Key Employees


Thomas Russell, Principal Partner

Mr. Russell has over 37 years experience in the water and wastewater operation field. In November 1997, Mr. Russell formed Environmental Consultants and currently serves as a principal of the company. Experience of Mr. Russell also includes serving as Northeast Regional Manager and Vice President of MHPC, Inc. (1986 - 1997) and, Superintendent of water and wastewater facilities operation - Town of New Windsor (1973 - 1986).   Mr. Russell holds certifications in water and wastewater operation in New York State, and is well known in the industry for his process control and composting expertise.


Steven J. Mance, Principal Partner

Mr. Mance has 32 years experience in the water and wastewater operation field. Mr. Mance joined Environmental Consultants in June 1998 and serves as a principal of the company.   Experience of Mr. Mance also includes serving as the Executive Vice President and Accounting Manager of MHPC, Inc. (1984 - 1998). Mr. Mance holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and several New York State water and wastewater operation certifications. Mr. Mance’s expertise includes facility management and operations, budgeting, rate case applications, and financial analysis.


James Russell, Facility Operations Manager - Orange/Ulster County

Mr. Russell has 25 years experience in the water and wastewater operation field. Mr. Russell joined Environmental Consultants in 1998. Experience of Mr. Russell also includes serving as Putnam and Westchester County Manager of MHPC, Inc. (1987 - 1998). Mr. Russell holds certifications in water and wastewater operation in New York State, and has extensive experience in organization, water and wastewater rate case work, and construction management.


Thomas Mance, Maintenance Manager

Mr. Mance has over 37 years experience as a water and wastewater facility mechanic and operator. Mr. Mance joined Environmental Consultants in 1998. Recent experience of Mr. Mance also includes serving as the Chief Mechanic of MHPC, Inc. (1986 - 1998), and Mechanic of CAMO Pollution Control, Inc. (1975 - 1986). Mr. Mance has experience in all aspects of emergency, remedial and preventative maintenance tasks relating to the water and wastewater field.


Christopher Jaeger, Facility Operations Manager - Ulster/Orange/Sullivan/Albany County

Mr. Jaeger has 20 years experience in the water and wastewater operation field. Mr. Jaeger joined Environmental Consultants in 1998. Recent experience of Mr. Jaeger also includes Ulster County Manager and New Paltz Chief Operator for MHPC, Inc. (1989 - 1998). Mr. Jaeger holds certifications in water and wastewater operations, distribution operator, and backflow preventation tester. Mr. Jaeger’s expertise includes operation of sequential batch reactor (SBR) wastewater facilities, water facilities automation, water treatment process control, and the NYC Aqueduct system.


Kenneth Sabia, Facility Operations Manager

Mr. Sabia has 34 years’ experience in the water and wastewater operation field. Mr. Sabia most recently served as a principal partner for VRI Environmental, Inc. and was a founding partner of Valley River, Inc. in 2000. Mr. Sabia holds certifications in water and wastewater operation in New York State, and has extensive experience in water and wastewater process control.


Dianna Ciampaglione, Facility Operations Manager/Field Services Coordinator- Dutchess County

Ms. Ciampaglione has 20 years experience in the water and wastewater industry. Ms. Ciampaglione joined Environmental Consultants in 1999. Recent experience of Ms. Ciampaglione includes Human Resource Coordinator and Field Services Manager for MHPC, Inc. (1992-1999), and Facilities Manager for Mid-Hudson Pollution Control, Inc. (1987 - 1992). Ms. Ciampaglione’s expertise includes Facility Consumer Confidence Reports, New York State Department of Conservation and New York State Health Department reporting requirements, and water system laboratory analysis requirements.


Richard Kane - Water/Wastewater Chief Operator - Westchester/Putnam

Mr. Kane started working for Environmental Consultants in 2001. Rich's mechanical expertise and attention to customer service allowed him to quickly move to the position of Chief Operator. Rich holds certifications in water and wastewater operations and has become one of Environmental Consultants experts in operation of micro-filtration wastewater treatment plants.


Ken Bastian- Water/Wastewater Operator - Dutchess/Putnam

Mr. Bastian has 20 years experience in the water and wastewater operation field. Mr. Bastian joined Environmental Consultants in 2009. Recent experience of Mr. Bastian also includes serving as manager of the water and wastewater facilities for STES (1996 - 2008), and MHPC, Inc. (1988 - 1996). Mr. Bastian holds certifications in water and wastewater operations.


Cory Bassel - Water/Wastewater Operator - Orange/Ulster

Mr. Bassel joined Environmental Consultants in 2006.   Cory holds certifications in water and wastewater operations. Cory's expertise includes operation of water filtration systems.


Mike Silvestri - Water/Wastewater Operator - Dutchess

Mr. Silvestri joined Environmental Consultants in 2001.   Mike holds certifications in water and wastewater operations. Mike's expertise includes operation of sequential batch reactor (SBR) wastewater treatment plants.


Donny Magee - Water/Wastewater Operator - Orange

Mr. Magee joined Environmental Consultants in 1998.   Donny's expertise includes operation, maintenance and plumbing.


Sandra Hayman - Office Manage

Ms. Haymann joined Environmental Consultants in 2003.   Sandy handles customer interactions and individual customer water and wastewater billing.