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Carolyn Hanson is the Acting Executive Director at ECOS. She also supports the Compliance Committee. 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.

Lee Garrigan is a Senior Project Manager at ECOS, with primary responsibility for the Water Committee, Nonpoint Source Subcommittee, State Water Quality Resource Analysis Project, Lean Government, EPA-ECOS Environmental Information Technology Leadership Council (EITLC), Data Management Work Group (DMWG) and the Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC). Lee has extensive water policy and association experience, coming to ECOS after nearly 8 years of service as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and as the Administrator for the Water Infrastructure Network. Previously in her career, Lee worked for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI). She gave up her career as a radio news anchor to move to the Washington, DC area to accept a political appointment at the U.S. Department of Labor. A native of Pennsylvania, she holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phone: 202-266-4922 Email: lgarrigan @ ecos.org

Beth Graves is a Senior Project Manager at ECOS, supporting the Planning Committee 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 @ ecos.org

Matthew C. Jones is a Senior Project Manager with ECOS. Matt supports the work of the Cross-Media Committee and the Quicksilver Caucus. He also supports the work of the Federal Facilities Forum and the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group, among other assignments. Prior to joining ECOS in February 2008, Matt worked as a City Planner with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Matt served as an Intern for ECOS during the summer in 2001 and 2002. Matt holds a Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy/ Environmental Studies from Muhlenberg College. He is the author of the graduate thesis, "Mercury Emission Reductions from Medical Waste Incinerators: Federal/ State Regulations and their Implementation in the New England States between 1996 and 2002." Matt grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Frederick, Maryland.

Phone: 202-266-4925 Email: mjones @ ecos.org

Joanne Key is the Office and Grants Manager at ECOS. A retired federal civil service employee, Joanne is one of the longest serving ECOS staff members, having started in October 1996. She is responsible for all grants' fiscal and administrative accountability and reporting, management of the ECOS office including building liaison and a number of other administrative and logistics support areas. Joanne is a native Virginian. Some of the things Joanne does for ECOS include:

  • Overseeing administrative operations (including grants management);
  • Maintaining and collecting staff quarterly project reports as well as contract and grant paperwork;
  • Serving as payroll specialist;
  • Serving as building liaison (i.e., office supply and furniture and computer purchases); and
  • Maintaining and enhancing the organization's emergency preparedness plan.

Phone: 202-266-4926 Email: jkey @ ecos.org

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 @ ecos.org

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 @ ecos.org

Lia Parisien is an Executive Project Manager for ECOS, overseeing policy matters, outreach, 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 separate 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 @ ecos.org

Layne Piper is the Staff and Research Assistant at ECOS. She previously interned at ECOS and the United Nations Environment Programme. A native Houstonian, Layne graduated from Davidson College in 2012 with a BA in History and a Concentration in Environmental Studies.

Phone: 202-266-4920 Email: lpiper @ ecos.org

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 @ ecos.org

Thomas Loy Tyler, Senior Counsel is on loan to ECOS from the US EPA, where he worked most recently on RCRA, CERCLA and Sustainable Materials Management in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. He worked previously on the Energy-Economy-Environment (E3) federal initiative and for six years in the Sector Strategies Program on cross-cutting steel issues including establishment of the national mercury switch program supported by ECOS. Previously he was in house counsel for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) for ten years and worked for the Environmental and Energy Study Conference of the U.S. Congress before law school. An Iowa native, he has a B.A. in literature, science and the arts from the University of Iowa, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, is a member of the Virginia Bar and an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, and lives with his family in Alexandria, Virginia where he served on and chaired the City’s Environmental Policy Commission for many years.

Phone: 202-266-4921 Email: ttyler @ ecos.org

Anna Willett is the Director of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), a program of ECOS. ITRC is a private-public partnership with the mission of removing barriers to the acceptance and use of innovative environmental technologies and processes by providing information resources to the environmental community. Anna is a nationally recognized expert on remediation technologies. Her expertise includes chemical and biological treatment processes for groundwater and soil, as well as environmental chemistry and microbiology. Prior to coming to ECOS, she served as the industry representative on ITRC's Board of Advisors form 2005 to 2007 and launched ITRC's Industry Affiliates Program. Anna came to ECOS from Comprehensive Environmental Utility Services, LLC (CEUS), where she was a Senior Vice President and Partner. Prior to CEUS, Anna worked as a Senior Engineer at Haley and Aldrich, Inc. from 2005-2007, a Research and Development Manager for Regenesis from 2002 to 2005, and a Chemical Engineer at Pharmacia Corporation from 2000 to 2002. She holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a B.S. in biological engineering from Cornell University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Phone: 202-266-4933 Email: awillett @ ecos.org