Staff

Dona Neely, Executive Director

Dona Neely has fourteen years of experience facilitating the integration of waste reduction programs, energy saving measures and other sustainability initiatives into the daily operations of manufacturers, service providers, non-profits, and government entities. In 2016 she became certified as a Zero Waste Business Associate with the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.

Dona has played a key role in the transition of the former Fort Devens (MA) military base and Priority Superfund site into an internationally-recognized eco-industrial park since 2004. She began promoting sustainable development practices with the launch of an innovative voluntary stewardship program, EcoStar. In response to a growing interest in corporate responsibility and cost saving waste reduction initiatives, she established the award-winning non-profit Devens Eco-Efficiency Center in 2007 to provide educational programs, technical assistance, networking forums, and partnership opportunities that help institutions achieve economic and ecological efficiencies.

She also engaged and led mangers of nine municipalities in the designing, funding, building and opening of a first-of-its-kind regional household hazardous waste collection center located in Devens. The facility now serves as a model for towns across the state.

Earlier careers include working on EPA’s voluntary Performance Track program, researching industry initiatives with Ceres, and consulting on renewable energy and green building technologies. Dona earned her Master of Arts degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Bryant University.

Tracy Pierce, Program Administrator

Tracy has over 20 years experience in the environmental, health and safety (EHS) field and has worked in various manufacturing facilities.  She has built EHS programs from the ground up and has a broad range of knowledge on many OSHA programs including Hazard Communication, Lockout/Tagout, Bloodborne Pathogens, and others.  She has a great deal of experience with industrial hygiene, examining the workplace for hazards, conducting sampling and making recommendations to improve safety.  She also has an extensive background with environmental programs, from hazardous waste, recycling, reporting, and most recently reduced annual lighting cost by 75% switching to LED lighting at two work sites.

Tracy has her MS in Occupational, Environmental, Health and Safety from Anna Maria College and her BS in Biology from Fitchburg State College.

Board of Directors:

  • Peter Lowitt, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission, President and Secretary
  • Mika Brewer, Senior Vice President, MassDevelopment, Devens
  • Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell, Executive Director, Nashua River Watershed Association
  • Dix Davis, Devens Enterprise Commission Board member, retired business professional, Treasurer
  • Heidi Montanari, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Bemis Associates, Inc.
  • Paul Routhier, Devens Enterprise Commission Board member, President, JP Routhier & Son

 

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