Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society

When Tim Dillingham came on board as Executive Director in 2003, he brought with him more than 20 years of experience in coastal management and policy development gained in government agencies and non-profit organizations. He also brought his passion for the coast; a relationship developed since his boyhood growing up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Tim began his career as a defender of the coast in Rhode Island, as a consultant to the state”s Coastal Management Council and continued as a senior policy analyst for the state. During his years in that state, he also spent some time as an Environmental Planner for The Nature Conservancy. Tim began his work in New Jersey as Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, after which he assumed the Executive Director post at the newly formed Highlands Coalition. In 2003, he joined the American Littoral Society, first as Assistant Director and soon afterward as Executive Director. Since then, he has focused on laying the groundwork to continue the Society”s more than 40 years of successful advocacy, education, and conservation in the 21st century.

To that end he has augmented the Society’s seasoned staff with additional talent, tools and technology; all the while leading the work of empowering people to care for the coast. Tim sits on the boards of Restore America”s Estuaries, Institute for Coastal and Marine Studies, Rutgers University; and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association. He is a member of the Heinz Center for the Environment Committee on Sustainable Oceans and Waterways. He is a New Jersey gubernatorial appointee to the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council and the Blue Ribbon Panel on Development of Wind Turbine Facilities in Coastal Waters. He holds a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Raymond Ferrara, PhD., Principal, Omni Environmental

Dr. Ferrara has more than thirty years of experience as a consultant, educator and scholar. His consulting activities have included providing services to a wide variety of clients in both the public and private sectors. He is widely known for his work in water quality management and NPDES permit matters, and his work is equally respected by the regulated and regulatory communities including NJDEP. Providing proper planning for regulatory compliance based on sound and innovative technology is his specialty. Dr. Ferrara is also well known throughout the United States for his work in complex litigation matters involving contamination of ground waters, surface waters, and drinking water supplies. In addition to his litigation experience, Dr. Ferrara has provided expert testimony and advice on matters ranging from the impact of development to planning for wastewater management facilities.

While a faculty member at Princeton University and Lafayette College, he was actively engaged in research in the areas of water quality modeling, stormwater quality control, and toxic and hazardous chemical fate in ground and surface waters. He has authored numerous consulting reports and scientific publications, and delivered numerous conference presentations and invited lectures. He has served on the editorial boards for the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Environmental Engineering and American Water Resources Association Water Resources Bulletin. He has served as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental Engineering Division Awards Committee, and is presently Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Environmental Engineering. These activities enable Dr. Ferrara to stay on top of the latest innovations throughout the field of environmental engineering, and to bring the best personnel and resources to any project.

David Fisher, PP/AICP, Vice President of Governmental AffairsK. Hovnanian Homes

As a land use planner with nearly 30 years of development experience, he is responsible for land acquisition; planning and design for new communities, including urban redevelopment; and regulatory approvals.  Matzel & Mumford is a K.Hovnanian-owned company, with active projects throughout seven New Jersey counties.

Dave holds a Masters Degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and has been a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey since 1986.  As evidence of his industry experience, Dave was appointed in January 2000 by Governor Whitman to serve on the NJ State Planning Commission, which he did for nearly five years.  For two years, he Co-chaired a Joint Revitalization Task Force formed by the State to investigate ways to enhance brownfields redevelopment.  Dave also served as a member (and Chairman) of the NJ Clean Water Council for four years in the late-1980’s.

Dave served two terms as President of the New Jersey Shore Builders Association, one of the five local affiliates of the New Jersey Builders Association.  He is actively involved with the State Builders Association as a Life Director, and chairs its Land Use & Planning Committee.

Michele Siekerka, Esq., Assistant Commissioner, Economic Growth and Green Energy New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in 2010 and has most recently taken on the critical position of Assistant Commissioner for Water Resource Management.  Siekerka is charged with overseeing the execution of strategies for comprehensive water management including water supply, water quality and water monitoring. This position follows her role as the Department’s first Assistant Commissioner for Economic Growth and Green Energy (EGGE), now named Sustainability and Green Energy (SAGE). Building on her work with sustainability and green energy, Siekerka brings to the Division of Water Resource Management a deep understanding of the key roles of green infrastructure, waste minimization and appropriate water reclamation for beneficial reuse. Having served as a steering committee member for the State Strategic Plan, Siekerka is also the Department’s liaison for the Plan’s implementation.

Siekerka’s background includes serving as the president and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, senior legal counsel and vice president of human resources with the Automobile Association of America, and as a law partner in a Mercer County law practice. As an alumni of the Ford Foundation Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development, Michele worked with Chamber of Commerce, government and business leaders from across the nation to develop regional action plans.  She also served on Governor Chris Christie’s Red Tape Review Group.

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin’s vision statement for the Department recognizes that a healthy environment and healthy economy go hand in hand. Siekerka’s experience with New Jersey’s business community coupled with her legal background and strategic management skills enables DEP to develop and execute strategies for comprehensive water management and a sustainable water infrastructure for New Jersey.

A Robbinsville resident, Siekerka earned a BA in Political Science and German from Rutgers University and a JD from Temple University School of Law.

Neil Yoskin, Esq., Partner, Sokol Behot & Fiorenzo

Neil Yoskin chairs the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group and is Partner in charge of the Princeton office. He is a former staff attorney with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where he served in a variety of capacities, beginning as Counsel to the Division of Coastal Resources and later as Chief of Regulatory Affairs. His practice concentrates on all aspects of environmental land use and brownfields redevelopment. He has litigated matters relating to wetlands, waterfront development, port facility siting, endangered species, solid waste, groundwater pollution and regulatory takings in State and Federal courts.

Neil is active in numerous professional organizations, including the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Urban Land Institute, the New Jersey Homebuilders Association and the National Brownfields Association. Neil currently serves as President of the New Jersey Smart Growth Alliance, a non-profit association devoted to encouraging the incorporation of smart growth principles into the land development process. He is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education programs, is a former adjunct faculty member of Seton Hall Law School, and was a recipient of a fellowship in comparative environmental law from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Neil is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Temple University Law School, and is admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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