Community Resources Staff

ScottMuellerScott Mueller

Chief Community Services Officer & Director Rural Assistance


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.


ArtArthur Astarita

Maine State Lead | Water Resources Specialist


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


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 Campos Collazo

Community Development Specialist for Puerto Rico


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.


Matt Cassedy

Drinking Water Specialist


Mr. Cassedy joined RCAP Solutions in early 2018. He brings 18 years of experience in water operations including extensive small systems training and technical assistance. He has also served as a contract operator for dozens of small industrial water systems. Since joining RCAP Solutions, Matt has developed numerous asset management plans and completed median household income surveys throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island. Click here for full bio.


Michael Cohrs

Water Specialist


Mr. Cohrs joined RCAP Solutions in February 2018 after serving the Water Resources Community through a role as Applications Engineer for various laboratory equipment manufacturers over the last several years. Bringing over 8 years of classroom and/or technical education experience in math and physics, he has worked extensively with water systems throughout the country to provide training and implementation support on cyanotoxin identification, monitoring and treatment technology. Click here for full bio.

Jenna Day

Deputy Director, Community Resources


Ms. Day joined RCAP Solutions in 2018. She previously served as the Director of the Housing Consumer Education Center at the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She brings with her a diverse skillset; including building individual and community capacity, as well as supporting the progress and sustainability of rural communities. Click here for full bio.


Richard Gullick, PHD

Water Compliance Specialist


Mr. Gullick joined RCAP Solutions in July 2018. He has served in a number of high level utility management roles and brings over 30 years of experience in the utility, consulting, research and academic sectors of the drinking water, wastewater, environmental, and pollution prevention fields. His background includes leading drinking water and wastewater utility operations, regulatory compliance, and assessment of treatment and distribution system needs. Click here for full bio.


Mark JohnsonMark Johnson

Vermont State Lead


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


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.


Wanda Rios Martinez

Water Compliance Specialist


Ms. Martinez joined RCAP Solutions in July 2018. Her background is in drinking water and wastewater operations and environmental compliance. She worked for Puerto Rico’s Aqueduct and Sewer Authority in serval roles for over seven years prior to relocating to Pennsylvania where she worked for the City of York as a Shift Supervisor. She also has extensive laboratory as well as supervisory experience. Click here for full bio.


Catherine Rees

Water Specialist


Ms. Rees re-joined RCAP Solutions in January 2018. Previously she worked for RCAP Solutions for 12 years from 1995-2007 as a water specialist and then spent ten years working for a regional office of the NY Department of Health as a Senior Sanitarian. Catherine has extensive experience providing training, technical assistance, resources and capacity building to small water and wastewater systems. Click here for full bio.



Rebecca Reynolds

Community Development Specialist for Maine


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.


Sukhwindar P. Singh

Pennsylvania State Lead


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.


James P. Starbard

Massachusetts State Lead


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

New Hampshire State Lead


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. Click here for full bio.



Josefa Torres-Olivo

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


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 Vázquez-Asencio

Sustainable Materials Management Specialist


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.


Carlos Velázquez-Figueroa

Waste Water Specialist


Mr. Velázquez-Figueroa joined RCAP Solutions in 2017. He has more than 37 years of experience in the environmental field, including operation and maintenance of drinking water, sanitary and industrial treatment plants, solid waste projects, environmental surveys and asbestos projects. Additionally, he has management and supervision experience. Click here for full bio.