Barb Baird: Office Manager, ext. 100, administration @ cvswmd .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.
Dora Chi: ECO Americorps Member/Community Zero Waste Assistant, ext. 113, dorac @ cvswmd .org
Dora is an ECO AmeriCorps member serving as the District’s Community Zero Waste Assistant. She is excited to get her hands dirty in the world of waste management, while supporting outreach efforts around Vermont's Universal Recycling Law. She graduated from Brandeis University, where she studied environmental studies, political science and journalism. She enjoys baking, writing and listening to podcasts.
Bob Freeman: Program 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.
Cathleen Gent: General Manager, ext 110, cathleeng @ cvswmd .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. [This photo of Cathleen was taken recently in Havana, Cuba where recycling is happening locally.] Cathleen holds a bachelors’ degree in special education from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in geography from the University of Vermont. She has held a variety of research and planning jobs in Vermont. Cathleen loves to garden, bake, ski, and travel.
Cassandra Hemenway : Outreach Manager, ext. 102, cassandrah @ cvswmd .org
Cassandra joined the district in July 2012, as it's first Zero Waste Outreach Coordinator. She has since built the program to include a wide array of composting and recycling education and built an increasing awareness of zero waste concepts in the region. 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 homesteading in rural Vermont. She brings a passion for gardening, composting, and the natural world to the district, with a particular interest in CVSWMD's Zero Waste philosophy.
John Jose: School Zero Waste Coordinator, ext. 111, johnj @ cvswmd .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 diverse environmental program experience with his experience working in public schools in various capacities, John is excited to be working with the District’s schools on their zero waste programming. Documenting Vermont’s herptofauna, hiking, canoeing, and gardening are some of his weekend pursuits.
Theron Lay-Sleeper: Outreach Coordinator, ext. 115, theronls @ cvswmd .org
Theron joined the CVSWMD team in September 2019 after serving there for a year as an ECO AmeriCorps member and becoming a fully-fledged trash nerd. He studied international relations, focusing on environmental and energy policy and graduated from Tufts University in Boston in 2015. He is concerned about the way our society has effected climate change and hopes to work to make Vermont a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability. He is an avid outdoorsman, craftsman, musician, and cook.
Lisa Liotta: ARCC Operations Manager, ext. 108, lisal @ cvswmd .org
Lisa joined the District in 2019. Her area of expertise lies in purchasing and distribution honed from many years working in the food industry. Early on, she picked up an Associates degree in accounting and business administration. In 2012, she relocated to Vermont from Washington State and spent seven years managing a Vermont State Park while being a full-time student. In 2016, she earned an Associates degree in Environmental Science from the Community College of Vermont, then a Bachelors in 2018 from the University of Vermont where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Geography. Lisa is an avid reader and describes herself as a maven, maker, doer, artist, and naturalist. She currently lives in Central Vermont where she and her partner are renovating their 200-year old historic home.
Mike Peabody: Program Coordinator, ext. 106, mikep @ cvswmd .org
Mike is a normal person who likes your garbage. He used to work at the CVSWMD depots, ten years ago, and he’s been back since 2015, looking to recycle more stuff. He would love it for you to come by the ARCC while he is working.
Tom Pope: CDL Truck Driver
Tom joined the CVSWMD in 2016. He loves working outside and having a positive impact on his community and the environment through his job. Tom also works as an equine dentist. He enjoys being outside in his free time and spending time with friends and family.
Erica Schwabach: Outreach Coordinator, ext. 105, ericas @ cvswmd.org
Erica joined the Outreach Team at CVSWMD as a part-time Outreach Coordinator in December 2019. She brings with her years of experience in environmental outreach and communication, including writing, social media marketing, and engagement with the general public. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Leadership. She is excited to make a difference in all things zero waste related and to engage in the local Central Vermont community. Her passions include foraging for wild foods, herbalism, and connecting deeply to nature and people.
Brenna Toman: Planning Analyst, ext. 103, brennat @ cvswmd .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 park ranger and a field naturalist from Oregon to New York State before settling in Vermont. In her free time, Brenna plays for the Burlington Women’s Rugby Field Club and Chairs the Montpelier Conservation Commission. You might also find her backpacking or biking with her dog, Dune, or hanging at home with her cats, Timber and Hyphae.