Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

GRETCHEN CAREY
GRETCHEN CAREYPresident
Gretchen 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.
WANETA TRABERT
WANETA TRABERTVice President
Waneta is the Director of Sustainable Materials Management for the City of Newton. Through her experience in electronics, EPR, and managing packaging waste for both the Wisconsin DNR and the Product Stewardship Institute, Waneta was a perfect fit as an officer of the MassRecycle Product Stewardship Council. She also managed hazardous waste at McMurdo Station, Antarctica during the 2014-2015 austral summer season.
GUNTHER WELLENSTEIN
GUNTHER WELLENSTEINAt-Large Member, Executive Committee
Gunther is the Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator for the City of Haverhill where he manages daily operations for 25,000 curbside collection households. He has implemented programmatic efficiencies, like automated trash and single-stream recycling, de-manufacturing of mattresses and box springs all while doing outreach & education via social-media. Gunther has been active with Product Stewardship issues and is Member of MassRecycle’s Product Stewardship Council.
MICHAEL ORR
MICHAEL ORRSecretary
Mike has worked in the waste and recycling industry for 10 years, currently working for the City of Cambridge as the Recycling Director. He manages Cambridge’s trash reduction goals while exploring and expanding waste diversion programs, such as curbside organics and hopes to share his insight on recycling and composting with Massachusetts communities as a Board member of MassRECYCLE. He has also taken a leadership role in the Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council (MassPSC).
ROB GOGAN
ROB GOGANBoard Member
Rob Gogan retired as Manager of Harvard Recycling and Waste Services in 2020. He serves on MassRecycle’s Product Stewardship Council and chairs the Tours and Podcast Committees. His goal for MassRecycle is to support, connect and mentor the thousands of sustainable materials management professionals in our state. His goal is to coordinate at least one tour and podcast every two months.
ROBIN INGETHRON
ROBIN INGETHRONBoard Member
Robin is CEO of Good Point Recycling of Brockton, MA and Middlebury, VT. In the 1990s, Robin was Director of the Recycling Program at the Massachusetts DEP. He has a BA degree in International Relations (Carleton College, 1984) and an MBA from Boston University . Robin is also the founder of Fair Trade Recycling, an export reform – and anti-defamation – group (WR3A.org). Robin was recently named #36 on the Top 100 Recycling experts worldwide by Recycling International, appeared on the cover of Recycling Today, and is a frequent contributor to Resource Recycling.
ABBEY MASSARO
ABBEY MASSAROBoard Member
Abbey Massaro is an Environmental Specialist at the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), where she provides individualized assistance to businesses throughout the country. Since 2018, she has supported CET initiatives to help commercial and institutional entities develop recycling, reuse and food waste recovery programs through MassDEP’s RecyclingWorks MA program. Abbey has helped construction projects throughout Massachusetts increase recycling and reuse. Abbey is a Zero Waste TRUE Advisor and a member of the board of directors at the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility and MassRecycle. She has over eight years professional experience in the solid waste management industry and holds a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and a certificate in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
TAYLOR MILLSPAUGH
TAYLOR MILLSPAUGHBoard Member
Taylor Millspaugh is the Director of Business Development at CMRK. For the past 35 years, CMRK has collected textiles through residential pickups and clothing donation bins. Taylor is responsible for creating partnerships with municipalities, businesses and nonprofits through curbside collections and donation bins. CMRK has given their partners over $25 million dollars in the past 20 years. Her role at CMRK combines her love of fashion, sustainability, and networking. She is the self proclaimed Queen of Thrift.
CASEY SHEA
CASEY SHEABoard Member
Casey brings a robust knowledge of the recycling marketplace as well as the regulations and guidelines that are developing throughout the Northeast and the country. Casey is currently Rehrig Pacific’s Sales Representative for New England and New York. He has previously worked as a Account Manager and Senior Operations Manager for Casella Waste Systems.
STAN WALCZAK
STAN WALCZAKBoard Member
Stan has over 40 years of experience working in both the private and public sector of the Solid Waste Industry. He has served as the general manager for various hauling and material recovery facilities throughout New England. He 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.