The e-Stewards Leadership Council serves as the e-Stewards advisory body. The Leadership Council 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
- e-Stewards Standard development
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)
Blue Star Recyclers
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.back to top
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.back to top
Cascade Asset Management
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).back to top
eGreen IT Solutions
Karin Harris’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!back to top
Mandi Rehder joined Kuusakoski and the recycling world in 2017 as the CFO, moving into the role of CEO of Kuusakoski’s US division in July of 2019. Kuusakoski US is part of a global organization founded in Finland 100+ years prior, that has grown to 3 locations within the East Coast and Midwest portion of the United States offering various electronic recycling solutions. Mandi is dedicated to the mission of restoring value to used electronics in an environmentally sound and impactful way.
Mandi holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration from Benedictine University.back to top
Madeline Smith is the Stewardship Manager at LG Electronics
USA, Inc. In this role she manages the electronics take-back
program in the US, including ensuring compliance with
regulatory requirements; serving as the primary interface with
e-waste recyclers; and managing consumer awareness and
corporate reporting efforts. She also oversees packaging and rechargeable battery take-back programs for LG customers.
Madeline holds a Master degree in Business and Sustainability
– Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental
Analysis and Policy – Boston University.
Caitlin Sanchez is Senior Counsel, Social Responsibility & Regulatory Affairs at VIZIO, Inc. Caitlin oversees the company’s social responsibility and regulatory compliance programs covering topics such as social auditing, electronics recycling, sustainability, chemicals compliance, and energy efficiency. Caitlin has managed VIZIO’s electronic waste recycling program since 2012 and has helped the company recycle more than 200 million pounds of electronic waste during that time. In addition to her work at VIZIO, Caitlin also serves on the board of directors for the Electronics Recycling Representative Organization, which is currently providing the manufacturer clearinghouse function under the new electronics recycling law in Illinois. Caitlin has spearheaded VIZIO’s effort to only use third party certified recyclers and participation in the U.S. EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Challenge.
Caitlin wishes to work with e-Stewards to look for ways to reduce fraud or unethical behavior through the entire e-waste recycling lifecycle from collection point to final commodities disposition, promote sustainable practices for used electronics including refurbishment and reuse before turning towards recycling and commodities recovery, and work to develop best practices to better ensure used electronics stay out of landfills or are otherwise improperly disposed of.back to top
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Chris Kaasmann is the Product Stewardship Manager for Samsung Electronics America and is directly responsible for electronics recycling programs and compliance. He has extensive experience managing recycling and product stewardship related programs in both the public and private sectors. Chris began his recycling career as the Recycling Manager for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania providing education, technical assistance and take-back programming to the 3rd most populous county in the state. Most recently, Chris worked for Reverse Logistics Group Americas, Inc. where he managed recycling vendors and downstream auditing for OEM electronics take-back and compliance across the US. He is a certified recycling professional and has been involved in a number of industry organizations including the Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators and the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania.back to top
Sony Electronics Inc.
Doug Smith is the director of corporate environment, safety and health. In this role he directs the corporate environmental affairs for North American operations. Smith establishes policies and corporate guidelines covering environmental, safety and health policies and supports the internal audit and ISO 14001:2015 program for Sony North American facilities.
Smith currently serves on the boards of: Call2Recycle, Portable Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), Electronic Product Stewardship Council (EPSC), and the International Boundary Water Commission (IBWC) Citizen’s Forum. Smith received Presidential appointment, 2002-2006 to EPA’s Good Neighbor Environmental Board, developed Climate Action Plan while serving on City of San Diego Sustainability and Climate Change Task Force, and served on the Responsible Recycling (R2) Technical Advisory Committee.back to top
Brooks Hoffman is a member of the Product Management team for Iron Mountain’s Secure eWaste and IT Asset Disposition (“SITAD”) service. In this role, he is responsible for expanding SITAD globally and for driving cross-functional thought leadership and messaging. Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Brooks was a co-founder and CFO of LifeSpan, an e-Stewards-certified ITAD firm based in Denver, Colorado. He has served as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and as a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. Brooks holds a BA in Economics, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kapa from Williams College.back to top
Demond Richardson is an Operations & Supplier Sustainability Consultant for Wells Fargo. With more than 17 years of financial services industry experience, he is responsible for managing the Corporate Properties Group Sustainable Operations relationship and leading the Supply Chain Sustainable and Innovation Incubator solution pilots strategy and execution. In this role, he is able to impart valuable input and guidance, due to his experiences as a global supply chain sourcing professional, an entrepreneur and as an attorney negotiating contracts related to technology, professional services and entertainment.
Mr. Richardson received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, he earned a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he received the distinguished Earl Warren Legal Defense Scholarship.back to top
Green Sports Alliance
Garrett Wong, A sustainability change maker and sports aficionado, Garrett Wong joins the Green Sports Alliance assuming the role of Member Services Manager with a bright mind and optimistic personality. He works alongside sports teams, universities, & leagues globally in creating and bolstering their sustainability initiatives, goals, and programs. Growing up in the heart of the Bay Area, he was able to witness firsthand the positive impact that sustainable action can have on a community.
After graduating from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, he led the Sustainability Committee for the 2017 Final Four in achieving the Council of Responsible Sport’s Evergreen Certification. Between training for his next marathon and improving upon his amateur photography skills, Garrett can be found volunteering his time at the local community garden or attending an art show with his colleagues. He is beyond ecstatic to begin working alongside our members to bolster their sustainability programs and push their brand to new heights.back to top
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.back to top
City of Seattle
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.back to top
World Resources Forum Association (WRFA)
International - Europe
Mathias Schluep is program director at the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), a global science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use. Mathias is responsible for several cooperation projects with developing countries in e-waste management in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where he is implementing various initiatives for national and international government organizations and the private industry. Mathias’ long-term experience related to e-waste management includes setting up EPR schemes in a non-OECD context, adopt technical standards, guidelines and auditing systems, develop national policies and legislations, promote inclusive approaches addressing solutions for the informal sector and his work with international and regional networks (StEP, PACE, RELAC, UNIDO/RECP, Basel Convention). Mathias holds a Master degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in natural sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.back to top