Meet the Candidates

AOR Board Elections will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 21, 2021 at 8:30am. All members are invited to attend, though registration is required. We will hear from all board candidates, and take nominations from attendees. At the conclusion of the meeting, a link will be made available for members to cast their vote. Results from the election will be announced the following day.

The positions up for election this year are:

  • Education Chair
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Legislative Chair
  • Markets Chair 
  • Treasurer

If you're interested in running for the Board, please review our informational packet and submit your nomination here

Education Chair

Elizabeth Cole | City of Beaverton 

Elizabeth ColeHow long and in what capacity(s) have you been involved with AOR (committees, conferences, tours, etc.)?

I have attended and/or been a member of AOR for over 13 years. I recently joined the fundraising committee and assisted in the virtual silent auction this year. That quickly led to me filling in as Interim Fundraising Chair through the remainder of its term (October 2021).

Why would you like to serve on the AOR Board of Directors? 

I would love the opportunity to serve and represent our AOR community through this exciting time of change and growth in our state. With the passing of SB 582, DEQ's 2050 Vision, and more, there is a lot of exciting work and changes occurring in our state right now. I would value the opportunity to participate in this change as well as keep AOR members informed of change and hear and represent their voices whenever possible. 

What skills, expertise, and experience do you possess that would make you a valuable addition?

I have over a decade of experience in providing waste reduction and recycling education and outreach to our local communities. I started my career in this field at Metro's Recycling Information Center providing customer service to community members with questions about recycling, waste reduction, and more. I am currently a Waste Reduction and Recycling Program Coordinator for the City of Beaverton where I develop and implement education and outreach programs for our residential and commercial community members.

One example of my work is our region's Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge. This is a campaign I helped to develop that provides tips, tools, and resources to help prevent the wasting of food. This program won the AOR Recycler of the Year Education/Promotion Program in 2016.

I believe this experience, along with my knowledge of our current solid waste and recycling system and my passion for sustainability create a skill set that will be of value to AOR. 


Fundraising Chair

Danielle Womble | Waste Connections

Danielle Womble

How long and in what capacity(s) have you been involved with AOR (committees, conferences, tours, etc.)?

I have attended On the Road events, webinars, annual conferences, and forums since taking my position as Recycle Coordinator for Waste Connections in 2015. I have participated on the conference planning committee since 2019 as a session coordinator.

Why would you like to serve on the AOR Board of Directors?

I would like to serve on the AOR Board of Directors because I am passionate about sustainability and my impact on the world around us. I get excited when I am able to educate others about waste reductions, recycling, EDI principles, reuse options, and other ways to lower our environmental impact. Being a resident of SW Washington provides me with the unique perspective on how Oregon and the Portland region influence how Washington responds to environmental issues. Oregon has always been forward-thinking in that capacity and I am proud to have worked with and learned from so many environmental professionals associated with AOR over the last six years. I would also like to serve on the Board of Directors in order to build upon the foundation that AOR has created and add to it robust, interesting, informative, and influential learning opportunities for all members to take part in.

What skills, expertise, and experience do you possess that would make you a valuable addition?

I am a detail-oriented and logical person that likes to create realistic plans/goals well in advance. In the face of conflict or when issues arise, my personality allows me to easily adapt to changing circumstances. I am an active listener who works well with a multitude of varying personalities. I like to stay positive and act as a support/mentor to those new to the industry. When building relationships some of my top values are integrity and trust. I am highly dedicated to people and things that are important to me. I have seven years of waste reduction, recycling, and composting experience. I am a Master Composter/Recycler in Clark County, WA. I hold my Recycling 101 certification through Oregon State University/AOR (Go Beavs!). I have gained a broad knowledge through in-person trainings/tours of material recovery facilities, glass recycling plants, paper recycling facilities, landfills, aluminum processing plants, water treatment centers, and waste to energy facilities. I have experience presenting to and leading tours for community members and business associations about recycling and composting. I have worked to educate myself for the last six years on principles of diversity, equity, & inclusion as I feel this subject for many of us is a very pressing issue. As a working professional, wife, and mother, I have also honed my ability to multitask effectively while balancing my home life and career.


Legislative Chair

Rosalynn Greene | Metro (incumbent)

Rosalynn Greene

How long and in what capacity(s) have you been involved with AOR (committees, conferences, tours, etc.)?

AOR has played a key role in my professional development since I started attending the annual conferences in 2005. I was quickly inspired to join the conference planning committee and served in that capacity for over seven years. For the past two years I've served on the AOR Board as its legislative chair and hope to have the honor of serving in the same capacity for two additional years.

Why would you like to serve on the AOR Board of Directors?

I am reapplying for this position because I think my unique experience working for 17 years at the local, regional, and state level in the solid waste and recycling industry make me an effective leader in this role. I am also deeply committed to advancing policies that center racial equity and the environment and will work to ensure the legislation AOR prioritizes fully incorporates these elements.

In the midst of these challenging times, together in partnership with our elected officials and allied organizations, our AOR community came together played a critical role in the successful passage of the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act. I would like the opportunity to build on this win by ensuring civic engagement and progressive legislation continues to be a core function of the Associated or Oregon Recyclers. I am especially grateful to all our members and partners that contacted your elected officials during the session to express how critical The Recycling Modernization Act was and is now going to be in terms of securing a successful future of Oregon’s Recycling System. Let's continue working together and showing up!

What skills, expertise, and experience do you possess that would make you a valuable addition?

Through years of working in the industry, I’ve become a trusted leader in our industry. As the current Legislative Chair of the Association of Oregon Recyclers, I am responsible for coordinating our legislative agenda with a committee of representatives from community-based organizations, collection companies, manufacturers, and local governments. In this capacity, I am responsible for convening and facilitating the 12-member committee. Additionally, I direct our lobbyist that represents AOR legislative interests. My leadership role in the AOR requires me to build consensus on legislation or other types of endorsements to be referred to the full AOR Board for consideration. This experience with the AOR has allowed me to further refine how I work with members of a coalition toward common goals.

I currently work for Metro as its Policy and Program Development Manager in Waste Prevention and Environmental Services. Prior to Metro, I worked for Clackamas County and Oregon DEQ where I started building relationships with state and local government and private sector partners. 


Markets Chair

Jeff Murray | EFI Recycling

Jeff MurrayHow long and in what capacity(s) have you been involved with AOR (committees, conferences, tours, etc.)?

I have been an active member of AOR since 1988. I have served on the AOR Board multiple times. I have been on several AOR committees; I have attended all AOR conferences with the exception of one since becoming a member. I have hosted, helped organize, and attended many AOR member facility tours and a number of forums.

Why would you like to serve on the AOR Board of Directors? 

AOR has been instrumental in recycling legislation since its inception and that remains true with the recent passage and signing by the governor of the Oregon Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act. I was fortunate to serve on Oregon’s Recycling Steering Committee (ORSC). The ORSC developed the framework that led to this legislation. I would like to continue supporting the implementation of this act.

There is a great deal of interest in "what happens to my recycling after I set it out at the curb." I would like to help educate and inform AOR members on what is being done to improve the processing and marketing of recyclables collected throughout Oregon.

What skills, expertise, and experience do you possess that would make you a valuable addition? 

I have served on several refuse/recycling committees over the years. I have a strong passion for environmental issues. I believe in sharing ideas and working with others toward the greater good. I served in the collection side of the industry for my 15 years in the industry. I helped plan and implement collection programs for curbside and commercial recycling. I also did the actual collection of recyclables for a number of years as well. Several years ago I left the collection side of the industry and moved to the processing side of the recycling industry. Currently, I am the Director of Business development for EFI Recycling. EFI is a commingle processor located in Portland.


Treasurer

Laura Leebrick | Rogue Waste (incumbent)

Laura Leebrick

How long and in what capacity(s) have you been involved with AOR (committees, conferences, tours, etc.)? 

I have been involved with AOR since 1999, and have served on the membership, legislative, and conference planning committees, as well as assisting with events planning over the years (forums, tours, etc.). I have also served as a regional liaison from Southern Oregon. I am running for a third term as Treasurer.

Why would you like to serve on the AOR Board of Directors? 

I am proud of the role AOR and its members have played these past few years since the impacts of National Sword played out here in Oregon. I believe that AOR has an important role to play as Oregon reimagines and modernizes its recycling system over the next few years - as we put SB 582 into action. I would love to continue to be a part of it.

What skills, expertise, and experience do you possess that would make you a valuable addition? 

I have great admiration for our members - and very strong relationships and long history with all people in all sectors of Oregon's recycling system. I also have a very good feel for the rural Oregon perspective, and am happy to serve as a sounding board for and representative of rural voices among our membership.