Meet the 2017 Presenters 

Keynote Presenters

Jordan Figueiredo

Jordan Figueiredo is an Anti-Food Waste Activist from Northern California. Through social media, writing, talks, petitions, and activism he connects and ignites the movement to end food waste and hunger. Most notably through The Ugly Fruit And Veg Campaign (www.UglyFruitAndVeg.org) which uses funny, bizarre, and beautiful images of produce in order to highlight the 20-40% of all fruits and vegetables that go to waste worldwide, before stores, due to optional grocer cosmetic standards. Along with more than 170,000 people in 190 countries, you can follow The Ugly Fruit And Veg Campaign on TwitterInstagramWe Heart It and Facebook. Jordan’s work has been featured on the TODAY Show, in Huffington Post, NPR, Upworthy, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, and many others. 

Eugenia Bogazzi - ECOSS
Eugenia earned a PhD in Biological science and has over 15 years of experience in academic research. She uses Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to display and analyze data, uses databases, surveys and self-collected data in field, and summarizes results in reports and publications. She has six publications on peer-reviewed journals and 3 publications as chapters in books in ecology and marine resources studies.

Eugenia joined ECOSS in December 2015. Since then Eugenia conducted and managed multicultural outreach, designed and implemented solid waste reduction projects. Eugenia has been working with consulting companies, solid waste haulers and government agencies in different outreach and education projects.

Gerty Coville - King County Solid Waste Division
Gerty Coville has been with King County Solid Waste Division for 16 years and for the past six years has pioneered public sector partnerships in outreach program design with communities that do not speak English as a primary language. She has worked in multicultural outreach strategy, partnership building, and program implementation, focusing on engagement strategies in King County’s Latino community. Gerty strives to form partnerships based on community decision-making and culturally sensitive engagement strategies. She has applied these practices to programs that encourage participation in residential curbside recycling and composting and proper management of hazardous products and waste. Her outreach campaigns are designed for successful participation by communities across King County. Her education background is in Environmental Health from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington.

Socorro Medina - Seattle Public Utilities
Socorro works for Seattle Public Utilities managing the multifamily recycling education program for the City of Seattle. She is interested in how data and information can be used to better target Seattle’s recycling outreach efforts. Socorro is a native of Mexico and often works with Spanish-speaking communities. She has a B.S. degree in Physics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.


Breakout Session Presenters
 

Erica Bartlett - University of Washington, Recycling
Erica Bartlett has been employed as UW Recycling Program Coordinator for four years, where she manages and oversees UW’s flagship waste diversion program known as MiniMax. Prior to her time at UW, she consulted with renewable energy companies in Oregon and Washington state and worked in WWU’s Office of Sustainability. Erica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University.
Micah Bonkowski - City of Issaquah
Jeanette Brizendine - City of Federal Way
Jeanette Brizendine is the Solid Waste and Recycling Project Manager for the City of Federal Way. Over the last nine years, she has provided waste reduction and recycling outreach to the single-family residents, multi-family residents, businesses and schools in the City of Federal Way. Her dedication and creative approaches to educational outreach have shown positive results and she earned WSRA’s Individual Recycler of the Year award in 2013.
Emily Campbell - City of Tacoma
Candy Castellanos - Radiant Consulting, LLC
Candy is the founding principal of Radiant Consulting, LLC, a firm dedicated to building capacity for positive change within communities, teams, and organizations. She has 15 years experience designing award-winning behavior change programs, and five years experience developing partnerships for effective multicultural and multilingual engagement. As a community leader and passionate environmental educator, Candy has also been involved in local non-profit and professional organizations, including Zero Waste Washington, Washington Green Schools, the Pacific Northwest Social Marketing Association, and the Solid Waste Association of North America. Candy's passion for waste diversion started at an early age - in 8th grade she organized the first recycling program at her middle school in California.
Emily Coven - Recyclist 
Emily Coven is the founder of Recyclist, creators of cloud-based solutions that help communities move toward zero waste. A veteran digital communications strategist and technology innovator who ran her own digital agency for more than a decade working for clients such as PBS, MTV, and George Lucas, Emily founded Recyclist in 2014 with a mission to use media and technology to achieve tangible positive results for the environment and society.
Eva Dale - Zero Waste Washington
As Community Programs Director at Zero Waste Washington, Eva leads the organization's effort to create a culture of reuse and sharing in Washington. Eva is passionate about environmental justice, community-based organizing, and science translation, with more than 20 years of experience in the field.
Mendy Droke - King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program
Mendy is a Policy Liaison for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP) in King County.  She focuses on policy initiatives relating to toxic and hard to handle materials and has worked on paint stewardship and pharmaceutical take-back legislation the past several years.
Dana D'Souza - SERA, Inc. 
Dana D'Souza has conducted work for national and international clients from California to New York in her 9 years in solid waste.  She has extensive experience in program / policy, stakeholder meetings, benchmarking work, and developing case studies.  She has published and presented nationally.
Anna Dyer - Seattle Housing Authority
Anna Dyer is the Recycling and Waste Reduction Analyst for the Seattle Housing Authority where she wrangles spreadsheets, gives coworkers side-eye for putting paper towels in the recycling bin, and develops waste reduction initiatives for the agency. During her life-long quest to build just and healthy communities through environmental stewardship, she has worn many hats including: community organizer, communicator and researcher. Originally hailing from the Midwest, Anna now calls Seattle home. 


Sally Fisher - Clark County Public Health
Sally Fisher has been in the solid waste industry since 1986, first working directly for the garbage hauler and for the past 18 years at Clark County doing outreach and education.  She has a Bachelor's Degree from Portland State University in Business and Psychology.  
Rebecca Fong - Seattle Public Utilities
Becca works on finding new and engaging ways to reach out to the residential customers of Seattle to increase their waste diversion.  Her work at Seattle Public Utilities is focused on solid waste outreach, planning and communications.  She has developed and implemented media campaigns, community education programs, and outreach programs on food & yard waste composting and recycling for both nonprofit and government agencies. She has B.S. degree in Biology: Ecology and Conservation from the University of Washington. 

Kristy Fry - US EPA
Kristy Fry is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 office in Seattle where she convenes and supports state, local and tribal government communities in working together to drive climate action through materials management policies and practices that address the lifecycle impact of goods and materials. Kristy served in the Air Force as a weather forecaster where she found her passion for environmental sciences and climatology. She has spent the last 7 years with the EPA in the Office of Air and Waste, and Ecosystems Tribal and Public Affairs where she worked with tribal governments to develop tribal environmental plans that covered complex materials management issues. Kristy holds an MBA and B.S. in Business Management as well as an Associates in Applied Science, Weather Technology.

Liz Gignilliat - University of Washington, Recycling
Liz Gignilliat has been employed as UW Recycling Program Coordinator for three years, specializing in process improvement, data collection and reporting, and program management.  She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, where her studies focused on consumption and material culture, globalization, and visual culture.
Amanda Godwin - C+C
Amanda Godwin is a director with C+C, a social marketing and public relations agency in Seattle. For the last 11 years, she has been the consultant project manager for King County’s award-winning Waste Prevention and Recycling Education programs, including the EcoConsumer program which has put on more than 14 repair events in the Puget Sound area to date.
Jennifer Goodhart - City of Bellevue
Jennifer Goodhart is the Conservation & Outreach Program Administrator for the City of Bellevue where she manages residential, commercial, multifamily, and school resource conservation and recycling education outreach programs; including coordinating with King County to bring Repair Fairs to the city.  Prior to her work with Bellevue, Jennifer managed water quality, restoration, and solid waste outreach programs for the City of Issaquah, coordinated Environmental Programs at Seattle University, and implemented recycling and household hazardous waste programs for Grays Harbor County.  Her education background is in environmental science and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and a Masters of Environmental Science from The Evergreen State College.  She formerly served eight years on the WSRA Board of Directors, two as Secretary on the association’s Executive Committee, and chaired/co-chaired/or participated on the Conference Planning Committee for twelve years.  She lives in Everett, WA with her family.  
Kim Harless - Clark County Public Health
Kim is an Environmental Operations Specialist with Clark County, WA. She works on the operations and planning aspects of the solid waste system and coordinates with our outreach team for marketing and education. Kim graduated from WSU with a BS in Environmental Science and minor in Biology.
Abby Hart - Republic Services

Abby is the Recycling Coordinator for Republic Services and manages education and outreach programs for residential, multifamily, and commercial sectors in areas across King and Snohomish Counties and actively participates in regional recycling and organics contamination reduction workgroups. She is also a WSRA board member and one of the chairs of the conference planning committee

Luis Hillon - Seattle Public Utilities
Luis has fifteen years of experience in environmental economics in both the public and private sectors, including work in the fields of: waste management planning and evaluation; Montreal protocol implementation; sustainable transportation; solid and hazardous waste; and environmental labeling. In recent years, his work has focused on improving economic models to assess the cost and benefits of recycling and to enhance methods and econometric models to evaluate the effectiveness of recycling programs and policies. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional of Colombia and a Master's in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from Maryland University. He has taught econometrics, microeconomics, and engineering courses in several Colombian universities and Statistical Applications and Quantitative Methods in Seattle University.
 
Sally Hulsman - Seattle Public Utilities
Sally the Solid Waste Compliance and Inspections Director for Seattle Public Utilities. The Compliance team enforces Seattle’s solid waste code for its single-family, multifamily and commercial customers, working closely with the contract and non-contract haulers to ensure reliable solid waste collections and billing.  The team processes approximately 1,000 single- and multifamily customer service requests monthly and inspects more than 500 commercial and multifamily dumpsters a month for City recycling ordinance violations.  They audit the contractor for service accuracy and consistency, and work on many compliance issues including overflowing solid waste containers, litter ordinance enforcement, illegal dumping, containers left in the right-of-way beyond collection hours, contamination, and noise ordinance enforcement.  


John MacGillivray - City of Kirkland
John MacGillivray currently serves as the Solid Waste Programs Supervisor for the City of Kirkland, providing oversight to Kirkland’s solid waste contract and residential and commercial waste reduction and recycling programs.  John previously spent 15 years working in surface water maintenance management at the City of Federal Way.  John resides in Renton with his wife of 25 years, two teenage sons, and golden retriever.


Jenna McInnis - City of Kirkland
Jenna McInnis is the Recycling Programs Coordinator for the City of Kirkland. In this role, she works directly with residents and businesses to increase recycling and reduce waste. Jenna is also a WSRA board member. She has degrees in urban planning from the University of Washington and Cal Poly. 


Socorro Medina - Seattle Public Utilities
Socorro works for Seattle Public Utilities managing the multifamily recycling education program for the City of Seattle. She is interested in how data and information can be used to better target Seattle’s recycling outreach efforts. Socorro is a native of Mexico and often works with Spanish-speaking communities. She has a B.S. degree in Physics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.  

Colleen Minion - Thurston County Solid Waste
Colleen has worked in solid waste education and outreach for 13 years. Through her work with Thurston Solid Waste, she has provided over 1000 presentations in K-8th grade classrooms. In 2009, she received Non-formal Educator of the Year from the Environmental Education Association of Washington. 


Gretchen Newman - WA Dept. of Ecology
Gretchen Newman is the Lead Data Analyst for the Waste 2 Resources Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology.  There she coordinates the solid waste and recycling data collection efforts, waste characterization projects, and performance measures.  Currently, she is working on implementing a strategic plan for the Waste 2 Resources program’s data efforts and performance measures.  She also leads the agency’s Spanish translation team.  Gretchen has 17 years of experience in state and local government, focusing on solid waste and recycling policy and performance measures.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Business Administration and Global Studies.  


Lisa Sepanski - King County Solid Waste
Lisa is a Program/Project Manager with the King County Solid Waste Division and has been working in the recycling field for more than 25 years. Lisa is the current Washington Chair of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC). Lisa works on various policies to increase recycling of toxic and hard-to-handle products such as mercury-containing lamps, batteries, and paint. Lisa was part of the coalition that worked on the electronic product recycling legislation that was passed by the Washington State legislature in 2006 which produced the E-Cycle Washington program.  
 

Lisa Skumatz- SERA, Inc.
Lisa Skumatz is an economist with 36 years in national solid waste program / policy research. She has quantitative analysis expertise and aids decision-making by communities, states, and haulers. Lisa has published 100+ articles on trash, recycling, organics, and has spoken at 100+ conferences.

Elizabeth Szorad - Recology CleanScapes

Elizabeth Szorad works for Recology CleanScapes as a Waste Zero Specialist. In her role at Recology, she coordinates education and outreach programs in communities throughout the Puget Sound area. Elizabeth develops and implements innovative waste reduction programs for residential, multifamily and commercial customers, delivering educational presentations and providing technical assistance to businesses, schools, community associations and organizations.

Elizabeth earned her BA in Environmental Studies and minors in Law, Societies & Justice and Human Rights from the University of Washington. She enjoys beach volleyball, competing in obstacle race courses and cooking authentic Peruvian food.



Peter Thermos - PRR, NW Product Stewardship Council 
Peter is a consultant with PRR and assists the NWPSC  with outreach to Washington State stakeholders, including local governments, legislators, non-profit organizations and private businesses. Since 2012, Peter has been the program manager for the statewide product stewardship program LightRecycle Washington. Prior to that, Peter held marketing and business development positions in the recycling and technology start-up industries, and has an MBA from the University of Washington.


Gabriella Uhlar-Heffner - Seattle Public Utilities
Gabriella is a Senior Planning and Development Specialist for Seattle Public Utilities where she has been employed for 26 years. Gabriella’s focus at SPU has been on advancing organics diversion from landfill disposal and more lately on developing and implementing programs to increase construction material reuse and recycling.  She has been involved with Seattle’s original pilot studies for residential and commercial organics collection programs as well as compost quality testing and growth trials and anaerobic digestion research.  Over the past decade, she has been particularly focused on developing legislation for new construction material recycling initiatives with stakeholders and carrying out SPU’s construction material recycling requirements. Gabriella has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington and enjoys hiking and climbing particularly in the Cascades.