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BOD Nominations Open

Each year AROW has three board positions up for renewal. If you've ever considered becoming more involved in your state organization now would be the time to step up and show your interest. Deadline for nominations is February 11, 2019.

Review our BOD JOB DESCRIPTION then fill out the NOMINATION FORM.

Any questions contact board members Amanda Haffele, Portage County, or Betsy Powers, SCS Engineers.

Board of Directors

Meleesa Johnson, President

Public Place Recycling Committee Board Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2018 – 03/2021)

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. 

Chris Miller, Vice President

(Current BOD Term: 03/2016 - 03/2019)

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.

Amanda Haffele, Secretary

Emerging Leaders Program Chair/Board Liason

(Current BOD Term: 03/2017 - 03/2020)

Board Member Since: 2017

Amanda has been Dunn County’s Recycling Specialist for five years and worked as the Recycling Coordinator for Eau Claire County for four of those years. She has a wealth of experience as a recycling educator as well as hands-on experience managing a Responsible Unit. Specifically, she excels at partnering with businesses and residents to increase their awareness of recycling options all while diverting materials from the landfill by finding underused specialty markets. Amanda is chairing the new Emerging Leaders Program, is and active member of the AROW Education Committee, was a participant on the AROW Glass Task Force, was instrumental in creating and bringing plastic film and bag recycling programs to Western WI and am a SWANA Certified Manager of Recycling Systems. As a representative from Western Wisconsin, she will bring a different perspective and voice to the board regarding rural and residential recycling successes and challenges. Her unique energetic presentation style engages audiences to become more active in recycling.

Mark Walter, Treasurer

Product Stewardship Committee Board Liason

(Current BOD Term: 03/2018 – 03/2021)

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.

Andy Nickodem

Organics & Food Residuals Committee Board Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2017 - 03/2020)

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: 04/2017 - 03/2020)

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.

Analiese Smith

Education Committee Chair & Liaison

(Current BOD Term: 03/2016 – 03/2019)

Board Member Since: 2018

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John Welch

(Current BOD Term: 03/2016 – 03/2019)

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. 

AROW Contracted Staff:

 Karin Sieg
Executive Director
Angie Lemar
Program Director

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