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Trustees and Leadership

DSCN8099NEORSD is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board consists of seven members, each of whom serves a five-year term and who are appointed as follows:

  • Two appointed by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland;
  • Two appointed by a council of governments comprised of representatives of all the suburban communities served by NEORSD called the Suburban Council of Governments;
  • One appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive;
  • One appointed by the appointing authority of the subdistrict with the greatest sewage flow (currently the Mayor of the City of Cleveland); and
  • One appointed by the appointing authority of the subdistrict with the greatest population (which is currently the Suburban Council of Governments).

Trustees meet twice each month in regular public meetings to discuss and determine policy and to act upon resolutions presented by Sewer District staff.

Darnell Brown President

Darnell Brown was appointed to the Board by the City of Cleveland Mayor in September, 2001. Mr. Brown is the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Cleveland. He attended Ohio University and is also a member of numerous professional agencies, including the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan Coordinating Committee and the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.


Ronald D. Sulik Vice President

A former District Trustee from 1985 to 1994, Ronald D. Sulik was reappointed to the Board for his second term by the Suburban Council of Governments in February, 2002. He served as Mayor of the Village of Newburgh Heights for 12 years and has more than 30 years’ experience in public and private accounting, budgeting, cost analysis and financial planning.


Mayor Tim DeGeeter Acting Secretary

Tim DeGeeter was appointed to the Board in February 2012 by Cuyahoga County Council. DeGeeter became Parma’s 14th Mayor in January 2012. Prior to becoming Mayor, DeGeeter represented the 15th Ohio House District for eight years, which made him the longest consecutive serving member at that time. Before that, he was a Parma City Councilman. He has also served as Assistant Law Director in Avon Lake and Assistant Prosecutor in Berea. DeGeeter is a graduate of John Carroll University and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.


Sharon A. Dumas

Sharon A. Dumas was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland in 2014 and serves as Director of Finance for the City of Cleveland. She has more than 25 years of private and public sector fiscal management experience. The Department consists of 13 divisions represented by 311 employees in all areas of municipal finance and information technology. She had previously served as the Assistant Director of Finance, responsible for directing Sinking Fund, Capital Projects and the Office of Budget and Management.


Mayor Jack Bacci

Mayor Bacci was appointed to the Board by the Suburban Council of Governments in 2010. Prior to becoming Mayor, he worked as a patrolman for the Cuyahoga Heights Police Department and eventually became a detective, serving at the department for almost 15 years.


Mayor Robert A. Stefanik

Mayor Robert Stefanik was elect to our Board by the Suburban Council of Governments in 2014. He was elected Mayor of The City of North Royalton in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. Mayor Stefanik previously served as North Royalton Council President (2003-2007) and Ward 6 Councilman (1999-2003). He is currently an active member of the Cuyahoga County Mayors and Managers Association and the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association serving as the Executive Board m ember representing Cuyahoga County.


Julius Ciaccia

Julius Ciaccia was appointed by the Mayor of Cleveland in March 2017. Included in his most recent responsibilities as CEO is the compliance with a $3 billion 25-year consent order for a long term control plan that significantly reduces combined sewer overflows, as well as the development and implementation of a new stormwater management program. Ciaccia began his career in public utilities in 1977 with the City of Cleveland. During the 25 years of service at Cleveland Water he oversaw the management of over $1 billion worth of capital improvement projects and maintained the agency’s favorable financial position.


 

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells – Chief Executive Officer

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells was appointed as CEO of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in February 2017. During her previous eight years at the Sewer District, Ms. Dreyfuss-Wells coordinated the District’s watershed management efforts across District programs, including the Regional Stormwater Management Program and the application of stormwater control measures to reduce combined sewer overflows under the District’s Green Infrastructure Policy. She is Region 5 representative on the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Board of Trustees, and Chair of the District One Natural Resources Assistance Council for the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Clean Ohio Conservation Program. Ms. Dreyfuss-Wells graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned master’s degrees with honors in both Public Affairs and Environmental Science at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa. Before joining the District, she was Director of the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.


James Bunsey – Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Bunsey joined the District in May 2010 after working for 25 years as a consulting engineer for a large national water resources engineering firm where he managed several large capital improvement programs with responsibility for five offices as the Midwest Regional Manager. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio. Upon joining the District as Deputy Director of Engineering and then Director of Engineering, Mr. Bunsey was directly responsible for the planning, design, and construction of approximately $220M of projects yearly delivered by the Districts 65-person Engineering and Construction Department as well as implementation of the 25 year, $3 billion Combined Sewer Overflow Program known as Project Clean Lake. As COO he oversees the Operations and Maintenance department which operates the three wastewater treatment plants, numerous pump stations and the 330 miles of large diameter collection sewers.


Eric Luckage – 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.


Kenneth Duplay – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Duplay joined the District in June of 2003 as a co-op student and progressed through the Finance Department, being promoted to Controller in January, 2014. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May, 2017. In his tenure he has been involved in projects including financial system implementations, debt issuances and utility rate studies. As Chief Financial Officer he is responsible for the overall financial management of the District and oversees the departments of Purchasing, Inventory Control, Contract Compliance and Accounting and Finance. Mr. Duplay holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. His is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Ohio, as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Mr. Duplay is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association and several other state and national organizations.


Angela Smith – 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.


Frank Foley – Director of Operation & Maintenance

Mr. Foley began his career with the District as an operator at the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center in 1988. In his current role, he oversees the operation and maintenance of the District’s three wastewater treatment plants, the collection system and affiliated budget centers. Prior to his appointment as Director of Operation and Maintenance, Mr. Foley held various positions in both the Operation and Maintenance and Watershed Programs Departments, including Shift Manager at the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant, Superintendent of Environmental Services, Superintendent at the Westerly Wastewater Treatment Center, and Deputy Director of Operation and Maintenance. Mr. Foley holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He is certified by the Ohio EPA as a Class IV Wastewater Operator.


Frank Greenland – 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.


Constance T. Haqq – 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.


Chandrasekhar Yadati – 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.


Devona Marshall – Director of Engineering and Construction

Ms. Marshall is joined the Sewer District nearly 20 years ago as an entry-level Engineer and during her tenure served as Planning Manager and Deputy Director of Engineering and Construction prior to her promotion to Director in 2017. Ms. Marshall received her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron in 1997 and her MS in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University in 2001 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. She was part of the District’s technical team during Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Consent Decree negotiations with U.S and Ohio EPA and the Department of Justice. As Director, Ms. Marshall is responsible for the delivery of the District’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) including those projects associated with the $3 billion CSO Long-term Control Plan known as Project Clean Lake.