Returning Board Members (serving 2nd year)
- Gretchen Carey, Republic Services
- Meg Morris, Covanta Energy
- John Fantasia, Re-Stream
- Terry Grady, Republic Services
- Michelle Lee Guiney, Waste Management
- Ben Harvey, EL Harvey & Sons
- Zoe Neale, Mass Organics
Renewing Board Members (up for re-election)
- Dave Afonso, Rehrig Pacific
- Jeff Cabral, consultant at CRS & NCS
- Elizabeth Casella, Casella Recycling
- Phil Goddard, Town of Bourne ISWM
- Ed McGrath, Town of Bedford
- Jefferson Smith, citizen
- Gunther Wellenstein, City of Lowell
New Board Candidates - Bios
Michele Bernier, Town of North Attleboro
After 15 years of benefiting from the knowledge and industry of the DEP Municipal Assistance Coordinators and MASSRECYCLE, Michele believes it is her turn to put her oar in the water and assist in the work of MASSRECYCLE. Specifically, she has been energized by the concept of passing extended producer responsibility legislation at the state and/or federal level to help deal appropriately with the final disposition of an ever changing list of materials resulting from a consumerism-based economy fueling a constant disposal stream. Michele has had a varied work experience (educator, paralegal, business manager) prior to her current position at North Attleboro and believes she can bring both knowledge and skills from each of these areas to assist in the continued good work of MASSRECYCLE.
Debra Darby, Organix Solutions
Debra's first involvement with recycling grew as an outreach of her tenure at Metabolix, a company focused on the development of bio-based, compostable and biodegradable polymers made from non-petroleum sources. The extraordinary applicability of these polymers to provide a compostable material that mimics the utility of traditional plastic, while being entirely compostable in industrial compost facilities, was her introduction to the field of organic materials recycling. She has served as a board member for the US Composting Council, executive leader with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC, a project of GreenBlue) and presented at conferences including BioCycle and Waste Expo. She recently completed her Masters of Science degree for which the capstone project was a pilot organics diversion program with the Army Natick Labs. In her current role as a program and marketing director with Organix Solutions, she is engaged in providing consulting and best practices solutions to municipalities, government agencies and commercial entities seeking to implement organics diversion and increase recycling.
Waneta Trabert, City of Newton
Waneta would like to serve on the Board of Directors to advance sustainable materials management in Massachusetts. As she currently works for the City of Newton, she wants to be a voice for local governments within MASSRECYCLE. Her experience working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Product Stewardship Institute is timely for many issues facing local governments and other materials management stakeholders in Massachusetts. Advancing policies that benefit local governments, particularly extended producer responsibility legislation, is one of her primary goals. Management of consumer electronics and post-consumer packaging, especially within extended producer responsibility systems, are her areas of interest and expertise. While there have been bills introduced for 14 years with little movement, Waneta believes the time is ripe to develop an updated e-waste bill based on the most successful electronics EPR systems in the US (Washington, Oregon, and Vermont), present data on the success of those programs, garner support among key stakeholders, and have Massachusetts become the 24th state with an electronics EPR law.
Tess Anais Zinnes, Product Stewardship Institute
Tess's primary reason to serve on MASSRECYCLE's Board is the same reason she came to work at the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI): she is passionate about minimizing waste through policy. At PSI, Tess is the technical lead on paint and fluorescent lamps, and she coordinates the Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Connecticut product stewardship councils (PSCs). These PSCs provide a platform for state and local governments to minimize post-consumer waste, and coordinating these groups has taught her about waste management across dozens of product areas in diverse political settings. She hopes to leverage her role at PSI to help support MASSRECYCLE's mission, especially via the newly formed MASSPSC. By contributing her development, public policy, and environmental experience in business and non-profit, she can help MASSRECYCLE expand recycling solutions and reduce waste across Massachusetts.