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NJSWEP's Steering Committee

 

The success of NJSWEP can be attributed to the members who have volunteered their time in various leadership positions. Our current Steering Committee members are recognized below. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership for approximately 3-4 hours per month and are interested in joining the Steering Committee, please contact us.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS



Nicole Sullivan, Chapter Co-Chair

BASF Corporation - Assistant General Counsel, Environmental & Safety

P. (862) 217-7169 / info@njswep.org


Nicole Sullivan is Assistant General Counsel, Environmental & Safety, for BASF Corporation. Her practice is diverse, and includes transactional, regulatory/compliance, and safety (OSHA) work. She supports active manufacturing sites in the Northeast, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Mexico, where she works closely with EH&S professionals to address permitting/compliance and remediation matters. She also supports the BASF Real Estate group in the remediation and deployment of inactive sites across the United States. Prior to joining BASF, Nicole practiced environmental law for 12 years in the private sector. In her "free" time, Nicole enjoys hiking with her husband and kiddos, training and competing in SwimRuns and triathlons, and exploring new places. 




  

Kate Suell, Chapter Co-Chair

Catalent Pharma Solutions

P. (862) 217-3715 / info@njswep.org

Kate Suell is a corporate and environmental attorney with a robust background in helping clients navigate environmental liabilities in highly regulated industries. She has experience working with clients in the pharmaceutical, real estate, cosmetics, asphalt and cement production, commercial chemical manufacturing, glass manufacturing and petroleum distribution industries. Kate supports Catalent’s Biologics division where she is responsible for providing strategic commercial contracting support as well as advice to senior management on complex deal negotiations and corporate legal risk mitigation. Prior to joining Catalent, Kate practiced environmental law at private firms for 12 years. Kate currently serves as a New Jersey Supreme Court-appointee to both the Board on Continuing Legal Education and the District XB Ethics Committee and is co-director of New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association’s Grants Committee. Kate is an avid reader; she loves museums and yoga and enjoys the benefits of her memberships to the Great Swamp Watershed Association and the New Jersey Audubon Society. 



Alexa Richmond-La Londe, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Peretti, LLP - Partner

P. (973) 451-8495 / membership@njswep.org


Alexa Richman-La Londe is a partner in Riker Danzig’s Environmental Group. Ms. Richman-La Londe has developed extensive experience in complex regulatory and transactional matters as well as environmental litigation. She handles various types of litigation, including CERCLA and Spill Act matters. She also counsels clients on significant regulatory issues, including ISRA, site remediation, environmental permitting and compliance.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers has included Ms. Richman-La Londe in its Client’s Guide since 2013 for Environmental Law. The Guide notes that she is “experienced in negotiating legacy liability in regard to Superfund sites, assisting clients in site remediation and advising on regulatory compliance.” She is also called a “great” lawyer noted for her litigation strengths, with particular praise for her responsiveness and ability to deal with difficult complications that arise during complex cases. Previous editions describe her as “very diligent, conscientious and knowledgeable,” as well as “very capable and polished.” Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Ms. Richman-La Londe on its Best Lawyers list in the field of Environmental Law for 2018, 2020 and 2021. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Richman-La Londe earned a master’s degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. While pursuing her J.D., she served as Note Editor of the Vermont Law Review. Ms. Richman-La Londe has lectured and published articles on an array of environmental issues and on insurance coverage matters.


Lily Connell, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Ramboll US Corporation - Managing Consultant
P. (609) 243-9853 / membership@njswep.org


Lily Connell is a Managing Consultant at Ramboll, with experience in environmental science and hydrogeology, with particular emphasis on industrial site characterization, litigation support, and due diligence. Prior to re-joining Ramboll in 2021, Lily spent three years at Terraphase Engineering Inc. (Terraphase) and seven years at Ramboll (f/k/a ENVIRON International Corporation). Lily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science from Franklin and Marshall College and her Master of Science degree in applied geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania. Lily also serves on the development team for the Junior League of Greater Princeton, a volunteer organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community. She lives in the Princeton area with her husband and two children.



Jennifer Light, Co-Treasurer

TRC Companies, Inc. - Environmental Scientist

P. (509) 379-9873 / info@njswep.org


Taryn Correll, Co-Treasurer

Ramboll - Managing Consultant

P. (215) 817-7185 / info@njswep.org

 


Melissa Dulinski, Co-Secretary

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), 

Brownfields and Sustainable Systems – Senior Officer

P. (973) 525-9617 / info@njswep.org


Melissa Dulinski is a Senior Officer at NJEDA where she supports the agency's brownfield and environmental initiatives to create a stronger, fairer New Jersey. Her work focuses on strengthening NJ's economy by taking an innovative approach to community revitalization, climate resilience, and environmental justice. Prior to joining NJEDA, Melissa was a Project Manager at NJIT where she provided one-on-one technical assistance to communities helping guide them through the regulatory process towards redevelopment and a Remediation Specialist at PSE&G where she provided technical oversight and quality assurance at former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) sites throughout New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Rutgers University in Environmental Science. In addition to SWEP, Melissa is also a member of ANJEC, BCONE, and her township's Environmental Commission and Open Space Advisory Committee.  


Lyssa Naron, Co-Secretary 

SLR International Corporation - Senior Scientist

P. (609) 216-0115 / info@njswep.org





















STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS


Nadira Najib, Programs Committee Co-Chair

Honeywell Corp. - Remediation Manager

P. (973) 216-5209 / programs@njswep.org


Nadira Najib is a remediation manager within Honeywell.  She specializes in the environmental remediation, brownfield redevelopment, due diligence, and environmental compliance fields. She is a remediation manager at Honeywell where she manages high profile environmental remediation program in the EMEA and Latin America regions. Nadira Najib holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering from her home country Morocco and she has a M.E and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. In her “free” time, Nadira enjoys reading, doing cross fit, and spending time with her family cooking, gardening, hiking, and traveling to explore new places.




Gina Daniel, Programs Committee Co-Chair 

Ramboll US Corporation - Senior Consultant

P. (609) 243-9863 / programs@njswep.org


















Sonya Ward, Gala Committee Co-Chair

Tetra Tech, Inc. - LSRP, PG, CPG, CGWP, LRS, CHMM

P. (908) 691-9284 / gala@njswep.org


Sonya Ward, PG, LSRP, CHMM, LRS, CGWP is the Operations Manager & Principal Hydrogeologist at Tetra Tech, Inc. in Whitehouse Station. She received a Bachelor of Science in Geology with a chemistry minor from University of Louisiana (Monroe) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science (hydrogeology) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sonya has over 30 years’ experience assisting clients in environmental compliance, due diligence, site investigation and remediation, and risk-based closure. Her project experience includes work for utilities, the manufacturing, chemical, and petroleum sectors, and local and state agencies throughout the US, Canada, South America, and Europe. In addition to NJ SWEP, Sonya is also Chair of the National Chapter of SWEP and a member of SWEP of Greater Philadelphia, CIANJ, LSRPA, AEG NY-Philadelphia, and AHMP-NJ. Sonya spends time away from work traveling, indulging her love of photography, volunteering for Bucks County Habitat for Humanity and coaching future home owners, and enjoying time with family and friends.





KariAnne Czajkowski, Gala Committee Co-Chair

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services - Senior Project Scientist/Ecological Risk Assessment and Sediment Practice Lead

P. (215) 917-0326 / gala@njswep.org


KariAnne (Kari) Czajkowski has over 20 years of environmental project expertise, leading and managing complex ecological and sediment environmental investigations and remediation designs teams and projects. Kari's work spans various state and national environmental regulatory programs, including California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, USEPA Regions 2, 3 and 9, and the Governments of Bermuda and Canada. She has extensive experience with design, implementation, review and preparation of screening level and ecological risk assessments and sediment remedial investigations as well as expertise in development, design and negotiation of ecological risk-based remediation cleanup strategies under state and federal programs. Kari is an active participant on the NJDEP Ecological Risk Assessment Stakeholder Workgroup and co-author and trainer of the NJDEP Ecological Evaluation Technical Guidance and an active member of the Sediment Management Workgroup. In her spare time, Kari enjoys high-intensity functional fitness training and exploring the great outdoors. 



  

Melanie Powers-Schanbacher, Golf Event Co-Chair

Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. - Principal

P. (908) 707-4001 / golf@njswep.org


Melanie Powers-Schanbacher, CPEA, is a Principal with Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. a WBENC-certified woman-owned environmental, health and safety consulting firm. Melanie has over 25 years of experience in EHS compliance and management systems auditing and audit program management. She has provided EHS program support to clients in a variety of industrial sectors, including chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech, energy, consumer products, semi-conductor and electronics assembly. As an STC Principal, Melanie oversees a number STC’s regulatory information services, including the regulatory monitoring services STC provides its clients and manages STC’s authoring efforts for a number of EHS auditing, training and management systems guides published by Specialty Technical Publishers of Vancouver, B.C. She is a member of the IIA Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center (formerly The Auditing Roundtable) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) in Environmental Compliance and in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems, as well as an ISO EMS Lead Auditor.




Anita Locke, Golf Event Co-Chair & LSRPA Liaison 

Geosyntec Consultants, Inc – Senior Scientist

P. (609) 362-9240 / info@njswep.org


Anita Locke is a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) and Senior Scientist at Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. in Pennington, NJ. Anita has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting including managing a wide range of environmental investigations, assessments and remediation in New Jersey. She has performed, managed and directed varied projects for private, commercial and governmental clients including those in the industrial manufacturing, warehousing, chemical and petroleum sectors. She has assisted clients and interacted with regulatory agencies throughout all stages of investigation and remediation. She has conducted environmental due diligence for property transactions for buyers and sellers of commercial and industrial facilities. She serves as LSRP for commercial and industrial manufacturing facilities, with a particular focus on NJ Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) sites.

In addition to NJ SWEP, Anita also serves as Chair of the LSRPA Finance Committee. She is a member of the LSRPA/NJ SWEP Golf Event Committee and also participates in the stakeholder review of NJDEP proposed technical guidance. Anita received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Delaware and lives in Bordentown City with her husband and son.  In her spare time, Anita enjoys traveling, live music and learning to play golf. 



Emily Bausher, Scholarship Co-Chair

Terraphase - Project Geologist

P. (609) 236-8171 / scholarship@njswep.org


Emily is a Project Geologist at Terraphase Engineering Inc. (Terraphase) with a particular focus in site characterization and due diligence in New Jersey. Before joining Terraphase three years ago, Emily spent three years at the Thrasher Group in West Virginia performing Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and subsurface investigations of soil and groundwater. Emily received her B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science from Lehigh University where she played softball, and her M.S. in Geology from West Virginia University. Emily and her fiancé have settled in the Princeton area and enjoy spending time outside with friends and family.










Samantha Carney, Sponsorship Co-Chair

Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC - Sales Operations Coordinator

P. (717) 497-5090 / sponsorship@njswep.org


Samantha Carney is the Sales Operations Coordinator for Eurofins Eaton Analytical, skilled in environmental project management and analytical chemistry. She has 19 years experience in the environmental industry, working as a project manager, quality assurance manager and laboratory manager in three national environmental laboratories. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Penn State University with a focus in Environmental Pollution Control. In her current role with Eurofins, she manages RFP responses for National Drinking Water contracts. Samantha is a military wife, currently living in Harrisburg, PA with her husband and daughter. She enjoys ultra-running, cycling and teaching yoga in her free time.








     Laura George, Sponsorship Co-Chair

Vineyard Offshore - Permitting Manager

P. (215) 407-2041 / sponsorship@njswep.org


Laura George is Permitting Manager at Vineyard Offshore Wind. In her more than 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry, she has managed projects ranging from site assessment and remediation, brownfield redevelopment, coastal and land use permitting, environmental impact assessment, site constraint analysis for development, and port assessment and permitting for offshore wind and other uses. In 2022, she started a new phase of her career working for Vineyard Offshore which was established by the same team that founded Vineyard Wind 1, the first fully permitted commercial-scale offshore wind project in the U.S.







Katelynn Shields, News & Social Media Chair

Integral, Senior Scientist

P. (856) 399-7720 / news@njswep.org


Katelynn Shields is a Senior Scientist at Integral with eight years of experience in environmental investigation and remediation on both state- and federal-lead projects. Her primary focus is on investigation of emerging contaminants, conducting remedial investigations and actions, and litigation support. Katelynn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Earth Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to SWEP, Katelynn is also a member of LSRPA. She spends her free time camping and working towards her goal of visiting all National Parks with her husband.









LIAISONS


Melissa Clarke, Gala-Scholarship Committee Liaison

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP - Attorney

P. (609) 452-3142 / info@njswep.org


Melissa Clarke concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental law and real estate transactions, with a particular focus on environmental litigation, penalty and enforcement matters, and cost recovery actions involving federal and state statutes and regulations such as CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA and New Jersey’s Spill Act.

In addition to counseling clients on regulatory compliance, Melissa assists clients in obtaining and defending state and federal environmental permits.  As a transactional attorney, Melissa has negotiated and drafted environmental contractual provisions in a wide variety of corporate and real property transactions. Melissa also represents title insurance underwriters, insureds and title insurance agencies in commercial and residential title related disputes and foreclosure actions.











Abigail Amutah, NJDEP Liaison

NJ Department of Environmental Projection, Administrative Analyst 3

Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning, Climate and Flood Resilience

P. (609) 322-9747 / info@njswep.org


Abigail Amutah is an Administrative Analyst with NJDEP managing federal and state grants contracts for Land Use Management. I have been with NJDEP for over 30 years working in several divisions within NJDEP. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science at Rider University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In addition to NJSWEP, I am also an executive member of the Black Environmental Solidarity Team (BEST) an interest group within DEP that promotes Diversity. I am also a proud mother of four accomplished young adults.


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