Andrew Radin, Chair
A Syracuse native, Andrew Radin serves as the Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction for the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA), and has over 20 years of experience in the field of recycling and solid waste management. He coordinates a team of recycling professionals who manage a wide variety of environmental programs, including compost operations, household hazardous waste collections, electronic waste recovery, and community outreach. Andrew has testified before the New York State Legislature in advocating for expansion of the NYS Bottle Bill, and provided state elected officials with a real-world, local perspective as the State moved forward with passing Extended Producer Responsibility legislation for electronic waste. He is a long-time member of the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling, and is a recipient of the organization’s Recycling Lifetime Achievement Award.
Andrew received a Masters of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a Masters of Environmental Science degree from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He looks forward to participating in efforts to advance product stewardship policies as a key component of an equitable, sustainable materials economy.
Dawn Timm, Vice Chair
Dawn Timm is the Director of the Environmental/Solid Waste Management Division of the Niagara County Department of Public Works and Administrator of the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District. Dawn is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing various sustainability and solid waste and recycling programs throughout the county and also manages cloure, post closure and remedial activities associated with the counties four landfills. Most recently, Dawn’s work involves creating and implementing customized, cost conservative approaches for local governments to increase waste reduction and recycling.
Dawn holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Environmental Policy and Resource Management and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Earth Science. Work experience includes coordinating and overseeing hazardous and non-hazardous landfill closures, post-closure care and site management of inactive facilities. She currently serves as the Region 9 representative to New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) Board and is active in local government as a liaison to the public and elected leaders on matters of the environment and sustainability. Dawn acts as NYPSC’s liaison to NYSAR3.
Resa A. Dimino, Treasurer
Resa A. Dimino is a consultant providing policy and planning services with a focus on recycling and sustainable materials management. She has more than 20 years of experience in recycling policy, programs and business development. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Resa was the Director of Legislative Programs at WeRecycle!, an E-Stewards certified electronics recycler headquartered in Mt. Vernon, NY. In that capacity, Resa worked to develop collection networks in Northeast states that have electronics recycling legislation. Before joining WeRecycle!, Resa worked as a special assistant in the Commissioner’s Policy Office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In her time at DEC, Resa led the agency’s efforts to create a new statewide solid waste management plan entitled Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York. She was also part of the team that crafted the New York Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, enacted in May, 2010. In other experience, Resa worked as the Director of Programs for the Bronx River Alliance, Environmental Analyst for Bronx Borough Presidents Adolfo Carrion, Jr. and Fernando Ferrer, Program Director for Bronx 2000, and Environmental Affairs Advisor for Big City Forest, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Kenneth Armellino, Secretary
Kenneth Armellino is the Director of Environmental Science and Community Affairs and is responsible for implementing Covanta’s initiatives related to sustainability and community outreach. Areas of responsibility include toxicity reductions in the waste stream and in facility emissions, community outreach, and outreach to regulators and non-government organizations. In this position he is a member of sustainability team to implement the Company’s programs to reduce the impacts of company operations as well as promote Energy from Waste (EfW) as a clean, renewable energy. Kenneth also currently serves as Treasurer and a Board Member of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3), as well as a member of the New Jersey Audubon Corporate Stewardship Council, Corporate Roundtable Partner in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, member of the external advisory council for the Environmental and Energy Technologies degree program at SUNY Cobleskill, and a member of the Regional Plan Association’s New Jersey Committee.
Kenneth is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint John’s University in Physical Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University. Prior to moving into this position in April 2008, Kenneth was Regional Environmental Manager, responsible for the environmental compliance eight of Covanta’s New York and New Jersey facilities. Other responsibilities included participation in due diligence activities in the region, as well as assisting in facility programs aimed at outreach. He has been in the EfW industry in various environmental roles since 1989 working for American Ref-Fuel and then Covanta Energy. On the personal side he is an officer in his local chapter of the Knights of Columbus, and serves on his local town’s Environmental Commission.
James Bunchuck is the Solid Waste Coordinator for the Town of Southold, where he manages the town’s solid waste facilities and programs including an MSW and C&D transfer station, yard waste compost facility, PAYT and source-separated recycling programs, HHW program, and other operations. Previously, Jim was a management and policy consultant working on EPA’s Superfund program for Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. in Bethesda, MD, and ICF Incorporated in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Political Science from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, and an MA in International Relations from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Barb Eckstrom has been the Director of Recycling and Materials Management in Tompkins County for 27 years. Under her leadership, the County’s programs and operations have diverted 60 percent of material from landfills. Barb received a B.S. in Environmental Technology and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to her current position, Barb worked at the U.S. Soil Conservation Service as an environmental consultant.
Todd Ellis is the Director of Product Stewardship Programs for Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program, and has over 17 years of recycling and sustainability experience. Todd’s current position focuses on raising the awareness of battery product stewardship programs throughout North America by fostering positive relationships among industry stewards, stakeholder groups and sustainability experts. Also, Todd’s experience serves as a resource for battery legislation and other compliance issues integral in the product stewardship approach. Prior to joining Call2Recycle, Todd worked as a recycling planner for the State of New Hampshire, assistant director for the Northeast Resource Recovery Association and was vice president of Operations for Sprint Recycling, Inc. Todd is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics.
Ed Gottlieb is Chair of the Tompkins County Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal and is the Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator for the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility. He has organized ten, mostly multiple location, one-day collection events and established a drop box program with nine law enforcement locations. From 2010-2015, more than 10,000 pounds of unwanted medications were collected, including >150,000 doses of controlled substances. Ed coordinated inventories of collected medications and produced a series of how-to videos to help others wanting to start collection events. He has published two blogs and presented to national audiences at two conferences and three webinars. He is currently on the board of the New York Product Stewardship Council and is part of a work group that includes the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mr. Gottlieb has an environmental studies and geology degree from SUNY-Binghamton.
Kate Kitchener began her work in waste prevention by implementing waste reduction strategies and testing alternative packaging options in the private sector. Seeing the success of these programs inspired her to realize similar policies on a larger scale, acquiring a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Kate then applied her understanding of waste management to the field of workforce development, designing a green jobs training program that continues to thrive in Long Island City. In her current position as Assistant Director of Policy & Partnerships in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability at the New York City Department of Sanitation, Kate works on policy initiatives with a focus on extended producer responsibility, facilitates partnerships between city government and community organizations, and oversees the NYC Center for Materials Reuse which includes the ReuseNYC and the NYC WasteMatch programs.
Ted Osborne is President of T. Osborne Consulting & Brokerage. He has 27 years of experience in municipal and private solid waste and recycling management in New York State, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. He formerly served as member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) and the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling (NYSAR3). He received NYSAR3‘s Recycler of the Year Award and numerous commendations from the Chautauqua County Legislature.
Peter also serves on the Board of Directors of several state and national environmental organizations, including the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse, the Northeast Recycling Council, the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association, and the Product Stewardship Institute. He is the NYS representative to the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse, and participates on ASTSWMO’s Product Stewardship Task Force, the NYS Mercury Advisory Committee and NYS DEC’s Internal Mercury Task Force. He has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
Eric Swenson retired from his position as Superintendent of Environmental Control for the Town of Oyster Bay where he served for 22 years, and as Executive Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee for the past 6 years. He has been the Treasurer of the NYS Association For Solid Waste Management since 1996, and Secretary of the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations since its inception. He also currently serves as a board member of the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Evan R. Liblit Scholarship Committee.
Debra Smith is the Materials Recovery Manager for Broome County and has worked for the Division of Solid Waste Management for the past 15 years. Debra has played an integral role in expanding the County curbside recycling program, developing a bulky rigid plastics program, establishing a permanent electronics recycling program, initiating a materials reuse program and expanding educational outreach for waste reduction, recycling, reuse, composting and hazardous waste management. Debra also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA-NYS) and serves as the NYPSC liaison to SWANA-NYS.