New England & New York Leadership Team
Ed Bass leads Operations in the North and West territories for SOLitude. Ed has more than 30 years of experience in mid and senior level leadership roles in the transportation, warehousing and specialized logistics industry, leading large operational, sales and account management teams with great success.
As a business owner throughout the 1990s Ed successfully operated a 48 state truckload business that grew to over 450 tractor trailers, employing over 500 Colleagues including administration staff, Drivers, Sales, Account Management and dock operations teams.
Before coming to Solitude Ed spent the previous 15 years with Iron Mountain Records and Information Management where he held several leadership roles including District General Manager overseeing the Texas and Oklahoma operations. Director of Transportation for Iron Mountains North American operations consisting of 95 Districts operating over 3,000 routes per day in a service industry. Most recently for the previous 7 years, Ed held a Regional Director role in the companies Secure Destruction business unit with direct responsibility for 42 transportation depots and 8 shred plants operating in 22 states. In this role Ed and his team of over 600 Colleagues achieved a number of recognition awards including Region of the Year for exceptional financial, customer satisfaction, operational excellence and safety performance in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Raised in New Mexico Ed spent all of his free time outdoors hunting, fishing and camping where at a young age he gained a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Today he and his wife and high school sweetheart, Tonya live on a large lake southeast of Dallas Texas where they spend much of their spare time outdoors and on the boat with family and friends.
Keith Gazaille is an aquatic ecologist for SOLitude Lake Management who serves as District Manager 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. 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’s hobbies and interests include saltwater fishing, waterfowl hunting, woodworking and boating. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Project Manager (Northern New England & NY), Aquatic Biologist
Kara Sliwoski is an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager overseeing scientific teams in SOLitude’s Northern New England and NY territories. She works with her colleagues to determine the most appropriate management strategies for waterbodies across the region while considering client goals and the most ecologically responsible ways to achieve them. Kara works with state and municipal regulatory agencies, private property owners and associations to ensure proper project coordination and execution from beginning to end of their aquatic management plans and programs. Kara’s experience extends to both large and small waterbodies, as well as significant projects with public entities, including the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and prominent waterbodies in Vermont.
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 (NEAMPS), the Lake and Ponds Association of Western Massachusetts (LAPA West), and the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations (MA COLAP).
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 dual degree in marine biology and environmental science, and later study abroad in Australia, 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.
Project Manager, Nutrient Remediation / Senior Environmental Engineer
Dominic Meringolo is an Environmental Engineer with SOLitude Lake Management and is the Project Manager for projects in central and northeast Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Dominic has more than 20 years of lake and pond management experience and is responsible for leading the company’s large in-lake phosphorus management projects. He has an extensive background in the implementation of a wide variety of chemical and non-chemical management techniques, and uses his knowledge and expertise to work on expanding our services for clients across the country.
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.
Project Manager (Southern New England), Environmental Scientist
Paul Conti is a Project Manager and Environmental Scientist serving SOLitude’s Southern New England region. 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. He is also a licensed supervisory pesticide applicator in the state of Connecticut and New York.
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, PA, 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.