Our Team
Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
(617) 236-4822 | scott@productstewardship.us

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.

 
Suna Bayrakal, Ph.D., Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 671-0616 | suna@productstewardship.us

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. 

 
Kristin Aldred Cheek, Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 236-8293 | kristin@productstewardship.us
Kristin is a behavioral scientist with background in stakeholder relations, environmental policy, and corporate social responsibility. She works collaboratively across boundaries, combining research and analysis, communication and education, and program design to address complex problems related to product stewardship. At PSI, her work focuses on packaging and electronics EPR, paint stewardship, green cleaning products, and recycling. Kristin worked previously at a startup identifying emerging technologies that enable producers to engage in closed loop manufacturing and reduce the amount of materials needed in products. She is the co-author of the book, Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation, and Competition, which highlights successful business initiatives to increase value through waste minimization and the strategic use of resources. Kristin's background also includes managing public engagement programs on large groundwater contamination projects, advising groups consisting of government, industry, and nonprofit representatives working to solve natural resource management conflicts, and leading studies on waste-related behaviors, product recovery, and federal resource policy. Kristin holds a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University, and is completing a Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University, where her research focused on post-purchase resource consumption and recovery.
 
Vivian Futran Fuhrman, Ph.D., Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
(617) 236-4771 | vivian@productstewardship.us

Vivian heads up work on safe disposal of pharmaceuticals and medical sharps. She has worked on stewardship policy, led drug take-back pilots, run educational campaigns on safe disposal, and facilitated stakeholder meetings across the US, and increasingly across the globe. Before coming to PSI, Vivian 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. Vivian has spent over a decade learning and working at the intersection of science and policy, including roles as an environmental consultant, researcher, conference coordinator, and writer. Facilitating communication between groups that share a stake in waste, water, and other environmental challenges is the cornerstone of her long-term goals. In her free time, Vivian loves traveling with her family, exploring the outdoors, and taking in as much screen-free time as she can.

 
Megan Byers, Associate for Policy, Programs, and Outreach
(617) 236-4866 | megan@productstewardship.us

Megan works on both policy and communications 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 Illinois, New York, and Vermont. Megan also creates content and tracks key metrics for PSI's external communications, outreach, and marketing. She executes media and education campaigns to promote reduction, reuse, and recycling for a wide variety of products. Prior to joining PSI, Megan conducted research 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!

 

Amanda Nicholson, MBA, Director of Finance and Operations
(617) 236-4833 | amanda@productstewardship.us

Amanda oversees the organization's business operations and financial management including developing annual corporate and project budgets, accounts receivable and payable, and grant management and reporting. She also acts as liaison with PSI's Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and PEO provider. 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.
 

Consulting Team

Management Consulting  – Mage, LLC

Accounting – Brian Korby

Information Technology – Eric Marion

Auditor – Sambo Okolo & Company

Legal Counsel  – Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster

Website Operations  – Yourmembership.com

Payroll and Benefits Services – TriNet 

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