A&WMA - Niagara Frontier Section

2021 - 2022 Board of Directors Election

Information on Candidates

Luke Donigan is running for Chair.  Luke is an associate attorney at Phillips Lytle LLP.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and received his J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2017.  Luke focuses his practice on environmental law and energy matters, including land use, environmental reviews and regulatory compliance. He regularly supports project developers with right-to-build approvals under land use and zoning laws, including the State Environmental Quality Review Act. He also advises clients on issues related to brownfield redevelopment projects complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Additionally, Mr. Donigan assists clients with legal matters under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act.  Luke became involved with A&WMA in his senior year at UB, where he was treasurer and a founding member of the UB student section.  He is currently the Vice-Chair for the Niagara Frontier Secrtion.

Christa Bucior  is running for Vice-Chair .  Christa has 13 years of experience as an environmental scientist. Six of those 13 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.  She has experience using various laboratory equipment such as GC and GC MS, PCR, and UV Spectrometer.  Christa also has experience with various laboratory techniques and field parameter meters. The last 8 years, Christa has been an environmental compliance specialist, most recently with GHD 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.

Dominic Buccilli is running for Treasurer.  Dominic is an Emeritus International member and has been a member since the Association was called the APCA (Air Poullution Control Association) many years ago.  He has served as the Treasurer of the section for many years and is also a past Chair (1993-1994) of the section.  He has a BS in Civil Engineering and a BS in Business Management from SUNY @ Buffalo.  He retired from the NYSDEC in 2003 as an Environmental Engineer after working for over 30 years in the Air and Solid Waste Divisions.

Michael Emery is running for Secretary.  Mike has been a member of the Niagara Frontier Section for about 22 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 (15 years), and as the Vice Chair, Section Chair, Past Chair for one year each. This will be his 7th year as Section Secretary. He has worked 27 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. 

Taylor Monnin is running for Director. Taylor has just graduated from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. She has served as the UB Liaison for the past 2 years. She has interned for Barton and Loguidice and has worked on projects regarding water and wastewater. 

Mary Padasak is running for the Director position. She has been an A&WMA member for seven years. Mary is employed by General Mills as the Environmental Engineer in Buffalo, NY, after being previously employed as Environmental Engineer at Encorus Group for 11 years. She holds a BS in Environmental Science & Policy/Biology from Clarkson University. Mary has extensive experience in environmental design and management, including chemical and petroleum bulk storage, stormwater permitting and management, hazardous waste and hazcom, water withdrawal, and SEQR, amongst many other areas. She is a licensed Grade C Water Operator under NYSDOH, an A/B operator for petroleum bulk storage und NYSDEC, has valid HAZWOPER 40 training, and holds a certificate as a Stormwater Inspector for Construction Activities from NYSDEC. Mary is very active in A&WMA including organizing the Envirun 5k since 2019.

Kevin Sullivan is running for Director.  Kevin serves as a Program Manager for TRC’s New York Remediation Practice.  He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from SUNY @ Buffalo, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in NY, PA, MD, MI, NC and TN.  He has 29 years of experience in environmental engineering including design, remediation, construction management, and project management.  His experience has focused on hazardous and radioactive/mixed waste remediation projects conducted under RCRA, CERCLA/Superfund, FUSRAP, DOE, NRC, Ontario MOE, and various US regulatory programs.  Kevin has recently been managing environmental compliance projects (stormwater compliance, petroleum bulk storage, Facility Response Planning, SPCC, etc.) for several railroad clients with facilities located throughout the Northeast and Atlantic Coast States.  Kevin has served on the A&WMA-NFS Board of Directors for 4 years and has been responsible for preparing the Section newsletter.

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