Our Board

Executive Officers

Dustin Bender, President | Individual Member

Dustin  been serving on the WSRA board since 2010 and currently serves as the President. Dustin is also been involved in Policy and Advocacy, Education, Awards and Strategic Planning Committees. Dustin lives in Spokane and is the proud father of one son. He stays busy with all of the academic and athletic activities of his teenager. He began his career in waste and recycling in 2000. 

Lisa Sepanski, Vice President  | King County Solid Waste

Lisa is a Program/Project Manager III with the King County Solid Waste Division and has been working in the recycling field for more than 25 years. She has managed various recycling and educational programs such as the Take it Back Network in King County which was started  in 2000 to expand and promote the private sector reuse and recycling services for unwanted electronic products. Most recently, Lisa has been immersed in all things "product stewardship” and serves as the Washington Chair of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC). As a member of the NWPSC, Lisa works on various policies to increase recycling of toxic and hard-to-handle products such as mercury,batteries, and paint. Lisa was part of the coalition that worked on the electronic product recycling legislation that was passed by the Washington State legislature in 2006 which produced the E-Cycle Washington program. Prior to her employment with King County, Lisa worked for the City of Seattle on the creation of the multi-agency Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health and a Masters in Public Administration.

Pete DuBois, Treasurer |  Clark County

Peter is the Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach Division Manager for Clark County, WA responsible for coordinating the region’s solid waste management system and delivering outreach programs through the Green Neighbors, Green Business, and Green Schools programs. Peter is certified as an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System lead auditor and is committed to continuous improvement. Peter has been involved in trying to bring PaintCare to Washington and works on the policy committee. He enjoys hiking and river rafting with his three kids. He began his career as a recycling truck driver, while earning a Master’s of Science in Economics. Peter has worked for Clark County since 1994.    

Abby Hart, Secretary  | Republic Services

Abby Hart

Abby is a Recycling Coordinator for Republic Services.  She is responsible for developing and managing recycling and organics education and outreach programs for residential and commercial customers across King and Snohomish Counties and actively participates in regional recycling and organics contamination reduction workgroups.  Abby has been actively involved in the WSRA since 2013 and currently serves as one of the tri-chairs for the conference planning committee.  Abby is a graduate from the University of Washington with a BS in Biology and a minor in Climate Science.  Outside of work, she also volunteers as an adviser for the YMCA Youth and Government program, mentoring high school students interested in debate and the legislative process. She is passionate about the environment, recycling, and sustainability and is happy to be a part of such a progressive association.  

Alli Kingfisher, Assistant Treasurer | WA State Department of Ecology

Alli Kingfisher is a Materials Management and Sustainability Specialist with the Washington Department of Ecology where she has worked since 2002. She primarily works on sustainability issues related to our waste stream. She has a MS in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. She is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, a LEED AP and a skilled facilitator and graphic recorder. Alli also currently serves on the board of the Building Material Reuse Association. In 2010, she was recognized by Building Design + Construction Magazine as a recipient of their Top 40 Under 40 Award as a leader in the construction industry. In 2009, Alli worked on earthquake resistant sustainable demonstration homes in the earthquake-devastated region surrounding Chengdu, China.

Margot Keany, Assistant Secretary  | doxo, inc. 

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Margot graduated from New York University with a degree in Classical Civilization and Cultural Anthropology. She worked in New York and New Jersey before returning to Seattle to obtain her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. After passing the New Jersey bar exam, Margot practiced law for several years on the East Coast before again returning to the Pacific Northwest to work for Republic Services. Margot enjoys running, reading, and having adventures with her family. She became involved with the WSRA in 2014, and currently serves as a tri-chair for the Conference Committee. She is delighted to be serving on the Board, and looks forward to many more years of involvement with this amazing association.

   

Board Members

Candy Castellanos |  Individual Member

Candy is the founding principal of Radiant Consulting, LLC, a firm dedicated to building capacity for positive change within communities, teams, and organizations. She has 15 years experience designing award-winning behavior change programs, and five years experience developing partnerships for effective multicultural and multilingual engagement. As a community leader and passionate environmental educator, Candy has also been involved in local non-profit and professional organizations, including Zero Waste Washington, Washington Green Schools, the Pacific Northwest Social Marketing Association, and the Solid Waste Association of North America. Candy's passion for waste diversion started at an early age - in 8th grade she organized the first recycling program at her middle school in California.

Ron Jones | City of Olympia

Ron is a Senior Program Specialist with the City of Olympia’s Waste ReSources Utility where he’s worked since 1998. He manages the City’s residential and multi-family recycling education and outreach programs, and works on utility planning and site plan review. Ron has been actively involved with initiatives to improve recycling, both internally and externally. He led the City’s change to automated collection and single-stream (2003), adding food scraps to curbside yard waste (2008), and designing an award-winning grass-cycling campaign (2014). He was also part of SW Washington’s Commingled Recycling Improvement Project Team (2009-2012) and the Washington Multi-family Recycling Study Group (2012-2013). Ron has a BA with an emphasis is sustainable business and organizational leadership from The Evergreen State College. He balances his passion for waste and recycling with time spent cycling, kayaking, running, hiking and improving his photography.

Patrick Malloy | King County Housing Authority


Patrick is a Resource Conservation Specialist with the King County Housing Authority. He has been active with WSRA since 2006 and has attended numerous events. He is looking forward to getting more involved in member engagement and recruitment.

Charlie Maxwell, Jr. | Retired, Individual Member  

Charlie served as General Manager of Lakewood Refuse Service from 1993 until 2007 when he moved into the corporate office as Public Relations Director, a position he retired from in December 2016. In his current position he works with cities and towns, residents, businesses, governmental agencies and others to increase their waste reduction efforts through environmentally safe and efficient recycling and composting methods. Charlie is active in many community organizations to help them raise funds for worthwhile community projects, and is a past president of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Clover Park Rotary Club.  Charlie has been married to his wife Kathy for 44 years and they have eight children, one deceased, and have ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Jenna McInnis |  City of Kirkland

Jenna is the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Kirkland. Jenna previously worked with the King County Housing Authority. She has been in WSRA for the past 3 or 4 years including championing two WRED events, Public Space Recycling in 2014 and LightRecycle in 2015. Jenna greatly values the networking and resources that WSRA has been able to offer and looks forward to serving the association through its leadership team. Jenna is involved in the Member Programs and Services committee and is co-chair of the Member Connections committee.

Michelle Metzler | Waste Management

Michelle is Manager of Public Education and Outreach with Waste Management Pacific Northwest. She has been involved with WSRA since 2015, when she moved from Oregon. Previously she has served on the board of AOR and served as their Education and Conference Chair.