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”.
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Maggie Clarke is a partner in Beyond Waste Solutions, a partnership which implements zero waste in communities, and has been one of the leaders in waste prevention advocacy in New York City since the late 1980s. She has been an educator and researcher in environmental science and zero waste practices for over 20 years, a professional in solid waste management for over 30 years.
Maggie is the Vice Chair of the Air & Waste Management Association’s Division on Municipal and Medical Waste Management, a Fellow in that association, also having organized and peer reviewed many sessions. She is on the Board of the National Recycling Coalition and the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling. She was chair and vice chair of the Manhattan Citizens’ Solid Waste Advisory Board, and served for many years as Chair of the waste prevention committee then of its successor, the NYC Waste Prevention Coalition. She has authored numerous articles and conducted research in various aspects of zero waste, including understanding and increasing recycling participation and measuring impacts on climate change. Her doctoral dissertation was on environmental shopping in New York City.
Susan Collins, At-large Executive Committee
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Ms. Collins is the President for the Container Recycling Institute and has worked exclusively on recycling and sustainability issues for over 20 years. Ms. Collins leads research projects for the Container Recycling Institute and works with environmental organizations, activists and state and federal governments throughout the United States and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of container and packaging recycling and materials management.
While a consultant, she assisted over 80 public agencies with their solid waste and recycling programs. She served on four CIWMB (state-wide) advisory groups, and has guest-lectured at three California Universities. Ms. Collins is currently a board member of the National Recycling Coalition. Ms. Collins previously served on the Board of the California Resource Recovery Association for nine years, and is now a senior advisor to that organization. She received the CRRA Service Award in 2009. Ms. Collins co-teaches a course in Extended Producer Responsibility through the CRRA training and certification program.
She holds degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
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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John Frederick is executive director of the council of governments that oversees recycling, composting and other related sustainability programs in the greater Altoona, PA area. He also serves as chair of the National Certification Standards Board of NRC. His two stints with the IRC COG were sandwiched around eleven years as executive director of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania. He had been active on NRC’s Recycling Organization Council and helped with the initial work on professional training standards.
John has also written extensively on recycling and other environmental issues, including a regular newspaper column in Altoona. He began his professional career as a high school Earth and Environmental Science teacher after graduating with honors from Penn State’s Geography program. In what little spare time he has left, he still enjoys seeing the diverse and beautiful Pennsylvania geography from the saddle of his bicycle.
David Juri Freeman
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Juri Freeman is the Recycling Program Manager for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Freeman is responsible for managing the residential, facility, and public schools recycling and composting programs in the City and County. This includes services for over 174,000 households, 160 facilities, and 170 schools sites. Prior to his position at the City Mr. Freeman spent nearly 8 years working as a resource economist with the firm Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA). While at SERA Mr. Freeman worked with clients across North America on projects ranging from developing and analyzing zero waste strategies, designing solid waste management plans, implementing and evaluating social marketing campaigns to drafting ordinance and contract language and setting rates for communities.
Mr. Freeman has presented his work at numerous national and state conferences in both solid waste and energy efficiency including keynote presentations at several different conferences. He has taught workshops in both social marketing and pay-as-you-throw and has published articles in a number of trade journals. In addition to serving on NRC Board of Directors, he currently serves on the Colorado Association for Recycling board of directors and the Boulder County Resource Conservation Advisory Board. He has also spent several years as a chapter officer of the Colorado chapter of SWANA.
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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.
Marjie Griek, Vice President
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Marjorie Griek has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Association for Recycling since 2002. Ms. Griek’s experience is based on extensive work with local governments and non-profit organizations to improve diversion programs, to foster new recycling businesses and to bridge the gaps between public and private stakeholders. In addition to her other duties of outreach and conference planning, she has worked as the Public Policy Coordinator, providing policy direction, research, and data to help draft legislation, and information to help stakeholders manage and integrate consequences of legislation.
She is Past Chair of the National Recycling Coalition Recycling Organization Council, Founding Member of the Recycling Organizations of North America and current board member of the National Recycling Coalition. She is a graduate of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training, an organization devoted to developing leadership skills and expanded knowledge of state operations and issues. Ms. Griek was hired as the Resource Recovery Director for the Democratic National Convention Host Committee Greening Team and successfully coordinated efforts to make the DNC ‘the greenest ever’.
As her schedule with CAFR allows, Ms. Griek does volunteer work with an international aid organization, ACDI/VOCA, helping to create jobs and increase recycling in developing areas of the world. Additionally, she has assisted on numerous private consulting projects, developing Integrated Waste Management Plans for communities around Colorado. She most recently completed the State of Wyoming Recycling Study for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality with LBA Associates and a small team of consultants.
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Doug Hill is the Owner and President of EcoVision Environmental, an innovative full service company dedicated to the triple bottom line and working on both recycling and organics diversion programs for municipal and commercial customers. In addition to program development, EcoVision Environmental offers a wide range of products to support their customer’s waste diversion programs.
Throughout his career, he has developed and launched several successful environmental products and has several more being developed. Doug he has created an abundance of meaningful, long term relationships that have enabled him to cultivate an extensive and professional network of colleagues globally. He possesses the essential balance of experience, integrity and credibility that always produce outstanding results for his customers.
Doug has made significant contributions to municipal governments in the area of environmental program and policy development. He has spoken at conferences across North America and volunteers his time to several organizations in the non- profit sector. He has held positions with a variety of Boards in an advisory capacity.
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.
Gary Liss, Secretary
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Gary Liss has over 40 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field. Mr. Liss is President of his own consulting firm, Gary Liss & Associates. Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of Zero Waste and has helped more communities develop Zero Waste plans than anyone else in the U.S.
Mr. Liss is Vice-President of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, helped develop the USZWBC Certification Program and participated in USZWBC’s audit of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company as the first Platinum Certified Zero Waste Business using the USZWBC Scorecard. He is a Boardmember of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and Chair of ZWIA’s Zero Waste Certification Committee. He is assisting Underwriters Laboratories develop a Zero Waste Standard for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Mr. Liss was a founder and past President of the National Recycling Coalition and a current Boardmember. He was a founder and Boardmember of the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA), the GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) and the Zero Waste Brain Trust. In 2005, Mr. Liss went through extensive training with Gunter Pauli in the Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives and is a Certified ZERI System Designer. He served on Council in his hometown of Loomis, CA and was Mayor in 2010. He has a Master in Public Administration degree from Rutgers University and Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering major) from Tufts University.
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Stephen London is the Marketing Director for ReCommunity. He joined ReCommunity in July of 2011 and is responsible for designing and executing the company’s marketing strategy. Prior to joining ReCommunity, Stephen was a business development and marketing specialist, founding or developing four different startup healthcare companies from 2007-2011 (most notably Clinically Home and MX.com). Prior to his entrepreneurial work, Stephen was a strategy consultant working for IMS Health in New York. Stephen holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
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).
Michelle Minstrell, At-large Executive CommitteeNational Recycling Coalition
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Michelle Minstrell has over 15 years of professional experience in recycling and solid waste management in addition to more than 25 years of community involvement in recycling. Michelle grew up in the Seattle, Washington area, participating in a neighborhood recycling center before local curbside recycling programs were implemented. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. Starting out as a construction laborer, Michelle has extensive knowledge and experience in construction waste recycling through professional positions such as municipal Construction Waste Recycling Specialist, C&D Recycling Consultant, and serving as the Carolina Recycling Association Green Building Council Chair volunteer for three years.
She has worked in the public sectors for town and county government landfill and recycling programs, run educational institution solid waste and recycling collection operations, assisted state recycling non-profit organizations at annual conferences, and worked for private sector haulers, recyclers, and consulting firms. Her professional experience spans the U.S. from Washington State to North Carolina, and Virginia, as well as surveying waste and recycling operations on visits to other countries such as Japan and Australia. Her expertise includes special recycling collection events, recyclable materials marketing, construction wastes, commercial and institutional wastes, universal or special wastes, collection crew training, transfer stations, and hauling operations.
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Maite Quinn is the Manager of Business Development and Marketing at Sims Municipal Recycling. Sims Municipal Recycling is a division of Sims Metal Management, the largest Metal and Electronics recycler in the world. Sims Municipal Recycling has a 20 year curbside recycling contract with NYC to process all of their metal, glass and plastic and half of their paper. In addition Sims’ has a portion of Chicago’s recycling contract for hauling and processing. Maite has over 17 years of experience in recycling and marketing. Prior to entering the world of recycling she was a documentary television producer and she produced over 40 hours of television for clients ranging from Nickelodeon, Discovery to CBS. She has a BA in Journalism and an MBA from Baruch College.
Julie Rhodes, Treasurer
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The biologist Antonio Rios worked at the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the Scientific Research Division (Marine Resources). He currently serves at the Solid Waste Authority with 25 years of experience. He directed the Recycling and Education Program for 10 years and was its Executive Director.
In addition he has belonged to several professional organizations of which his participation is distinguish at the Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership, as President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition, Inc.
Will Sagar, At-large Executive Committee
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Will Sagar is Executive Director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council. He works from his home town of Brevard, North Carolina.
Will Sagar graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major on Economics and Mathematics. After selling the excavation business he built and operated for a decade, he was the Solid Waste Director for Transylvania County, NC for 16 years. While there he started the recycling program, built the first lined landfill in Western North Carolina; implemented a Pay As You Throw program; established a permanent Household Hazardous Waste collection; and started an electronics recycling program. Later with Henderson County, he started electronics collection and created a county energy accounting system.
Will is a Past President of the Board of Directors the Carolina Recycling Association. For several years, he also chaired the Board of The Free Clinic of Transylvania County, which serves the medical needs of the uninsured.
Michael Van Brunt
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Michael Van Brunt is a licensed professional engineer with over fifteen years of experience in industry and consulting. His environmental management and sustainability experience is with a variety of industries including waste management, forest products, steel manufacturing, scrap recycling, site investigation & remediation, and aluminum manufacturing. Michael is currently Director of Sustainability at Covanta Energy where his primary focus is on sustainability reporting, climate change, carbon offset project development, and life cycle assessment. He earned a B.S. and Masters in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.