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Meet Our Team

Chuck Ruffing
Director

Chuck Ruffing

Director
(585) 475-4561

Charles Ruffing is the Director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. He leads the NYSP2I team of 21 engineers, technical staff, outreach specialists and students in delivering pollution prevention information, research and direct assistance to NYS businesses and citizens. Chuck is a proven business leader with 23 years experience in health safety and environment technical science and management. Chuck is highly effective at crafting pollution prevention strategies relevant to business conditions, obtaining management support and driving execution. He has a long track record of leading global organizations through change.

Prior to joining NYSP2I, Chuck held various positions at Eastman Kodak Company spanning 20 years, and since 2010 held the position of Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability at Eastman Kodak Company. Prior to Kodak, Chuck worked at Aldrich Chemical Company, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, responsible for new product invention, production, advertising and P&L for the Inorganic chemical product line.

Chuck has a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Illinois.

Expertise: Chuck has a strong background in environmental toxicity, green chemistry and integrating sustainability into diverse business models

Kim Heck
Business Manager

Kim Heck

Business Manager
(585) 475-6235

Kimberly Heck is the Business Manager for NYSP2I where she oversees approximately $4M in annual NYSP2I program funding through all stages of development, including proposal, contract, and reporting and serves as a liaison to the sponsor agency - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Kim has over 20 years of diverse experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, business administration, project/product management, contract management, and logistics. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Kim was a Program Assistant at RIT's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) where she assisted in the development and funding of new programs to promote and grow business leaders and entrepreneurship in the center city of Rochester. Prior to RIT, she held positions with Monroe School Transportation and Xerox, and currently owns her own logistics business.

Kim holds an MBA in Marketing from RIT and MS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Gene Park
Assistant Director of Technical Programs

Gene Park

Assistant Director of Technical Programs
(585) 475-2603

Gene Park is the assistant director of technical programs. He provides technical assistance to NYSP2I's key services and administers NYSP2I's R&D initiative. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Gene worked for over 20 years as a research professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Rhode Island (URI) where he was founding co-director and director of the URI Center for Pollution Prevention -- the first state-run university pollution prevention program in the United States. Gene began his career as a process engineer at Sanborn, Inc.

Gene holds undergraduate degrees in chemistry/engineering and a master’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth College, along with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of RI.

Expertise: Membrane Separations; Less Toxic Parts Cleaning and Surface Treatment; Materials Recycle

Kate Winnebeck
Senior Project Manager

Kate Winnebeck

Senior Project Manager
(585) 475-5390

Kate Winnebeck is a senior project manager. She performs green product assessments, including evaluation of the product's environmental attributes, recyclability, and human health effects and life cycle assessments (LCA) to assist companies in quantifying their environmental effects and determine areas for improvement. Kate also manages an outreach program designed to educate and assist NYS dry cleaners and the public on environmentally preferable garment cleaning processes. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Kate worked at an affiliated RIT research center called the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies to perform safety and ergonomics risk assessments and training for manufacturing companies.

Ms. Winnebeck has a BS in environmental management and technology and an MS in environmental health & safety management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Kate is a Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional (LCACP).

Expertise: Life Cycle Assessment; Alternatives Assessment; Product Stewardship; Green Product Assessments; Wet Cleaning Program Manager

Dan Smith, P.E.
Senior Program Manager: Technology Commercialization

Dan Smith, P.E.

Senior Program Manager: Technology Commercialization
(585) 475-4124

Daniel Smith is a senior program manager for technology commercialization and supports R&D in alternative/sustainable energy applications for stationary power and transportation markets. The primary research focus is the development of alternative/renewable fuel applications for power generation, combined with accelerated life cycle system testing. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Dan worked for over 30 years in the automotive sector at General Motors and Delphi Corporations where he was responsible for automotive fuel system and valve train systems engineering, product design and development. Dan is a recipient of General Motors Boss Kettering award for Electronic Throttle Control system innovation and the SAE Mobile Energy award for implementation of Active Fuel Management, achieving fuel savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in U.S. transportation markets.

Mr. Smith holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Union College and an MS in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Rochester. Dan is a NYS Professional Engineer and holds 12 U.S. patents.

Expertise: Product Design and Development; Alternative Fuels; Renewable Energy Systems; Fuel Cell Applications

Trish Donohue
Program Manager: Supply Chain Sustainability

Trish Donohue

Program Manager: Supply Chain Sustainability
(585) 475-7869

Patricia Donohue is the program manager for supply chain sustainability. She provides technical assistance to businesses including manufacturing process assessment, supply chain optimization, material and energy balances, and evaluation of environmentally preferable and cost-effective alternatives. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Ms. Donohue worked at Xerox where she was responsible for global environmental project implementation and program oversight in energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction, sustainable supplier and vendor management, ISO 14001, and regulatory compliance for air, water, and hazardous waste. Trish is a recipient of the Xerox Performance Excellence Award and two Xerox Earth Awards in Resource Conservation and Source Reduction.

Ms. Donohue holds a BS in environmental management and a MS in environment, health and safety management both from RIT. Professional certifications include "Qualified Environmental Professional" from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice, "Environmental Management System Lead Auditor" from ANSI-RAB, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Xerox.

Expertise: Sustainable Supply Chains; Environmental Management Systems; Alternative Material Assessments

Ken Schlafer
Program Manager: Sustainable Manufacturing Assessment

Ken Schlafer

Program Manager: Sustainable Manufacturing Assessment
(585) 475-7237

Ken Schlafer is the program manager for sustainable manufacturing assessments. He works with NYS manufacturers to identify sustainable manufacturing processes; cost-effective, sustainable solutions to common problems; energy and resource efficiency strategy development and product design recommendations.

Mr. Schlafer has over 25 years of diverse industry experience, including purchasing, service and delivery, marketing, supply chain, applied engineering, and manufacturing. He has a strong background in data analytics, industrial engineering and Lean Six Sigma. These previous experiences allows Ken to drive business results, reduce environmental impact, and provide cost saving initiatives.

Mr. Schlafer holds a M.S. in Engineering and Global Operations Management from Clarkson University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Buffalo. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, holds 6 U.S. patents for advanced material coatings and adhesion applications, and is a recipient of a Xerox Earth Award.

Prior to joining NYSP2I, Mr. Schlafer worked at Xerox for the last twenty years. His last assignment at Xerox was a strategic procurement partner. The role served as the key interface within the lines of business across Xerox Services, responsible for long-term strategic relationships with Service partners and delivery of timely procurement support. He engaged business stakeholders and facilitated local bid support teams to help develop successful working partnerships, and identify, share, & secure cost productivity initiatives.

Expertise: manufacturing process assessments, supply chain optimization, data analytics, and cost saving initiatives

Missy Hall
Program Manager: Food Waste Diversion

Missy Hall

Program Manager: Food Waste Diversion
(585) 475-6413

Missy Hall is the program manager for food waste diversion. She typically works directly with companies on process assessments and makes recommendations for P2 improvement. Missy also conducts research to identify industry-wide solutions for waste reduction and pollution prevention.

Ms. Hall holds a Masters of Science, Sustainable Systems, Rochester Institute of Technology, a Masters of Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors of Science, Industrial Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Expertise: Food waste recovery, conformal cooling, Lean Six Sigma

Kate McArdle
Program Manager: Outreach & Education

Kate McArdle

Program Manager: Outreach & Education
(585) 475-2399

Kate McArdle is the program manager for outreach and education. She focuses on educating businesses, organizations and the public on waste prevention, reuse, toxics avoidance, and sustainability tools and methods. Additionally, she oversees NYSP2I's Community Grants. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Kate was the environmental education coordinator at Child Care Council, where she implemented the Eco-Healthy Child Care program.

Kate holds a BA in environmental studies from St. Lawrence University and is a NYS Early Childhood Accredited Trainer.

Dave Fister
Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer

Dave Fister

Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-5398

Dave Fister is a senior pollution prevention engineer. Dave provides technical support in areas that include water optimization in food processing, water purification, water recovery, metal plating, powder coating, parts cleaning, and metallurgy. He assists companies with evaluation of methods of improving water use, and energy recovery and optimization. Dave has over 20 years of industry experience including in manufacturing technology at Eastman Kodak and in various areas of manufacturing and research at Bausch & Lomb.

Mr. Fister holds a BS in biology from Cornell University and an MS in materials science from Vanderbilt University.

Expertise: Metallurgy, Cleaning Technologies, Water Filtration, Plating and Finishing Process Optimization, Material Recovery/Scrap Minimization

Kim Bawden
Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer

Kim Bawden

Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-7039

Kim Bawden is a pollution prevention engineer. Kim's work focuses on performing manufacturing process assessments, material & energy balances for baseline metric quantification, researching and identifying environmentally preferable & cost-effective alternatives. Kim assists companies with sustainability certification/scorecard compliance. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Kim worked for in various manufacturing engineering capacities including Harris RF Communications and Microwave Data Systems (MDS) where she supported ISO9001 Certification, new product development, and design for manufacturability.

Ms. Bawden has a BS degree in industrial engineering, an ME in engineering management and an MS in sustainable systems (2013), all from RIT. Certifications held include a LEED Green Associate (GA) and Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional (LCACP).

Expertise: Life Cycle Assessment; Sustainable Supply Chain; Waste to Energy

William Gallagher
Pollution Prevention Engineer

William Gallagher

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-7083

William Gallagher is a Pollution Prevention Engineer at the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT. Mr. Gallagher provides technical support to industry including: hazardous waste reduction, water purification, water recovery and reuse, solvent recovery and reuse, and parts cleaning. Mr. Gallagher worked with the Pollution Prevention Institute previously as a student for three years, assisting with numerous projects in a variety of fields. In addition to traditional mass and energy transfer skills associated with his degree, Mr. Gallagher also has a significant working knowledge of membrane separations and system design.

Mr. Gallagher holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ava Labuzetta
Pollution Prevention Engineer

Ava Labuzetta

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-7038

Ava Labuzetta is a pollution prevention engineer. She typically works directly with companies on process assessments and makes recommendations for P2 improvement. Ava also conducts research to identify industry-wide solutions for waste reduction and pollution prevention.

Ms. Labuzetta holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from the University of Vermont and is certified as an Engineer in Training (E.I.T.).

Expertise: Food Waste Reduction, Organic Resources, Sustainable Systems

Matt Stevens
Pollution Prevention Engineer

Matt Stevens

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-6772

Matt Stevens is a staff engineer at NYSP2I with a background in applied research in energy efficiency and advanced heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) technologies, supercritical CO systems, and additively manufactured microchannel heat exchangers. Matt has B.S. degrees in aerospace science and engineering and mechanical engineering from the University of California (UC), Davis.

Previously, Matt worked at the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC) as a research and development engineer. During his time at the WCEC, Matt was a key member of the team that built and developed the Solar Thermal Energy Enhancement Laboratory (STEEL). Matt also supported and led a variety of projects, ranging from dairy-cow cooling to high-efficiency electric motors, and was issued a provisional patent for a mechanical occupancy-sensing valve for livestock. As an undergraduate, Matt designed and built the latest generation of the patent-pending Tracer Gas Airflow Measurement System.

Sarah Costlow
Outreach Communication Coordinator

Sarah Costlow

Outreach Communication Coordinator
(585) 475-5677

Sarah recently joined NYSP2I after earning a M.A. degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.  During her studies, Ms. Costlow worked as a Research Associate focusing on communicating law and policy to statewide community stakeholders.  Prior, she worked in communication/outreach positions for various nonprofit organizations.  In addition, Ms. Costlow has a M.A. in Communication from the American University of Paris, where she focused on environmental messaging/campaigns.   She began her career in advertising at BBDO, where she led and won a pitch for Proctor and Gamble’s sustainable business.

Mark Lamendola
Marketing & Communications Program Coordinator

Mark Lamendola

Marketing & Communications Program Coordinator
(585) 475-6198

Mark Lamendola is a Marketing & Communication Program Coordinator at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) where his primary role is to provide technical marketing to the NYSP2I. This includes developing email campaigns, writing case studies, strategically targeting manufacturing organizations in NYS, supporting NYSP2I programs and initiatives, and creating awareness of NYSP2I across New York State.

Mr. Lamendola holds a B.S. in Communication-Media Management from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Prior to joining GIS, Mark worked as a Marketing & Inside Sales Coordinator for Swagelok where his responsibilities included; identifying and qualifying the needs of customers, providing a lead vision for the company’s marketing efforts and developing marketing and promotional collateral to support their sales team. Mr. Lamendola has experience in creating and executing a marketing plan, strategic planning, developing and managing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool, and coordinating customer experiences, such as customer appreciation events.

Bonnie Wright
Senior Staff Assistant

Bonnie Wright

Senior Staff Assistant
(585) 475-2512

Bonnie Wright is the staff assistant for NYSP2I.  She is the first point of contact for the Institute and provides support to all staff members.  Prior to joining the NYSP2I, Bonnie worked at an environmental and engineering consulting firm and assisted in the completion of Environmental Site Assessments.