Our Team
Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
(617) 236-4822

Scott has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He is a founding Board Member and four-time past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA), and a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. Prior to founding PSI in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. He is also the author of a chapter in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste that focuses on product stewardship. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience across multiple product categories, including electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging, and paint. As PSI’s CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program. Scott holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He loves craft beer, frisbee, photography, and playing the harmonica any chance he can get.

Amanda Nicholson, Director of Finance and Operations
(617) 236-4833

Amanda oversees the organization's business operations and and financial management including annual and project budgeting, accounts receivable/payable, and grant reporting. She also acts as liaison with PSI's Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee. She holds an MBA from Babson College, and a BA from Smith College. In her free time, Amanda enjoys cooking and baking, gardening, home improvement, traveling, and spending time with family.

Suna Bayrakal, Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 671-0616

Suna is an experienced policy analyst and researcher with an environmental engineering background. Her role at PSI includes managing policy projects and program staff, designing and conducting research, and developing legislative strategy and policy positions. Suna’s main project focus is on household hazardous waste, mercury products, and batteries. Prior to joining PSI, Suna received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto with dissertation research focused on the relationship between environmental policy and technology change. Before that, she worked as an environmental engineer—first with EMCON, a national environmental consulting firm, and then for Harvard University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department. She performed regulatory policy analysis, technical and economic assessments, regulatory compliance auditing, emissions reporting, guidance document development, training, and project planning and management. This work involved incorporating federal and state requirements into a variety of business operations in a number of U.S. states in the areas of pollution prevention/waste minimization, hazardous and solid waste management, air quality, and water pollution control. Suna also previously conducted recycling research at the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, both from Iowa State University. 

Vivian Futran Fuhrman, Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 236-4771

Vivian heads up PSI’s work on pharmaceuticals stewardship and helps lead national multi-product initiatives. Before coming to PSI, she earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Risk and Policy (focused on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the aquatic environment) from Ben Gurion University in Israel, building on a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent over a decade learning and working at the intersection of science and policy, including roles as an environmental consultant, Special Projects Manager on energy efficiency, member of an international green buildings research team, Program Manager for the Global Water Alliance, and organizer of conferences on global land and water issues. Facilitating communication between groups that share a stake in water, energy, and other environmental challenges is the cornerstone of her long-term goals. In her free time, Vivian loves reading, traveling with her family, exploring the outdoors on runs, and taking in as much screen-free time as she can.

Megan Byers, Associate for Policy, Programs, and Outreach
(617) 236-4866

Megan works with both the policy and communications teams to advance product stewardship policies and programs nationwide. She heads up PSI’s marine debris/plastic pollution policies and programs and coordinates product stewardship councils in New York and Illinois. Megan also creates content and tracks key metrics for PSI's external communications, outreach, and marketing. She executes media and education campaigns to promote reuse and recycling for a wide variety of products. Prior to joining PSI, Megan's research focused on the impacts of pesticides and pharmaceutical pollutants on aquatic life. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Mount Holyoke College and a Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Certificate. She loves exploring the outdoors, getting creative, and sharing her enthusiasm for science!

Sarah Bonelli, Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 236-4853

Sarah manages PSI’s electronics, paint, and textiles policy and program development. She also coordinates product stewardship initiatives in Connecticut and Vermont. Previously, Sarah administered the electronic waste, pharmaceuticals, and household hazardous waste collection programs in Westchester County, New York. While there, she spearheaded a food waste composting pilot program and a landfill gas collection analysis. She holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Bard College and a M.S. of Environmental Science from Pace University. When she isn’t geeking out over municipal solid waste, she enjoys outdoor sports and volunteering for home rebuilding efforts in the U.S. and abroad.


Consulting Team

Management Consulting  – Mage, LLC

Accounting – Brian Korby

Computer Support – Eric Marion

Auditor – Sambo Okolo & Company

Legal Counsel  – Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster

Website Operations  – Yourmembership.com

Benefits Management Coordinator – TriNet 

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