Regional Office Staff & Contact Information
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Regional Office
Sherry White, Assistant Regional Director
Sherry White is the Assistant Regional Director for Fish and Aquatic Conservation in the Service's Northeast Region, administering regional actions and activities to benefit aquatic habitats and species through collaboration with others. She entered the position in October 2013. Most recently, Sherry served at Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Chief of the Branch of Habitat Restoration, where she administered the Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Coastal, and Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
Sherry began her Service career in 1992 in the Southwest Region’s (Region 2) Fisheries Program. She worked for 17 years as a fisheries biologist in the National Fish Hatchery System and with Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices to restore and recover listed aquatic species, focusing on southwestern native trout. As a hatchery manager, she was also a leader in building partnerships with Native American tribes to fulfill tribal trust obligations for recreational fisheries. Sherry moved on to the Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6) to work in the Regional Office’s Fisheries Program, serving as Fishery Information System Coordinator reporting on the program’s performance and accountability, and as Regional Broodstock Coordinator, facilitating trout egg requests in and out of National Fish Hatcheries. Prior to working for the Service, she was employed by the State of Arizona as a case manager in social services. Sherry proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1987-1990 in Liberia, West Africa in the Aquaculture Program, teaching sustainable fish production to local farmers.
Sherry is originally from Brunswick, Ohio and received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from The Ohio State University with a major in wildlife management. She received freshwater fisheries and aquaculture certifications from the University of South Carolina. Sherry is a graduate of the Service’s Advanced Leadership Development Program, and Stepping Up to Leadership.
Elaine Stockwell, Executive Secretary
Elaine Stockwell is Executive Secretary to Jaime Geiger (ARD-Fisheries). Her main focus is being responsible for the needs of the ARD but she also oversees and shares a wide variety of regional office duties for the Fisheries Program with Rebecca Gleason (Program Secretary). Some of the duties include making travel arrangements through GOVTRIP; administering and reporting time and attendance through QuickTime; preparing and monitoring controlled correspondence through the Data Tracking System (DTS); foreign travel; and, general problem-solving for the field stations, Project Leaders and Administrative staff.
Elaine started with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Fall of 2006 as the Regional Office Receptionist/Switchboard Operator under the External Affairs Division. In 2008, she accepted an Office Administrator position with the National Wildlife Refuge System/Realty Division for one year. For the past four years, Elaine has been the Fisheries Program Secretary and will continue to stay in the Program, just in this new role. She says that she learned quickly that this is a great organization with wonderful people who do fantastic things to preserve and enrich our country. She is extremely proud to be a part of the Service.
Rebecca Gleason, Program SecretaryRebecca_Gleason@fws.gov
Rebecca Gleason serves as the Fisheries Program Secretary assisting with a variety of regional office duties for the Fisheries Program including making travel arrangements through GOVTRIP; administering and reporting time and attendance through QuickTime; preparing and monitoring controlled correspondence through the Data Tracking System (DTS); and, general problem-solving for Project Leaders and Administrative staff.
Gleason started her federal career with the Internal Revenue Service in 1985 as a Management Assistant. In 2009, that ended with a Reduction in Force. Happily, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hired her in 2010 as a Human Resources Assistant in the Regional Office. In HR, Gleason specialized in payroll and Quicktime. Her background in clerical and administrative duties will be invaluable in her position as Secretary with Fisheries.
Bill Archambault, Deputy Assistant Regional Director
Bill Archambault began his federal career in 1989 as a fish statistician with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Narragansett Rhode Island. In 1992, he was awarded a Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship with NOAA's Office of the Chief Scientist in Washington DC where he worked on invasive species management and fisheries regulatory actions. He later worked for NOAA’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in DC, focusing on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and serving as NOAA's liaison to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In 1999, he joined the Service's Ecological Service Program in the Northeast Region serving as the environmental coordinator for the region and then moved on to the fisheries program in 2002. With Fisheries, Bill has served as program supervisor for the southern and northern field stations and currently serves as Deputy Assistant Regional Director for the fisheries program. In this position, Bill oversees the day to day operations for the regions fisheries program which includes 27 national fish hatcheries, fisheries management offices and the Northeast science center. Bill has a bachelor's degree in animal science from Delaware Valley College and a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island focused on fisheries.
David Perkins, Senior Fish Biologist
Dave Perkins is a Senior Fishery Biologist and program administrator in Fisheries. He has worked on a wide variety of management and policy issues involving endangered species, bird-fish interactions, fish passage and coastal species under the auspices of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Before coming to the Service he worked as a research biologist with the U.S. Geologic Survey studying a wide array of fish including lake trout in the Great Lakes, brook trout and Atlantic salmon in the Northeast, and desert fishes in the Western U.S. His research topics included population dynamics, habitat requirements, age structure, reproductive biology, migratory behavior, recruitment, food habits, and conservation genetics. Dave has a bachelor's degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, a master's degree specializing fish genetics from Cornell University, and doctorate in Fisheries Science from Cornell University.
Paul Pajak, Regional National Fish Habitat Action Plan Coordinator
Paul Pajak is the Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the Northeast Region's Fisheries Program and serves as the regional coordinator for the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. He also serves as the Fisheries Information System (FIS) Coordinator, managing a database and reporting Regional Fisheries Program accomplishments. Prior to his current role, he served as Fisheries Program Supervisor for both the northern and southern halves of the region, as well as Chief, Division of Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance. Previous positions have included regional grant administration in the Division of Federal Aid in both the Northeast and Great Lakes Regions where he specialized in land acquisition and fisheries research, respectively. He has also held positions as Minnesota's first Coordinator of their Environmental Indicators Initiative, a regional biologist for the Wisconsin DNR, and as a fisheries biologist for the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. Pajak received his B.S. in Fisheries from the University of Massachusetts and his M.S. from Virginal Tech. He is a Life Member and Certified Fisheries Scientist of the American Fisheries Society.
Roseann Montefusco, Budget Analyst
Roseann Montefusco began her federal career with the Department of Defense in 1981. She worked for both the Army and the Air Force. Montefusco came to the Service in 1997 as a Budget Assistant in the Regional Office - Ecological Services. In 2001, she transferred within the Regional Office to Law Enforcement as a Budget Analyst, and then in 2007 came to the Fisheries Program. Montefusco tracks the Regional Office - Fisheries budget including the engineering, construction, and deferred maintenance accounts. She reconciles credit card statements for Regional Office staff, sets up and monitors reimbursable agreements, enters acquisition requests for the office and monitors purchase status in Contracting. She makes payments against contract invoices.
Wade Jodun, Facilities Maintenance Coordinator
Wade Jodun began his career with the Service as a volunteer in 1992. After 3 years and nearly 4000 volunteer hours, he accepted a permanent position as a biological technician at the Northeast Fishery Center in Lamar, PA. During his 10 years at that duty station, where he later worked as a fishery biologist, Jodun published and presented numerous papers pertaining to development of fish culture technology to support ongoing Atlantic salmon and American shad restoration and recovery efforts. He also was part of a team that pioneered hatchery culture techniques for Atlantic sturgeon. He currently serves as the Facilities Operations Manager in the Regional Office, a post he has held for six years. Duties include oversight of maintenance, construction, real property management, elements of budget, fleet management and visitor services. Jodun has acted as a guest instructor on 15 occasions at the Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC); served on the National Pilot team that tested and implemented the Service Asset Maintenance Management System (SAMMS), represented Region 5 on a national workgroup which rewrote the Engineering and Construction Chapters (360 FW 1 and FW 2) of the Fish and Wildlife Manual and is a graduate of the Service’s Steeping Up to Leadership program. Jodun has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology from Lock Haven University and course work toeards a Master’s Degree in Biology from Bloomsburg University. Jodun lives in Montague, MA with his two Siberian Huskies, He enjoys fly fishing; umpiring Little League, high school and college baseball; reading political commentary; gardening; walking his dogs; and has become exceedingly frustrated with his latest hobby – golf.
Ken Brownell, Civil Engineer
Ken Brownell joined the Engineering Division of the Northeast Region in 2002. A licensed professional engineer in the states of Washington (1997) and Maine (2010), Ken started in the design of fish passage structures before moving to Facilities Management in the Fisheries Program in 2007. Currently Ken provides project formulation, planning, design and construction oversight and maintenance of buildings and mechanical equipment at fish hatcheries including air cooled chillers, waste water treatment plants, ultraviolet disinfection systems, and aeration/oxygenation systems. Prior to working for the Service, Ken spent two years as a research engineer with the U.S. Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, and nine years with the Seattle District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he worked in the Hydraulics and Hydrology, Geology, and Dam Safety Sections. Ken graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York with a Bachelors of Arts degree having majored in economics and biology. Later when working for an Automated Mapping/Facilities Management firm in Colorado, Ken started taking classes at night towards an engineering degree. After transferring to Colorado State University, Ken received a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1990 followed by a Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1992.
Kurt Otting, Architect
Kurt Otting began his career with the Service in the mid 80's an Engineering Technician and subsequently left the Service to work in the private sector as an Architectural Designer specializing in schools, colleges, and office building designs while obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Boston Architectural College. After completing his degree, Kurt returned to the Service in 1991 as an Architect in the Engineering Division. During his career with the Service, he has worked on hundreds of projects from small renovation projects to large scale headquarters complexes. Kurt's expertise is not just limited to architecture and accessibility, but also includes civil engineering projects. Since joining the Fisheries Engineering Division, Kurt has also been responsible for obtaining the data for the comprehensive condition assessments of the field stations and for producing the cost estimates for each of the findings.
Janice Rowan, Regional Fish Passage Coordinator
Janice Rowan was introduced to her career in the Service through the Student Conservation Association. With a Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Environments from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, she was then hired first as an Animal Caretaker and later as a Fish Biologist at the Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery in Oregon. She worked at hatcheries in Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. She became a Project Leader at the Berkshire Trout Hatchery in 1990 and the Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office in 1996, both stations located in Massachusetts. Since 2009, she has been serving in the Regional Office as a liaison to field station personnel in matters pertaining to fish passage, grants and agreements, Friends, and strategic outreach.
Curt Orvis, Fish Passage and Water Resources Supervisor
Curt Orvis began his career in 1978 with the Department of Interior in the Bureau of Reclamation as a civil design engineer in Canals and Diversion Structures Section working on the bank stabilization for the Grand Coulee Third Powerhouse, and design of canals, diversion structures, spillways, and hydroelectric projects. Then he transferred within the Denver Office to the Sedimentation and River Hydraulics Section to work on sediment transport studies, math modeling, reservoir sedimentation, hydrographic survey, and river operations. In 1992, he came to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast Region as a hydraulic engineer and trained as a fish passage engineer for projects in fish protection and passage on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and non-FERC barriers, structural fishways, nature-like fishways, dam removal, river and stream restoration, and watershed management where he currently serves as the Fish Passage Engineers' Supervisor. Orvis has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont, a master's degree specializing in hydraulics, hydrology, and river engineering from Colorado State University, is registered as a professional engineer, and maintains memberships in engineering and fisheries societies.
Brian Waz, Regional Fish Passage Engineer
Brett Towler, Hydraulic Engineer
Brett Towler began working for the Northeast Region in 2010. A licensed professional engineer and AIH-certified hydrologist, Towler provides technical assistance to the Service and partner agencies in the fields of fish passage, hydraulic engineering, and surface water hydrology. As coordinator for the joint UMASS/USFWS Fish Passage Engineering & Ecohydrology program, Towler holds an adjunct appointment with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Prior to joining the Service, he worked as a consulting engineer in southern Maine, was a member of the faculty at Montana State University at Bozeman, and served in the U.S. Army. Towler holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Doctorate in Engineering from Montana State University.
Bryan Sojkowski, Civil Engineer
Bryan Sojkowski grew up in Easthampton, Mass. He obtained his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Western New England College located in Springfield, Mass. He worked for Smith & Wesson for a period of two years as a manufacturing engineer before going back to school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he obtained his masters in civil/environmental engineering. Sojkowski was hired as a SCEP student, and is now working in a fulltime permanent position with the fish passage engineering group in the Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast Region.
Kathryn Plymesser, Civil Engineer - Student Trainee
Kathryn Plymesser received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 2001 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After working as a consulting engineer in land development for six years, she returned to graduate school full-time in 2009. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Civil Engineering Department (Water Resources) at Montana State University (MSU) and was recently hired into the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Region 5 headquarters in Hadley, Massachusetts. Her research work includes three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics modeling and fish passage energetics. She recently received a Benjamin PhD Fellowship and the Betty Coffey Graduate Award from the College of Engineering at MSU as well as a two-year fellowship from the Hydro Research Foundation. Ms. Plymesser is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of Montana.
Jesus Morales, Civil Engineer
Jesus Morales was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico. In 2010 he received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez. He then went on to earn his M.S. degree from the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Mr. Morales is currently working as a full time fish passage engineer at the Service’s Northeast Regional headquarters office in Hadley, MA.
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