OTA Staff List

Find areas of expertise, and contact information for each OTA team member.

Business Assistance Providers

Jim Cain, Senior Engineer
(617) 626-1081

Jim provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance to manufacturers of metal products, electrical products, and chemicals. He also has provided assistance on better cleaning and plating practices to surface finishers. 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.

Marina Gayl, Environmental Engineer
(617) 626-1077

Marina provides pollution prevention assistance to lumber and wood products, furniture and fixtures, spray painting, powder coating and food industries as well as auto 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).

Jack Illingworth, Environmental Analyst
(617) 626-1090

Jack 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 is a certified Toxics Use Reduction Planner (TURP).

John Raschko, OTA Team Leader
(617) 626-1093

John provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance to companies in the medical device, measuring instruments, concrete, ceramics, and petroleum product industry sectors, and those with energy generation and combustion operations.  He also is involved in assisting companies to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and reduce energy costs. In addition, John serves as OTA's liaison to the TURA program Science Advisory Board. 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.

Michelle Spitznagel, OTA Team Leader
(617) 626-1065

Michelle 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.

Policy and Outreach

Rich Bizzozero, Director
(617) 626-1080

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.

Maia Rodriguez-Semp, Communications Coordinator
(617) 626-1083

Maia prepares the OTA annual communications plan and prepares reports, fact sheets, case studies, and guidance documents, newsletters, and social media posts. Maia also manages content on the OTA’s web pages. Additionally, Maia provides events, policy, 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. Maia graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology.

Tiffany Skogstrom, Outreach and Policy Coordinator
(617) 626-1086

Tiffany 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.

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