NRRA Board President
Duncan P. Watson
Asst. Director Public Works, City of Keene, NH
Duncan currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Keene, NH. He has been with the Department of Public Works since 1992. Duncan runs the Solid Waste Division which features the largest municipally operated materials recovery facility in the State of New Hampshire processing upwards of 8,000 tons of recyclables per year, a 30,000 ton per year Transfer Station, an award winning Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, and an organics composting operation. During his tenure in the Solid Waste Division, the City of Keene was named the best Municipal Recycling Facility in the State, and Duncan was awarded “Recycler of the Year” by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association. Duncan also oversees the operation of the City’s Highway Division which has over 120 miles of roadways, 52 miles of sidewalks and more than 5,000 drainage basins, as well as oversight responsibility for the City’s 150+ vehicle Fleet Services Division. Duncan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Environmental Science degree from Antioch New England University. He has also served on the NRRA Board of Trustees for more than 15 years, having held the offices of President and Vice President for several of those years.
NRRA Board Vice President
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.
NRRA Board Vice President
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 President of the Vermont Solid Waste District Manager’s Association.
NRRA Board Secretary
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, 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.
Solid Waste Supervisor, 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.
Public Works Director, Town of Meredith, NH
Mike graduated from the UNH Thompson School of Applied Science with a Civil Engineering degree. He worked for Atlantic Testing Labs doing QA/QC testing involving soils, concrete, fireproofing, and steel. His main project was the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as well as performing landfill inspections for New Cell Construction.
Subsequently, he started working for the NH DOT in the Construction Bureau and spent 18 months in the training program going through various agencies within the State of NH. His last three years at NH DOT were spent serving as the Access Utility Engineer for District 3, Highway Maintenance.
Since 1997, Mike has been the Town of Meredith Public Works Director where he is responsible for four departments – Highway, Solid Waste, Buildings and Grounds, and Cemetery. He currently has a staff of 25 employees and oversees budget of nearly four million dollars. Mike was also an active member in the NH/VT Solid Waste District serving most of his time on the Executive Board for the project. He was instrumental in closing the ash landfill and negotiating haul contracts with Wheelabrator. He also learned about the incinerator operations located in Claremont NH. Mike also worked closely with Mike Durfor, as he was the director of the project during its dissolution, focusing the project members and preparing them for closure.
In his free time, Mike loves to hunt and fish. He fishes mainly in the ocean for Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Shark and Stripers. He’s also involved with his son’s sports, is an active Mason and is affiliated with the Chocorua Lodge #83, District 8, in Holderness, NH.
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. 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.
David E. Hartman
Selectman, Town of Warner, NH
David Hartman is retired and living in Warner, New Hampshire. He was a Selectman since 2005 to 2016 and loved it. He served in the NH Office of State Planning for 29 years developing the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and directing the NH Coastal Program. Prior to that, he worked for two years as the Yap District Planner in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Micronesia). Prior to that, he worked for a consulting planning firm in Boston for two years developing master plans for communities in Maine. Prior to that he and his wife were VISTA volunteers for a year in Haleiwa, Hawaii.
David led the effort to recycle in Warner. He chaired the town’s Recycling Committee over 20 years ago, which brought to the Town Meeting a warrant article declaring, “Recycling in Warner shall be mandatory.” It passed overwhelmingly by voice vote! He continues to champion the cause of recycling whenever there’s an opportunity.
David received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Western Reserve University in 1966. He received a Master of Urban Planning from Columbia University in 1968.
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).
Transfer Station Manager, Littleton, 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. He is currently the Chairman of the Pemi-Baker Solid Waste District, which represents 19 towns. In his spare time, he likes spending time on his newly formed farm, The Patnoe Funny Farm.
Transfer Station Supervisor, Town of Lancaster, NH
Dennis has been 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 have 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 does 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.
Transfer Station Coordinator (Retired), Town of Hampton, NH
After a career in human services and education, Mark made a change into the world of solid waste and recycling in 1997, when he began working for BFI in customer service and dispatch. Later at Waste Management, Mark worked in customer service and sales. In 2000, Mark began working as the Recycling and Transfer Station Coordinator for the Town of Hampton, working directly with residents, commercial businesses, contractors and recycling vendors on a daily basis. Mark was responsible for creating the first municipal computer recycling program in New Hampshire. In 2010, Hampton took over its curbside recycling program from their long time vendor and added that to the curbside trash collection Hampton has always done for itself. Mark has been actively involved in making both programs work. With an active recycling committee and a positive thinking Public Works Director, new things are happening in Hampton; and Mark is looking forward to even better things to come.
On the personal side, Mark’s hobbies include research into American history, life as a Colonial and Civil War reenactor, education and rock and roll. Mark has a BA in Politics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an MA degree in History from the University of New Hampshire. In his hometown of Somersworth, Mark spent four years on his local Planning Board followed by 14 years as a School Board member and now serves on the Somersworth Ethics Commission. In the sporting world, you can find Mark with his musket and the End Zone Militia at Gillette Stadium with the New England Revolution and the New England Patriots. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Atlantic Surfing Museum located in Wall, NJ, and is on the lookout for a second museum location in New England.