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.
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).
TAYLOR MILLSPAUGH
TAYLOR MILLSPAUGHTreasurer
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.
LINDA CERNIK
LINDA CERNIKBoard Member
Linda has been in the Solid Waste and Recycling field for over 7 years as Program Coordinator for Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management and a Consultant Administrator for Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative. Linda oversees 23 Municipalities Transfer Stations/ Recycling Centers Facilities; Responsible for waste reduction goals, Implementing new recycling opportunities, Compliance to meet Massachusetts state regulations, SMRP grant administration , Data collection and reporting to MassDEP, facilitate special recycling collections , reports to a board of directors and so much more! Linda has a true passion for her job and communities she serves!
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.
SARAH HEALEY
SARAH HEALEYBoard Member
Sarah oversees the zero waste program for BU Sustainability. With a goal to be zero waste by 2030, Sarah’s main role is to implement and refine the strategy outlined in the BU Zero Waste Plan. Prior to joining BU, they worked for Casella Waste Systems where they supported higher education and healthcare facilities with their waste reduction goals. Sarah has an MBA in Sustainability from the University of Vermont. Sarah is a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor and has served on the leadership team of the US Composting Council’s Young Professionals.
ROBIN INGENTHRON
ROBIN INGENTHRONBoard 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.
NICOLE PELLAGRINO
NICOLE PELLAGRINOBoard Member
While working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut earlier in her career, Nicole helped transition the closure of underperforming donation centers to increase profitability and streamline their operations. She was integral in securing the partnerships essential for fundraising opportunities for BBBS in an effort to keep their CT doors open. Before working with Big Brothers Big Sisters she volunteered and worked with Boys and Girls Club with their summer programs.

Since joining Helpsy in early 2019, Nicole has fully immersed herself in the business of unwanted clothing and the impact on our planet. She has been an active presenter and attendee in many Massachusetts-based webinars as well as representing Helpsy in many recycling events and conventions across the Northeast. In addition to providing textile recycling training and education for Helpsy’s partner municipalities across 15 states, Nicole has been an invaluable asset in assisting with fundraising efforts for many of our non-profit partners and has truly become a member of the communities she helps to support.

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.
LAURIE SIMMONS
LAURIE SIMMONSBoard Member
Laurie is the Sustainability Coordinator for Residential Life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a graduate of the M.S. in Sustainability Science program and is nearing completion of her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. With a background in sustainability education, much of Laurie’s work on campus focuses on waste diversion efforts and student engagement with a long-term vision for sparking and nurturing a culture of sustainability across the campus community. She is chair of the Chancellors Sustainability Advisory Committee Waste Subcommittee at UMass and Vice Chair of the Springfield MRF Advisory Board. Laurie enjoys serving as a role model for living sustainably, reducing waste, and sharing her knowledge, experiences, and connections with others to help affect positive change.
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.