Joel Kohlstedt, President | Waste Management
Joel is a Recycling Education Project Manager for Waste Management. He manages recycling education campaigns throughout Washington State focused on increasing recycling and decreasing contamination through innovative programs and projects. He is passionate about conducting research and creating data-driven campaigns, producing out-of-the-box strategies to engage residents, and optimizing program performance. Joel has worked in the recycling industry for over six years, supporting cities throughout the Puget Sound and Oregon in increasing recycling through business and multifamily outreach, community presentations and local recycling campaigns. Joel is a graduate of the University of Washington with a major in Environmental Studies. He combines his passion for education and sustainability by creating educational programming that will ultimately help to reduce our environmental impact. Joel enjoys the outdoors, biking, snowboarding and camping.
Rick Vahl, Vice President | LeMay, Inc / Waste Connections
Rick Vahl has worked alongside great teams at Waste Connections since 2012. His experience started in Alaska but then opportunities in California took him back to the “lower 48”. With a variety of Hauling and Transfer Station experience he was able to join the management team of LeMay, Pierce County Refuse in 2019. Working as a team to provide the safest and most customer focused services possible is what drives him to continuously improve. While balancing his career, he spends time with his lovely wife Melody and their 2 daughters Emerald (8) and Eden (5). Born and raised in Portland, OR makes the PNW feel like home where one of their family mottos comes to life – “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear”.
Kris Major, Secretary | City of Spokane, Solid Waste Department
Kris Major is the Education Coordinator for the City of Spokane’s Solid Waste Department. She has worked over 25 years as an informal educator for both public and non-profit organizations in Idaho and Washington states. As an Education Coordinator for Spokane, she works with all ages and audiences teaching about waste reduction, recycling, re-use, and composting. She coordinates the Master Composter/Recycler program and its volunteers who conduct community outreach on waste reduction throughout the county. In 2016, The Washington State Recycling Association honored Kris by naming her its Individual Recycler of the Year. She has been a WSRA member since 2010 and has not missed a conference since starting her job with the city that year.
Shannon Jones, Assist. Secretary | Washington State Dept. of Ecology
Shannon Jones is the Western Washington Materials Management Coordinator with the Department of Ecology and joined the WSRA board this year. She began her career in Materials Management with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation solid waste planning, providing technical assistance to local governments, enforcing RCRA regulations, and collaborating with recycling industry stakeholders. In Washington, she served in Washington Conservation Corps, doing ecological restoration work in eastern Washington and salmon restoration work in the Skagit Valley. Shannon was born in Texas, raised in Tennessee, and has found her forever home in Washington where she loves hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and playing with her two dogs. In her free time she also plays violin, watches pretentious artsy movies, bakes tarts, and reads science fiction.
Interested in joining our Board?
The Washington State Recycling Association is seeking candidates to fill vacancies in its Board of Directors. Board candidates must be members in good standing who are willing to commit 8 - 12 hours per month to working on WSRA activities. If chosen, the candidate would complete the term remaining of the member whose vacancy they are filling.
Being part of the WSRA Board of Directors is a great way to help set the direction for the association's work and is rewarding, educational, and lots of fun!
A packet of information about serving on the WSRA board is HERE.
The timeline to fill these vacancies are as follows:
- The application deadline is January 2, 2022.
- The current WSRA Board reviews applications and votes on three candidates at its January 20th meeting.
- New members begin February 1, 2022, and will fill out unexpired terms of the board vacancy they are filling.
NETWORKING COFFEE CHAT
January 5th, 2022