TENNESSEE RECYCLING COALITION


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  • Meredith Leahy

  • President

  • Rubicon Global
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  • meredith.leahy@rubiconglobal.com

  • Ms. Leahy has worked in many different arenas of recycling, such as with local governments, material processors, non-profits, corporations, and commodity-specific groups in the industry. All of these experiences have given her a comprehensive view of the recycling landscape, which will enable her to better serve on the TRC board. For TRC she will work to develop action-oriented plans to make important strides towards improving recycling and making positive impacts for our state, environment, and communities in Tennessee.

    Class Year

    2019 (1st Term)

    2022 (2nd Term)

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  • Lincoln Young

  • Vice President

  • Rockwood Sustainable Solutions, President
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  • Lincoln is the owner and co-founder of Ground Up Recycling. He is a resident of Mt. Juliet, TN where he was born and raised. He is married with two new twin boys in the family, and his first child, his yellow lab. Lincoln’s professional career has taken a few turns in the construction arena to eventually land him in the recycling industry. Lincoln graduated from Tennessee Tech University and went to work at J&S Construction in Cookeville, TN. There he was in charge of their insurance repair division. From J&S, Lincoln went to work with Matt Allen in Cookeville, TN with Allen’s Exteriors. Allen’s Exteriors was a roofing company in the area and under Lincoln’s leadership, the company grew to become a statewide roofing contractor. During his time at Allen’s, Lincoln and Matt Allen realized the big need for shingle recycling. They began learning and developing a business plan to start a shingle recycling business. In 2012, Lincoln and Matt opened Ground Up Recycling. Ground Up was started by a roofing contractor for roofing contractors with a purpose and passion for helping the community through recycling. Lincoln and Matt are doing this by establishing locations with three keys, clean, cheap, and close.



    Class Year

    2018 (1st Term)

    2021 (2nd Term)

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  • Lisa Bryant

  • Secretery

  • Keep Sevier Beautiful Executive Director
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  • Lisa Bryant is the Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful in Sevierville, TN where she has been employed over the last 3 years. She came to Tennessee from Missouri where she was a Regional Advertising Director for several news publications for over 20 years. She has two daughters and two granddaughters. At KSB, they focus on four main areas…Litter Prevention, Recycling/Waste Reduction, Beautification and Education. It is their mission to motivate and educate Sevier County residents and visitors to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. Being part of the TRC Board will help me learn and grow in the recycling industry as well as bring new ideas that has made KSB successful over the past few years.



    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

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  • Neil Brown

  • Treasurer

  • Eastman
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  • Neil is passionate about recycling and the role it plays in conserving resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and keeping trash out of both urban/built and natural environments. In addition to that passion, Neil provides the TRC board with industry-related insights that he has gained by being part of a large corporation (Eastman). Over his first few years of service, he has continued to express excitement about the opportunity to serve on the TRC board. He enjoys contributing to TRC’s efforts of educating Tennesseans to increase the adoption of recycling and partnering with individuals/organizations to overcome issues impeding those efforts.


    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

    Board Members
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  • Cody Buell

  • Board Member

  • La-Z-Boy
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  • Mr. Buell strongly believes that his passion for environmental stewardship and his jovial personality will allow him to help make a substantial impact at the TRC. He looks forward to working to improve recycling efforts throughout the greater Tennessee community. Mr. Buell has a deep rooted passion for improving the world through environmental stewardship and he has a penchant for doing the aforementioned through direct interaction with businesses.



    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

Jeff Ezell
  • Jeffrey Ezell

  • Board Member

  • The Compost Company
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  • Jeffrey graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Geology in 2006. His love of the outdoors quickly led him into environmental education, working for Metro Parks in Nashville, and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Jeffrey began with Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, a division of Metro Nashville Public Works, in 2009 as the Education Specialist, overseeing recycling, waste, and litter prevention education programs for over 40,000 people annually. Jeffrey has also worked with many groups to develop efficient recycling and composting programs within school, business, worship, and government facilities. Jeffrey became the Recycling Coordinator for Public Works in 2013, though continues develop and oversee Metro Beautification’s environmental education programs. Jeffrey enjoys working to strengthen Nashville’s recycling and waste reduction efforts by working on education and promotional media pieces, public, private, and institutional recycling programs and drop-off locations, problems mitigation, and recycling & waste contracts. A SWANA certified Compost Facility Manager, Jeffrey also organizes Tennessee’s only Master Composter program.



    Class Year

    2017 (1st Term)

    2020 (2nd Term)

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  • Doug Giles

  • Board Member

  • Marshall County Solid Waste & Recycling Hub
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  • Being new to the recycling industry, Mr. Giles has found that he can bring a new perspective to any role he is in. Through his involvement with FFA, Mr. Giles was trained as a public speaker and facilitator. With that training he has presented over 100 speeches/workshops to groups ranging in size from fifteen to 3,000 attendants. He has also had the opportunity to work with corporate sponsors within organizations. These skills will translate to TRC’s mission as with additional sponsorships come additional opportunities to promote recycling.



    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

Robert Hayes
  • Robert Hayes

  • Board Member

  • Wayne County Solid Waste Director
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  • Robert Hayes is first and foremost a Christian. Secondly, he is Solid Waste/ Recycling Director and Litter Grant/Highway Beautification Administrator in rural Wayne County. He graduated from Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois with honors and attended The University of North Alabama and studied Agriculture Production Management. He started his career as Wayne Solid Waste/Recycling Director in 1991 giving him 28 years of expertise in Materials Management. He served on the Recycling Marketing Cooperative of Tennessee board for two terms and is excited about being a part of the TRC board. With his years of experience and passion for sustainability, he hopes to help Tennessee continue the endeavor of recycling excellence. He is an avid outdoorsman and cattle farmer who loves to hunt, fish, eat chocolate chip cookies and talk “trash.”



    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

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  • Michael Hazlett

  • Board Member

  • American Recycled Plastic, Inc.
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  • Mike has been involved in the recycling industry for over 30 years now, starting ARP and its affiliated companies, in 1989. ARP is a national industry leader in quality recycled plastic outdoor furniture and structural plastic lumber products. As an early pioneer in recycled plastic lumber, ARP has built a broad government, commercial, industrial, & residential client base across the country. "As we explore more opportunities at home in Tennessee and expand here, we were very happy to join TRC with its long history, great mission, and networking of like-minded environmental professionals!" Mike commented when joining our board. He is a former City Councilman from West Melbourne, Florida who helped manage a $42 million annual budget and started a very successful city business advisory board to stimulate and recruit industry into his growing city that is active today in promoting local business. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) in Florida, recruiting large corporate sponsors and supporting various environmental programs like beach clean-ups with the Walt Disney Corporation. KBB had the very proud distinction when he left after many years in Central Florida, with the help of a great staff and active board, of being the 5th largest and most successful Keep America Beautiful affiliate nationwide out of over 600 affiliates. Mike has earned the respect of many well-known corporate & government clients nationwide with his impressive, long lasting product line, specific industry knowledge, and great passion as an environmental entrepreneur.



    Class Year

    2019 (1st Term)

    2022 (2nd Term)

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  • Amelia Mayahi

  • Board Member

  • University of Memphis
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  • Amelia Mayahi is the Sustainability Manager for the University of Memphis (U of M). She currently resides in Germantown, TN with her husband and two children. She has worked for the University of Memphis since 2009, and while she manages many projects across all areas of sustainability, recycling is her biggest passion. Originally from Dresden, Tennessee, Amelia was heavily influenced by her father who began the recycling program at UT Martin. Moving to Memphis in 2009, she took her knowledge from UT Martin and applied it to U of M, creating the first Sustainability Office. In order to have the best services available to the U of M, she joined TRC. TRC proved to be a great resource and network and she is proud to serve as a Board Member.


    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

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  • Edmond McDavis, III

  • Board Member

  • Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Affiliate Services Director
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  • Edmond serves as Affiliate Services Director for Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB). In this position, Edmond travels the state providing direct support to KTnB’s network of affiliates, including new director training, continued education, board development and program development training for the 30+ Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in the state of TN. He also works with our non-affiliate partners to educate them on our core initiatives, and encourage them to become KAB affiliates. Edmond is a certified Community Environment Professional for Keep America Beautiful (c/o 2017). A native of Columbus, MS, Edmond earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Mississippi University for Women, with a minor in psychology in 2003. Edmond has been a part of the KTnB team since December 2006. Edmond is married to Alexis S. McDavis. They have a five-year-old son, Tatum Jayce. Edmond enjoys sports, video games, and spending time with his family and friends.



    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

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  • Caleb Powell

  • Board Member

  • TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation
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  • Caleb Powell is an Environmental Scientist with TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices. He became interested in sustainability at a young age because of his father’s involvement with the solid waste industry and has prior experience in the recycling industry and with event coordination. Caleb assists with the Tennessee Green Star Partnership and the Tennessee Sustainable Spirits Program. Caleb has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability and Energy Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently working on a Master of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety.



    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

 

      Board Advisors

Mark Braswell
  • Mark Braswell

  • Board Advisor

  • TN Department of Environment & Conservation
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  • mark.braswell@tn.gov

  • Mark Braswell currently serves as the Deputy Director of Field Office Operations, Division of Underground Storage Tanks for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). He has been with TDEC since 1991 and has worked primarily in leadership positions at the Johnson City Environmental Field Office most recently as the External Affairs Director, Environmental Field Office Director and Environmental Assistance Center Manager since 2001. He began his career with TDEC in the Division of Solid & Hazardous Waste and Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Programs where he last served as the local Field Office Manager for nearly three years. He has also served as the manager of the Department's Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP).


  • Prior to working for TDEC, Mark was a development and exploration geologist with independent oil companies in the Midwest, USA. He has formerly served on the boards the Tennessee Recycling Coalition, the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area and the Executive Planning Committee for the Tennessee Environmental Conference as well as the leadership at his church. Mark has an interdisciplinary degree in Geology from Emory & Henry College located in SW Virginia. He also attended East Tennessee State University and graduate school at the University of Oklahoma all with concentrations in Geology and Geophysics. Mark is a native of SW Virginia, but now resides Jonesborough, Tennessee. He has two daughters and two grandsons that he thoroughly enjoys and is quite proud.



    Class Year

    2016 (1st Term)

    2019 (2nd Term)

Amber Greene
  • Amber Greene

  • Board Advisor

  • West TN Regional Recycling Hub, Recycling Coordinator
  • Executive Director Of Keep Chester County Beautiful
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  • Amber Greene is the Recycling Coordinator at West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub (Chester County Solid Waste & Recycling Department) and Executive Director of Keep Chester County Beautiful. She has been married for 14 years and has twin ten-year-old daughters. Amber along with Danny Benard, Chester County Solid Waste Director started the West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub in Chester County which now partners with 11 other counties and cities to accept their recycling materials. Amber became passionate about recycling because her father, Danny Benard works at the Chester County Solid Waste & Recycling Department. Amber handles public awareness campaigns, recycling market development, data collection, grants, contracts, safety, education, scale house, and analysis related to the Hub, Solid Waste Department, and is the Executive Director of Keep Chester County Beautiful. She actively participates in her profession and her community. Amber goes into Chester County Schools, kindergarten through high school and teaches students about recycling, solid waste, and how it impacts their environment. Amber graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and has been employed at the Solid Waste Department for 15 years. Mrs. Greene graduated from the University of Martin's West Star leadership program and is currently serving on the Tennessee Recycling Coalition and TN Solid Waste Directors board.



    Class Year

    2016 (1st Term)

    2019 (2nd Term)


   
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