Fisheries Program
Northeast Region
Northeast Regional Office

Regional Office Staff & Contact Information

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Regional Office

Fisheries Program
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035-9589
Phone: 413-253-8402
Fax: 413-253-8488

Directions to the Regional Office (pdf)

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.

Michelle Scarfo, Executive Secretary

Michelle Scarfo is Executive Secretary to Sherry White (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 Concur; 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.

Rebecca Gleason, Program Secretary

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.

Fisheries biologists at work. Credit: USFWS
Fisheries biologists at work. Credit: USFWS

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.

Kristin M. Borntrager

Kristin Borntrager joined USFWS in 2014 and is currently serving as Budget Chief for the both the Fish and Aquatic Conservation and Migratory Birds programs. She began her federal career with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service as a financial analyst then a system accountant in Ramstein, Germany before transferring to Rome, NY. In 2005, she moved to Minneapolis, MN where she served 8 years with the Department of Air Force as Supervisory Budget Analyst over their $80M program. A champion of personal development, Kristin also co-chaired a Federal Outreach Leadership Development competitive program which brought 20 of the brightest future federal leaders together for a 10 month training program. Originally from Claremont, NH, she earned her B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in accounting and marketing from Saint Joseph’s College in Windham, ME, and earned her MBA from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX.

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.

Fisheries biologists at work. Credit: USFWS
Fisheries biologists at work. Credit: USFWS

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.

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.

Vacant, Regional Fish Passage Coordinator

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
Brian Waz started working for Fisheries in 2009. He is a licensed civil engineer in Massachusetts. Waz graduated with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 1994. After graduation, Waz worked for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issuing drinking water use permits and conducting water treatment plant inspections.  Following this, a position with the Army Corps of Engineers - New England District kept Waz occupied with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, environmental contaminant sampling, flood control reservoir regulation, and dam and levee safety inspections. Here, Waz specializes in project design, including all types of fishways, dam removal, bio-engineering, river and stream restoration.

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.

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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