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2019 Fall Workshop Speakers

Allison Brockman is a certified recycling professional and the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Greenville, South Carolina. In addition to overseeing a Recycling Education Center and coordinating citywide events and collection programs, she also successfully launched a residential curbside single stream-recycling program, which won a SWANA Bronze Award in 2017. Her work with the City, combined with her involvement in statewide organizations, allows her to develop programs to make it easy and convenient for citizens to recycle, while also helping to shape public policy. A Greenville native, Allison attended Furman University and is certified through SWANA and SCDHEC. She recently received the 2019 Annual Recycling Award from the Carolina Recycling Association.

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Cheryl Coleman is the Director for the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) within the Office or Resource Conservation and Recovery at the US EPA. The Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) is responsible for: promoting sustainable materials management (SMM) through policy, technical guidance, tools and information designed to encourage long term material use through reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling strategies. Ms. Coleman has had the privilege of sharing perspectives on EPA’s SMM Program and particularly its focus areas in multiple settings in the US. In her position at EPA, Ms. Coleman has represented the US in several international for a on issues related to SMM including the Milan Expo, the experts workshop on “Contributions of Life Cycle Thinking to Sustainable Development Pathways” in Kyoto, Japan and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste.

Ms. Coleman has over thirty years of experience with materials and waste management. She came to US EPA Headquarters from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control where she was the Director of Compliance and Enforcement for waste programs and mining.

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Michael Grappe’ currently serves as the Chief Program Officer and Director of Special Projects for the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment. Michael’s main focus is legislative and governmental affairs.

His previous experiences in the oil and gas industry, high-tech design and construction, and the energy and communication fields has provided Michael with a broad background of technical knowledge to apply in the development of long term solutions for environmental issues. Michael’s extensive postings around the world have given him varied perspectives of culture and landscape that allow him to view issues from different vantage points.

Andy Johnson came to the KW Companies in 2011 after working in Athletics at Troy University. With a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a master’s degree in Administration, Andy began working with KW Container before moving to the raw materials division of KW Plastics.

Andy manages the procurement of over 100 million lbs. of postconsumer polypropylene each year and works with suppliers across the U.S. to add polypropylene to their accepted recyclables list.

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Will Newsome

has worked for Sonoco Recycling since graduating from the Citadel in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. During his time at Sonoco he’s held various roles; finance, plant manager, and field procurement representative. Today, as Manager of Field Procurement and Trade Sales he is responsible for the purchases and sales of over one million tons per year of fiber & non-fiber material that ships from all Sonoco Recycling locations.

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Rachel Kipar is a community program coordinator with The Recycling Partnership. She knows how to harness the power of data to strengthen community resilience and grow local recycling programs. Eight years of public sector and nonprofit experience in the southeast has set her path as a sustainability advocate, integrating urban planning, resource conservation, and outdoor education in her work. She is passionate about creating positive environmental and social change through partnerships and imaginative dialogue.

Before joining the Partnership, Rachel led recycling, waste diversion, and sustainability programming for Henderson County, NC. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from Georgia College and an MSP in Environmental Planning & Natural Resources Management from Florida State University. Rachel is an AICP certified planner.

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Sheila Sarovich has worked for Waste Management for nearly ten years supporting the marketing initiatives of the Public Sector Solutions team at both the local and national levels. For much of the last four years, Sheila has worked collaboratively with municipal and commercial customers across the country to reduce recycling contamination. Through the lens of Waste Management’s Recycle Often. Recycle Right.® program, Sheila has a unique perspective on the role recycling education plays in changing consumer behavior.

Prior to joining Waste Management, Sheila’s prior work included a concentration in consumer insights, qualitative research, and direct marketing.

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Justin Williams is the Land Protection and Revitalization Division Director at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and oversees the solid and hazardous waste, remediation programs, and petroleum storage and release programs at DEQ. Prior to becoming Division Director in 2015, Justin served as the Office of Waste Permitting and Compliance Director which oversaw solid and hazardous waste permitting and compliance for DEQ. Justin previously served as waste enforcement manager in DEQ’s Division of Enforcement when joined DEQ in 2008.

Justin graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Environmental Health and received his Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from the Appalachian School of Law. He has also been appointed to and serves as chair of the Virginia Waste Management Facility Operators Board and served as the Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Richmond Bar Association.

Wendy Worley is the Section Chief for NC DEQ’s Recycling Program in the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS). In this role, Wendy leads the state’s recycling section overseeing non-regulatory assistance programs for local governments and recycling businesses. With more than 25 years of experience in recycling and solid waste management, Wendy has been with state government for the past 16 years. Before becoming section chief, she served as the Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC) Manager, leading the recycling economic development team to develop strategies to expand and support private sector recycling capacity in the state.

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