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 a Master of Business Administration 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 Bachelor of Science 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 Bachelor of Science 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.
Tay Dunklee is part of the Resource Management team within Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency (CASR), focused on citywide diversion education and policies that link Denver’s waste management activities to climate outcomes. Established in July 2020, CASR’s mission is to act with urgency to proactively mitigate climate change by advancing science-based strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to working for CASR, Tay spent six years implementing solid waste and recycling programming for Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Solid Waste Management team. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Denver.
Miranda Halverson is the Director of Internal Audits for arc Thrift Stores, a Colorado based nonprofit thrift store with a mission to support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She helped develop and implement an enhanced recycling program at all 31 arc Thrift store locations and assists the company with sustainable planning and assurance. Prior to joining arc Thrift, Miranda worked as a Sales Executive and Procurement Manager for Alpine Waste and Recycling, where her knowledge and passion for waste diversion was cultivated. Miranda graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Economics and International Studies. Miranda has been in the recycling and reuse industry for 13 years. She enjoys all the outdoor activity and beauty that Colorado offers, including hiking, skiing, and paddle boarding with her 2 daughters and husband.
Ben works as an Environmental Health Specialist for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Growing up in a rural community, Ben has had a lifelong interest in environmental initiatives that look at human impact on the world around us. This passion has led him to pursue environmentally focused positions. Within his current role, he serves as a member of Trash Task Force, which enforces actions against and mitigates illegal dumping in addition to organizing community clean-ups. He also serves as a member of the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee in Pueblo County. Ben holds a Master of Public Health: Health Policy and Management from Kent State University.
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 Bachelor of Applied Science 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.
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. She 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.
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 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Indiana University Bloomington.