MEET NEFCO Leadership
NEFCO has assembled a team of dedicated professionals with extensive knowledge and experience to sustain a world-class environmental company. Our core leadership values set elite standards for ethical behaviour, teamwork, responsiveness, and dependability.
James (Jim) N. Sullivan
Jim Sullivan has been with NEFCO since its inception in 1986. In his current role, he is responsible for the overall performance, strategic direction, and the mission of NEFCO. Under Jim’s leadership, NEFCO has earned a well deserved reputation in the industry as a fair and ethical firm, a reliable and highly competent service provider, an environmental and technological leader, and a company which fosters a safe working environment for its employees and surrounding communities.
Jim takes great pride in the fact that NEFCO has never turned away a pound of sludge under any of its contracts and has met all of its contractual obligations to process the sludge into a beneficial use product. Jim also serves as NEFCO’s managing general partner with respect to O’Connell Development Group’s equity interest in NEFCO. Jim is the President of The O’Connell Companies and serves on its Board of Directors. Prior to being NEFCO’s Managing Partner, Jim’s involvement with NEFCO was related to financial, legal, and contractual matters as well as most recently serving as General Manager. Jim has been with O’Connell since 1982. Jim possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s degree in Finance from Western New England College. Jim is a member of the Water Environment Federation. Jim resides in western Massachusetts and enjoys spending time with his five children. Jim is an avid golfer, and enjoys travelling, reading, coaching youth and high school basketball, and spending time with his family.
Larry W. Bishop, PE
Larry Bishop has executive level operations and business development experience with over 20 years of progressively responsible leadership in the wastewater and biosolids engineering and construction field. In his current role, he is responsible for the engineering and technology aspects along with the business development strategy and overall growth of NEFCO.
Larry’s prior professional experience includes managing large infrastructure projects and overall leadership of business development and client services programs in the United States and abroad. His diverse industry and technology experience encompasses the planning and implementation of treatment and conveyance systems. He is an active member of the Water Environment Federation. Larry received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of South Florida. Larry lives in Alabama with his wife and son. They enjoy traveling, sports and community activities.
Vice President of Operations
Manuel Irujo has been working for NEFCO since 2007. As Vice President of Operations, Manuel is responsible for the overall management and plant operations at NEFCO’s six facilities including production, maintenance, plant purchasing, laboratory, safety, environmental compliance, and customer relations. Manuel is also responsible for all new plant start-ups and sales of finished product.
Under Manuel’s leadership, all NEFCO plants’ top priorities are safety, team work, preventive/predictive maintenance of plant equipment, reliable operations, 100% environmental compliance, good housekeeping and excellent relations with our customers. Prior to working for NEFCO, Manuel worked in manufacturing in the photographic industry for approximately 25 years and also has waste management experience. Throughout his career, Manuel has demonstrated leadership in team building and continuous improvement that result in safe, clean, reliable and efficient plant operations. Manuel possesses Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is an active member of the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association, and is an active member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Manuel enjoys skiing, cycling, personal fitness, music, reading, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Sean Murnan will lead process improvement projects at current facilities and provide process design for new contracts, including developing process models and calculations for system evaluation and sizing and performing economic and non-economic feasibility analysis for projects. Sean works with engineering consultants, clients, and equipment vendors for developing technical specifications for equipment and material procurement. He will also provide startup, commissioning and operational assistance for NEFCO facilities.
Sean has his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Hartford and his Master’s Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was previously with a technology company that developed pretreatment solutions for enhanced anaerobic digestion.
Product Distribution Manager
Felicia Morrissette is responsible for all aspects of product marketing and distribution for all NEFCO facilities. Felicia is the lead for facility compliance, product management/storage and facility odor management. Felicia will also be working with regional wastewater and biosolids associations to plan and execute interactive activities promoting recycling of biosolids and will work directly with existing and new end user customers to ensure they understand agronomic, soil, and beneficial use considerations.
Felicia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She previously worked at UNH as a Forest Research Technician and most recently at Resource Management, Inc. as a Project Manager. Her experience includes biosolids and other organic residuals, environmental compliance, developing residuals markets, customer relations, GIS mapping, and land application and other beneficial use solutions. Felicia lives in New Hampshire and enjoys traveling and boating.
Michael (Mike) Thayer (Retired)
Manager, Technology and Engineering
Michael Thayer has a long history of biosolids and environmental work including serving as the MWRA Interim Sludge Processing and Disposal Project Manager. Since 1997, Mike has worked with NEFCO in multiple roles and been actively involved in all company projects from the beginning including Tidewater, a pilot fertilizer facility.
Mike was part of the team instrumental in ending the 115-year practice of dumping sludge into Boston Harbor as both an MWRA employee and with NEFCO. In his current role, he designs all the NEFCO plants including the technology systems; instrumentation and emissions controls; equipment and chemicals selection; preparation of plant operations manuals; and providing technical assistance to ensure effective and efficient operations. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and holds a Massachusetts Grade 7 Wastewater Operator License. He was an active participant in the Water Environment Federation (WEF) for more than 15 years. An avid outdoorsman, Mike especially enjoys hunting and canoeing on the waters NEFCO helps protect.