Employee Spotlight

Melissa Recos, PE is a Project Manager in BETA’s Water and Wastewater Engineering group with 15 years of experience. In this role, she primarily focuses on planning and permitting for water, wastewater, and stormwater design projects and enjoys the personal side of interacting with clients as she helps them address their everyday issues.

Melissa, along with several other BETA staff, has earned the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program certification, which enables her to assist municipalities in becoming MVP certified. Communities who obtain this status are eligible for funding to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. MVP certified providers are trained in workshops across the state to provide technical assistance to communities in completing the assessment and resiliency plan. Our MVP certified staff are able to assess vulnerability and develop strategies to incorporate nature-based solutions into the planning process, based on the best available statewide climate projections and data. Many communities across the Commonwealth have already received grant awards for MVP-certified projects. Melissa and our other MVP-certified staff members stand ready to assist your municipality in being considered for the next round of funding.

With a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, Melissa is now on the executive board of the University’s Civil Engineering Alumni Organization (NUCEAO). She also has a Certificate of Community Environmental Studies from Tufts University. Melissa is a registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and is a member of New England Water Environment Association.

Melissa has been a member of the Hopkinton Conservation Commission for over seven years and is currently serving as the vice-chair. Her involvement with the Commission has provided her with invaluable experience on the “other side of the table” that she uses when presenting in front of town boards. Melissa spends every free minute she can outdoors with her husband and three young sons and is deeply invested in helping preserve the environment her family lives in.