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NJSWEP's Steering Committee


The success of NJSWEP can be attributed to the members who have volunteered their time in various leadership positions. Our current Steering Committee members are recognized below. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership for approximately 3-4 hours per month and are interested in joining the Steering Committee, please contact us.


Nicole Sullivan, Chapter Co-Chair

BASF Corporation - Assistant General Counsel, Environmental & Safety

P. (862) 217-7169 / nicole.sullivan@basf.com

Nicole Sullivan is Assistant General Counsel, Environmental & Safety, for BASF Corporation. Her practice is diverse, and includes transactional, regulatory/compliance, and safety (OSHA) work. She supports active manufacturing sites in the Northeast, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Mexico, where she works closely with EH&S professionals to address permitting/compliance and remediation matters. She also supports the BASF Real Estate group in the remediation and deployment of inactive sites across the United States. Prior to joining BASF, Nicole practiced environmental law for 12 years in the private sector. In her "free" time, Nicole enjoys hiking with her husband and kiddos, training and competing in SwimRuns and triathlons, and exploring new places. 


Kate Suell, Chapter Co-Chair

Catalent Pharma Solutions

P. (862) 217-3715 / katherine.suell@catalent.com 

Kate Suell is a corporate and environmental attorney with a robust background in helping clients navigate environmental liabilities in highly regulated industries. She has experience working with clients in the pharmaceutical, real estate, cosmetics, asphalt and cement production, commercial chemical manufacturing, glass manufacturing and petroleum distribution industries. Kate supports Catalent’s Biologics division where she is responsible for providing strategic commercial contracting support as well as advice to senior management on complex deal negotiations and corporate legal risk mitigation. Prior to joining Catalent, Kate practiced environmental law at private firms for 12 years. Kate currently serves as a New Jersey Supreme Court-appointee to both the Board on Continuing Legal Education and the District XB Ethics Committee, and is co-director of New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association’s Grants Committee. Kate is an avid reader; she loves museums and yoga, and enjoys the benefits of her memberships to the Great Swamp Watershed Association and the New Jersey Audubon Society. 


Lana Antonetti, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services - Senior Project Manager

P. (215) 845-8925 / lantonetti@langan.com

Lana Antonetti is a Senior Project Manager at Langan with over 19 years of experience in all aspects of environmental investigations, feasibility studies, soil and groundwater remediation, and closure. Lana's expertise is in applying risk-based criteria to complete site characterizations and in designing cost effective solutions for complex sites. She is skilled at site characterization and corrective action, hazardous material management, environmental construction oversight. Her career has required the mitigation of complex technical, regulatory, and legal issues, resulting in development of alternative, cost-effective, practical solutions to environmental problems. Lana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. She is a New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).

Alexa Richmond-La Londe, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Peretti, LLP - Partner

P. (973) 451-8495 / alalonde@riker.com

Alexa Richman-La Londe is a partner in Riker Danzig’s Environmental Group. Ms. Richman-La Londe has developed extensive experience in complex regulatory and transactional matters as well as environmental litigation. She handles various types of litigation, including CERCLA and Spill Act matters. She also counsels clients on significant regulatory issues, including ISRA, site remediation, environmental permitting and compliance.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers has included Ms. Richman-La Londe in its Client’s Guide since 2013 for Environmental Law. The Guide notes that she is “experienced in negotiating legacy liability in regards to Superfund sites, assisting clients in site remediation and advising on regulatory compliance.” She is also called a “great” lawyer noted for her litigation strengths, with particular praise for her responsiveness and ability to deal with difficult complications that arise during complex cases. Previous editions describe her as “very diligent, conscientious and knowledgeable,” as well as “very capable and polished.” Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Ms. Richman-La Londe on its Best Lawyers list in the field of Environmental Law for 2018, 2020 and 2021. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Richman-La Londe earned a master’s degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. While pursuing her J.D., she served as Note Editor of the Vermont Law Review. Ms. Richman-La Londe has lectured and published articles on an array of environmental issues and on insurance coverage matters.


Lyssa Naron, Treasurer

SLR Consulting (SLR International Corporation) - Senior Scientist

P. (860) 400-5680 / lnaron@slrconsulting.com

Lyssa C. Naron is a Senior Scientist at SLR Consulting with more than ten years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Lyssa provides expertise for projects concerning multiple phases of environmental investigation and remediation at public and private sites in NJ, PA, and NY. Her projects have included soil and groundwater investigations, remedial investigations, remedial action implementations, Phase I/II environmental site assessments, data analyses, fate and transport modeling, remedial action and air permitting, and coordination of field activities. Her clients have included residential homes and small, independent commercial operations to state departments, refineries, and transnational corporations. She has experience mitigating and/or remediating discharges of various environmental contaminants, including but not limited to, petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, pesticides, PCBs, heavy metals, and emerging contaminants such as 1,4-Dioxane and perfluorinated compounds. Lyssa graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the

University of Mary Washington, and holds a Master of Science degree in Soil Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. 

Melissa Dulinski, Secretary

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), 

Brownfields and Sustainable Systems – Senior Officer

P. (973) 525-9617 / mdulinski@njeda.com

Melissa Dulinski is a Senior Officer at NJEDA where she supports the agency's brownfield and environmental initiatives to create a stronger, fairer New Jersey. Her work focuses on strengthening NJ's economy by taking an innovative approach to community revitalization, climate resilience, and environmental justice. Prior to joining NJEDA, Melissa was a Project Manager at NJIT where she provided one-on-one technical assistance to communities helping guide them through the  regulatory process towards redevelopment and a Remediation Specialist at PSE&G where she provided technical oversight and quality assurance at former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) sites throughout New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Rutgers University in Environmental Science. In addition to SWEP, Melissa is also a member of ANJEC, BCONE, and her township's Environmental Commission and Open Space Advisory Committee.  


Nadira Najib, Programs Committee Co-Chair

Honeywell Corp. - Remediation Manager

P. (973) 216-5209 / nadira.najib@honeywell.com

Nadira Najib is a remediation manager within Honeywell.  She specializes in the environmental remediation, brownfield redevelopment, due diligence, and environmental compliance fields. She is a remediation manager at Honeywell where she manages high profile environmental remediation program in the EMEA and Latin America regions. Nadira Najib holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering from her home country Morocco and she has a M.E and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. In her “free” time, Nadira enjoys reading, doing cross fit, and spending time with her family cooking, gardening, hiking, and traveling to explore new places.

Gina Daniel, Programs Committee Co-Chair 

Ramboll US Corporation - Senior Consultant

P. (609) 243-9863 / gdaniel@ramboll.com

Taylor Hard, MetroNet Committee Co-Chair

NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation - Project Manager

P. (212) 788-7426  /  thard@dep.nyc.gov

Taylor Hard is a Project Manager at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) where she manages brownfield redevelopment projects navigating the NYC E-designation and Voluntary Cleanup Programs. Prior to OER, she worked for several years in environmental consulting. At OER she works closely with the NYC Parks Department and community organizations to improve surface soil quality in NYC parks and gardens. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Stony Brook University. She also serves as an advisory board member for the NYC Brownfield Partnership.


Alana Miller, MetroNet Committee Co-Chair

REGENESIS - Northeast District Manager

P. (646) 838-2926 / amiller@regenesis.com

Alana Miller is the Northeast District Manager with REGENESIS where she works with environmental consultants and engineers to develop remedial approaches by offering design, application, and performance review services for in-situ groundwater and soil remediation. Prior to joining REGENESIS Alana conducted field and laboratory research with the Princeton Environmental Institute and worked for three years in environmental consulting focused on brownfield projects across the New York City area. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton in 2015.

Lily Connell, Scholarship Committee Chair

Ramboll US Corporation - Managing Consultant
P. (609) 243-9853  / lconnell@ramboll.com

Lily Connell is a Managing Consultant at Ramboll, with experience in environmental science and hydrogeology, with particular emphasis on industrial site characterization, litigation support, and due diligence. Prior to re-joining Ramboll in 2021, Lily spent three years at Terraphase Engineering Inc. (Terraphase) and seven years at Ramboll (f/k/a ENVIRON International Corporation). Lily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science from Franklin and Marshall College and her Master of Science degree in applied geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania. Lily also serves on the development team for the Junior League of Greater Princeton, a volunteer organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community. She lives in the Princeton area with her husband and daughter, and looks forward to welcoming a baby boy in March 2022.

Sonya Ward, Gala Committee Co-Chair

Tetra Tech, Inc. - LSRP, PG, CPG, CGWP, LRS, CHMM

P. (908) 691-9284 / sonya.ward@tetratech.com

Sonya Ward, PG, LSRP, CHMM, LRS, CGWP is the Operations Manager & Principal Hydrogeologist at Tetra Tech, Inc. in Whitehouse Station. She received a Bachelor of Science in Geology with a chemistry minor from University of Louisiana (Monroe) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science (hydrogeology) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sonya has over 30 years’ experience assisting clients in environmental compliance, due diligence, site investigation and remediation, and risk-based closure. Her project experience includes work for utilities, the manufacturing, chemical, and petroleum sectors, and local and state agencies throughout the US, Canada, South America, and Europe. In addition to NJ SWEP, Sonya is also Chair of the National Chapter of SWEP and a member of SWEP of Greater Philadelphia, CIANJ, LSRPA, AEG NY-Philadelphia, and AHMP-NJ. Sonya spends time away from work traveling, indulging her love of photography, volunteering for Bucks County Habitat for Humanity and coaching future home owners, and enjoying time with family and friends.

KariAnne Czajkowski, Gala Committee Co-Chair

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services - Senior Project Scientist/Ecological Risk Assessment and Sediment Practice Lead

P. (215) 917-0326 / kczajkowski@langan.com

KariAnne (Kari) Czajkowski has over 20 years of environmental project expertise, leading and managing complex ecological and sediment environmental investigations and remediation designs teams and projects. Kari's work spans various state and national environmental regulatory programs, including California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, USEPA Regions 2, 3 and 9, and the Governments of Bermuda and Canada. She has extensive experience with design, implementation, review and preparation of screening level and ecological risk assessments and sediment remedial investigations as well as expertise in development, design and negotiation of ecological risk-based remediation cleanup strategies under state and federal programs. Kari is an active participant on the NJDEP Ecological Risk Assessment Stakeholder Workgroup and co-author and trainer of the NJDEP Ecological Evaluation Technical Guidance and an active member of the Sediment Management Workgroup. In her spare time, Kari enjoys high-intensity functional fitness training and exploring the great outdoors. 

Abigail Amutah, NJDEP Liaison

NJ Department of Environmental Projection, Administrative Analyst 3

Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning, Climate and Flood Resilience

P. (609) 322-9747 / Abigail.amutah@dep.nj.gov

Abigail Amutah is an Administrative Analyst with NJDEP managing federal and state grants contracts for Land Use Management. I have been with NJDEP for over 30 years working in several divisions within NJDEP. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science at Rider University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In addition to NJSWEP, I am also an executive member of the Black Environmental Solidarity Team (BEST) an interest group within DEP that promotes Diversity. I am also a proud mother of four accomplished young adults.



Melanie Powers-Schanbacher, Golf Event Co-Chair

Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. - Principal

P. (908) 707-4001 / mpowers@stcenv.com

Melanie Powers-Schanbacher, CPEA, is a Principal with Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. a WBENC-certified woman-owned environmental, health and safety consulting firm. Melanie has over 25 years of experience in EHS compliance and management systems auditing and audit program management. She has provided EHS program support to clients in a variety of industrial sectors, including chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech, energy, consumer products, semi-conductor and electronics assembly. As an STC Principal, Melanie oversees a number STC’s regulatory information services, including the regulatory monitoring services STC provides its clients and manages STC’s authoring efforts for a number of EHS auditing, training and management systems guides published by Specialty Technical Publishers of Vancouver, B.C. She is a member of the IIA Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center (formerly The Auditing Roundtable) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) in Environmental Compliance and in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems, as well as an ISO EMS Lead Auditor.

Jeena Sheppard, Golf Event Co-Chair 

GEI Consultants, Inc. - Project Manager / East Region Safety Manager

P. 856.291.5663 / jsheppard@geiconsultants.com

Samantha Carney, Sponsorship Co-Chair

Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC - Sales Operations Coordinator

P. (717) 497-5090 / SamanthaCarney@EurofinsUS.com

Samantha Carney is the Sales Operations Coordinator for Eurofins Eaton Analytical, skilled in environmental project management and analytical chemistry. She has 19 years experience in the environmental industry, working as a project manager, quality assurance manager and laboratory manager in three national environmental laboratories. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Penn State University with a focus in Environmental Pollution Control. In her current role with Eurofins, she manages RFP responses for National Drinking Water contracts. Samantha is a military wife, currently living in Harrisburg, PA with her husband and daughter. She enjoys ultra running, cycling and teaching yoga in her free time.

Laura George, Sponsorship Co-Chair

Ramboll - Principal Consultant

P. (215) 523-5603 / lgeorge@ramboll.com

Laura George is a Principal Consultant with Ramboll, She has more than 25 years of diverse experience with multi-disciplinary projects involving site assessment and remediation, brownfield redevelopment, natural resource and land use permitting, environmental impact assessment, regulatory analysis and due diligence. Laura has directed and managed a broad range of wetland delineation and resource studies, biological resource inventories, special-status species surveys, environmental impact analyses, multi-agency permitting for remediation and development projects. Laura has significant experience working with regulatory agencies to negotiate remediation and permitting requirements.

Katelynn Shields, News & Social Media Chair

Integral, Senior Scientist

P. (856) 399-7720 / kshields@integral-corp.com

Katelynn Shields is a Senior Scientist at Integral with eight years of experience in environmental investigation and remediation on both state- and federal-lead projects. Her primary focus is on investigation of emerging contaminants, conducting remedial investigations and actions, and litigation support. Katelynn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Earth Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to SWEP, Katelynn is also a member of LSRPA. She spends her free time camping and working towards her goal of visiting all National Parks with her husband.

Melissa Clarke, Gala-Scholarship Committee Liaison

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP - Attorney

P. (609) 452-3142 / melissa.clarke@saul.com

Melissa Clarke concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental law and real estate transactions, with a particular focus on environmental litigation, penalty and enforcement matters, and cost recovery actions involving federal and state statutes and regulations such as CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA and New Jersey’s Spill Act.

In addition to counseling clients on regulatory compliance, Melissa assists clients in obtaining and defending state and federal environmental permits.  As a transactional attorney, Melissa has negotiated and drafted environmental contractual provisions in a wide variety of corporate and real property transactions. Melissa also represents title insurance underwriters, insureds and title insurance agencies in commercial and residential title related disputes and foreclosure actions.

Anita Locke, LSRPA Liaison

Ramboll US Corporation - Managing Consultant

P. (609) 243-9850 / alocke@ramboll.com

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