Mission & Members

The mission of the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board is to carry out the function of the citizens board as outlined in the City’s Administrative Code and to serve as a trusted community resource to the Queens Borough President and Queens City Council members on issues related to waste in our borough.

Our current members include the individuals below.  However we welcome any and all Queens residents and are still growing our membership to reach the required 20 members.

Rachel Boeglin is a Senior Program Associate at Randall’s Island Park. She formerly worked for Freshkills Park, relaying information around waste issues and land reclamation to students, volunteers, and park visitors. She has worked as a greenmarket compost coordinator with GrowNYC and also completed the Master Compost Certificate Program with the NYC Compost Project. She is now facilitating a staff sustainability task force at Randall’s Island Park. Rachel lives in Astoria.

Wylie Goodman (Chair) is an urban planner and clinical psychologist.  She earned her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and previously worked for NYCDOT as a Staff Analyst and as a Technical Assistance and Outreach Coordinator at NYC Parks | Partnerships for Parks, where she co-led the Citywide initiative People Make Parks. She currently serves on the board of Earth Matter NY, the Governors Island nonprofit conceived to address the dual problems of resource recovery and healthy soils with a single solution: promoting the local composting of organic waste into a healthy soil amendment. Wylie lives in Ridgewood.

Janet Kalish is recently retired from her position as a Spanish teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School, a position she held for 29 years.  She was the school’s sustainability coordinator and environmental club advisor (SAFE: Students Against a Fading Environment) and established the school’s recycling program and led the students’ recycling team. Janet is an organizer of freegan.info, which encourages community through sharing and resisting shopping, recommends viable alternatives such as repairing and salvaging, and offers tours of New York City’s corporate waste (supermarket discards). Janet has been a spokesperson for freegan.info for more than a decade and  seeks to collaborate with others to reduce waste in Queens in all its forms. Janet lives in Richmond Hill.

Jon Klar is a Recycling Outreach Coordinator at GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Programs (funded by the Department of Sanitation). He has spent the past 10 years educating NYC residents about proper recycling practices and the importance of reducing the landfill waste we generate every day. Jon lives in Jackson Heights.

Mac Lawrence is the Founder of Loops Recycling + Recovery, LLC, a community recycling program in Queens Village that he has run for the last five years. The program aims to increase recycling and reuse, landfill diversion, and community participation in sustainable practices by engaging homeowners and local businesses to increase recycling rates and sustainable impact. Mac lives in Saint Albans.

Robert Lee is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC). He was a Gates Millennium Scholar who graduated cum laude from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Coming from a humble background, Robert became involved in — and eventually helped lead – an NYU club that delivered leftover dining hall food to homeless shelters. There he acquired best practices in food rescue operations, fostered industry relationships, and honed volunteer management skills. After graduation, Robert worked in Asset Management at JP Morgan Chase before resigning to continue his passion for helping the hungry and reducing food waste. The organization he founded, RLC, is now in over 16 cities across the U.S., has rescued over 1.7 million pounds of food from over 300 restaurants, and won accolades including CNN Heroes, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Blue Ridge Labs Incubator Awardee.  Robert lives in Astoria.

Susan Latham is the Vice President of Development for Citymeals on Wheels. Susan is a nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of executive-level experience in human services, the performing arts and higher education. Susan has demonstrated results in fundraising, communication, strategic planning, human resources and program design and development. She is an accomplished fundraiser with over $75 million raised from individuals, foundations, corporations, unions and government funders. Susan lives in Jackson Heights.

Gil Lopez is the Outreach Coordinator for Big Reuse in Queens. He is also one of the founders of Smiling Hogshead Ranch community farm in Long Island City. Gil is a community organizer, urban environmental educator, socially engaged bio-artist and doer. He works in broad strokes on topics ranging from environmental justice and food sovereignty, to bike/ped issues and re-skilling the populace towards subsistence and away from wage labor. He is passionate about the living soil food web, democracy in the workplace and collective living. Gil lives in Long Island City.

John Maier is a librarian at Pratt Institute where he is the Head of Technical Services and a member of the Pratt Institute libraries’ management team. John serves on a variety of local civic and regional environmental groups and is an active member of Queens Community Board 5, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Public Transit Services Committee. As Vice-Chair of Civics United for Railroad Environmental Solutions (CURES), John is acutely aware of Queens’ role in the network of waste and recycling transport for greater Long Island and the City of New York. John lives in Ridgewood.

Amy Marpman (Vice Chair) has been involved in the waste/recycling industry in NYC for the past 10 years working with businesses on implementing recycling programs and improving the accuracy of waste metrics reporting.  Amy lives in Queens Village.

Jennifer McDonnell is the Resource Recovery Program Manager for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection where she is leading long-term planning for biosolids, food waste and other residuals. She formerly worked for the regional solid waste management company, Casella Waste Systems, Inc., where she was a Director in the Organics Operating Unit.  About a decade ago, Jennifer was instrumental in the implementation of Whole Foods Market’s environmental stewardship programs in metro NYC, including pioneering urban-toter based commercial composting. Jennifer lives in Astoria with her two sons who know what to do with a banana peel.

Adam Mitchell is the Sales Manager-Resource Manager for Mr. T Carting. Adam joined Mr. T in the fall of 2016. He leads Mr. T’s business development efforts and is known regionally as an expert in designing and implementing sustainable waste management systems. Prior to joining Mr. T, Adam was the minority owner of a Boston-based integrated waste and recycling company called Save That Stuff, Inc. Mr. Mitchell was a member of the Queens SWAB in the early 1990s. Adam lives in Glendale.

Andrea Scarborough has served on numerous committees including the Queens County Democratic Committee, the 29th Assembly District Task Force, United Coalition of Veterans & Community Rights (UCVCR), and the Southern Queens Residents Environmental Justice Council (SQREJC), which advocates for resolving the long-standing issue of groundwater flooding in Southeast Queens through the reduction of the high-water table. Andrea is the former President of Addisleigh Park Civic Organization (APCO) and represented APCO on the Eastern Queens Alliance and the Queens Civic Congress. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and was actively involved in the first Southeast Queens Junior Olympics, which showcased the talents of the youth in South East Queens. Andrea lives in Addisleigh Park.

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