Marjie Griek, Executive Director
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. Ms. Griek has been the past Executive Director of the Colorado Association for Recycling. 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’.
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.
Bob Gedert, President
Bob Gedert brings his extensive 35-year public sector experience to his role as President of the NRC. He is also an affiliate senior consultant at RRS and operates an office out of the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Bob recently joined RRS in January of 2017 bringing over 35 years of experience in recycling collection, solid waste facility operations and contract management responsibility. Bob Gedert comes to RRS from Austin, Texas where he served as Department Director of Austin Resource Recovery, leading the city toward zero waste goals through services like recycling, solid waste collection, household hazardous waste, yard waste, storm debris collection and litter abatement. In addition to his tenure at Austin, he has influenced resource recovery in many communities including Auglaize and Highland counties and the city of Cincinnati in Ohio; Fresno, CA as Chief of Recycling Operations; and communities across Indiana as Chief of Source Reduction and Recycling with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Bob was also the Executive Director of the California Resource Recovery Association, and a past executive committee member of the Municipal Waste Management Association of the US Conference of Mayors. He is a current member of the board of directors for the National Stewardship Action Council.
Lisa Skumatz, Chair
Skumatz Economic Research Associates & Econservation Institute
Stephen Bantillo, Executive Vice President
Stephen M Bantillo has been actively involved in the resource management field for nearly 30 years. Currently, he represents the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI), implementing CORR, a National Standards Certification program based in Sacramento, CA.
Much of Stephen’s involvement in the environmental arena has been with local and state government, and non-profit sectors. He grew up in San José, CA, where he was hired by the City of San José to develop and manage new resource programs. Stephen created their award-winning Construction & Demolition (C&D) program, the nation’s first program to document and certify C&D material recycling facilities’ performance. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007 to oversee California’s beverage container recycling program, which included oversight of the system’s $1.2 Billion annual budget and over 2,700 recyclers.
Mr. Bantillo served on CDRA’s board, receiving their “C&D Recycler of the Year” award in 2008, and currently serves several boards representing the recycling industry in North America. He was appointed to San Jose Unified School District’s Bond Oversight Committee, establishing protocols on school construction funding and assisting the District with the greening of its construction projects. He is also co-founder and past Chair of California’s Construction & Demolition Council.
He has been a member of the NRC since 1990 and this term represents his fifth time being elected to serve on the Board of Directors. He previously served as Vice President and has been a leader on NRC’s policy issues since 2004.
MaryEllen Etienne, Vice President
MaryEllen Etienne has been working in the field of sustainable materials management for nearly two decades, with an expertise in reuse and a passion for zero waste. MaryEllen enjoys connecting the dots — working with businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits to understand and then incorporate robust zero waste policies and strategies into their sustainability efforts. Presently, MaryEllen is a regional manager for the USGBC Ohio and is pursuing her Masters in Environmental Science at Miami University. She is the founder Reuse International – a nonprofit dedicated to increasing awareness of reuse; and the executive producer of ReuseConex – an international reuse conference and expo. MaryEllen has extensive experience in finding new markets for reusable materials, conducting reuse industry research and improving reuse operations and providing ongoing input into the industry’s growth and development. Recently, MaryEllen worked with Congressional Ellison’s legislative staff to write H.R. 1034, the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act of 2017. MaryEllen also contributed to the development of two pioneering initiatives in the field of sustainable materials management. She worked with the National Recycling Coalition’s National Standards Certification Board to develop a national certification program for professional training programs in sustainable resource management; and worked the USZBC/GBCI to develop the nation’s first Zero Waste certification program for facilities and professionals. Prior to these efforts, she ran Reuse Alliance and ReuseNYC, worked at London Community Recycling Network, NY WasteMatch, Materials for the Arts and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. MaryEllen is the president of the Association of Ohio Recyclers and an at-large member at the National Recycling Coalition and SCRAP USA.
David Keeling is the Director, Recycling for the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI). Mr. Keeling has been with the SRI in various positions since 1990. As discussed below, his recycling and construction related activities allow him to travel extensively throughout the United States while supporting the activities of the state recycling organizations and local chapters of the United States Green Building Council.
Mr. Keeling’s recycling related responsibilities include working on the regional, state, county and community levels to maximize steel recycling efforts, as well as expand the steel recycling infrastructure and developing additional end markets for post-consumer steel. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Cooperative Training and Recycling Assistance, a cooperative marketing organization for rural communities based in Austin, TX. He also serves as a board member for the National Recycling Association, the Southeast Recycling Development Council and as an advisory member for the Northeast Recycling Council and the Toxic in Packaging Clearinghouse.
His construction related responsibilities require him to serve as an informational resource about the sustainable attributes of steel construction to the building community. His main focus has been to foster and expand his relationships with the staff, leadership, and members of the local chapters of the United States Green Building Council and other construction-related organizations. He is a LEED Accredited Professional in the United States Green Building Council and is a member of multiple local USGBC chapters throughout the country.
Mr. Keeling holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mr. Keeling currently serves as Chair of the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Education Foundation which supports sales and marketing education and provides scholarships to college students interested in sales and marketing careers. He is a Past National President of the Pi Sigma Epsilon, Inc.
Leslie Lukacs, Vice President
Kerrin O’Brien has worked with the Michigan Recycling Coalition in a variety of capacities since 1993 but has served as the Coalition’s Executive Director consistently since 2008. In addition to guiding and managing the organization to its current success, her interest lies in building consensus and movement around pro-recycling policies that work for both the public and private sector. As a nonprofit development specialist and facilitator, Kerrin has led many Michigan-based nonprofit organizations through strategic planning and development efforts. She holds a Social Science bachelor from MSU and has completed the Institute for Conservation Leadership’s Executive Director Development Program.
Charlotte Pitt, Treasurer
Manager, City and County of Denver
Biography coming soon.
Susan Attridge is the Director of Recycling for the City of Buffalo. Ms. Attridge is responsible for managing the residential, commercial and school recycling collection and processing for in the City. She is also responsible for solid waste planning and policy for the City as well as all special waste management including composting, tire recycling, household hazardous waste, universal waste and electronic waste.
Prior to working for the City of Buffalo, Ms. Attridge worked for six years at Abitibi Bowater (aka Resolute Forest Products) as an Area Manager for the Recycling Division sourcing recycled fiber for the mill located in Thorold Canada through the Paper Retriever program. Ms. Attridge also spent six years at the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning as the Coordinator for the Office of Solid Waste and several years with the New York State Legislative Commission of Solid Waste Management.
In addition to serving on NRC Board of Directors, she currently serves on the New York State Association of Reuse, Reduce and Recycling board of directors.
Michael J. (Mick) Barry received his BS in Forestry from Iowa State University and his MBA from Henderson State University of Arkansas. He spent 19 years with Weyerhaeuser Company serving as a Forester, Tree Farm Manager, Procurement (timber)/ Logging Manager. After 10 years working in the woodlands in Arkansas he became Regional Wood Yard Manager for the Mississippi/Alabama region. His career then took him into manufacturing where he became Process Manager at the Columbus, Michigan paper mill (Raw Materials and LWC paper production areas), Manufacturing Manager for Diapers at the Los Angeles, California facility and finally the General Manager for Engineered Laminates in Stony Brook, New York.
In 1989 he and his family moved to Iowa where he co-founded CC and C Recycling, a business that evolved into the Mid America Recycling Company, which became the largest privately held recycling company in the United States. Mr. Barry’s primary role beyond Principal of the company was to oversee the marketing of materials. While performing his marketing functions he developed enduring relationships with direct shipment end users in Mexico and Asia. He successfully fulfilled his marketing functions at Mid America Recycling Company until 2007 when the company was acquired by Greenstar Recycling. In 2010, Mr. Barry officially retired from Greenstar Recycling, but continued to serve as consultant to Greenstar in the management of their Wal-Mart Recycling Partnership until 2013.
In 2015 Mr. Barry and his partners purchased back the Mid America Recycling Facility in Des Moines, IA (Iowa’s Largest Single Stream processing facility) from Waste Management and n 2014 purchased back the Lincoln NE facility and currently serves as the President of Mid America Recycling headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.
Mr. Barry is a co-founder of the Iowa Recycling Association and served as its President for 6 years. In addition, he has served two terms on the Colorado Association for Recycling Board of Directors, as well as two terms on the National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors, where he served as Vice-president and Treasurer. Mr. Barry also assisted in the founding of the Recycling Organization of North America (RONA) and served on its Founding Board of Directors, which recently (2014) merged with the National Recycling Coalition.
In addition, Mr. Barry has severed on numerous Iowa State task forces for recycling and solid waste management issues, and was appointed by Iowa Governor Culver to be a member of the Iowa Comprehensive Recycling Task Force that was missioned to chart Iowa’s recycling future. Governor Culver also appointed Mr. Barry to be a member of the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Infrastructure Strategy Task Force which was commissioned by the legislature to develop a growth strategy for Iowa’s Future Economy 2020.
Mr. Barry also serves as a Board Associate of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
In 2010, Mr. Barry formed M2B2, LLC and currently serves as consultant to Angel of Shavano Recycling located in Salida, CO.
In his spare time, Mr. Barry plays water polo for the US Masters National Team at the Masters World Championships (having won the Masters World Championships held in Russia in 2015), coaches the Iowa State University Water Polo Club team, pans for gold, white water rafts and hikes in Colorado.
Robert J. Bylone, Jr
Robert (Bob) J. Bylone, Jr. is the Executive Director and President of the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC). The RMC is a non-profit corporation specialized in increasing end use of Pennsylvania’s recyclables. In this role, Bob leads a state-wide team to bring markets development programming, start-up manufacture and process assistance, consultation, and outreach to Pennsylvania industry. Bob has previous experience in county government, industry, and consulting, serving as a County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator, Copperhead Chemical Company as a project/environmental, health, and safety engineer, and at Junkins Engineering as a project engineer. Bob has professional experience with projects completed in over 25 states and 30 industry sectors. Bob holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University, is registered as a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, is trained as an ISO 14001 auditor, and is certified as a senior level recycling professional through the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP). Bob’s personal interest includes pointing dog training and competition, also tending to a 110-acre family farm.
Maggie Clarke, Ph.D. is a zero waste consultant at Maggie Clarke Environmental, has been an educator and researcher in environmental science and promoter of zero waste practices for over 25 years, and a professional in solid waste management for over 35 years.
Maggie is chair of the National Recycling Coalition’s Committee to advance the NRC clearinghouse / library and on the NRC board of directors. She is Chair of the Air & Waste Management Association’s Sustainability and Resource Conservation Division, and is a Fellow at A&WMA, also having organized and peer reviewed many sessions since the 1980s. She is chair of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board’s Waste Prevention and Reuse committee, having developed a grant program to advance reuse and repair in New York City and chair of its Long Range Solid Waste Planning Task Force. Maggie has taught environmental science and policy and related topics at four of the CUNY colleges and Rutgers colleges as an adjunct professor in earth and environmental sciences, and has authored numerous articles and conducted research in various aspects of zero waste, including understanding and increasing recycling participation and measuring impacts of zero waste on climate change. A number of these publications are available on her website: www.maggieclarkeenvironmental.com.
Her doctoral dissertation designed and tested environmental shopping campaigns at supermarkets in New York City.
George Dreckmann is the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for the City of Madison, Wisconsin. He has been with Madison since 1989 serving as Recycling Coordinator prior to assuming his present position in 2012. He oversees a recycling program that serves over 71,000 households and diverts over 70% of its waste from the landfill. In addition to overseeing the recycling program he is responsible for all of the public education efforts of the Streets Division. His current projects include leading the team that is planning the construction of an anaerobic digester, coordinating landfill expansion efforts with Dane County, and overseeing facilities planning for the Public Works Department. In 2004 the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) named George Wisconsin Recycler of the Year. On the national level he has served as Chairman of the Board of the National Recycling Coalition. Most recently, George won the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from NRC. He has degrees in American History and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the Street Division he worked as a budget analyst for the Wisconsin State Senate specializing in natural resource and education issues.
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As the Recycling Market Development Coordinator with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Wayne consults with startup and expanding companies in the areas of finance, new product development, business plan development, sales and marketing.Wayne has done extensive work in economic analysis linking the environment and economy. Wayne has been a speaker at many local and national recycling events.
Wayne has thirty plus years’ experience in financial analysis, banking, new business start-ups, sales, marketing, new product development, customer service, consulting, business development, EPR and management. He has worked in the private and public sector.
Wayne earned his B.S. in Business Administration at St. John’s University-Collegeville, MN. He also has attended the Minnesota Bankers Commercial Lending School and Robert Morris Associates Commercial Lending School.
Susie has worked as an environmental planner for the City since 1992 and manages programs to help meet Fort Collins’ Zero Waste goals of diverting materials from landfill disposal through actions that include recycling, re-use, composting, and source reduction.
As part of Fort Collins’ Environmental Services Department, Susie leads a team that works closely with the City Council to increase waste diversion through new policy measures and strategic planning. In addition, the Waste Reduction & Recycling program’s focus is to:
Susie is a past member of the board of directors for the Colorado chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America, the State’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, and the Colorado Association for Recycling. In 2017, she received the CAFR Lifetime Achievement Award. Susie takes great personal interest in closing the loop whereby so-called waste materials become commodities and resources for local construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.
Susie graduated from the University of Washington and attended graduate school in the Environmental Studies program at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
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Brent Hildebrand has served since 2007 as the vice-president/recycling for Alpine Waste & Recycling based just outside Denver in Commerce City, Colo. He is responsible for developing all aspects of Alpine’s vertically integrated recycling business. He acquires new recycling business and builds operational infrastructure to support that business, and he is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to expand recycling efforts, both in terms of category and volume. He served on the Colorado Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Assistance Committee, 2008-2011, advising the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on the administration of almost $3 million in grants to industry and academia for environmental pollution prevention efforts. The Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment designated Hildebrand as their 2009 “Sustainability Champion” for his leadership spearheading Alpine’s wide-ranging efforts to promote recycling in Colorado. He is also past-president of the board of directors for the Colorado Association for Recycling. He has had various capacities in the recycling industry since 2001; and as director of sales and marketing for Waste Management RecycleAmerica (2005-2007), he introduced the first single-stream recycling processing plant to the Colorado market. Originally from Tremont, Ill., he attended Illinois State University on a football scholarship, where he received his degree in sociology. He is married with three children, and he spends his spare time hiking, fishing, skiing and coaching his children’s sports teams.
Sarah Pierpont started her career in the recycling field as the coordinator of the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival in 2005 and working to keep forest trimmings out of landfills as part of a Collaborative Forest Restoration Project. She has worked for the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) since 2006 and became the Executive Director in 2015.
Throughout her tenure at NMRC she has designed and implemented new programs for both urban and rural recycling operations and led the organization to serve as the voice for recycling in the state. Sarah is inspired by the many subtle benefits that recycling brings to communities, such as economic development, community building and quality of life. She holds a degree in Geology from Colorado College and a master’s equivalent in Geography from UCLA. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband and two daughters.
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.
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 distinguished at the Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership, as President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition, Inc.
Regional Director, Pennsylvania Resources Council
Biography coming soon.
As President of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), Robin leads the Washington DC-based trade association, which represents more than 1,500 private, for-profit companies nationwide and throughout the globe that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities (including scrap metal, paper, plastics, textiles, rubber and electronics). ISRI provides advocacy, education and training, safety outreach, compliance assistance, QEHS certification, and more for the $90 billion industry, while also promoting public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the US economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development.
Robin has been appointed to a number of governmental panels and advisory groups, including the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC-12) through the US Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. She also serves as the Chairman of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) Advisory Board, providing input and key recommendations to the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in the administration of the NMVTIS program.
In addition to serving on the Board of the NRC, Robin also sits on the Board of SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), whose mission it is to promote safe and sustainable electronics reuse and recycling worldwide and which serves as the home of the R2 standard. She is a Past Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations, is a member of the Key Industry Associations Committee (KIAC) of the ASAE, and is a member of the U.S. Chamber Committee of 100. She is also a Director of the International Environment Council of the Bureau of International Recycling in Brussels, and a member of the BIR’s E-Scrap Steering Committee. Robin also serves on the Steering Committee of Electronics Recycling Asia and serves on the Jason Learning Board.
An attorney and engineer, Ms. Wiener earned a J.D. degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Wiener is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars. Her other professional affiliations include the American, New York, and D.C. Bar Associations; and ASAE. Ms. Wiener is the co-author of the RCRA Compliance & Enforcement Manual, published in 1994 by Shepard’s McGraw-Hill as part of its Environmental Law Series. Prior to joining ISRI, Ms. Wiener worked on environmental technical and policy issues for ICF Incorporated and Uniroyal, Inc. She has also worked for the Washington office of the law firm of Sidley and Austin.
Melissa Young is the Assistant Director of the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions and the Syracuse Environmental Finance Center. Melissa oversees programs related to community sustainability, local leadership development, and sustainable materials management (SMM) project facilitation and education. She is trained in organics management through receiving certification from the US Composting Council, Onondaga County as a certified Master Composter, and New York City Master Composter certification (June 2014). Melissa received an M.S. in Natural Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and another degree in philosophy. Prior to working with Syracuse EFC, Melissa worked in natural resource management at the Willow Biomass Project in Tully New York, Tropical Forestry Initiative in Costa Rica, and with New York State Parks in Long Island. She is based at a Syracuse EFC satellite office in New York City. Since 2010, Melissa is has been very active with the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3). She previously served on the board where she co-led the development NYS wide initiatives, including, the 1st & 2nd NYS Organics Summit and the award-winning NYS Textile Campaign, Re-clothe NY.