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 two decades, PSI has engaged companies in more than 20 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 120 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.
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.

Nabil Nasr, Ph.D.
Associate 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.
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.
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. 



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, RecycleBC

As Managing Director for RecycleBC, 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.


John Coyne
Vice President, Legal & External Affairs, and General Counsel, Unilever Canada
Executive Chair, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance


John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is co-chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. He is also director and past Chair of Stewardship Ontario. In 2012 John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders. Earlier this year, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group which is advising the Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.
John has been with Unilever Canada since 1992 and today works with professionals and multi-disciplinary teams in law, sustainability, corporate and government relations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and safety. He is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors as well as the Canadian Leadership Team, and is also chair of the company’s Pension Committee.

Steve Claus
EPR-Design and Implementation Consultant


Steve Claus, having almost 20 years of experience in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), is an expert in the guidance of industry and authorities for implementing and optimizing household waste systems worldwide. 
Having worked for more than 15 years at the Belgian Packaging Recovery Organization (PRO) for household packaging Fost Plus, a non-for-profit organization being part of the international Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), he specialized himself in advisory service activities towards both authorities and industry. 

Steve started up his own EPR-consultancy business in early 2017. He already shared his experience in countries in Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, Latin America and in the US. He is an expert in setting up and/or optimizing EPR schemes with strong focus on public-private partnership.    

He has a broad experience in project development and optimization, sales, customer services, business relations, management and international collaboration.  

Alison Keane
President + Chief Executive Officer, Flexible Packaging Association


Alison Keane is an environmental attorney with 20 years’ experience in both the private and governmental sectors. She is currently the President and CEO of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the association representing U.S. converters of film, foil, paper and other materials into packages for food, medical device and industrial products. Prior to joining the FPA in 2016, she was with the American Coatings Association (ACA) for 16 years and served first as Counsel and then as Vice President for Government Affairs. She was also the Executive Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the ACA’s product stewardship organization -- PaintCare. 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.

Selin Hoboy
Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Stericycle

  Selin Hoboy, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Stericycle, Inc, is responsible for managing legislative and regulatory affairs and has been working with Stericycle operations since 2000. Selin is responsible for working on legislative and regulatory initiatives related to all regulatory matters (EPA, DOT, OSHA, DEA, FDA, CPSC, etc.) at the Federal level as well as State and Local matters. She is also responsible for several trade association efforts serving as Chair of the Healthcare Waste Institute and Board of Directors of the Medical Waste Management Association. Selin provided critical support to federal, state and local authorities during the Ebola situation for the proper management of regulated medical wastes generated from Ebola patients. She currently sits on two Ebola training Advisory Boards (LIUNA Training and Education Fund, HWWTP/HDPTP/DOE Advisory Board and Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI)) providing expertise and oversight. Prior to working at Stericycle, she worked for Optima Batteries and Weston Consulting, Inc. specializing in industrial hygiene, safety and environmental matters. She received her BS from Penn State in Environmental Resource Management.