Dr. Meg Martineau is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who obtained her Ph.D in Behavior Analysis from Western New England University. She is an Environmental Leader at New England Behavior Analysts for Sustainability, where she dedicates her time to disseminating behavioral science to help address the climate crisis. She currently works in Newton Public Schools and has provided behavioral consultation to teachers and students for the past 12 years. She is passionate about encouraging others to utilize behavioral strategies in their climate change initiatives, and has successfully guided elementary students to implement school-wide composting programs using behavioral strategies.
Stan Walczak (moderator)
MassRecycle Board member, Stan Walczak has over 40 years of experience working in both the private and the public sectors of the solid waste industry. He has served as the general manager for several hauling and material recovery facilities throughout New England. Stan was responsible for the design, permitting, and construction of the first material recovery facility in central Massachusetts. He was also instrumental in bringing automated collection programs to seven communities within the northeast region of Massachusetts. He is currently responsible for managing a Construction and Demolition facility owned by Resource Waste Services, located in Roxbury Massachusetts, which has been certified by the Recycling Certification Institute.
Scott Cynamon began a career in textiles in the early 1980’s. He served as vice president of Pearl Waste Materials, a market specialist in pre-consumer textile waste, before forming Cyntex in 1985. As America’s domestic textile production unfortunately moved offshore, Cyntex transitioned its focus to manage more post-consumer waste. In 1990 Scott purchased Hope International, a company focusing on South and Central American exports. Scott is a graduate of Hofstra University, and a past board member of SMART and other organizations. He has contributed to public panels, spoken to recycling coordinators, industry leaders, and recently presented at the NIST workshop, Facilitating a Circular Economy For Textiles.
Silvio Genao is the Superintendent of Public Works and Natural Resources for the Town of Eastham, located on outer Cape Cod. He has been in Public Works, both in the public sector and in the private sector as a consultant, for 15 years in the Cape and Islands region. He became involved in recycling while in these diverse roles and developed an interest in collaborating with fellow stakeholders to create innovative solutions for common problems.
MassRecycle Board member, Abbey Massaro, is an Environmental Specialist at the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), where she provides individualized assistance to businesses and institutions through the MassDEP RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts program. Since 2018, she has supported CET initiatives to help commercial and institutional entities develop recycling, reuse, and food waste recovery programs. Abbey is a certified TRUE Zero Waste Advisor with six years of professional experience in the solid waste management industry. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and a certificate in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
John Fischer is Deputy Division Director for Solid Waste Materials Management at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In this position, he oversees MassDEP’s development and implementation of the Solid Waste Master Plan, including MassDEP’s regulatory, permitting, compliance, and grant and assistance programs, to manage solid waste and advance waste reduction, recycling, and composting in Massachusetts. He has been with MassDEP since 1998. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Ecology from Connecticut College and a Master’s in City Planning, focusing on Environmental Policy and Planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Milannee St. Hill
As the Communications & Engagement Coordinator for NC State University Sustainability, Lani works with students, staff, and faculty to promote an economically responsible, environmentally sound, and socially just world. At NC State, Lani has overseen numerous waste diversion programs that have earned local, state, regional, and national awards. These programs include Zero Waste Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Football Stadium and Zero Waste Workplace, in which composting has been incorporated in more than 2 million gross square feet of academic spaces on campus. Lani also serves on the College and University Recycling Coalition’s committee for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Rob Gogan (moderator)
MassRecycle Board member, Rob Gogan, is retired from his long-term role as Recycling and Waste Manager for Harvard University. At Harvard, he oversaw waste reduction, surplus management, recycling, composting, and disposal for the campus. Rob’s ongoing recycling interests focus on maintaining consumers’ opportunities for recycling, establishing a culture of reuse, supporting the repair movement, promoting producer responsibility, and building community through sharing. He serves on the Mass. Product Stewardship Council, is leader of the Podcast committee, and co-leads the Tours committee with Stan Walczak.
Dr. Robin Nagle is the Anthropologist-in-Residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation. Her book Picking Up, an ethnography of the DSNY, includes accounts of her time on the job as a sanitation worker. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University and is a Clinical Professor at New York University, where she teaches environmental studies, anthropology, and discard studies in the undergraduate Liberal Studies Program and in the Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Ben Harvey has been involved in the Waste and Recycling Industry for over 50 years, and was a founding board member of MassRecycle. He has presented on the local, regional, and national level on waste and recycling topics. Ben is the current Chairman of the National Waste and Recycling Association.
MassRecycle Board member and Secretary, Mike Orr, has worked in the waste and recycling industry for 10 years, currently serving as Recycling Director for the City of Cambridge. He manages Cambridge’s trash reduction goals while exploring and expanding waste diversion programs, such as curbside organics. Through MassRecycle, Mike hopes to share his insight on recycling and composting in Massachusetts communities.
Gretchen Carey (moderator)
MassRecycle President, Gretchen Carey, has worked in the environmental field for 15 years as a volunteer, municipal recycling coordinator, and now the Republic Services Recycling and Organics Coordinator for Massachusetts. Gretchen provides training and education on recycling for both municipalities and commercial customers while helping to build the organics infrastructure in New England. In addition to her leadership of MassRecycle, Gretchen is a LEED Green Associate, a Zero Waste TRUE Advisor, and a member of the Environmental Business Council Solid Waste Management Leadership Committee. She is also co-founder of GreenLabs Recycling, the hyperlocal company for plastics recycling.
Jessica Camarena has served as the Waste Reduction Enforcement Coordinator (WREC) for the City of New Bedford for 5 years. She conducts inspections, and enforces city ordinances and regulations pertaining to trash and recycling. Jessica works both through outreach and by issuing violation notices. Leveraging her bilingual skills, she works tactfully with property owners, property managers, and residents across the city, to verify adequate recycling capacity and separation. Her efforts help to reduce solid waste and continue extending the life expectancy of the Crapo Hill Landfill.
Marissa Perez-Dormitzer has served as the Waste Reduction Manager for the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District for 22 years. She works with the district’s two member communities, New Bedford and Dartmouth, to educate residents about waste reduction, implement new programs, and to apply for and manage grants. Marissa graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.
Sarah Healey is the Strategic Account Manager for Higher Ed. & Healthcare in the Greater Boston Area for Casella. Sarah has a BA from Saint Michael’s College and an MBA in Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont. She started with Casella during her MBA program, where she worked on a consulting project related to compostable packaging. She joined the Casella team in Boston full-time in September of that year. Sarah is a certified TRUE Zero Waste Advisor and has served on the leadership team of the US Composting Council’s Young Professionals Group. Sarah is passionate about co-creating a more sustainable economy and educating people about zero waste and waste reduction.
MassRecycle Board member, Rob Gogan, is retired from his long-term role as Recycling and Waste Manager for Harvard University. At Harvard, he oversaw waste reduction, surplus management, recycling, composting, and disposal for the campus. Rob’s ongoing recycling interests focus on maintaining consumers’ opportunities for recycling, establishing a culture of reuse, supporting the repair movement, promoting producer responsibility, and building community through sharing. He serves on the Mass. Product Stewardship Council, a MassRecycle enterprise focused on passing legislation that makes producers, and not taxpayers, responsible for recycling or safe disposal of mattresses, paint, electronics, packaging, and other materials. Prior to his Harvard work, Rob taught English, both to native speakers and as a second language, in Boston, Maine, and Iran.
Jan Ameen has worked in the solid waste management field since 1989, for the State of Vermont and two regional solid waste districts. She was the Program Director for the Franklin County (MA) Solid Waste Management District from 1995 to 1999. Since 1999, she has served as the District’s Executive Director. The district is comprised of 21 towns in western Massachusetts with a population of 50,000. She has worked extensively with municipalities, schools, and businesses on all aspects of solid waste management. She holds a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island and a M.S. from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH.
Sydney Harris is the Policy and Programs Manager at the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), where she leads work related to plastics and packaging. She supports U.S. state and local governments in developing, introducing, and passing extended producer responsibility policies for consumer packaging. Sydney’s background in marine science and pollution prevention includes microplastics and marine debris research, policy advocacy, and program development, including launching the U.S. EPA’s Trash Free Waters program in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. She is also passionate about racial, social, and environmental justice and has held many youth advocacy and education positions.
Sarah K. Nichols
Sarah Nichols is the Sustainable Maine Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. She is a nationally recognized waste policy expert with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Economics, a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management, and 11+ years of professional experience in the field of waste management. Notable accomplishments include successfully leading campaigns for Maine’s policies that ban the distribution of plastic shopping bags, foam food containers, and the nation’s first Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging law.
MassRecycle Vice President and MassPSC Chair, Waneta Trabert, is the Director of Sustainable Materials Management for the City of Newton. Her experience in electronics, EPR, and managing packaging waste for both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), made Waneta a perfect fit as an officer of the Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council (MassPSC). She also managed hazardous waste at McMurdo Station, Antarctica during the 2014-2015 austral summer season.