Leadership Council

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)

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 as well as by the e-Stewards program manager. Candidates have to be elected by the Leadership Council according to the Terms of Reference. For interest in serving on the Leadership Council contact Prema George: email hidden; JavaScript is required


Amanda Tischer Buros

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Amanda Tischer Buros began her career with Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations in 2015, gaining unparalleled experience in IT asset disposition (ITAD) and electronics recycling. During her time with Dynamic, she has established herself as a respected project and people leader and is now the Director of Program Compliance. Amanda is passionate about advancing Dynamic’s standard of excellence through compliance services and OEM solutions.

She is highly regarded throughout the electronics disposition industry for her expertise in EPR legislation, e-waste programming and management, contract and risk mitigation, and service excellence. Additionally, she maintains a diverse experience related to regulatory compliance, technical standards, certification requirements, and impacts. Before Dynamic, she worked in the non-profit sector. Amanda holds an MBA from Viterbo University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

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Sam Morris

Blue Star Recyclers

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Sam Morris is the Chief Executive Officer for Blue Star Recyclers, a Colorado-based social enterprise founded in 2009 with a mission of recycling electronics to create jobs for people with autism and other disabilities. Sam advocates giving customers a simple model to embrace environmental accountability while investing in their local communities. He has led Blue Star to win the Nonprofit of the Year (2018) and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Young Professionals (2020) by ColoradoBiz.

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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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Mandi Rehder

Kuusakoski

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

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.

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Thomas Hogye

Wisetek Solutions

Certified Recycler/Refurbisher

Thomas Hogye is the Executive Director of Enterprise Business Development at Wisetek Solutions, with nationwide and global services specializing in today’s workforce assets and OEM equipment. Thomas has over 20 years of experience in the recovery of electronics for effective reuse, environmentally sound recycling, processing all material types, and fine metals recovery.   In connection, Thomas works within the enterprise software industry to integrate workflow and process management applications in web-based solutions for organizations with assets worldwide. He has developed comprehensive DFE and DFR solutions for OEMs, municipalities, and other organizations. In addition to having lectured at Yale School of Forestry, Colorado School of Mines, other universities, and industry-related areas, he is also a former US Industry Expert with the IEC/NEMA, TC-111, IEEE.1680, UL, and ISO standards.

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Madeline Smith

LG Electronics

OEM Enterprise

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.

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Caitlin Sanchez

VIZIO, Inc.

OEM Enterprise

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.

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Chris Kaasmann

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

OEM Enterprise

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.

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Douglas Smith

Sony Electronics Inc.

OEM Enterprise

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.

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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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Demond Richardson

Wells Fargo

Enterprise

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.

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Garrett Wong

Green Sports Alliance

Government/Associations

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.

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Adrian Tan

King County

Government/Associations

Adrian Tan works for King County (WA) in the Solid Waste Division on recycling and waste prevention issues. He holds a PhD in circular economy business models from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, he has worked for several different companies such as Bang & Olufsen, Novo Nordisk and Nokia designing and developing products. In the past decade he has advised the European Commission and performed numerous studies and on topics related to ecodesign, eco-innovation and the circular economy.

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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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Heather Trim

Zero Waste Washington

Government/Associations

Heather Trim, Executive Director. Heather has more than 25 years of experience in environmental work ranging from zero waste to toxic chemicals and habitat issues. At Zero Waste Washington, her focus has been on reducing upstream sources of waste and addressing downstream impacts, getting toxic chemicals out of products, eliminating plastic pollution, and building on the organization’s signature producer responsibility policy initiatives. Much of her time is spent on policy programs. Previously, at Futurewise, she worked to prevent runoff from entering our waterways and improve shoreline management practices and policies. Heather was at People for Puget Sound for over ten years where she focused on protections for the marine environment. Earlier, she was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council and worked for the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality standards, regulatory permits, pollution assessments, greening the LA rivers and habitat renewal.

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Mathias Schluep

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.

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