The e-Stewards staff is comprised of a diverse team of individuals with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, policy, advocacy, marketing, public health, and IT.

Mandy Knudtson

Business Director

In her role as e-Stewards Business Director, Mandy provides guidance and support to corporations, non-profits and NGOs in the electronics recycling and reuse industry. She initiates program development, ongoing maintenance of the certification Standard and ensures the integrity of the policies and procedures of the e-Stewards program. She manages internal and external program activities, including trainings, workshops and conferences, with the objective of increasing awareness and adoption of the e-Stewards gold standard and brand to a global audience. Mandy holds a Master’s Degree in Policy Studies with a focus on environmental issues from the University of Washington. Prior to working at BAN, her background was corporate and entrepreneurial, with experiences that provide a strong foundation for networking and relationship building.

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Bob Akers

Enterprise Director

In the role of e-Stewards Enterprise Director, Bob works with corporations, organizations, government and Certified e-Steward recyclers to develop opportunity. Previously, he worked in the electronics recycling industry for 13 years, most recently as executive director of the not-for-profit Surplus Exchange in Kansas City, Mo., where he guided his team to become an early pledged e-Stewards company, and successfully completed a total of eight e-Stewards certification audits. He served on the e-Stewards Leadership Council from its inception. Bob is proud to have signed the City of Kansas City, Mo., as an e-Stewards Enterprise in 2015 and has worked with the city to develop their "ConnectHome" program, which provides refurbished computers and internet access to residents in public housing. Bob is married with two grown kids, and holds a degree from the University of Kansas.

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Greg Hansa

Conformity Assurance Manager

Greg Hansa contracts with e-Stewards as the Conformity Assurance Manager, where his responsibilities include performing witness audits, conducting performance verification inspections, and providing technical and interpretive assistance to the program.

Mr. Hansa also operates G. Arthur Associates, providing consulting in quality, environmental and health & safety management system development and improvement, as well as providing contract management system auditing and training services. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the management system consulting, auditing and certification industry, including thousands of audit days, both domestically and internationally, including leading the first QS-9000 audit in Asia, the first ISO-14001 audit in Mexico.

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Doria Nelson

Administrative Assistant

Doria is the administrative assistant for e-Stewards. She provides administrative and program support to the e-Stewards program staff and e-Stewards clients. She is a Seattle native with a deep passion for the environment. She loves to teach others how to live more sustainably. She loves getting outdoors, including kayaking and backpacking throughout the Pacific Northwest. She believes that our choices effect the planet and that the least we can do is take responsibility for our impact on the planet. She is also currently a student studying International Studies at the University of Washington.

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