BOD Election 2019

2018 Board of Directors Nominations

Five (5) members of the Metropolitan Chapter’s Board of Directors will complete their terms this year. The NYWEA Metropolitan Chapter Board of Directors has petitioned the membership for nominations and applications of interest to the Board. Ballots will be sent to the General Membership by December 5th.  If you did not receive your ballot, please e-mail Jamie Saxe at


  1. Two (2) members from the general membership. The member can be employed in engineering consulting, municipal engineering, non-profit, or can be an equipment manufacturers representative.


Jennifer M. Franco, PE

Gregory Shaw, Jr, PE

Matthew D. Regan

Ken Bruce, P.E., BCEE

  1. One (1) member actively employed as a water or wastewater equipment manufacturer representative.


Joe Habib

Sara Urbanczyk

  1. One (1) Member from the general membership to serve as the NY State Board of Directors Representative. This position requires previous experience serving on the Metropolitan Chapter Board of Directors.


Michael Paterno

Vatche R. Minassian


Applications for these positions were taken from the Metro Chapter Membership until 5pm on December 3rd. Ballots will be sent to the general membership by December 5th. Ballots must be received by December 12th at 5pm.

2018 Board of Directors Nominations


Jennifer M. Franco

Jennifer M. Franco, P.E. is a Vice President at AKRF, Inc. with over 22 years of experience managing environmental reviews, permitting, regulatory assessments, and construction air quality modeling analyses for critical infrastructure projects in and around New York. Jennifer’s experience ranges from leading large, complex EISs and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications for water and wastewater infrastructure projects to managing stationary source air quality compliance, permitting, and modeling analyses for energy-related projects, such as cogeneration. Ms. Franco has extensive knowledge and experience with federal, state, and local regulations and has navigated New York State’s stringent New Source Review (NSR) policy to obtain hundreds of tons of NOx emission reduction credits for various clients throughout the State. After receiving a full scholarship to college and an industrial fellowship to graduate school, Jennifer received both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College. She is a member of Epsilon Sigma Pi, Tau Beta Pi, and Omega Chi Epsilon. Jennifer was the lead author of the “Regulatory Chemicals Handbook”, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 2000 and a co-author of “Rapid Guide to Hazardous Air Pollutants”, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1998, and “Engineering and Environmental Ethics,” Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1997. Jennifer is an active member of ACEC and is currently serving on the ACEC’s NYCDEP Steering Committee. Jennifer has been a member of NYWEA since very early in her career and actively participates on the NYWEA Program Committee, making her very familiar with the workings of the NYWEA Metropolitan Chapter. Jennifer is looking forward to working with the Board and is eager to fill this role.

Gregory Shaw, Jr

With over 19 years of experience, Gregg has managed the construction and design services during construction for many waste water and clean water projects, scaled large and small. Gregg has been working extensively for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) as his main client for over 15 years. Gregg’s responsibilities include construction management, project management and DSDC management; as well as coordinating the marketing efforts of the civil/environmental and construction groups. He has been through NYCDEP projects from developing the proposal through construction close-out. Gregg has a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Manhattan College (1999) and is a Registered PE in NY and NJ. He is an active member of Lower Hudson and Metro Chapters of NYWEA and CMAA. Gregg is currently a Project Executive at HDR and makes his home in the Hudson Valley (Cornwall on Hudson, NY), working in the Mahwah, NJ, White Plains, NY and NYC offices. Gregg has held various position over the past 15 years regarding organizations in his community for the benefit of his and other children (Board of Directors, Cornwall little League, Youth Football, Catholic Youth Organization). He is now looking to contribute his time to professional organizations.

Matthew D. Regan

Matthew Regan is a Resident Engineer with AECOM. He has 20 years of experience in water and wastewater design, construction and process research. He holds a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, and has been a NYS Professional Engineer since 2003. Currently he is a Resident Engineer on a project installing glycerol facilities at multiple NYCDEP Wastewater Treatment Plants. Other projects he has participated in include the PO-55 BNR Research Facility at the 26th Ward WWTP,  The AT-13 BNR Demonstration Facility at the Wards Island WWTP, and the SHARON Facility at the Ward’s Island. WWTP. He has been a NYWEA member since 2008 and has been an active participant in local Metropolitan Chapter events. He has also presented several times at the Annual NYWEA meeting. As a member of the Board he would promote increased membership in the organization, support the current boards emphasis on increased social and technical events, and help with promoting the organization’s outreach to the public regarding it’s members work in the field of Environmental Engineering.

Mr. Regan seeks to fill the General Membership vacancy on the Metropolitan Chapter Board of Directors.

Ken Bruce, P.E., BCEE

Ken, a graduate of Clarkson University, has over 30 years’ experience helping municipalities and private entities throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions solve water and environmental challenges. He’s been a long-time active member of WEF including NYWEA and NCAWWA/WEA member associations. While in North Carolina, Ken was part of the Program, Collection and Wastewater Operators Schools Committees as an instructor, presenter, and moderator. He served as Chair of Wastewater Schools Committee, organizing and running two (2) five-day schools for biological wastewater treatment plant operators Grades I through IV, one (1) four-day school for physical/chemical wastewater treatment plant operators Grades I and II, and a one-day Advanced Topics Seminar providing education and training to the State’s wastewater industry professionals better prepare operators for their current positions, as well as the State’s operator certification exams. Ken led a team to create, charter, and launch NCAWWA-WEA’s Wastewater Board of Education and Examiners (WWBOEE), a 10 – 15 member board assisting/supporting/serving as a resource to the North Carolina Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission (NCWPCSOCC) in its various tasks involving the various wastewater certifications. Typical areas of involvement include certification course curricula; certification course content and references; development and maintenance of the Needs To Know Manuals; test question assistance; course instructor guidance; class audits; assisting with exam application processing; exam review and evaluation for training or curricula deficiencies; exam proctoring; certification course validation; appeals. Ken has also led the Association Chair’s Special Projects Task Force to evaluate the creation of a new School for Land Application of Biosolids Certification. Having returned to NY, Ken wants to share the knowledge gained from his experience with the NC member association to help the NYWEA Metropolitan Chapter advance its mission and vision; to leverage resources and relationships helping members be more successful in their careers protecting and enhancing the water environment; and to assist with strengthening partner relationships with the public and other organizations having common interests, goals and objectives.

Joe Habib

Joe is a 25-year NYWEA member and has been active in multiple NYWEA Chapters including Metro, Capital, Long Island, and Lower Hudson. He previously served on the Met Chapter Board and Chaired the Environmental Science Committee (ESC) which he helped revive from dormancy. As ESC Chair, he boosted membership, organized tours, recreational activities, and seminars worthy of PDH and operator credits thus helping shape the active Met Chapter ESC we have today. He still serves on the Met ESC as well as the State ESC. Joe is completing his term this month on the Capital Chapter Board where he served as Communications Chair. Now focused on NYC-based projects he has relocated to Staten Island and would be privileged to resume his dedication to the Met Board if given the opportunity. Joe holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Environmental Science. He spent 17 years with Pall Corporation specializing in membrane filtration systems, then later with GP Jager as a process equipment rep. Presently he works for Wigen Water Technologies once again focusing on integrated membrane technologies. Joe’s water career spans the spectrum of public and private sectors, academia, and consulting. He joined NYWEA as a grad student at his professor’s suggestion. It turned out to be an excellent career move and he looks forward to building on his long track record within our organization.

Sara Urbanczyk

I have 15 years experience working in Environmental Engineering, focused primarily on large equipment sales for water and wastewater. After my graduate studies in environmental engineering at Polytechic University I headed out to the PO-55 research facility run by AECOM at the 26th Ward WWTP, working on BNR research projects for NYCDEP. Later as part of the Chief Engineers Group at AECOM, we partnered with major universities as a team to execute pilot studies for innovative technologies at various WWTPs in the metro NY area. A change in career focus lead to 11 years on the sales side with Geiger Pump & Equipment, working with manufacturers of equipment for all stages of the water and wastewater treatment processes. I returned to NYC and have been at GA Fleet for almost two years, focusing on capital projects in the metro NY/NJ market, with specific responsibility as the primary contact for the NYCDEP, the MTA, and the PANYNJ. I am an active member of NYWEA, NJWEA, and the NJ-AWWA. I was YP committee chair for many years for PWEA and won the the Rising Tide award from the PA-AWWA in 2011 for the work I had done with young professionals. Mentoring and membership – specifically engaging with current members and fostering new ones – has been the focus of my volunteer work so far. I look forward to serving the NY Metro chapter in a similar capacity.

Michael Paterno

As the head of AKRF’s Construction Management Services Group, Mr. Paterno oversees the work and manages the staffing for many complex projects across the public and private sectors. Mr. Paterno has 18 years of construction and engineering experience in the New York, San Francisco and Baltimore metro areas. This experience includes Construction Management, Resident Engineering, Construction Administration, Construction Inspection, Geotechnical Investigation, Site Development, Utilities Engineering and Engineering Research. Mr. Paterno has provided construction management services for New York City Department of Design and Construction, New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and other government agencies. Mr. Paterno has served on the NYWEA Metropolitan Chapter Board of Directors for the past 3 years as Awards Committee Chair and most recently as Programs Committee Chair. “It would be an honor to continue to serve the Metropolitan Chapter as it’s NY State Board of Directors Representative.”

Vatche R. Minassian

Vatche Minassian, Vice President, HDR Mr. Minassian has been actively involved in the NYWEA for the past 22 years. He served on multiple committees such as membership committee, Hall of Fame Committee and served on the Met Chapter Board of Directors from 2011 – 2013. He was awarded the SSSS award in 2016 as part of his long-term commitment and effort in the success of the Association. He is still actively involved in all the associations’ functions in support of the current executive board and serving on the program and collection committees. He is well seasoned in understanding the associations financial and bi-lows as part of his past role as secretary treasurer in seeking the position of State Rep for the Met Chapter. Mr. Minassian has been actively involved in the environmental engineering field for 30 years. His background ranges from the planning and design to the construction administration of collection, wastewater and water treatment facilities. His areas of experience and technical expertise include evaluation of process equipment, and design of mechanical process equipment. He is currently in charge of HDR’s Water Business for North East. His experience and understanding the needs for municipal collection systems and treatment plants started early in his career working four years in multiple divisions within the NYCDEP. Mr. Minassian authored several papers presented at various conferences including the New York and New Jersey Water Environment Association and the Water Environment Federation conferences.