A&WMA - Niagara Frontier Section

2020 - 2021 Board of Directors Election

Information on Candidates

Kathleen Moguel is running for Chair. Kathy has been a member of the section for about 7 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 been a Director on the Board for the last four years, serving as the Reservations Secretary.

Luke Donigan is running for Vice-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. 

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) 46 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 21 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 (14 years), and as the Vice Chair, Section Chair, Past Chair for one year each. This will be his 6th year as Section Secretary. He has worked 26 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.

Christa Bucior is running for Director.  Christa has 6 years of experience as 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 insopections.  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.  Christa also has 5 years of experience as a laboratory technician.  She worked in the treatability study laboratory performing bench scale studies to prove various remediation strategies will work.  She has experience using various laboratory equipent such as GC and GC MS, PCR, and UV Spectrometer.  Christa also has experience with various laboratory techniques and field parameter meters.

Peter Grasso is running for Director.  Peter has been employed by the NYSDEC in various positions for over 26 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 been an A&WMA-NFS member for about 6 years.

Mark Hans is running for Director.  Mark has been a member of A&WMA-NFS for about 20 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 six years, serving as a Reservations Chair, Membership Chair, Vice-Chair, Chair and Past Chair.

Lindsey Haubenreich is running for Director.  Lindsey has worked at Phillips Lytle LLP for a little over one year and her practice focuses on environmental law, land use and zoning, and telecomunications law.  She has experience counseling clients on environmental due diligence, environmental compliance, litigation, appeals and alernative dispute resolution.  She represent clients in regulatory and tranactional 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 comliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act and telecommunications siting, appearing before municipalities across New York State.

Ryan Thomas is running for Director.  Ryan is an Environmental Scientist at GHD based in Niagara Falls, NY.  He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Wayne State University, and worked as a post-doctoral associate at the University at Buffalo.  With a scientific research background, Ryan performs research and development studies on treatment technologies to be implemented at per- and polufluoroalkyl (PFAS) remediation sites.  Dr. Thomas leads GHD's North American Emerging Contaminants Work Group and co-leads writing subgroups for the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council's (ITRC) PFAS team.  At GHD, Ryan serves as co-chair to an internal minority resource group and was recently a Northeastern regional co-chair to GHD's Young Professionals focusing on professional development and community outreach.

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