Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

GRETCHEN CAREY
GRETCHEN CAREYPresident
Gretchen has worked in the environmental field for over a decade 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 for 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.
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 CICALE
MICHAEL CICALETreasurer
Mike is the Transfer Station Foreman for the Town of Wellfleet. He has worked in the solid waste and recycling industry, both public and private, for 15 years. His diverse background has enabled him to modify Wellfleet’s Transfer Station to better handle seasonal populations and market conditions cost-effectively.
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 6 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.
ERIN BANFIELD
ERIN BANFIELDBoard Member
Erin has worked in the Solid Waste and Recycling Industry for just under four years for Casella Resource Solutions, the largest recycler in the Northeast. For the past year and a half, she has been a part of the Municipal Development team at Casella, focusing in Massachusetts.
DAVE AFONSO
DAVE AFONSOBoard Member
Dave, who has been in the Waste & Recycling industry over 5 years, is employed by Rehrig Pacific where he works with haulers and municipalities to help them reduce trash and increase recycling through the use of curbside containers and code enforcement technology.
ROB GOGAN
ROB GOGANBoard Member
Rob Gogan is Recycling and Waste Manager for Harvard University. He oversees waste reduction, surplus, recycling, composting and disposal for the campus. The University’s goal is to cut trash to 50% of 2006 levels by 2020. Rob will be retiring from Harvard in 2020, but his 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. Prior to his Harvard work, Rob taught English both to native speakers and as a second language in Boston, Maine and Iran.
JOHN HANSELMAN
JOHN HANSELMANBoard Member
John Hanselman is Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vanguard Renewables, the largest recycler of food waste in the Northeast. John is passionate about recycling organics once considered waste into renewable energy and low carbon fertilizer. His focus is developing organic waste and decarbonization solutions for food manufacturers, corporations, and food retailers and enhancing regenerative agriculture practices alongside Vanguard’s farm partners. Vanguard Renewables was named the National Waste & Recycling Association 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year and recently received the 2020 Energy Vision Innovation Award. John has more than thirty years of experience leading renewable energy, environmental, and mission-driven companies.
ABBEY MASSARO
ABBEY MASSAROBoard Member
Abbey Massaro is an Environmental Specialist for the Center for EcoTechnology where she provides technical expertise to aid businesses in developing recycling, reuse, and food recovery programs. Abbey is responsible for a construction and demolition reuse and recycling pilot program and partners closely with the State of Massachusetts. Abbey has worked in the environmental sector for six years and holds a B.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as well as a certificate in Public Policy. She is currently working to obtain a Zero Waste TRUE Advisor Certification with the U.S. Green Business Council.
TOM SEGEAR
TOM SEGEARBoard Member
Tom has been in the waste and recycling industry for over 5 years and is currently the Assistant Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Brookline. He leads efforts to reduce solid waste through several diversion programs offered by the town and educates the public on proper recycling to reduce contamination levels. Prior to joining the Town of Brookline, Tom was the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Earthworm Recycling.
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.