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. 


Suzy Whalen, Outreach and Communications Senior Associate
(617) 236-8293

Suzy oversees all external communications, outreach, and marketing at PSI, including content creation and editing, tracking key metrics, and press relations. She creates and executes media and education campaigns to promote reuse and recycling for a wide variety of products, as well as to advance product stewardship policies and programs nationwide. Suzy is the primary liaison to PSI’s members and partners, and oversees the organization's yearly conference, newsletters, webinars, social media accounts, and email blasts. She comes from an e-commerce background at PlanetShoes, an online shoe retailer, where she acted as the primary content creator, copywriter, and community manager. With a degree in English and Environmental Studies from Boston College, Suzy is equally passionate about writing, editing, sustainability, and all things eco-friendly. Outside of work, Suzy enjoys exploring new restaurants, going on long runs, and cooking veggie-packed meals. 
Vivian Futran Fuhrman, Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 236-4771

Vivian heads up PSI’s work on pharmaceuticals, manages several paint projects, and helps lead national multi-product initiatives. Before coming to PSI, she earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Risk and Policy 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 Boston area on runs, petting other people’s dogs, and taking in as much screen-free time as she can.

Tess Zinnes, Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 236-4886

Tess spearheads PSI’s paint and fluorescent lamp projects, as well as product stewardship initiatives in Massachusetts. Prior to joining PSI, she led research studies as a Project Manager at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and simultaneously supported the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees as a Fundraising Consultant. Tess earned a Master’s of Public Policy from Duke University where she focused on supply chain sustainability, public-private partnerships, and international development. During her graduate studies she honed her partnership building skills as a Corporate Social Responsibility Intern at UniversalGiving. Before that, Tess’s adventurous spirit led her to spend extensive time in Israel, Madagascar, and Ecuador where she conducted ecological as well as public health research and implemented environmental education programming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in Anthropology and Environmental Science and Policy. To let loose she enjoys salsa dancing, live music, cooking, travel, and anything outdoors.

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

Megan works with both the policy and communications teams to meet the needs of PSI’s members, partners, and clients. An environmental educator with a background in ecosystem science and anthropology, Megan conducts research, analyzes data, and develops educational resources to help governments, businesses, and nonprofits achieve their sustainability goals and reduce operational costs. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Mount Holyoke College and a Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Certificate. Prior to joining PSI, Megan was Head Teaching Assistant in Oceanography and Eco-Rep Coordinator at Mount Holyoke, where she built strong action-oriented relationships between groups to foster sustainability through fun and immersive initiatives such as running an inter-dorm energy conservation competition, establishing a snack bag recycling program with Terracycle, and creating a new labeling program called “Follow the Leaf” to identify sustainable food/beverage, printing, and laundry options on campus. Her prior research focused on the impacts of pesticides and pharmaceutical pollutants on aquatic life. She loves exploring the outdoors, getting creative, and sharing her enthusiasm for science!


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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