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Executive Committee (SWEP-CT Leadership)

Please feel free to contact any board member for more information about our organization.

Deborah Brancato 
Deborah is Co-Chair of SWEP-CT  and a Partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey LLP, focusing on environmental, land use, and real estate matters. She has practiced environmental law since 2008, beginning as a staff attorney with a prominent clean water advocacy organization. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Fairfield University and her J.D., magna cum laude and Environmental Law Certificate, from Pace University School of Law. Contact Deborah at

Diane Duva 
Diane has worked for CT DEEP since 1992 and currently directs the Emergency Response Planning Office. She previously conducted field inspections, implemented enforcement actions, supervised remediation, coordinated brownfields policies, developed materials management policies, and directed energy efficiency policy programs for the agency. Diane graduated from Brown University and earned a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Contact Diane at

Ruth Kennedy 
Ruth is
Secretary of SWEP-CT and a Project Manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental's Glastonbury, CT office. She has more than 15 years of experience in environmental consulting, specializing in site investigation and regulatory compliance. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and received her B.S. in Biology from Central Connecticut State University. Contact Ruth at

Joy Kloss 
Joy is Co-Chair of SWEP-CT and a Project Manager at BL Companies. She has over 18 years of experience in environmental consulting and specializes in site investigation and controlled material management for various construction projects to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Joy is a Licensed Environmental Professional in CT and a Certified Hazardous Material Manager. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Hobard and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.  Contact Joy at

Jordana Langford 
Jordana is Treasurer of SWEP-CT and a Project Manager with BL Companies. She has more than 15 years of experience in environmental assessment and investigation, including management of several multi-site reporting portfolios.  Jordana has a B.S. in Geology and a minor in English from SUNY Buffalo. Contact Jordana at

Victoria Man
Victoria (Tory) is Director of Environmental Services at ZUVIC, an environmental and civil engineering company in Rocky Hill, CT. Tory has been in the environmental consulting field for over 30 years and became a CT Licensed Environmental Professional in 1996. She received her B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Connecticut.  Contact Tory at

Sarah McQuade

Sarah works in the Remediation Division at CT DEEP where she serves as the RCRA Corrective Action Coordinator. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Ecology and Environmental Science at CCSU while working full time at DEEP. In 2017 she graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Unity College in Maine. Contact Sarah at

Rebecca Merz
Rebeca is the New England Sales Manager with Phoenix Environmental Laboratories, Inc.  Se has more than 20 years of experience in quality control, technical project management and business development, she possesses a wide range of environmental knowledge and expertise. Rebecca received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Westfield State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Contact Rebecca at


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