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Program Committee Chair

Michael Taylor, Vita Nuova (mtaylor@vitanuova.net) – Michael Taylor has focused on the redevelopment of complex sites and revitalization of distressed communities for almost 20 years. As President of Vita Nuova LLC, a national consultancy, he is active in some of the toughest areas of the country, including small rural areas, inner city environmental justice neighborhoods and some of the most contaminated sites in the country. He has a broad background in environmental science, planning, real estate, stakeholder engagement and sustainability. Mr. Taylor chaired the ASTM task group for the National Standard on Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment and served on the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee from 1998-2002. He has trained over 3000 local economic development, state and federal officials in real estate and redevelopment of contaminated properties, co-authored numerous publications and guidance for USEPA and others and contributed to national brownfields, RCRA and superfund redevelopment policy. He was a graduate Rockefeller fellow at Yale University, where he studied Environmental Science, Public Policy and Ethics. He graduated Cum Laude in Urban Planning and Economics from Roanoke College and is a certified planner with the American Planning Association.

Program Committee

Elizabeth C. Barton, Esq., Day Pitney LLP (ecbarton@daypitney.com) – Beth Barton, a partner resident in Day Pitney’s Hartford, Connecticut office, brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental and land use consultation, permitting and litigation.  Beth counsels clients on environmental, sustainability and related land use and reuse considerations in business operations, transactions, acquisitions, and project design and development.  She also represents clients in environmental administrative proceedings, enforcement actions and third party litigation.

Beth’s work involves substantial contact with Federal agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, and with various state agencies.  Beth has worked closely with federal, state and local authorities on innovative development projects, including Blue Back Square, a mixed use redevelopment in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell Energy, a fuel cell electricity generating facility in Bridgeport, Connecticut, large restoration brownfield projects such as the Brass Mill Center in Waterbury, Connecticut, and smaller urban initiatives, such as the Learning Corridor in Hartford, Connecticut.

Beth has been active in environmental stakeholder groups.  She served on Connecticut Governor Malloy’s Environmental Transition Team and Connecticut Governor Rell’s Environmental Permitting Task Force.  Beth was part of an informal group of environmental practitioners taking the initiative to develop a more workable program for brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut.  Beth is a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Council, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Environmental Policies Council, the National Brownfields Association’s Advocacy Network, NAIOP’s New Jersey and Connecticut and Suburban New York Chapters, the Board of Directors of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment, the Society of Women Environmental Professionals of Connecticut, and the national Energy Bar Association.

Robert Bell, CT DEEP (Robert.E.Bell@ct.gov) -

Susan Boyle, GEI Consultants (sboyle@geiconsultants.com) – Ms. Boyle is a senior leader of GEIConsultants, Inc.’s brownfield, property transaction, and sustainability practices.Environmental consulting is Ms. Boyle’s second career; Sue was, among other titles,  Assistant Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Sue manages the NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association(LSRPA), the Economic Development Association of NJ (EDANJ), the New York City Brownfield Partnership, and the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE).  She is one founder of and active program committee member for the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop, for which BCONE and the New York City Brownfield Partnership are partnering organizations.  Sue is a graduate of Binghamton University (formerly SUNY Binghamton) and holds a MRP degree from Cornell University.

She is Chair Emeritus of the NJ Society of Women Environmental Professionals and currently serves on the Board of the Environmental Business Council.

Benjamin Delisle, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (DelisleB@jcnj.org) – Ben Delisle is the Director of Development of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency and has been with theAgency for the past eight years. Prior to coming to the Agency, Ben worked for the NYC Parks Departmentand Tyco Telecommunications and has fifteen years of environmental and project management experience.He earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire and hisMaster of Public Administration from Columbia University.

Barry Hersh, NYU (Barry.Hersh@nyu.edu) – Barry F. Hersh is a Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and Chair of the Masters in Real Estate Development Program. He teaches courses in Sustainable Real Estate Development, Land Use and Environmental Regulation, and the Development Capstone. He works with faculty, students and curriculum, and was honored by NYU for his service in 2012.  Mr. Hersh also conducts research on environmentally responsible real estate development, is a core faculty member of the NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and participates in international joint university and executive programs, most recently with the University of Amsterdam and JLL.

Mr. Hersh was named a 2014 Distinguished Fellow by the NAIOP Foundation, which also supported his national study of Waterfront Brownfield Redevelopment presented at their 2013 National Urban Forum.  Mr. Hersh has conducted international studies on Brownfields on Three Continents published by both the American and Asian Real Estate Societies, presented in Shanghai and as a Brownfields Renewal article in 2013. His New York City Brownfields study was recognized in 2006 for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement and was utilized in PlaNYC 2020

Mr. Hersh  also conceived and teaches, as a partner in Vita Nuova LLC, the “What Regulators Need to Know About Redevelopment” course that has been well-received by 2200 staff members of the United States EPA and state regulators.  He consults on several brownfield redevelopment efforts; in Jamaica, Eastchester and Newtown Creek, New York City, projects in Ohio, northern California as well as post-Sandy recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Hersh has participated in the Northeast Sustainable Community Workshop since inception, most recently moderating a session on Green Infrastructure. Earlier, Mr. Hersh was Vice President of Dames & Moore/Brookhill who had more than fifty brownfield projects, was Director of Real Estate for Reynolds Aluminum and held senior planning positions in Toledo, Ohio and Poughkeepsie, NY. He holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University’s Wagner School and a Bachelor’s in Urban and Environmental Studies from CUNY.

Lee Ilan, New York City Mayor’s Office (lilan@cityhall.nyc.gov) – Lee Ilan is the Chief of Planning at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, where she encourages cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated land.  Her current efforts focus on community engagement, grant management, remediation job training, the SPEED environmental search portal, and intergovernmental issues.  Previously, Lee worked as a commercial recycling consultant and as a parks advocate in New York City.  She holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia.

Tim Kinsella, T & M Associates (TKinsella@tandmassociates.com) – Mr. Kinsella is a Certified Professional Geologist and Group Manager at T&M Associates.  He specializes in environmental assessments, remediation, property transactions and associated due diligence, brownfield redevelopment and general environmental consulting. Over the past 27 years, he has served as the project manager for numerous site assessments, permit and regulatory reviews, remedial designs, and project management of multi-phased, multi-million dollar projects. He received his BS in geology from Susquehanna University and post-graduate studies in geology at Rutgers University.

Colleen Kokas, NJDEP (Colleen.Kokas@dep.state.nj.us) – Colleen Kokas is a Manager within the Office of Sustainability and Green Energy at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and previously the Manager of NJDEP’s Office of Brownfield Reuse.  Her DEP experience includes work in project financing, cleanup negotiations, litigation/cost recovery support, and brownfield remediation and policy.

In her current role, Ms. Kokas is working to grow the solar industry in New Jersey with the specific focus of siting these projects on brownfields and landfills.  She also manages an EPA Environmental Workforce Job Training Grant to assist the unemployed residents of Camden.

Ms. Kokas serves on the Board of the NJ Economic Development Authority and sits on the Executive Committee of the NJ Society of Women Environmental Professionals.  She is an instructor of Continuing Education Courses at Rutgers University on Brownfields and Environmental Funding as well as a founding member of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast.

Heather Kumer, Esq.,  Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (HKumer@jcnj.org)

Elizabeth Limbrick, NJ Institute of Technology (elizabeth.r.limbrick@njit.edu) – Elizabeth Limbrick is a Project Manager in New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT’s) Office of Strategic Initiatives, where she is responsible for providing technical assistance to communities for brownfield redevelopments.Elizabeth provides one-on-one technical assistance to local governments and not-for-profits in EPA Regions 1and 3 interested in assessing, remediating and redeveloping brownfield sites.

Elizabeth has 18 years of professional experience in the private and public sectors in the development and oversight of environmental remediation and brownfield redevelopment projects. Her public sector experience includes regulatory oversight at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and her private sector experience includes management a wide variety of projects from UST cases to Superfund projects as an environmental consultant.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Susquehanna University.   She is a co-chair of the New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals (NJSWEP).  She has also provided expert testimony to the United States Senate Environmental & Public Works Committee regarding Cleanup Efforts at Federal Facilities.

Wanda C. Monahan, Esq., Sedita, Campisano&Campisano (wmonahan@Scclegal.com) – Wanda Chin Monahan is a partner with the law firm of Sedita, Campisano & Campisano, LLC,whose practice is focused on environmental law and brownfields redevelopment representing counties, municipalities, redevelopment entities, authorities, and boards of education as well as private clients and developers. Ms. Monahan has extensive experience in matters involving site remediation and redevelopment, real estate transactions, environmental liability, enforcement, regulatory compliance, cost recovery, natural resource damages, environmental insurance, solid waste, permitting, insurance coverage, preparation of grant applications and military base remediation and reuse. She also has extensive litigation experience in state, federal and administrative proceedings in matters involving the Spill Compensation and Control Act, Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act, Industrial Site Recovery Act, Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Act, Underground Storage Tank Act, Water Pollution Control Act and the Local Redevelopment and Housing Act. Ms. Monahan also has developed an expertise in the transfer of former military installations under the Base Realignment and Closure Act, having represented a local redevelopment authority on the Army’s first Early Transfer/Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement for a 600+ acre property, and asspecial legal counsel to the State Redevelopment Authority for a former Army 1,125-acre installation.

Ms. Monahan has been practicing environmental law exclusively since 1992, predominantly in site remediation and reuse and brownfields redevelopment. Prior to joining Sedita, Campisano & Campisano, LLC, Ms. Monahan was a Deputy Attorney General with the State of New Jersey representing the Department of Environmental Protection and a member with McManimon & Scotland, LLC, in charge of the firm Environmental Law Department.

CristinMustillo, Esq. Sedita, Campisano&Campisano (cmustillo@Scclegal.com) – Cristin D. Mustillo is an Associate with the law firm of Sedita, Campisano & Campisano, LLC. She is a recent graduate of Michigan State University College of Law where she was a Managing Editor of the Michigan State Law Review and Vice President of the Student Bar Association. At Michigan State, Ms. Mustillo focused her scholarship on Environmental and Indigenous Law. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Environmental Health, and a minor in Biology. Ms. Mustillojoins the firm with a background in public-sector environmental affairs, having completed internships with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Sarit Platkin, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp (splatkin@sobro.org) – Sarit Platkin is a Program Manager in SoBRO’s Community and Economic Development Department and in that capacity manages all of SoBRO’s urban planning and sustainability initiatives. She coordinates three New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area Grants in the underserved communities of Port Morris and Eastchester in the Bronx. Through an initiative with the Mayor’s Office, she also assists community-based organizations throughout the New York City metropolitan area with conceptualizing and generating interest in catalyst development projects in their communities. In terms of sustainability, Sarit liaises between designers, engineers, and funding agencies to implement green retrofits at SoBRO properties, including: lighting, cogeneration systems, green roofs, solar panels, and active design initiatives. She also spearheaded an initiative in all five Bronx Industrial Business Zones to assist business owners with improving their building performance by carrying out green retrofits.

Sarit completed a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at Hunter College with a concentration in environmental planning and served as a fellow at the Hunter Center for Community Planning and Development and Planning Intern at Freshkills Park. She previously worked as an urban environmental educator and curriculum developer for organizations such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Partnership for Parks, and the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. Her background brings community development and sustainability expertise to SoBRO’s land use planning initiatives, helping to promote healthy, resilient, and equitable communities in the Bronx.

Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants (Grozmus@geiconsultants.com) – Gary Rozmus, P.E. is a Senior Consultant with GEI Consultants and has 38 years of experience in the environmental consulting services field. He has been involved in the Brownfield/contaminated site redevelopment marketplace for many years and is a recognized leader in Brownfield redevelopment for private and public clientsboth locally and nationally.

Gary was the First President of the Board of Directors for the New York City Brownfield Partnership and still serves on the Board. He helped develop theNew York State Chapter of the National Brownfield Association serving on the Executive Team and as Environmental Committee Co-Chair. He also served on the National Brownfield Association National Advisory Board.

He led a team of environmental planners and GIS specialists in developing the NYC Searchable Property Environmental E-database (SPEED) portal, which mapped the entire City of NY and identified vacant Brownfield Sites, environmental/Phase I data for each site and many additional features. The SPEED portal was awarded an ACEC Diamond Award and an ACEC National Recognition Award. He also secured and managed area-wide Brownfield contracts under eight NYSDOS Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant awards.

Gary directs a broad range of environmental services including site investigations and remediation; pre-purchase/pre-sale assessments and due diligence;infrastructure project environmental services; environmental compliance and permitting;and facility decommissioning and demolition. He also provides litigation-related services to his clients and attorneys.

Gary is located in GEI’s Huntington Station,  NY office. GEI provides a broad array of geotechnical, environmental, water resources, ecological science and engineering consulting services.

Lya Theodoratos, USEPA-Region 2 (Theodoratos.Lya@epamail.epa.gov) – Lya Theodoratos has been with EPA Region 2 since 1999 and has worked as a Brownfields Project Manager, managing assessment, cleanup, and Revolving Loan Funds projects. Since 2010, she has been the Regional Brownfields Coordinator, serving as the liaison to the National Brownfields Program. She facilitates the Brownfields Roundtable meetings for NY State grantees and spearheads the annual Brownfields proposal workshops, conducting extensive outreach to municipalities in the Region. Lya has a civil engineering degree from Northeastern University and is a Commander in the Civil Engineer Corps of the United States Navy Reserve.

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