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SWANA Board of Directors - Forward Together

SWANA is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors (BOD) from across North America. This group is responsible for setting strategic direction and overseeing the association’s operations and policy positions. The BOD meets in person three times per year as well as holding regular conference calls.

The Board of Directors receives input from an Advisory Board made up of delegates from all SWANA chapters, technical divisions, private sectors and from young professional members. The Advisory Board meets in person once each year in conjunction with WASTECON® and also during the preparation of SWANA’s strategic plan (once every five years). Advisory Board Delegates also participate in regular conference calls to provide input on financial, policy and membership issues.

SWANA Board of Directors

David Biderman

Executive Director/CEO
David Biderman

Brenda Haney

Past President
Brenda A. Haney, P.E.

Art Mercer

Vice President
Art Mercer

tammy hayes

Tammy Hayes

Vita Quinn

Private Sector Director
Vita Quinn, MBA

Amy Van Kolken Banister

Technical Division Director
Amy Van Kolken Banister

Karamjit Singh

Young Professional Director
Sonia Samir, PE, Ph.D.

Region Directors

James Moore

Region 1 Director
James D. Moore, S.C.

Pat Tapia

Region 2 Director
Pat Tapia

Brenda Merchant

Region 3 Director
Brenda Merchant

James (Mike) Thornton

Region 4 Director
Mike Thornton

Mitch Kessler

Region 5 Director
Mitch Kessler, S.C.

Philip Westmoreland

Region 6 Director
Philip Westmoreland

Dana Blumberg

Region 7 Director
Dana L. Blumberg

Kevin RocheRegion 8 Director
Kevin Roche

James Skora

Region 9 Director
James Skora, S.C.

Mary Wittry

Region 10 Director
Mary Wittry

Mary ShanksRegion 11 Director
Mary Shanks

Sheri Praski

Region 12 Director
Sheri Praski

Genevieve M. Alderson, S.C.

Region 13 Director
Genevieve Alderson, S.C.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Leadership

Tiffany DunnChair
Tiffany Dunn,
Arkansas Chapter

1695703Elizabeth OsborneVice Chair
Elizabeth Osborne,
Pennsylvania Chapter

798509Ms. Ramona Simpson, S.C.Recorder
Ramona Simpson,
Communication, Education & Marketing Division

Private Sector Delegates

Steve MenoffConsulting
Steve Menoff

Constance HornigLegal
Constance Hornig

Terry SchneiderManufacture
Terry Schneider

Susanne Passantino

Susanne Passantino

Vita QuinnFinance
Vita Quinn

Heidi SanbornMaterials Recovery
Heidi Sanborn

Dave Kaminski

David Kaminski

Technical Division Delegates

13574Mr. Donald J. Birnesser, S.C.,P.E.

Collection & Transfer Division
Don Birnesser

Ramona Simpson

Communication, Education & Marketing Division
Ramona Simpson

Amy Van Kolken BanisterLandfill Gas & Biogas Division
Amy Van Kolken Banister

Lynsey BaerLandfill Management Division
Lynsey Baer

Robert CraggsPlanning & Management Division
Robert Craggs

AllisonTrulockSustainable Materials Management
Allison Trulock

Greg GessellWaste-To-Energy Division
Greg Gesell

Chapter Delegates

Central California1N. Curtis Larkin, S.C.
Pacific Basin1Robert A. Perron, S.C.
Southern California1Tom Koutroulis
Colorado2David Adams
New Mexico2Shirlene Sitton
Nevada2Derek Muaina
Utah2Preston Lee
Oklahoma3Brenda L. Merchant
Texas3David Vartian
Alabama4Mike Thornton
Arkansas4Tiffany Dunn
Georgia4Suki Janssen
Mississippi4Jimmy R. Sloan, SC
Caribbean5Fernando Rodriguez
Kentucky6Tony Sicari
South Carolina6Philip Westmoreland, P.E.
Tennessee6William Brock
Virginia6Raymond F. McGowan, S.C.
New Jersey7Gary L. Conover, SC
Pennsylvania7Elizabeth Osborne
New York8Carla Jordan
Southern New England8Barry Van Laarhoven
Illinois9Steve Schilling
Indiana9Debbie Hackman, S.C.
Michigan9Matt Williams
Wisconsin9John Welch, P.E.
Kansas10John Hawk
Minnesota10Bruce Rehwaldt
Missouri10Keith R. Connor
Nebraska10Lori Calub, P.E.
Alaska11Ted Jacobson, S.C.
Oregon11Jenifer Stuber
Pacific BC/Yukon12Karen Storry
Ontario13Linda Churchill, S.C.
Quebec13Michel (Mike) Binette


Forward, Together

SWANA Strategic Plan 2023–2027 is available to the general public.