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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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