Board of Trustees

Board Officers

Joan CudworthNRRA Board President

Joanie Cudworth
Director of Public Works, Town of Hollis, NH

Joanie has been working for the Town of Hollis for 15 years. Besides her normal duties at the transfer station she also has a snow plow route and is a member of the Storm Water committee in Hollis. Joanie is very involved in the schools.  She is helping with the green house project at the Hollis/Brookline middle school to teach students about composting and storm water. Joanie is also involved with the Life skills Transitions program at the High School. This program helps students develop skills in a professional setting and gives them an opportunity to explore different jobs in the field of Waste Management.  Prior to working for the town Joanie worked part time for 10 years in the middle school cafeteria.  She also served on the Hollis Elementary school board for four years.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, her two daughters, her son in-law and grandson Luke. Joanie is an avid hiker and loves gardening and cooking.


NRRA Board Vice President

Paul Tomasi
Executive Director, Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste District

Paul has served as the Executive Director of the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District since 1999. Prior to that, he spent four years as the Supervisor for Solid Waste for the United States Antarctic Program. He has also worked as an Environmental Consultant in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Paul has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Lyndon State College and a Masters degree in Policy Analysis from the Pennsylvania State University. He has served on the Boards of the Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR) and Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). Paul is currently the Vice President of the Vermont Solid Waste District Manager’s Association.



John HurdNRRA Board Vice President

John Hurd
Vermont Program Manager, PaintCare Inc.

 John is currently the Vermont program manager for PaintCare, working on setting up a paint recycling system in Vermont. He has been on the NRRA Board since 2007 bringing his experience with implementing cost effective recycling and special waste collections to rural areas. His background includes seven years working in programs and administration at  the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District and six years as the Programs Manager for the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District in northern Vermont and a BS in Environmental Science from Johnson State College.



Brian BartramNRRA Board Secretary

Brian Bartram
Manager of the Salisbury/Sharon, CT Transfer Station

Brian has been the manager of the Salisbury/Sharon (CT) Transfer Station since 2007.  At that time Salisbury & Sharon were seeking design ideas to be used in the construction of a new transfer station.  Since then Brian has been active in the NRRA, CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee and CT Product Stewardship Council.  In 2012 he was appointed by Gov. Malloy to be a member of the Modernizing Recycling Working Group.

Brian has been active in the community for many years.  He was a member of the Salisbury Board of Education for 9 years.  Brian has also been a volunteer with Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service for over ten years.


NRRA Board Treasurer

Mark Richardson
Transfer Station Coordinator (Retired), Town of Hampton, NH

After a career in human services and education, Mark took to the world of solid waste and recycling, first with BFI and then Waste Management working in dispatch, sales and customer service. In 2000, Mark began his position as the Transfer Station and Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Hampton, NH. It was in this position that Mark established New Hampshire’s first electronics recycling program some years before New Hampshire required such recycling by law.  Hampton had a long history of collecting its own curbside residential and commercial trash, but in 2010, major changes took place in Hampton that included a mandatory recycling ordinance, the town collecting its own recyclable, changing to single stream recycling, purchasing new automated collection trucks and tractor trailers to haul the materials away, carts being purchased and issued to residents and businesses and a third bay added to the transfer station. Mark was at the forefront of coordinating all of these changes in an orderly manner while promoting the education program that went with it. Looking back before he retired at the end of 2018, Mark is proud of his work with the NRRA and the work it took taking Hampton from a town that recycled less than a dozen commodities to a community that recycled two dozen different commodities and successfully ran a popular swap-shop that just sort of happened along the way.

On the personal side, with degrees in Politics and Early American History, Mark is an avid historian and active in a number of historical re-enactor groups. He’s also been elected or appointed to several boards, committees and commissions in his hometown of Somersworth, NH including the Strafford Regional Planning Commission.  Somewhere along the line, he became the founder of the Atlantic Surfing Museum. Also, you can see him working the End Zone at Gillette Stadium firing his musket at New England Revolution and New England Patriots games.                 


Steven Bullek

Public Works Director, Town of Lee, NH

Steve began studying civil engineering while in high school in Plymouth, NH, then continued his studies at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH. After college Steve started working in construction in the seacoast area, then started working for the NH DOT in the Highway Maintenance Bureau District 6.  Steve worked for the NH DOT for nearly a decade leaving state service as a Patrol Foreman and holding a supervisory pesticide license for the treatment of invasive plants.

In 2018, Steve took a position as the Road Agent for the Town of Lee, NH and within a few months was promoted to the Public Works Supervisor and then shortly after, he was promoted to Public Works Director taking on responsibility of the direction of the Lee Transfer Station.

In his free time, Steve loves to work on race cars, hunt, fish, and spend time with his family.


Roger GuzowskiRoger Guzowski

Contract & Procurement Manager, CT Resources Recovery Authority

Roger has spent 20 years managing multiple award-winning campus recycling programs in both Massachusetts and California.

Since 2006, Roger has returned to Five Colleges to manage the recycling program for the four private Colleges in the consortium.  Roger first developed and coordinated the award-winning Five College Recycling Program from 1993-1999.

Roger is a former Vice-Chair and longtime Steer of the national College & University Recycling Council (CURC) as well as Co-Chair of College & University recycling councils within both MassRecycle and the California Resource Recovery Association.



John M. HalsteadJohn M. Halstead, PhD

Professor, University of New Hampshire

John has been a Professor at the University of NH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment since 1998. Prior to that, he served as Associate and Assistant Professor for many years.  He holds a Doctor of Philosophy, has a Master’s in Resource Economics, and a Bachelor’s in Economics. Among his accomplishments are two books, 35 referred journal articles, nine book chapters, 39 abstracts, 64 miscellaneous reports, and 119 presented papers.  He is also a member of the Exotic Aquatic Weeds & Species Committee (RSA 487:30), NH State Legislature; the SB60 Commission to Study Water Infrastructure Sustainability Funding Research, NH State Legislature; the NH Economic Incentives Task Force (NH HB 140) and has served on the NH Invasive Species Committee, 2003-2004.  John has been a member of the NRRA Board of Trustees since 1996.



Scott Hazelton

Highway Director, Town of Sunapee, NH

Scott began his professional career after graduating in 1992 from UNH in Durham, NH.  Between 1992 and 2010 his career consisted of numerous design projects, local state and federal permitting projects, and construction management for a variety of private and municipal projects in the civil and environmental engineering field.  Scott’s tenure in the public sector began late in 2010 with Farmington, NH where he was responsible for managing the Highway Department, Transfer Station and Buildings and Grounds.  During his time in Farmington he managed the cap and closure of the State of New Hampshire’s last unlined landfill and managed the design for and opened the Town’s first transfer station.  Since 2013 Scott has been employed full-time as the Highway Director for the Town of Sunapee, New Hampshire.  His responsibilities in Sunapee have included directing, managing, planning, conducting and administering all functions of the Highway Department, Transfer Station and Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Department.  In Sunapee Scott has developed a tracking system for the processing and disposal of all solid waste products and recycling commodities, has restructured the traffic pattern for the Town’s Transfer Station to make it more efficient,  and has opened a very successful swap shop, and worked with the NHDES Solid Waste Bureau on a pilot composting project which other municipalities may use as a reference for composting at their facilities.


Jame ManzoliniJames Manzolini

Director of Public Works, Town of Wellesley, MA

James (Jamie) was born and raised in western Massachusetts (the Berkshires). He Studied civil engineering at Northeastern University in Boston with a minor in business.  Over the course of 8 year, following college, Jamie worked at 3 private civil engineering (site design/land development) companies in and around Boston.  In the following 3 years, he was self employed in the trucking and transportation industry.  About 7 years ago, Jamie took a municipal job in the engineering field with the Town of Wellesley, MA and recently accepted the position as the Superintendent at the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility.

In his free time, Jamie enjoys spending time outside (hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, skiing, making maple syrup, any and all activities outside in nature).


Erin Paradis

Transfer Station Administrator, Town of Barrington, NH

Erin has resided in the Town of Barrington for a good part of her life and has been working for the Town of Barrington for 11 years, the past 7 years as the Administrative Assistant for the Highway Department and the Transfer Station.  March of 2020 she was promoted to the Transfer Station Administrator, where she is working to improve community relations, public education and promote the merits of reducing, reusing, and recycling. In addition, Erin is also the Assistant Emergency Management Director and has assisted in several FEMA declared storms.   Erin is very involved with her community, and her favorite way to educate, interact and showcase what the departments do with the public is with the Highway Department annual Open House, Trunk or Treat and school field trips.

In her free time, when she is not playing softball, horseshoes, or corn hole, she can be found spending time with her very supportive husband, Greg, their two teenage children and an assortment of furballs!  


Brian PatnoeBrian Patnoe

Transfer Station Manager, Lancaster, NH

Brian started working in the recycling field as a freshman in High School in 1998.  What he thought was a three-week temporary position turned into a lifelong passion.  After working part time through high school at the Lancaster Transfer Station, he went on to NHTI where he received his Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems.  But while there, his passion was still in the background as he co-founded the NHTI Recycling group.  NHTI went from recycling zero paper to recycling around 1000 pounds per week.  Right after graduation, in 2003, he started at the Littleton Transfer Station and eventually took over as manager in 2013.  In early 2021, he decided to go back to the Lancaster Transfer Station to run their facility.  In his spare time, he likes spending time with his family on their farm, RPC Stables.


Dennis PatnoeDennis Patnoe

Transfer Station Supervisor (Retired), Town of Lancaster, NH

Dennis retired in December 2020 after being the Lancaster Transfer Station Supervisor for more than 15 years. When Dennis started at the facility, they were shipping 1,550 tons of MSW and only around 400 tons of recyclables per year. Dennis was successful in getting Pay-As-You-Throw (P.A.Y.T.) passed in March of 1999. In the first full year of P.A.Y.T., the Lancaster Transfer Station shipped only 505 tons of MSW and over 600 tons of recyclables.

Today, the Town still only ships 516 tons of MSW and about 900 tons of recyclables.  The Transfer Station has gone from having one Vertical Baler to three Vertical Balers and from two storage trailers to thirteen storage trailers, which enables the town to store product until pricing is favorable. Dennis’s carpentry and electrical backgrounds helped the Transfer Station with improvements like building a new break room, a new office, a new MSW control room, a new Demo Grinder control room and recycling tables.  Dennis enjoys working with and helping the public with their needs at the Transfer Station.  He also has done electrical work for other town departments as needed. Dennis has also served on the NRRA Board of Trustees since 2002.

Each summer (for more than 30 years), Dennis works over 300 hours as the electrician for the Lancaster Fair which takes place every Labor Day weekend.

Dennis has been married for 40 years and has a very understanding wife as well as three children and three grandsons.  In his spare time, he enjoys coin collecting and camping with his family.


Dawn Quirk

Town of Warner, NH

Dawn has spent her career working on improving recycling systems and advocating for waste reduction at the City of Cambridge, Tufts University, MassDEP, and a short stint at the Manchester DPW. She is excited about the prospect of sharing her experience on a regional level by volunteering for the NRRA Board of Directors. 

Having caught the local government bug, she is currently a student at Northeastern's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, working toward a Master of Public Administration. 

 Her passion hobby is mineral collecting with her husband. The couple’s prized find is a hand-sized twin Herkimer diamond and calcite. They earned that piece after two full days of breaking ledge at the Ace of Diamond Mine in NY!