Board of Directors & Staff


 


Guided by trusted experience, technical expertise, and a deep commitment to water quality, RAIN's Board of Directors and staff fully understand the importance of current drinking water issues facing residents of western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

RAIN has built an organization that is positioned to anticipate emerging concerns (such as the effects resulting from the development of the Marcellus Shale play), while providing leadership in source water protection. RAIN leads a strong coalition for the good of the region, and has the potential to help state environmental protection agencies meet federal agency goals for local source water protection, especially in high priority areas.

RAIN Program Director

 

Victoria (Tori) Kapopoulos

tori.rainmatters@gmail.com 

Tori Stone joined RAIN in July 2017 as an independent contractor. Tori graduated with a Masters in Sustainability from Chatham University in April 2017. With her background in environmental geography and anthropology, she enjoys focusing on projects surrounding conservation and human health. She looks forward to achieving goals within the RAIN mission to protect source water throughout parts of the Ohio River Basin. 

 

 

RAIN Board of Directors

 

 

Ronald G. Bargiel, Chair

ron.bargiel@amwater.com

Ron is the Water Quality Manager of Environmental Management and Compliance for the Pennsylvania American Water Company. His office is at the Hays Mine Water Treatment facility on Agnew Ave in Pittsburgh. Ron is responsible for Water Quality and Environmental Compliance for all PA American Water drinking water and wastewater facilities in Western PA. PA American Water has three intakes on the Monongahela River. All three intakes are RAIN monitoring stations that report information to the RAIN website. Ron has been personally involved in watershed protection, and emergency management on the Monongahela River since 1999.

Nicholas Colledge

Nick has been the Lead Operator at Brackenridge Borough Water for 10 years, serving as an Operator for 3 years before that. Nick joined RAIN as a board member in October of 2014. He received his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Water Treatment License in 2005. His responsibilities as Lead 

Operator include overseeing the water treatment plant and ensuring that all PA DEP and United States Environmental Protection Agency required testing is performed. Brackenridge supplies water to Fawn-Fraiser Joint Water Authority and Allegheny Technologies Inc. located between Brackenridge and Harrison Townships. In addition to Nick's dedication to ensuring source water protection, he works to protect the Allegheny River for recreational use as an Allegheny River Development Corporation member.

Jennifer Heymann 

Jenn is a hydrogeologist with experience in water resources management and environmental compliance. She led water sustainability efforts for Coca-Cola throughout the US and Canada and is now the Source Water Protection Program Manager for West Virginia American Water, where she is responsible for identifying and managing risks to drinking water supplies. Jennifer also serves as Chair for the American Water Works Association Source Water Protection Committee.
 

Greg Shellito
As Manager of Treatment and Production Facilities, Greg A. Shellito manages all of the Utility Board treatment and pumping operations. He and his staff are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Morgantown Water Treatment Plant, the Morgantown Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the newly acquired Cheat Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant. In addition, Mr. Shellito is responsible for 17 water pumping stations, 38 water distrubtion tanks and over 70 wastewater lift stations in the collection system. Mr. Shellito also acts as the Utility Board liaison to regulating federal and state agencies. Prior to appointment his current position, Mr. Shellito served as Superintendent and Plant Engineer of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He holds bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a master of science in biology from West Virginia University. Mr. Shellito is an Environmental Engineer and is certified as a Registered Engineer in Training. He has been a licensed Class IV wastewater treatment plant operator since 1988.
Mr. Shellito has published several articles in national professional journals. He is a member of several professional associations, including the West Virginia Water Environment Association, which he served as President, the American Water Works Association and the Rural Water Association.

Billie Suder

Billie is the Manager of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance for all West Virginia American Water facilities. Her office is located at the Weston Water Treatment facility where she also currently serves as the Chief Operator. Weston is the site of a RAIN monitoring station on the West Fork River just below the Stonewall Jackson Dam.  Billie has 22 years of water treatment experience and holds a Class IV Water Treatment License and a Class I Wastewater License from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.   She is active in the WV Chapter of AWWA and was awarded the Perkins Boynton Award for Outstanding Water Treatment Plant Operator Performance in 2004.  Billie is active in the Partnership for Safe Water and Partnership for Clean Water programs as well as state source water protection activities. 

Brandy Braun, Pennsylvania American Water

Mike Anderson, Morgantown Utility Board

John Schombert, Coraopolis Water and Sewer Authority

Jessie Albright, Allegheny County Conservation District/Allegheny Watershed Alliance

 

RAIN Partners

 

Thomas McCaffrey

tmccaffrey@pa.gov

Tom is a Geologic Specialist in PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Safe Drinking Water Program and is located in the Southwest Regional Office – Pittsburgh. He is the Source Water Protection Coordinator for the 10-county PA Southwest Region. He serves as the PA DEP representative for RAIN and is a member of RAIN’s Source Water Environmental Education Teem (SWEET).