The Board of Commissioners of the ECWA wish to reinforce their commitment to improving the quality of life for the more than 165,000 residential and commercial customers that rely on the ECWA's dependable service everyday. The ECWA operates solely for the benefit of its customers. We look forward to continuing our efforts at positioning the organization to efficiently provide customers the same quality and professional service they have come to expect from the ECWA.
JEROME D. SCHAD
Jerome D. Schad was appointed a Commissioner in November 2013 and is serving his first term. A graduate of Geneva College, Duquesne University and the University at Buffalo Law School, he was admitted into law in New York State in 1972 and his private practice legal career spans 35 years.
A former partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, Mr. Schad focused on tort, commercial and civil litigation, state and federal law compliance related to disability and represented and advised private and public entities. He has litigated cases In the New York State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western New York District. Mr. Schad has also managed appeals to the Third and Fourth Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court and New York State Court of Appeals.
Most recently Mr. Schad was Majority Counsel to the Erie County Legislature where he provided counsel on matters related to the Erie County Charter and state and federal laws impacting the operation of county government.
He resides in the Town of Amherst with his wife, Priscilla. They have six children and eleven grandchildren.
MARK S. CARNEY
Mark S. Carney was appointed as a Commissioner to the Erie County Water Authority by resolution of the Erie County Legislature on March 15, 2018 and began serving his first term commencing April 27, 2018.
Mr. Carney is a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College.
He obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1987.
He is admitted to practice in New York State and the Federal Court System.
He began working as a solo practitioner before forming his firm, Carney and Carney, which specializes in complex litigation including corporate, white collar, civil defense and matrimonial.
He has practiced in City, County and Supreme Courts in Erie and surrounding counties, as well as New York City.
He has argued cases before the New York State Fourth Appellant Division and Federal Court of the Western District of New York.
Mr. Carney resides in Amherst with his wife, children and grandchild.
E. THOMAS JONES
E. Thomas Jones was appointed Commissioner in July 2018.
Mr. Jones has been an attorney for nearly 37 years. He has been admitted to practice before:
The United States Supreme Court; US Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; US District Court, Western District of New York; US Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York; and all New York State Courts.
Mr. Jones is a former Town Attorney for the Town of Amherst, New York having served in the Town Attorney's Office for nearly 20 years. He is also a former First Vice-Chair of the Local and State Government Law Section (formerly Municipal Law Section) of the New York State Bar Association.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Jones had a 10-year career in Bank Operations Management with the former Marine Midland Bank and M & T Bank in Buffalo and National City Bank in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. Jones, except for attending law school in Cleveland, is a lifelong resident of Erie County.
Mr. Jones currently resides with his wife in the Town of Cheektowaga. They have two children and five grandchildren.
ROBERT J. LICHTENTHAL, JR.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR / CFO
Appointed by Board of Commissioners October 1, 2007
Robert J. Lichtenthal, Jr. was appointed Deputy Director of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) effective 10/1/07. He has forty years of private and public sector management experience, primarily in the fields of financial planning and control, with a focus on budgeting and cash flow planning.
Since 1990 he has worked in municipal government and municipal utility management, specifically sewer, water and electric utilities. From October 1990 until mid 1997, Mr. Lichtenthal served as the Administrator for the Village of Bergen in Genesee County, New York where he directed all financial operations of the village government and its utilities.
In April 1996, he was appointed to a three-year term to the ECWA's Board of Commissioners. He was subsequently reappointed in 1999, 2002, and 2005.
Mr. Lichtenthal holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA with a concentration in Financial Planning and Control from the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
He resides in the Town of Clarence.
RUSSELL J. STOLL, P.E.
Russell Stoll is a Licensed Professional Engineer and currently serves as Executive Engineer of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA). Mr. Stoll has over 30 years of broad and varied engineering experience. His experience includes manager of design and construction phase projects for multi-phase, multi-discipline and multi-consultant public and private sector infrastructure and building projects.
His role from 2012-2015 for the ECWA was Distribution Engineer and Municipal Liaison responsible for coordinating design and construction of water main replacement/capital improvement projects and water main extensions in towns and villages throughout ECWA service area. As design unit manager, he supervised staff completing water facility record mapping, water main replacement designs and backflow prevention approvals. Mr. Stoll's previous positions as a consultant included Senior Project Manager and Regional Office Manager. He also served as Director of Engineering at the NFTA. His responsibilities in these positions included overall project quality, budget and schedule. He has managed project design and construction team professionals, and teams of consultants and sub consultants.
He has been involved in several professional organizations. Currently, Mr. Stoll is a member of the Cross Connection Control Foundation of Niagara Frontier Board and member of the American Water Works Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Erie Community College Construction Management/Civil Technology departments.
He has two children and resides in the Town of Amherst with his wife Diane.
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