Bruce Westcott: General Manager, ext. 101, brucew AT cvswmd DOT org
Bruce Westcott became General Manager of the CVSWMD in June 2016, as part of a career that has included financial management, consulting, and the management and implementation of complex information systems. He’s always wanted to work with public-sector enterprises in implementing efficient operations and effective information management strategies. He’s excited about learning the dirty details of solid waste management from all of the District’s motivated staff, Board, and stakeholders, and looks forward to finding ways to help our staff to provide high-quality, cost-effective services to the District’s member towns. Running, hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, and gardening crowd the edges of his work schedule.
Barb Baird: Office Manager & District Clerk, ext. 100, administration AT cvswmd DOT org
Barb has been with the District since the turn of the century (this one) and loves chatting with residents about their solid waste and the CVSWMD’s programming – no, really – so give her a call with questions or comments. She has a BA in writing, likes to cook, read and make music.
Annette Martin: Bookkeeper , ext. 104, finance AT cvswmd DOT org
Annette has been with the district since October 2008 as the bookkeeper. She was previously employed for 25 years with the Department of Environmental Conservation followed by 5 years with the Department of Education in the Accounting Section. Annette enjoys all crafts, reading and having her grandsons around.
Cathleen Gent: Planning Analyst, ext 110, cathleeng AT cvswmd DOT org
Cathleen joined CVSWMD in March 2014 as the District planning analyst. Her commitment to recycling began over four decades ago as a volunteer in a local recycling center and later as a member of a town committee which started and ran a recycling center from 1988 to 1993, when the center became a regional district drop-off site. Graduating with a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan, Cathleen taught special education in the Northeast Kingdom in the mid-1970s. She then got her master’s degree in Geography at the University of Vermont and has held a variety of research and planning jobs in Vermont, most recently as a municipal planner. Cathleen loves to garden, bake, ski, and travel and enjoys watching U-Michigan and UVM sports.
Cassandra Hemenway : Zero Waste Outreach Manager, ext. 102, cassandrah AT cvswmd DOT org
Cassandra joined the district staff in July, 2012. She earned a Master's Degree in communications from Boston University in 1994 after graduating from Smith College with a BA in English Literature. She spent many years as a journalist and free-lance writer while raising her three amazing children. In 2008, she combined her interest in sustainable living with her love of fabulous foods into a cooking blog that features simple, seasonal recipes and stories all based on the notion that we can create gourmet living by using what we have -- much akin to the Zero Waste concept. She loves the natural world, and spends a lot of time hiking and foraging in Vermont's woods. In her spare time you can find her on the yoga mat, knitting, reading, or herding around children.
Charlotte Low : Outreach Coordinator, ext. 108, charlottel AT cvswmd DOT org
Charlotte began working at CVSWMD in November of 2014. A UVM graduate, with a B.S. in Environmental Science, she is passionate about environmental and social justice. After college she happily worked growing food at High Ledge Farm, a small organic vegetable farm, for three years. She is excited to be working toward a vision of zero waste within her community as an important step toward responsible resource use and conservation. In her free time she can usually be found outside.
Cara Stapleford: ECO AmeriCorp Member, Outreach assistant, ext. 113, caras AT cvswmd DOT org
Cara joined the CVSWMD in September 2017 after graduating from the University of Vermont this past May with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her love of the outdoors and desire to tackle environmental issues landed her in the ECO Americorps program as a Community Zero Waste Assistant. She is excited about her service term and hopes to make a positive impact in her community and change people’s perspective about how we view and deal with waste. When she’s not in the office, she loves to spend her time snowboarding, hiking, traveling and baking.
Carl Witke: Operations Manager, ext. 105, carlw AT cvswmd DOT org
Carl came to Vermont in 1991 and fell in love with Vermont's landscape and communities almost overnight. Carl holds an A.A. in Forestry from Sterling College in Craftsbury, a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education, both earned at UVM. From surveying fisheries and planting trees to teaching seventh grade science, Carl has always been passionate about how Vermonters can live sustainably. Carl notes that there is no 'waste' in natural systems; and his work is driven by the belief that Vermonters can live lighter on the land by using less stuff and using the stuff we need more efficiently and artfully.
Mike Peabody: Program Assistant, ext. 106, mikep AT cvswmd DOT org
Brenna Toman: School Zero Waste Coordinator, ext. 103, brennat AT cvswmd DOT org
Brenna joined CVSWMD in September 2016. Following her passion to understand and conserve the natural world, she graduated from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Chemistry. She bounced around the country as a seasonal park ranger and a field naturalist from Oregon to New York State before settling in Vermont. She is excited to pass on the zero waste mentality into the next generation of Vermonters. In her free time, you will find her backpacking, jumping in lakes, identifying plants, and hanging out with her cat, Timber.
John Jose: School Zero Waste Coordinator, ext. 111, johnj AT cvswmd DOT org
John joined the District in September 2016. He holds a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from East Stroudsburg University. His background in the environmental realm includes work in wildlife conservation, water resource protection, and environmental education. Combining his environmental program experience with five years’ experience working in public schools, John is excited to be working with District’s schools on their zero waste programming. Documenting Vermont’s herptofauna, hiking, canoeing, and gardening are some his weekend pursuits.
Bob Freeman: Field Assistant
Bob Freeman is our longest standing staff member, having worked here since 1998. Bob helps keep all field operations running smoothly. Among his many responsibilities are driving for the Compost Program, making tote deliveries and ensuring all compost customers have the equipment they need, and staffing all CVSWMD collection events for electronics, hazardous waste, etc. Bob is a native Vermonter and a huge Yankees fan.