2022 Conference Speakers
The recycling nonprofit Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) will be holding its annual Recycling Conference & Expo on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17. Learn more about this year's speakers!
Krishana Abrahim-Petrie, Project Staff, Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA)
Krishana Abrahim-Petrie is a Project Staff at the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA). She supports the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC), the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2), and various wasted food reduction projects, among others. Krishana holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Northeastern University and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Prior to joining NEWMOA, she worked with the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Division of Conservation Services focusing on incorporating environmental justice in each agency's daily work. Krishana enjoys hiking with her husband, traveling, and reading.
Christine Beling, Project Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Boston, MA
Christine Beling is on staff at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA New England). She is the Team Leader for the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) program. Chris provides technical assistance and outreach on SMM priorities to New England State and local governments, businesses, and institutions. Chris currently manages over $5 Million in grants for New England stakeholders in a variety of programs including Healthy Communities, Anaerobic Digestion Capacity Building, Pollution Prevention and Brownfields. Chris holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University.
Bonnie Bethune, Senior Member Services Representative, NRRA, Epsom, NH
Bonnie Bethune is the Senior Member Services Representative of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association. She assists NRRA’s municipal members with a wide variety of technical assistance and cooperative marketing and purchasing needs. This includes marketing tractor-trailer loads of recyclable material to environmentally sound vendors, providing hands-on technical assistance to help solid waste facility operators improve their solid waste management and planning, and coordinating household hazardous waste events for municipalities. Bonnie also presents on the subject of recycling and waste reduction.
Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director, NRRA, Epsom, NH
Reagan Bissonnette is the Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), a nonprofit organization that partners with over 450 municipalities, businesses, and individuals throughout New England to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions. NRRA is one of only a handful of nonprofits in the country that connects municipalities with purchasers and processors of recyclable commodities, enabling communities to manage their own recycling programs. Reagan writes and speaks extensively about recycling and waste reduction, including in regional and national forums. She is a member of the New Hampshire Solid Waste Working Group, which is responsible for assisting the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services with solid waste planning and policy initiatives.
Peter Blair, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, Portland, ME
Peter Blair is a Staff Attorney in the Zero Waste Project at Conservation Law Foundation. Peter’s work focuses advancing zero waste solutions, while fighting to protect communities and the environment from the dangers posed by unsustainable and polluting waste management practices.
Scott DeFife, President, Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), Arlington, VA
Scott is President of the Glass Packaging Institute, a trade association representing the North American glass container industry, and President of the Glass Recycling Foundation, which was created to help fill gaps in glass recycling efforts by providing matching grants for equipment to help communities get started. He previously served as the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Plastics Industry Association, the Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, as well as in senior roles with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the American Public Power Association. Scott also worked for 12 years in the House of Representatives Congressional Leadership for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and for Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as for the State of Texas under Governor Ann Richards and the National Conference of State Legislatures. His experience at multiple levels of government and across several different industries and materials gives him a broad policy and systems perspective to support national recycling infrastructure and education.
Andrea Folsom, Communications Coordinator, NRRA, Epsom, NH
Andrea Folsom is the Communications Coordinator of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association. Her current focus on the USDA grant-funded Recycle Right campaign helps connect NRRA member communities with digital education tools and social media resources. High quality and consistent recycling education continues to be a necessary component of any successful recycling program, increasing the amount a community recycles while decreasing recycling contamination. Andrea focuses on creating engaging educational content that is accessible by a wide variety of individuals. Andrea's work helps NRRA to improve their online presence and digital reach, thereby assisting and impacting more individuals and communities across New England.
Roland Girard, Volunteer, Candia Recycling Center, Candia, NH
Patrick Grasso, Partner, Urban Mining Industries, New Rochelle, NY
Patrick Grasso is a senior partner at Urban Mining Industries. The company manufactures Pozzotive®, a high-performance cement replacement product derived from post-consumer waste glass that can reduce the carbon footprint of concrete by up to 40% while providing a large-scale solution to the ongoing challenges that waste glass creates in our recycling stream. Patrick is responsible for strategic planning, national site selection, finance, and the coordination of major relationships within the glass recycling industry, developer community and various government agencies.
Eds Harding, VP of Operations, Harding Metals, Northwood, NH
Eds has been working for Harding Metals for over 15 years. He started working in the yard processing materials. After graduating from Plymouth State University, his role changed to managing operations and inventory while focusing is on keeping the yard clean and staff busy/happy. He is always available help customers maximize the value of their scrap. Outside the recycling industry, Eds enjoys outdoor sports like surfing, skiing, and golf.
Keefe Harrison, CEO and Founder, The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, VA
Keefe Harrison is a founder and the CEO of The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting the planet by fixing recycling and activating a
circular economy in the U.S. An international speaker, media pundit, and environmental author, Keefe is 22-year veteran of the space, dedicated to engaging companies in making measurable, lasting change in communities. Under her leadership, The Partnership has grown significantly since its founding in 2014, engaging more than 70 funding partners to leverage more than $150 million, and reaching more than half of American households. Before recycling, Keefe worked on a logging crew in North Carolina, researched sea turtles in Costa Rica, and studied reindeer husbandry in Finland.
Cindy Heath, Convener, NH Network Plastics Workgroup, Cornish Flat, NH
Cindy Heath is an ecological landscape designer, writer, fiber artist, and new student of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. She is a member of the NH Network Plastics Work Group, Cornish Conservation Commission, Cornish Community Initiative, co-facilitator of Living a Sustainable Lifestyle: Tea & Talks, and a graduate of the Vital Communities Climate Leadership Academy. Cindy is retired from a 30+ year career in municipal parks & recreation, non-profit leadership, and community park planning.
Robin Ingenthron, President, Good Point Recycling, Middlebury, VT
Robin Ingenthron is CEO of Good Point Recycling of Middlebury, VT, and Brockton, MA. In the 1990s, Robin was Director of the Recycling Program at the Massachusetts DEP. He has a BA degree in International Relations (Carleton College, 1984) and an MBA from Boston University. Robin Ingenthron is founder of Fair Trade Recycling, an export reform group (WR3A.org). A writer and public speaker, he was called “The Best Scrap Blogger in the World” by Adam Minter, and named #36 Top Recycler worldwide by Recycling International in 2021.
Scott Kinmond, Public Works Director of Alton, NH
Scott Kinmond is a Certified Public Manager, and serves the Town of Alton as their Public Works Director and Municipal Consultant for the creation of the Town’s Public Works Department. Mr. Kinmond is a DES Senior Principal Solid Waste Facility Operator, and an Advanced Master Road Scholar with NH LTAP Technology Center (T2) Mr. Kinmond is also provides Technical Assistance through the NHLAP T2, and instructs on various Public Works Topics. Mr. Kinmond has served for 36 years as a Municipal Employee with 24 years in Law Enforcement, 11 years as Chief of Police, the 8 years as an elected Road Agent/Public Works Director and 5 years as a Town Administrator.
Marc Morgan, Solid Waste Manager, Town of Lebanon, NH - Bio coming soon
Marc has worked in the solid waste/recycling industry for more than 25 years. His focus has been the development of recycling and waste reduction programs. For the past 8 years, Marc has worked for the City of Lebanon, bringing with him a waste reduction philosophy while managing the City’s Solid Waste Division; which includes a landfill.
Jon-Michael Muise, Area Director, USDA Rural Development
Jon-Michael (Max) Muise has 32 years of service with USDA Rural Development. As an Area Director his primarily focus is on community and economic development. His work targets resources to rural communities looking to implement and develop projects impacting housing, business, infrastructure and essential community services for New Hampshire and Vermont. Muise is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture where he earned degrees in Resource Economics and Business Management
Mike Nork, Supervisor of Materials Management, Education and Planning, NHDES
Mike Nork has been working in the Solid Waste Management Bureau at NHDES since 2017, where his current role is as supervisor of the Materials Management, Education and Planning Section. Mike is passionate about promoting waste reduction and diversion in the Granite State. Prior to joining NHDES, he worked for the Northeast Resource Recovery Association helping municipalities businesses to optimize their recycling programs.
Brian Patnoe, Solid Waste Manager, Town of Lancaster, NH
With over 24 years of experience, starting as a freshman in High school, Brian has helped lead the way for recycling excellence in the North Country. He has donated countless hours of his own time to not only improve his facility but also help other facilities recycle more. In his “spare time” he helps run RPC Stables Rescue, a horse rescue located in Lancaster, NH.
Michelle Radley, Business Development Representative, ecomaine
Michelle holds her BA in Environmental Policy and Planning as well as her Master’s degree in Policy, Planning, and Management with a concentration in Public Policy, both from the University of Southern Maine. Michelle previously worked at ecomaine as an intern in the pilot tagging program and at the Northeast Resource Recovery Association in member service before ending up back at ecomaine in business development. Michelle’s joy lies in her community, her work, and education.
Christopher Ratcliffe, Co-Director, RI Schools Recycling Club
Chris Ratcliffe Is the Co-Director of the RI Schools Recycling Club. He has worked as a marketing consultant for decades, having spent years in the broadcasting industry. In partnership with the Environment Council of RI Education Fund, Chris spearheaded an effort to divert food waste from RI public schools beginning in 2005. Chris holds a BA degree from Rhode Island College and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. He is an associate professor at the Community College of Rhode Island and a Lecturer at Bryant University, and occasionally teaches business classes at the RI Adult Correctional Facility in Cranston.
Kevin Roche, CEO, ecomaine, Portland, ME
As the result of a nationwide search to lead ecomaine, Kevin has served as CEO for 14 years. He has worked in the field of solid waste management 29 years, soon after the first sightings of the Mobro garbarge. His jobs have moved him across the country including leadership positions as Broom County Solid Waste Director, City of Glendale Recycling Manager, Plant Manager for Metro Waste, Owner of a recycling facility in Rochester, Solid Waste Coordinator for Monroe County, and GIS Specialist for the City of Rochester. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Buffalo where he developed a passion for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and applied it to mapping out garbage collection routes… the start of a very satisfying career in solid waste management.
At ecomaine, Kevin’s priority is to advance the organization’s mission in providing comprehensive long- term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally responsible, economically sound manner and remain a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable solid waste management strategies. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, barn building, galloping horses, and as a Bills fan.
Bob Spencer, Executive Director, Windham Solid Waste Management District, Brattleboro, VT
Bob is Executive Director of Windham Solid Waste Management District in Brattleboro, Vermont, which operates a solid waste transfer station, recycling facilities, and a food waste composting facility that serves the 18 member towns of the District. The composting facility accepts food scraps from the Town of Brattleboro’s residential curbside collection program, other residential generators, as well as commercial and institutional organics. WSWMD markets the compost through a network of distributors. Bob also provides compost consulting services and assists with state permitting. Bob has a BS from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and an MS from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
Meghan Theriault, Director of Public Works, Gilford, NH
In her 17 year career in Public Works, Meghan has been both a Town Engineer and Public Works Director. Her passion for educating residents of all ages on recycling right won New Hampshire the Beautiful’s Best Practices in Engaging Residents contest in 2021. She and her staff utilized many avenues for educating residents before, during and after opening the new Gilford Solid Waste Center which converted from single stream collection to source separated recycling. This effort included significant public education to residents and a learning curve for staff on running a whole new operation, baling and selling materials. Meghan enjoys camping and ATVing with her husband and two boys and also greatly enjoys gardening of all types (fruit, vegetable and flowers).
Erin Victor, University of Maine, Bangor, ME, former MADEP
Erin Victor is a doctoral student in the Anthropology and Environmental Policy program, a Canadian-American Center Fellow, a member of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Material Management research team and an affiliate of the Climate Change Institute. Erin is broadly interested in how governance decisions shape human-material relations, especially when and how materials are discarded as waste or become environmental pollutants. She has a M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Sciences from Kalamazoo College. Prior to starting her doctoral studies at the University of Maine, Erin worked in local and state government on sustainability and waste management initiatives.
Edward Walsh, Transfer Station Manager, Rollinsford, NH
Ed grew up in the trucking industry doing everything from warehouse work, driving tractor trailers, mechanic to the fleet then office and owner of the family business (Wood Bros. Moving & Storage Inc. in Portsmouth) until he sold in 2007. After a little rest and retirement, he took a job at the town of Rollinsford Highway department in 2017 with longtime friend George Guilmette. Within a few months he was made manager of the transfer station as well as Asst. Road Agent. Shortly thereafter changed from single stream to source separation recycling. A change that has worked out very well for the town. Changed a few other things to bring more income in and streamline the whole process.
Ray Zielke, VP, Sales & Marketing, Universal Recycling Technology LLC., Dover, NH
Ray Zielke is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Universal Recycling Technologies (URT). With 22 years of professional experience in the recycling industry, Ray provides leadership for government agencies and enterprise businesses seeking to address some of the industry’s most notable problems.