Born and raised in Glenwood Springs, Barrett Jensen joined the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and completed two combat tours in Afghanistan. In 2013, Jensen accepted a position as a scale attendant at the Pitkin County Landfill in Snowmass and in 2015 completed his B.A.S. in Public Administration from Colorado Mesa University. After serving in multiple landfill operations capacities, Jensen accepted a position as the Solid Waste Division director for Mesa County in Grand Junction, where he conducted large-scale education and outreach campaigns, educating the community on solid waste activities, including landfilling, compost, and hazardous waste. Jensen has been working for Waste Connections of Colorado as the district manager of the Fountain Landfill in Fountain since 2019. Jensen serves on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, and is a member of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Air Quality Technical Committee.
Laurie Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer, Recycling for 5280 Waste Solutions. 5280 is a hauling and C&D recycling company that captures C&D material and secures markets for these materials in Colorado. Previously, Laurie served as the executive director for Recycle Colorado and VP of Client Services for Recyclebank, and she owned a distribution business in Phoenix for eight years. Laurie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs from Cal State Northridge and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Antioch University.
Tyler Bandemer is the Solid Waste Superintendent for the City of Loveland, where he manages the collection of trash, single-stream recycling and yard waste collections from approximately 25,000 households and manages a full-service recycling center. Tyler oversees the top residential recycling program in the state with a year-to-year average diversion of 60% and develops and executes strategies to increase recycling and increase efficiencies with sustainability in mind. Previously, he was the Solid Waste Manager for the City of Laramie, WY, overseeing collections and the landfill. While there, he introduced automated waste collection, single-stream recycling, organics collection and composting in Laramie. Tyler is a graduate from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Health Science and has been in the solid waste industry for 14 years.
Steve Derus has over 30 years of experience as a General Manager and Engineer and has been in his current role with Republic Services since 2015. Prior to this, Steve worked with Momentum Recycling to develop a “bottle-to-bottle” glass cullet recycling processing facility. With Waste Management, he managed the Franklin St. single-stream MRF, was Director of Landfill Operations in Colorado and Utah for nine solid waste facilities, and was Sr. District Manager of the Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS Landfill) for 13 years. Steve received his BS in Environmental Engineering from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1985 and is a registered Civil Engineer. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) and Recycle Colorado and is a founding board member of the FRWD enterprise.
Dr. Kaufman is the President of Upriver, LLC and the Executive Director of the National Center for Craftsmanship (501c3). His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Master of Science in Construction Management, and a Doctorate in Education. Neil taught at Colorado State University Department of Construction Management for 5 years. His industry experience includes 30+ years in education, business, construction, and engineering as a professional craftsman, business owner, teacher, consultant, and executive. He currently lives with his family in Fort Collins, Colorado.
David Snapp is the Solid Waste and Materials Management Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He has served as an environmental protection specialist in the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division since 2008. He has also worked as a construction inspector for Scott, Cox & Associates in Boulder and for ENGEO in San Jose, CA. David holds a BS in Environmental Management from Indiana University Bloomington.
Rachel Roussel-Diamond is the Sustainability Unit Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and oversees a variety of cross-media, voluntary environmental programs including the department’s recycling grant and rebate programs. Roussel-Diamond was first appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in 2015 to represent the department on the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board. She is also a founding member of the Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Board of Directors.