Every day, OTA teams help improve the environmental and economic performance of Massachusetts companies. Our technical staff draws upon an extraordinary breadth of hands-on manufacturing experience in helping businesses address issues related to toxics use reduction, pollution prevention, energy efficiency and water conservation. Most staff members have held plant operation responsibilities during their careers. They understand the technical issues related to implementing pollution prevention or energy efficiency strategies, the regulatory implications and potential impacts on the company's bottom line. Underscoring the quality of their work, OTA personnel have made over 3,300 site visits to Massachusetts facilities and over 50 percent of the time companies have asked them to return to help solve new problems!

Staff Summaries

Rich Bizzozero, OTA Director, has worked for OTA and the state's Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) program for more than 15 years, providing pollution prevention technical assistance to manufacturers in many industries. 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 to protect the health and safety of workers and the public at large and promotes increased coordination in the enforcement of toxics reduction laws 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. 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, OTA Team Leader, provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance to manufacturers of electronics and electrical products. Jim has assisted companies responding to international pressures to reduce or eliminate lead from their products. 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

Scott Fortier, OTA Team Leader, provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance to Massachusetts companies within the polymer and chemical industries. He is the liaison between OTA and the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center at UMass-Dartmouth, a role in which he identifies opportunities to address the research needs of companies in Massachusetts. Scott has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical manufacturing and processing industry and his expertise spans polymers, adhesives, coatings, dyes and specialty chemicals. He also has environmental health and safety, quality control, and quality assurance management experience. Scott has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and pursued post-graduate studies at Connecticut College and the University of Rhode Island.

Scott Fortier
(617) 626-1090

Marina Gayl, OTA Environmental Engineer, provides pollution prevention assistance to lumber and wood products, furniture and fixtures, powder coating and primary metal industries. 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

Augustus (Gus) Ogunbameru, OTA Team Leader, works with Massachusetts facilities in the textile, paper, commercial laundry and the biotechnology industry sectors. His team assists companies and public institutions evaluate new technologies, and implement strategies to ensure water conservation, pollution prevention and compliance with environmental regulations. He is currently managing an OTA project investigating high-speed direct digital printing of textile substrates using radiation curable inks. This project is partly financed by the John Adams Innovation Institute. Gus previously managed the daily operations of a pulp and paper company and participated in research and development to support new industrial ventures in Nigeria. Gus holds degrees in chemical engineering including a doctorate of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gus Ogunbameru
(617) 626-1065

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

Rick Reibstein, OTA Environmental Analyst and Policy and Outreach Manager, performs program and policy analysis, conducts outreach and events, and develops special initiatives and publications for the office. Rick is OTA's resource on regulatory affairs. He has been with OTA since its inception and has participated in the design and launch of services for new industrial sectors, schools, hospitals, government agencies, homeowners and purchasers. Rick is a founder of the Northeast, North Central and Central Business Environmental Networks and the first national conference on Electronic Products Recovery and Recycling. A graduate of Hampshire College and Brooklyn Law School, he teaches environmental law at Boston University.

Rick Reibstein
(617) 626-1062

Tiffany Skogstrom, OTA Environmental Analyst, delivers environmental education and develops individualized pollution prevention plans that meet business needs. 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



 


This information is provided by the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology