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Meet the Northeast Region

Current Volunteers

President

Paolo Belfiore

president@ewb-northeast.org
 He became involved with EWB in his Junior year at Boston University with a slow-sand filtration project in Peru. Applied engineering knowledge from the classroom in combination with connecting to people and their struggles was the ultimate fire starter for an engineering student with aspirations to bring social change. After taking a job in biomedical telemetry, he joined the Italian Ministry of Foregin Affairs where he currently works. An e-board member of the Philadelphia Professionals Chapter since 2011 focusing on structure, expansion and member retention, he has also been active with the water distribution optimization project in Las Delicias, El Salvador. He has mentored and traveled with Student Chapters in the Philadelphia Area.

While working and pursuing a master’s in environmental engineering and science, he plans to continue to apply his technical and intercultural dialogue experience to promote sustainable projects in developing communities in the US and around the world while seeking ways at the policy level to facilitate the transition of all to a more equitable and dignified life.


Vice President

Taylor Brown

vicepresident@ewb-northeast.org
Taylor is a junior at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY. She is earning her BS in Environmental Resources Engineering. She is currently the president and Honduras Project Lead of the SUNY-ESF chapter of EWB; Taylor has been involved with EWB since her freshman year. In August 2014, she traveled to Buena Vista, Yoro, Honduras (outside of Olanchito) to extend the gravity-fed potable water supply system the SUNY-ESF chapter has implemented there. In November 2015, the SUNY-ESF EWB chapter hosted the Northeast Regional Conference. Her passions include traveling, swimming and getting outdoors. She is excited to take on the vice president position after being the webmaster for the Northeast Region.


Treasurer

OPEN

treasurer@ewb-northeast.org

The Northeast Region is looking for an energetic, dedicated volunteer for this position. For more information, please contact NER President Paolo Belfiore at president@ewb-northeast.org. 


Regional Administrator

OPEN

secretary@ewb-northeast.org
The Northeast Region is looking for an energetic, dedicated volunteer for this position. For more information, please contact NER President Paolo Belfiore at president@ewb-northeast.org. 

Webmaster

OPEN

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The Northeast Region is looking for an energetic, dedicated volunteer for this position. For more information, please contact NER President Paolo Belfiore at president@ewb-northeast.org. 

Past President

Kayla Kurtz

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Kayla first became involved with EWB in 2008 at the University of New Hampshire, where she was the chapter president. She studied in Costa Rica, and has been involved in many international engineering projects, including projects in Uganda, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Nicaragua. Kayla graduated with a BS in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Spanish. She currently works as an Environment, Safety & Occupational Health Engineer at Electric Boat in New London, CT, and is a member of the New London County Professional Chapter of EWB. Her other interests include surfing, skiing, rock climbing, yoga, hiking, traveling, and playing piano and guitar. 

Conference Coordinator

OPEN

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The Northeast Region is looking for an energetic, dedicated volunteer for this position. For more information, please contact NER President Paolo Belfiore at president@ewb-northeast.org. 

State Rep Coordinator

Bob Schwartz

staterepcoordinator@ewb-northeast.org
Bob Schwartz is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey and New York with forty years of specialized experience in the water resources industry.  He is now an independent water resources consultant. As Director of Commercialization and Capital Projects at American Water Enterprises, he was responsible for management supervision of design, construction and client relations for contracts undertaken by the contract operations group. Previously, Bob was Executive Vice President at Applied Water Management, a full-service water and wastewater company providing design, construction and operations services to private developers, industry and municipalities. Earlier in his career, Bob was a vice president at CDM, one of the premier international environmental engineering consultancies.

Bob is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from New York University.  He is a member of the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association. In his leisure time, Bob enjoys biking, hiking, sailing and travel.

Mentors Committee

Bob DiFilippo

mentors@ewb-northeast.org
Principal Hydrogeologist Aquaterra Technologies Inc. West Chester, PA Professional interests include water supply exploration, watershed management, hydrogeology, and fate and transport analysis. Bob graduated from University of Rhode Island and completed graduate studies in hydrogeology at West Chester University. Bob served as President of EWB-MAP 2010 and is the Co-Project Lead for the Rwanda Project, serves as a professional mentor to the Drexel EWB Student Chapter working in El Salvador, and works on community development projects in Haiti and Uganda. Bob enjoys travel and outdoor sporting activities, tennis, yacht racing and surfing.

East Pennsylvania State Representative

OPEN

eastparep@ewb-northeast.org
The Northeast Region is looking for an energetic, dedicated volunteer for this position. For more information, please contact NER President Paolo Belfiore at president@ewb-northeast.org. 

West Pennsylvania State Representative

OPEN

westparep@ewb-northeast.org
 The Northeast Region is looking for an energetic, dedicated volunteer for this position. For more information, please contact NER President Paolo Belfiore at president@ewb-northeast.org. 

Massachusetts & Rhode Island State Representative

Ryan Gordon

marep@ewb-northeast.org
rirep@ewb-northeast.org
Ryan Gordon, EIT is a Project Designer in the Civil Engineering Department at Nitsch Engineering in Boston, MA. He recently graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering in May 2013. At Northeastern, he was an active member of the EWB-USA Northeastern Chapter, serving roles as Honduras Program Director and a member of a travel team to Honduras in 2011. During this time, he was mostly involved in the Los Oreros and El Carrizalito Water Supply Projects. Since graduation, Ryan has stayed involved with Northeastern’s chapter. Most recently, in December 2013 he traveled on an implementation trip to begin construction of the water system in El Carrizalito, Honduras, comprised entirely of alumni.


New Hamsphire, Maine, & Vermont State Representative

Jon Ordway

nhrep@ewb-northeast.org

New Jersey State Representative

Herbert Ramirez

njrep@ewb-northeast.org
Herbert Ramirez is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey working as a structural engineer with HDR Architecture since 2006 at the Princeton, NJ office. Herbert is a US citizen but originally from Bogotá, Colombia where he obtained his BS in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering. Herbert is also an ASCE member. Herbert is particularly focused on finding structural solutions that are not only functional and economical, but in essence, sustainable and respectful of the integrity of the aesthetics of the design. His interest in EWB comes from his previous involvement with diverse community projects, from design through construction, and the collaborative approach towards promoting team work oriented to helping communities in need. Herbert’s main hobbies are music (He’s been playing piano since he was 7) and playing tennis year round!

Connecticut State Representative

Dave Kurtz

ctrep@ewb-northeast.org
David got his start with EWB in 2009 at the University of New Hampshire where he was the
project lead for a clean water project in Uganda. since then he has worked on clean water projects in Peru and Haiti and is currently a member of the New London county professional chapter. He received his degree in mechanical engineering and now works in environmental engineering and is looking forward to serving the Connecticut chapters as the state representative.

New York State Representative

Haley Canham

nyrep@ewb-northeast.org
Haley Canham is a junior at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY, where she is earning her BS in Environmental Resources Engineering. Haley has been involved with ESF’s EWB student chapter since her freshman year, and is presently the chapters co-president. Haley’s other interests include hiking, traveling, swimming, reading, and running. She is very excited for the opportunity to work both with the other upstate New York EWB chapters and with the EWB-Northeast Region in her position as Upstate New York Representative. 


 New York City Representative

Mira Armstrong

new.york.city.rep@ewb-northeast.org
Mira works for Skanska in heavy civil construction management and serves with the Engineers Without Borders New York Professionals Chapter. She was first inspired to pursue engineering for developing communities during a high school service trip to Nicaragua, when heavy rains washed out the dirt roads and made travel to and from the volunteer site impossible. She joined EWB in 2011 through the Columbia University Student Chapter, where she served as the Ghana Program Manager from 2013-2014. She graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in resource management and sustainability. Mira is a native New Yorker who enjoys CrossFit, playing the piano, and caring for her four-year old goldfish.