HW principals

*Board Member


Nathan Kelly, AICP
Principal, President*

EXPERTISE: 20+ years experience in Master Planning, Zoning, Community Engagement, Specialized Plans (e.g, neighborhoods, housing, etc.). Nate is one of the  authors of several state-level guidance documents including the Massachusetts Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit and  others

EDUCATION: M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and a B.A. Philosophy and English from Boston College

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “Leading a sweeping, multi-year regulatory reform effort for the Town of Groton, CT. This project facilitated millions of dollars in real estate investment that uses high quality environmental design.”

Email NatePhone: 401-272-1717 x305

Janet Bernardo, P.E., LEED AP
Principal, Senior Engineer*

EXPERTISE: 30+ years experience in Civil Engineering and Site Design, Stormwater, Hydrology, Hydraulic Design, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality Analysis

EDUCATION: B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Lowell

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “Helping city and town officials across the state develop stormwater management practices to make life better and healthier in their communities”

Email JanetPhone: 857-263-8193 x202


Richard A. Claytor, Jr. P.E., LEED AP
Principal, Senior Water Resources Engineer*

EXPERTISE: 30+ years experience in Water Resource Management, Stormwater Management, Hydrologic/Hydraulic Modeling, Watershed Protection, Restoration Implementation, Low Impact Design Research and Development, Construction Administration and Management

EDUCATION: B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Hydrology,  Hydraulics, Water Resources, and Geotechnical Engineering from Union College

CAREER HIGHLIGHT:Working at HW these last twenty-two years with such talented, creative, and conscientious colleagues is very humbling”

Email RichPhone: 508-833-6600 x107


Jane Estey, P.E., Esq.
Principal, Corporate Counsel*

EXPERTISE: 20+ years experience in Civil and Structural Engineering Design, Construction Administration, Experienced Attorney — Land Use and Construction

EDUCATION: B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and extensive graduate course work in Structural and Ocean Engineering, Northeastern University, and the University of Connecticut.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Helping to chart the growth and direction of the company, and mentoring a talented group of employees”

Email JanePhone: 508-833-6600 x104

Anne Kitchell, LEED AP
Principal, Senior Watershed Planner*

EXPERTISE: 20+ years experience in Watershed Planning, Coastal Zone Management, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Municipal Program Evaluations, Site Design, Technical Guidance and Trainings, and Meeting Facilitation

EDUCATION: M.S. in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in Marine Science and a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “Erosion and Sediment Control Certification Training for contractors and inspectors in the Pacific Islands”

Email AnnePhone: 508-833-6600 x101

Brian Kuchar, P.E., RLA, LEED AP
Principal, Principal Landscape Architect

EXPERTISE: 20+ years experience in Civil Engineering, Landscape Design,  Ecological Restoration, Climate Resiliency, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Hydrologic/Hydraulic Analysis, Community Engagement, Training and Teaching

EDUCATION: B.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “The development of the HW landscape design group and the integration of landscape architects into our overall design approach.”    

Email BrianPhone: 508-833-6600 x155


F.P. Tom Lee, P.E.
Principal, Principal Engineer

EXPERTISE: 35+ years experience in Water and Wastewater System Design and related Oversight Management including

Permitting and Budgeting, Construction Oversight and Administration

EDUCATION: M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “Designed and provided construction observation for a 2-million gallon water tank, a water booster pump station, phase 2 wastewater treatment plant expansion, and oversight management for 24 irrigation wells at the Pinehills Community”

Email Tom Phone: 508-833-6600 x150


Thomas  Noble
Principal, Sr. Project Manager*

EXPERTISE: 30+ years experience focused on the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, America’s Water Infrastructure Act, Bioterrorism Act, and federal, state, and local Environmental Regulations Compliance as well as Emergency Preparedness Training

EDUCATION: M.S. in Hydrology from the University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in Geology from The College of William and Mary

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “Helping thousands of water and wastewater utilities become better prepared to respond to both natural and man-made disasters and keeping these community lifeline services operational despite adverse conditions”         

Email TomPhone: 508-833-6600 x115

Neal Price
Principal, Senior Hydrogeologist*

EXPERTISE: 25+ years experience in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources Restoration, Culvert Replacement, Water Supply, Dam Removal, and Wastewater Management

EDUCATION: M.S. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in Archeology from Oberlin College

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “Completed projects restoring water quality, naturalized hydraulics, and habitat connectivity to hundreds of cumulative acres of salt marsh and fresh water wetlands”

Email Neal Phone:  508-833-6600 x117


Tracey Orciuch
Business Manager*

EXPERTISE: 29+ years experience in financial management and accounting. Tracey is well versed in all aspects of accounting and has a solid understanding of government accounting practices

EDUCATION: B.A. in Sociology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: “It has been an exciting 23 years at the company. I enjoy working in finance, the variety in the work responsibilities, and am grateful for everyone I have the opportunity to work alongside.”    

Email TraceyPhone: 508-833-6600 x116