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 FY17 Board as of July 2016, is as follows:

Board of Directors

Jennifer Holliday, Chittenden County Solid Waste District, VT
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.

Tom Metzner, CT Department of Environmental Protection
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.

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.
Andrew Radin, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, NY

Andrew Radin is the chair of the New York State Product Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors, and serves as the Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction for the Onondaga County, NY Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA). He has over 20 years of experience in the field of recycling and solid waste management and coordinates a team of recycling professionals who manage a wide variety of environmental programs, including compost operations, household hazardous waste collections, electronic scrap recovery, and community outreach to schools, businesses, and multi-dwelling units. He is a long-time member and former board member of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3).

Scott Klag, OR Metro Regional Government
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.

Cathy Jamieson, VT Department of Environmental Conservation
Cathy Jamieson has worked at Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for over 25 years, focusing on wastewater and solid waste issues.  She is a graduate of Bates College and earned a Masters degree from University of Vermont.   Since 2007, she has been VT DEC’s Solid Waste Program Manager.   While in this position, the VT Solid Waste Program has promoted sustainable materials management, assisted in passing and implementing Vermont’s landmark Universal Recycling legislation, and adopted a new state Materials Management Plan.   Cathy has extensive knowledge of EPR and was closely involved with the successful implementation of several EPR programs in Vermont, including E-waste, paint, and the first primary battery program in the country.   Cathy’s perspective is one of continuous improvement, focusing on how other challenging to manage materials could potentially be diverted from the waste stream.

Kate Kitchener, New York City Department of Sanitation
Kate Kitchener began her work in waste prevention by implementing waste reduction strategies and testing alternative packaging options in the private sector. Seeing the success of these programs inspired her to realize similar policies on a larger scale, acquiring a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. In her current position as Deputy Director of Policy and Programs at the New York City Department of Sanitation Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, Kate oversees a wide spectrum of waste diversion initiatives including the rollout of curbside organics, special events for the collection of household hazardous waste, and targeted resources that help New Yorkers divert their waste through reuse. Beyond these programs, Kate recognizes the importance of strong product stewardship legislation as well as creative strategies for its implementation. She currently supervises New York City’s groundbreaking refrigerant recovery program and the innovative apartment building electronics recycling service, e-cycleNYC. Kate also serves on the board of the New York State Product Stewardship Council.

Joe Rotella, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Joe Rotella is the Special Waste Manager for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, focusing on household hazardous and hard to handle wastes.  He joined the Corporation in 1994, and assumed management of the Eco-Depot in December of 2000. Under Joe’s management, the program has completed 542 one day events and diverted over 10,700,000 pounds of household hazardous waste from RI’s Central Landfill, keeping Rhode Island’s ground water, rivers, and Narragansett Bay safe. The voluntary program has served over 148,000 Rhode Islanders (and counting). Roughly half of the Saturday events are held at RIRRC’s Johnston location, and the remaining events are “mobile”, heading out into the community.  

In the summer of 2015, RIRRC used savings achieved by the implementation of the Paint Care program to add more services to the Eco-Depot.  New programs were introduced such as the residential sharps and lancets return and the “bRIght way to recycle fluorescents”– a continuation of the Clean Water Action program allowing citizens to drop of fluorescent bulbs at local hardware stores rather than wait for an Eco-Depot event. Joe also manages the Corporation’s responsibilities with regards to the state’s E-waste and Mattress EPR programs.

In addition to his Special Waste duties, Joe is one-half of the Corporation’s legislative team, providing support on bill writing, testifying, and lobbying. 

Joe is married to Jennifer and the father of 2 children.  He is currently in his second term on the Johnston School Committee, is Chair of the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library and sits on various boards, commissions and social clubs.  He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.
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.​  
 Jennifer Semrau, WI Department of Natural Resources    
Jennifer Semrau is the Waste Reduction and Diversion Coordinator for the WI Department of Natural Resources. Prior to that position, Jennifer worked for 17 years as the Recycling Specialist/Coordinator for Winnebago County Solid Waste.  In that capacity, she oversaw the County’s recycling programs for both curbside (single stream recycling, joint MRF operations) and non-curbside materials (electronics, bulbs, appliances, batteries, tires, oil, oil filters, antifreeze, shingles, C&D, etc.), household hazardous materials, pharmaceuticals, transfer station operations, composting/yard waste, container rental, sales/marketing/education/promotion and other assorted solid waste programs.  

Jennifer also served as President of the Board of Directors for the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, and is presently Secretary of the AROW Product Stewardship Committee. She was also President of the Northeast WI Cooperative Marketing Group. Other positions included Program Assistant for the Recycling Markets Development Board and WI DNR Bureau of Waste Management. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in Environmental Policy and Planning.  She is also the recipient of the 2013 Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award.

Honorary Board Members


Garth Hickle, MN Pollution Control Agency  
Garth Hickle is the product stewardship team leader with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He has been with the MPCA since 1996 working on product stewardship for various products including packaging, electronics and carpet among other products. He is a board member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Electronics Recycling Initiative and the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse.  He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Minnesota. Garth holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School and a M.A. from Hamline University and is a Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Allyson Williams, CA Dept. of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
Allyson Williams is an Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) where she is the lead staff responsible for oversight of the California Paint Stewardship Program.  She also has a lead role on the Department’s Extended Producer Responsibility/Product Stewardship Team, which works on a variety of product types including carpet, paint, mattresses, pharmaceuticals, batteries, sharps, fluorescent lamps, and more.  Allyson earned her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. 
 Walter Willis, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL    
Walter Willis has been the Executive Director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County since 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the Agency's solid waste and resource management programs, and implementing the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan.  Prior to joining SWALCO, Mr. Willis worked in the waste and recycling industry as a consultant for approximately 20 years developing solid waste management plans and assisting with solid waste facility development projects throughout the United States.  He began his environmental management career with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency back in 1987 after receiving his Masters in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.    


The following PSI Committees work closely with PSI staff on specific areas of importance:

Executive Committee

Makes decisions on PSI policies and other matters that are delegated from the full Board of Directors. The Executive Committee recommends a yearly budget to the Board for approval, and provides quick approvals when needed for grants, contracts, and other operational matters.

Finance Committee

Oversees PSI's finances. The Committee creates and reviews the Financial Management Policies and Procures, reviews and recommends PSI annual budgets to the Board for a vote, provides guidance about the organization's fundraising strategy, and monitors overhead and purchasing expenses. PSI publishes its audited financial statements online each year. The Fiscal Year 2015 Audited Financial Statements are the most current year available. 

Strategic Planning and Policy Committee

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.

Forum Committee

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.
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