2018 Speakers and Moderators

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Joe Abernathy is the vice president of facility planning and engineering for the St. Louis Cardinals. Abernathy is responsible for all day-to-day facility operations and game-day event management activities at Busch Stadium. He is also responsible for managing the collective bargaining agreements with the labor unions employed by the Cardinals and manages capital improvement projects at Busch Stadium. He serves on the board of directors of the Green Sports Alliance as well as the stadium operations advisory committee for Major League Baseball. In his role as co-chairman of the sustainable operations subcommittee, Abernathy is spearheading the benchmarking of sustainable operations metrics for all MLB facilities. 

Keynote: From the Diamond to the Curb
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Walter Alcorn is vice president for environmental affairs and industry sustainability for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In this position, Alcorn is responsible for legislative and research initiatives affecting electronic product recycling, packaging, design, eco-labeling and hazardous materials restrictions.

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Stephen Bantillo is the executive director of the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI). Prior to RCI, Bantillo created the City of San José’s award-winning construction and demolition program, the nation’s first program to document and certify C&D material recycling facilities’ performance. In 2007, he was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger 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. Bantillo has been a member of the National Recycling Coalition since 1990 and serves as executive vice president. 

Concurrent Session A: Planning for Disaster Debris Recycling and Composting
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Brent Bell is the president of Waste Management Recycle America. He has been in the waste industry for over 20 years and started at USA Waste, where he worked at the corporate offices during the USA/Waste Management merger in the late 1990s. Bell has held various positions in WM's recycling division and is currently the president of WM Recycle America. He is responsible for operations of 100-plus facilities and sales/marketing of 10 million tons of recyclables annually.

Plenary Session III: Feeling the Paper Cut
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Dave Bennink is the owner of RE-USE Consulting. He has trained groups in 44 states and four provinces, helping start new sustainable businesses and that have diverted over 100 million pounds of material from landfills. Bennink focuses on helping lower-income homeowners, creating “green collar” jobs, boosting historic preservation, and developing sustainable building. Bennink also runs a reuse store and deconstruction contracting firm.

Concurrent Session G: Exploring the Impacts of the Reuse Economy
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Ed Boisson is principal of Boisson Consulting, a sole proprietorship based in San Rafael, Calif. Boisson has over 20 years of consulting experience, in addition to serving four years as executive director of the Northeast Recycling Council and four years as a researcher/manager with the state of California’s recycling program. Specializing in recycling industry development, he has assisted public and private clients across North America to analyze markets, develop strategies and move forward effective market development policies and programs.

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Derric Brown is director of sustainability for Evergreen Packaging, the largest producer of paperboard-based gable top beverage packaging products globally and in the U.S. As vice president of sustainability of the Carton Council, Brown has worked to increase household recycling access and recovery of gable top and aseptic cartons. He has also guided the development and implementation of the Carton Council strategies and tactics to increase household access to recycling from 18 percent in 2008 to over 60 percent today. Brown currently serves as a board member for the Carton Council, The Recycling Partnership, the Southeast Recycling Development Council and Haywood Waterways Association.

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Scott Byrne is the director of government affairs for the Carton Council, where he works with food and beverage brand owners, local municipalities and communities, and other stakeholders to increase the availability of carton recycling in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, Byrne serves as the environmental specialist for Tetra Pak’s U.S. and Canada division. With his extensive background in all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, he helps ensure Tetra Pak is on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives.

Plenary Session III: Feeling the Paper Cut
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Chris Coady is the technical assistance specialist for The Recycling Partnership. With a decade of experience overseeing business development, community relations and contracting for materials recovery facility operator ReCommunity, Coady is the Partnership’s resident MRF expert, but he also brings a unique community perspective to the table. Prior to working in the recycling industry, he learned the local government ropes in the New York City’s Mayor’s Office and Department of Transportation.

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Diane Cohen is executive director of Finger Lakes ReUse, an independent, nonprofit social enterprise founded in 2007 to help reduce waste and reinvest the value from used materials into the community. Cohen currently serves on the board of the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County in New York.

Concurrent Session G: Exploring the Impacts of the Reuse Economy
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Ken DaRosa is the chief deputy director for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Previously, he worked for eight years in the state's Department of Finance, where he held a variety of roles, beginning as a staff finance analyst and concluding as program budget manager. He has also worked in the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Concurrent Session A: Planning for Disaster Debris Recycling and Composting
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Kate Davenport is the co-president of Eureka Recycling, a zero-waste social enterprise that demonstrates zero waste as a strategy to address climate change, local economic development, and social and environmental justice. Previous to the role of co-president, Davenport was the director of business development at Eureka and led on merging Eureka’s mission and values with business development, materials marketing, and operational systems change and efficiencies. She co-developed operations for Envirelation, the first commercial organics collection service in Washington, D.C. Kate was a program director at EcoVentures International with a focus on environmental microenterprise development in East Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

Plenary Session I: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Kelley Dennings is the director of social marketing at Action Research, a community-based social marketing agency, and is the founding president of the Social Marketing Association of North America. She has worked in the recycling industry for 15 years and has been a local North Carolina recycling coordinator. She has also worked for the state’s recycling office and national nonprofit group Keep America Beautiful, where she conducted various social marketing, social media and traditional advertising projects. Denning’s case studies have been published published in Resource Recycling, Social Marketing Quarterly, The Handbook of Persuasion and Social Marketing, and they have been presented at various state and national conferences.

Concurrent Session D: Behavior Change for Waste Diversion Programs
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Jenn DeRose is program manager of the Green Dining Alliance (GDA), a program of St. Louis Earth Day. The Green Dining Alliance is a certification program for restaurants to assess and improve sustainable practices, which includes reducing waste, water, and carbon footprint, while encouraging the sourcing of local, responsibly raised foods. The GDA also works to educated the public about waste reduction, energy and water consumption, and the importance of fostering a healthy, resilient food system. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Dylan de Thomas is vice president of industry collaboration for The Recycling Partnership, working with the team there to increase the quantity and quality of the curbside collected recyclables across the U.S. as well as working to boost the economic health of the recycling industry as a whole. Previous to joining the Partnership, he worked for Resource Recycling, Inc. for a decade, directing and producing editorial content for three publications and three conferences covering various aspects of the recycling industry.

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Betsy Dorn is the director of RSE USA. She has over 32 years of professional experience managing, designing and implementing recycling and solid waste management projects. For 27 years, Dorn has been a consultant assisting public and private-sector clients in developing solid waste and materials management plans, evaluating operations, launching new programs and training solid waste and recycling professionals. 

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Chris Drier is the market area general manager at Waste Management. He started in the solid waste and recycling business in 1990 and has held several positions with BFI, Allied Waste and Waste Management.

Concurrent Session E: Connecting Communities, MRFs and Haulers
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Jesse Duarte is the public works deputy director for the solid waste department in the city of Phoenix, Ariz. He has direct oversight of the specialized collection of solid waste and recycling materials. Duartes develops and implements innovative solid waste solutions to increase customer service, operational efficiencies and sustainable practices. Duarte has worked in the solid waste industry for over 33 years.

Plenary Session I: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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MaryEllen Etienne is the founder and president of Reuse International. She has been in the world of reuse for nearly two decades, working to increase awareness and strengthen the industry. She has extensive experience finding new markets for reusable materials, has conducted groundbreaking research on the reuse industry, is highly knowledgeable in reuse operations, and provides ongoing input into the industry’s growth and development. Recently, she contributed to the development of two pioneering initiatives in the field of sustainable resource management. She also serves as a member of the National Recycling Coalition’s National Standards Certification Board. 

Concurrent Session G: Exploring the Impacts of the Reuse Economy
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Cassandra Ford is the solid waste programs manager for Kansas City, Mo. nonprofit group Bridging the Gap (BTG). With BTG, she manages the Business Recycling Program, the Green Events Program and the Kansas City Recycling Centers. She has over 20 years experience in solid waste management, in both public and private sectors. Additionally, Ford is an active member of the Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council and is on the board of directors for the Missouri Recycling Association.

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Greg Gachowsky is a solid & hazardous waste planner and grant manager with the Washington State Department of Ecology. Most of his work has focused on water quality, waste reduction and recycling, and food rescue efforts. Gachowsky has worked for local governments in the Puget Sound region since 2004.

Plenary Session I: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Patrick Geraty is the founder of St. Louis Composting, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in the recycling and composting industry, he has grown his company into the largest composting business in the St. Louis region which process more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of organics each year. Geraty uses his background in the composting industry to work with other businesses and municipalities to provide assistance in planning, designing and implementing compost operations and various green projects. His extensive industry connections throughout Missouri culminated in the formation of the Composting and Organics Association of Missouri (COAM) in 2010. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Wayne Gjerde is the recycling market development coordinator with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He consults with startup and expanding companies in the areas of finance, new product development, business plan development, sales and marketing. Gjerde has also done extensive work in economic analysis, linking the environment and economy. He has over 30 years of experience in financial analysis, banking, sales, marketing, new product development, customer service, consulting, business development and management.

Plenary III: From Recycling to Resilience
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Nina Goodrich joined the sustainability nonprofit group GreenBlue in 2012 as executive director and director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Prior to GreenBlue, she held leadership positions in research and development with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods. She has a background in research and development management and has done graduate work in technology management and sustainability strategy. She speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation and technology.

Concurrent Session F: In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Kanika Greenlee has served as executive director for Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission since 2015, an entity which partners with government, private industry and local community groups to empower residents to sustain cleaner and greener environments in Atlanta. In 2017, Greenlee also became the first environmental programs director for the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (DPW) where she oversees solid waste administration, recycling, and internal/external environmental partnerships.

Plenary Session I: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Dale Gubbels is the CEO for Firstar Fiber and has over 40 years of experience in recycling and environmental issues. Previously, Gubbels worked as a public information officer for Nebraska’s environmental protection agency. There, he was hired as the first executive director for the Nebraska State Recycling Association and fulfilled many roles for the National Recycling Coalition. In 1999, he started running Firstar Fiber, the largest material recycling facility in Nebraska. 

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Cheryl Hanks-Sinecki is the director of environmental services for the city of St. Peters in Missouri. In this role, she evaluates the current systems in place and helps to establish new programs. Additionally, she tours schools and communities, presenting on the importance and ease of recycling. She oversees a workforce of five supervisors and 49 staff positions and is an active member of the Missouri Recycling Association. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Bob Henkel is the St. Louis Earth Day program director for the Recycling On the Go event greening program. The program provides seasonal jobs to about 30 staff, offers recycling and composting services to over 100 events annually and diverts over 60 tons of materials from the landfill each year. Henkel has a passion for sustainability, recycling, land stewardship, and developing human potential.He has been with St. Louis Earth Day for over 4 years using his program development experience gained from working with many service-oriented non-profits.

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Laura Hennemann is the director of marketing for Strategic Materials and has a background in industrial byproduct recycling and commercialization in 32 countries. Today, she handles many recycling industry challenges through coordination with trade organizations. Hennemann also works with many industry-leading companies to promote and grow their sustainability programs for glass recycling, including businesses in the beer, wine and spirits sectors as well as industrial equipment manufacturers and tech companies. Hennemann is also an executive board member for the Glass Recycling Foundation.

Concurrent Session F: In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Sunni Hutton is the community development manager for Dutchtown South Community Corporation (DSCC). As a resident of DSCC’s service area, Hutton was initially hired on as a program assistant to the EPA Cooperative Agreement seeking to address illegal dumping and enact systems level change through a collaborative problem-solving model. Her work extends out of the office and into the streets through community convenings and actions where community members come together to address the issues, build power, and construct alternatives to the current systems. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Alita Kane is the recycling coordinator for the city of Tampa, Fla. She has worked in environmental education, educating on concepts ranging from native plants and wildlife to sustainable waste management. Kane intends to continue to work at promoting the development of environmental stewardship through education and communications.

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Bill Keegan is the president of Dem-Con Companies, a third-generation, family-owned solid waste management and processing company. Keegan is actively involved in the management of the Dem-Con facilities, including a C&D materials recovery facility (MRF), a single-stream MRF, shingle and metals processing sites, and C&D and industrial waste disposal facilities throughout Minnesota. He has been in the solid waste industry for over 22 years and is active in several solid waste organizations.

Concurrent Session E: Connecting Communities, MRFs and Haulers
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Monica Kosmak is a senior project manager of zero waste for the city of Vancouver in British Columbia. She joined the city in 2010 to develop the zero waste chapter of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and has over fifteen years’ experience in environmental policy and zero waste planning. Her specialty is in extended producer responsibility, which involves corporations taking responsibility for recycling the product and packaging waste they put on the market.

Plenary III: From Recycling to Resilience
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Leslie Lukacs is the director of Zero Waste at SCS Engineers. She has over 20 years of experience providing sound environmental consulting services for both the private and public sectors. Lukacs specializes in the design and implementation of comprehensive sustainability and zero waste programs for large institutions, public agencies, venues and events throughout the nation. She serves on the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition and the Zero Waste International Alliance and is an advisor to Zero Waste USA and the California Resource Recovery Association.

Concurrent Session A: Planning for Disaster Debris Recycling and Composting
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D

Concurrent Session D: Behavior Change for Waste Diversion Programs
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Jennifer Mackey has spent over 10 years with plastics converter, Spartech, and currently works as a marketing and sustainability Manager. Additionally, she serves on the Board of the Missouri Recycling Association and the environmental committee of the International Association of Plastics Distributors.

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Cody Marshall is the vice president of technical assistance with The Recycling Partnership, a role in which he focuses on recycling data and local program improvement. With over a decade of industry experience, Marshall has managed daily recycling operations in Orange County, N.C. and worked as a senior consultant for RRS, where he helped build The Recycling Partnership model. 

Plenary Session I: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Ellen Martin is vice president of impact and reporting with Closed Loop Partners (CLP). Prior to CLP, she spent six years as a strategy consultant with FSG, the social impact consulting firm co-founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. Her clients included Fortune 500 companies, philanthropic foundations, governments and national nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she directed learning and knowledge exchange for members and partners of FSG’s Shared Value Initiative, including Walmart, Nestlé, Intel, Coca-Cola, Yara and Novo Nordisk. 

Concurrent Session F: In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Chaz Miller has had a career in waste and recycling that has spanned four decades. Miller has worked at the U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste, the Glass Packaging Institute and the National Waste and Recycling Association. He testified on waste and recycling issues at Congressional and state hearings and spoke at conferences throughout North America. Although he is now retired from full time work, he consults and continues to write his award-winning column “The Circular File” for Waste360. He also speaks at waste and recycling conferences in the United States and Canada. He was recently named chair of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Integrated Waste Management Strategy Task Force.

Plenary III: From Recycling to Resilience
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Bill Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm providing a range of strategic services and research to the paper recycling industry. Prior, Moore held a series of positions in the solid waste, paper and recycling industries. These include founder and vice president of Paper Recycling International and the first director of recycling for Waste Management, Inc. Moore’s knowledge base includes all aspects of the worldwide supply and demand of recovered paper.

Plenary Session II: Feeling the Paper Cut
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


Scott Mouw is the senior director of technical assistance with The Recycling Partnership. Passionate about taking a systems approach, Mouw enjoys putting recycling data to work to help community programs thrive. Prior to joining the Partnership, he spent a career directing North Carolina’s highly regarded recycling program. He has participated in a wide range of regional and national initiatives to advance recycling, including overseeing the development of The Recycling Partnership while serving on the board of the Southeast Recycling Development Council and working with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, the Glass Recycling Coalition and AMERIPEN. 

Plenary Session I: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Elysia Musumeci is the sustainability education and outreach coordinator at Brightside St. Louis, the city’s oldest and most comprehensive not-for-profit cleaning and greening group. She organizes Brightside’s various cleaning and beautification programs that engage and encourage city residents to make their communities more sustainable. Musumeci also oversees the City of St. Louis’ recycling education and outreach program, Saint Louis City Recycles. Earning an award for Nextdoor Hero, she is dedicated to connecting residents to community resources and carries her passion for sustainability and recycling everywhere she goes. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Jim Nordmeyer is the vice president of global sustainability with Owens-Illinois (O-I). In this role, Nordmeyer is responsible for the development and execution of O-I’s global sustainability strategy, which aligns with O-I’s customers growing interest on sustainability, enhances business performance and supports the long-term growth of the organization. He works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders defining the priorities and resource requirements needed to drive sustainability throughout the organization. Additionally, he serves as the internal leader and go-to expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues, and communicating and educating others on sustainability topics. 

Concurrent Session F: In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Kyle O’Keefe is the director of innovation and programs for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). O’Keefe’s role at SWACO focuses on creating community-supported waste reduction and diversion programs that help to build stronger communities in central Ohio through environmental, social and economic stewardship. Previous to his role at SWACO, he worked for the Rural Action, a social and environmental nonprofit organization, where he directed the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative.

Concurrent Session E: Connecting Communities, MRFs and Haulers
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Susan Palmer is the economic development director at St. Vincent de Paul. Palmer administers a $2.6 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that was awarded to St. Vincent de Paul to mentor 10 other nonprofit agencies developing waste-based social enterprises. She is involved in all phases of building this emerging network of nonprofit groups, known as the Cascade Alliance, from selecting the most appropriate business to develop at each site to writing the pro formas and business plans used by members seeking start-up grants and organizing an annual conference for members. Before joining St. Vincent de Paul, Palmer was an award-winning reporter who specialized in natural resources coverage.

Concurrent Session G: Exploring the Impacts of the Reuse Economy
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Rick Penner is the founder of Re-TRAC Connect, a web-based software system designed to help organizations cost-effectively collect, organize, and analyze information about their materials management programs. In 1991, he started his career as the founding general manager of the first Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. He then became a partner in a consulting business designing recycling programs, conducting waste audits, and contributing to the implementation of a provincial product stewardship program. Penner has over 27 years of experience in the materials management industry.

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Jean Ponzi is the green resources manager for the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden. In this role, she promotes integration of sustainable thinking, planning and action into business practices as co-manager of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Additionally, she operates the garden’s Green Resources Answer Service, an email and phone sustainability hotline. Ponzi has been a strong environmental education resource for the St. Louis region for nearly 30 years.

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Antonio Ríos is the executive director of the Solid Waste Authority in Puerto Rico and has directed recycling and education programs for the last 10 years. Ríos belongs to several professional organizations, including the Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership, and is the founder and president of the board of directors of the Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition. He has been a member of the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition since 2014.

Concurrent Session A: Planning for Disaster Debris Recycling and Composting
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Elizabeth Schussler is the vice president of program design with The Recycling Partnership. She builds operationally sound outreach programs and resources to mobilize measurable action. Schussler has honed her ability to address technical recycling challenges through visual and human-centered design via her work with university recycling programs, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, the Southeast Recycling Development Council, RRS, and a variety of brands and retailers.

Concurrent Session D: Behavior Change for Waste Diversion Programs
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Lisa Skumatz is an economist with 36 years in solid waste research. She has conducted solid waste program and policy research around the nation, and published more than 100 articles on trash, recycling, organics, and reduction strategies. Skumatz is known for her quantitative analysis expertise and she focuses on research that helps inform program decision-making by communities, states, and haulers. 

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E

Concurrent Session D: Behavior Change for Waste Diversion Programs
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Robert Smouse is the assistant director of solid waste services for the city of Fort Worth, Texas. Smouse has worked in various environmental leadership positions for over 24 years and his career spans from solid waste, recycling, composting, green building, environmental education and sustainability-based programs. As a member of the SWANA and Fort Worth’s appointee on the Resource Conservation Committee for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, he helps elevate related programs beyond the Fort Worth city limits.

Concurrent Session E: Connecting Communities, MRFs and Haulers
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Ernie Stall is the lead worker in Ohio EPA’s solid waste management planning program. In his current role, Stall coordinates the program’s advisory council, develops Ohio’s state solid waste management plan and provides technical and compliance assistance to Ohio’s solid waste management districts on a wide variety of topics.

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Colin Staub is a staff writer at Resource Recycling, Inc, the company that produces Resource Recycling Magazine and the Resource Recycling Conference as well as other publications and events for the recycling industry. Staub has been with Resource Recycling since early 2017.

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen is the environmental outreach coordinator for the city of Garland, Texas. Additionally, as a professional "planeteer," she dumpster dives and educates the masses on actions they can take to ensure the longevity of humanity. Svendsen comes equipped with LEED advanced credentials in building design/construction and operations/maintenance.

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


Rob Taylor is the technical assistance specialist with The Recycling Partnership, where he works to implement recycling best management practices in communities across the country. Previously, he helped oversee recycling programs for the state of North Carolina.

Concurrent Session E: Connecting Communities, MRFs and Haulers
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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George Valiotis is the CEO of Pace Glass, an advanced glass recycling facility based in New Jersey. Previously, he worked for Alma Realty Corp, where he spearheaded the acquisition of $500 million worth of properties. In 2013, while retrofitting Pace Glass Inc., Valiotis decided to invest time and capital into the company full-time. With plans to open up four more similar sized plants, Pace Glass has set a 10-year goal to become the leading glass recycling company in the world.

Concurrent Session F: In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Ron Vance is the chief of the resource conservation branch in the office of land and emergency management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vance oversees efforts related to materials measurement, sustainable packaging, green sports, and greening the federal government. He has more than 16 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating measurement of materials management related efforts. Before joining EPA, Vance worked in consulting, non-profit, state government, and local government. 

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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DJ VanDeusen is the senior vice president of the recycling division of WestRock. He has been with WestRock since 2011. Prior to his current role, he served as director of finance and vice president of commercial operations  He is responsible for the largest integrated recycler in North America, recovering 8 million tons of recycled fiber annually and employing over 600 people across 22 recycling facilities and a centralized, global brokerage fulfillment center. VanDeusen is an active member of the American Forest & Paper Association's Recovered Fiber Sector, serving on the group's sustainable material management committee and the materials recovery facilities technical working group.

Plenary Session II: Feeling the Paper Cut
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


Todd Ware is the waste district supervisor for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. The county created this position a year ago to oversee the waste collection contracts for the eight trash districts within unincorporated St. Louis County. Ware has also been the county’s municipal contract manager, a role in which he was tasked with ensuring that the county’s nearly 90 municipalities had access to the code enforcement support they needed. He is currently leading the charge for implementation of the County’s Financial Assistance Program, whereby all county residents can comply with the county code mandating trash service even if they cannot afford it.

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Jennifer Wendt is a senior project manager for University City, Mo. and is responsible for sustainability projects pertaining to waste diversion, energy efficiency, stormwater, biodiversity and alternative transportation in addition to a variety of other projects and environmental programs. Wendt is also the staff liaison to the University City Green Practices Commission. Prior to local government project management, she worked in an environmental lab for industry, construction, and Superfund site cleanup.

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Michelle Wiseman is the director of waste diversion and outreach for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Wiseman’s emphasis is educating and engaging communities regarding waste reduction and easing contamination in residential and commercial recycling within the city. She is an active member of the Georgia Recycling Coalition, serves on the steering committee for Atlanta Recycles and is on the advisory board for CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Material) in Atlanta. Wiseman was in professional sales and national account management for 20-plus years with companies including Xerox, Boise Cascade, Grainger Industrial Supply and Pratt Recycling.

Plenary III: From Recycling to Resilience
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE