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.
KESIAH BASCOM
KESIAH BASCOMBoard Member
Kesiah Bascom is the founder/owner of OffBeet Compost, a food scrap collection and composting company serving the Merrimack Valley. Kesiah has spent the past 7 years working in the sustainable agriculture and food justice realm. Prior to starting OffBeet Compost, Kesiah was the Community Program Manager at Mill City Grows, a food access organization in Lowell, MA. She also worked as an Assistant Grower at The Food Project, a non-profit organization that employs teenagers on farms in Lincoln, Roxbury and the North Shore of Massachusetts. It focuses on community improvement and outreach, and education about health, leadership, charity, and sustainable agriculture.
DEBRA DARBY
DEBRA DARBYBoard Member
As the organics lead with Tetra Tech, an international engineering and solid waste professional services firm, Ms. Darby is involved with consulting, compliance, permitting, and developing the operations of organics material management systems. She is works in solid waste planning through the design and implementation of organics recycling programs and technologies including composting and anaerobic digestion. Ms. Darby has 14 years of organics experience within the solid waste industry and is a Certified Composting Professional. In addition to her technical expertise, she has 20 years marketing experience as an advisor to public and private sectors.
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
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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.