The NEBRA Board of Directors is responsible for NEBRA's general policies and fiscal health. The Board hires and oversees NEBRA's Executive Director, provides guidance on NEBRA activities and priorities, and responds to the requests and needs of NEBRA Members.
(The year in parentheses, below, designates the year in which the Board member's term expires; terms end at the Annual Meeting in the fall.)
Charlie Alix (21) - Chair of the Research Committee
Charlie Alix is a professional engineer with 33 years experience. He has worked in both consulting and manufacturing. He has spent the last 22 years working on biosolids, waste, and odor related projects. Charlie’s biosolids experience includes: emerging technology review; master planning; facility development and design; and facility operations review, troubleshooting, and support.
Charlie is active in several professional organizations, including the Water Environment Federation, WEF Residuals and Biosolids Committee (RBC), Vice Chair of WEF Communications Subcommittee to RBC, New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA), Past Chair of NEWEA Residuals and Biosolids Committee, and Chair of NEBRA Research Committee.
Charlie has authored dozens of articles, presentations, and other publications, including: the "Composting" chapter in the USEPA/WEF/WERF manual Solids Process Design and Management (2011); the "Odor Control " chapter in the WEF MOP 8 (2010); the "Composting" subchapter in WEF MOP 8 (2010), and "Total Cost Accounting for Biosolids Management," WEF (2003).
Andrew Carpenter (20) - Treasurer
Andrew Carpenter is a certified soil scientist, certified crop advisor, and certified nutrient management planning specialist. He is the owner and principal of Northern Tilth. Andrew has been recycling organic residuals and developing new recycling programs since 1992. He has extensive experience in planning and handling technical issues related to the reuse of organic residuals. Andrew earned an M.S. in Plant, Soil and Environmental Science at the University of Maine.
Cheri Cousens (20)
P. E., Executive Director
Greater Lawrence Sanitary District
North Andover, MA
Cheri Cousens is the Executive Director of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD) in North Andover, MA. The GLSD is a 52 mgd wastewater treatment facility with anaerobic digesters and an onsite biosolids pelletizing facility that supports five communities – Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, North Andover, and Dracut in northern Massachusetts, and Salem in southern New Hampshire. Before joining the GLSD in 2014, Ms. Cousens spent 4 years as Executive Director of the Charles River Pollution Control District in Medway, MA, where she managed all aspects of a tertiary, 5.7 mgd wastewater treatment facility that treats wastewater from the towns of Bellingham, Franklin, Medway, and Millis. Previous experience in the field includes 11 years as Engineer/Industrial Pretreatment Program Coordinator for the Charles River District preceded by work as an Environmental Engineer at CDM Smith.
Ms. Cousens holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and a Licensed Grade 7-C Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. She is also a Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship and a member of the New England Water Environment Association and Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association.
Mike Hodge (19)
Michael Hodge is part of Casella’s Organics group that implements sustainable solutions for a variety of organic residuals. Mike has gained a keen understanding of the operational challenges and rewards of providing services and solutions for organics as the General Manager, Director of Operations, as a Division Manager, and as a Product Sales Representative at Casella.
Mike has a combination of personal interests in conservation, a comprehensive education, and an assortment of professional experiences. He has his B.S in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University and has accumulated over 20 years of professional experience serving as a landscape foreman, a wildlife biologist with a national non-profit conservation organization, and with Casella’s organics team.
Chris Hubbard (19) - Chair of the Membership Committee
Chris Hubbard is a manufacturer representative with Walker Wellington, a rep firm covering New England for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Walker Wellington, Chris has held positions as regional sales manager for Huber Technology and VeloDyne and engineering positions with Westfallia Separator, primarily focused around biosolids.
Hubbard holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and sits on the Board of Directors for the Narrow River Preservation Association in Rhode Island. He is an avid offshore sailboat racer and resides in Wakefield, Rhode Island with his wife and three children.
Michael Lannan (19) - Immediate Past President
P. E., President
Mike Lannan is a chemical engineer who specializes in air quality, odor control, noise, and dust mitigation. He worked for more than 10 years on air pollution and odor analysis and control projects for Camp, Dresser & McKee (CDM). He joined Tech Environmental in 2002 and became President in July 2015. He has provided solutions for facilities all over the United States, including piloting new air quality and odor control technologies, updating United States odor sampling standards, improving vendors’ “standard” products, providing nuisance litigation support, and executing over one hundred air pollution and odor control studies, designs, permit acquisitions, installations, start-ups, and system optimization studies. He has also completed projects to mitigate noise related issues and has helped clients distinguish between dust nuisances and health concerns.
Isaiah Lary (21) - Secretary
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Isaiah Lary serves as a QC Tech/Pretreatment Inspector for the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority (LAWPCA), bringing a keen interest in biosolids and residuals recycling, working with people, and coordinating with various organizations. He manages the Composted Class A and Digested Class B Biosolids monitoring, as well as the Anaerobic Co-Digestion Feedstocks program. Isaiah assists with Industrial Pretreatment sampling/inspection and processes Biosolids/Compost permit amendments to improve operational efficiency and maintain compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in English from Pensacola Christian College and has completed Maine’s award-winning Compost School.
Lise LeBlanc (20)
B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., P.Ag., CNMP
Mount Uniacke, NS
Lise LeBlanc is a Professional Agrologist who started her career with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. She stayed with Agriculture for 10 years, building her agricultural background before moving on to start her own company, LP Consulting. She has gone on to diversify and expand her expertise over the past 20 years by working with the agricultural, forestry, private and industrial sectors.
Lise has assisted in developing guidelines for Land Application of Biosolids and other non-agricultural organic waste (NAOW) with the Nova Scotia Departments of Agriculture and Environment. She has been providing science and technical knowledge for N-Viro Systems Canada in Ontario and Nova Scotia, including marketing publications and public education programs. And she has developed programs that incorporate manures, wood ash, paper mill sludge, biosolids, digestate, rendering plant effluents, and off-shore drilling wastes for land applications, soil blending, and land reclamation.
Deborah Mahoney (19)
P. E., Project Manager
Hazen and Sawyer
Deb Mahoney has worked as a design engineer and in business development at Hazen and Sawyer since 2012. Before that, she spent 11 years as a Project Engineer with AECOM and 8 years with Earth Tech. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Deb volunteers extensively in the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) in addition to her volunteer work for NEBRA.
Tom Schwartz (19) - President
P. E., Project Manager
Woodard and Curran
Tom Schwartz has, for many years, been a Project Manager specializing in wastewater and biosolids management projects. He has shared his expertise through numerous volunteer positions with the New England Water Environment Association - including serving as Chair of the Residuals Management Committee and Chair of the Energy Committee - and with the Maine Water Environment Association, as well as with NEBRA.
Arthur Simonian (21)
P. E., Executive Director
The Mattabassett District
Mr. Simonian is a Registered Professional Engineer and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been the Executive Director of The Mattabassett District since June 2015, where he directs and supervises the operation and maintenance the Mattabassett District trunk line sewer and right of way, outfall, the ash landfill and incidental facilities connected therewith; plans for short and long range needs of the District; recommends need for contractual services for Board approval; coordinates District projects and plans with outside consultants and public agencies; and prepares the annual budget and calculates user fees. From 2006-2015 he was Director of Public Works & Town Engineer for the Town of Berlin, CT and responsible for the Water Sewer Commission, Engineering, Highways, Facilities/Building Maintenance Departments with 39 personnel. From 2000-2006 he was Senior Project Manager for Diversified Technologies Consultants – overseeing the design and construction of two public school projects (26 million dollars and 60 million dollars) and two design/build dormitory projects (50 million dollars combined) overseeing Civil, Environmental, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing design groups. Arthur’s awards and achievements include: Editing Board of a Public Works Journal; Implemented LEED and Clean Energy Resolutions for the Town; Member of ASCE, America Public Works Association; Lincoln Arc Welding Award for Parking Garage Design; ACEC Engineering Excellence Award on behalf of the Mattabassett District for the WPCF Upgrade; and AGC Build CT 2016 Award for Construction Manager/General Contractor Large Renovation for Facility Upgrade.
Josh Tyler (21)
P. E., Biosolids Project Manager
Chittenden Solid Waste District
Josh Tyler, as CSWD Biosolids Program Manager, supports member communities of Chittenden County (greater Burlington area) with the management of biosolids and helps coordinate with state regulators and commercial partners to ensure that all federal and state requirements are met.
Mark A. Young (20) - Past President
Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility
Mark Young has over 35 years experience in the wastewater field as an Operator, Head Operator, Operations Superintendent, and Executive Director. Mark holds a Grade 7 Massachusetts Operator Municipal and Industrial Wastewater License, as well as a Grade 4 Wastewater Collection Systems License.
Mr. Young is the Project Manager for the City of Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility ISO 14001 Program. This program was initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and involved 9 municipalities from across the United States attempting to be the first municipalities in the U.S. to achieve ISO 14001 certification. The Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility’s Environmental Management System became ISO 14001 certified in 2000 and has passed all yearly recertification audits since. Mr. Young has assisted the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania DEP with their Municipal Environmental Stewardship Programs to develop Environmental Management Systems.
Mr. Young is one of the founders of NEBRA and is also a member of the Water Environment Federation, New England Water Environment Association, and Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association.
Janine Burke-Wells, Executive Director
Janine became Executive Director in May of 2019. She is responsible for achieving NEBRA’s vision and implementing its strategic plan through work with the Board of Directors and the various committees. She has twenty years experience in wastewater operations and also worked for the EPA. Janine has an MPA from Northeastern University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.
Ned Beecher, Special Projects Manager
Ned Beecher coordinates research and special projects for NEBRA. He has authored numerous articles, papers, book chapters, & presentations on biosolids management in the Northeast and around North America. He has an MS in Resource Management from Antioch University and a BA in Geology from Amherst College.