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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 the SWANA 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

Art Mercer

Mr. Art Mercer

Vice President
Ms. Tammy L. Hayes

YP Chapter Liaison
Ms. Hailey Tatum, S.C.

Executive Director/CEO
Amy L. Burke

Private Sector Director
Ms. Susanne Passantino

Ms. Allison S. Trulock

Tech Division Director
Ms. Allison S. Trulock

Region Directors

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

Region 2 Director
Mr. Preston R. Lee, S.C.

Region 3 Director
Mr. Timothy Stephens

Region 4 Director
Mr. James M. Thornton, S.C.

Region 5 Director
Mr. Mitch Kessler, S.C.

Region 6 Director
Mr. Philip Westmoreland, PE

Region 7 Director
Mr. Gary L. Conover, S.C.

Region 8 Director
Mr. Kevin Roche

Region 9 Director
Mr. John Welch

Region 10 Director
Ms. Mary Wittry

Region 11 Director
Ms. Mary P. Shanks

Region 12 Director
Ms. Sheri Praski, S.C.

Region 13 Director
Ms. Shannan McGarr

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Leadership

Executive Director/CEO
Amy L. Burke

Ms. Tiffany Dunn

Vice Chairperson
Elizabeth Osborne, S.C.

Committee Member
Dr. Lisa A. Skumatz

Private Sector Delegates

Young Professional Delegates

Technical Division Delegates

Collection & Transfer
Mr. Donald J. Birnesser, S.C.,P.E.

Shakeel Balroop

Communication, Education & Marketing
Shakeel Balroop

Landfill Gas and Biogas
Ms. Amy Banister

Ravi Kadambala

Landfill Management
Dr. Ravi Kadambala, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Mr. Robert W. Craggs

Planning & Management
Mr. Robert W. Craggs

Ms. Allison S. Trulock

Sustainable Materials Management
Ms. Allison S. Trulock

Waste Conversion and Energy Recovery
Mr. Greg H. Gesell

Chapter Delegates

Chapter Region Delegate
Pacific Basin Chapter 1 Mr. Robert A. Perron, S.C.
Central California Sierra Chapter 1 Mr. James D. Moore, S.C.
Northern California Gold Rush Chapter 1 Mr. David Gorton, S.C.
Southern California Founding Chapter 1 Tom Koutroulis, S.C.
New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter 2 Ms. Shirlene Sitton
Utah Beehive Chapter 2 Mr. Preston R. Lee, S.C.
Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter 2 Ms. Cathleen P. Hall, S.C.
Oklahoma Indian Nations Chapter 3 Mr. Timothy Stephens
Texas Lone Star Chapter 3 Mr. David Vartian
Louisiana Chapter 4 Ms. Yolunda Righteous
Georgia Chapter 4 Ms. Susan Janssen, S.C.
Alabama Chapter 4 Mr. James M. Thornton, S.C.
Florida Sunshine Chapter 5 Mr. Mitch Kessler, S.C.
Caribbean Puerto Rico Chapter 5 Ms. Hanna K. Rodriguez Morales, S.C.
North Carolina Chapter 6 Mr. David Scott Bost, S.C.
Tennessee Volunteer Chapter 6 Mr. William Brock
Kentucky Chapter 6 Mr. Antonio Baldon
South Carolina Palmetto Chapter 6 Mr. Philip Westmoreland, PE
New Jersey Chapter 7 Mr. Gary L. Conover, S.C.
Northern New England Chapter 8 Mr. Kevin Roche
Southern New England Chapter 8 Mr. Barry Van Laarhoven
New York Chapter 8 Ms. Carla Jordan
Wisconsin Badger Chapter 9 Mr. John Welch
Ohio Buckeye Chapter 9 Mr. James A. Skora, CHMM, S.C.
Illinois Land of Lincoln Chapter 9 Mr. Steven Schilling, P.E.
Indiana Hoosier Chapter 9 Ms. Debbie Hackman, S.C.
Michigan Chapter 9 Mr. Matt Williams
Missouri Chapter 10 Mr. Keith R. Connor
Minnesota Land of Lakes Chapter 10 Mr. Bruce Rehwaldt, PE, LEED, AP
Kansas Sunflower Chapter 10 Mr. John Hawk
Iowa Chapter 10 Ms. Mary Wittry
Nebraska Cornhusker Chapter 10 Ms. Lori Calub, P.E.
Alaska Chapter 11 Mr. Mark W. Spafford
Beaver Chapter 11 Ms. Jenifer Stuber
Washington Evergreen Chapter 11 Ms. Mary P. Shanks
Northern Lights Chapter 12 Ms. Sheri Praski, S.C.
Pacific Chapter - BC and Yukon 12 Achilles Mallari
Atlantic Canada Chapter 13 Mr. Sebastian Hultberg, Professional Enginee
Quebec Chapter 13 Anne-Marie Halle


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