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Board of Directors

Meleesa Johnson, President

Public Place Recycling Committee Board Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2015 – 03/2018)

Board Member Since: 2006

Meleesa Johnson was introduced to the diverse world of integrated waste materials management when she accepted a position, in 2003, with Portage County.  She served as Portage County's Solid Waste Department administrator, overseeing a MRF, landfill and transfer facility, until June 2009.  She left Portage County to take a job with Marathon County as their director of solid waste management.  Here she is charged with operating the county's landfill, expanding recycling options for the state's largest county and creating a more consistent recycling education program for the county's 63 responsible units. 

Meleesa was elected to the AROW board of directors in 2006.  In 2009 she took on an additional role on the board's Executive Committee.  Here she serves as treasurer.  Meleesa is proud to have been a part of the 2008 strategic planning process which laid the groundwork for an expanded, more responsive AROW.  She looks forward to using her expertise in public/environmental policy and experience from the Governor's Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery & Reuse, to build a new Government Affairs Committee. 

John Welch, Vice President

(Current BOD Term: 03/2013 – 03/2016)

Board Member Since: 2013

John is the Solid Waste Manager for Dane County and was the Recycling Manager prior to his current position. He has a BS from UW Madison in Civil & Environmental Engineering and is a registered PE in Wisconsin. John oversees operations of: one active and two closed landfills; a newly opened C&D recycling transfer station; three compost sites; a year-round HHW facility; a landfill gas-to-energy system; and a landfill gas-to-CNG system. Recent projects include a community manure digester, a food digester feasibility study, beginning operation of a new C&D transfer station, shingle recycling, and e-waste collection events. John has served on the SWANA Badger Chapter Board since 2010 and the SWANA International Board since 2011. He is also familiar with the State legislative process, and he was deeply involved in the fight to restore recycling funding in the State budget. 

Chris Miller, Secretary

(Current BOD Term: 03/2013 - 03/2016)

Board Member Since: 2013

Chris Miller is the Recycling Coordinator for Outagamie County. She supervises the recycling collection program and education program for all 32 communities in Outagamie County. Chris coordinates the hazardous waste collections, manages the universal waste streams and is involved in several waste reduction projects. Chris is also a member of the Outagamie County Sustainability Committee and participates in other local sustainability groups.

Mark Walter, Treasurer

Product Stewardship Committee Board Liason

(Current BOD Term: 03/2015 – 03/2018)

Board Member Since: 2012

Mark is the Business Development Manager for the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department. He is responsible for the county’s Household Hazardous Waste, Food Waste Collection and Recycling Programs as well as habitat restoration projects in the bay of Green Bay. He has a multidisciplinary background in geographic information systems, environmental and land use impact analysis and planning. Mark has a degree in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin – Madison He has been a member of AROW since 2010 and currently chairs the AROW Product Stewardship Committee.

Mark Heal

Hazardous & Special Waste Committee Board Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2013– 03/2016)
Board Member Since: 2007

Mark is an Account Manager for Veolia ES Technical Solutions Menomonee Falls, WI and has been in the environmental field for over nineteen years with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has worked with the State of Wisconsin Clean Sweep program dating back to 1988 and has worked with municipalities throughout Wisconsin to provide Clean Sweep services. He is a member of the Federation of Environmental Technologists, Inc. (FET). Mark has been on the AROW Board of Directors since 2007, serving as Treasurer from 2007-2009.  He has also been a member of AROW’s Hazardous & Special Waste Committee since its inception in April of 2001.

Rebecca Mattano

(Current BOD Term: 11/2016 - 03/2018 - filled a midterm vacancy)

Board Member Since: 2016

Rebecca has managed recycling and solid waste programs for Waukesha County for over four years, including the recent transition to single sort recycling and partnership with the City of Milwaukee for joint operations of a publicly owned-privately operated MRF.  Rebecca also administers the household hazardous waste collection, composting, electronics/appliance recycling and public education/outreach programs for 27 municipalities. 

Rebecca received a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Environmental Science from UW-Milwaukee and a Master's degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Environmental Education and Interpretation from UW-Stevens Point. She has many years’ experience doing field work and research with a variety of governmental agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, and Departments of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and taught environmental science at Carroll University prior to her current role with Waukesha County. 

Rebecca was appointed to the Board to fill an open position. She recently co-chaired the AROW Glass Taskforce and intends to bring that same energy to her position on the board and continue working with stakeholders, legislators, and industry experts on viable solutions to reduce waste and increase recycling. 

Andy Nickodem

Organics & Food Residuals Committee Board Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2014 - 03/2017)

Board Member Since: 2014

Andy Nickodem is an Associate and Senior Consultant with Golder Associates in Green Bay. Andy has worked in the recycling and waste industry for over 27 years for both owner-operators of facilities and as a consultant. He has a BS Degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin and several other states.  His experience includes strategic planning, recycling and waste resource management, and operations, engineering and environmental compliance of waste facilities including landfills, transfer stations, hauling companies and materials recovery facilities.  Andy has worked on projects at more than 150 facilities in 30 states. He has worked with many counties and communities in Wisconsin to develop materials management strategies and increase their recycling and reuse. He also serves on the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Research Council, which is committed to academic research in recycling and waste management.

Jason Schott

(Current BOD Term: 04/2016 - 03/2017 - filled a midterm vacancy)

Board Member Since: 2016

Jason has been working with Dynamic Recycling for 3 years, diverting end of life electronics from the landfills and directing the commodities back into the raw material streams.   Dynamic Recycling has been growing exponentially in Wisconsin and the Midwest, and has been involved in electronics recycling and reuse since 2007.

Jason's experience in the e-waste industry will provide AROW with  direct insight into the industry by shedding light on challenges and successes.  Dynamic Recycling has a global footprint providing e-waste recycling for over 10 countries.  They have two locations one in Wisconsin, and another in Tennessee.  Jason's unique position of working with state government, collectors, recyclers, as well as OEM’s, allows him to understand the perspectives for each of the stakeholders involved in e-waste recycling industry.

Meribeth Sullivan

Community Education Committee Board Liason

(Current BOD Term: 03/2014 - 03/2017)

Board Member Since: 2014

Meribeth has been a Recycling Specialist at Waukesha County for over a decade.  She has benefited from the wealth of recycling and solid waste knowledge and expertise of past county staff and regional members of the former SE WI Be S.M.A.R.T Waste Reduction Coalition where she served as Steering Committee Education Chair and active member of the Public Place Recycling Workgroup. Meribeth serves as the AROW Community Education Committee Chair, was a past AROW board member and past co-chair of the Organics & Composting Committee. Specializing in school, business and public place recycling, Meribeth’s teaching background brings strong education & presentation skills, along with field experience.. "I am always looking for new ideas & approaches to make things happen in our industry, and statewide efforts through groups like AROW make sense to me." Networking & collaboration are central to her philosophy of how to make things work better for everyone.

AROW Contracted Staff:

 Karin Sieg
Executive Director
Angie Lemar
Program Director

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