2018-2019 BOARD of DIRECTORS
Lawrence (Larry) Feldman, Ph.D, LSP is a senior principal at the environmental and geotechnical consulting firm of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. His work has focused primarily on the assessment and remediation of sites contaminated by oil and hazardous material, and on providing litigation support in cases involving such sites. He is an appointee to DEP’s Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee. He served on the Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals (“Licensed Site Professionals”) from its creation in 1992 until 2004, and served on the Board of the LSP Association from 2004 until 2009, including a term as President. He also serves on the Public Affairs Committee of the Massachusetts chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Dr. Feldman has lectured at programs presented by a number of legal and other professional organizations.
Caroline Rogers Broderick is an attorney who serves as Director of Grants Management and Compliance at Partners In Health in Boston. Caroline practiced tax law for many years specializing in public charities and charitable giving, among other areas. She is a long time member of MyRWA, grew up and continues to live on the shores of the Upper Mystic, and served for a year as Executive Director of MyRWA in 2006.
Minka vanBeuzekom brings her experience managing business concerns in the biotech sector to provide skillful accounting and financial management to MyRWA as Treasurer. She has been active in Cambridge environmental issues for more than two decades, including seven years volunteering and working with MyRWA on financial and water quality issues. She holds a Master's degree in public health with concentration in epidemiology & environmental health. A Cambridge City Councilor (2012) and a Cambridge resident for more than 30 years, Minka is committed to MyRWA for the sake of her own grandchildren and local residents. She works tirelessly to revitalize the Mystic River, an urban jewel that deserves our attention.
Members of the board of directors
Shannon Ames is Executive Director of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI), now located in Lexington, Massachusetts. Prior to joining LIHI, Shannon worked as the director of stakeholder and government relations for Brookfield Renewable Energy Group. Combined with her years working in IT project management, non-profit management, and human resources, she has a broad skill set in organizational management. Shannon also has experience on boards including having served for six years as trustee for the Waldorf School of Lexington (two as board president), and as board member for the Independent Power Producers of NY, New England Power Generators Association, the Brookfield US Foundation, and Riverside Boat Club. Shannon has a BA from Colby College and an MBA in public and non-profit management from Boston University.
David Burson is an architect with over forty years of planning, design and project management experience in both private and public sector practice. His work has focused primarily in the areas of institutional facilities programming, design and campus planning, and urban transportation and infrastructure project planning, design and joint development. Mr. Burson is a Senior Project Manager with Partners HealthCare Real Estate and Facilities, for whom he provided design, permitting and construction oversight for their new Administrative Campus at Assembly Row in Somerville. He was also Partners’ project lead for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital development in the Charlestown Navy Yard, and the Mass General North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers, MA. He previously served as architectural principal for the Wallace Floyd Design Group in Boston, and as VP for Campus Development for the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Meera Deean is an urban designer with more than a decade of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She is currently a Senior Architect/Urban Designer at the Boston Planning and Development Agency where she conducts design reviews for building projects, prepares urban design studies, and provides urban design leadership and support for the planning department . Previously, she was Boston Harbor Now’s Director of Planning and a senior designer at Utile, Inc. Meera holds a B.A. in Art History from Williams College and a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Rosalyn (Rose) Fennell has been the Deputy Regional Director for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service since January 2016. She is one of two deputy regional directors assigned to the region. Based in Boston, she oversees operations for parks and programs located in New England, including upstate and central New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. Prior to joining the National Park Service, Rose was a Washington DC lobbyist working on issues of environmental justice, wilderness, and youth employment in the field of conservation.
Karen L. Grossman acts as a catalyst on the Outreach and Development Committees initiating and publicizing projects to educate others, encourage membership, increase involvement, further the mission and enhance the financial stability of MyRWA. She has been a community builder assuming leadership positions in other nonprofit organizations. As President of the Friends of Spy Pond Park since 2004, Karen promotes appreciation and respect for our natural resources. She earned a B.S. from Syracuse University, a M.Ed. from Boston University, and is a retired speech and language pathologist. Karen has been a resident of Arlington since 1974 and lives on the banks of beautiful Spy Pond.
Erik Hansen serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer at Wynn Resorts. In that role he leads the development of the global sustainability strategy and energy procurement goals for the company. His experience extends across all facets of environmental protection and government regulation and he was instrumental in instituting several large-scale sustainability and renewable energy projects at Wynn Resorts. Encore Boston Harbor, which is part of Wynn Resorts brand, is opening in June of this year. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded an Environmental Merit Award to Encore Boston Harbor in recognition of their construction of a living shoreline at this site, as well as the $68 million remediation of the site.
Barbara Kessner Landau is an attorney with Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP where she specializes in environmental and land use law, and design and construction law. Barbara assists municipalities, property owners, and non-profit organizations with environmental planning and compliance, including climate resilience, brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, stormwater management, and wetlands compliance. Barbara previously served as general counsel for a brownfields developer; she worked as Brownfields Coordinator for MassDEP designing the Massachusetts Brownfields Act; and as Assistant General Counsel for the MA Executive Office of Economic Affairs. Barbara is committed to addressing the need for climate resilience while maintaining access to, vibrancy and water quality of the Mystic River and other local waterways.
John Reinhardt was formerly the Branch Chief for Industrial Wastewater Policy and Regulations for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Reinhardt has 30 years of professional experience in environmental policy analysis, ranging from industrial wastewater, drinking water, toxic substance control strategy development, and hazardous waste. His long term involvement with MyRWA started in 1988 as part-time executive director for 3 years; chairing the Water Quality Committee; serving on the Board of Directors since 1997, including president from 1997 to 1999, as well as the President from 2007-2018. A long time resident of the Watershed, living in Somerville, John also served on the Somerville Conservation Commission from 1994 to 2013.
Mark Rodgers has been working locally in the energy communications field for twenty years. Mark is a Communications Manager at Exelon Generation which owns and operates two energy facilities along the Mystic River in Everett -- both facilities are longtime supporters and sponsors of MyRWA. Previously, Mark was the Communications Director of Cape Wind, the nation’s first proposed offshore wind energy project. Mark is a graduate of The George Washington University and is a lifelong Massachusetts resident.
Karl Touet has over 30 years of extensive experience dedicated to the environmental field including brokering and underwriting environmental liability insurance, environmental due diligence, consulting, and environmental risk liability transfer associated with brownfield real estate transactions. Currently, Karl is a principal at the environmental insurance brokerage firm of Twin Elms, LLC where he structures and places environmental insurance policies for a variety of complex real estate transactions, remediation projects, Brownfields redevelopments and M&A deals throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a member of the Environmental Business Council and other similar organizations.
Joshua Weinberg is Managing Director and Managing Counsel at State Street Global Advisors, and a resident of Arlington. A member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, he is the primary attorney responsible for the legal affairs of its $500+ billion U.S. registered fund business. Joshua holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.S. (cum laude) from Tufts University. Joshua enjoys kayaking with his wife and two sons on Spy Pond in Arlington, as well as exploring other natural areas along the Mystic.