Community Resources Staff

ScottMuellerScott Mueller

Chief Community Services Officer & Director Rural Assistance

315-482-2756

Mr. Mueller joined RCAP Solutions in 2000.  He has extensive skills in the development of water supply and wastewater projects; economic development planning; infrastructure project planning; project management; grant writing and funding acquisition; community development; land use; and environmental planning. Click here for full bio.

 

SBuck

Sarah Buck

Deputy Director of Community Resources

978-630-6658

Ms. Buck joined RCAP Solutions in January 2017 and has been involved in the water management and community development industry for the last seven years. She spent the four years prior to coming onboard at RCAP Solutions’ regional partner organization, RCAC, based in California. Click here for full bio.

 

 

ArtArthur Astarita

Maine State Lead | Water Resources Specialist

207-766-3065

Mr. Astarita is a geologist and joined RCAP in March 1998 after 22 years as an international petroleum explorationist.  Mr. Astarita provides technical assistance to small water and wastewater systems throughout Maine and New England.  This assistance includes environmental assessment reports, GPS and GIS mapping, aquifer contaminate analysis, writing funding applications, grant administration, conducting system financial analysis and asset management training.  He has helped to secure funding on numerous water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects.  Click here for full bio.

Candace Balmer

New York State Lead

845-332-0257

Ms. Balmer joined RCAP Solutions in March 1997 after previous experience as Associate Director, Pollution Abatement Technology Program at Westchester Community College and as Project Engineer with Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (ERM). Click here for full bio.

 

Juan

Juan Campos Collazo

Community Development Specialist for Puerto Rico

787-374-0196

Mr. Campos joined RCAP Solutions in 2002 after 14 years of experience giving technical assistance and improving small communities’ water systems as a Department of Health Regional Coordinator. Mr. Campos is a Technical Assistance Provider and acts as a facilitator between communities and agencies like DOH, EPA and RUS RD in water and wastewater projects. Click here for full bio.

 

 

Tom

Thomas W. Essig Jr.

Pennsylvania & New Jersey State Lead | Community Development Specialist

717-766-0969

Mr. Essig joined RCAP Solutions in 1999 and has nearly 30 years experience in water and wastewater operations including municipal management in a variety of PA rural communities with extensive experience in budget and finance, infiltration/inflow remediation, system security, operations and maintenance and regulatory compliance. Click here for full bio.

 

 

Mark JohnsonMark Johnson

Vermont State Lead

802-505-1037

Mr. Johnson joined RCAP Solutions in October of 2015 with 15 years of experience in the drinking water industry. Working for an environmental engineering firm on drinking water and stormwater projects while at Northeastern University, he was exposed to a range of water-related issues from water treatment to sustainable water system operation and source water protection. After graduation, he worked for a small water utility on the coast of Maine as the lead operator for a surface water treatment plant and distribution system. Click here for full bio.

 

Seth Loht

GIS Specialist

814-289-9340

Mr. Loht joined RCAP Solutions in November of 2015 with 8 years of experience in the Geographic Information Systems field. Prior to joining RCAP Solutions, Mr. Loht worked for a design engineering group as a GIS Analyst. He also worked for a number of other firms prior to this in a variety of GIS positions. He also worked with the US Navy supporting oceanographic forecasting. Click here for full bio.

 

Mia McDonald (2)Mia McDonald

Drinking Water Specialist, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

508-340.0998 

Mrs. McDonald joined RCAP Solutions in 2014. Prior to this, she worked for RCAP Solutions
as a contracted employee specializing in assisting communities meet USDA water
and wastewater grant and loan funding requirements and as a Conservation Commission Agent and Assistant Project Engineer for Tata and Howard Inc. working on water and wastewater related design and management projects. Click here for full bio.

 

RebeccaR

Rebecca Reynolds

Community Development Specialist for Maine

207-338-1126

Ms. Reynolds joined RCAP Solutions in 2009 after 14 years of experience in the water and wastewater field. She has experience in water and wastewater operations, laboratory processes and operator training. She developed and taught a 30-hour training curriculum for Massachusetts DEP wastewater exam preparation. While at Petersons School of Engineering, she created and taught a 72-hour program for facilities management; most recently she developed and maintained chemical and laboratory safety manuals for the Bucksport Maine Wastewater Treatment Plant. While working for the Maine Drinking Water Primacy, Ms. Reynolds reviewed state-wide water operator training and was responsible for tracking compliance and issued violations to water systems that failed to meet requirements. Click here for full bio.

 

Kathy Rodgers

New Hampshire State Lead

603-748-9207

Ms. Rodgers joined RCAP Solutions in October of 2015 with 11 years of experience in the drinking water industry. Prior to joining RCAP Solutions, Ms. Rodgers worked for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, where she performed sanitary surveys and made action plan recommendations to drinking water systems in the state. She also worked for University of Illinois at the Illinois State Water Survey as the data integration developer for the Illinois eMOR Project assisting water systems improve the accuracy of their data and enabling standardized reporting. Click here for full bio.

 

Sukh

Sukhwindar P. Singh

Director of Education & Training

814-861-7072

Ms. Singh joined RCAP Solutions in 1994 after previous experience as a Training Specialist with the National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities at West Virginia University.  Ms. Singh has served as a secondary school educator in chemistry and has research expertise in organic chemistry. She brings 20 years of unique expertise, training and skills useful in a variety of leadership, training and community settings.  Ms. Singh has primary oversight ensuring that all training deliverables/funder requirements are met. Prior to her most recent position at RCAP Solutions, Ms. Singh served as a community development specialist assisting over 100 communities in southwestern and central Pennsylvania with their local economic development and infrastructure needs.  She is an effective communicator and presenter. Click here for full bio.

 

JimStarbard

James P. Starbard

Massachusetts State Lead

978-502-0227

Mr. Starbard joined RCAP Solutions in 2009. He has had six years experience as a local public health Sanitarian with duties including the oversight and enforcement of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code, Title 5 and other applicable regulations. Mr. Starbard is experienced in all aspects of public health protection and promotion at the local level including inspectional services, emergency preparedness activities and administrative duties. Click here for full bio.

 

Erick Toledo

Water Specialist

978-227-2277 

Mr. Toledo has more than 15 years’ experience working in water, wastewater and solid waste management internationally and domestically. As a Rural Community Development Specialist at RCAC, Mr. Toledo conducted water and wastewater rate analyses, provided on-site technical assistance and training, identified funding sources and assisted systems with applications, developed source water protection plans, assured compliance and implemented consolidation projects with public water utility officers and their surrounding communities, some of which were funded by HHS/OSC. Erick also worked as a Program Manager at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and a Program Coordinator of the Clean Water Initiative, where he oversaw international WASH programs in multiple countries in Latin America. His work included curriculum and database systems development, monitoring and evaluation programs and the organization of emergency response efforts to reestablish water service. Education: M.S. in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology, University of Maryland, 2000, and a B.S. in Engineering & Natural Resources Management, Universidad de San Carlos Guatemala, 1997.

Josefa

Josefa Torres-Olivio

District Director | Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

787-725-6523 

Ms. Torres joined RCAP Solutions in 1995, as a Water Resources Specialist, later becoming State Lead and District 3 Director. During these years she has provided technical assistance on water and wastewater issues; assisted in the planning, developing, and organization of rural communities; provided expertise for the implementation of community source water protection and ground water improvement for rural low-income water systems; and has worked cooperatively with local, state, and federal government agencies to enhance community systems compliance. Click here for full bio.

 

EdwinVazquezEdwin Vazquez-Asencio

Sustainable Materials Management Specialist

787-445-0076 

Mr. Vazquez, resides in Ponce, Puerto Rico, primarily focuses on developing waste reduction and recycling programs, with a focus on education and addressing illegal dumping in Puerto Rico.  He also assists other Caribbean staff on their other activities in Puerto Rico. Click here for full bio.