Long Island Sound Study Core Program Staff

The core work of the Long Island Sound Study is conducted by staff from EPA (Region 1 and Region 2), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP),  NEIWPCC, and the New York and Connecticut Sea Grant Programs. The non-EPA staff are funded through the Long Island Sound Study with funds authorized by the Federal Clean Water Act, with the exception of the LISS New York Program Coordinator, who is funded directly by NYSDEC.

EPA

Name, Title, EmailDescription of Responsibilities/Activities
Mark Tedesco, Director, EPA Long Island Sound Office
[email protected]
Direction of office and program
Casey Abel, EPA R1 Program Coordinator
[email protected]
Project officer, grants management, support for watershed & embayments, NEPORT project reporting
Alexandra Huddell, ORISE Research Fellow
[email protected]
Open science, data management and reporting
Esther Nelson, EPA R2 Program Coordinator
[email protected]
Coordination with federal partners, support for watershed & embayments, QAPPs
Leah O’Neill, EPA R1 Program Coordinator
[email protected]
Program budget, project officer, nitrogen strategy, program policy, NEPORT
Cayla Sullivan, EPA R2 Program Coordinator
[email protected]
Project officer, habitat, marine debris
Nicole Tachiki, EPA R2 Program Coordinator
[email protected]
Project officer, sustainable and resilient
communities, environmental justice
Bessie Wright, EPA R1 Program Coordinator
[email protected]
Project officer, nonpoint source
management, environmental justice
Note: The project officers also provide support to grantees preparing Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs)

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

Name/Title, Email Description of Responsibilities/Activities
Kathleen Knight, Environmental Analyst 2
[email protected]
Water quality modeling lead
Matt Lyman, Environmental Analyst
[email protected]
Conducts the Long Island Sound Water Quality Monitoring Program
Katie O’Brien-Clayton, Environmental Analyst
[email protected]
Conducts the Long Island Sound Water Quality Monitoring Program
Mark Parker, Environmental Analyst 3
[email protected]
Coordinates overall Long Island Sound Study program in CT
Kelly Streich, Environmental Analyst 3
[email protected]
TMDL and technical support lead
Harry Yamalis, Environmental Analyst 3
[email protected]
Coordinates habitat restoration plans and projects in CT

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

Name,Title, EmailDescription of Responsibilities/Activities
Mary Arnold, Division of Water Coordinator1
[email protected]
Coordinates Division of Water programs with focus on Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan
Kristin Kraseski, Bioextraction Coordinator1
[email protected]
Coordinates Bioextraction Initiative activities
Victoria O’Neill, NY Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Coordinator
[email protected]
Coordinates habitat restoration and stewardship plans/projects in NY
Samarra Scantlebury, LISS New York
Coordinator2
[email protected]
Coordinates overall Long Island Sound Study program in NY
1 NEIWPCC staff collocated with NYSDEC/ 2 Funded directly by NYSDEC

New York Sea Grant

Name,Title, EmailResponsibilities/Activities
Lillit Genovesi, Western Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]
Develops and coordinates communications, outreach, and engagement programs in NYC and Westchester County
Elizabeth Hornstein, Sustainable and Resilient Communities Extension Educator
[email protected]
Coordinates and implements sustainable and resilient community activities in Suffolk County
Jimena Perez-Viscasillas, NY Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]
Develops and coordinates communications, outreach, and engagement programs in Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Sara Powell, Sustainable and Resilient
Communities Extension Educator
[email protected]
Coordinates and implements sustainable and resilient community activities in Westchester County
Sarah Schaefer-Brown, Sustainable and
Resilient Communities Extension
Educator
[email protected]
Coordinates and implements sustainable and resilient community activities in Nassau County

NEIWPCC

Name, Title, EmailResponsibilities/Activities
James Ammerman, Science Coordinator
[email protected]
Coordinates LISS science and
research program
Jordan Bishop, Environmental Analyst
[email protected]
Overall LISS coordination and
support
Robert Burg, Communications
Coordinator
[email protected]
Coordinates the LISS communications
program, ecosystem targets and indicators

Connecticut Sea Grant

Name, Title, EmailResponsibilities/Activities
Deborah Abibou, Sustainable and Resilient Communities Extension Educator
[email protected]
Coordinates and implements sustainable and resilient community activities in CT
Jessica LeClair, CT Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]
Develops and coordinates communications, outreach, and engagement programs in CT
Alicia Tyson, Sustainable and Resilient Communities Extension Educator
[email protected]
Coordinates and implements sustainable and resilient community activities in CT

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