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    Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA)
    Phone: 617-626-1060
    Fax: 617-626-1095


    Find the OTA industry specialist who best fits your needs:


    Contact Information

    Chemicals & allied products
    Metal products
    Electronics & electrical equipment
    Wholesale trade goods
    SIC codes: 28, 34, 36, 51

    Jim Cain: james.cain@state.ma.us
    (617) 626-1081
    Other expertise: Industrial water management, energy conservation, air

    Food processing
    Lumber & wood
    Furniture & fixtures
    Powder coating
    Dry cleaners
    SIC codes: 20, 24, 25, 72, 76

    Marina Gayl: marina.gayl@state.ma.us
    (617) 626-1077
    Other expertise:  VOC emissions & record keeping, spray booth compliance, spray coating operations, hazardous waste management

    Chemical manufacturing
    Transportation equipment
    Commercial machinery
    Computer equipment
    Miscellaneous industries
    SIC codes: 33, 35, 37, 39

    John (Jack) Illingworth: john.illingworth@state.ma.us
    (617) 626-1090
    Other expertise: Debugging & scale-up of new chemical equipment, hazardous materials, hazardous waste management, air emissions, OSHA regulations, cGMP & ISO 9000 / 14,000 principles

    Petroleum products
    Concrete & ceramics
    Measuring instruments & medical devices
    Energy generation
    SIC codes: 29, 32, 38, 49

    John Raschko: john.raschko@state.ma.us
    (617) 626-1093
    Other expertise: Energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, hazardous materials, hazardous waste management, chemical manufacturing, polymer & rubber manufacturing

    Rubber & plastics products
    SIC codes: 22, 26, 27, 283, 30,

    Michelle Spitznagel: michelle.spitznagel@state.ma.us
    (617) 626-1065
    Other expertise: Renewable energy technologies, coating operations, hazardous materials, underground storage tank regulation, analytical laboratory work


    Staff Summaries

    Rich Bizzozero, Rich has worked for OTA and the state's Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program for more than 24 years, providing technical assistance to manufacturers, and for the past seven years as OTA Director. In addition to his OTA responsibilities, Rich serves as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Administrative Council, a policy-making body that reviews proposed regulations and chemical policies to protect the health and safety of workers and the public at large and promotes increased coordination in the enforcement of toxics laws and regulations statewide. Rich has played key roles in several TURA initiatives and has worked collaboratively on projects with other state and federal agencies. He has developed and led numerous trainings on regulatory compliance and pollution prevention for industry, as well as state and federal personnel. He is a 2015 recipient of EPA’s Environmental Merit Lifetime Achievement Award.  Rich earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Vermont and a master's degree in plant and soil sciences from the University of Massachusetts.

    Rich Bizzozero
    (617) 626-1080

    Jim Cain, Sr. Engineer at OTA, provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance to manufacturers of metal products, electrical products, and chemicals.  He also has organized OTA's industrial water management workshop series and worked on water conservation projects. More recently, Jim has been providing assistance and training for energy efficiency project planning. Previously, Jim held positions in process development, production supervision, and project engineering for a chemical manufacturer. For a membrane filtration company, he developed new markets and new products for industrial applications. Jim has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Jim Cain
    (617) 626-1081

    Marina Gayl, OTA Environmental Engineer, provides pollution prevention assistance to lumber and wood products, furniture and fixtures, powder coating and food industries as well as auto body shops and dry cleaners. In addition, Marina serves as the OTA contact with the Central Massachusetts Business Environmental Network (CMBEN). Marina has more than 10 years of industry experience. Prior to joining OTA, she worked at a company that designed chemical plants. Marina holds bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from St. Petersburg's University (Russia).

    Marina Gayl
    (617) 626-1077

    Michelle Spitznagel, OTA Team Leader, provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance to companies in the textile, paper, printing, biotechnology, and polymer industry sectors. She also assists companies interested in implementing renewable energy technologies and has previously assisted companies with coating operations. Michelle’s background also includes hazardous materials, underground storage tank regulation, and analytical laboratory work. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in environmental science and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Michelle Spitznagel
    (617) 626-1065

    Maia Rodriguez-Semp, Communications Coordinator, prepares publications, including reports, fact sheets, case studies, and guidance documents, to support the OTA outreach and communications efforts. Maia also creates and distributes the OTA newsletter, OTA Outlook, and manages content on the OTA’s web pages to ensure accuracy and currency. Additionally, Maia provides events and administrative support to the department. Prior to joining OTA on a full time basis, Maia worked in communications, event planning and evaluation at MA DPH’s Community Health Training Institute, and various Health Resources in Action projects including The BEST Initiative. She also assisted OTA by developing fact sheets for the 2015 MassCAR guidance and interned with OTA in 2014 on a dry cleaning alternatives outreach project. Maia graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A in Environmental Studies and Anthropology with a minor in Business Administration. 

    Maia Rodriguez-Semp
    (617) 626-1083

    John Raschko, OTA Team Leader, provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance to companies in the medical device, energy generation/combustion, concrete/ceramics, and petroleum product sectors. He also is involved in assisting companies implement energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and coordinates OTA's involvement in U.S. DOE programs. In addition, John serves as the OTA's liaison with researchers at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Prior to joining OTA, John was involved in developing innovative environmental technologies for treating oily wastes and volatile organic compounds. He has had R&D experience in synfuels and wood gasification, and also has worked as a consultant on waste-to-energy systems and other solid waste management projects. John has a doctorate in chemical engineering from Northeastern University.

    John Raschko
    (617) 626-1093

    Tiffany Skogstrom, OTA Outreach & Policy Coordinator, raises the agency’s visibility as a free and confidential resource for Massachusetts’ toxics users and coordinates OTA’s chemical policy development and research. Her toxics use reduction and occupational health experience includes creating a program to improve the work environment for auto shop and nail salon workers through the Boston Public Health Commission’s Safe Shops and Safe Nail Salon Projects. Throughout her career, Tiffany has worked with various environmental and nonprofit organizations on waste reduction, recycling and pollution prevention campaigns. Tiffany graduated from the Boston University School of Public Health where she concentrated in Environmental Health and was awarded the William B. Patterson Memorial Award for Excellence in Environmental and Occupational Health. She is also a 2006 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow and 2011 Fellow of the University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment’s Reach the Decision Makers Program.

    Tiffany Skogstrom
    (617) 626-1086

    Jack Illingworth, OTA Environmental Analyst, has over 25 years of wide-ranging experience in the development and manufacturing of photographic chemicals, optical adhesives, and photoresists as a technician, production supervisor and operations manager. He has had experience with the installation, debug, and scale-up of both new chemical equipment and the processes to manufacturing facilities, hazardous materials, hazardous waste management, air emissions, and OSHA regulations.

    Jack Illingworth


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