Past Presidents

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2016 – Scott Firmin


2015 – Tom Connolly


2014 – Aubrey Strause


2013 – Travis Peaslee

Travis is the Assistant Superintendent of the Lewiston Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority. He hold a BS in industrial technology from the University of Southern Maine and a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi. Current licenses include: Professional Engineer; Grade V wastewater; Grade II laboratory; Grade IV collections; Grade 1 distribution and treatment water system operator. Travis participated on the Maine ops challenge team for 5 years, served as MEWEA president, chaired numerous MEWEA committees, and also chaired the NEWEA operations challenge committee. Awards received include: NEWEA operator; MEWEA Past President; NEWEA Alfred Peloquin; MEWEA president’s service; and MEWEA Roger Gagne.

2012 – Jeff McBurnie

Jeff is responsible for permitting, compliance, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and safety for Casella Organics, where he has worked for the past eight years.  Casella Organics annually manages nearly 800,000 tons of organic and mineral residuals with roughly 50% beneficially recycled throughout New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Jeff is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maine and has designed or assisted in the design of several biosolids processing facilities in the State.  He holds a Maine Class 4 Water System Operator license and serves as the Consulting Director of the City of Brewer Water Testing Laboratory.  He has provided water and wastewater operator training in Maine and the rest of New England for over 20 years.  Jeff received his BS from U Maine Orono and his MS from Texas A&M University, both in Agricultural Engineering.

2011 – Paul Rodriguez

Paul is a Senior Project Engineer for the Portland Water District where he participates in the planning, design and execution of the Capital Improvement Program for the water and wastewater systems in the District’s service areas.  The CIP requires oversight and technical management of an average annual investment of $10M in critical treatment and pumping infrastructure, as well as the continual development of the Asset Information Management system to support the District’s long term goals with respect to cost effectiveness and sustainability.  Paul has been working in the water treatment industry for 20 years with a focus on water/wastewater treatment process design, engineering management and construction oversight.  Immediately after getting his Masters in Engineering from Cornell University, Paul relocated to Maine and he and his wife Stacy have been fully enjoying all that this great state has to offer ever since.


2010 – Andre Brousseau

Andre was president of MEWEA 2010, is a past chair of the operations challenge committee for NEWEA and MEWEA. André started his career in the wastewater field in 1993 after graduating from Southern Maine Community College. He was hired on as a laborer for the Ogunquit Sewer District and worked his way up to the CO position. In 2003, he took a position with the City of Saco as lab technician/lead operator. In 2005 André landed a CO position with the Sanford Sewerage District. He was appointed the superintendent’s position in 2015.

2009 (and 1998) – Tom Wiley

Tom is a graduate of EMVTI with an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Control Technology.  Upon graduation it took a few years to get in the field.   Tom started his career as a Water Treatment Plant Operator for the Presque Isle Water District. Following that stint he worked over 23 years at the Portland Water District.   While at PWD he served as Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Assistant and finally Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator. Tom currently works for the City of South Portland, Water Resource Protection department as the Compliance Administrator.

2008 – Chuck Applebee


2007 – David Anderson


2006 – Andrew Rudzinski


2005 – Vivian Matkivich


2004 (and 1987) – Darold Wooley

Darold was Superintendent of the Lincoln Sanitary District from 1981 to 2016. From 1993 to 2005 he was a Contract operator of the Mattawamkeag WWTP. He also a contract operator of the Danforth WWTP from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 and for the Brownville WWTP from 1990 to 1991. From 1977-1981 he worked at the Haverhill MA. WPCF as a senior operator, and was promoted to Chief Operator. Darold worked for Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District operator 1976-1977.

Darold holds a Maine Grade 5 and Maine Grade 2 Water Operator Certification.  He held a Massachusetts Grade 7 WWTP Operator Certification (currently inactive).

MWWCA President 1987 and 2004

MWWCA Residuals Committee Co Chair 1988

Organized the Sludge and Residual Utilization Research Forum and served as its Chairman in 1986

Co-authored the Sludge and Residual Utilization Research Foundation proposal which became Maine Public Law #799 in 1988

Proposed and negotiated key elements of the ME. DEP Whole Effluent  Toxicity Testing Rule while serving as MWWCA Government Affairs Committee Chairman

Played a leading role in the development of the MWWCA National Award Winning Sludge Utilization Video as Executive Producer.

Served on MEDEP Combined Sewer Overflow Water Quality Standards Committee in 1995

Served on MEDEP NPDES Delegation Advisory Team 1997-1998

JETCC Board Chairman 2010-2016

2003 – Al Jellison

2002 – Howard Carter


2001 – Janet Abrahamson


2000 – Mary Waring


1999 – Mac Richardson


1998 (and 2009) – Tom Wiley


1997 – David Keith

Dave is currently Chief Administrative Officer/ Superintendent at the Carrabassett Valley Sanitary District. He has been employed in the wastewater treatment field since 1981 serving in both facility operations and management positions in the communities of Orono, Brewer and Farmington. In 1996, he became the Chief Administrative Officer for a newly formed Sanitary District in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

Additionally, Dave manages sustainable timber harvesting on 1500 acres of forest owned by the District. The District is very involved numerous local clubs and associations for the purpose of promoting the shared use of its property for recreational trails. In 2007, these cooperative efforts were recognized with The Outstanding Municipal Landowner Award- presented by the Department of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Mr. Keith served as President of the Maine Water Environment Association in 1997 (then known as MWPCA).  During that time,  was Chairman of the Mercury Task Force; this Task Force worked with the Department of Environmental Protection in an effort to make efficient and effective proposals to the Board of Environmental Protection regarding mercury monitoring in  treatment facility effluent.  As out-going President, he served as the Convention Committee Chairman.


1996 – Michael Bolduc


1995 – Phyllis Rand


1994 – Mark Lorello



1993 – Gilles St. Pierre


1992 – Richard Bentzel


1991 – Douglas Miller

1990 – Sandra Perry

Sandy Perry has more than 25 years of comprehensive regulatory compliance experience. As the Director of Environmental Health & Safety Services and a Senior Project Manager at St.Germain Collins, Sandy manages an experienced team of EHS professionals and provides environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance services specific to wastewater, stormwater, NPDES permitting, industrial pretreatment, oil pollution prevention, air emissions permitting and reporting, hazardous waste management, hazardous materials transportation, emergency planning, toxics use reduction, chemical facility anti-terrorism, and OSHA regulations

Prior to joining St.Germain Collins, Sandy has been a municipal wastewater operator, laboratory technician and supervisor/manager, physical/chemical wastewater systems operations and supervisor, environmental compliance manager and industrial pretreatment program leader. Her varied career in the EHS industry began in 1984 after graduating from the New England Regional Wastewater Institute (NERWI).

Sandy earned a BS in Environmental Engineering from University of Maine and Columbia Southern University. She has served as Androscoggin County LEPC Industrial Representative, MWWCA Industrial Representative, Government Affairs Representative, and Vice President, President, Operations Challenge Coach, and member of the Maine Chamber of Business & Industry. Her awards include NEWEA Alfred Peloquin Award for Significant Contributions to Wastewater, and the
WEF Roger Gagne Award Recipient for Excellence and Service in Wastewater Industry.

1989 – James Fitch


1988 – Michael Grove

1987 (and 2004) – Darold Wooley

1986 – Jon Carman


1985 – Thomas Todd

– Stephen Broadbent


1983 – John Hart

John is currently a Field Sales Representative for AR Control Services. Before that he served as Deputy Director for the City of Saco, ME Water Resource Recovery Department (WRRD) Through his tenure at Saco, he worked on many initiatives such as wind power, solar collectors, high-efficiency aeration, biosolids reduction, and geothermal energy from wastewater. During his 45 years in the wastewater industry, he has held positions in various municipal and industrial facilities throughout Maine and also as an instructor for the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

A WEF member since 1988, John has held multiple leadership and committee roles within the Water Environment Federation (WEF), including on the Board of Trustees, Nomination Committee and HOD Budget Committee, Operations Challenge. John is also an active member of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) and the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA). In the spring of 2013, John retired with 32 years of service from the United States Coast Guard Reserves.

John has received numerous awards of merit including WEF Service Awards for Committee Chair, HOD-DAL and Trustee, WEF Fellow induction in 2014, the WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 2006, WEF William D. Hatfield Award in 1999, WEF Quarter Century Club in 2001, NEWEA Clair Sawyer Award in 2014, NEWEA Operator of the Year for Maine in 1999, NEWEA Alfred E. Peloquin Award in 1996, MEWEA President in 1983, Maine DEP Certificate of Achievement in 1995, Maine DEP-JETCC Service Award in 2001 and 2011, USCG Commendation Medal in 2008 and 2013, USCG Achievement Medal in 2001 and 2010, USCG Commandant’s Letter of Commendation in 1996, 2003 and 2005, USCG First District (Northeast) Enlisted Reservist of the Year in 1994, USCGAUX Commodore Harlan B. Bruns Award in 2005 and 2009, USCGAUX Flotilla Gold Award in 2004.

John has held a State of Maine Grade V Operator License since 1979, along with holding a NEWEA Collection System Voluntary Grade IV since 1985.

1981-1982 – Charlene Powell

1979-1980 – Dennis Caron

– William Varney

– Donald Johnson

1974-1975 – Richard Sarle

1972-1973 (and ’68)– Roger Gagne

1971 – Richard Goodenow

1969-1970 – Leslie Dorr

1968 (and ’72-’73) – Roger Gagne

1966-1967 – Norman Niles