Board of Directors
Stephen Jaffe owns Tudor Development, LLC (Tudor), a Real Estate Development firm. Tudor owns, partners and/or consults on various real estate matters. A large portion of Mr. Jaffe's work entails Brownfield Redevelopment. Mr. Jaffe's projects comprise a diverse portfolio of uses. Steve's experience covers big box commercial to multi-family residential land development. He also is involved with an environmental consulting firm as well as several "brown to green" energy projects. Steve's work product covers land acquisition to vertical development. He helps negotiate transactions, manages due diligence and then processes land entitlements. He graduated from Muhlenberg Collect and earned his Law Degree and Masters in Environmental Sciences from Vermont Law School. He previously worked in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as well as privately practiced Environmental Law. He owned an environmental drilling company and worked in various Real Estate Development companies before forming Tudor. Steve is currently President of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE).
Mark R. Lewis has been the Brownfields Coordinator for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection since April, 2014. Mark works with municipalities, developers, property owners, the US EPA, other state agencies and other partners to facilitate cleanup of Brownfield sites throughout Connecticut, and return the sites to productive use. Mark previously worked for twenty years in DEEP's Remediation Devision as an Environmental Analyst overseeing the assessment and cleanup of sites ranging from small dry cleaners to Superfund sites, including the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Prior to DEEP, Mark worked as an environmental consultant focusing on assessment and remediation of contaminated properties, as a land surveyor, and as a hydrologic technician for the Water Resources Division of the US Geological Survey. Mark is also a firefighter and squad boss on DEEP's Interstate Wildfire Crew, which responds to wildfires throughout the US and in Canada. Mark is the Vice President of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast. Mark is a founding member of the Geological Society of Connecticut, and serves on its board of directions, and is an associate member of the Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut. Mark holds a B.S. in geology from Bates College.
Geoffrey R. Forrest, of Dresdner Robin, has over 40 years of broad-based experience in the fields of civil, geotechnical, geological and environmental engineering. Throughout his career he has conducted numerous geological, geotechnical and environmental investigations related to transportation, mining, water supply and civil projects and commercial, residential and industrial developments. He has worked on a wide range of environmental projects including environmental impact assessments, hazardous waste screening, landfills, contaminated site assessments and manufacturing and mining facilities. Mr. Forrest in his capacity as a NJDEP Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), directs various privately owned and publicly funded projects involving the remediation of Brownfield redevelopment projects. He also serves as Project Director/Peer Reviewer for property acquisition projects conducted under on-going Task Order Agreements for Hazardous Waste Services Statewide, NJDOT-Bureau of Environmental Services. These agreements include site investigations, remedial investigations and remedial alternative analysis, and preparation of remedial cost estimates for properties to be acquired by the NJDOT as part of roadway improvement and /or roadway construction projects and associated specifications preparation. He also serves as Project Director/Peer Reviewer for various projects executed under on-going Task Order Agreements for Remedial Investigations/Remedial Alternative Analysis Studies at NJDOT Maintenance Facilities. The agreement covers the investigation of numerous maintenance facility sites with the objective of characterizing soil and groundwater contamination and evaluating, selecting and implementing the most appropriate and cost-effective remedial approach. Geoffrey is currently the Treasurer for the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast.
Jamie Snook (BCONE's Secretary) has been a an environmental consultant and hydrogeologist for 17 years with a focus on public and private sector Brownfield projects, conferences, roundtables, and events for the last 15 years. He has been an active BCONE member since its beginnings in June 2011, focusing on event planning, promoting membership and sponsorship, plus outreach to the PADEP, NJDEP, USEPA, and PA Brownfields officials. He has been actively involved in planning a 2014 BCONE/Woodbridge Event and other BCONE events including NSCW. Jamie has been a LSRP in New Jersey since 2011. He has been appointed as the LSRP of Record for numerous regulated sites that he supervises simultaneously, including the project planning and remediation of several public Brownfield redevelopment projects. He has significant experience providing hydrogeologic expertise for the remediation of some of New Jersey’s more complex Brownfield redevelopment projects, ranging from 17 acres up to 230 acres in size. These projects encompassed numerous remedial investigations of soil, ground water, sediment, surface water, vapor intrusion, and storm water. Jamie has acted as Project Manager of USEPA Brownfield Assessment Pilot activities, provided presentations at various events and public workshops including inter-agency workgroups (IAWG), and prepared award-winning Brownfield Cleanup grant proposals from USEPA, HDSRF and other grants opportunities. Jamie has experience in the environmental compliance and remediation of various sites in eastern Pennsylvania since 1998. He is a resident of Bethlehem, PA since 2003. He has experience in the technical evaluation of milestone reports, presentations, and attendance at various events and meetings related to a Brownfield Assessment Grant Phase I and II in the Lehigh Valley, PA. Jamie and his wife have two daughters and enjoy spending time with their family and friends, music and the arts, skiing, outdoor water activities, and community events.
Charlie Bartsch is currently an independent strategies for communities in economic transition, and has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a public policy center affiliated with the bi-partisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions. He is immediate past Senior Advisor for Economic Development to the EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, where he was charged with promoting inter-agency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. Among his duties, he worked closely with the EPA-DOT-HUD Partnership for Sustainable Communities, advised the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization on area-wide planning and auto communities revitalization financing strategies, served as an EPA point person on the White House “ strong cities/Strong Communities recovery initiative, and took the lead role in developing the agency’s manufacturing revitalization strategy for the Obama Administration/National Economic Council’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities (IMCP) initiative, helping to direct the White House/inter-agency team in designing and carrying out this effort. Charlie received his Master’s in Urban Policy and Planning from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and his B.A. in political science and history from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. North Central College named him 2013 alumni of the year.
Regional Council Members
Alan Miller (BCONE's New Jersey Regional Council Member) Alan Miller is a Manager in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Water Resource Management Coordination Office. Mr. Miller’s responsibilities include overseeing the NJDEP Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) sewer service area amendment process, public engagement for DEP’s Water Quality Management Planning rules, working with New Jersey’s Combined Sewer Overflow communities and permittees and assisting NJDEP’s Community Collaborative Initiative municipalities. Prior to Mr. Miller’s employment with NJDEP he was the Brownfields Program Manager and Redevelopment Unit Coordinator for the Office for Planning Advocacy (OPA) within the New Jersey Business Action Center, Department of State. Mr. Miller was responsible for implementing redevelopment policy in the State of New Jersey, and maintaining SiteMart, the state's inventory of Brownfields sites. Mr. Miller was a member of and staff to the New Jersey Brownfields Redevelopment Task Force. He also facilitated the Brownfields Redevelopment Interagency Team (BRIT), the Development Opportunities Interagency Team (DOIT) and represented OPA as a member of the Brownfields InterAgency Work Group (IAWG), a Federal/State team that assists high value Brownfields redevelopment projects in New Jersey. Mr. Miller received a B.A. from Temple University and his M.A. from Glassboro State, now Rowan University. He has served on numerous committees, task forces and boards and was the State appointed Commissioner to the Housing Authority of the City of Camden. He served on both the Cherry Hill Zoning and Planning Boards for 17 years, the last 12 years as the Chair of the Planning Board. Prior to working for the State of New Jersey, Mr. Miller was a 25-year owner of Novelty Hair Goods Co., a manufacturing firm in Camden, NJ.
Gregg Crystall (BCONE's Delaware Regional Council Member), of BrightFields, Inc., has thirty four years experience in environmental project and program management including site assessment, inspections and health and safety plan preparation and implementation, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Studies, Brownfields Investigations and Remedial Action implementation. Significant experience with Brownfields Redevelopment planning and implementation. Program Management experience includes the supervision and coordination of effort for Project Managers and other staff to prepare and implement proposals, work scopes, project budgets, staff allocation and scheduling, project planning, and organizing and coordinating project teams.
Lawrence P. Schnapf (BCONE's New York Regional Council Member) is an environmental attorney based in New York City and New Jersey with over 30 years of national environmental transactional experience and is the principal of Schnapf LLC. Larry primarily concentrates on environmental risks associated with corporate, real estate and brownfield transactions; commercial financing including asset-based lending, syndicated loans, mezzanine loans and distressed debt; bankruptcy, workouts and corporate restructuring. Larry is a prolific blogger and author on environmental risks in business transactions and active in the NYS and NYC Bar Associations Larry is an adjunct professor of environmental law at New York Law School.
Troy Conrad (BCONE's Pennsylvania Regional Council Member) manages the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Land Recycling Program. In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting the cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties across the Commonwealth. He oversees the development and implementation of the Department’s voluntary cleanup (Act 2), long-term stewardship (UECA) and One Cleanup programs. He has been a featured speaker at numerous state, regional and national conferences. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in GeoEnvironmental Studies and a Master of Public Administration from Shippensburg University.
Wanda Chin Monahan (BCONE's New Jersey Regional Council Member) has been a NJ environmental attorney since 1992, focusing her practice on site remediation and brownfields redevelopment. Her extensive experience began as a Deputy Attorney General representing the NJ DEP, Site Remediation Group. Wanda represents a broad range of private and public sector clients including developers, responsible parties, buyers/sellers of contaminated properties and municipalities, redevelopment agencies and counties. Clients rely upon her to identify the legal issues, develop cost-effective strategies to address the issues timely and to achieve their goals by integrating the technical challenges with the legal liabilities of the parties involved. While also experienced in other aspects of environmental law, including enforcement, solid waste, regulatory compliance, Wanda achieves both professional and personal satisfaction particularly from working on brownfields redevelopment projects which serve the dual role of remediating properties and creating new productive uses that provide service and goods, long and short term jobs, tax ratables and many other tangible benefits to a community. In addition to being an active member of BCONE from its inception, Wanda is also a long-standing member of the Passaic County Brownfields Commission, NJ Society of Women Professionals, and of the Environmental, Women and Minority Sections of the NJ State Bar Association. In 2013, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Sustainable Jersey.
Skelly Holmbeck (BCONE's Pennsylvania Regional Council Member) spearheads Advanced GeoServices’ energy initiative. Skelly managed P&L for renewable energy assets, and developed and implemented sustainability strategy fleetwide for a Fortune 200 energy company with natural gas, renewable, nuclear, oil and transmission assets in 28 states, Canada and Spain. As a member of the company’s Risk Committee, she assessed the risk and viability of proposed acquisitions and development. Skelly spearheaded the launch of a multi-million dollar research partnership between NextEra Energy, Oxford, TCU, Duke University, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, NREL, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and others to promote sustainable energy growth nation-wide. Ms. Holmbeck has led risk management, process improvement, and emergency response planning in the energy, water resources and the tech sectors, establishing programs to protect land and water, and developing and implementing quality assurance quality control (QA/QC) and privacy safeguards to ensure data protection. Skelly has served as Policy Director for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and was a member of the Georgia State Drought Committee, the City of Atlanta Water Planning District, and the EPRI Renewables Executive Advisory Committee. She has a BS in Physics (Clemson) and MS in water resources (UGA). Skelly currently serves on the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team, UGA School of Ecology Advisory Board, and the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic Advisory Board.