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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

Eugene Park is the assistant director of technical programs. He provides technical assistance to the business programs and administers the R&D program. 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

Dan Smith, P.E.
Senior Program Manager, Green Technology Accelerator Center

Dan Smith, P.E.

Senior Program Manager, Green Technology Accelerator Center
(585) 475-4124

Daniel F. Smith is a senior program manager. Dan manages the Green Technology Accelerator Center (GTAC), 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
Sustainable Supply Chain Program Manager and Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer

Trish Donohue

Sustainable Supply Chain Program Manager and Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-7869

Patricia Donohue a senior pollution prevention engineer and the manager of the sustainable supply chain program. 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

Kate McArdle
Community Outreach Coordinator

Kate McArdle

Community Outreach Coordinator
(585) 475-2399

Kate McArdle is the community outreach coordinator for the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute . She works across the state to support communities investing in sustainability and pollution prevention projects. Kate manages NYSP2I’s Community Grants and K-12 programs.

Kate has more than 15 years’ experience working both as a volunteer and employee for various non-profit organizations, including Child Care Council and Foodlink. Before coming to NYSP2I in 2014, Kate was funded by the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to educate child care providers on how to reduce toxics in their programs.

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

Kate Winnebeck
Senior Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist

Kate Winnebeck

Senior Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist
(585) 475-5390

Kate Winnebeck is a senior environmental health and safety specialist. Kate supports a number of the business assistance programs. 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

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 to the business assistance programs including 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

Ken Schlafer
Direct Assistance Program Manager & Senior Engineer

Ken Schlafer

Direct Assistance Program Manager & Senior Engineer
(585) 475-7237

Ken Schlafer is a Senior Engineer at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology. He works with NYS industries to reduce cost and environmental impact, provides consulting support for sustainable supply chain, and conducts product evaluations designed to have a positive impact on the environment.

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

Kim Bawden
Pollution Prevention Engineer

Kim Bawden

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-7039

Kim Bawden is a pollution prevention engineer. Kim supports the business assistance programs by 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

Ava Labuzetta
Pollution Prevention Engineer

Ava Labuzetta

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-7038

Ava Labuzetta is a pollution prevention engineer. She provides technical assistance to all of the business assistance programs. 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

Missy Hall
Pollution Prevention Engineer

Missy Hall

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-6413

Melissa Hall is a pollution prevention engineer. She provides technical assistance to all of the business assistance programs. 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 and Systems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors of Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology.

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

Jay Wheaton
Pollution Prevention Engineer

Jay Wheaton

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-2831

Jay Wheaton is a Staff Engineer at NYSP2I and provides technical assistance to all of the business assistance programs. Mr. Wheaton has five years of broad industry experience as a design engineer focused on new product development and advanced manufacturing techniques in the RF communications and vibration & motion control industry. His past experience includes projects from cancer research to automated testing of active vibration control systems for helicopters to the design of elastomeric mounts for wind turbines. He holds a BS/MS degree from RIT, majoring in mechanical engineering with an electrical engineering minor.

Expertise: Vibration and Control Systems, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computer-Aided Design, Matlab/Simulink, Systems Modelling, Lean Six Sigma, Robotics, Additive Manufacturing

Thomas Ruley
Pollution Prevention Engineer

Thomas Ruley

Pollution Prevention Engineer
(585) 475-7083

Thomas Ruley is a Pollution Prevention Engineer at the New York State Pollution Institute, where his primary role is to provide technical assistance to the Direct Assistance Program, Sustainable Supply Chain, and Food Program. This includes assessing manufacturing processes, performing and demonstrating LEAN Six Sigma practices, and discovering solutions that result in environmental impact reduction across industry.

Mr. Ruley holds a B. S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Mr. Ruley worked for Xerox as a Supplier Quality Engineer, where his primary responsibilities were income parts quality, Environmental Health & Safety, auditing/site surveys, and internal lean six sigma projects.

Expertise: Process Capability Studies, Improvement and Development, Design of Experiments, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing.

Bonnie Wright
Sr. Staff Assistant

Bonnie Wright

Sr. 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.

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 New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (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.

Dr. Tom Trabold
Research Faculty/Sustainability Department Chair

Dr. Tom Trabold

Research Faculty/Sustainability Department Chair
(585) 475-6168

Dr. Thomas Trabold is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility and the Sustainability Department Chair at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Tom’s primary research focus in the development of alternative energy technologies. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Dr. Trabold has 20 years of experience in industrial research and development, ranging from nuclear thermal-hydraulic systems for submarines and aircraft carriers at General Electric and Lockheed Martin, to coating processes and associated unit operations for photoreceptor manufacturing at Xerox corporation, to research and demonstration of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems for advanced zero-emissions vehicles at General Motors (GM). At GM, he was a professional technical fellow and laboratory group manager, responsible for engineering research activities in the U.S. (New York and Michigan) and Germany.

Dr. Trabold holds BS and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Clarkson University. He also has contributed to the development of significant intellectual property in his industrial research roles, resulting in 50 issued U.S. and international patents, and over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Expertise: Environmental Impact Analysis; Fuel Cell Technology/Fuel Reforming; Waste to Energy.

Dr. Mike Haselkorn
Research Faculty/Senior Staff Engineer

Dr. Mike Haselkorn

Research Faculty/Senior Staff Engineer
(585) 475-5408

Dr. Michael Haselkorn is a senior staff engineer and team leader for the Structural & Materials Analysis Team at the RIT Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS). His responsibilities include material evaluation, root cause failure analysis, and developing and demonstrating new cost-effective processes for material salvage. Dr Haselkorn also has experience in cellulosic ethanol production from ensiled biomass and food processing wastes, biodiesel production, and aerobic and anaerobic digestion. Prior to joining NYSP2I, Dr. Haselkorn?s career spans over 35 years with industrial companies as Caterpillar Inc., Textron Specialty Materials, General Electric Aircraft Engine Business Group, and Armco Steel Corporation. He has extensive experience in material evaluation, root cause failure analysis, product design and component manufacturing focusing on developing new applications and cost-effective manufacturing methods for ceramic, carbon, high-strength/high-temperature super alloy compositions, stainless and high-strength steels.

Dr. Haselkorn earned his MS and Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a BS in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Dr. Haselkorn currently holds 32 patents.

Expertise: Materials Engineering; Reman Processes; Clean Technologies; Condition Assessment