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, 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

Danielle Domingos, Communications Coordinator, prepares publications, including reports, fact sheets, case studies, and guidance documents, to support the OTA outreach and communications efforts. Danielle also creates and distributes the OTA newsletter, OTA Outlook, and manages content on the OTA’s web pages to ensure accuracy and currency. Additionally, Danielle provides events and administrative support to the department. Prior to joining OTA, Danielle worked in field of communications at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable in Washington D.C. Danielle graduated from American University in Washington D.C. with a degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy, from the School of International Service.

Danielle Domingos
(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 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



 


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