Board of Directors

Officers

 

Philip D. Guerin
President and Chairman
Phil GuerinPhil Guerin is the Director of Water, Sewer and Environmental Systems for the City of Worcester Department of Public Works & Parks and has been employed by the city for nearly 30 years. In his current role, he is involved with water quality, conservation, source protection, system planning, education, public relations, permitting and regulatory compliance related to the city’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Mr. Guerin is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Science and is a Registered Sanitarian in Massachusetts. In addition to his duties with DPW&P, he serves on the Designer Selection Board for the City of Worcester and represents the city on the Board of Directors of the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Water Works Association and current co-chair of MWWA’s Legislative Advisory Committee as well as a member of the Program Committee. In 2012, Guerin was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change,” a program that recognizes Americans from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to make a difference in their communities, and whose work is helping our country rise to the challenge and compete in the 21st century. Guerin was chosen for his work to build a solar photovoltaic facility at the Worcester Water Filtration.

Vonnie M. Reis, P.E.
Executive Vice President and Vice Chair
Jane MaddenVonnie Reis is currently the Director of Capital Projects for the Town of Framingham and worked for several years as the Town Engineer for Milford, MA. Ms. Reis holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and has over 25 years of experience. Prior to working on the municipal side, she was a Project Manager for engineering consulting firms for water, wastewater, and infrastructure projects. Her experience includes stormwater management, long-term water resource planning, design of treatment and collection systems, and management of the construction of water and wastewater facilities. Ms. Reis blends her professional experience with a dual perspective from being on the consulting side and the municipal side. She has served in leadership roles for many years for New England Water Environment Association, notably as Communications Director, Chair of the Public Education Committee, member of several Strategic Planning sessions, and a New England Judge for Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Cheri Cousens, P.E.
Treasurer

Cheri CousensCheri Cousens is the Executive Director of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District in North Andover, MA. The GLSD is a wastewater treatment facility that supports five communities – Lawrence, Methuen, Andover and North Andover in northern Massachusetts, and Salem in southern New Hampshire. Before joining the GLSD in 2014, Ms. Cousens was the Executive Director of the Charles River Pollution Control District in Medway, MA. 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. Prior to becoming Executive Director in July 2010, Ms. Cousens was an Engineer/Industrial Pretreatment Program Coordinator for the District for 11 years. Before joining the District, she worked as an Environmental Engineer for CDM. Ms. Cousens holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Cousens is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, a Licensed Grade 7-C Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and is an active member of several professional organizations.

Bob Ward, P.E.
Secretary

Bob WardBob Ward is the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works for the City of Haverhill, where he has worked since 1995. He is responsible for all activities of the Water and Wastewater Divisions, including a $15 million budget, 60 employees, a 12 mgd water treatment plant, six surface water supply reservoirs, over 300 miles of water transmission and distribution piping, an 18 mgd wastewater treatment plant, 250 miles of wastewater collection system piping, and the billing and collection office. He is a graduate of the University of Lowell, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a graduate certificate in Foundations of Business. Mr. Ward is a Registered Professional Engineer in Rhode Island and is an active member of several professional organizations.

 

 

Directors

 

Thomas M. Holder
Holder photoTom Holder is presently the Director of Public Works for the Town of Wayland. He began his post there in January 2017. He oversees programs to maintain and support the strategic goals of the Town and manages staff engaged in the administrative and technical management of the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the Town’s public infrastructure. This includes water supply and distribution, stormwater management, transfer center operations, cemeteries, parks, and roadway and bridge systems. Previously, Mr. Holder had been Director of the Department of Public Services for the Town of Medway. Prior to joining Medway, Mr. Holder was Deputy Director of Public Works for the Town of Framingham and Deputy Superintendent of Operations for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Holder is active in the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA), the New England Section of American Water Works Association (AWWA), and is currently a Board Member of the MassDEP Safe Drinking Water Act Advisory Committee. He holds a Grade 4 Drinking Water Operators License and is MCPPO Certified as a Public Procurement Official.

Jane Madden, P.E.
Jane Madden is a Vice President at CDM Smith, a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm that focuses on water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities. Since joining CDM Smith in 1983, Ms. Madden has been involved in the planning, design, and construction of some of the most challenging wastewater treatment projects in New England, including the 450 mgd MWRA Deer Island Secondary Treatment Facilities Plant, the 30 mgd New Bedford, MA, Secondary Wastewater Treatment Facility Design and the 30 mgd South Essex Sewerage District wastewater treatment planning and design. More recently she has served as officer in charge for the 45 mgd Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District’s $180 million treatment facility upgrade, the upgrade of the Westerly and Easterly wastewater treatment facilities in Marlborough, MA, and improvements to the Concord (MA) and Charles River Pollution Control facilities. Ms. Madden is a graduate of the University of Vermont, a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and a board certified Environmental Engineer.

David Michelsen, P.E.
David Michelsen is the District Engineer for the 30 mgd South Essex Sewerage District Treatment Facility in Salem, MA. He is responsible for planning and capital programs as well as operations, maintenance, and administrative support for the District. He previously worked for more than 15 years at a consulting firm and an equipment manufacturer, where he was involved in the planning, design, construction, and optimization of water and wastewater treatment facilities across New England. Mr. Michelsen is a Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is an active member of NEWEA and NEWWA, where he was awarded the 2014 NEWWA Award of Merit.

 

 

Robert L. Moylan Jr., P.E.
Bob MoylanBob Moylan is the former Commissioner of the Department of Public Works & Parks for the City of Worcester. As Commissioner, he led a department responsible for the city’s water, wastewater, stormwater and street systems, traffic and parking, solid waste collection and disposal, fleet maintenance, street lighting, municipal engineering, parks, recreation and cemetery, and all public building construction in Worcester. The Worcester DPW&P has more than 500 employees, an annual operating budget of over $85 million and a capital budget of $45 million. Mr. Moylan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He was appointed Commissioner of Public Works in January 1993. Prior to his appointment, he held a wide variety of technical and managerial positions within Public Works. In 1998, Mr. Moylan was recognized as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association from its more than 25,000 members. He has held a variety of leadership positions in both the national and regional offices of the APWA and is a past president of the New England Chapter of APWA.

Kent Nichols, P.E.
Kent Nichols, Vice President of Weston & Sampson, has more than 25 years of water, wastewater, and stormwater management and engineering experience. As practice leader for Weston & Sampson’s NPDES-related work for wastewater treatment and stormwater discharges, Mr. Nichols has strong experience with EPA regulatory policies, and helps clients plan to meet the changing regulatory climate for water quality projects. His expertise includes a water resource planning focus, having completed Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plans (CWMP) for Concord, East Bridgewater, and North Reading, Massachusetts, and a wide range of water resource protection projects in sensitive coastal areas, including Gloucester, Newburyport, Rockport, and Westport, Massachusetts. Mr. Nichols has also assisted several clients with planning, design, permitting, and construction phase engineering services for wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) improvements including project manager for the 588,000-gpd WWTF in Hopedale, Massachusetts; as owner's project manager for the DBO upgrade of a 16-mgd WWTF for the City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and as project manager for the City of Newburyport 3.4-mgd WWTF improvements. A registered Professional Engineer in MA, RI, and VT, Mr. Nichols holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. He is also an active member of NEWEA and WEF, and is a WEFTEC Program Steering Committee member.

Karla Sangrey, P.E.
Sangrey photoKarla Sangrey is Engineer-Director and Treasurer of the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District (UBWPAD). Ms. Sangrey has worked for the UBWPAD since 2004 and is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the District. The District provides wastewater treatment to the City of Worcester and several surrounding communities, serving a population of about 230,000. The District’s advanced biological nutrient removal process produces a high quality effluent to protect the water quality of the Blackstone River and the Narragansett Bay into which the Blackstone eventually discharges. Previously, Ms. Sangrey was a Principal with the consulting firm CDM Smith for 12 years. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and a master of science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a registered Professional Engineer and a Massachusetts Grade 7 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Ms. Sangrey is a member of the New England Water Environment Association and the Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association and serves on the advisory board of the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute.

Joshua Schimmel
Image of Josh SchimmelJoshua Schimmel is the Executive Director of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, and has over 20 years of experience in the wastewater industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in Environmental Science. Mr. Schimmel has managed Springfield’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Program for the past decade and has extensive experience with federal and state regulatory requirements governing CSOs and wastewater collection systems. He is an active member of WEF and NEWEA, and has a Grade IV Collection System Certificate and a Grade 4M Wastewater Operators License.