Mark Moroukian, Environmental Engineer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Mr. Moroukian is a professional engineer with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, in Albany and currently serves as the Supervisor of the Product Stewardship and Waste Reduction Section in the Bureau of Waste Reduction and Recycling. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He has been with the Department for 31 years in various programs including air resources, environmental remediation, pollution prevention, hazardous waste and more recently in the materials management program.
Mr. Moroukian’s current responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of New York State’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act which was signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2010. Mr. Moroukian also oversees implementation of NYS’s Rechargeable Battery Recycling Law, signed into law on December 10, 2010 and is involved with the review and development of various other product stewardship program efforts being considered in NYS. He also oversees the implementation of NYS’s Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan Program.
Peter Bennison, Director of Business Development, Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery
Peter joined RCR&R in July 2009 as Director of Business Development. He has 22 years of experience working in the electronics recycling & solid waste industries with companies ranging from startup to large multi-nationals. Peter is active in the electronics recycling industry, serving for the past 8 years on the organizing committees for education sessions at the two largest National Ewaste Recycling Conferences.
Peter is currently an active member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), and is the current Co Chair of the New York State Forum - IT Greening workgroup. He is also a past committee chair of the International Electronics Recyclers Institute and board member of the International Association of Electronics Recyclers. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Kate Sinding is a Senior Attorney and Deputy Director of the NY Urban Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she specializes in New York urban and regional issues, including a variety of energy, land use and solid waste matters. Prior to joining NRDC in November 2006, Kate was a partner in the specialty environmental law firm of Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. Kate is a member of the Steering Committee of the New York Product Stewardship Council. She has taught Environmental Law at Columbia University and Fordham University Schools of Law. Kate is a graduate of New York University Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Barnard College.
Eric Swenson, Superintendent of Environmental Control, Town of Oyster Bay, NY
Eric Swenson currently serves as the Superintendent of Environmental Control for the Town of Oyster Bay, New York – a suburban community of 300,000 residents located on Long Island. His position ranges from managing solid waste to overseeing an animal shelter, growing shellfish and chasing Canada Geese with trained border collies. Eric helped organize Long Island’s first e-waste collection program in 2004. Earlier this year, his Town began a curbside e-waste collection program for over 70,000 homes. Eric holds a J.D. degree from St. John’s Law School and a Graduate Certificate in Waste Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s Waste Management Institute.
Mr. Swenson is a Past President and the current Treasurer of the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management and also currently serves as the Secretary of the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations. He is also a member of the Advisory Board member of the New York Product Stewardship Council. In addition, Eric is also the Executive Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee and the Chair of the Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee. These two inter-municipal watershed organizations collectively represent and coordinate the efforts of 24 municipalities in protecting local water bodies.
Tricia Conroy, Executive Director, MRM
Tricia Conroy serves as the Executive Director for MRM, the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company. She has held this position since 2009. MRM was founded in late 2007 by Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba to bring manufacturers together to help provide convenient, environmentally responsible recycling opportunities to consumers nationwide. MRM has recycled nearly 200 million pounds of ewaste since its inception and supports 1450 collection sites nation-wide.
Prior to working with MRM, Ms. Conroy was an owner and President of E4 Partners, an environmental consulting firm. E4 Partners provided environmental management support to a variety of corporations and government entities in the areas of ewaste management and sustainable development. Ms. Conroy directed ewaste project work for Best Buy, HP and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ms. Conroy has also worked for the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, the Congressional Budget Office and ICF, Inc. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.