Senior Biologist and Regional Director
Keith Gazaille is an aquatic ecologist for SOLitude Lake Management who serves as the regional leader of the New England region based in central Massachusetts. Keith has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 1998 and has been responsible for the design, permitting and implementation of hundreds of management programs across the Northeast. His direct project experience includes fisheries and wildlife habitat improvement, aquatic, wetland, and upland invasive species control, water quality enhancement, nutrient management, aeration, dredging and watershed management to name a few. Keith is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and also holds Mosquito/Biting fly and Right of Way pesticide certifications in Rhode Island and Connecticut, respectively. He is also a Certified Invasive Species Manager by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and is experienced with feasibility assessments and regulatory compliance monitoring and reporting.
Keith has served as the lead project manager for many of SOLitude’s larger and more sensitive projects in the Northeast, having developed and performed invasive species control programs and rare and endangered species habitat management for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, MA Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage Program, US Army Corps of Engineers, The Audubon Society, RI Fish and Wildlife, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. He is active in a number of professional organizations such as the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society and the North American Lake Management Society. Through his involvement with these organization and other continuing education programs, Keith stays current with the latest technologies and management protocols.
Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Wildlife concentration from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA in 1995. Prior to beginning his lake management career with Aquatic Control Technology, Keith worked under a state grant to collect data on the nesting and fledging habits of federally threatened piping plovers on Martha’s Vineyard. He also served as an operations manager for an area property management company that provided landscape maintenance, turf management and invasive species control services.
In his spare time, Keith hobbies and interests include saltwater fishing, waterfowl hunting, woodworking and boating. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Business Development Consultant
Joe Onorato joined SOLitude Lake Management as a Business Development Specialist. Joe is responsible for building new relationships with potential clients as well as maintaining already existing relationships with current customers.
Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Immediately after graduating, Joe took a chance on his dream and traveled the country as a touring musician. While touring, Joe realized his strong business acumen and would eventually go on to utilize his talents in a sales role. Prior to joining the SOLitude team, he spent six years as a top performing Sales Representative for PepsiCo/Frito Lay. In addition to bringing in new clients, he also trained and mentored new talent during his time with PepsiCo.
Massachusetts is where Joe grew up and currently resides with his wife, daughter and step-daughter. Outside of work, Joe enjoys playing with his four year old daughter and spending quality time with his family at his parent's cottage on Cape Cod.
Pete Beisler is based in Gray, ME and joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as an environmental scientist. Pete manages numerous projects in New Hampshire, utilizing his many years of experience in the preservation of natural resources and aquatic habitats. He is currently a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Pete received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Natural Resources from Johnson State College in Johnson, VT in 1997. Every summer of his life through college was spent in the breathtaking Rangeley Lakes Region in the western mountains of Maine. It was here that he felt most at home and developed his love of the outdoors and attraction to aquatic environments. Pete packed up his car after college and headed out to explore, ending up in Bozeman, MT for four-and-a-half years which furthered his love for the outdoors and environment. He returned to New England to be closer to family and began working with Aquatic Control Technology in 2002. Pete is a member of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS), North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) and the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS).
When not out working, Pete can be found hiking, kayaking, fishing, boating or spending time with his dogs Callie and Emmett. He also has a passion for photography and had one of his pictures published as the cover photo on a 2016 calendar representing the Rangeley Lakes Region of Maine.
Eric Kuhn is an environmental scientist at SOLitude Lake Management. Eric provides clients in the Northeast with sustainable solutions for aquatic ecosystems. He is a licensed applicator in the state of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Eric also has experience with ArcGIS, and is trained to produce reports for clients utilizing computer generated maps and geographic data.
Eric graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science in 2014. He began his career as a chemical applicator, under the tutelage of Robert Wheaton, treating across the entire New England region. Before he became a member of SOLitude, Eric volunteered with the Sheffield Nature Conservancy and assisted with projects involving invasive species removal and habitat encroachment. He also spent time working with a non-profit plant nursery, caring for native species of Berkshire County and the surrounding regions.
Born and raised in The Berkshires of Massachusetts, Eric has been consistently exposed to wildlife and the outdoors. This, along with his interest in plant species, encouraged him to pursue a career in environmental science. In his free time, he enjoys many outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, and swimming. He also enjoys spending time at the gym and cooking new and intriguing recipes.
As an Aquatic Biologist at SOLitude, Kara Sliwoski works with clients to determine the most appropriate management strategies for their waterbodies while considering ecologically responsible ways to achieve them. In addition to regularly writing reports and proposals for clients, Kara works with state and municipal regulatory agencies to ensure proper project coordination. Kara’s expertise extends to significant projects with public entities including the City of Pittsfield, MA, and the Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation, and prominent waterbodies, including Twin Lakes in Salisbury, CT.
Kara graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Science and is active in the aquatics industry, maintaining relationships with the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society and the Lake and Ponds Association of Western Massachusetts. She joined SOLitude in June 2015.
Born and raised on a small lake in central Massachusetts, Kara has always loved being outside and around the water. This inspired her to pursue a degree in marine biology, and later study abroad in Australia for a semester, where she dived and experienced the Great Barrier Reef. In her free time, Kara enjoys boating, snowmobiling, scuba diving, traveling and relaxing with friends and family.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Ann Marie Meringolo is a seasoned administrative assistant with extensive experience in supporting water resource management. In her role as regional administrator for the northern New England region, she provides a full spectrum of administrative duties and works closely to support the company president, regional directors, CFO and all SOLitude staff.
Ann Marie has over 20 years of experience with office management, human resources, billing and invoicing, payroll administration, customer care, account management, database administration, document preparation, travel coordination, project support, shipping and receiving. She began working in aquatics at Aquatic Control Technology, LLC in 2004. Prior to working in the lake and pond management industry, Ann Marie spent 15 years in the medical field as a rehabilitation and physical therapy assistant and, in 1995, was honored at the State House in Boston for her exceptional service to the geriatric community. Today, she provides that same level of superior customer service to SOLitude clients in the Northeast.
Ann Marie is married and has four children, one grandchild and two adorable cats. In her spare time, she enjoys dabbling in culinary arts, crafts, interior decorating, fishing, camping and reading a good book.
Senior Environmental Engineer and Territory Leader
Dominic Meringolo is an environmental engineer with SOLitude Lake Management and is the regional leader for projects in central and northeast Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Dominic is also responsible for leading the company’s larger in-lake phosphorus management projects. To date, he has completed dozens of large lake alum treatments across New England and is looking to expand similar services to our clients throughout SOLitude’s service areas. Dominic is a certified supervisory applicator in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York and has worked on hundreds of lakes and ponds, implementing a wide variety of chemical and non-chemical management techniques.
Dominic earned his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA in 1998. He began his career in the lake and pond management industry with Aquatic Control Technology (now SOLitude Lake Management) in 1995, while finishing work on his master’s degree. Dominic is an active member of several industry organizations and has presented at events for the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS), the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations (MA COLAP) and the New England Association of Environmental Biologists (NEAEB). He has also presented at a number of other client industry conferences and has been invited as a guest speaker to the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dominic is married with four children and when not managing lakes and ponds, he enjoys spending time outdoors camping, fishing and hiking with his family.
Environmental Scientist and Biologist
Rebecca Giguere is a biologist and environmental scientist with SOLitude Lake Management who serves as a team member of New England’s Central Region. Rebecca is responsible for the north shore and central Massachusetts as well as the northern half of Connecticut. She is experienced to perform biological surveys, GIS mapping, algaecide and herbicide treatments and water quality sampling. She is a licensed applicator in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Rebecca started her career in the lake and pond management industry as a summer intern during the summer prior to graduating from Worcester State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Shortly after graduation, she began working for Aquatic Control Technology as a biologist and application specialist. Rebecca has worked on numerous lakes throughout New England including Lake Fairlee in Vermont as well as Wachusett Reservoir, Lake Cochituate and South Meadow Pond in Massachusetts.
Rebecca grew up on the border of central and western Massachusetts where her enthusiasm for wildlife, the outdoors, conservation and environmental science began and developed. In her spare time, she can be found fishing, hiking with her dog, hunting, shooting trap, camping or working on her yard or house. She also enjoys playing cards or catching an occasional country concert with friends and family.
Permit Coordinator and GIS Specialist
Matt Salem is a GIS and permit coordinator and GIS specialist at SOLitude Lake Management. Matt is based out of SOLitude’s Massachusetts office and services client’s lakes and ponds throughout the Boston metropolitan area and northern Connecticut. He hold pesticide application licenses in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
There are not many aspects of lake management that Matt has not dabbled in after being introduced to the industry as a seasonal field technician in 2007. Loathing New England winters growing up, he ventured to Arizona State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography, minor in Parks and Protected Area Management and a certificate in Geographic Information Sciences. At SOLitude, he gets to incorporate his education with assisting clients manage their water resources. Matt is an active member of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS), and was recognized for his 2015 poster symposium presentation, “Ticklenaked Pond Alum Treatment: Success Despite Curveballs.”
Matt spends his free time in the fall volunteering as an assistant high school football coach. Despite his aversion to winter sports growing up, spending a winter at a ski resort taught Matt to enjoy the New England mountains. He is commonly found exploring local wineries or relaxing by a lake in the warmer months.
Josh Perry joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as an environmental scientist. Josh serves on the central team of the New England region, which covers central and North Shore Massachusetts as well as northern Connecticut. He is a certified commercial pesticide applicator in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Josh earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA in 2015. At Westfield State, he gained valuable hands-on experience working in the university-owned wetlands, ponds and islands on the Westfield River.
Josh was born and raised in Central Massachusetts where his passion for the outdoors and conservation began. Even during his off time, he can be found near the water. Boating, fishing, kayaking and beach-going are just a few of his favorite summer activities. He also enjoys snowboarding and ice-fishing in the winter. Josh is an avid New England Patriots fan. He has been a season ticket holder since 2014 and never misses a game.
John Maday is an Environmental Scientist with SOLitude Lake Management who serves as a team member of the Central Region in New England. When it comes to restoring ecological balance in his clients’ waterbodies, John is focused on providing environmentally sustainable and cost-effective management solutions. He is a certified commercial pesticide applicator in Connecticut.
John started his career in lake and pond management as a summer intern with SOLitude while earning his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Clark University in Worcester, MA. After graduation in 2016, John joined the SOLitude team full-time.
In his spare time, John can be found with his family and friends, indulging himself in a variety of sports such as football, basketball and soccer. He also enjoys hiking, or simply spending time outdoors enjoying life.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Sarah Morin joins SOLitude Lake Management’s Central New England team as a regional administrator. Sarah is currently responsible for being one of the first points of contacts for clients. She assists in writing, reviewing and sending out proposals and contracts. Sarah is also gives notification of treatments to clients and town official as the permitting requires.
Sarah has experience in customer service, merchandise licensing, marketing and project management. She graduated from Salter College in West Boylston, MA with a license to practice massage therapy. Sarah brings with her prior industry experience, having worked with Lycott Environmental and Aquatic Control Technology.
Aquatic Biologist and Territory Leader
Colin Gosselin has been in the lake and pond management industry for nearly ten years and joins Solitude Lake Management as an environmental scientist and territory leader for the southern New England region. As a licensed applicator, Colin has experience with some of the largest phragmites control projects in New England. He has worked closely with many regulatory and conservation agencies such as the US Fish and Wild life Service and numerous state and local groups on a variety of aquatic, wetland and upland habitat improvement projects. Colin also has an abundance of small pond management experience and has been directly responsible managing SOLitude’s small pond clients in Southern New England.
Colin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH in 2009. His aquatics career began with a summer college internship. Colin began a full-time career as a biologist shortly after graduation and is now a licensed aquatic applicator in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. He has attended numerous classes and courses to further his knowledge in aquatics and lake management, and is currently a member of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS).
Colin’s passion for the outdoors has fueled his career in aquatics over the years. When not at work he can be found spending time with family, his dog or out on a boat - fishing in freshwater or saltwater. In the winter, his favorite activities are ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowboarding.
Richard Ruby, III is an aquatic biologist with SOLitude Lake Management. Richard is experienced in the field to administer chemical applications, as well as in the shop to maintain mechanical harvesters, trailers, pumps, cutting machinery and constructing application systems. Working under Keith Gazaille on the upland invasive species team, Richard has worked on projects involving the removal of Phragmites, Porcelain Berry, Asian bittersweet, Autumn Olive, Japanese Knotweed and many other terrestrial invasive plants from properties across New England.
Richard began working with Aquatic Control Technology during his higher education at Worcester State University as a summer intern. Growing up in Sutton, MA he spent much of his younger years exploring and learning about the forests and swamps around his home. This led to a deep interest in the biological sciences, and after graduating from Quinsigamond Community College he entered the Biology program at Worcester State University. His studies at Worcester State focused on invasive species biology and spread vectors, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2014.
Richard looks forward to continuing his career in the invasive species field, educating others on ways to prevent the spread of invasive species as well as methods for containing current infestations. His other interests include sustainable farming, woodworking, hiking and fishing. In his free time, he also enjoys being with his family and pets as well as working around the house or out in the forests.
Paul Conti is an Environmental Scientist with SOLitude. Paul works with each client to determine the best possible lake and pond management solutions to meet their individual needs, and has worked on an array of jobs both large and small. He regularly monitors lakes, ponds and wetlands, where he enjoys conducting vegetation surveys, nuisance algae bloom treatments, nutrient remediation projects, biological applications, and the removal of invasive and nuisance plant species in both aquatic and upland environments.
Paul graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then went on to earn his Master of Science degree from Drexel University, where he worked in a laboratory identifying and comparing diatom populations between dammed and undammed streams in Pennsylvania. He was also involved with the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County where he worked on the removal of upland invasive species. Prior to joining SOLitude full-time in May 2016, Paul worked as a seasonal intern for two summers and assisted in treating ponds throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
Growing up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Paul gained an appreciation for water by exploring the many creeks and ponds throughout the area. In his free time, Paul enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and traveling. He also enjoys making music and catching local concerts.
James Lacasse is an Environmental Scientist at SOLitude. He is also a Licensed Aquatic Applicator and takes a special interest in conducting aquatic, marsh and upland vegetation surveys to help identify nuisance plant species that may be detrimental to the ecological balance of lakes and ponds.
Before coming to SOLitude in June 2016, James graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, and broadened his industry experience with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Aquatic Control Technology and Triumvirate Environmental as a Field Chemist.
James grew up in Sutton, Massachusetts. Growing up in a small farm town, he often spent the majority of his time exploring outside and playing various sports with my friends — which led to his passion for the outdoors. In his spare time, James enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving and golfing. He also likes listening to music as well as watching and playing sports.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Becky Snyder is a regional administrator and works out of SOLitude’s office in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Becky is responsible for a variety of administrative duties including payroll, accounting and project management. She is also focused on providing exceptional customer service to each and every client.
Becky graduated from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA. She brings over 25 years of business and customer service experience and has worked in the municipal, engineering, and construction fields. More recently Becky spent ten years in the commercial property management industry and held positions as property assistant, property manager and tenant services coordinator. During her time in property management, she gained valuable experience in communications and customer service which she applies every day in her role at SOLitude.
Becky is a Massachusetts native and enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, cooking and volunteering. She volunteers as an adult advisor for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a youth club that teaches leadership training through community service. She is involved with the organization at both a local and state level, serving on an advisory board as well as the Massachusetts Executive Board.
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