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betsycushman125.jpgBetsy Cushman, Executive Director - My parents were children of the depression who loved the outdoors, so admonishments to not be wasteful were part of my upbringing. My 5th grade class celebrated the first Earth Day with an anti-pollution march to town hall, singing and picking up litter along the way. It's been a happy surprise for me to find a second career so well aligned with my life-long values. It's a real privilege to serve our community with the staff and volunteers of Methow Recycles.

(betsy at methowrecycles.org)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has." ~ M. Mead

mmilliken bagmonster 125.jpgMiles Milliken, Operations ManagerSolid waste has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy being able to talk to virtually anyone about how they get rid of something, or what they might do to keep it out of the landfill. At Methow Recycles I have found a community that nurtures alternatives to trash. Not only do I get to have a direct hand in ensuring the Methow Valley community can recycle, every day I come to work I have the pleasure of working with terrific friends and volunteers. What really brightens my day is when someone comes by and wants to reuse something instead of recycling it. I want to help our community not just recycle, but reduce and repurpose as much as we can in beautiful and useful ways.

  (miles at methowrecycles.org)

akvicalaweb.jpgAspen Kvicala, Outreach Coordinator - Early adventures in my Northern California home filled me with a deep love for the outdoors. I was inspired at an early age to learn that we have choices in the way we live our lives which can positively impact our planet and was determined to help others to want to make those choices. From putting simple cardboard boxes in my classrooms and organizing trash pick-ups, to participating in green campus initiatives at UC Santa Cruz, then returning as a naturalist to the outdoor school that gave me that initial spark, I have continued to follow my love for environmental education. As a resident of the Methow Valley I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to continue this amazing work and be a part of the vision to make the valley a fully sustainable, thriving community.

(aspen at methowrecycles.org)

 

jess 3.jpgJess Newlin, Program Assistant - I grew up in the midwest, camping, hiking, working in my uncle's greenhouse, swimming in the gravel pit, and taking my recycling bin to the curb! I've called myself an environmentalist for a long time because "I

Steve-headshot.jpgSteve Oulman, President - I give time, talent, and dollars to Methow Recycles because it represents the best things about our extraordinary Valley -- people, community and the environment. Any contribution is rewarded many times over because of the incredible staff, dedicated volunteers and supportive community who make recycling easy and convenient and help us advocate reuse and waste reduction. We can all be proud that Methow Recycles makes our home a better place.

Walt-Havens.jpgWalt Havens, Vice President - I’ve been passionate about recycling for many, many years. And even though I understand there’s an element of insignificance in anything I personally do on this planet, I believe what we do to promote and practice recycling in this valley CAN change the valley’s character and make it a more attractive place to live and visit.

Jamie P_web.jpgJamie Petitto, Secretary - Like all children growing up, my parents determinedly taught me how to brush my teeth -- and, more importantly to me, they also told me why: to keep my teeth (and, in effect, my life) as healthy as possible. Those same efforts were applied in the household for recycling, and thus I've done it all my life. I just can't not do it, because I know why it's so important.

I joined the Methow Recycles Board because one of the organization's core missions is teaching the Methow Valley how to brush its proverbial teeth when it comes to waste reduction; our board and staff will always be working to keep you, the community, and our planet healthy.

Dennys 20 incher web.jpgDenny Weston, Treasurer - I’ve been a “practicing” recycler for many years but really didn’t give it much thought, other than “it’s kind of important”. I  am blown away by how excited this team is, and subsequently I became excited, learning about the importance of recycling to today’s community and the impact we, as individuals can have, on the environment we’ll leave behind for others.  “Zero Waste” is the driving vision for Methow Recycles.  When I think about recycling in that context I realize that the opportunities and challenges facing our organization are substantially more broad and exciting than just “recycling”.  This board is a passionate group of people and I’m excited to be a part of what they are going to accomplish. 

 

Bill Duguay, Brsz_billduguay.jpgoard Member - I taught third grade in Chelan for many years but now run my own wildland firefighting business full-time, Methow River Wildfire. I live on Gold Creek with my wife Jennifer (Mendro), daughter Johnnie and son Willy. I love to hike, spend time with my family, hunt with my dogs and float the river. I try to instill the importance of recycling into everyone I know and am willing to go the extra mile to make sure things get reused or recycled. Sometimes my family teases me because I've been known to dig through garbage to make sure things are recycled properly. I am serious about my stewardship of the earth.
Don-Linnertz.jpgDon Linnertz, Board Member – I volunteer at Methow Recycles because I am passionate about being involved in the community and living more lightly on the land. MR is not just a physical plant – it’s a group of like-minded, hard-working, fun loving people who inspire me to think about what I value and help me integrate those values more deeply to become a better advocate for recycling, reuse and waste reduction. 

RyanPhoto_web.jpgRyan Fortier, Board Member - I grew up in the “generation-Y” era and in a large city. Recycling, though new, was an accepted part of life. I then moved to multiple rural communities and found recycling to either be severely diminished or non-existent.  It wasn’t until joining the Methow community that I realized it was not a lack of desire to recycle in rural communities that influenced availability, but a challenge of logistics.  That challenge to make Methow Recycles continue to work in this community is what interested me to want to support the staff and volunteers of this great organization.

 

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David Clement, Board member - I became a volunteer at the Twisp Recycling Center when I first moved to the Methow in 2012, largely because I was advised it was a great organization that did good work in the Valley, and it was staffed by interesting, fun people. Before the year was out I accepted an invitation to join the Methow Recycles Board because I had first- hand knowledge that all of the above was true, and because I felt an urge to do something good with and for my new neighbors. Volunteering on the Board was a commitment I could make that improves lives, is sustainable and makes a real difference locally.

rsz_carol_runyon.jpgCarol Runyon, Board Member - After living in Montana for many years, working both as an elementary school teacher and an active community volunteer, my husband and I relocated to the Methow Valley in 2014.  Throughout my career, whether working in an indoor classroom setting or outdoors, helping students develop schoolyard habitats, I shared my love of the natural world, always emphasizing the importance of preserving it for the generations to come. Later on, as a volunteer at Olympic National Park, I shared this same passion with visitors, encouraging them to leave their campsites just a little better that they found them. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, the Methow Recycles staff, and the community as a whole to inspire and facilitate resource conservation here in the beautiful Methow Valley.

 

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Missy LeDuc, Board Member - My husband Rick and I live in Mazama and own and run The Mazama Store. Growing up in the deli business side by side with my Dad, and now working at the Mazama Store with my own family, I have developed a deep appreciation for food.  But excess packaging and chronic food waste found in the industry has left me looking for solutions. It excites me to be working with Methow Recycles who cares about the health of our community and are stewards and innovators of waste reduction. Together we can be an example of a successful community where we can work together to develop new habits and systems for food waste, reusable materials, along with careful recycling for a more zero waste lifestyle.