Young Professionals

Please, Take My Job (1 CEU)

Wednesday, August 22
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Bayou B

You love your job and think waste management is the greatest industry in the world. But how do you continue your job growth and development? Do you want to move up the ladder in your organization? Or do you want to become a sought-after technical expert? In this session, industry veterans “tell it like it is”, give tips on how they gained the positions they achieved and share lessons they learned along the way. Expect some realistic—and fun—stories for the next generation to take to heart.


Kerry Kelly, Senior Director of Federal Affairs, Waste Management

Kerry Kelly

Kerry Kelly represents Wate Management (WM) before the Federal Executive Branch and Congress on environmental, energy, climate change, tax and other issues affecting the company.

Amy Van Kolken Banister, Senior Director Air Programs, Waste Management

Amy Banister

Amy Van Kolken Banister has more than 25 years of experience in air quality consulting, project management, regulation development and planning, as well as corporate environmental program implementation. She is currently responsible for directing air program activities at Waste Management, which includes developing corporate policies and standards and training programs for application at Waste Management North American facilities. Ms. Banister is also responsible for corporate climate change reporting and regulatory advocacy for air issues pertaining to Waste Management and the solid waste industry. Ms. Banister is Past Director of Solid Waste Association of North America’s Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division and currently represents the Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division on SWANA’s International Board.

Niki Wuestenberg, Senior Manager, Air Compliance, Republic Services

Niki Wuestenberg

Niki Wuestenberg joined Republic (Allied Waste) in 2001 and has more than 25 years experience in the solid waste industry including air quality program management, project management, compliance training, environmental auditing, oversight of landfill gas collection system operations & maintenance and coordinating climate change initiatives. Ms. Wuestenberg is currently the corporate Senior Air Compliance Manager of Republic Services. In this role, she has a broad range of air compliance responsibilities including review of regulations, air compliance evaluations, PSD/NSR guidance and compliance support, as well as oversight of state and federal Title V permit programs, New Source Performance Standards and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. As climate change has become increasingly more demanding, she has also focused on greenhouse gas initiatives and assisting with coordinating regulatory advocacy involving the solid waste industry.

Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan has more than 29 years of experience in environmental consulting, specializing in air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG), risk assessment, and landfill gas (LFG) issues. He is a senior vice president and managing director for SCS Engineers’ consulting and engineering operations in the Southwestern United States. He also is SCS’s national expert on the Clean Air Act and oversees national disciplines for GHG and risk assessment. Mr. Sullivan is the past director of the SWANA Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division and the director of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association. He is an Accredited Lead Verifier under California Air Resources Board (CARB) AB 32 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Program and a Board Certified Environmental Scientist, No. 15-ES009, under the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). He has published and/or presented more than 100 technical papers in industry publications and conferences.

Matt Stutz, P.E., Principal, LFG/Air Services, Weaver Consultants Group

Matt Stutz

Matt Stutz, P.E. has 20 years of experience in air quality services and landfill gas studies. Mr. Stutz has extensive work experience in landfill gas system design, air permitting and compliance, and landfill gas to energy. Mr. Stutz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in 13 states. Professional experience includes serving as an instructor in air pollution courses for the Center of Environmental Research and Training at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is a principal with Weaver Consultants Group and managers the landfill gas and air quality service groups. He works closely with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies on landfill gas and air permitting rule development and he also serves as an expert witness for the solid waste industry. Mr. Stutz is an active member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) were he serves as the Vice-Chair on the LFG Rules and Regulations Committee Mr. Stutz is an active member and Chairman for the North Texas Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association.