Advisory Council

Summoning the talents, influence, and social conscience of product stewardship leaders is vital to effectively minimize the unintended impacts of consumer products. During the past decade, PSI has engaged companies in over 15 industry sectors, seeking their support in minimizing negative externalities throughout a product’s lifecycle, from creating more sustainable products, to managing their post-use impacts. The organization has negotiated stakeholder agreements; conducted pilot projects; and helped change laws, policies, and programs around the most environmentally burdensome products.
 
To meet the growing challenges of the rapidly expanding product stewardship movement, PSI has assembled an Advisory Council comprised of leaders in business, government, academia, and other disciplines. This core group has proven successful in lending strategic advice, employing creative ideas to raise an organization's public profile and effectiveness, and harnessing financial resources to ensure that the national environmental movement continues to realize its potential for social, economic, and environmental gains. This group complements our Board of Directors, composed of seven state officials and four local officials, and will work with our 47 state government members, more than 200 local government members, and over 75 corporate, organizational, academic, and non-U.S. government partners.
 
Meet PSI’s Advisory Council Members!

 
Mark Buckley
VP Environmental Affairs, Staples
  Mark Buckley directs Staples’ global environmental commitment and sustainable business practices. He is responsible for driving the company’s environmental leadership in five major areas: the development of more sustainable products and packaging, customer recycling solutions, internal waste reduction and recycling initiatives, the development of global carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies, and environmental education initiatives focused on sustainable business solutions for customers and associates. A 25-year Staples veteran, Mark was previously vice president of facilities management and purchasing at Staples where he directed company-wide recycling and energy conservation programs. He holds a Bachelors in biology from St. Anselm’s College and is an active member of several environmental organizations and a member of the Board of Earth Force, a national environmental education organization.
     
     
Kathleen Blanchard
President, Intervale Associates
  Kathleen Blanchard, Ph.D., currently serves as president of Intervale, a Canada-based nonprofit that provides programs and services in the fields of conservation, heritage interpretation, rural development, and sustainable tourism. Kathleen has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Canada's Endangered Species Recovery Fund and for the World Conservation Union Commission on Education and Communication. From 1996 to 2002, she was president of Quebec-Labrador Foundation (Canada), Inc., a bi-national conservation organization, where she worked for 25 years.

She has also held various board and advisory positions with Canadian and U.S. conservation organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the North American Association of Environmental Education. She has consulted for CBC television, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, National Audubon Society, and other organizations. Kathleen brings a wealth of nonprofit leadership and advisory experience as well as a scientific understanding of the natural world, which bears the negative effects of various products.
     
     

Kevin Dooley
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
Chief Scientist, The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability


  Dr. Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management, and a Distinguished Scholar of the "Dean’s Council of 100" at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Kevin is a renowned expert in the application of complexity science in organizational improvement. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award winning book, “Organizational Change and Innovation Processes.” He is currently Academic Director for the Sustainability Consortium, an organization with over 60 industry members committed to improving consumer product sustainability. He has been awarded two patents on Centering Resonance Analysis, which is a novel form of network text analysis. He is also co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics.
     
     
Robert Giegengack
Professor Emeritus of Earth & Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Giegengack, Professor Emeritus of Earth & Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania since 1968. Robert established the undergraduate major in environmental studies at Penn in 1972, and has since been undergraduate advisor for this major as well as the geology major.  Robert is also Faculty Director of the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program, which currently enrolls approximately 150 students. He has also been Director of Penn's summer course in geologic field methods, based at the facility of the Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (YBRA) in Red Lodge, MT. Robert teaches courses in  environmental analysis, paleoclimatology, environmental geology, university sustainability, and field geology. He has also developed a series of Academically Based Community-Service courses in urban environmental public health that focus on the hazard of lead-based paint in residential buildings, teenage smoking, and environmental triggers of asthma attacks. Robert studies geologic archives that enable paleoclimatologists to reconstruct the history of environmental change, primarily climate change, and has studied field archives of environmental change on every continent except Australia. Robert received a Bachelor of Arts and PhD in Geology from Yale University (1960, 1968), and his Masters in Geology from the University of Colorado (1962). 

     
     
Ben Grossman
Co-President, Grossman Marketing Group

  Ben Grossman currently serves as co-president of Grossman Marketing Group. He is also president of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Boston and is on the Environmental League of Massachusetts Corporate Council. Additionally, Ben has served as the director of his firm’s Green Marketing & Sustainability Practice, launched in 2006. The group works with its clients to identify environmentally conscious business practices, helping them gain a competitive advantage and differentiate themselves in the market.

Ben worked as a strategy consultant for Fortune 500 clients, and started and sold his own sportswear and marketing firm. He frequently speaks on the topic of green marketing, including guest lectures at Columbia, Harvard, and Tufts universities, and is a regular blogger on green marketing and green business. He was also 2009 recipient of the New England Direct Marketing Association Prodigy Award. With a cache of environmental and business-oriented marketing experience, Ben will assist PSI in effectively reaching its varied audience.
     
     
Tom Szaky
Founder + CEO, TerraCycle, Inc.
 

Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, from used chip bags to cigarette butts. On a yearly basis and across 23 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, creating millions of dollars of donations for schools and charities in the process. Many of the world’s largest consumer products companies contract with TerraCycle to collect and recycle post-consumer products and packaging they produce. Through TerraCycle, Tom has pioneered a process, involving manufacturers, retailers, consumers and community groups, to create circular solutions for waste that otherwise would go to landfill or be incinerated.

Tom is the author of two books, Revolution in a Bottle published April 2009 by Portfolio and Outsmart Waste published January 2014 by Berrett-Koehler. He is an acclaimed international public speaker, and speaks to corporate and academic audiences regularly. Tom created, produced and stars in a new reality TV show, “Human Resources” currently airing on Pivot TV. Tom and TerraCycle have received over 100 social, environmental and business awards from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum and the Environmental Protection Agency.

     
     
Harold Siegel
President, Excelsior Graphics
 

Harold Siegel is the President of Excelsior Graphics, Inc., a New York-based printing company he founded in 1977. Harold also serves as a Founding Board Member of the Printing Brokerage/Buyers Association, a worldwide membership graphic arts industry trade group and is Chairman of the New York Area Committee of the Heritage Foundation, a national political think tank based in Washington, D.C. In addition, Harold is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Friars Club, a New York show business, social, and philanthropic organization. Harold believes that business and environmental interests can be mutually beneficial, and has promoted environmental initiatives in his own printing business.

     
     
John G. Waffenschmidt
Vice President of Environmental Science + Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

  John G. Waffenschmidt is currently Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs at Covanta Energy, with responsibility for the development of community outreach policies and practices, reduction in waste stream toxicity, development of environmental justice policies and practices, and liaison with various academic and NGO organizations. He is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Advisory Board and a board member of the Regional Plan Association, Long Island chapter. He has been named a BOCES Education Partner, a Bronze Telly Award Winner, and has received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. John was previously employed with the New York City Department of Sanitation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. John is a Certified Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America, holds a Bachelor of Science in social ecology from New Paltz State University of New York, and holds a Masters in environmental biology from Queens College.
     
     
Nabil Nasr, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost and Director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

  Dr. Nabil Nasr is the Assistant Provost and Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He also founded the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (C3R) at RIT, which has become a leading source of applied research and solutions in remanufacturing technologies. For over 25 years, Dr. Nasr has worked in the fields of sustainable production, remanufacturing, clean production, and sustainable product development, and is considered an international leader in research and development efforts in these disciplines. He has developed strong ties to industry through efforts to implement and improve sustainable design processes at hundreds of companies from diverse sectors. Dr. Nasr is the chair of the Advisory Expert Group on Sustainable Production and Eco-Innovation - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD). In addition to his work with the OECD, he also served as an expert delegate for the U.S. government in several other international forums, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization. Dr. Nasr has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Helwan University, an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers University, an M.Eng. in Manufacturing Engineering from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Rutgers University.
     
     
Alison Keane, Esq.
Vice President, Government Affairs and Industry Programs, American Coatings Association

  Alison Keane is an environmental attorney with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and governmental sectors.  She is currently the Vice President for Government Affairs with the American Coatings Association and responsible for day to day advocacy operations of the Association, including legislative, judicial and regulatory matters on the local, state and federal level.  She also serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Association’s Product Stewardship Organization, PaintCare, which operates in 8 states and the District of Columbia, and is responsible for the collection and end-of-life management of post-consumer paint.   Other employment experience includes the Environmental Protection Agency’s Headquarters office, the Maryland State Senate and private practice.  Alison has her BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her JD from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.  She is admitted to the practice of law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.
     
     
Carl Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer, Call2Recycle

  Since 2008, Mr. Smith has headed Call2Recycle Inc., North America’s first and arguably most successful product stewardship program.  In this capacity, he oversees the organization’s strategy, management of its national promotional and education efforts, and its complex stakeholder relationships. He is known for his deep understanding of product stewardship and its impact and unintended consequences on the market.  Mr. Smith has extensive experience in strategic marketing, brand positioning, general management and environmental leadership.   He has held senior leadership positions in marketing and general management with Fortune 500 companies, headed environmental organizations, and has had considerable public policy experience as a lobbyist and on Capitol Hill.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
     
     
Joachim Quoden
Managing Director, Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance

  Joachim Quoden studied law at the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität” in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995. In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance. 

From February 1993 until June 2006 Mr Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003. 

In January 2001 he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations using the Green Dot trademark. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organisation. 

Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, a new alliance of currently 23 non-profit packaging recovery organisations owned by obliged industry from 21 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel. Besides this, he is working since June 1995 as independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation.

Since October 2013 he is appointed as chair of the Governance & Legal Issues working group of ISWA, he is member of the Advisory Panel of the Global Product Stewardship Council and of the OECD EPR expert group. He was also an expert of the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that has developed between 2009 and 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery.
     
     
Charlotte Smith
Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology; Waste Management
  Charlotte Smith is Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, a business unit of WM Sustainability Services. She founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC in 2000 and sold the company to Waste Management in 2009. PharmEcology pioneered the concept of assisting hospitals, retail pharmacies, and other healthcare organizations in managing waste pharmaceuticals in a compliant and cost-effective manner, thereby reducing the number of drugs inadvertently entering the ecosystem. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor.  As one of the first companies to assist pharmacies in managing their outdated drug inventory, Capital Returns assured responsible disposal of outdated pharmaceuticals while enabling healthcare organizations to recoup their financial investment. Ms. Smith is a co-author of “Managing Pharmaceutical Waste: A Ten-Step Blueprint for Healthcare Facilities in the United States,” funded by EPA through Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (now Practice Greenhealth) and has served on various related industry and governmental working groups.    Ms. Smith is a registered pharmacist who received her BS in Pharmacy and MS in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin.  She is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). She can be reached at 414-915-4026 and at csmith@pharmecology.com.
     
     
Maryse Vermette
President, Eco Entreprises Quebec (EEQ)
  For more than two decades, Maryse Vermette has held management positions in public and private curbside recycling organizations, pioneering developments in a field that has a significant effect on Quebecers’ quality of life. Ms. Vermette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning from Université de Montréal and an MBA. Since 2008, she has been President & CEO of Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) a private, non-profit organization that represents over 3,000 companies and organizations who are responsible for financing municipal curbside recycling programs. She has been a Board Director of several socio-economic organizations and, in 2014, was appointed Co-Chair of the Comité-conseil sur les matières résiduelles (advisory committee on residual materials) set up by Quebec’s Minister of Développement durable de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques.

A sought-after speaker locally and abroad, Ms. Vermette contributes to the recognition of local expertise in packaging eco-design and the optimization of Quebec’s curbside recycling system. Drawing from her experience as General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of a Regional County Municipality in the Greater Montreal Area from 1988 to 2003 and as Director of Municipal Relations for Collecte selective Québec from 2003 to 2005, Ms. Vermette is able to use her in depth knowledge of municipal curbside recycling issues to build consensus among stakeholders in order to implement long-term solutions.
     
     
Marjaneh Zarrehparvar
Executive Director, PaintCare
 

Marjaneh Zarrehparvar joined PaintCare in 2011 as its Executive Director. PaintCare, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington DC, was created by the American Coating Association, the trade association of paint manufacturers, to serve as the national stewardship organization for the purpose of managing postconsumer paint. Prior to joining PaintCare, Marjaneh managed a variety of hazardous waste management and toxics reduction programs for San Francisco’s Environment Department for more than 10 years. Her work in San Francisco included developing municipal, small business, and household hazardous waste collection programs. She also led public education campaigns regarding toxics use reduction and helped to shape local and state-level product stewardship and public health legislation.

Prior to her work in San Francisco, Marjaneh performed toxicology research on workplace inhalation hazards under contract with California EPA. Marjaneh has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis.

     
     
Marcus K. Boolish
Director of Technology, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc. 
 

Marcus K. Boolish, 42, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Toledo. Marcus began his employment with Energizer in 1996 as a Technology Engineer in Westlake, Ohio, USA working on battery development for lithium ion batteries. Throughout his 18 year career at Energizer he has experience with numerous battery chemistry systems and currently serves as Director of Technology for Regulatory Affairs and Standards. Marcus actively participates in many battery committees, technical advisory groups (TAGs), industry groups and working groups, including: the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 35; National Electrical Manufacturers (NEMA) Dry Battery Section (US Trade Industry); US Corporation for Battery Recycling; American National Standards Institute Committee C18 for Portable Primary Batteries; United States TAG to IEC TC35; Call2Recycle; and more. 

Marcus has testified in front of various local, state, federal and international legislative bodies as a technical expert for legislation dealing with batteries, battery-operated devices, battery collection and recycling and counterfeiting issues. He has also testified numerous times in federal, state and local courts for battery-related issues. 

     
     
Michael Goeres
Executive Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
 

Michael Goeres was appointed Executive Director of CCME in 2010. 

Michael was recognized as one of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 for his contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism.

As Director of Corporate Services from 1997 to 2010, Michael was responsible for CCME’s contracting, finances, human resources, publications, and internal operations while also helping to guide development of a number of CCME policy files.  Prior to joining CCME in 1997, Michael was Director, Finance and Administration with the Canada Grains Council Inc., an industry association of the Canadian grain trade. He was founding Executive Director of the Manitoba Intercultural Council, a provincial agency created in 1982 to provide policy advice from ethnocultural communities to the Manitoba government.

Michael, born and raised in Saskatchewan, is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. Honours in History) and of the University of Manitoba (M.A. in History, Certificate in Management). He is Past-President of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and co-chaired CSAE’s 2013 Conference Committee. Michael and wife Ursula, who practices criminal law, have three children. Erin received her Ph.D. from Lincoln College, Oxford and teaches in the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London in the United Kingdom. Caitlin is a doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Chicago, United States. Patrick, a world-ranked athlete, competed for several years at the World Orienteering Championships, and is now completing medical studies at the University of Manitoba. 

     
     
Lisa Brady
Senior Director, Sustainability, Global Product Operations, EMC Corporation
 

Lisa Brady leads the Sustainability organization for EMC Corporation’s Global Product Operations (GPO), where she develops and drives strategies to ensure a resilient supply chain, environmental stewardship and global market access.  She oversees EMC’s social and environmental responsibility programs for global supply chain, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, and eWaste. Her responsibilities also include governance of environmental product regulatory compliance, and programs for hazardous substances and conflict minerals.  Her focus on supply chain risk management also extends into programs for product security and supply chain business continuity. 

Lisa has been at EMC since 2001, where she has worked in the Internal Consulting, Information Technology, and Global Supply Chain organizations. Prior to joining EMC, Lisa spent six years in the healthcare industry, during which time she directed a psychiatric research unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Before her time at MGH, she created and directed a research organization at the Washington University School of Medicine. During her tenure there, she was an outside consultant to the World Health Organization.

Lisa is an honors graduate from Washington University in St. Louis, She holds a Master of Business Administration and Master in Social Work from Boston College. She is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified from EMC. Lisa is involved in her community, serving on the Board of her local  Education Foundation and coordinating community service projects for a local elementary school. 

     
     
Jayni Foley Hein
Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law
 

Jayni Foley Hein is the policy director at the Institute for Policy Integrity, focusing on climate change, energy, and transportation issues. From 2011 to 2014, she served as executive director of UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, where she led strategic initiatives and authored reports, amicus briefs, and op-eds. Previously, as an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP, she counseled clients on regulatory matters and handled trial and appellate litigation involving environmental law and federal preemption. She also served as managing attorney at San Francisco Baykeeper. Ms. Hein earned her J.D., Order of the Coif, from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and her B.A., with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia.

     
     
Patricia Widlitz
State Representative, Retired, Connecticut General Assembly
 

Patricia M. Widlitz is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 98 from 1995 to 2015. She served as the Deputy Majority Leader. Widlitz did not seek re-election in 2014. She served as Committeewoman of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee and on the Guilford Democratic Town Committee. Widlitz's professional experience includes working as a mathematics teacher at Wethersfield Senior High School from 1967-1970. Widlitz is involved with many organizations, including the Women's Campaign School at Yale University Board, Guilford Interfaith Ministries at Temple Beth Tikvah, Guilford Women and Family Life Center, Shoreline Alliance for the Arts, American Field Service, Branford Savings Bank Board of Directors, Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the Dorothy Whitfield Historical Society.

     
     
Allen Langdon
Managing Director, Multi-Material British Columbia
 

As Managing Director for MMBC, Allen oversees the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in Canada where industry assumes full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system.  Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, having held leadership roles with the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, advancing those industries’ responses to a range of complex sustainability issues including climate change, sustainable packaging, EPR programs, responsible sourcing, and animal welfare.  Allen has sat as a Director for several stewardship agencies in Canada including Encorp Pacific, the Electronic Products Recycling Association, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association.  Allen is also the Managing Director of the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) Program in Saskatchewan.

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