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  • Mark Braswell

  • President

  • TDEC, Johnson City External Affairs Director

  • 423-854-5459


  • Mark Braswell serves as the External Affairs Director of the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation's (TDEC) Johnson City Environmental Field Office. He was been with the department since 1991 and has worked in the Solid & Hazardous Waste and Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Programs where he last served as the local field office manager for nearly three years. Prior to working for TDEC, Mark was a development and exploration geologist with independent oil companies in the Midwest, USA. He serves 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. He has just recently taken over the responsibility of the TDEC’s small business environmental assistance program in addition to his other duties. 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.

Jeff Ezell
  • Jeffrey Ezell

  • Vice President

  • Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Recycling Coordinator

  • 615-880-2419


  • 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.

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  • Lincoln Young

  • Treasurer

  • Ground Up Recycling, Principal

  • 615-417-2938


  • 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 through establishing locations with three keys, clean, cheap, and close.

Zach Johnson
  • Zach Johnson

  • Secretary

  • Knox County Engineering and Public Works Department, Recycling Coordinator

  • 865-215-5800


  • Zach Johnson is currently the Recycling Coordinator at the Knox County Engineering and Public Works Department, Division of Solid Waste Management. The seven (7) County drop-off facilities Zach oversees produce over 5,000 tons of recycled material annually. In addition to the recycled material Knox County handles Zach compiles and reports over 300,000 tons of recycling data annually to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. At least three new recycling programs in Knox County began as part of Zach’s efforts, among them a recycling program at the Knoxville Ice Bears professional hockey team. Zach served two terms as a United States AmeriCorps Volunteer, the first as an educator for inner city youth at the Emerald Youth Foundation and then providing recycling education at Knox County Solid Waste. During his AmeriCorps term he earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Zach has many hobbies including playing tennis, mountain biking, racquetball, and road biking.

Amber Greene
  • Amber Greene

  • Deputy Secretary

  • Chester County Solid Waste, Recycling Coordinator

  • 731-989-9855


  • Amber Greene is the Recycling Coordinator at West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub (Chester County Solid Waste & Recycling Department). She has been married for ten years and has twin five year old daughters. Ms. Greene help start the West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub in Chester County which now partners with 3 other counties to accept their recycling materials. Currently this includes managing six grants, two of the grants fund the hub, litter grant, and recycling equipment grant. Amber handles public awareness campaigns, recycling market development, data collection and analysis related with the hub and the solid waste department. She actively participates in her profession and her community. Ms. Greene help start Relay for Life’s Recycle for a Cure in Chester County. Recycle for Cure raises money for Relay for Life when residents recycle their cans, plastic, and clothing. America’s Recycle Day and Great America Cleanup are held every year in the community along with other recycling events. Amber goes into Chester County Schools, kindergarten through sixth grade and teaches students about recycling, solid waste, and how it impacts their environment. Chester County is partnering with McNairy County to become an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Once paper work is completed Amber will be the Affiliate Director for Chester County. Ms. Greene graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelors of Science in Business and has been employed at the solid waste department for 6 years. She has been on the Tennessee Recycling Coalition for two years to help promote recycling and waste reduction programs in Tennessee. If you need to know my role model of course its Danny Benard! He is why I am in the recycle profession, and a great role model!!

    Board Members
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  • Michael Hazlett

  • Board Member

  • American Recycled Plastic, Inc.

  • 865-738-3439


  • Mike Hazlett has been involved in the recycling industry for 28 years now, starting his company in the late 80's, and has extensive contacts and earned the respect of many well-known corporate & government clients nationwide with his industry knowledge and impressive product line. ARP is an industry leader in recycled plastic outdoor furniture and lumber products as an early pioneer in recycled plastics. "We are exploring more opportunities here at home in Tennessee as we expand here and TRC is a great fit for us" Mike commented recently when joining our board. He is a former elected official as a City Councilman from West Melbourne, Florida (2007-2013) who managed an annual budget of $42 million with a full-time staff of 135 employees and hired key staff like the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and Police Chief. The City Council sets policy for 22,000 residents and he started a very successful Business Advisory Board that is active today in recruiting new companies and promoting local business. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) in Florida with its full-time staff of 8 and a large annual budget with very active programs. 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.

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  • Jack Horner

  • Board Member

  • Miller Recycling, Marketing Director

  • 423-625-3797


  • Jack Horner is 64 years old and single living in Morristown, TN. He is a Baptist and a 1973 graduate of Carson Newman University with a degree in Business Administration. He has worked with Goodwill Industries for 18 years supervising their recycling programs. He has also been Marketing Director for Miller Recycling, LLC since October, 2014.

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  • Meredith Leahy

  • Board Member

  • Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR); Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) - Membership Services Director & Contractor


  • 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.

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  • Rhonda Rogers

  • Board Member

  • American Snuff Company, Senior Manager Quality Services

  • 901-248-1860


  • Ms. Rogers built an EHS program from the ground up at American Snuff Company. This includes building a recycling program and developing a culture of recycling where none previously existed. She has mentored other organizations and is able to mentor anyone who wishes to build a program in their own organization.

    Board Advisors

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  • Crystal Parks

  • Board Member

  • Caraustar Recylcing, Business Development/Procurement Representative

  • 423-483-2275


  • Ms. Parks has been serving customers within the Chattanooga and Nashville areas since July 2014. Prior to working in the recycling industry she has served over 15 years in the flooring industry. Ms. Parks' career began as a receptionist at a young age and she has worked in manufacturing, customer service, and sales. Her relationships both internally and externally have been key to her success in providing solutions and genuine service to my customers. Ms. Parks's work history within the flooring industry allowed her to quickly gain an understanding of safety practices, reducing waste and costs, and creating efficiencies. This knowledge has been significant to her success of establishing new recycling programs within facilities.

    Ms. Parks resides in downtown Chattanooga with her husband and three Jack Russell Terriers. She has recently obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration in Organizational Management. In addition, Ms. Parks is passionate about health and fitness. She competed and placed in her first bodybuilding competition earlier this year. She is disciplined and goal savvy, which have been instrumental in her professional and personal growth and success.

    Ms. Parks' current position at Caraustar has allowed her to utilize her past experience and expertise, along with her increased knowledge of recycling to assist many companies with achieving their recycling initiatives. This position has become eye opening for her personally, in regards to the importance recycling and decreasing carbon footprints. Education in regards to recycling is necessary for our communities to change the mindset that has been established for generations. Everyone “wins” when we recycle, reduce and reuse.

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  • Christina Treglia

  • Board Advisor

  • TDEC, Office of External Affairs, Columbia Environmental Field Office

  • 931-840-4156


  • Ms. Treglia currently serves as the External Affairs Director for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Columbia Environmental Field Office. Before that, she was the manager of Sustainable State Government under the Office of Sustainable Practices, State Facilities Waste Reduction Manager and Household Waste Coordinator all for the department. Her service tenure with TRC began in 1997 where she was elected board member and thereafter president for many years. Her leadership and advice to TRC's Board of Directors continues to be invaluable.

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