Julius Ciaccia, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ciaccia served the City of Cleveland's Clerk of Courts office for two years before his appointment as Assistant Director of Public Utilities in 1977. He was promoted to Acting Water Commissioner in 1979, Assistant to the Commissioner in 1981, and eventually Commissioner in 1988. He was appointed Director of the city's Department of Public Utilities in 2004 and began his tenure as Regional Sewer District Executive Director in November 2007. Mr. Ciaccia's professional affiliations include the American Water Works Association and other state and national committees and organizations.
Chief Operating Officer
After more than 20 years of environmental engineering practice in the private sector, Kellie Rotunno joined the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in 2008 as the Director of Engineering and Construction. She is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and registered Professional Engineer in both Michigan and Ohio. As Director of Engineering and Construction, Ms. Rotunno was responsible for the delivery of the District's Capital Improvement Program (CIP), including projects associated with the $3 billion Project Clean Lake, our Combined Sewer Overflow Long-term Control Plan. Since joining the District, Ms. Rotunno has incorporated sustainable design thinking into several key initiatives, including renewable energy generation from the incinerator of the regions biosolids, and the innovative application of green infrastructure in the Combined Sewer Overflow plan. She is spokesperson for the SC2019 working group "Water Sustainability Council," a member of ASCE, a member of the Water Environment Federation's Sustainability Community of Practice, and a technical resource to the Urban Water Sustainability Council.
Chief Legal Officer
As the Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Luckage manages the District’s in-house legal team and the engagement of outside special counsel. He joined the District in April 2016 after 25 years of federal, state and local government experience. He spent 16 years with a private firm representing local governments with water, sewer and stormwater legal issues. Eric was involved in the formation or representation of dozens of regional districts in Ohio and also assisted municipalities, counties and townships. He is on the Board of the Coalition of Ohio Regional Districts and frequently provides testimony on legislation affecting regional districts. He attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies and received his law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio in 1997. While attending law school in the evenings, Eric worked as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate He also worked for five years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, one of the major funding agencies for rural water and sewer projects.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Demmerle has worked in finance and accounting over 20 years. She joined the District in December of 2005 as Deputy Director of Finance and became Director of Finance in August 2007. Ms. Demmerle's title changed in November 2014 from Director of Finance to Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer she is responsible for the overall financial management of the District and oversees the departments of Purchasing, Inventory Control, Contract Compliance and Accounting and Finance. Ms. Demmerle holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting & Finance from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Ms. Demmerle is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association and the Ohio Chapter of Women in Public Finance as well as a member of several state and national organizations.
Director of Human Resources
Ms. Smith is the former Director of Employment and Recruiting at Greater Cleveland RTA, and prior to that she worked for the City of Cleveland, Department of Public Utilities, Division of Water. Ms. Smith has more than 17 years of progressively responsible human resources management experience.
Director of Watershed Programs
Mr. Greenland has worked for the District since 1988. Formerly a Planning Engineer, Project Engineer, Planning Manager, Deputy Director of Engineering & Construction, Director of Capital Programs, he is now Director of Watershed Programs. He has been involved in a variety of wet-weather projects, including the District's $3 billion Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Program and the development of the Sewer District's Regional Stormwater Management Program. A registered Professional Engineer, he earned his degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton and Masters in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Director of Administration & External Affairs
Ms. Haqq joined the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in 2005 as Director of Communications and Community Relations. She currently serves as Director of Administration and External Affairs and is responsible for the organization’s internal and external communications, public outreach and education, media relations, customer service and government affairs functions. Ms. Haqq has held several leadership positions in her career including Executive Director of both INROADS/Northeast Ohio, Inc. and the Nordson Corporation Foundation. A native of Cleveland Ohio, she holds a Bachelors degree from Tufts University and a Masters Degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Science. She has served on numerous philanthropic boards including: Ohio Boys Town, Inc., Karamu House, Inc., Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Business Volunteers Unlimited. Ms. Haqq currently represents the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on the Commission for Economic Inclusion’s leadership committee.
Director of Operations & Maintenance
As Director of Operation and Maintenance, Mr. Weeden is responsible for the overall administration, planning, direction and coordination of the operation and maintenance of the District’s three Wastewater Treatment Plants, Sewer System Maintenance and Operation, Building Maintenance, Fleet Services, and Stormwater Inspection and Maintenance. Mr. Weeden has worked at all levels of plant operations during his tenure at the District. Mr. Weeden holds a Bachelors degree from Cleveland State University (CSU). He is the Chairman of the Downtown YMCA Advisory Board; he is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the American Society of Public Administrators, the Water Environment Federation, and a member of the Central State University Business Advisory Council.
Director of Information Technology
Mr. Yadati joined the district in December 2015 with 20 years of experience leading business and technology initiatives in various global manufacturing and consulting companies. As Director of Information Technology, he is responsible for supporting District operations through reliable and effective information technology, systems, processes, security and data management. He is also focused on aligning District business strategy and needs into technical strategies, implementation plans, and system solutions. Chandra has a degree in Electrical engineering and an MBA, in addition to technical and project management certifications.