Gary Bilbro, Vice President
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Mr. Bilbro has over 20 years of IT Consulting experience as owner of G.B. & Associates. He worked with such clients as General Electric, Norfolk Southern, Wachovia, American Express, Coca-Cola, RJ Reynolds and many more. He turned his focus towards Waste and Recycling in 2002 while building a successful waste hauling business specializing in roll-off and front-load services. Upon the sale of that business, Mr. Bilbro began a Construction & Demolition and Organics recycling company that specialized in high rates of landfill diversion. He currently co-owns a Consulting business with his wife of 32 years (Holly), with his focus being on environmental, waste and recycling consulting. His client base includes C&D Recyclers, Single-Stream MRF’s, Composting companies, Haulers, Recycling Equipment Manufacturers and a few municipalities.
Mr. Bilbro has served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Recycling Association as Treasurer and as interim Executive Director. He was a founding Board Member for “RONA”, Recycling Organizations of North America. And he now sits on the Board of Directors for the “NRC”, National Recycling Coalition. He is Co-Chair of the Fund Development Committee and the Recycling Jobs Task Force.
Mr. Bilbro lives in North Carolina, enjoys reading, walking, Golf and writing. He is close to publishing his first book entitled “How Recycling Changed the World”.
Jeff Cooper, Chair of the Board
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Jeff Cooper has been actively involved in the solid waste industry for over 20 years working in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as chairman of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) board of directors.
Mr. Cooper has worked in various areas of the solid waste management industry beginning his career working with Waste Management in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Sales Manager/Major Accounts. He was then employed by Allied Waste in Chicago as District Sales Manager before moving to Syracuse, New York to work for Capital Environmental. When Waste Management acquired Capital Environmental, Jeff shifted his career to work in the public sector with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency where he helped to develop business-recycling outreach and eventually managed the agency’s composting facilities. Prior to moving back to the private sector Jeff held the position of Assistant Director of Transfer Operations. Jeff currently manages a family owned company that provides roll off, dump truck, dump trailer, and demolition services by the name of Ciotti Enterprises in Syracuse, New York.
Highlights of Cooper’s extensive experience in the recycling community include numerous presentations at the Federation of New York Solid Waste and Recycling Associations annual conference as well as NRC’s annual Congress. He is an active member of the New York Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3) and has served as Chapter Chairperson for Region 7 of New York State. He also sat on the NYSAR3 Board of Directors including terms as President and Treasurer. Cooper was asked to be a member of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s Solid Waste Advisory Group and helped New York write its new 20-year comprehensive solid waste management plan.
A graduate of Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana Jeff Cooper is currently enrolled in Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Administration working on his Masters in Public Administration. Jeff has two children and currently resides in Central New York.
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Jack DeBell has served the University of Colorado’s recycling program as a State employee for thirty years. His accomplishments include teaching a certification and internship program for students interested in recycling careers, publishing a Decision Makers Guide to Recycling, and advancing C.U.’s zero waste plan. He was recognized with the University’s highest staff honor, the Robert Sterns Award, in 1997.
With Mr. DeBell’s assistance, C.U. Recycling has gained widespread recognition from groups including including the Colorado Association for Recycling, the EPA, the Federal Environmental Executive, Dell Computer, the American Forest and Paper Association, and the Sierra Club.
He was elected to the National Recycling Coalition’s Board of Directors in 1991 and helped co-found the College and University Recycling Council. His recent re-appointed to the Board enables new collaboration among higher education and the sustainable resource management industry through applied research, scholarships, training, and career placement.
Mark Lichtenstein, President and CEO
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Mr. Lichtenstein has more than 30 years of experience with sustainability and environmental stewardship. He is Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Sustainability in the President’s Office of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). He is also serving an eighth term as president and CEO of the National Recycling Coalition, Inc.; previously he was president during the 1990s. Recently, he was Executive Director of the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions and Environmental Finance Center. Lichtenstein has been facilitating the Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Recycling Partnerships, and is an active member and co-facilitator of the Vieques Sustainability Task Force (a strategy of the Presidential Task Force on Puerto Rico). He is a faculty associate in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at Syracuse’s Maxwell School, and is an instructor at ESF. He is engaged with efforts throughout the US, and in Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico focused on sustainability issues. Lichtenstein served as an expert witness to the Federal Environmental Finance Advisory Board. He has a Master of Arts in Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conflict Resolution, both from the Maxwell School, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from ESF. He has certified mediator training, is an experienced interest-based negotiator and process facilitator, and is a certified public participation specialist.
Fran McPoland, Vice President
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Fran McPoland has 30 years of Washington experience in the environmental arena. Currently she represents the 100% recycled paperboard and containerboard industry as a principal in the firm Colling, Swift and Hynes, a Washington, DC based lobbying firm. She maintains an active presence on Capitol Hill and with Federal agencies to encourage decision makers to act on behalf of the recycled paper industry.
In 1994 Fran was appointed by President Clinton as the nation’s first Federal Environmental Executive and was responsible for all the recycling, waste prevention, and buy-recycled programs in the federal government. With her expertise in federal procurement practices, in 1998, she was also appointed by the President to Chair the White House Task Force on Greening the Government through Waste Prevention, Recycling and Federal Acquisition.
In addition these responsibilities, Ms. McPoland led the implementation of the Presidential “Memorandum on Economically and Environmentally Beneficial Landscape Practices”.
Ms. McPoland was one of the founders of America Recycles Day and served on the Board of Directors for five years. For over twenty years she has been an active member of the National Recycling Coalition and has twice been elected to serve on the Board of Directors.
Fran served on Capitol Hill as a Senior Legislative Assistant on environmental issues for Congressman Esteban Torres (D-CA). While working for Congressman Torres, she was instrumental in the development of four market-incentives legislative initiatives for recycled content products. This approach attempted to solve the collection and market problems for ‘orphan’ commodities such as oil, tires and lead acid batteries. Before that she was an Environmental Legislative Assistant to Congressman Dick Ottinger (D-NY).
Julie Rhodes, Treasurer
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Julie L. Rhodes is an independent consultant specializing in solid waste, reuse, recycling and environmental stewardship with business, municipal and non-profit clients. Julie has worked in solid waste issues for more than 25 years, and created Julie L Rhodes Consulting 15 years ago where she undertakes projects in water quality, air quality and land management, as well as works with a broad spectrum of clients on research, project development, public education and fundraising. Rhodes recently spent 18 months launching the City of Austin’s Recycling Economic Development program during a brief time away from consulting.
Prior to becoming self-employed, Rhodes led the Indiana Department of Commerce’s Recycling Market Development Program, and served as Executive Director for the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts, the Reuse Development Organization and the National Furniture Bank Association; and as chair of the MidAmerica of Recycling Officials and the Indiana Governor’s Appointee to the Council of Great Lakes Governors Recycle Board.
She has been active with State Recycling Organizations for 25 years, in Indiana and Texas, and now serves on the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Board where she is Treasurer and Co-Chair of NRC’s National Sustainable Materials Management Summit, and now developing the National SMM Action Plan.
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Dr. Lisa Skumatz is an economist and heads the research and consulting firm, Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA), and the non-profit Econservation Institute (EI). Lisa’s 35 years of work in the field includes work in program and policy analysis, integrated plans, and rate studies. She has assisted communities as small as 500 up to some of the largest cities in the country, and clients include the leading solid waste agencies in North America. She has conducted work for individual firms, EPA, states, and other agencies. Her more than 350 clients cover 35 states and 6 foreign countries. Lisa’s research has a practical and numbers-related base – her goal is to provide research that helps program / policymakers make more informed decisions.
Lisa has an international reputation as an expert in Pay As You Throw, and in quantitative studies of solid waste policies / topics. She has published more than 125 published papers in recycling (Resource Recycling, Biocycle, conferences, etc.), and has written much-cited studies or manuals on PAYT, food scraps programs, commercial diversion, cost-effective solid waste strategies, single stream recycling, and social marketing and outreach/behavioral programs. Other recent publications are on every other week collection, bag programs, and measurement alternatives. She has spoken or keynoted at state and national conferences across the US and internationally, and has given more than 100 workshops or webinars.
Lisa has the unique distinction of having won two national lifetime achievement awards for her work (from the National Recycling Coalition / NRC and from the International Solid Waste Association / SWANA). She serves on the Board of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), the Board of Colorado’s SWANA, and multiple other association and non-profit boards. Her B.A. in Economics is from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ph.D. in econometrics is from The Johns Hopkins University and she holds certification in Sustainability Leadership and Implementation from the University of Denver. She has previously been on the graduate faculty at the University of Colorado – Denver, and just finished 10 years serving as an elected councilmember in her Colorado town. Lisa also works extensively in the energy conservation and sustainability field.