CAFR’s Nominating Committee is tasked with assembling a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors election. While developing the slate of candidates the nominating committee ensures that the diversity of membership categories and geography of CAFR’s membership is represented. We encourage all members to get involved and vote and make sure your organization and region are well-represented in CAFR’s activities and that CAFR helps meet your needs.
In November, eligible CAFR members will elect five (5) candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2017-2019). Questions about the slate of candidates or the selection process can be directed to Tameem Khizer, Nominating Committee Chair.
We are pleased to present the slate of candidates for your consideration. The Nominating Committee is confident that the following candidates have the time, ability and inclination to serve on the Board of Directors. Each candidate has signed the CAFR Board Letter of Commitment, acknowledging their desire and ability to serve.
- Chris Berry
- Geoff Davis
- Juri Freeman
- Ellen Fortier
- Mark Hoblitzell
- Beth Lenz
- Randy Moorman
- Cory St. Clair
- Becca Walkinshaw
- Jerry Williams
Meet the Candidates
Chris has over 15 years of experience in developing and nurturing professional relationships with public, private, and nonprofits in collaborating to find ways to advance and fund important and necessary green initiatives in response to our growing need to embrace sustainability. As a former two-term Mayor of Lafayette, Colorado Chris led efforts to ensure Lafayette became the first city in Colorado to embrace a cart-content only pay-as-you-throw system for trash and recycling services.
Additionally, his experience includes understanding how to facilitate and build bridges among stakeholders with common goals and aspirations. Chris knows that to accomplish this requires innovative thinking, the ability to organize meaningful collaborations, and the willingness to develop and implement practical solutions that will help CAFR succeed with key projects, make better informed decisions, and meet their goals.
Chris joined Republic Services in April 2015. Since that time he has worked diligently to build relationships with municipalities in Colorado to assist them in the process of moving away from an open market service to a pay-as-you-throw trash and recycling service. Thank you for your support.
Geoff Davis is currently the Work Program Director for SustainAbility, a recycling company based in Arvada. SustainAbility offers commercial, residential, electronics and accepts hard to recycle materials.
Geoff previously worked for over thirteen years at a non-profit agency. Geoff led the charge away from fulfillment contracts to programs that focus on recycling. In this setting, Geoff put 45 people with disabilities to work by teaching them critical skills to work in the recycling industry. Geoff’s position with SustainAbility is reviving an innovative program that recycles healthcare plastics and blue wrap, supporting local hospitals in their goal of reducing waste.
Geoff has been an active member with CAFR for over four years, and is deeply committed to their vision and mission. He is an active member of the Education and Outreach Committee and the Membership Committee. Geoff has been an honorary board member for the last two years and offers a unique perspective to the board having worked in both the recycling and the nonprofit sector.
Outside of work Geoff enjoys spending time with his wife, being program director for TOPSoccer (a soccer program for children with special needs) and cheering on Manchester United.
I am running for the CAFR Board of Directors for a second term because I have a strong commitment to helping CAFR grow in 2017 and beyond. I would like to help CAFR continue to add value for its members, help maintain a robust diversity of members, and lobby for policy that supports all aspects of our industry. I have been involved with CAFR for nearly a decade and, if elected, I will continue to try to bring enthusiasm and dedication to hard work for the organization. I believe that my experience in both the private and public sectors of the recycling industry, my familiarity with programs, commodities, and markets around the state, and my willingness to do whatever I can to help CAFR grow will make me an asset to the Board of Directors. My work experience includes nearly three years managing the City of Denver’s recycling programs, and eight years as a consultant focusing on materials management related issues.
Ellen Fortier has been the sustainability coordinator at NREL for 15 years and a participant of CAFR since 2006.
Ellen is passionate about waste diversion strategies for her employer, her community and our state. In addition to participating in CAFR she is an active council member in the CCSP, CoPSC and COCC(RMOC).
As part of her duties at NREL, Ellen:
- Specializes in waste stream strategy development, implementation, and outreach
- Performs data collection, monitoring and reporting associated with campus waste, sustainable acquisitions, and green product use
- Develops and executes outreach campaigns to promote behavior change and support sustainable campus operations affecting NREL employees.
Mark Hoblitzell is the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Vail. Before joining the town, Mark worked for Vail Resorts and the US Forest Service. He earned a B.S in recreation resource management and an M.B.A from West Virginia University. In his current roll with the Town of Vail, Mark is involved in the management of multiple sustainability program areas: waste diversion and recycling, energy efficiency, special events and economic development, transportation, education and communication, and ecosystem health. Mark’s work in waste diversion includes improving compliance and recycling rates through the towns PAYT program, managing annual waste collection and cleanup events, and leading educational presentations in schools and at community events. Additionally, Mark was instrumental in the development and implementation of Vail’s “Kick the Bag Habit” program which included a ban on single-use plastic bags and a fee on paper bags in the town’s grocery stores. This program has resulted in a 90% reduction single-use bags. In his free time, Mark enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and the Colorado outdoors.
Beth Lenz serves as the Regional Recycling Director and Community Development Coordinator for the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments. She has been with the organization for 16 years, working in various capacities for the nonprofit, including developing and teaching a grant proposal writing workshop for nonprofits, as well as successful grant writing. During her tenure as the director of the recycling program, she has been able to decrease the cost of operations for the Regional Recycling Program (Upper Arkansas Recycling) by over 40%.
Beth is a SWANA Certified Recycling Systems Manager and has a passion for responsible, affordable recycling in rural Colorado.
Randy is the Director of Community Campaigns for Eco-Cycle where he has worked since 2012. He is passionate about building Zero Waste communities in Colorado. At Eco-Cycle, he has successfully spearheaded public outreach and advocacy campaigns that resulted in approval of Boulder’s new Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, brought curbside composting to Lafayette and Longmont, and increased recycling and composting in apartments and condominiums in Boulder. He is currently developing partnerships to increase recycling in Denver and engage the Latino community in Zero Waste initiatives.
Randy is deeply involved in the Colorado Association for Recycling, serving on the policy committee for the last four years, the annual Summit program committee for two years, and as co-chair of the Colorado Product Stewardship Council in 2015. Randy is also an experienced policy expert and advocate. Prior to joining Eco-Cycle, he was a lobbyist for Conservation Colorado, one of the state’s leading environmental nonprofits. Randy is excited about working with CAFR to advance policies that improve recycling and composting across the state and strengthen Colorado’s sustainable materials management economy.
Ever since elementary school I have had an interest in recycling. Growing up in Upstate New York I started a milk carton recycling program for our school to keep all of the cardboard from being thrown away, and my main source of income as a kid was recycling bottles and cans for five cents each.
Today I work in the scrap metal industry and I still have that same passion for recycling. Over the last four years I have developed an e-scrap program for two separate scrap yards in the Denver market. These programs have helped divert millions of pounds of electronics from the landfill, while also generating tremendous profit margins for the companies.
I feel I would be a great fit for CAFR’s Board of Directors because of my drive and commitment to protecting and preserving the environment. I would also like to be involved in making positive changes in legislation on a state and local level. I firmly believe that implementing innovative and progressive recycling solutions and waste reduction will result in a better future for my children and all future generations.
Becca began her journey in the recycling industry with Gallegos Sanitation in 2007. In 2009 she was promoted to the position of sustainability coordinator, to represent GSI’s commitment to Triple Bottom Line business ethics.
Passionate about building relationships that create supportive communities, Becca works to maintenance a culture of transparent, educated, green-minded, health-conscious employees through environmental and social endeavors at GSI. For the Northern Colorado Community, she coordinates and consults on recycling programs for businesses, construction sites, special events, and schools. She also provides assistance with GSI’s marketing and outreach projects.
Becca earned her degree in Sociology and Human Services from Black Hills State University in South Dakota in 2005. In June 2010, she completed the Green Building Certificate Program from Colorado State University and received her LEED Green Associate accreditation in March of 2011. Prior to working at GSI, Becca spent two years as the membership and festival coordinator for the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce in Arizona.
Her participation in organizations that support sustainability through volunteer efforts include the United States Green Building Council Northern Colorado Branch, City of Fort Collins ClimateWise Advisory Committee, City of Fort Collins Road to Zero Waste Strategic Committee, Poudre School District Strategic Sustainability Team, Sustainable Living Association Steering Committee, and Pathways to Family Wellness Support Group.
For the last 15 years Jerry Williams has been a member of the Environmental/Sustainability team at Denver International Airport (DIA). Before the energy meltdown in the mid-eighties, Jerry spent 10 years as a geophysicist in the oil and gas industry after which he was a partner in a popular downtown brewpub along with other shady and unemployed geologists.
Jerry has been integral in the design and implementation of DIA’s Sustainability Vision. This comprehensive plan includes economic, social, and environmental initiatives such as: Greenhouse Gas Management, Energy Management, Waste Management, Water Quality, Green Fleet, and Green building (LEED). Jerry has endeavored to ensure that DIA, as one of Colorado’s enduring organizations, takes the long view in considering the potential impacts of their decisions to ensure that economic growth does not come at the expense of environmental protection or social responsibility.
In addition, over the last 12 years Jerry has designed and implemented a comprehensive landfill waste diversion program which encompasses: recycling, compost, source glass collection, and a food donation program (30,000 lbs. and counting) which was the recent recipient of Metro Caring’s 2016 Hungry for Change Award. Though Jerry hasn’t reach his desired diversion rate goal as of yet, the diversion rate has increased from less than 3% to 18% airport wide.