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A&WMA - Niagara Frontier Section

2022 - 2023 Board of Directors Election

Information on Candidates

Christa Bucior is running for Chair .  Christa has 14 years of experience as an environmental scientist. Six of those 14 years’ experience was as a laboratory technician where she worked in the treatability study laboratory performing bench scale studies to prove various remediation strategies will work. The last 8 years, Christa has been an environmental compliance specialist, most recently with Geosyntec in Niagara Falls, NY.  She has been a member of the section for about 4 years.  She assists with overall environmental operations, inspections and reporting.  Christa has experience with various water, air, and waste reports, such as SPDES, stormwater, water withdrawal, TRI, air emissions, GHG emissions, Tier II, hazardous waste, and Periodic Review reports.  She also has experience performing hazardous waste, storage tank, spill source and secondary containment, cooling tower, landfill visual cap integrity, and stormwater inspections.  She also assists with environmental permit renewals and environmental plan creation, such as RCRA Waste Contingency Plans, Hazardous Waste Reduction Plans, SPCC Plans, SWPPPs, BMPs, and Site Management Plans.  Christa has also participated in ISO 14001:2015, environmental compliance, and petroleum and chemical storage tank audits.

Peter Grasso is running for Vice Chair.  Peter has been employed by the NYSDEC in various positions for over 28 years.  He is currently the Region 9 Materials Management Engineer.  In this position, he manages the Solid Waste and Pesticides programs for the DEC in WNY.  Peter has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from SUNY @ Buffalo and is a licensed Professional Engineer in NYS.  He has served as a Director for A&WMA-NFS for the last 4 years.

Mark Hans is running for Treasurer.  Mark has been a member of A&WMA-NFS for about 22 years.  He has a BSCE and MBA from SUNY @ Buffalo and worked for the NYSDEC for over 30 years in the Solid and Hazardous Waste Division.  He also served as the Town Engineer for the Town of Clarence for 3-1/2 years.  He retired from the NYSDEC in 2013 and has served on the A&WMA - NFS Board of Directors for the past eight years.  He has served as Director, Vice-Chair, Chair and Past-Chair and is currently the Membership Chair. 

Michael Emery is running for Secretary.  Mike has been a member of the Niagara Frontier Section for about 23 years and has been on the Board of Directors since 2002, save a one-year break. He has served as Membership Chair (4 years), on the EnviRun Committee (16 years), and as the Vice Chair, Section Chair, Past Chair for one year each. He has served as Section Secretary for the last 8 years. He has worked 28 years for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, primarily as an Environmental Engineer in the Division of Air Resources.  He currently holds the position of Regional Air Pollution Control Engineer with the NYSDEC.

Lindsey Haubenreich is running for Director.  Lindsey has worked at Phillips Lytle LLP since 2019 and her practice focuses on environmental law, land use and zoning, and telecommunications law.  She has experience counseling clients on environmental due diligence, environmental compliance, litigation, appeals and alternative dispute resolution.  She represent clients in regulatory and transactional matters before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New York City Environmental Control Board.  She handles land use and zoning matters, including compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act and telecommunications siting, appearing before municipalities across New York State. 

Kathleen Moguel is running for Director. Kathy has been a member of the section for about 9 years.  After earning a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Rochester and a Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry at Northwestern University, she joined DuPont in Parlin, NJ in electronics development.  Four plants and many years later, she came to Buffalo as a Sr. Manufacturing Technical Engineer with the Dupont Corian® business.  In 2009, Kathy embarked on an adventure as the plant's Sr. Environmental Engineer, responsible for all media.  She assisted the plant in becoming a Zero Landfill site in 2011, also leading the implementation of ISO 14001 and gaining certification that year.  At the end of 2015, Kathy retired from DuPont and joined Durez Corporation in the Niagara Falls Plant as an Environmental Engineer.  She has served as a Director, Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair for the organization.

Lori Riker is running for Director.  Lori is a Sr. Project Manager for Benchmark Civil/Environmental Engineering & Geology, PLLC.  Lori Riker has over 27 years of environmental and civil engineering experience in environmental consulting focusing on industrial regulatory compliance and permitting as well as remedial investigation, design, and implementation under various state and federal cleanup programs, with an emphasis on Brownfield Cleanup Program sites.  Lori has been with Benchmark for 19 years starting as a Project Engineer. Prior to that, she worked at Malcolm Pirnie in Orchard Park, NY and Environ Corporation in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Riker has been a registered Professional Engineer in the State of NY since 1999.  Lori has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph.

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