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Thomas Abbott
Supervising Forester

RI DEM Division of Forest Environment
260 Arcadia Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832

Tom Abbott’s duties as Supervising Forester include overseeing the Forest Health Program, Stewardship Program and the Urban and Community Forest Program.  As Rhode Island’s Forest Resource Program Committee member, he is presently involved with the review and update to Rhode Island’s Forest Action Plan. Tom’s previous duties included Stewardship Program Coordinator and Rhode Island’s Service Forester. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Montana and an active member of the Society of American Foresters.

Justin Adams
Senior Licensing and Permitting Specialist
(860) 839-8373

Eversource Energy, Inc.
56 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT  06103

Justin has worked for Eversource since 2009 in the Environmental Affairs Department.  He has planned and permitted numerous capital projects in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Before Eversource, he worked for MIT in the Environmental, Health and Safety Office.  He has Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Andrea (Dré) Agostino
Lead Environmental Scientist

National Grid
40 Sylvan Road  E-687
Waltham, MA 02451

Dré Agostino currently works for National Grid as a Lead Environmental Scientist in the New England Environmental Department.  She is responsible for environmental permitting and compliance for projects in central and western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.  Prior to joining National Grid, Dré worked as a wetlands scientist and environmental consultant for 12 years.  She is a former Conservation Commissioner for the town of Ayer.  Dré has a master’s degree in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Environmental Policy and Resource Economics.

Larry Bruffee
Vice President

Northern Companies
1290 Park Street
Palmer, MA 01069

Thomas Degnan
Senior Environmental Scientist \ Forester \ ES&P

Burns & McDonnell
108 Leigus Road, Building A, Suite 1100
Wallingford, CT 06492

Mr. Degnan serves Burns & McDonnell as a LEED certified, environmental and forestry project manager for the Environmental Siting & Permitting division. He has over 24 years of experience in the New England region working with utility companies, municipalities, conservation groups, and private landowners on environmental conservation and compliance during construction and forest management projects.  Mr. Degnan is responsible for working with project offices on land planning, site preparation, restoration and environmental compliance issues.

Jamie Durand
Senior Project Manager

Power Engineers
100 John L. Dietsch Square
N. Attleboro, MA 02763

Jamie Durand is a project manager and environmental scientist at POWER Engineers, Inc., with extensive experience in the energy and facilities fields. Mr. Durand is experienced with natural resource field surveys, environmental impact assessments and environmental permitting and licensing. He brings experience in routing evaluations, environmental feasibility studies and fatal flaw analyses to the industry. He is responsible for managing complex, multidisciplinary and multi-state projects, conducting constructability reviews, managing field studies, writing environmental reports, preparing permit applications at the federal, state, and local levels, and representing clients at agency meetings and hearings. Mr. Durand brings knowledge of the permitting and licensing requirements for electrical transmission lines, natural gas pipelines (FERC 7(c) filings), and facilities ancillary to these energy projects. He has completed projects sited onshore and offshore, including impact assessments on freshwater and coastal/ marine resources. His scientific expertise encompasses wetland ecology, soil science, and wildlife biology. He has experience with development projects in New England and the Northeast.

Melissa Kaplan
Project Manager/Wetland Scientist

BSC Group
33 Waldo Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Melissa Kaplan is a Project Manager and Professional Wetland Scientist in BSC Group’s Worcester office. She regularly leads BSC project teams in local, state, and federal permitting efforts, wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species surveys, feasibility studies, and environmental monitoring of construction activities for large-scale utility companies, municipal projects, and others.  Ms. Kaplan holds an MS in Marine Biology, a BS in Zoology, several professional certifications, and she has twelve years of professional environmental and biological consulting experience.  She routinely leads BSC project teams in providing environmental consulting services from the early coordination phase to permitting phase to the final construction monitoring phase for numerous projects throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

Lindsey Lefebvre
Environmental Scientist

US Army Corps of Engineers
696 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742

Environmental Scientist/Project Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers-New England District (September 2014-Present)
Previously worked at the Cold Regions and Research Engineering Laboratory (ERDC-CRREL) as a Physical Scientist.  Worked on research projects that supported the Wetland Regulatory Assistance Program including large scale delineations, the National Wetland Plant List, Ordinary High Water Mark, and vegetation sampling methodologies.  (May 2006-September 2014)
BS Conservation Biology from the State University of New York State College Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) (2002-2006)

Christopher Martin

CT DEEP Forestry Division
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Chris Martin has been Connecticut’s State Forester and Forestry Director for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) since 2008. DEEP Forestry administers numerous USDA Forest Service’s Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act programs addressing identified needs within Connecticut’s Forest Action Plan and is charged with sustainably managing over 170,000 acres of State Forests held by the Agency in public trust. Chris also currently serves as chair for the National Association of State Foresters Forest Science and Health Committee and is active in many national forest policy matters including Wildfire Disaster Funding Act and a multi-federal agency strategic plan to combat invasive forest pests.

Chris is a certified and licensed forester in Connecticut and Maine, and the Society of American Foresters. Prior to serving in Connecticut. Chris was a Senior Planner and Water Resource Forester for the Maine Forest Service where he coordinated statewide monitoring of timber harvests and helped develop protocols to analyze forest practice effects on water quality, biodiversity, and residual forest stand quality.

Adam Rosenblatt
Project Manager/Sr Environmental Scientist

​​1 Cedar Street, Suite 400
Providence, RI 02903

 I have a BS in Soil and Water Resources Science and a MS in Natural Resources Science both from the University of Rhode Island.  I am a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, a Professional Soil Scientist, an RI Licensed Soil Evaluator and RI Certified Invasive Species Manager.  I have 16 years of professional experience in wetland delineation, assessment, mitigation, soil interpretation and classification, environmental documentation and permit preparation for electric utility, land development, and transportation projects and construction monitoring of numerous National Grid utility projects.  I enjoy spending my free time outdoors gardening and hiking with my wife and two young girls as well as volunteering as a URI Master Gardner working on a produce donation project at the Roger Williams Park Community Garden.

Daniel Rukakoski
Principal Environmental Scientist
(413) 562-1600

Tighe & Bond, Inc.
53 Southampton Road
Westfield, MA 01085

Daniel is manager of the Wetlands and Ecological Services Group; he also serves as T&B’s Environmental Technical Practice Group leader, and Power Utilities Market Champion.  Dan is a Registered Professional Soil Scientist, a Professional Wetland Scientist and a NH Certified Wetland Scientist.  He has more than 20 years of experience in wetland delineation, environmental and energy permitting, regulatory negotiations and construction observation.  He is an expert in linear permitting efforts, and has successfully completed several projects which have required expedited or emergency permitting due to failing infrastructure.  Dan regularly leads the environmental permitting efforts for municipal, commercial and public utility projects throughout the Northeast.

Eric Scherer

Technical Consultant and Service Provider
16 Parkwood Drive
Kingston RI 02881

Technical consultant to public and private sector on agricultural and natural resource issues, erosion and sediment control planning; and providing education of erosion and sediment control to practitioners and others.  Also currently a certified Technical Service Provider to agricultural producers on comprehensive nutrient management plans, nutrient management plans and grazing management plans for USDA program participation.  Twenty-five years with NRCS; then State Resource Conservationist and Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations, Warwick, Rhode Island.  B.S in Agronomy and Masters in Public Administration.  Past President of SWCS Southern New England Chapter.  Registered Soil Scientist; CPESC #359; CPSWQ # 8; CESSWI #7; Certified Professional Soil Scientist, ARCPAC, American Society of Agronomy.

Alison Wright-Hunter
Service Forester

Comm. of MA Dept of Conservation & Recreation
PO Box 484/40 Cold Storage Dr.
Amherst, MA 01004

Alison Wright-Hunter, who graduated from UMass Amherst with a BS in Forest Management, has worked in the field of forestry for over 20 years in Maine, California and Massachusetts. Her work at MA DCR began as a Forest Health Specialist. For the last 14 years she has worked as a Service Forester at the MA DCR. Her work in this field draws from all aspects of forestry to help landowner better steward the woods of Massachusetts. She has also served on the Shutesbury Conservation Commission.

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as of 20 February 2017:

Juliana Barrett | Associate Extension Educator, UConn Sea Grant

Lori Benoit | Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services

Jim Berg | Project Manager, AECOM

Marc Bergeron | VHB

Meredith Borenstein | Associate Wetland Scientist, New England Environmental, Inc.

Jon Budreski | Director of Business Development, AirShark

Ruth Calabrese | Compliance & Performance Manager, Eversource

Richard Canavan | Senior Environmental Scientist, Tighe & Bond

Ian Cole | Environmental Specialist, Eversource

Elizabeth Congo | GIS Analyst, Tighe & Bond

Raymond Corvino | District Conservationist / Soil Health Specialist, USDA NRCS

Steve Damiano | Sr. Consultant/Project Manager, POWER Engineers

Matt Davison | Owner/Operator, Davison Environmental

Chris Donnelly | Urban Forestry Coordinator, CT DEEP Forestry Division

John Dudula | Natural Resource Specialist, North Central [CT] Conservation District

Jamie Durand | Sr. Project Manager, POWER Engineers

Dustin Dwyer | Sales Representative, EJ Prescott, Inc

Chuck Eaton | Director of Municipal Services, CME Associates, Inc.

Antonio Federici | Senior Scientist, Kleinschmidt

Sara Fusco | Project Environmental Scientist, Tighe & Bond

Sarah French | VHB

Michael Gaughan | Environmental Coordinator,              Eversource

Devleena Ghosh-Brower | Environmental Specialist, Eversource

Mark Grocki | Senior Project Engineer, VHB

Robert Grosof | Landscape Architect, RRG

Matthew Gustafson | Forester & Wetland Scientist, All-Points Technology Corporation, P.C.

Karen Hanecak | Project Manager, POWER Engineers

Simon Hildt | Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services

Raina Huebner | BSC Group

Barbara Kelly | Coordinator, North Central [CT] Conservation District

Lisa Krall | Resource Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS

Mark Massoud | Administrator for Land Use, Town of Watertown CT

Chris McGinness | Land Use Inspector, Town of Southbury

Alison Milliman | Environmental Specialist, POWER Engineers

Jason Normandin | Sales Representative, E. J. Prescott, Inc.

Christine Odiaga | Project Management Associate, Friends of Herring River

James Olsen | Licensed Environmental Professional, Tighe & Bond

Timothy O’Sullivan | Project Manager, AECOM

Siona Patisteas | VHB

Joseph Pellegrino | Graduate Student, UMass Amherst

Jeff Peterson | VHB

Colleen Puzas | Environmental Specialist, SWCA Environmental Consultants

Moosa Rafey | Asst Administrator for Land Use, Town of Watertown CT

Timothy Randhir | Professor, University of Massachusetts

Krista Reinhart | Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services

Judy Rondeau | Natural Resource Specialist, Eastern CT Conservation District

Adam Rosenblatt | VHB

Daniel Rukakoski | Principal Environmental Scientist/Associate, Tighe & Bond

Joanna Shapiro | Executive Director, North Central Conservation District

Brittany Simon | Environmental Specialist, POWER Engineers

Michael Soares | Conservation Technician, Eastern CT Conservation District

Marleigh Sullivan | Ecological Scientist, BSC Group

Katelyn Szura | graduate student, URI Moseman-Valtierra Laboratory

Lynn Towill | Sr. Environmental Specialist, Eversource

Kris van Naerssen | Environmental Scientist, AECOM

Paul Vitaliano | Project Manager, VHB

Josh Weiss | Environmental Planner, Fitzgerald & Halliday

Kevin White | Town Engineer, Town of East Haven CT

Lynn Willey | Licensed Environmental Professional, Tighe & Bond

Elizabeth Wilson | Senior Scientist, Brown and Caldwell

Joanna Wozniak-Brown | Planning Assistant, Northwest Hills Council of Governments

Anthony Zemba | Environmental Specialist, Fitzgerald & Halliday

… and 1 state, 2 municipal, 4 private sector and 8 federal employees who chose not to be identified.


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If you did not pick up your Certificate of Attendance, please contact Christine at  If you need proof of attendance for CT or/and MA forester credits, specify which state(s).

Tom Abbott Supervising Forester – RI DEM Division of Forest Environment

Justin Adams Senior Licensing and Permitting Specialist – Eversource Energy

Andrea Agostino Lead Environmental Scientist – National Grid

Thomas Akin State Resource Conservationist – USDA NRCS

Arthur Allen Vice President – EcoTec, Inc.

Alexander Amendola Forestry Intern – South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

Peter Andrighetti Superintendent – Supreme Industries Inc.

Nicholas Anzuoini DCR Forest Manager – Mass Dept of Conservation and Recreation

David Askew – Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

Rexford Baker   

Grant Beasley – Beasley Forest Products, Inc.

Rod Bemis Manager/Environmental Matting – Riggs Distler & Company, Inc.

Margaret Blagbrough Co-Op – Eversource

Robert Boone – Woodland Owner/Tree Farmer

Meredith Borenstein Associate Scientist – New England Environmental, Inc.

Andrew Bosse Forester – AJB Forestry Service

Nathan Boucher VP – Supreme Industries Inc.

Robert Burke owner – Vermont Forestry Associates, Inc.

Mary Brittain – Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

Larry Bruffee Vice President – Northern Companies

Richard Canavan Senior Environmental Scientist – CME Associates, Inc.

Robin Casioppo Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

Gail Ceresia – Berkshire Wetland Services

Scott Christensen Environmental Coordinator – Michels Corporation

Melissa Coady Project Environmental Scientist – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Glenn Colburn Conservation Agent – Town of Sturbridge, MA

Andrew Cole Environmental Scientist – VHB

Curtis Coolidge – Carter Hill Farm

Katherine Coolidge – Carter Hill Farm

Thomas Couture Senior Vice President – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Amanda Crouch-Smith Project Environmental Scientist 2 – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Lee Curtis Manager of Ecological Sciences – BSC Group

Matthew Davison Senior Environmental Scientist – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Thomas Degnan Forester – Burns & McDonnell

Marshall Dennis President/Wetland Scientist – Wetlands & Wildlife, Inc.

Jeffrey Devine – Self-employed

John Dudula Natural Resource Specialist – North Central [CT] Conservation District

Jamie Durand Senior Project Manager – Power Engineers

Charles Eaton Municipal Services Director – CME Associates, Inc.

Alexandra Echandi Wetland Scientist – BSC Group

Jeremy Fennell Senior Scientist – Epsilon Associates, Inc.

Eric Ford Environmental Consultant/Project Manager – Lucas Environmental

Sara Fusco – VHB

Luisa Galindo student – University of Massachusetts Amherst

Leo Garneau – Northeastern Consulting Forestry Services

Devleena Ghosh-Brower Project Environmental Scientist – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Matt Giannetta Stormwater Program Manager – NYC DEP

Bruce Griffin Senior Scientist – New England Environmental, Inc.

Nicholas Guidi Environmental Scientist – Tighe & Bond

Dana Hachigian Forester – Springfield Water and Sewer Commission

Li Han student – University of Massachusetts

Forrest Hartel – YAK Mat, Inc.

Simon Hildt Project Manager – Stantec

Melissa Kaplan Project Manager/Wetland Scientist – BSC Group

Barbara Kelly Coordinator, North Central [CT] Conservation District

Matt Kelly – VHB

Corey Kooken Senior Environmental Biologist – TRC

Craig Koumbis Senior Shoring Specialist – Mabey Inc.

Paul Knapik Wetland Scientist – BSC Group

Pat Leclerc Project Manager – Supreme Industries Inc.

Lindsey Lefebvre Environmental Scientist/Project Manager – US Army Corps of Engineers

Karen Leigh Coordinator – City of Westfield [MA] Conservation Commission

Thomas Liddy – Lucas Environmental

Lori Marchegiani Administration/Environmental Matting – Riggs Distler & Company, Inc.

Christopher Martin Director, Forestry Division – CT DEEP

Susan McArthur – McArthur Environmental Consulting, LLC

Jim McAndrews National Accounts Manager – Mabey Inc.

Christin McDonough Wildlife Biologist – New England Environmental, Inc.

John McGinn Senior Environmental Scientist – VHB

Aaron Mead Environmental Compliance Manager – Northern Companies

Rocco Micelotta Outside Marketing Representative – E. J. Prescott, Inc.

Alison Milliman Environmental Specialist – Power Engineers

Jason Normandin Sales – E. J. Prescott, Inc.

Marta Nover Principal – Nover-Armstrong Associates, Inc.

Kevin O’Brien Trench Safety Specialist – United Rentals

Kevin O’Brion Environmental Scientist III – TRC

Christine Odiaga Executive Director – SWCS Southern New England Chapter

Siona Patisteas – VHB

Jeffrey Peterson Senior Soil & Wetland Scientist – VHB

David Perilli Zoning/Planning Chairman – Village of Elmsford, NY

Joseph Polulech President – JEP Engineering Co.

Theresa Portante Wetland Scientist – BSC Group

Richard Poulton Chairman, Inland Wetlands Commission – Town of East Haven, CT

Nick Powers Director of Corporate Communications – Northern Companies

Colleen Puzas Associate Wetland Scientist – New England Environmental, Inc.

Timothy Randhir Professor – University of Massachusetts

Kenny Ray Senior Sales Representative – YAK Mat, Inc.

Steven Rejniak Environmental Scientist – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Steven Riberdy Senior Ecologist – GZA, Inc.

Dean Rice General Foreman – Riggs Distler & Company, Inc.

Adam Rosenblatt Project Manager/Senior Environmental Scientist – VHB

Daniel Rukakoski Principal Environmental Scientist – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Eric Scherer – Scherer Consulting Services LLC

Leo Shaw National Accounts Manager – Mabey Inc.

Jeff Surette Regional Product Development – United Rentals Trench Safety

Charles Thompson President – Mass Forest Alliance

Matthew Waldrip Environmental Engineer – Eversource

Tim Ward Environmental Coordinator – Michels Corporation

Jeremie Wentworth Project Manager – Supreme Industries Inc.

Chad West Sales Representative – Yak Mat

Kevin White Town Engineer – Town of East Haven, CT

Katy Wilkins Environmental Scientist – Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Josh Wilson – Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

Alison Wright-Hunter Service Forester – Mass Dept of Conservation and Recreation

Nicholas Zito Forester – South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority


1 non-profit, 2 municipal, 6 federal and 9 private sector employees
who chose to remain anonymous

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