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Meet the Clean Air Council Members

Clean Air Council List of Members

JOHN VALERI, JR., Esq.

JOHN VALERI, JR., Esq.

Chair / Representing: PUBLIC

Years on the Council: May 7, 2015 to present
Day job employer: Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, PC
Occupation: Attorney – Member and Practice Group Leader of the Environmental Law Group
Education – degree(s) and school: Bucknell University, 1987, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, Tau Beta Pi; New York University School of Law, 1990
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: Serving on the Clean Air Council allows me to contribute to the improvement of New Jersey’s air quality, and assist the Commissioner of NJDEP in developing policies which will continue that improvement well into the future. The Council has produced many reports on a variety of timely air quality issues directly impacting New Jersey citizens. Many of our recommendations have been incorporated into clean air policies and influenced new legislation. I am fortunate to have been involved in this important work.

New Jersey has done much to improve air quality in the past several decades. Much more needs to be done, particularly to protect our most vulnerable citizens, while at the same time advancing our economy in the State. These issues are complex, evolving, and influenced by so many factors, such as the policies of our upwind state neighbors. I am afforded a great opportunity to work with the best NJDEP staff, as well as Council colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, to work on these extremely important clean air issues.
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Allen A Weston II

Allen A Weston II

Vice-Chairman / Representing: NJ Association of Counties

Years on the Council: Officially since October 2017, but an additional 4 years as a non-voting member
Day job employer: New Jersey Association of Counties
Occupation:Government Affairs Representative
Education – degree(s) and school: B.S. Economics from the Pennsylvania State University
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: The CAC has a long history of helping to shape important environmental policy in the State of NJ; and, I am honored to serve as the member representing the State’s 21 county governing bodies.
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Leonard Bielory, M.D.

Leonard Bielory, M.D.

Representing: Public

Years on the Council: 15
Day job employer: University Asthma and Allergy Associates.
Occupation: Physician
Education – degree(s) and school: B.S. - Fundamental Sciences - Lehigh University School of Engineering ; M.S. Molecular Biology, Lehigh University; M.D. - Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School; Fellowship - National Institute of Health - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (trained under Dr. Fauci who was my attending as a fellow) Allergy & Immunology, Diagnostic laboratory Immunology.
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: Environmental impact on health is a critical part of allergic disorders and immune system. As vice chair of the Aerobiology Committee and the National Allergy Bureau of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that has developed and certified pollen counters throughout the United States ( and presently the oldest pollen counting station in the State of New Jersey), th Clean Air Council represents th appropriate interface between various air quality components and the health status of our citizens of New Jersey. It remains a service and a honor to serve!
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Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell

Representing: NJ State League of Municipalities

Years on the Council:
Day job employer: Downe Township.
Occupation: Mayor, Downe Township.
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Joseph Constance

Joseph Constance

Representing: Dept. of State LG

Years on the Council: 15
Day job employer: New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC). Housed within the New Jersey Department of State, the BAC’s core mission is to help create and retain jobs while encouraging private capital investment in the Garden State.
Occupation: Business Advocate.
Education – degree(s) and school: Thomas Edison College.
Biography: Joseph Constance is a Business Advocate in the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC). Housed within the New Jersey Department of State, the BAC’s core mission is to help create and retain jobs while encouraging private capital investment in the Garden State.

Mr. Constance is a dedicated and skilled professional with more than 25 years of experience involving business advocacy, project management, real estate development, financial planning, regulatory compliance and economic development permit navigation.

He is responsible for assisting large and small corporate and commercial businesses in New Jersey.

As a Business Advocate Mr. Constance’s responsibilities are diverse and include business retention, expansion and attraction efforts for the State of NJ as well as project management and advocacy services between the private business sector and the State of New Jersey.

Joe’s background also features 20 years of experience working in the NJ Commerce Commission and NJ Economic Development Authority, and five years in the private sector as a financial planner.

Mr. Constance is a graduate of Thomas Edison College. Joe and his wife Teresa are residents of East Windsor, NJ.

Maria Connolly

Maria Connolly

Representing the NJ Department of Community Affairs

Years on the Council: 4 years
Day job employer:NJ Department of Community Affairs, Local Planning Services
Occupation: Principal Planner Education – degree(s) and school:BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University MCRP (Masters in City and Regional Planning) E.J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers University
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: I’ve always had a passion for protecting the environment, ever since I was a young child. At the age of seven, I started a kids environmental club. We collected garbage and recycles, held fundraisers to adopt sea turtles, and wrote letters to our legislators about the dangers of global warming. Since then, my concern for our environment has only grown stronger. It a privilege and honor to be the DCA representative on the NJ Clean Air Council to help shape policies that reduce air pollution and protect the public health. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
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Michael Egenton

Michael Egenton

2020 Public Hearing Vice Chair / Representing the NJ State Chamber of Commerce

Years on the Council: 25 years
Day job employer: NJ State Chamber of Commerce
Occupation: Executive Vice President, Government Relations
Education – degree(s) and school: MPA
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: As a representative of the NJ business community and a long-time member of the NJ Clean Air Council, several of our recommendations and initiatives proposed over the years have become law and have made a difference towards improving air quality for our state and the region. Our collaboration and work with the NJDEP staff has elevated the CAC and has positioned us as a top-level respected advisory body to the Governor’s office and the New Jersey State Legislature.
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Toby Hanna

Toby Hanna

Representing: NJ Society of Professional Engineers Inc.

Years on the Council: 15
Day job employer: ERM.
Occupation: Environmental Consultant
Education – degree(s) and school: BS Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: I’m proud to play a part in improving air quality
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Sandra Howland

Sandra Howland

Representing: Dept. of Agriculture

Years on the Council: 4
Day job employer: New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Agricultural and Natural resources.
Occupation: Research Scientist . I work with the agriculture industry and producers across the State. The core of my position is manure and nutrient management, and animal waste management regulatory compliance. I also coordinate with NJDEP regarding a variety of agricultural issues including irrigation water supply, land use, solid waste and recycling, and odor issues
Education – degree(s) and school: BS in Agricultural Science, Minors in Environmental Soil Science and International Agriculture from The Pennsylvania State University, 2007 MA in Environmental Studies – Environmental Science from Montclair State University, 2014.
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: Being involved in the Council provides an opportunity to represent agriculture and the industry’s intrinsic relationship with the environment. For instance, agriculture can benefit air quality through the trapping greenhouse gases within crops and soils. Other farming activities can have negative impacts that are minimized through the implementation of appropriate management practices. My role on the Council allows me to liaison between government and industry to ensure regulations account for industry needs and beneficial practices while assisting growers to make informed decisions on ways to reduce their direct impact on air pollution.

Andrew McNally

Andrew McNally

Representing: Public

Years on the Council: January 2018 to present
Day job employer: South Jersey Industries.
Occupation: Director of Government Relations.
Education – degree(s) and school: Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude).
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: Serving on the Clean Air Council affords me an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the improvement of air quality and health in New Jersey.
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Richard E. Opiekun

Richard E. Opiekun

Representing: NJ Dept. of Health

Years on the Council: 10
Day job employer: New Jersey Department of Health in the field of environmental public health tracking
Occupation: Scientist
Education – degree(s) and school: Bachelor of Arts (Biology); Temple University, Master of Arts (Physiology); Temple University, Master of Science (Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene); Temple University, Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science); Joint Degree, Rutgers University and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, I am keenly aware of the numerous environmental challenges faced by our environment and our residents. By serving on the Council, I feel as though I am helping to shape the environmental policies that will ensure a healthy and safe environment for current residents and future generations that call the Garden State their home.
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Scott Ross

Scott Ross

Representing: Public

Years on the Council: 3
Day job employer: NJ Petroleum Council/API.
Occupation:Associate Director.
Education – degree(s) and school: Seton Hall Law School (JD).
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?: Serving on the Clean Air Council is a way to impact the everyday lives of the residents of NJ. Clean air is not something everyone thinks about but is something everyone deserves. Having a role in crafting air policy in NJ is an honor and a privilege..
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