PSI Governance Structure
Board of Directors
PSI is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of 7 representatives from state environmental agencies, and 4 representatives from local environmental agencies. The role of the Board of Directors is to assist the Executive Director in making decisions for the Institute on strategic matters, such as product focus areas, budget, organizational policies, fundraising options, and strategic alliances. The composition of the FY14 Board as of July 1, 2013, is as follows:
|David Galvin, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, WA - President|
Dave Galvin is program manager for the Hazardous Waste Management Unit in King County (Seattle, Washington), part of the multi-agency “Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.” This program addresses household and small business hazardous wastes in the Seattle metropolitan area. Dave began working in this subject area in 1979 and was the one who coined the term “household hazardous waste.” He was the founding president of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association and is the current president of the Product Stewardship Institute’s board. He has also worked on stormwater and combined sewer overflow controls, trace organic chemicals in wastewater, pesticide-reduction, and Endangered Species Act listings of salmon, along with his decades of attention to hazardous wastes.
|Jennifer Holliday, Chittenden County Solid Waste District, VT - Vice President|
|Jen Holliday has worked in the environmental field since 1985 and has developed and managed the household hazardous waste program for the Chittenden Solid Waste District, the largest solid waste district in Vermont, since the program started in 1991. She has served on numerous advisory committees concerning solid waste in Vermont. Currently she serves as the Vice-Chair of the State of Vermont’s Advisory Committee on Mercury Pollution. Committee members are appointed by the governor to advise the Legislature and public on matters related to mercury pollution. Jen has been a strong advocate for product stewardship in Vermont including educating local and state government officials on product stewardship and lobbying for EPR legislation. She is a founding member and Chair of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council formed in 2008 to work on EPR initiatives in Vermont. On a national level, she has been an active participant in the PSI Paint Dialogue as well as collaborating with other product stewardship leaders in the United States and Canada on product stewardship initiatives. She has served on the PSI Board of Directors since 2006 and on the Executive Board since 2007.|
|Theresa Stiner, IA Department of Natural Resources - Treasurer|
|Theresa Stiner is an Environmental Specialist Senior and has worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources since 1998. Theresa has worked with a variety of programs and issues including household hazardous materials, beverage container deposits, electronics recycling, mercury switches from vehicles, mercury thermostats, and fluorescent lamps. She has participated in various PSI dialogues including paint, pharmaceuticals, fluorescent lamps, and was involved in developing the model state legislation for mercury containing thermostats. Theresa is a charter member of the Midwest Product Stewardship Council Steering Committee and serves on the ASTSWMO Product Stewardship Taskforce. She has served on the PSI Board of Directors since 2008.|
|Tom Metzner, CT Department of Environmental Protection - Clerk|
|Tom Metzner has been an Environmental Analyst with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection since 1993. His primary responsibility is implementation of the Connecticut law covering the recycling of electronic waste. He also works on mercury product laws, household hazardous waste and producer responsibility initiatives. He earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School. Tom has served on the PSI Board of Directors since 2008 and on the Executive Board since 2009.|
|Peter Pettit, NY Department of Environmental Conservation|
Peter Pettit is a Professional Engineer and the Director of the Bureau Waste Reduction & Recycling within the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and has been with the Bureau for over 25 years. He is responsible for; all NYSDEC outreach and education program efforts regarding waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting, tracking and implementation of New York's Returnable Container Act (Bottle Bill), coordination of mercury product reduction and management programs, management of the Toxics in Packaging reduction program, and is responsible for NYSDEC's product stewardship and beneficial use determination programs. He also serves on the Board of Directors for several environmental organizations including; the New York Product Stewardship Council, the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse, the Northeast Recycling Council and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association. Peter is the NYS representative on the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse and a member of the ASTSWMO Product Stewardship Task Force, the NYS Mercury Advisory Committee and NYSDEC’s Internal Mercury Task Force. He has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
|Becky Jayne, IL Environmental Protection Agency|
|Becky Jayne has worked at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency since 1989, in the area of pollution prevention since 1997. Her primary focus area is product stewardship. She is a charter member of the Midwest Product Stewardship Council. She works with Illinois local governments to extend product stewardship to other products. Becky implements Illinois’ mercury-containing product laws which ban sale and distribution of a large number of mercury products. Becky is active in the Quicksilver Caucus and chairs the QSC’s dental amalgam workgroup. She represents Illinois on the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse. Becky has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Missouri.|
|Scott Klag, Metro Regional Government, OR|
|Scott Klag works as a Senior Planner for Metro, a directly elected regional government serving 1.5 million people in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Scott has worked at Metro for many years developing and implementing a wide range of recycling and solid waste policies and programs. Over the past dozen years, Scott has been very active in product stewardship, currently serving on both the Board of the Product Stewardship Institute and as co-chair of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council. He has helped successfully pass product stewardship legislation in Oregon for e-scrap (Oregon E-cycles) and the country’s first stewardship legislation for paint (PaintCare). This legislative session he working on making the paint program – passed as a pilot – permanent. Other stewardship legislative efforts include rechargeable batteries, mercury lighting and modernization of Oregon’s Bottle Bill.|
|Abby Boudouris, OR Department of Environmental Quality|
Abby Boudouris earned her undergraduate degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Abby is a Senior Materials Management Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Over the past 20 years at DEQ, Abby has worked in the Environmental Cleanup Program, the Hazardous Waste Technical Assistance Program and currently in the Solid Waste Program working on product stewardship, household hazardous waste, and waste prevention. Abby is the lead staff responsible for development of product stewardship policy at DEQ including oversight over the Oregon Paint Product Stewardship Program, the first paint stewardship program in the U.S. In 2012, Abby lead the development of the long-term strategy for Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.
|R. Fenton Rood, OK Department of Environmental Quality|
|Fenton Rood is the Director of Waste Systems Planning for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. He has served as a senior manager in the regulatory programs for solid waste management and hazardous waste management. He also helped develop the Superfund program in Oklahoma.
For over twenty years he was involved in the organic foods business. He and his wife operated natural foods stores and restaurants. Additionally, he has a long history of activism through the Sierra Club. He earned a B.A. in Geography, and an M.P.H. in Environmental Health, both from the University of Oklahoma. He also teaches at OU in the departments of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, at University of Phoenix, and at Rose State College.
|Cynthia Moore, WI Department of Natural Resources|
|Cynthia is currently Recycling Program Coordinator for the Wisconsin DNR where she oversees implementation and compliance with the state recycling laws, and works to promote reduction, reuse and recovery of waste materials through outreach, public/private partnerships and policy decisions. Her work with product stewardship issues began in 2001, with the signing of the original Carpet MOU. She was member of the Midwest Product Stewardship Policy Group that developed a framework for electronics recycling legislation in the Midwest, which ultimately served as the model for legislation in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Cynthia was a charter member of the Midwest Product Stewardship Council, and is active in the state-based Product Stewardship committee (under the aegis of the Associated Recycling Organization of Wisconsin/AROW). Cynthia has a good practical understanding of product stewardship programs in the US and abroad, and understands how to translate the product stewardship message to the intended audiences. On the ground experiences in both policy and program implementation, along with her networking skills, Cynthia will make a useful board member.|
|Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, City of Hartford, CT|
Marilynn has worked in solid waste policy development at the state and municipal levels as an assistant to Governor William O'Neill (1983-1991), and as Assistant Director of Public Works in two large, urban, municipalities in Connecticut (New Britain Pop.70,000 and now Hartford Pop. 124,000). She has also been a key designer of solid waste programs on a local level, including re-design and operations of curbside collection programs, design and construction of two transfer stations, and operations of a municipal bulky waste landfill. On behalf of Hartford Mayor Segarra, Marilynn took the lead in the State of CT to coordinate preparation and subsequent passage of the Mattress Stewardship Bill – the first in the nation. For the last 3 years, she has worked to bring a coalition together, with PSI facilitation expertise, to assess the problem, develop model legislation and finally advocate for passage.
Marilynn is currently the coordinator of the City of Hartford Landfill’s closure and post-closure plan with the regional WTE. In 2008, Marilynn launched the first single-stream recycling pilot involving 5000 households in Connecticut, to demonstrate effectiveness in increasing diversion rates. Her experience in communications and marketing –both English and Spanish—has made it possible for her to educate stakeholders associated with the various solid waste efforts she has undertaken. Marilynn has also had past board experience and fully understands the role of a Board of Directors member in setting the policy course for an organization and helping it thrive financially and politically, so as to achieve the mission of the organization.
Marilynn is a seasoned senior government manager, who for 23 years has formulated waste collection services and incurred disposal costs for a myriad of waste streams. These experiences and the associated expenditures have impacted her views regarding the role manufacturers have in product stewardship. Creating consumer purchasing habits that result in municipal disposal and environmental costs is not responsible nor is it possible for government to sustain. Marilynn is committed to expanding the products and the production processes that embrace stewardship and life-cycle design. She has an excellent grasp of the interrelationship between environmental policy, consumer behavior, business concerns and municipal operational costs, which will allow her to make meaningful contributions to the PSI board.
Reviews and provides input into the PSI strategic plan, which outlines the organization's overall goals, strategies, and direction. It also identifies priority products on which PSI should work, prioritizes PSI projects to optimize fundraising efforts, and identifies how PSI can best reach its varied audiences.
Assists PSI Staff in planning the Annual Product Stewardship Forum. The Committee helps to identify topics and potential speakers, develop a publicity strategy, secure Forum sponsors, and research potential entertainment ideas.