2021 Annual Conference - Speaker Bios
Sarah Bartlett has been with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Sites Management Section since 2005, and the Brownfields Response Program since 2012. She specializes in working with the Vermont development community to balance the needs of varying stakeholders while ensuring the protection of Vermont’s natural resources. She has represented VT DEC on the VEC board since 2019, and has previously served as the Region 1 representative on the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Brownfields Focus Group. She graduated with honors with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont, and holds a Certificate in Public Management (CPM) from the Vermont Center for Achievement in Public Service.
William Colvin is the assistant director of the Bennington County Regional Commission and the director of that organization’s Community & Economic Development Program. He also acts as the director of the affiliated regional development corporation, the Bennington County Industrial Corporation. Bill has worked in the community and economic development field in Southern Vermont, in both the public sector and the private sector, since the early 1990’s and has been involved in many of the largest development efforts in that part of the state; including as point person for the $32,000,000 Phase 1 of the Putnam Block Redevelopment in Bennington. Bill received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and later went on to attain a Masters in Business Administration. He lives in Bennington with his wife, Jessica Chapman, a professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and their daughter Mia.
Patricia Coppolino is the Senior Program Manager for the Sites Management Section. Patricia is responsible for the managing the Superfund, PreRemedial and Brownfields programs as well as the Voluntary Cleanup Program within the SMS. Patricia is responsible for oversight of hazardous waste sites, superfund sites and promoting brownfield redevelopment which includes providing technical assistance to developers, establishing and maintaining effective relationships with brownfields practitioners in the public, quasi-public sector and private sector. Patricia has over 25 years of professional experience in the private and public sectors in the development and oversight of environmental remediation and brownfield redevelopment projects. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Chemistry from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She is also an avid mountain biker, soccer coach and mother to two amazing daughters.
Prior to Shawn Donovan's current regulatory role as a Site Manager with the VTDEC Sites Management Section & Brownfields Program, he worked in the private sector as a Project Geologist on Brownfields and other hazardous sites throughout New England. Experience includes performing soil, groundwater, fractured bedrock and vapor intrusion assessments and corrective action planning. As a Site Manager with the VTDEC Mr. Donovan is currently focused on promoting efficient and cost-effecting cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties while ensuring compliance with State and Federal environmental regulations.
Kristie Farnham is the Director of Business Support at the Department of Economic Development. She manages three programs for the Department: The Brownfields Initiative, the Northern Border Regional Commission, and the Windham County Economic Development Program. Her career in State Government began in 1999; she joined the Agency of Commerce and Community Development team in 2016.
Bob Flint has served as the Executive Director of SRDC since 2005. During that time, he has been involved in several projects including the remediation and redevelopment of the One Hundred River Street property, the successful sale and redevelopment of the North Springfield Fellows Gear Shaper facility and the construction of Blake Hill Preserves and Vermont Farmstead Cheese in Windsor. Bob is the Past-President and current Treasurer of the Regional Development Corporations of Vermont, the Chair of the River Valley Technical Center Board as well as other local, regional and statewide boards, including the Vermont Aviation Advisory Council and Clean Water Board. Prior to SRDC, Bob was the Executive Vice-President of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce for 7 ½ years. During his time at the Chamber, Bob was elected to 3 terms as the President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and served 2 terms on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He also worked in broadcasting for 20 years, including 14 years as the Operations Manager/Program Director of WCFR Radio in Springfield. Flint has a B.S. (Telecommunications Management) from Syracuse University and was selected to participate in the 2001 Class of the Vermont Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for Government.
Jim Georgantas is an Account Executive for Pace Analytical’s New England Laboratory, formerly known as Con-Test Analytical, in East Longmeadow Massachusetts. Jim has been in the environmental industry for 14 years, starting off with Con-test in 2007, holding various roles throughout that time. Today Jim uses his project management and technical experience to help aid his clients on their projects with the laboratory by providing exceptional communication and customer service.
Scott Harding has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and is a licensed Environmental Professional Engineer. He has worked for Nobis Engineering for more than 27 years (actually his second job). Scott has been the lead engineer and manager for many environmental investigation and remedial projects throughout New England over this time. Scott currently serves as the Program Manager for Nobis’ Small Business Superfund Remedial Action Contracts for EPA Regions 1, 2 and 3. Under these contracts, Nobis performs Remedial Investigations, Feasibility Studies, Remedial Designs, and Targeted Brownfield Assessments. Scott has served as the Project Manager for the Putnam Block Brownfield Site since 1997. In his spare time, Scott enjoys many outdoor activities and most recently has been coaching his daughter’s middle school softball team.
Kristi Herzer is an Environmental Analyst for the State of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Kristi is a project manager in the Brownfields Program and the Contaminated Sites Section, and promotes the Vermont Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Act (BRELLA). Kristi is the Division representative on VTDEC’s Environmental Justice Team, an active member in a cross-agency PFAS workgroup, and co-author of multiple internal and external guidance documents for the regulated community. Since 2017, Kristi has served as a member and subgroup leader for the Sampling and Analysis section of ITRC’s PFAS team. Kristi holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and Biology from Guilford College and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont.