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NERC board members set

With the new fiscal year at North East Recycling Council (NERC) comes a new leadership team. The board of directors has elected the following board members as the executive committee for fiscal year 2013:

Sarah Kite returns as president of the board. Sarah is the director of Recycling Services for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. A certified recycling systems manager, she has more than 12 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industry.

Kite worked at the grassroots level as an advocate for increasing recycling, reducing waste and composting, and as a municipal recycling coordinator with responsibility for solid waste contract management and resident education and programming. In her current position, Kite manages the statewide municipal recycling program, the corporation’s recycling education program, legislative and public relations, and also has general oversight of the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), one of the largest MRFs in New England.

Robert Isner joins the executive committee as the vice president. Isner has been with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) for over 20 years, the past 14 years as the solid waste and hazardous waste program manager. His current responsibilities as director of waste engineering and enforcement division include management of enforcement, permitting and compliance assistance activities for the recycling, pesticide, solid waste and hazardous waste programs. Prior to joining CT DEEP, Isner worked for over eight years as a municipal land use planner for two municipalities in Connecticut. He holds a Bachelor of Science from UConn and a Master of Science from Central Connecticut State University.

He is currently on the board of directors for the:

  • Connecticut Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association,
  • Northeast Recycling Council, and
  • Connecticut Recyclers Coalition.

George MacDonald is continuing as the treasurer. MacDonald recently became the director of special projects within the office of commissioner at Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. MacDonald has been Maine’s representative to the NERC board of directors for the past 14 years when he was the program manager for the Waste Management and Recycling Program within the Maine State Planning Office.

His experience with solid waste management issues spans over 30 years and includes employment in the private sector as well as the public sector, at local and state levels. When NERC was founded in 1987, MacDonald participated in NERC’s early activities when he served as chair of the Maine’s Recycling Advisory Council and continued as the state’s representative when he became the director of the office of waste reduction and recycling within the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

In a non-elected position, Lynn Rubinstein, NERC’s executive director, continues as the secretary.