Leadership Council

The e-Stewards Leadership Council serves as the e-Stewards Advisory Body, representing.  It makes recommendations to the e-Stewards program administrator in the areas of:

  • Technical matters
  • Value Proposition for Business
  • Environmental and Social Policy
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • International Expansion
  • Membership of the Leadership Council

Established in 2010, with a total of nineteen possible seats, the Council is comprised of e-Stewards recycler/refurbisher representatives, e-Stewards Enterprise representatives, government/association representatives and International representatives (from any category). The seats are rotated on a three-to-five year cycle.

The Leadership Council presides over three subcommittees:

  • The Technical Committee (comprising of one representative from every e-Stewards Certified Recycler)
  • The Promotions Advisory Committee (open to all e-Stewards Certified Recyclers)
  • Membership Committee (a subset of the Leadership Council)

Leadership Council Members must be committed to the e-Stewards Mission and agree to abide by the Leadership Council Terms of Reference.  Candidates for the Leadership Council can be self-nominated or nominated by the Leadership Council’s Membership Committee.  For interest in serving on the Leadership Council contact Mandy Knudtson: email hidden; JavaScript is required


Aaron Blum

Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Aaron Blum is the Co-Founder of Electronic Recyclers International, Inc., which was founded in 2005. Aaron has helped direct ERI’s growth from one facility in 2005 to seven facilities nationwide processing over one hundred million pounds of e-waste recycling per year. He has over fifteen-years experience in the e-waste recycling industry.

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Bill Morris

Blue Star Recyclers

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Bill Morris co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with Autism and other disabilities possess innate talent for tasks involved in the recycling of electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is a nationally recognized, award-winning social enterprise with a mission of creating jobs for people with disabilities.

Bill was named Colorado Recycler of the Year, Colorado Springs Small Business Person of the Year, ARC Employer of the Year, and was a finalist in the White House Champions of Change program. Blue Star was most recently named Colorado’s 2017 Social Impact Business of the Year and 2016 Social Venture of the Year.

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Jeffrey Jones

Apto Solutions

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Jeff Jones is an entrepreneur and co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apto Solutions, an eSteward Certified IT Asset Disposition company headquartered in Atlanta, GA with facilities across the United States and a global services footprint. Jeff is passionate about the environment and works to provide Apto customers with creative solutions for the reuse and recycling of their technology equipment. Since 2001, through innovation and the implementation of technology, Apto has delivered world class ITAD solutions with compliance at its core.

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Karen Dietel-Jenks

Cascade Asset Management

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Karen Dietel-Jenks is the quality coordinator for Cascade Asset Management, an ITAD company founded in 1999. She focuses on implementation & improvement of their integrated management system (ISO 9001 & 14001, e-Stewards, and NAID). Karen is certified as an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and IMS Internal Auditor (ISO 9001/14001/OHSAS 18001).

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Karin Harris

eGreen IT Solutions

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Karin’s professional background began in the telecommunications industry in 1990, and over a 2-decades she was intricately involved in systems engineering that evolved into an award-winning career that spanned from investigations with Bell Atlantic’s Usage Investigation and Electronic Access Teams to Finance and Revenue leakage teams for Verizon. While immersed in years of telecom, Karin was saddened by the irresponsible disposal of tons of e-waste, and its negative environmental impact. In November 2009, her experiences led her to start an electronic recycling business, and she chose e-Stewards certification as her model for responsible recycling!

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Rich Hipp

Kuusakoski/Vintage Tech

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Rich Hipp is the President & CEO of Kuusakoski US and their acquired company Vintage Tech Recyclers.  Rich brings 25+ years of electronic product development and manufacturing experience to his role. Rich also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Laminators Inc. in Hatfield, PA, a leader in composite building materials, and on the Advisory Board for Arco Display Company of Philadelphia PA, a leading designer and green manufacturer of retail displays.

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Johnson Choo

LG Electronics

Enterprise

Johnson Choo works at LG Electronics as a manager with the Standards and Environmental Affairs team. He oversees the electronics take-back program in the US, including ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements; managing LG’s product stewardship program to implement certification policy; serving as the primary interface with e-waste recyclers, including conducting on-site audits; and, managing consumer awareness and corporate reporting efforts. Johnson has worked for LG Electronics for ten years, originally in Korea and now in the US.

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Mark Newton

Samsung

Enterprise

Mark is head of regulatory and environmental affairs for Samsung Electronics America. Prior to joining Samsung, Mark was vice president at VF Corporation directing environmental stewardship, global human rights and community engagement for iconic outdoor brands including Timberland, The North Face, and Vans. Previously he led CSR at Dell, Apple and Motorola, achieving top rankings for sustainability and environmental performance.  Mark also previously served on numerous advisory boards including for the National Academies of Science, SC Johnson Foundation, and the World Resources Institute. Mark holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Texas.

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Reed Kaiser

Apollo Group

Enterprise

Reed Kaiser leads the asset management team at the Apollo Group (parent company of University of Phoenix, Institute of Professional Development, among other private education providers), which is now among the top one hundred greenest of the largest United States companies, according to Newsweek magazine. Reed is a Certified IT Asset Manager, Certified Software Asset Manager, and a Certified Hardware Asset Manager Professional.

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Sandy Freeman

Iron Mountain

Enterprise

Sandy Freeman is a senior product manager for Iron Mountain Information Management Iron Mountain. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for Iron Mountain’s Data Backup & Recovery business line. Her general focus is creating new offerings that will allow customers to effectively manage and protect their information throughout its lifecycle, whether active or decommissioned. Information security is fundamental to Sandy’s work.

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Stephanie Rico

Wells Fargo

Enterprise

Stephanie Rico focuses on external engagement for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs, and she oversees Wells Fargo’s greenhouse gas emissions accounting. She’s been driving positive change, including supporting issues such as resource management, healthcare, education and the environment, for over fifteen years.

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Eileen Quigley

Natural Resources Defense Council

Government/Associations

Eileen is the Sustainability Manager at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where she ensures that their operational and construction activities support their mission to safeguard the earth. Among other environmental impacts, she manages and minimizes NRDC’s waste, energy, water, and ultimately, greenhouse gas emissions. Under her leadership, NRDC aims to exhibit aggressive, innovative and scalable solutions to minimizing the building industry’s environmental impact on the planet and it’s people.

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Lisa Sepanski

King County

Government/Associations

Lisa Sepanski has been with the King County, WA Solid Waste Division since 1989 and has worked on electronics recycling and product stewardship issues since 1996. In 2000, she started the Take it Back Network, a network of businesses and non-profit organizations that collect unwanted electronic products from the public for reuse or recycling. Lisa was involved in the development the WA electronic product recycling legislation that passed in 2006.

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Sego Jackson

City of Seattle

Government/Associations

Sego Jackson is the Strategic Advisor for Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship for Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle. Sego has an extensive background in product stewardship and electronic product management. He represented local governments as one of fifteen government negotiators in the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative. Sego has been instrumental in developing local, state and national policies, pilots and programs related to electronics.

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Kuljit Parmar

Global eWaste Solutions

International - Asia/Canada

Kuljit Parmar is the founder and President of Global Ewaste Solutions Ltd, a leading Canadian IT Asset Disposition provider. Along with an established Canadian operation with multiple facilities, Kuljit has opened an e-Stewards certified facility in Singapore, and soon in the US, to provide a wider global reach. Having over 30 years’ experience in the refurbishment and resale of new and used IT equipment, Kuljit brings a unique perspective and business acumen to the e-Stewards program.

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