Neil Yoskin, Esq. Partner, Cullen & Dykman

Neil Yoskin PicNeil Yoskin is currently a Partner at the law firm of Cullen & Dykman. 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 the Department’s Office of Legal Affairs.  His practice includes all aspects of environmental, land use, natural resource and redevelopment law. He regularly represents clients before the NJDEP, USEPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Highlands Council, Pinelands Commission and Meadowlands Commissions, and appears before land use boards throughout New Jersey.  He has litigated matters relating to public access, wetlands, waterfront development, tidelands ownership, port facility siting, endangered species, solid waste licensing and groundwater pollution in both State and Federal courts.  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. He is a resident of Lawrenceville, N.J.

 

Colleen Kokas Director, NJ DEP

Colleen Kokas is the Director of NJDEP’s Office of Water Resource Coordination responsible for integrating wastewater planning and permitting activities.  Colleen was the former manager of NJDEP’s Office of Brownfield Reuse and its Sustainability Office.  Her DEP experience includes work in project financing, cleanup negotiations, litigation/cost recovery support, renewable energy, sustainability and brownfield remediation and policy.  In her current role, Ms. Kokas administers the Water Quality Management Program and is working with planning agencies across the state to establish a baseline for future wastewater planning to allow for economic development.  She is also responsible for evaluating development projects for inclusion in the sewer service area.  Ms. Kokas serves on the Board of the NJ Economic Development Authority and sits on the Executive Committee of the NJ Society of Women Environmental Professionals.  She is an instructor of Continuing Education Courses at Rutgers University as well as a founding member of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast.

 

Ray Ferrara, Ph.D. Principal, Kleinfelder

ray-ferraraDr. Ferrara is Vice president of Kleinfelder, and is a former faculty member at both Princeton University and Lafayette College. 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. He is well known for his work with the public and private sectors in solving complex water quality problems in litigation matters involving contamination of ground waters, surface waters, and drinking water supplies. He also works in water quality management and NPDES permit matters, and his work is equally respected by both the regulated and regulatory communities. In addition to his service to the professional community, Dr. Ferrara has also served his local community in a number of capacities including as Chairman of the Board for PlanSmart NJ, and as President of his high school Alumni Association (Cathedral Prep, Queens, New York) and co-chair of the school’s Capital Campaign. Dr. Ferrara holds a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan College.

 

Andy Kricun, PE  Chief Engineer/Deputy Executive Director Camden County

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Andrew Kricun is the Executive Director and Chief Engineer of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, operators of an 80 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant in Camden, NJ.   He has over 30 years of wastewater management and biosolids management experience.  Mr. Kricun graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He is also a licensed professional civil engineer and a board certified member of the American Institute of Environmental Engineers.

Mr. Kricun currently serves on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and is the chair of its Clean Water Industry of the Future committee and its Environmental Justice and Community Service committee.  He also serves on the NJ Environmental Justice Advisory Council.  He received the 2012 Praxis Award for professional ethics, a USEPA Environmental Champion award in 2012 and the 2015 NACWA President’s Award for service to the clean water industry.

 

Mirah Becker, PP, AICP –  Director of Comprehensive Planning, Middlesex County Planning Board

becker_mMirah A. Becker, PP, AICP, Supervisor, Middlesex County Office of Planning, Department of Infrastructure Management. Mirah manages the Middlesex County Office of Planning’s Division of Comprehensive Planning and the Environment.  The Division oversees the development of the Comprehensive Plan, taking all facets of county government into account, in projecting future needs and informing the annual capital facilities management plan. The Division oversees the implementation of the county’s wastewater management plan which identifies environmental sensitive land as well as where future development requiring sewers can be realized.   The guiding vision for the Division is to facilitate regional planning by nurturing a close working relationship with the towns and area not-for-profits to make decisions on growth management.   This collaboration has produced opportunities throughout the county for greenways, ecotourism, public art, parks and open space and enhanced pedestrian access. Mirah has a BA degree in Geography from the University of Chicago and an MS degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York. After graduate school Mirah studied in China where she was part of a team focused on improving the public health conditions resulting from the lack of sanitary sewer services for residents in the City of Kunming.  The team’s recommendations facilitated the development of the city’s first treatment works.  Her advocacy planning work continued in the South Bronx where she became a leading proponent of environmental justice issues. Mirah looks forward to her term as Secretary to the Executive Committee of the APA-NJ Chapter.

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