Professional Staff

Lauren Elliott

Lauren K. Elliott

Ms. Elliott holds a Class A Subclass 1 PA Wastewater Systems Operators Certificate. She began with ARWA in 2007 as a part time lab technician after working as an Environmental Scientist / Laboratory Administrator with Quantum Analytical & Environmental Laboratories, Inc. in Dickson City, PA. Prior she was an intern with DEP in the Bureau of Water Supply Management. Lauren is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A., Environmental Studies and a related area concentration of study in History of Art and Architecture.

Michael Bisignani

Mr. Bisignani is a resident of Northeastern PA, holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and is a Professional Engineer in more than 10 states. Michael has been with GHD Consulting Services Inc. for more than 13 years and during his professional carrier has gained experience in the analysis and design of water, wastewater, industrial pipeline systems, including the compilation and analysis of study results, the preparation of reports, hydraulic modeling, infiltration and inflow studies, etc. Michael is an active member of AWWA, WEA, NASTT and has served as retained consultant for countless authorities and municipalities.
Don Jensen

Donald Jensen, ESQ.

Atty. Donald Jensen, ARWA Solicitor, appointed June 2018. Mr. Jensen is an attorney, practicing with his wife, as partners in the law firm of Jensen & Jensen. He is admitted to the bar and actively practices in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut for over 33 years. His community work includes membership on the South Abington Township Planning Commission and the Chinchilla Hose Company for more than 20 years and as a prior Vice Chairman of the ARWA Board. Don is a resident of South Abington Township who resides with his wife, Brenda, and children Nicole and Anthony, who are also attorneys.

Board of Directors

Paul Lockett

Paul Lockett

Paul Lockett, ARWA Chairman, currently resides with his wife, Joelyn, and two daughters in South Abington Township. He has served on the South Abington Sewer Authority, and maintains a position on the South Abington Township Zoning Board. He enjoys golfing in his spare time.
Gloria Lance

Gloria J. Lance

Gloria J. Lance, M.S., ARWA Vicechair, of South Abington Township, along with husband Jack and daughter Emily has resided in South Abington for over 25 years. Gloria maintainsher appointment to South Abington Sewer Authority for more than 20 years and to AWRA since 2000. Her experience in community service is sustained by a belief that every contribution will bring about a greater good. Her active involvement in the alumni board of Keystone College, Leadership Lackawanna, the Junior League of Scranton as well as state and local organizations related to her field have been instrumental in preparing her to work towards each goal successfully. Gloria is a graduate of Keystone Junior College, Millersville University and the University of Scranton Masters Program.
Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

J. Paul Murphy, ARWA Treasurer, CPA of Clarks Summit, is a partner with the CPA firm Murphy, Dougherty & Co., and has more than thirty-six years experience in public accounting for clients in a wide variety of industries which includes sewer system authorities, townships, boroughs, school districts and other governmental agencies. Mr. Murphy has been qualified as an expert witness on more than 35 occasions for courts in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne and Monroe Counties. He has testified as to values of companies in a wide range of industries ranging from service to manufacturing.
Bob Kelly

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly, ARWA Secretary, a resident South Abington Township, has unique hands-on waste water treatment plant operations experience as a Sanitary Sewer Technician for 21 years. He also has a diverse portfolio of active community service and volunteerism. He is a Charter Member of the South Abington Municipal Authority and served as Chairman for ten years. During that time he obtained the commemorative army tank for Road Garden Park, secured the electronic message sign for that park, erected the wood signs to designate township entrances, hung Seasonal banners in the township, worked on Victorian Village, and ran the contest for township flag.
Dave Rinaldi

David J. Rinaldi, ESQ.

Board Member
Atty. David J. Rinaldi, ARWA Board Member, represents Clarks Green Borough. He currently serves as Borough Council President and is the only member of the Board holding an elected position in his municipality. Atty. Rinaldi has maintained a law office in Scranton, Rinaldi & Rinaldi, since 1980. After graduating from the Widener University School of Law, Atty. Rinaldi was appointed a Clerk to the staff of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Eagen. Since then Atty. Rinaldi has served as Lackawanna County Solicitor, South Abington Township Solicitor and Lackawanna County Housing Authority Solicitor along with Solicitor to Lackawanna County Controller's Office and Scranton Single Tax Office.

John F. Pullo, Sr.

Board Member
John F. Pullo, Sr., AWRA Board Member, is founder and CEO of Chartwell Strategies, LLC, a strategic advisory services consulting firm. Prior to founding Chartwell Strategies, he was employed for 35 years at Gentex Corporation in a variety of senior executive positions. Industry experience prior to Gentex includes twelve years with Sandvik AB. His community service work includes leadership roles on the boards of a variety of regional, state, and federal economic development partnerships and business incubators. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Keystone College, as well as the Board of Directors at WVIA. Mr. Pullo and his wife Angela reside in Clarks Summit, and have a son, John Jr, also residing in Clarks Summit with his wife and daughter.

Don Snyder

Board Member
Donald T. Snyder of South Abington Township - is a career agent with Baltimore Life Insurance Companies who holds numerous certifications for prior jobs:EMT/Paramedic II Instructor, PA Department of Health Adult and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor, and PA State Fire Academy Instructor. He was a patrolman for Clarks Green Borough, and firefighter for Clarks Summit and Chinchilla Fire Departments who then joined Community Medical Center in Scranton as a Paramedic. He moved to Community Life Support Systems, Inc. of Clarks Summit as VP & Operations Manager.
Wayne Thorpe

Wayne Thorpe

Board Member
Wayne Thorpe, ARWA Board Member, of South Abington Township – is employed by L-3 Communications - Space & Navigation division in Budd Lake NJ as Network Engineer / Facilities Security Officer. He has more than thirty years experience in the design and the manufacturing of electronic instrumentation for L-3 Communications and Lockheed Martin Archbald, PA. Over the years Wayne has held various positions in Design & Drafting, Software Engineering and Manufacturing Information Systems.

Frank Besten

Board Member
I am currently a Clarks Summit resident. Serving on Clarks Summit Borough Council for six years as Vice President. I also served as Chairman of personnel, the building committee, and the police pension board. I am currently the committeeman of the 114th legislation, for the Democratic party. I was an RCA/Thompson employee for 32 years.