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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Tapio Kuusakoski

Kuusakoski

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Tapio represents the 4th generation of the Kuusakoski family. Kuusakoski is 100+ year old family run recycling company from Finland possessing a spectrum of solutions for metal recycling including electronics recycling. Tapio joined the family business in 2016 after 10 years of entrepreneurial endeavors in the service sector in Finland. Currently he works as Business Development Manager for the WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) department in Finland, and serves as the Chairman of Kuusakoski’s US business entities. For e-Stewards, Tapio adds Kuusakoski’s legacy of recycling knowhow and a European insight to the discussion.

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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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Justin J. Zeulner

Green Sports Alliance

Enterprise

Justin J. Zeulner, executive director and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a Senior Project Developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director for Sustainability and Public Affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Zeulner is a native of Portland, Oregon.

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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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Brooks Hoffman

Iron Mountain

Enterprise

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.

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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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Yu Keli

Government/Association

From 2015 until now, Mr. Yu Keli works as the Secretary General of Electronic Products Recycling Division in China National Resources Recycling Association (EPRD/CRRA), which covers more than 90% of permitted e-waste recyclers in China. EPRD/CRRA works closely with relevant government departments, organizations as well as important enterprises and has completed many industrial research projects and has sufficient expertise and experience in terms of management and technical development of Chinese e-waste recycling industry, construction of e-waste recycling system, transboundary movement and import/export control of e-waste/secondhand electric and electronic equipment, status quo of typical e-waste recycling sites in China. Yu Keli holds a Master degree in Environmental Engineering – Tsinghua University, and a Bachelor of Environmental Science Inner Mongolia University.

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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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Mathias Schluep

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.

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