Meet The Region

PositionNameEmail AddressChapter Affiliation
Chapter Relations Manager Rosemary Powers  
President Cassie Thiel Northern New Jersey Professional Chapter 
Vice President Monica Louie  
Secretary Daniela Aizpitarte  
Treasurer Greg Maietta  
 Hannah Moore Columbia University Student Chapter 
Past-President Eileen Parra Boston Professional Chapter 
Mentor Coordinator Bob DiFilippo Mid Atlantic Professional Chapter 
Webmaster Brian Goodacre  
Connecticut State Representative  
Massachusetts & Rhode Island State Representative Keith Jones  
New Hamsphire, Maine, and Vermont State Representative Jon Ordway Boston Professional Chapter 
New Jersey State Representative Herbert Ramirez  
New York State Representative Clay Pipkin  
East Pennsylvania State Representative Edita Zlatic  
West Pennsylvania State Representative Ben Zaczek  
State Rep Coordinator Bob Schwartz  
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Cassie Thiel

Cassie is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her research focuses on the environmental impacts of the built environment, healthcare practices, and hospital procedures.  In 2009, Cassie received a BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University where she participated in EWB as a sustainability committee lead for a structural project in Honduras.   Cassie loves traveling, music, and photography, and aims to help all chapters in the NER better communicate and network with each other.  


Vice President
Monica Louie

Bio coming


Greg Maietta
Greg graduated with honors in 2007 with a BE in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Construction Engineering & Management and NJIT.  He has been involved with EWB since 2006 when he was a member of the EWB-Stevens student chapter and worked on a micro hydroelectric project in the Dominican Republic. Greg is currently the Treasurer for the EWB-Northern NJ Professional chapter and has also served as the chapter’s Vice President.  

Greg currently works as a Senior Engineer for T.Y. Lin International. He has participated in the areas of civil site plan review and design, utility investigation, coordination and design, environmental studies and permitting, stormwater management and flood studies, highway, transportation and traffic design, and construction management, administration and inspection.  Greg is an Engineer in Training (EIT) and is working towards his PE license.  He also holds LEED, ACI, NJSAT, and NICET certifications.


Daniela Aizpitarte 
Bio coming

Eileen Parra

Eileen has been with EWB-USA since 2007, first as a Project Manager for the Stevens Institute of Technology Student Chapter’s micro-hydroelectric project in the Dominican Republic, then as the Fundraising Chair for the Northern New Jersey Professional Chapter, followed by Workshop Coordinator for the North East Region, and currently Co-President of the North East Region. Her goal is to help improve the knowledge transfer within chapters and the steering committee of the North East Region and be a better resource for the chapters in the region. 

Chapter Relations Manager
Rosemary Powers
Rosemary is a Chapter Relations Manager at Engineers-Without Borders-USA, serving the Northeast Region and has been with the organization since 2007. She is a graduate candidate in Master of Science in Project Management, holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Missouri State University, Springfield and a Diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Technology, Nairobi.


Conference Coordinator
Nicole Ostrowski
Nicole is currently a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh researching biodegradable implants for bone regeneration. She received her BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.  Outside of academics, she is the Graduate Student Advisor for the University of Pittsburgh student chapter of EWB as well as the Conference Coordinator for the
EWB Northeast Region and is involved with the WAGE $tart$mart Salary Negotiation program and  Biomedical Engineering Society. Nicole has been involved with EWB since 2008. 


Conference Coordinator in training 
Paroma Saha
Paroma Saha is currently a project engineer with Massaro CM Services in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated in 2011 with a Civil and Environmental degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Her current project is managing the construction of one of Penn State University's buildings. 

Paroma became involved with EWB in 2008. In the past, she went on a water supply project trip to the village of Tingo Pucará in Ecuador. She then became involved with her university's fundraising team and the planning committee for the 2010 NERC. Recently she has been chosen as the NERC co-conference coordinator and is excited to become with involved with EWB again. Besides work and EWB, Paroma enjoys practicing yoga, hanging out with friends and traveling.


State Rep Coordinator 
Bob Schwartz
Bob Schwartz is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey and New York with forty years of specialized experience in the water resources industry.  He is now an independent water resources consultant. As Director of Commercialization and Capital Projects at American Water Enterprises, he was responsible for management supervision of design, construction and client relations for contracts undertaken by the contract operations group. Previously, Bob was Executive Vice President at Applied Water Management, a full-service water and wastewater company providing design, construction and operations services to private developers, industry and municipalities. Earlier in his career, Bob was a vice president at CDM, one of the premier international environmental engineering consultancies.

Bob is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from New York University.  He is a member of the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association. In his leisure time,

Bob enjoys biking, hiking, sailing and travel.

Mentors Committee &  Delaware State Representative
Bob DiFilippo
Principal Hydrogeologist Aquaterra Technologies Inc. West Chester, PA Professional interests include water supply exploration, watershed management, hydrogeology, and fate and transport analysis. Bob graduated from University of Rhode Island and completed graduate studies in hydrogeology at West Chester University. Bob served as President of EWB-MAP 2010 and is the Co-Project Lead for the Rwanda Project, serves as a professional mentor to the Drexel EWB Student Chapter working in El Salvador, and works on community development projects in Haiti and Uganda. Bob enjoys travel and outdoor sporting activities, tennis, yacht racing and surfing.

 Brian Goodacre
Brian Goodacre 

Brian graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. At Rutgers, Brian was a very active member of the EWB-USA Rutgers Chapter. He worked as a technical member of the Guatemala Project for three years. He traveled in his sophomore year on the 2nd assessment trip and worked until graduation on the design and reports for a total of four trips. He was also the Vice President and Director of Development his junior and senior years. He fondly remembers accepting the 2011 EWB-USA Premier Student Chapter award in Louisville, Kentucky and organizing and leading the 2012 EWB-USA Rutgers "Swing for Water" Golf Outing. He currently lives in the King of Prussia area working for Lockheed Martin as a software engineer.



East Pennsylvania State Representative  
Edita Zlatic

Edita Zlatic has recently moved to Philadelphia from the all-time sunny San Diego. Thanks to her fiancé she will be spending the next four years in the city of Brotherly Love and she is eager to make her time there worthwhile. Edita graduated from Tufts University in 2007 with an International Relations degree and her work experiences range from academic research and management to lobbying and energy policy writing. She spends her free time mainly in the outdoors – hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, running and, ever since she moved to Philly, biking. 

Edita visited a couple of places in the world where EWB did amazing work and few more where EWB’s footprints are missing. As the new Eastern PA State Representative she aims to contribute to the expansion of the EWB’s mission and she hopes you will join her as well.


West Pennsylvania State Representative 
Ben Zaczek

Bio Coming


Connecticut State Representative



Massachusetts & Rhode Island State Representative
Keith Jones

Keith has just graduated this semester with a civil engineering degree from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  He is the founder of the Dartmouth EWB chapter and has been the president for the last 3 years, gaining tons of experience in every layer of EWB.  Keith’s first project was in Panama, where his project team traveled in April. One of the team members had a hand injury during the trip, so Keith also has medical emergency experience as well!  Keith looks forward to talking to you all and, together, making every chapter in Massachusetts just a little bit better.

New Hamsphire, Maine, &  Vermont State Representative 
Jon Ordway
Jon Ordway, P.E., is a Senior Project Director/Associate with Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. ( and has been with the company since 1995. He works primarily with Sanborn Head’s industrial clients on environmental due diligence and site remediation projects. Jon is the Operations Manager in Sanborn Head’s Concord, NH office and serves on the Human Resources and IT Boards. He holds a BS (1988) and MS (1997) in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire where he specialized in water resources engineering. Jon has completed projects across the US, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. Jon joined EWB in 2010 with the intention of helping those in need either directly through participation on an EWB project or through lending his engineering and organizational skills to support the organization.


New Jersey State Representative
Herbert Ramirez
Herbert Ramirez is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey working as a structural engineer with HDR Architecture since 2006 at the Princeton, NJ office. Herbert is a US citizen but originally from Bogotá, Colombia where he obtained his BS in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering. Herbert is also an ASCE member. Herbert is particularly focused on finding structural solutions that are not only functional and economical, but in essence, sustainable and respectful of the integrity of the aesthetics of the design. His interest in EWB comes from his previous involvement with diverse community projects, from design through construction, and the collaborative approach towards promoting team work oriented to helping communities in need. Herbert’s main hobbies are music (He’s been playing piano since he was 7) and playing tennis year round!


New York State Representative
Clay Pipkin
Bio coming