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Alexandra Dapolito Dunn is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national non-profit, non-partisan association of U.S. state and territorial environmental commissioners. Dunn has two decades of experience in environmental law and policy, and presently works on legislation, policy, and regulatory matters affecting all media – including air, waste, water, and toxics. She has particularly rich expertise in water quality, environmental justice and urban sustainability, and implementation of the Clean Water Act. She is a published author, and speaks regularly, on diverse environmental topics, from cooperative federalism to green cities. Dunn is a member of the bar in DC, MD, and NY, the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal courts. She has represented parties, intervenors, or amicus curiae in over 25 environmental cases. In prior positions, Dunn served as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Association of Clean Water Administrators; Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law (Environmental Justice, Human Rights and the Environment) at Pace Law School; as General Counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; as counsel to the American Chemistry Council; and in private law practice. Dunn is a past Chair and remains a leader in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, chairing its World Justice Task Force. In 2014, she was reappointed to the ABA Presidential Task Force on Sustainable Development. Dunn serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, as Secretary of the non-profit U.S. Water Alliance, and is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She is a Lecturer in Law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (CUA) (DC) (Advanced Topics in Environmental Law), an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the American University’s Washington College of Law (Environmental Justice), and faculty advisor to CUA’s Environmental Law Society. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (DC), where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She earned her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and French, James Madison University, VA.

Phone: 202-266-4929 Email: adunn @

Carolyn Hanson is the Deputy Director at ECOS. She also supports the Cross Media Committee, Federal Facilities Forum, and ERIS. Before holding this position, she was a Senior Project Manager at ECOS working with the Waste Committee, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group, the Federal Facilities Forum, the Quicksilver Caucus, and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). She joined ECOS in September 2002 after working with the National Science Resources Center at the Smithsonian Institution to help develop an inquiry-based science curriculum. Prior to that she was a high school chemistry teacher in Asheville, North Carolina and Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Carolyn holds a B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College and a M.P.A. with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She is originally from Florida.

Phone: 202-266-4924 Email: chanson @

Katie Fehrenbach is the Administrative Assistant at ECOS. A recent graduate of James Madison University, Katie received a B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Italian. During a semester abroad in London, she interned for the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program. Katie is a native of the D.C. area and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Phone: 202-266-4920 Email: kfehrenbach @

Beth Graves is a Senior Project Manager at ECOS, supporting the Planning Committee, e-Enterprise effort, and Partnership and Performance Workgroup (P&P). Beth joined ECOS after having worked with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for 14 years. While at NC DENR, Beth was engaged with the Department's performance-based leadership program - the Environmental Stewardship Initiative - and leading work with industry, local governments, and hog producers on environmental management systems (EMS) related projects. Beth also worked with local governments on organics diversion, source reduction, and recycling initiatives and policy as well as grant and reporting efforts with local governments. Before beginning work in state government, Beth worked for a non-profit on a mixed paper/biosolids composting project with the City of Durham, NC. Beth graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics.

Phone: 202-266-4923 Email: bgraves @

Neomi Levy is the Comptroller for ECOS. With over 20 years of experience in accounting, Neomi manages ECOS' accounting books, creates checks and invoices, and is responsible for all grants fiscal accountability and draw downs. She joined ECOS in May of 2007. Neomi's previous professional experience includes working as an accountant in a variety of areas, including non-profit organizations, commercial mortgage lender, and professional services.

Some of Neomi's tasks in ECOS are as follows:

  • Prepare financial statements
  • Prepare subsidiary entries for posting to general ledger accounts
  • Develop and monitor program budgets
  • Prepare and balance payroll and benefits records
  • Analyze financial data
  • Maintain accounting software and related databases
  • Compile information to assist outside accountant in the preparation and filing of annual tax returns for both parent and subsidiary organizations
  • Work with external auditors

Phone: 202-266-4927 Email: nlevy @

Owen McAleer is a Project Associate at ECOS. He will support the Planning Committee as well as the Innovation & Productivity Committee's E-Enterprise work. Owen is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, where he previously worked in project management for a small technology company. He received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he pursued an environmental concentration.

Phone: 202-266-4922 Email: omcaleer @

Greg McNelly is ECOS' Senior Project Manager for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network. A native of Ohio, Greg attended Miami University where he received a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.En. in Environmental Science.

Phone: 202-266-4930 Email: gmcnelly @

Lia Parisien is Executive Project Manager for ECOS, overseeing policy matters, strategic communications, and conferences. Lia staffs the ECOS Waste Committee and manages its projects, including the Shale Gas Caucus and past grants on land revitalization and the Toxics Release Inventory. In her communications role, she serves as Chief Editor of weekly newsletter ECOSWIRE and periodic online publication ECOS Green Report and formerly edited the ECOS quarterly journal. Lia also acts as ECOS’ media liaison. In the area of conferences, she plans the ECOS Spring and Annual Meetings and has organized several special conferences in Washington, DC, and cooperative meetings with U.S. EPA. Lia joined ECOS in 1999 from Inside Washington Publishers (publisher of Inside EPA), where she served as Group Manager and Chief Editor of five environmental newsletters and newsmagazines. Previously, she worked as a Production Assistant for CBS News 60 Minutes and in media relations. A summa cum laude graduate of The American University in Washington, DC, she majored in Foreign Language and Communication Media and minored in International Studies.

Phone: 202-266-4931 Email: lparisien @

Layne Piper is the Research and Meetings Associate at ECOS. She previously interned at ECOS and joined the staff in 2013. Layne supports the Water Committee, Data Management Workgroup, and Federal Facilities Forum. She also oversees the registration process for all ECOS meetings. A native Houstonian, Layne graduated from Davidson College in 2012 with a BA in History and a Concentration in Environmental Studies.

Phone: 202-266-4928 Email: lpiper @

Patty Reyes is the Director of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council. A recognized leader in healthcare, environment, and energy with experience at the federal, state, and congressional levels, Reyes most recently provided oversight and management advice on critical healthcare initiatives for a federal client. She has a long relationship with the ITRC dating back to its inception. Previously, Reyes served as Presidential appointee and senior advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security, providing policy recommendations and strategic advice on Department of Defense (DOD) environment, safety, and occupational health communications with Congress, states, federal agencies, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. In that role, she also oversaw DOD management of a cooperative agreement with the ITRC. Reyes’ robust federal experience is bolstered by her past work as an environmental analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and at the National Governors’ Association, during which she served a detail to U.S. EPA.

Phone: 202-266-4937 Email: preyes @

Carolyn Sistare is the Administrative Assistant at ECOS, which she joined in March 1999. Carolyn is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and holds a Diploma in Spanish, English Literature and Economics from St. George's College. She is responsible for administrative and logistics support for various ECOS projects, including ITRC. Some of the things Carolyn does for ECOS includes:

  • Provides travel support and assists with meeting planning;
  • Maintains and updates membership and contact databases for ITRC;
  • Arrange and coordinates travel logistics for ITRC and other projects; and
  • Works with ITRC on processing travel vouchers.

Phone: 202-266-4932 Email: csistare @

Andy Teplitzky, Senior Counsel, is on loan from U.S. EPA to ECOS focusing his work on Air and Compliance issues. Andy has spent the last 26 years at U.S. EPA Headquarters, where he has worked in a variety of programs and positions. Most recently, he was Chief of Operations in the Office of the Administrator’s Office of Policy. Previous positions include Chief of the Residuals Management Section in the Office of Policy, where he led revisions to the municipal solid waste landfill criteria as well as policy development for the management of municipal waste combustion ash; Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Compliance; Team Lead for EPA’s Compliance Assistance Centers; Team Lead for Sectors; Team Lead for revising EPA’s Small Business Strategy; and Team Lead and Acting Director of EPA’s now-discontinued National Environmental Performance Track Program. Andy spent some time in Alaska helping the state develop revisions to its municipal solid waste landfill regulations and also has been detailed to the U.S. Department of Education. Andy received his BS in Biology from Emory University and an MS in Environmental Science and an MPA in Environmental Policy from Indiana University. Originally from Philadelphia, he resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Phone: 202-266-4921 Email: ateplitzky @