DR. TAVIT NAJARIAN, CO-CHAIRPresident, Najarian Associates
Dr. Najarian is an expert in the field of water resources. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Najarian has been involved with the development, adaptation, and application of mathematical models for hydrodynamic and water quality simulations of aquatic systems. Dr. Najarian has particular expertise in applying such models in studies of: (1) wasteload allocation & regional planning of stormwater runoff; and (2) estuarine eutrophication dynamics. Dr. Najarian also serves as a consultant on hydraulic and environmental issues related to large-scale planned residential, commercial, industrial, and waterfront projects.
ALFRED L. FERGUSON, ESQ. CO-CHAIRFormer Counsel, McCarter & English
Mr. Ferguson's practice focused on general litigation involving business, real estate, zoning and planning, and other areas not involving personal injury or product liability. He has extensive experience in exclusionary zoning and Mt. Laurel litigation, real estate development, and family law matters involving complex issues of marital estate distribution.
DAVID C. APY, ESQ.Special Counsel, Saul Ewing LLP
Mr. Apy's practice focuses on complex litigation involving aviation, environmental law, environmental insurance coverage, products liability, and toxic tort claims. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in the federal and state courts of New Jersey, defending oil companies, chemical companies, major aircraft and engine manufacturers, and other manufacturing companies in a wide range of sophisticated legal actions. Mr. Apy has argued many cases before New Jersey appellate courts, including several cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court involving Constitutional, commercial, and land use issues.
RAY BOGAN, ESQ.Law Office of Bogan & Bogan
Mr. Bogan is an attorney in private practice in Point Pleasant Beach. He is secretary and legal counsel to the NJ Marine Trade Association, legal counsel to the Recreational Fishing Alliance, a national organization representing recreational fishermen and recreational fishing related businesses, and the United Boatmen of NY and NJ, an organization which represents party and charter boat owners and operations, and tackle and bait distributors. Also in his law practice, Mr. Bogan represents marinas, yacht and boat brokerages, and other marine related businesses. Mr. Bogan has served on various boards and committees dealing with marine, environmental, and fishing issues.
LAURA BRINKERHOFF, LSRP, CPGPresident, Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Inc.
Ms. Brinkerhoff is a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) and a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with more than 25 years of management experience in the field of subsurface investigation, ecological evaluation, and environmental remediation. For the past 20 years, Ms. Brinkerhoff has been the President and CEO of Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Inc., a highly respected New Jersey based environmental consulting firm that specializes in regulatory compliance and site remediation. The firm has completed hundreds of environmental cleanup projects involving landfills, public properties, redevelopment sites, and contaminated properties. Her experience includes the oversight of urban remediation projects, also known as “brownfield sites,” which require the evaluation and design of technologies for removing environmental contaminants from buildings, soil, and groundwater. She has strong relationships with the state and federal agencies which govern the environmental process, and a team of dedicated professionals who have extensive knowledge of the regulations. Ms. Brinkerhoff is networked with many professional organizations, and participates in many trade associations and women’s advocacy groups.
DR. MICHAEL BRUNODean, School of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. Bruno is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey who received his doctorate in Civil-Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Dr. Bruno's research and teaching interests include ocean observation systems, maritime security, and coastal ocean dynamics. He is the author of more than 100 technical publications in various aspects of the field. Prior to assuming the duties of Dean, Dr. Bruno was the Director of the Center for Maritime Systems and Davidson Laboratory at Stevens from 1989 to 2007. During this period, he initiated the development of several ocean and weather observation and forecasting systems, including the New York Harbor Observation and Prediction System, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research; and the New Jersey Coastal Monitoring Network, both of which are now important components of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).
NANCY BYRNE REINHART
Nancy Byrne Reinhart recently served 7 years as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism. Her career has primarily focused on Marketing via Special Events and Public Relations activities. She worked in the Clinton administration serving as a Special Assistant to the the Secretary of the Interior. In that role she coordinated many legs of the Natural Heritage Tour. The Tour sought to emphasize the necessity to keep America's waterways clean and that environmental measures to make that happen were not in conflict with a healthy business environment. Prior to that her career focused on Sports Marketing serving as the Public Relations Director on the Virginia Slims Women's Tennis tour as well as Senior and College tours. She is a graduate of Clemson University.
BRADLEY M. CAMPBELL, ESQ.Law Office of Bradley Campbell
Mr. Campbell is the Former Commissioner of the NJDEP. Before his appointment as Commissioner of the NJDEP, Mr. Campbell was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina’s Law School. Mr. Campbell was appointed by President Bill Clinton to work at the USEPA as Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He served as Associate Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.
JAY COSGROVEBahrs Landing
Mr. Cosgrove is a 4th generation, great-grandson of the founders of Bahrs Landing Seafood Restaurant and Marina. Bahrs Landing is considered one of New Jersey's famous landmarks as well as one of the country's oldest family-run restaurants. Mr. Cosgrove is also an avid sports fisherman, local fishing columnist, and Jersey Shore Partnership honoree.
DAVID ENNISRealtor, David J. Ennis & Associates
David J. Ennis is a fourth-generation realtor. The Long Branch native was one of the first to use a business-like approach to conservation. By innovatively combining traditional real estate techniques, public funding initiatives, and tax benefits, he created transactions that could be duplicated by others, successfully protecting more than 80,000 acres in New Jersey alone.
He received a BS in Business from Monmouth University. Mr. Ennis was instrumental in devising the Comprehensive Pinelands Management Plan that created the 1.5 million acre Pinelands National Reserve and helped create New Jersey's Farmland Preservation Program. In addition, he was an original trustee of the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, a group that was successful in obtaining Federal designations that included the Delaware River as a Wild and Scenic River from the Delaware Water Gap to Burlington, NJ/Bristol, PA.
RUSSELL J. FURNARIEnvironmental Policy Manager, PSEG Services Corporation
Mr. Furnari is primarily responsible for water issues facing PSEG’s operating subsidiaries. He has been with PSEG for more than 29 years, working in a variety of operating and technical support positions before taking his current position. Key water issues he confronts include; land use regulations, such as stormwater management, flood hazard control, and freshwater wetlands that can impact water quality and quantity; water quality issues related to Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementations; Spill Planning; and water resource conservation/beneficial reuse.
Mr. Furnari is a member of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey (CWC), representing the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as the chair. The CWC is an advisory group to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) whose members are appointed by the governor to assist NJDEP on monitoring current water issues and developing policy to address them. PSEG is a leading member of the Coastal America Program’s Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, a public private initiative to promote the restoration of critical coastal habitat. He represents PSEG on CA/CWRP activities and serves as Chair of the NJ CWRP Chapter. He has also been a member of the Delaware Estuary PCB TMDL Implementation Advisory Committee and the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Consortium, two stakeholder groups working to identify innovative solutions to reducing impacts from toxic pollutants in local watersheds.
Mr. Furnari has a BS in Industrial Administration (NJIT) and an MA in Environmental Management (Montclair State University). He is active with several environmental organizations working to promote watershed protection and habitat restoration throughout the state and the region.
GORDON LITWIN, ESQ.Counsel, Ansell, Zaro, Grimm & Aaron
Mr. Litwin has served as Attorney for the Sea Bright Borough Zoning Board, and Borough Attorney, Borough of Keyport. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Brookdale Community College. Mr. Litwin is a member of the American, New Jersey State, Essex County, and Monmouth Bar Associations. Mr. Litwin is a graduate of Harvard University Law School and Syracuse University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Mr. Litwin specializes in Environmental Law, General Civil Practice, Commercial Law, and Commercial Real Estate.
KENNETH E. PRINGLE, ESQ.Pringle Quinn Anzano, P.C.
Mr. Pringle graduated summa cum laude in 1979 from Mount St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, MD. He graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982, where he was the Criminal Procedure Project Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. From 1982 until 1983, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He subsequently worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firms of Hogan & Hartson and Ross, Dixon & Masback, returning to Belmar in 1987 to open a solo law practice. He is the managing partner of Pringle Quinn Anzano, P.C. He served on the Board of Directors of New Jersey Transit Corp. from 2005 until 2010, where he was the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board of ARH III Corp., NJ Transit’s South Carolina-based captive insurance subsidiary.
He also served as the Mayor of the Borough of Belmar from June 20, 1990 until December 31, 2010, and was the longest-serving mayor in Belmar’s 125-year history.
DR. STEPHEN J. SOUZAPresident, Princeton Hydro, LLC
Dr. Souza has studied and managed more than 300 ponds, lakes, and reservoirs throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic region. His lake restoration experience includes dredging, aeration, weed and algae control, biomanipulation, and nutrient inactivation using alum. Dr. Souza is also proficient in the modeling of non-point source pollutant loading, and the design and implementation of stormwater quality best management practices. Dr. Souza is an instructor with Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education. Dr. Souza serves as an alternate on the NJ Lakes Task Force.
DR. DENNIS SUSZKOWSKIScience Director, Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc.
Dr. Suszkowski received a doctorate in marine science from the University of Delaware. Dr. Suszkowski has previously held positions as Chief of the Marine and Wetlands Protection Branch at Region 2 of the USEPA and Assistant Chief of the Operations Division of the NY District US Army Corps of Engineers.