Advisory Council and served on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and as the chair of its Utility of the Future committee and the Environmental Justice committee. He was the recipient of the Praxis Award for Professional Ethics, the President’s Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the One Water Prize from the US Water Alliance, and Environmental Quality Awards from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He was also chosen as governmental engineer of the year by the NJ Chapter American Society of Civil Engineers in 2018.

He serves as co-chair for the Jersey Water Works Steering Committee.

Larry Levine, as Director of Urban Water Infrastructure & Senior Attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council, advocates for strong enforcement of, improvement of, and funding for national, state, and local policies on urban water quality, water infrastructure, and affordable access to safe and sufficient water and sanitation. He is a member of the Jersey Water Works Steering Committee and is the Co-Chair for the Asset Management and Finance subcommittee. He is a graduate of Tulane University and Yale Law School.

Zach McCue is the Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Cory Booker with over a decade of experience in New Jersey government. As a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Zach’s portfolio includes federal policy on energy, infrastructure, and the environment. Zach is responsible for helping Senator Booker to drive his legislative agenda, interface with all levels of government and public entities, and work to secure federal resources on behalf of New Jersey stakeholders.

Prior to joining Senator Booker’s office, Zach worked on coastal water policy as an organizer at Clean Ocean Action, and for the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Penn State University, and is a resident of Cranford, New Jersey.

Mark McDonough is the principal external contact for New Jersey American Water, overseeing 850 employees who serve approximately 2.8 million people. McDonough’s previous roles with American Water included president of the Military Services Group and Chief Compliance Officer. 

Before joining American Water in June 2005, McDonough was an attorney. Prior to graduating law school, he was a special agent with the U.S. Government, serving in the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Energy, The National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), and the General Services Administration. McDonough received his B.S. in criminal justice from the University of Delaware, his M.S. in justice from American University, and his J.D. from George Mason University.

Nicole Miller, Principal of MnM Consulting, is a communications professional with nearly two decades 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 non-profit clients on brand development, project management, event coordination and product deployment. Ms. Miller has a BA in Arts, Media, and Culture from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University in New York. Ms. Miller is a resident of Newark, NJ, a member of the Newark Environmental Commission advising the Mayor and City Council on sustainability issues, Chair of the Newark Green Team, and Co-Chair of NewarkDIG (Doing Infrastructure Green), which is dedicated to resilient and sustainable municipal stormwater management.

She serves as co-chair for the Jersey Water Works Steering Committee.

Joel Rosa, Chairman of Perth Amboy Redevelopment Agency, is a proud New Jersey native who was appointed by Mayor Helmin J. Caba as Perth Amboy’s lead person on the CSO Long Term Control Plan. In this capacity, Joel oversees economic development within the City’s redevelopment zone and ensures all approved projects provide infrastructure improvements that build storm resiliency. During his term, PARA approved over $1 billion in private investment, generated over $15M in annual tax revenue, created over 3,000 jobs, and produced more than $25M in infrastructure improvements.

Prior to his current role, Joel lead communities of empowered citizens to present solutions to their governing bodies in cities including Newark, Perth Amboy, Plainfield, Trenton, and Philadelphia as the Civic Trust Director for the Citizens Campaign Non-Profit. During his time there, he worked with public officials and school administrators throughout New Jersey to implement public safety policies, civic-based curriculums, and quality of life enhancement programs that address social justice and environmental issues. 

Joel is also a business professional with over 15 years of experience in managing companies in private, public, and voluntary sectors. He is committed to developing underserved communities and volunteers as a member of the Perth Amboy Green Team, Middlesex County Solid Waste Advisory Council, and Jersey Waterworks Steering Committee.

Marianna Schaffer is Vice President of Programs, a critical leader at the Foundation providing oversight and management of all programmatic activities. In her role, she ensures alignment with Foundation goals and values focused on equity, anti-racism, and justice. 

Marianna has nearly 20 years experience as a philanthropic nonprofit sector leader. She was the inaugural Director of Artist Initiatives at Creative Capital, an organization that provides adventurous artists across the country with substantial financial and capacity-building grants. While there, she ushered in the widest national diversity of applicants, awarded artists, and practitioners in the organization’s history. 

Prior to Creative Capital, Marianna was Program Officer at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, where she worked with individual artists and small arts organizations at the intersection of arts and social justice. She also managed the New Climate Initiative, a partnership with the Sundance Institute focused on climate change-related media projects. Before joining Rauschenberg, Marianna was Director of Programs at the David Rockefeller Fund. There she oversaw day-to-day operations and grantmaking focused on arts access and engagement, criminal justice reform, and climate justice and advocacy. 

Marianna serves on the Board of Directors of HI-ARTS, Outdoor Empowered Network, and the Scherman Foundation. She is the daughter of a Marlton native and mother of two. 

Scott Schreiber is the Executive Director of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Scott served as the Budget Officer and Planning and Grant Administrator for the Authority. Scott focuses his time and energy on two important priorities. First, the Authority is undertaking a 5 year, $75 million capital improvement project as many of the originally constructed components of the system are at the end of their useful life. Second, the Authority has partnered with the County of Camden to address flooding in the City of Camden and the suburbs of the County.

Donald C. Shields, PE, is Vice President and Director of Engineering for New Jersey American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater to approximately 2.8 million people. Shields oversees a staff of over 50 professionals including construction managers, engineers, planners and geographic information systems (GIS) specialists. He is directly responsible for delivering New Jersey American Water’s capital investment program of more than $350 million per year. In his role, he also provides oversight to engineering activities in the other Eastern Division states, which includes New York, Virginia and Maryland.

Shields has more than 25 years of industry experience, joining American Water in 2001. Prior to his current role, he served as Engineering Director of New Business Development for American Water’s Corporate Engineering Group. While there, he supported American Water’s regulated and market-based businesses, offering technical guidance and expertise for project development and execution, including large water, wastewater and solids digestion/management/handling/energy production.  

He also spent ten years at American Water’s former subsidiary, Applied Water Management, where he managed a team of 30 construction managers and engineers. He has significant experience with designing, building and commissioning membrane bio reactors, a key technology used in water reclamation and reuse. 

Prior to joining American Water, Shields spent ten years working for Bergen County Utilities Authority in Northern New Jersey, where he worked on capital improvement projects ranging from automated meter systems and force main rehabilitation, to wastewater treatment plant upgrades.

Shields is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.

Marcus Sibley is Newark, NJ native with a deep and profound commitment to justice and progress. He serves as the New Jersey State Conference NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Chairman, the President of the Southern Burlington County NAACP, and the Chairman of the New Jersey Progressive Equitable Energy Coalition (NJPEEC). A Rutgers University alum with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work, the Leadership Development Specialist presented across the country for the previous fifteen years prior to the pandemic. Today, he’s the Director of Conservation Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation Northeast Region, building working to build capacity for the fights for animal, human, and environmental rights.

“Motivation can fade. But once empowered … there’s no limit to what one can accomplish.”

 – Marcus Sibley, MSW

Ms. Shereyl Snider joined East Trenton Collaborative in 2019 as a Community Organizer. Ms. Snider is a
long-term resident of the East Trenton neighborhood, but is originally a New Yorker who moved to
Trenton in 2003 to take care of her father. Ms. Snider’s responsibilities with ETC include bringing
together persons with and from different and diverse backgrounds to work for a common cause,
creating dynamic leadership- giving voice to the voiceless, development of a robust commercial and
residential community, facilitating events that build relationships with governmental agencies- key
decisions makers, referral and resources, leadership development, and organizing issue-based
campaigns with residents.

Attorney: Tiffany Stewart, Esq.

Municipal Administrator/Director of Human Resources, City of Newark

Education       

George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

Ø  BS in Public Health, 2006

Seton Hall University School of Law

Ø  J.D., 2012

 

Ms. Stewart is a Newark native who obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.   Thereafter, she worked for Washington, D.C. government on class action law suits.  She then went on to attend Seton Hall University School of Law, where completed her Juris Doctorate Degree.

Following law school, Ms. Stewart worked as a law clerk and then in the private sector where she predominantly practiced civil litigation.

She continued her career in public service by working for the City of Newark as Attorney for the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities and now serves as the Assistant Director and Attorney. As Assistant Director of the Utility she handled environmental regulatory compliance on a state and federal level for the City’s utility which is one of the largest publicly owned and operated utilities in the country. She also over sought various legal aspects of the Department’s operations, as well as administration, personnel, procurement, contract management, capital improvement and infrastructure projects.  Including in her tasks assisting the Director she helped managed and the Utility’s nearly $150 million budget, was involved in grant application and developing creative ways to increase collections as well as meet annual budget requirements.

While in her role as Assistant Director, Ms. Stewart was also been intimately involved in the City’s innovative Lead Service Line Replacement Program which is expected to replace over 22,000 lead service lines across the City in 24-30 months.  She was instrumental in the launch and continued operation of the filter deployment program across the City of Newark.  Ms. Stewart was also responsible for the development, creation and launch of the Department’s first educational program for students of Newark which has been named the Newark Watershed Science and Leadership Academy.  She continues her career in public service and looks forward to making her mark in the community in which she was raised.

She now serves as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Newark but continues to assist in any way she can. 

Ms. Stewart serves on several boards including, New Jersey Shares, NJ Lead in Drinking Water Task Force and Lead Free New Jersey.  She is also a Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Fellow in their Water Innovation and Leadership Development Program.

Alua Suleimenova is a corporate sustainability strategist with 6+ years of experience and expertise in climate risk and opportunity assessment, water stewardship, sustainability strategy and ESG reporting. At WSP, Alua is working with Fortune 500 companies and other key players in the technology, financial services, healthcare, as well as public utilities. She helps clients to assess business risks and opportunities associated with the physical impacts of climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, and develop roadmaps aligned with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).  

 

Dr. Daniel Van Abs, is a Professor of Professional Practice for Water, Society & Environment at Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He has over 40 years of experience in water resources and environmental management with Rutgers, the Highlands Council NJ, NJ Water Supply Authority, NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Passaic River Coalition.  He is a member of Jersey Water Works Asset Management and Finance Committee and Jersey WaterCheck’s Data Advisory Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

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