A National Standards Certification Board has recently been created by the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) to oversee governance. Through a survey process, as well as media and industry outreach, RONA solicited potential candidates to serve on the Certification Board; a total of thrity-three candidates applied for appointment. Candidates were ultimately appointed to serve on the Certification Board based on the following criteria:
- Industry experience and technical knowledge of the industry and/or certification programs;
- involvement with Recycling Organization Certification programs and the RONA National Standards process to date;
- geographic distribution;
- under-represented interests; and
- involvement with higher education.
Board members were selected for their involvement and support of state and provincial resource management organizations throughout North America, as well as those representatives who could help with strategic alliances to other groups and who had strong experience in policy-making and program development roles.
Nine candidates were approved by the RONA Board to serve on the Certification Board.
- Athena Lee Bradley, Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
- Bert Jacobson, Kankakee Community College, Illinois (and involved with all 47 community colleges and the Illinois Recycling Association new certification program)
- Cary Oshins, U.S. Composting Council
- Gary Liss, RONA Board
- Joanne Shafer, Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, Pennsylvania and Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP)
- John Frederick, RONA Board
- Judi Gregory, CA Resource Recovery Association
- Marie Kruzan, Association of New Jersey Recyclers
- MaryEllen Etienne, Reuse Alliance
In addition to the nine member board, an advisory committee is being formed to review content, build curricular resources, and network. Names and affiliations to be posted soon.