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Keynote Address


Sue Beets-Atkinson | Corporate Sustainability Manager, SBM 

 
With more than 21 years of solid waste management and recycling experience, Sue Beets-Atkinson has directly overseen more than 1.071 Billion pounds of material recycled in her career. She has successfully designed and implemented many large and complex recycle programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Beets-Atkinson regularly reinvents systems for improved efficiency and is the driving force behind SBM’s Sustainability program offerings, which include Zero Waste Planning and food waste programs

Sue Beets-Atkinson is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and is a Zero Waste Business Associate through the United States Zero Waste Business Council. Beets has both supported and implemented numerous startup programs and is President of the United States Zero Waste Business Council. Beets-Atkinson is currently the Chair of the Certification and Training Committees at the United States Zero Waste Business Council
Recently, Beets-Atkinson co-authored the pioneering Zero Waste Implementer’s Manual under contract to Sierra College Center for Advanced Competitive Technologies. This manual detailed the intent, requirements, strategies, and examples of 80 credits in 15 categories for the new U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Scorecard Certification System.

Closing Keynote Speaker


Alexa Kielty  |  Zero Waste Specialist, City and County of San Francisco 

Alexa Kielty has been working for San Francisco’s Department of the Environment’s Zero Waste Program since 2001 and has had the opportunity to help develop San Francisco zero waste policies and programs from the ground up, assisting the City reach its current 80 percent diversion rate. She has played an integral role in working with the residential sector, particularly multi-family buildings, working to get them into compliance with the strongest recycling ordinance in the USA.

 

Most recently Alexa has launched San Francisco’s Zero Waste Textile Initiative in partnership with non-profits and for-profit sectors. She is a graduate of University of California Santa Cruz Environmental Studies program with a focus in Agro-ecology.


Plenary and Training Speakers


 

Alli Kingfisher | Materials Management and Sustainability Specialist, WA State Dept. of Ecology

Alli Kingfisher is a Materials Management and Sustainability Specialist with the Washington State Department of Ecology where she has worked since 2002. She primarily works on sustainability issues related to our waste stream. She has a MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. She is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, a LEED AP and a skilled facilitator and graphic recorder.

 

Alli currently serves on the WSRA board and is the first woman to serve as president of the board of the Building Material Reuse Association. In 2010, she was recognized by Building Design + Construction Magazine as a recipient of their Top 40 Under 40 Award as a leader in the construction industry.
              


   Gretchen Newman    |  Lead Data Analyst,  WA State Dept. of Ecology, Waste 2 Resources Program

Gretchen Newman is the Lead Data Analyst for the Waste 2 Resources Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology, where she has worked since 2001. There she coordinates the recycling data collection efforts, waste characterization projects and Measuring Progress section for the state solid and hazardous waste plan.

 

Currently, she is working on developing a strategic plan for the Waste 2 Resources program’s data and performance measures. Since 2004, she has been a certified member of the agency’s Spanish translation and interpretation team. Gretchen is a former board member of the WSRA and chair of the Education Committee.

Gretchen holds a Bachelors Degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Business Administration and Global Studies.

 


 

Janine Bogar   |  Environmental Planner,  WA State Dept. of Ecology, Waste 2 Resources Program

Since 2008, Janine has served as an Environmental Planner for the Waste 2 Resources Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She is the coordinator for the solid waste section of the state solid and hazardous waste plan. With her team, she is working on the five-year update, with the goal of better addressing the needs and diversity across the state, while maintaining the Plan’s vision to reduce and eliminate most waste and toxics. She has served as legislative and policy lead for the Waste 2 Resources Program.

Prior to serving at the Department of Ecology, Janine worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections as the sustainability coordinator, helping prisons facilities make less waste and use less water and energy. She also worked for 10 years at Thurston County, implementing a variety of waste reduction and recycling programs.

Janine has a Bachelors Degree in Zoology, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies.

  Kelly Lerner | Architect & Project Manager, WA State Dept. of Social and Health Services 
Kelly Lerner is an architect and project manager for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services where she works to provide a safe environment for some of Washington’s most vulnerable residents. Kelly is an Art of Hosting practitioner who incorporates strategic conversations and participatory practices into her daily work to bring about collective solutions.

She is co-author of Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House and principal architect of One World Design Architecture in Spokane, WA. Natural Home Magazine has named her one of the top 10 eco-architects in the United States and in 2005 she received the United Nations World Habitat Award for spearheading a project that introduced straw-bale construction to China and built over 600 sustainable, straw-bale homes. Her ecological design work and writing have been published in Metropolis, Dwell, Natural Home, Design of Strawbale Buildings, The New Straw Bale House, and Green by Design.

 

Breakout Speakers (Alphabetical)


 

 

Jason Alberich   |  WA Dept. of Ecology
Workshop #4 : Ecology Doesn't Need Our Paper

Jason began working for Washington Department of Ecology as a Public Participation Grant Officer after graduating from Saint Martin’s University in 2008. In 2012, Jason was promoted to supervisor for the Waste 2 Resources Grants, Litter, and Outreach Unit. In this capacity, Jason monitors the Waste 2 Resources grant programs and supervises the program’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, 1-800-RECYCLING Hotline, and the Data Analysis Team.

Prior to his education and career with Department of Ecology, Jason served in the US Army for 14 years as an Intelligence Analyst.

   

 



Gabby Byrne  |  Thurston County Solid Waste
Education Track #1: Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector

Gabby Byrne has been doing outreach and education in the South Sound for nearly a decade. During that time, she has focused primarily on environmental issues such as the Western Washington prairie ecosystem and the health of the Puget Sound. Since starting at Thurston County Solid Waste  in January of 2014, she has used her science and communications background to implement outreach efforts for the Waste Less Food campaign in Thurston County. She holds a Masters degree in English/Communications from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College.

 


 

Candy Castellanos  |  Public Education and Outreach Manager, Waste Management Pacific Northwest 

Education Track #3: Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion

Workshop #3: Building Successful Engagement Tools & Creative Partnerships that Create Social Norms

Candy is the Public Education and Outreach Manager for Waste Management in the Pacific Northwest. As a community leader and passionate environmental educator, Candy also serves as a company representative and partner to local community organizations, schools and businesses, including Zero Waste Washington, Washington Green Schools, the Washington State Recycling Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America. She has also spent the past 12 years volunteering as a board member for the Washington Conservation Voters and ForTerra (Cascade Land Conservancy). 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.

 


 

Abby Christensen  | Revenue Share Administrator, Republic Services
Education Track #3: Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion

Abby has been working with Republic Services since 2013 as the Revenue Share Administrator. She is responsible for implementing innovative recycling education and outreach programs reaching 60,000 residential and multifamily customers in areas of King and Snohomish Counties that are regulated by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. She is focused on continuously increasing the annual recycling rate by implementing and thoroughly evaluating the effectiveness of pilot recycling programs so we can be that much closer to achieving zero waste.

Abby is a graduate from the University of Washington with a BS in Biology and a minor in Climate Science. During her time outside of work, Abby is an active member of the YMCA Youth and Government Alumni Committee and is a delegation advisor to middle and high school students interested in debate and the legislative process. Abby also loves to spend time hiking, cooking, and running.

 


 

Sabrina Combs  | Recycling and Public Services Projects Administrator, City of Bothell
Workshop #2: Social Media and the Gift Economy
Operations  Track #2: Working Collaboratively to Reduce Organics Contamination

Sabrina Combs is the City of Bothell’s Recycling and Public Services Projects Administrator for the last eight years. In 2010, she received the WSRA Recycler of the Year award for her work in Bothell. One of her passions is working with the community to provide outreach, education and encouragement for programs relating to the environment. As a wife and mother many of her commitments stem from connections she makes in the community. For her, changing behaviors about recycling isn’t just about percentages we keep out of the landfill; but about attitudes and behaviors we can change.

 

Sabrina's simple goal is to help everyone make one change and then make another and another. One of the methods she uses to communicate with the community is through social media with Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She is finding success through a partnership with the Buy Nothing Bothell Facebook group and the additional groups created from that group. The impact of sharing stuff led to an environment of sharing stories, events and talents in turn creating an entire network for providing tools, resources and ideas too.

 

 

 

Rick Cortabitarte   | Western Region Sales Manager, Berry Plastics -Institutional Can Liner Division
Operations Track #1: Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility by Planning What Comes Into It

Rick Cortabitarte has worked with a wide range of businesses over the past 26 years helping to indentify alternatives aimed at reducing the amount of plastic used in the waste removal process. Rick has helped countless facilities reduce their purchase, use, and disposal of trash can liners. Rick is currently the Western Regional Sales Manager for Berry Plastics Institutional Can Liner Division.

 


 

 Dylan de Thomas |  Editorial Director, Resource Recycling, Inc. 

Dylan de Thomas is the editorial director of Resource Recycling, Inc., a publishing and conference management firm.  The company is the publisher of Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News and produces the Resource Recycling Conference, the Plastics Recycling Conference and the E-Scrap Conference.

 

Mendy Droke  |  Policy Liaison,  King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program
Policy Track #2: Product Stewardship and the Law

Mendy has worked as a Policy Liaison for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County since 2013. She focuses her work on policy for toxic and hard to handle materials. Her primary focus is on stewardship legislation and she has worked during the 2014 and 2015 Legislative Session on paint stewardship.

 


 

Jeff Epstein  | Principal, Carton Recovery LLC & West Coast Recycling Coordinator, Carton Council
Markets Track #1: Recovery of Post-Consumer Cartons

Jeff Epstein is Principal of Carton Recovery LLC, and the West Coast Recycling Coordinator for the Carton Council. Jeff is overseeing the improvement and further development of the West Coast recycling infrastructure, as well as end markets for aseptic and gable top cartons. Jeff’s background is in the beverage industry having spent many years involved with improving the sustainability and environmental impact of beverage packaging. Jeff is a native of the East Coast, but has spent the last 12 years living in a suburb of Portland, OR. In Jeff’s free time, he is a fitness enthusiast and “manager” for his 15 year old daughter’s emerging singer/songwriting career.

 


Alex Erzen  | Program Manager, King County Solid Waste Division
Markets Track #3: Mattresses and Furniture: Lessons in Reuse and Recycling

Alex Erzen manages the King County LinkUp mattress market development program for the Solid Waste Division, working to strengthen the region’s mattress recycling infrastructure and processing capacity. Alex also manages the King County What Do I Do With…? website and the Northwest Product Stewardship Council website.

   


 

 


 

Veronica Fincher  | Waste Prevention & Recycling Program Manager, Seattle Public Utilities
Education Track #1: Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector

Veronica Fincher is a Waste Prevention & Recycling Program Manager for Seattle Public Utilities. She has worked on a variety of programs for the past ten years, including community waste reduction grants, school composting, food recovery, immigrant and refugee community engagement, community event outreach, and product stewardship initiatives.

 

Veronica’s current projects include developing and implementing a residential food waste prevention program, and helping minority and immigrant and refugee-owned restaurants establish successful food waste collection programs. Veronica has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, with a focus in Anthropology.

 


John Friedrick   | Executive Director, Washington Materials Management & Financing Authority
Policy Track #2: Product Stewardship and the Law

John is the Executive Director of the Washington Materials Management & Financing Authority. The WMMFA is the manufacturers' organization that funds and operates the E-Cycle Washington program.

 

 

 

 


Mason Giem   |  Intern, Seattle Public Utilities
Education Track #3: Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion

Mason is an intern for Seattle Public Utilities, working on the multi-family recycling and composting program. He coordinates the Friends of Recycling and Composting and has been the lead for the Eco-Safe compostable bag dispenser trial and expansion project. He is a Master's candidate in Public Administration at Seattle University.

 



Terry Gillis   |  General Manager, Recovery 1, Inc.
 Workshop #1: C&D Processing: Protecting your People, Products & Property
Terry Gillis is the General Manager/Owner of Recovery 1, Inc. and President/Owner of Carpet Processing & Recycling, LLC; both companies are located in Tacoma, WA. Terry has been recycling waste generated during typical construction activities for 20-years, pioneering methods to convert waste into resources.

              

 

 

 

Amanda Godwin   | Director, Colehour + Cohen  
Education Track #1 | Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector

Amanda Godwin is a director with C+C, a social marketing and public relations agency in Seattle. For the last 10 years, she has been the consultant project manager for King County’s award-winning Waste Prevention and Recycling Education programs, including Recycle More. It’s Easy to Do, a campaign aimed at increasing the single-family residential recycling rate.

 

Beginning five years ago, Amanda helped design and implement outreach and promotion strategies for both King County’s and Thurston County’s Food: Too Good To Waste efforts, including the creation of online chef videos, media relations, advertising, grocery partnerships and community engagement.

 


 Roger Goodman  |  State Representative, 45th district and House Environment Committee member

Policy Track #2: Navigating and Surviving a Plastic Bag Ban: Strategic Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

Representative Roger Goodman is serving his fifth term in the Washington State Legislature representing the 45th District, which includes the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, which recently enacted a plastic bag ban.

Representative Goodman sits on the House Environment Committee, which considers issues related to recycling. He chairs the House Public Safety Committee, with oversight of the criminal justice system, and is also a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee.
 


Nina Goodrich   |  Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director, GreenBlue
Policy Track #3: Designing for Zero Waste, Starting the Conversation

Nina came to GreenBlue with an industry and consultancy background in R & D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. GreenBlue’s mission is shaping the business of sustainability by arming the agents of change within industry with the science, technology and value propositions to help make business more sustainable. Nina believes that innovation and sustainability are linked as key drivers for our future. Nina has held leadership positions in R & D with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods.

While in industry, as a lifetime student of the innovation process, she worked to develop a value innovation process for re-invention. This process has provided a key framework to link innovation and sustainability. At Alcan Packaging she held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in their Growth and Innovation Organization. It was in this role that she came to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in re-inventing competitive corporate strategy. Nina has worked to develop a value proposition for sustainability and to share it with all who will listen.

She has done graduate work in technology management and holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.

 


Terry Grill    |  Director, Sustainability Americas, Sealed Air Corporation
Operations Track #1: Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility by Planning What Comes Into It

 In her position as Director, Sustainability-Americas Terry is responsible for for the execution of global sustainability strategies to meet needs of all Sealed Air businesses and customers within the North and Latin America while ensuring company-wide alignment of Sealed Air’s SmartLife™ approach to sustainability. Prior to this role, Terry had responsibility for NatureTRAY™ and NaturePAD™ products in addition to west coast sales responsibility for Rigid Packaging and Absorbents. Terry has also held positions as Director, Sustainable Products Business Development at Sealed Air and Biosphere. 


Her experience prior to joining Sealed Air in 2006 includes President/CEO, Industrial Insulations Incorporated as well as business development, sales management and technical sales positions in biotechnology and medical supply businesses. Terry earned a BA in Microbiology and Public Health from Washington State University and a MA in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Riverside. She has six publications in refereed journals. Terry was a founding director of Sustainable Claremont and is currently Vice President of Claremont Wildlands Conservancy. Terry currently resides in Claremont, California.

 


 

Mary Harrington  |  Organic Materials Management Lead,  WA Dept. of Ecology HQ
 Operations Track #2: Working Collaboratively to Understand and Reduce Organics Contamination

Mary Harrington is the Organic Materials Management Lead for the Washington Department of Ecology (HQ) where she is currently working to improve statewide diversion of all organics to beneficial end uses. She has managed local government curbside recycling and organics collection programs and has worked on improving organics management by helping in the development and implementation of environmental legislation in both Washington State and Georgia. Her articles on sustainable building, waste reduction and recycling have appeared in regional and national publications. Mary has a BA from Miami of Ohio and an MPA from The Evergreen State College.

 


 

Jack Harris   | Consultant, Blue Marble Environmental 
Education Track #3: Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion

Jack has worked as a consultant for local agencies on recycling and composting programs for almost 20 years, with a specialty of outreach and technical assistance to multi-family properties. He was co-chair of WSRA's WAMRS report effort and is a long time member of WSRA.

 

 

 

 


 

Heather Heyer   |  Founding Administrator, Buy Nothing Bothell Project
Workshop #2: Social Media and the Gift Economy

Heather Heyer is a Bothell wife and mother who is the Founding Administrator for the Buy Nothing Bothell Project group. She loves spending time on social media connecting the community with reuse opportunities through the Buy Nothing Bothell Facebook page and also monitors several other local Buy Nothing “City Name Here” groups.

 

Recently, she has taken her social media expertise one step further to start her own Blog on Facebook called the Bothell Blogger. Her joy comes from the multiple events that have sprung out of the Buy Nothing Project. For example, the recent free boutiques get together and other activities that take reuse one step further into getting to know one another in the community.

        

 

Sharon Hlavka   |  CPG Coordinator, WA Dept. of Ecology Waste 2 Resources Program
Workshop #4: Ecology Doesn't Need Our Paper

Sharon Hlavka coordinates the CPG program which provides grants for planning, implementation, and enforcement. She is training stakeholders to manage grants on the new Ecology Grants and Loans (EAGL) system. Sharon brings 15 years of local government service to the Ecology program. Her experience includes recycling and solid waste coordination at the City of Shelton, Thurston County, and the City of Auburn. In addition, her private experience with Green Solutions prepares her for this project. Sharon served on the WSRA board in 1994 and returned as WSRA board member, chairing the WRED events for the 2008-2012 term.

 



 Jeremy Jones   | West Coast Manager,   PaintCare
Policy Track #2:  Product Stewardship: the Law, the Implementation, the Opportunities

Bio Coming Soon!

Teresa Monzon Jones   |  Multi-Media Sales Executive, Univision
Education Session #4: Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs

Teresa Monzon Jones has over 30 years of experience working in television. Hired as a Trainee at KUAT-TV, the PBS affiliate in Tucson, AZ., she worked her way up the ladder to Writer/Reporter and eventually became the Producer/ Host of her own bilingual newsmagazine show. Teresa moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and accepted a position on the News Team at KCBS-TV as Editor and Supervisor of Editors. In 2004, she moved to Seattle where she took a Sales position at Radio Sol 1360 AM, Seattle’s first 24/7 Spanish language radio station.

 

In late 2006, Teresa became part of the Startup Sales Team at KUNS-TV, the local Univision affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, where her current title is Multi-Media Sales Executive. In the course of her career, Teresa has produced and co-hosted several Spanish Language TV & Radio shows. She does Voice-Overs on promotional videos, TV/Radio commercials and documentaries, as well as Emcees several local community events.

 


Bart Kale   | President, Bart Kale and Associates
Operations Track #3: What We've Learned: Large Industrial Recycling Facilities Working Within Communities

Bart has 32 years’ experience in both the public and private sector, spending 23 years as the Environmental Manager at a major industrial facility specializing in recycled materials. He spent a significant amount of time working with local stakeholders insure that the facility was as good a neighbor as possible.

 

  

 

John MacGillivray  | Solid Waste Programs Lead at the City of Kirkland
Operations Track #2: Working Collaboratively to Understand and Reduce Organics Contamination
Policy Track #2: Navigating and Surviving a Plastic Bag Ban: Strategic Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

 John MacGillivray is the Solid Waste Programs Lead at the City of Kirkland. With over 23 years of Public Works experience in Surface Water Management and Solid Waste, John leads Kirkland’s outstanding team of recycling programs coordination and education and outreach staff that support Kirkland’s perennially high recycling diversion rate and develop and implement innovative programs such as no-cost organics collection service for businesses and multifamily properties, monthly polystyrene collection events, and used battery collection.

 

John is active regionally through participation in the Department of Ecology Northwest Washington Region Commingled Recycling Workgroup and the Metropolitan Solid Waste Advisory Committee and is a supporter of expanding product stewardship programs Washington State. John earned his BA degree from Western Washington University in Political Science and resides in Renton with his wife of 23 years and two teenage boys.

 


Karen May   | Project/Program Manager, Recycling & Environmental Services, King County Solid Waste Division
Education Track #1: Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector 
Workshop #3: Building Successful Engagement Tools & Creative Partnerships that Create Social Norms

 Karen May directs King County’s Food: Too Good To Waste campaign in collaboration with EPA Region 10 efforts to raise awareness about food waste impacts and to encourage residents to adopt behaviors that prevent wasted food. Karen also manages several other education and outreach programs for the King County Solid Waste Division including its Master Recycler Composter volunteer program, recycling collection events, solid waste impacts on climate change and a compost incentives program. She has a Master’s degree in Geology from Montana State University.

 


Socorro Medina  |  Sustainable Business Coordinator, Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)
Education Track #4: Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs

 Socorro is a native of Mexico who has been living in Seattle for the last 16 years. She works on different aspects of waste reduction: from helping design and conduct Spanish-language recycling outreach projects to organizing workshops and zero-waste events. She also conducts outreach on pollution-prevention and other environmental topics with English and Spanish-speaking communities and businesses personnel.

  

 


 

McKenna Morrigan   | Senior Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group
Education Track #3: Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion

McKenna provides Cascadia’s clients with research, analysis, program design, and coordination services. She is passionate about her current work designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative multifamily recycling programs in Washington, California, and Arizona. McKenna brings expertise in community-based social marketing, community engagement, market research, program design and evaluation, and has worked on a wide range of environmental issues, including recycling and waste prevention, product stewardship, clean energy development, and energy conservation.

 

A native of the Northwest, McKenna returned from a decade of East Coast living to complete a master’s degree in environmental policy at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She also holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Brown University.

 


Photo Coming Soon!   Megan Nathe | Territory Manager - Washington, Oregon & Alaska, Wausau Paper
Operations Track #1: Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility by Planning What Comes Into It

Bio Coming Soon!
 

Jim Nicks   | Operations Manager,  CC Furniture Bank and  Furnishings for Hope

 Markets Track #3: Mattresses and Furniture: Lessons in Reuse and Recycling

 Jim joined Catholic Charities in 2012 with over 30 years municipal government experience. Having served in a variety of positions to include; tenure as chief executive officer, and concluding his government career as the chief operating officer for the Spokane Police Department.

In 2013, Jim was asked to serve as the director of the Spokane Furniture Bank, a recent start-up program of Catholic Charities. Spokane Furniture Bank provides essential household furnishing to families leaving homeless shelters, and low-income families that are referred by local social service agencies. These essential household furnishings are donated to the Spokane Furniture Bank from community residents and select local businesses. Everything from used dressers, beds, bedding, tables, chairs, and small appliances that were once destined for disposal are repurposed by the Spokane Furniture Bank. In 2014 700 households were provided essential home furnishings, a stabilizing influence for fragile families.

In 2014, Furnishings for Hope, a furniture retail store, opened for business. Furnishings for Hope sells upscale used furniture, and mainstream new furniture, to the general public for the sole purpose of supporting the Spokane Furniture Bank.

 

Mike O’Donnell   |  Program Director, Mattress Recycling Council
Markets Track #3: Mattresses and Furniture: Lessons in Reuse and Recycling

Mike is based in the Pacific Northwest and has over 20 years’ experience managing solid and hazardous waste collection programs for private and public entities. He has been on the board of directors for the North American Hazardous Materials Managers Association (NAHMMA) since 2005 and has been an advocate for industry managed recycling programs. Mike has garnered stakeholder support and developed program plans and collection infrastructure for product stewardship laws affecting paint, mercury-containing lighting and mattresses.

 

He is currently the Program Director for the Mattress Recycling Council and is tasked with coordinating the launch of state-wide programs in Connecticut (2015), Rhode Island (2016) and California (2016).

 


Alejandro Paredes   | Sr. Account Executive, T.D. Wang Advertising
Education Track #4: Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs

 Alejandro Paredes is a multicultural marketing professional with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino market and responsible for various environmental projects at T.D. Wang Advertising Group. He has experience in project management, targeted Hispanic community outreach, multicultural marketing, partnership development with community-based organizations, Hispanic/Latino market research and Spanish translation and transcreation.

 

 

 

 

Ha Na Park   | Multicultural Strategist, C+C
Education Track #: Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs

Ha Na Park is a Multicultural Strategist at C+C using transcreation and culturally-nuanced strategies to craft campaigns for businesses and organizations. Trilingual, Ha Na is fluent in English, Spanish and Korean and has led numerous cross-cultural, Hispanic/Latino and Asian American campaigns for non-profits, government and Fortune 100 companies. As a passionate tech-explorer, Ha Na leverages mobile apps and cutting edge concepts such as augmented reality to drive deep engagement and behavior change for her campaigns.

 

Ha Na has won an Addy and two PSAMA Pulse Awards, including Best in Show for her work producing viral Spanish radio and TV spots.



 

Jack Pokorny    | President, Students for Sustainability, Port Townsend High School
Education Track #2: High School Heroes – How Students Were the Key to Success in Recycling and Composting Programs

Jack Pokorny is a senior at Port Townsend High School and the president of Students for Sustainability. Being raised on a farm has instilled a deep knowledge of sustainable practices and an enthusiasm for outdoor activities. He is an avid hiker, mountaineer and sailor. He is also an exceptional scholar including membership in the National Honor Society. From August 2013 through July 2014 he served as an exchange student in Randers, Denmark with Rotary International.

Jack has a deeply ingrained volunteer ethic and has been involved with a number of service projects in the community for a long time. Since 7th grade, Jack has volunteered with the ReCyclery, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable cycling for the community by providing multiple progams for all ages, access to free and inexpensive bicycles, and repair service. He took on a leadership role in their 2014 summer camp that served students from 4th grade through high school. He has also volunteered as a sailing instructor for the Port Townsend Maritime Center for the past two years
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Sheryl Rhinehart  | Outreach Coordinator, Pierce County Public Works & Utilities
Workshop #5: Sort Your Own Garbage: A DIY Approach to Waste Characterization

Sheryl designs and coordinates outreach and communications about waste reduction and recycling and environmental education for Pierce County Public Works & Utilities. She has a graphic design background and is part of the team that puts together The Report, WSRA’s quarterly newsletter.

  

 

 



Mary Rose   | Co-Executive Director, NBIS (Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability)
Markets Session #2: By-Product Synergy – Innovative Collaboration Strategies

As co-founder of NBIS, Mary Rose has been fostering innovation for sustainability in the Northwest for over ten years. NBIS is the Northwest nonprofit dedicated to making business a driving force of change toward a more sustainable future. Mary directs By-Product Synergy NW and the Materials Innovation Exchange online marketplace, pioneering regional closed loop materials reuse systems.

 

Additionally, NBIS convenes business leaders across sectors in workshops, roundtables and regional discussions. Through these programs NBIS influences and engages a wide community of professionals in business from start-ups to mainstream. Mary serves on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Business Practices program of Bellevue College. She is a graduate of Earlham College and Union Theological seminary in New York. www.nbis.org.

 


 

Marcia Rutan   | Community Recycling Program Coordinator, Seattle Public Utilities
Education Track #3: Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion

Marcia has led the City of Seattle multi-family composting and recycling program since 2007. She has 25 years in local government with recycling and composting programs.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Simler   |  Mattress Recycling Manager, Spring Back NW
Markets Track #3: Mattresses and Furniture: Lessons in Reuse and Recycling

Jeremy Simler is the mattress recycling manager at Spring Back NW, a division of the nonprofit NW Furniture Bank in Tacoma. Spring Back NW is a mattress recycler that creates employment opportunities for disenfranchised individuals. Spring Back NW offers pick-up services to King and Pierce counties, as well as drop-off, and has been recycling mattresses since July 2013.

 

  

   


 

Matt Stern   | Area Director of Recycling Operations, Waste Management
Policy Track #3: Designing for Zero Waste, Starting the Conversation

Matt is the Area Director of Recycling Operations in the Pacific Northwest for Waste Management. Matt has 25 years of experience in the industry working for both the public and private sectors. He is currently responsible for all the recycling operations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, and Alaska as well as being part of team supporting the commercialization of green tech projects in the PNW. He operates three large single stream MRFs in Washington and a “dry waste” processing facility in Oregon.


 

 

Susan Thoman   |  Director of Public and Government Affairs, Cedar Grove Composting
Operations Track #2: Working Collaboratively to Understand and Reduce Organics Contamination
Workshop #3: Building Successful Engagement Tools & Creative Partnerships that Create Social Norms

Susan is the Director of Public and Government Affairs for Cedar Grove Composting, the state’s largest commercial composter of residential and commercial clean green and food scraps. Susan began her work in the environmental field in 1986, holding various leadership and corporate training positions before joining Cedar Grove in 2004.

 

Susan has been a frequent environmental speaker and educator at government and business sponsored workshops and events since beginning her career, and has a passion for working on collaborative sustainability projects and programs. She proudly co-chairs the Member Services and Fundraising committees for WSRA.


Terri Thomas   | Waste Reduction Supervisor, Thurston County Public Works Department
Policy Track #2: Navigating and Surviving a Plastic Bag Ban: Strategic Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

Terri Thomas has been the Waste Reduction Supervisor at Thurston County Solid Waste for the past 9 years. In that time, the team has implemented several innovative and successful waste reduction programs for and with the community. Examples include Waste Less Food residential outreach, Food to Flowers school technical assistance, and the Restaurant Rescue food donation project. These efforts have been enthusiastically supported by the public. Then along came a bag ban…

 


 

Laura Tucker  | Waste Reduction Education Coordinator, Jefferson County
Education Track #2: High School Heroes – How Students Were the Key to Success in Recycling and Composting Programs

Laura has been a life-long educator with 37 years of experience in the field of science, math and environmental education with emphasis on staff development, curriculum development and implementation.

She coordinated and delivered professional development for a nationally acclaimed hands-on, inquiry-based science and math curriculum where she created and supported a network of 74 independent sites and centers housed in formal and non-formal education centers. She also directed a non-profit environmental education organization for the purpose of providing residential outdoor science programs to schools in northern California and summer camp experiences open to all children.

Laura currently works as the Waste Reduction Education Coordinator for Jefferson County and mentors the Students for Sustainability at Port Townsend High School.

 


Mattias Wallander  | CEO, USAgain
Education Track #4: Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs

Mattias Wallander has been the CEO of USAgain since 2000. From the company’s inception in 1999, USAgain has expanded into a nationwide network of over 14,000 clothing recycling sites in 19 states. Prior to his role at USAgain, Mr. Wallander spent 10 years working on environmental and humanitarian projects in Southern Africa and Central America, seeing first hand the global need for good and affordable used clothing.

Mr. Wallander recognizes the environmental significance of reducing textile waste not least for the global warming impact of textiles. His goal is to elevate textile recycling to the level of glass, paper and plastic, and to eventually achieve zero textile waste. With his team at USAgain, Mr. Wallander is currently developing solutions for increasing textile diversion from 15% to 75% through increased consumer convenience and accessibility.

 

He has spoken on the topics of textile recycling and sustainability at numerous conferences and seminars including the Illinois Recycling Association, the California Resource Recovery Association, the Association of Recyclers in Wisconsin, the Georgia Recycling Coalition and the International City/County Management Association.
              


Annika Wallendahl   |  Environmental Manager, Port Townsend Paper Corporation
Operations  Track #3: What We've Learned: Large Industrial Manufacturing/Recycling Facilities Working Within Communities

Annika Wallendahl is the Environmental Manager at Port Townsend Paper Corporation. Port Townsend Paper Corporation (PTPC) manufactures kraft pulp, paper and containerboard products by blending virgin and recycled fibers at its pulp and paper mill in Port Townsend, WA. In 1996, PTPC began recycling old corrugated containers (OCC) and currently recycles one-third of Washington State’s collection of “cardboard” at its OCC recycling plant. Annika holds a Masters degree in Geology from Abo Akademi University in Finland and is a licensed geologist.




Roy  Weedman   |  Oregon PaintCare Program Manager
Policy Track #2: Product Stewardship and the Law
Roy has worked in the hazardous waste field for over 20 years and has been managing the Oregon PaintCare program since 2013. Before joining PaintCare Roy was the Solid Waste Coordinator and Mobility Manager in Columbia County, OR.





Jeff West   | President and General Manager, New Day Recycling
 Operations Track #2: Working Collaboratively to Understand and Reduce Organics Contamination

Jeff is the President and General Manager of New Day Recycling in Port Orchard Washington. He has over 25 years experience in the industry having worked his way up through the ranks from washing containers to District Manager for both Waste Management and Allied Waste. In 2007 he left the large companies to partner with his daughter and formed New Day Recycling LLC.

 

Jeff currently serves on WSRA's Board of Directors, and previously served on the Board from 1996-1998. He also has served as a Steering Committee Member of the Waste Recycler’s Council for the National Solid Waste Management Association and has spoken nationally at Waste Expo as well as at past WSRA and WRRA Conferences.

 

Originally from Montana, Jeff relocated to Washington while serving as a fireman in the Air Force at McCord Field in Tacoma. Married for 35 years to his wife Norma they have 3 kids (all of whom have worked on and off in the industry) as well as 4 grandkids aka future recyclers! He loves to travel and is a big admirer of Walt Disney.

 


Byron Yamamoto   | Sales Manager, Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Operations Track #1: Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility by Planning What Comes Into It

Byron has more than 15 years of sales experience with Rubbermaid Commercial Products in the Northwest. Working with property management, building service contractors, institutional, healthcare, and industrial verticals. Providing solutions with innovative products through increased productivity and safety. Active member of BOMA King County and WAMOA. 20 years prior experience in sales management with Campbell Soup Company. He is a graduate of Washington State University.

 


 

Ashley Zanolli  | US Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle Office
Education Track #1: Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector

Ashley Zanolli has worked at the US EPA Seattle office on air toxics, biofuels, environmental justice, and climate programs since 2006. She currently co-leads the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum, a partnership of western communities working together to drive climate action through materials management.

 

With the help of more than 25 EPA, state, and local government partners over the past three years, Ashley led development of Food: Too Good to Waste, a community food waste prevention toolkit. Ashley also implements EPA's Sustainable Food Management Program with commercial businesses in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and grocers throughout the US. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a graduate certificate in Decision Making for Climate Change from Northwestern University.


 

Jason Alberich, WA Dept. of Ecology
Session: Workshop #4 | Ecology Doesn't Need Our Paper

Jason began working for Washington Department of Ecology as a Public Participation Grant Officer after graduating from Saint Martin’s University in 2008. In 2012, Jason was promoted to supervisor for the Waste 2 Resources Grants, Litter, and Outreach Unit. In this capacity, Jason monitors the Waste 2 Resources grant programs and supervises the program’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, 1-800-RECYCLING Hotline, and the Data Analysis Team.

Prior to his education and career with Department of Ecology, Jason served in the US Army for 14 years as an Intelligence Analyst.

 



Gabby Byrne,  Thurston County Solid Waste
Session: Education #1 | Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector

Gabby Byrne has been doing outreach and education in the South Sound for nearly a decade. During that time, she has focused primarily on environmental issues such as the Western Washington prairie ecosystem and the health of the Puget Sound. Since starting at Thurston County Solid Waste in January of this year, she has used her science and communications background to implement outreach efforts for the Waste Less Food campaign in Thurston County. She holds a Masters degree in English/Communications from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College.


 
Candy CastellanosPublic Education and Outreach Manager for Waste Management:
Sessions: Education Track #3 |Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion
Toolbox #3 | Building Successful Engagement Tools & Creative Partnerships that Create Social Norms

Candy is the Public Education and Outreach Manager for Waste Management in the Pacific Northwest. As a community leader and passionate environmental educator, Candy also serves as a company representative and partner to local community organizations, schools and businesses, including Zero Waste Washington, Washington Green Schools, the Washington State Recycling Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America. She has also spent the past 12 years volunteering as a board member for the Washington Conservation Voters and ForTerra (Cascade Land Conservancy). 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.


 
Abby Christensen, Revenue Share Administrator, Republic Services
Session: Education Track #3 | Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion
Abby has been working with Republic Services since 2013 as the Revenue Share Administrator. She is responsible for implementing innovative recycling education and outreach programs reaching 60,000 residential and multifamily customers in areas of King and Snohomish Counties that are regulated by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. She is focused on continuously increasing the annual recycling rate by implementing and thoroughly evaluating the effectiveness of pilot recycling programs so we can be that much closer to achieving zero waste.

Abby is a graduate from the University of Washington with a BS in Biology and a minor in Climate Science. During her time outside of work, Abby is an active member of the YMCA Youth and Government Alumni Committee and is a delegation advisor to middle and high school students interested in debate and the legislative process. Abby also loves to spend time hiking, cooking, and running.


 
Sabrina Combs, Recycling and Public Services Projects Administrator, City of Bothell
Sessions: Toolbox #2 | Social Media and the Gift Economy
Operations #2 | Working Collaboratively to Understand and Reduce Organics Contamination

Sabrina Combs is the City of Bothell’s Recycling and Public Services Projects Administrator for the last eight years. In 2010, she received the WSRA Recycler of the Year award for her work in Bothell. One of her passions is working with the community to provide outreach, education and encouragement for programs relating to the environment. As a wife and mother many of her commitments stem from connections she makes in the community. For her changing behaviors about recycling isn’t just about percentages we keep out of the landfill; but about attitudes and behaviors we can change. Her simple goal is to help everyone make one change and then make another and another. One of the methods she uses to communicate with the community is through social media with Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She is finding success through a partnership with the Buy Nothing Bothell Facebook group and the additional groups created from that group. The impact of sharing stuff led to an environment of sharing stories, events and talents in turn creating an entire network for providing tools, resources and ideas too.


 
Rick Cortabitarte, Western Region Sales Manager, Berry Plastics -Institutional Can Liner Division
Session: Operations #1 | Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility by Planning What Comes Into It
Rick Cortabitarte has worked with a wide range of businesses over the past 26 years helping to indentify alternatives aimed at reducing the amount of plastic used in the waste removal process. Rick has helped countless facilities reduce their purchase, use, and disposal of trash can liners. Rick is currently the Western Regional Sales Manager for Berry Plastics Institutional Can Liner Division.

  Scott Cresswell, Georgia Pacific, Senior Account Executive
Session: Operations #1 | Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility by Planning What Comes Into It
Scott has been in this industry since 1997. His territory currently includes Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana. His customers have come to rely on him to help them find ways to strive to be sustainable every day. Georgia Pacific defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of society today without jeopardizing our ability to do so in the future.”

  Mendy Droke, Policy Liaison for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, King County
Session: Policy #2 | Product Stewardship and the Law
Mendy has worked as a Policy Liaison for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County since 2013. She focuses her work on policy for toxic and hard to handle materials. Her primary focus is on stewardship legislation and she has worked during the 2014 and 2015 Legislative Session on paint stewardship.

  Jeff Epstein, Principal, Carton Recovery LLC & West Coast Recycling Coordinator, Carton Council
Session: Markets #1 | Recovery of Post-Consumer Cartons
Jeff Epstein is Principal of Carton Recovery LLC, and the West Coast Recycling Coordinator for the Carton Council. Jeff is overseeing the improvement and further development of the West Coast recycling infrastructure, as well as end markets for aseptic and gable top cartons. Jeff’s background is in the beverage industry having spent many years involved with improving the sustainability and environmental impact of beverage packaging. Jeff is a native of the East Coast, but has spent the last 12 years living in a suburb of Portland, OR. In Jeff’s free time, he is a fitness enthusiast and “manager” for his 15 year old daughter’s emerging singer/songwriting career.


Alex Erzen, Program Manager, King County Solid Waste Division
Session: Markets #3 | Mattresses and Furniture: Lessons in Reuse and Recycling
Alex Erzen manages the King County LinkUp mattress market development program for the Solid Waste Division, working to strengthen the region’s mattress recycling infrastructure and processing capacity. Alex also manages the King County What Do I Do With…? website and the Northwest Product Stewardship Council website


 
Veronica Fincher, Waste Prevention & Recycling Program Manager for Seattle Public Utilities
Session: Education #1 | Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector
Veronica Fincher is a Waste Prevention & Recycling Program Manager for Seattle Public Utilities. She has worked on a variety of programs for the past ten years, including community waste reduction grants, school composting, food recovery, immigrant and refugee community engagement, community event outreach, and product stewardship initiatives. Veronica’s current projects include developing and implementing a residential food waste prevention program, and helping minority and immigrant and refugee-owned restaurants establish successful food waste collection programs. Veronica has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, with a focus in Anthropology.

John Friedrick, Executive Director, Washington Materials Management & Financing Authority
Session: Policy #2 | Product Stewardship and the Law
John is the Executive Director of the Washington Materials Management & Financing Authority. The WMMFA is the manufacturers' organization that funds and operates the E-Cycle Washington program.


Mason Giem, Intern, Seattle Public Utilities
Session: Education Track #3 |Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion
Mason is an intern for Seattle Public Utilities, working on the multi-family recycling and composting program. He coordinates the Friends of Recycling and Composting and has been the lead for the Eco-Safe compostable bag dispenser trial and expansion project. He is a Master's candidate in Public Administration at Seattle University.


Terry Gillis, General Manager, Recovery 1, Inc.
Session: Toolbox #1 | C&D Processing: Protecting your People, Products & Property
Terry Gillis is the General Manager/Owner of Recovery 1, Inc. and President/Owner of Carpet Processing & Recycling, LLC; both companies are located in Tacoma, WA. Terry has been recycling waste generated during typical construction activities for 20-years, pioneering methods to convert waste into resources.

 
Amanda Godwin, Director, C+C
Session: Education #1 | Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector
Amanda Godwin is a director with C+C, a social marketing and public relations agency in Seattle. For the last 10 years, she has been the consultant project manager for King County’s award-winning Waste Prevention and Recycling Education programs, including Recycle More. It’s Easy to Do, a campaign aimed at increasing the single-family residential recycling rate. Beginning five years ago, Amanda helped design and implement outreach and promotion strategies for both King County’s and Thurston County’s Food: Too Good To Waste efforts, including the creation of online chef videos, media relations, advertising, grocery partnerships and community engagement.

 
Roger Goodman
,  State Representative, 45th district and House Environment Committee member


Bio Coming Soon!


Nina Goodrich, Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director of GreenBlue
Session: Policy #3 | Designing for Zero Waste, Starting the Conversation
Nina came to GreenBlue with an industry and consultancy background in R & D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. GreenBlue’s mission is shaping the business of sustainability by arming the agents of change within industry with the science, technology and value propositions to help make business more sustainable. Nina believes that innovation and sustainability are linked as key drivers for our future. Nina has held leadership positions in R & D with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods.

While in industry, as a lifetime student of the innovation process, she worked to develop a value innovation process for re-invention. This process has provided a key framework to link innovation and sustainability. At Alcan Packaging she held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in their Growth and Innovation Organization. It was in this role that she came to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in re-inventing competitive corporate strategy. Nina has worked to develop a value proposition for sustainability and to share it with all who will listen.

She has done graduate work in technology management and holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.


Terry Grill, Director, Sustainability Americas, Sealed Air Corporation
Session: Operations #1 | Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility by Planning What Comes Into It
In her position as Director, Sustainability-Americas Terry is responsible for for the execution of global sustainability strategies to meet needs of all Sealed Air businesses and customers within the North and Latin America while ensuring company-wide alignment of Sealed Air’s SmartLife™ approach to sustainability. Prior to this role, Terry had responsibility for NatureTRAY™ and NaturePAD™ products in addition to west coast sales responsibility for Rigid Packaging and Absorbents. Terry has also held positions as Director, Sustainable Products Business Development at Sealed Air and Biosphere.

Her experience prior to joining Sealed Air in 2006 includes President/CEO, Industrial Insulations Incorporated as well as business development, sales management and technical sales positions in biotechnology and medical supply businesses. Terry earned a BA in Microbiology and Public Health from Washington State University and a MA in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Riverside. She has six publications in refereed journals. Terry was a founding director of Sustainable Claremont and is currently Vice President of Claremont Wildlands Conservancy. Terry currently resides in Claremont, California.

  Mary Harrington, Organic Materials Management Lead for the Washington Department of Ecology HQ
Session: Operations #2 | Working Collaboratively to Understand and Reduce Organics Contamination
Mary Harrington is the Organic Materials Management Lead for the Washington Department of Ecology (HQ) where she is currently working to improve statewide diversion of all organics to beneficial end uses. She has managed local government curbside recycling and organics collection programs and has worked on improving organics management by helping in the development and implementation of environmental legislation in both Washington State and Georgia. Her articles on sustainable building, waste reduction and recycling have appeared in regional and national publications. Mary has a BA from Miami of Ohio and an MPA from The Evergreen State College.


 
Jack Harris, Consultant
Session: Education Track #3 |Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion
Jack has worked as a consultant for local agencies on recycling and composting programs for almost 20 years, with a specialty of outreach and technical assistance to multi-family properties. He was co-chair of WSRA's WAMR report effort and is a long time member of WSRA.

Emily Hayes, Communications Specialist, Port Townsend Paper Corporation
Session: Operations #3 | What we've Learned: Large industrial Manufacturing/Recycling Facilities Working Within their Communities. A City and Small Town Perspective.
Emily Hayes is the Communications Specialist at Port Townsend Paper Corporation and provides assistance with internal communications to the mill as well as external communications to the media and community. A southern native, Emily received her BA in Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. Before joining Port Townsend Paper, Emily worked for such organizations as the Dekalb Library Foundation and Southern Arts Federation, and in the pulp and paper industry for RockTenn Company.

  Heather Heyer, Founding Administrator, Buy Nothing Bothell Project
Session: Toolbox #2 | Social Media and the Gift Economy
Heather Heyer is a Bothell wife and mother who is the Founding Administrator for the Buy Nothing Bothell Project group. She loves spending time on social media connecting the community with reuse opportunities through the Buy Nothing Bothell Facebook page and also monitors several other local Buy Nothing “City Name Here” groups. Recently, she has taken her social media expertise one step further to start her own Blog on Facebook called the Bothell Blogger. Her joy comes from the multiple events that have sprung out of the Buy Nothing Project. For example, the recent free boutiques get together and other activities that take reuse one step further into getting to know one another in the community.

Sharon Hlavka, CPG Coordinator, Washington Dept. of Ecology Waste 2 Resources Program
Session: Toolbox #4 | Ecology Doesn't Need Our Paper
Sharon Hlavka coordinates the CPG program which provides grants for planning, implementation, and enforcement. She is training stakeholders to manage grants on the new Ecology Grants and Loans (EAGL) system. Sharon brings 15 years of local government service to the Ecology program. Her experience includes recycling and solid waste coordination at the City of Shelton, Thurston County, and the City of Auburn. In addition, her private experience with Green Solutions prepares her for this project. Sharon served on the WSRA board in 1994 and returned as WSRA board member, chairing the WRED events for the 2008-2012 term.

 Photo Coming Soon! John Inge, Marketing Director, Cedar Grove
Session: Toolbox #3 | Building Successful Engagement Tools & Creative Partnerships that Create Social Norms
John Inge is the Marketing Director for Cedar Grove. In this capacity he is responsible for leading the integrated marketing for this regional organic recycler. John has played a key role in transforming the corporate brand while at Cedar Grove. This has included the successful repositioning of the company’s line of bagged retail products and in developing key new commercial business sectors. A graduate from the University of Colorado, John is a rabid baseball fan and has been known to spend occasional weekends spreading compost in the garden of his Seattle home.

Sego Jackson
Session: Toolbox #3 | Building Successful Engagement Tools & Creative Partnerships that Create Social Norms

Bio Coming Soon!


Teresa Monzon Jones, Multi-Media Sales Executive, Univision
Session: Education #4 | Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs
Teresa Monzon Jones has over 30 years of experience working in television. Hired as a Trainee at KUAT-TV, the PBS affiliate in Tucson, AZ., she worked her way up the ladder to Writer/Reporter and eventually became the Producer/ Host of her own bilingual newsmagazine show. Teresa moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and accepted a position on the News Team at KCBS-TV as Editor and Supervisor of Editors. In 2004, she moved to Seattle where she took a Sales position at Radio Sol 1360 AM, Seattle’s first 24/7 Spanish language radio station. In late 2006, Teresa became part of the Startup Sales Team at KUNS-TV, the local Univision affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, where her current title is Multi-Media Sales Executive. In the course of her career, Teresa has produced and co-hosted several Spanish Language TV & Radio shows. She does Voice-Overs on promotional videos, TV/Radio commercials and documentaries, as well as Emcees several local community events.

Bart Kale, President, Bart Kale and Associates
Session: Operations #3 | What we've Learned: Large industrial Manufacturing/Recycling Facilities Working Within their Communities. A City and Small Town Perspective.
Bart has 32 years’ experience in both the public and private sector, spending 23 years as the Environmental Manager at a major industrial facility specializing in recycled materials. He spent a significant amount of time working with local stakeholders insure that the facility was as good a neighbor as possible.

Miles Kuntz, Washington Dept. of Ecology Waste 2 Resources Program
Session: Policy #2 | Product Stewardship and the Law
Miles has been the lead on the Dept. of Ecology's oversight of E-Cycle Washington, the statewide electronics recycling program, over the last seven years.

John MacGillivray, Solid Waste Programs Lead at the City of Kirkland
Sessions: Operations #2 | Working Collaboratively to Understand and Reduce Organics Contamination
Policy #2 | Navigating and Surviving a Plastic Bag Ban: Strategic Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

John MacGillivray is the Solid Waste Programs Lead at the City of Kirkland. With over 23 years of Public Works experience in Surface Water Management and Solid Waste, John leads Kirkland’s outstanding team of recycling programs coordination and education and outreach staff that support Kirkland’s perennially high recycling diversion rate and develop and implement innovative programs such as no-cost organics collection service for businesses and multifamily properties, monthly polystyrene collection events, and used battery collection. John is active regionally through participation in the Department of Ecology Northwest Washington Region Commingled Recycling Workgroup and the Metropolitan Solid Waste Advisory Committee and is a supporter of expanding product stewardship programs Washington State. John earned his BA degree from Western Washington University in Political Science and resides in Renton with his wife of 23 years and two teenage boys.

Karen May, King County
Session: Education #1 | Taking a Bite out of Wasted Food in the Residential Sector
Karen May directs King County’s Food: Too Good To Waste campaign in collaboration with EPA Region 10 efforts to raise awareness about food waste impacts and to encourage residents to adopt behaviors that prevent wasted food. Karen also manages several other education and outreach programs for the King County Solid Waste Division including its Master Recycler Composter volunteer program, recycling collection events, solid waste impacts on climate change and a compost incentives program. She has a Master’s degree in Geology from Montana State University.

Socorro Medina, Sustainable Business Coordinator, ECOSS
Session: Education #4 | Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs
Socorro is a native of Mexico who has been living in Seattle for the last 16 years. She works on different aspects of waste reduction: from helping design and conduct Spanish-language recycling outreach projects to organizing workshops and zero-waste events. She also conducts outreach on pollution-prevention and other environmental topics with English and Spanish-speaking communities and businesses personnel.


 
McKenna Morrigan, Senior Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group
Session: Education Track #3 | Getting More from Multifamily: Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion
McKenna provides Cascadia’s clients with research, analysis, program design, and coordination services. She is passionate about her current work designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative multifamily recycling programs in Washington, California, and Arizona. McKenna brings expertise in community-based social marketing, community engagement, market research, program design and evaluation, and has worked on a wide range of environmental issues, including recycling and waste prevention, product stewardship, clean energy development, and energy conservation. A native of the Northwest, McKenna returned from a decade of East Coast living to complete a master’s degree in environmental policy at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She also holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Brown University.


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 Jim Nicks, CC Furniture Bank & Furnishings for Hope, Spokane
Bio Coming Soon!
Mike O’Donnell, Program Director, Mattress Recycling Council
Session: Markets #3 | Mattresses and Furniture: Lessons in Reuse and Recycling
Mike is based in the Pacific Northwest and has over 20 years’ experience managing solid and hazardous waste collection programs for private and public entities. He has been on the board of directors for the North American Hazardous Materials Managers Association (NAHMMA) since 2005 and has been an advocate for industry managed recycling programs. He has garnered stakeholder support and developed program plans and collection infrastructure for product stewardship laws affecting paint, mercury-containing lighting and mattresses. He is currently the Program Director for the Mattress Recycling Council and is tasked with coordinating the launch of state-wide programs in Connecticut (2015), Rhode Island (2016) and California (2016).

Alejandro Paredes, Sr. Account Executive, T.D. Wang
Session: Education #4 | Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs
Alejandro Paredes is a multicultural marketing professional with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino market and responsible for various environmental projects at T.D. Wang Advertising Group. He has experience in project management, targeted Hispanic community outreach, multicultural marketing, partnership development with community-based organizations, Hispanic/Latino market research and Spanish translation and transcreation.

  Ha Na Park, Multicultural Strategist, C+C
Session: Education #4 | Building and Sustaining Effective Outreach Programs
Ha Na Park is a Multicultural Strategist at C+C using transcreation and culturally-nuanced strategies to craft campaigns for businesses and organizations. Trilingual, Ha Na is fluent in English, Spanish and Korean and has led numerous cross-cultural, Hispanic/Latino and Asian American campaigns for non-profits, government and Fortune 100 companies. As a passionate tech-explorer, Ha Na leverages mobile apps and cutting edge concepts such as augmented reality to drive deep engagement and behavior change for her campaigns. Ha Na has won an Addy and two PSAMA Pulse Awards, including Best in Show for her work producing viral Spanish radio and TV spots

  Jack Pokorny, Student & President of Students for Sustainability, Port Townsend High School
Session: Education #2 | High School Heroes – How Students Were the Key to Success in Recycling and Composting Programs
Jack Pokorny is a senior at Port Townsend High School and the president of Students for Sustainability. Being raised on a farm has instilled a deep knowledge of sustainable practices and an enthusiasm for outdoor activities. He is an avid hiker, mountaineer and sailor. He is also an exceptional scholar including membership in the National Honor Society. From August, 2013 through July, 2014, he served as an exchange student in Randers, Denmark with Rotary International.

Jack has a deeply ingrained volunteer ethic and has been involved with a number of service projects in the community for a long time. Since 7th grade, Jack has volunteered with the ReCyclery, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable cycling for the community by providing multiple progams for all ages, access to free and inexpensive bicycles, and repair service. He took on a leadership role in their 2014 summer camp that served students from 4th grade through high school. He has also volunteered as a sailing instructor for the Port Townsend Maritime Center for the past two years.

  Sheryl Rhinehart, Outreach Coordinator, Pierce County Public Works & Utilities
Session: Toolbox #5 | Sort Your Own Garbage: a DIY Approach to Waste Characterization
Sheryl designs and coordinates outreach and communications about waste reduction and recycling and environmental education for Pierce County Public Works & Utilities. She has a graphic design background and is part of the team that puts together The Report, WSRA’s quarterly newsletter.

  Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director, Waste Management
Session: Policy #3 | Designing for Zero Waste, Starting the Conversation
Susan Robinson is Public Affairs Director for Waste Management. She has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector. Her experience includes global commodity marketing, research and analysis of industry trends, and twenty years managing municipal solid waste and recycling contracts

 Photo Coming Soon Mary Rose, Co-Executive Director, NBIS (Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability)
Session: Markets #2 | By-Product Synergy – Innovative Collaboration Strategies
As co-founder of NBIS, Mary Rose has been fostering innovation for sustainability in the Northwest for over ten years. NBIS is the Northwest nonprofit dedicated to making business a driving force of change toward a more sustainable future. Mary directs By-Product Synergy NW and the Materials Innovation Exchange online marketplace, pioneering regional closed loop materials reuse systems. Additionally, NBIS convenes business leaders across sectors in workshops, roundtables and regional discussions. Through these programs NBIS influences and engages a wide community of professionals in business from start-ups to mainstream. Mary serves on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Business Practices program of Bellevue College. She is a graduate of Earlham

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