Board of Directors & Staff
Board of Directors
Steven J. Bolotin, Chair
Steven J. Bolotin is a 30+ year legal professional who has focused his career in the areas of environmental, municipal, construction, and professional practices law. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University (BA – Political Science), The American University (JD – Washington College of Law), and King’s College London (LLM – Transnational Finance).
He began his professional career working in private practice, where he focused on assessing responsibility for environmental contamination claims. He then became general counsel for a trade association management company, where he served as general counsel for multiple Washington D.C. area-based trade associations (including ASFE – The Association of Engineers Practicing in the Geosciences, and the Professional Liability Agents Network). There, he provided legal and educational guidance to professionals nationwide, and assisted in the development of programs for the remediation of hazardous waste Superfund sites.
Steve now serves as a private attorney and ethicist, providing legal guidance and expert services relating to professional ethics obligations. He also serves the public in multiple capacities, including as an appointed hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, and as an elected member of the Plymouth (MA) Planning Board.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Kaleigh is passionate about the future of our state. Having worked for over 12 years in the beverage business, Kaleigh has seen first hand how the daily accumulation of solid consumer and business waste can impact our local environmental and financial resources. Finding ways to repurpose/reduce waste and generating win-win environmental and financial savings is a critical part of her approach to business.
Kaleigh holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from DePaul University and has travelled extensively around the world as a student of global culture. She is fascinated by the innovative ways each community manages waste and believes that learning from one another, sharing ideas, and taking action together will preserve our planet.
Grateful for the opportunity to create a positive impact on how we think about and approach waste management, Kaleigh looks forward to working with our legislature to modernize our approach to sustainability.
Denise P. Cumings, Treasurer
Denise P. Cumings is Crew Chief of the Hooksett Recycling and Transfer Division. She started at the transfer station in Hooksett, NH in 2019 as a part-time secretary. She advanced to the full-time administrative assistant position in July 2020 and then was promoted to Crew Chief in July 2021. Denise is EPA certified in groundwater testing as well as trained in NHDES requirements on Post Closure Landfills. One of her many responsibilities is coordinating with vendors to maximize recyclable resources. She is a certified Solid Waste Operator, a Training Principal Operator Level 4, Underground Storage Tank A-license, Hazmat Co-Ordinator Certification, and has a CDL-B license.
Michael J. Hanlon, III
Mike was a civil/environmental engineer for 55 years, having graduated from Northeastern University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and becoming a registered professional Engineer in 1974. He spent the next 43 years working in both the public and private sectors on a wide variety of environmental projects and still to this day maintains his engineering license.
Beginning in the 1980s, the DEP began mandating that old dumps (landfills) be closed and capped because many (if not all) of them were contaminating groundwater. Mike involved himself in solutions.
Forty years later, according to the Massachusetts 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, the state’s waste-to-energy facilities are at full capacity and no new ones will be built. Landfill capacity is expected to run out before 2030. Meanwhile, solid waste management is evolving at a meteoric pace.
Katherine Hartnett, Secretary
Kate is a natural resource geographer who has lived in New Hampshire since 1987, both in Deerfield in southeastern New Hampshire, and in the North Country (Berlin 2005-2019; and Lancaster since 2019).
She has an undergraduate major in The History of Urbanization, and an M.A. in Resource Geography.
Kate spends a lot of time in the outdoors, and is a lifelong student of how civilizations and communities structure their growth and change. Most of her work in New Hampshire has focused on trying to reduce the ecological footprint of the built environment at the site, community, and landscape scales. From 1993 to 2007, she directed the New Hampshire Comparative Risk Project, and then The Jordan Institute. We identified that (1) how we use land, and (2) how we use energy were the two biggest drivers of managing or increasing environmental risk. We then promoted practices that reduced those risks. Kate also helped organize and facilitate five Integrated Design/Integrated Development (ID/ID) conferences for design and construction professionals, and is an Honorary Member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
To inform her day job, Kate served on the Deerfield Conservation Commission for 31 years, and the Planning Board for 27 years, including as Vice Chair. Conservation and Planning are two sides of the same coin of sustainably fitting development into the larger Green Infrastructure, which is the life support system of the Planet.
J. Richard Jaques, Sr.
Rick’s education included Bible College, the University of Massachusetts, and Granite State College where he became interested in the field of plastics. While working his full-time job in the plastics industry, he also served as the volunteer Deputy Fire Chief in Barnstead, NH, and became an accredited professional firefighter and certified state firefighter instructor. Rick also served as the Executive Director of the Penacook Community Center, a childcare center for 150 area children. He has 45 years of experience in nonprofits and is currently Chair of the City of Concord Heritage Commission.
During his career work in the field of plastics, he was promoted to the position of Production Superintendent at Rehrig Pacific Company, a plastics injection molding company. Rick was highly respected in the science of plastics with specialized competence in the resin classifications of HDPE, LDPE, PET, and PP. RPC.
Peter L. Neville
With over twenty years of service to nonprofit educational and service organizations, Pete has filled positions at all levels: on Board of Directors, in Senior Management, and as Program Manager. Central to these positions was the initiation and development of capital and personnel resources to sustain and expand the delivery of services to individuals within both public and privately funded organizations.
As co-owner of a health benefits brokerage firm, he developed and expanded sales and services to businesses in Massachusetts. Volunteer engagement throughout his career included leadership roles in Rotary, Council on Aging, Chamber of Commerce, and the Congregational Church.
Currently retired, he is an elected town meeting member for the Town of Plymouth, MA, and actively takes part in forums dedicated to better government. He manages a golf league, and with his wife spends time with their grandchildren.
Grant has dedicated his academic and professional career to sustainability. Originally from the UK, Grant has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Manchester. He started his professional career working for municipalities in various roles within Solid Waste teams. His responsibilities ranged from educating residents about how to use their services through communication campaigns, managing the rollout of new programs and ongoing service improvements, and working collaboratively with key stakeholders to align policies. All under the overarching objective of meeting government set targets and goals.
Grant moved to the US in 2016, with his wife, a New Hampshire native. He shifted within the industry from the public sector to private sector, using all his experience to help municipalities and private haulers transform their solid waste services through digital solutions. Grant is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Routeware Inc. and works with clients across North America to realize service efficiency, time and money savings, and a shift towards digitalization and data informed decision making.
Outside of academia and work, Grant has a young family who all enjoy experiencing the splendor of New England’s natural landscape throughout the year. So the future of sustainable practices in the area is something that’s extra important and close to home.
Duncan P. Watson
Duncan currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Keene, NH, where he has been employed since 1992. He runs the Solid Waste Division which features the largest municipally operated materials recovery facility in the State of New Hampshire. This facility processes upwards of 7,000 tons per year (operated off the grid using a 100% post-consumer biofuel generator that replaced a landfill gas-to-energy generator), a 40,000 ton per year transfer station, an award winning ‘Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility’, and an organics composting operation.
During his tenure in the Solid Waste Division, the City of Keene was named the best Municipal Recycling Facility in the state and Duncan was awarded “Recycler of the Year” by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association. He serves on the New Hampshire Solid Waste Management Council, NH Solid Waste Task Force, and is a founding member of the Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol standard (SWEEP).
Duncan has a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Antioch New England University.
Carol R. Foss, Executive Director
Carol holds a B.A. in Biology from Colby College, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine. She currently serves as Senior Advisor for Science and Policy at New Hampshire Audubon, where she is approaching 50 years of employment. Her career has included a combination of field research in conservation science and advocacy for sound environmental policies. Carol sees Collaborative Solid Waste Strategies as an opportunity to help shape the next stage of evolution for solid waste management in New Hampshire.
Clark Corson, Program Director
Clark earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and Geography while minoring in Forestry and Wildlife Management at the University of New Hampshire. Following a two-year stint in the United States Army, including one year in Vietnam, he spent 42 years as a lobbyist for the beverage industry. Clark looks forward to working with partners and decision makers to advance practical improvements in solid waste management.
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