Meet The Board
Lori has worked on key legislative initiatives, such as Connecticut’s Extended Producer Responsibility paint recycling program and the State Water Plan. Her interest and ability to work on legislative issues lead to her current role as Government and Public Relations Specialist, focusing on government relations while continuing to oversee the operation of the HazWaste Central.
She served on various environmental and legislative committees, including the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, (NAHMMA), the New England NAHMMA Chapter, co-chair of the Connecticut Product Stewardship Council and co-chair of RWA’s United Way campaign. Currently, Lori is serving as a the co-chair for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and a legislative tri-chair for the Connecticut Water Works Association.
Lori received her BA in Political Science and Master Degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College. She also attended the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership program, and was recognized with the New Haven Business Times Noteworthy Woman award.
CJ May - Treasurer
CJ May has worked in recycling and other arenas of sustainable materials management for more than 30 years. As recycling coordinator for Yale University he planned, implemented and coordinated the school's recycling program for more than 20 years. He currently works as refuse/recycling coordinator for the City of Waterbury. CJ is also an environmental presenter and magician, using the tools of magic to educate and inspire the public with messages about recycling and other topics. He has served as president of the CRC and currently serves as treasurer and board member.
Other responsibilities at the RiverCOG include transportation planning involving Bike Ped Plan and Safe Routes to School programs; staff for the Regional Agriculture Council including securing two DoA grants for an agriculture website and developing a rental program for no-till farm equipment; working on the Regional Housing Plan and helps to coordinate regional social service programs through the Basic Needs Task Force.
She previously worked at the Traveler’s Institute, the public policy branch of the Traveler’s Insurance Company, and holds degrees from Saint Anselm College and UConn Law School.
After retiring from Henkel, Fran formed BYO Madison as a grass roots organization dedicated to reducing the Town’s use of single use plastics. The Town banned the use of plastic checkout bags in late 2019.
Fran has a degree in Chemistry from Boston College.
MRR has a strong commitment to the environment by repurposing discarded materials to bring new life to what would normally be waste, saving on landfill space, energy, and raw materials. MRR’s environmental commitment extends to its fleet of trucks, which is converting to cleaner Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from diesel fuel. In fact, MRR has CNG filling stations in Hartford, New Haven, Oakville, and East Windsor to better serve its customers while producing less harmful emissions.
Tom currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the non-profit, Beat The Street Community Center, which provides athletic, educational, career development and mentoring programs for inner city youth in Meriden, CT.
As an active member of the CT Recyclers Coalition Board of Directors for the past four years, Tom brings his practical experience from working in the recycling/solid waste industry in addition to his public sector and non-profit work.
Katherine is West Hartford’s first recycling coordinator. She is a native of Washington, D.C. and has lived in West Hartford for over 16 years. Her three children graduated from West Hartford Public Schools. A life-long educator and cross-cultural trainer, Katherine brings her passion for recycling, sustainability and composting to this position. Katherine earned a Master Composter-Recycler Certification in Maryland and a Master Gardener Certification in Connecticut. In addition she has a Masters in International Education. In her free time you can find her swimming in the rivers and hiking the trails of CT, composting, running and cooking.
West Hartford was forward thinking in its decision to create the Recycling Coordinator position. This position is extremely timely as Connecticut is facing a trash crisis. Katherine is tasked with educating the public about waste reduction and the changing world of recycling. She is also in charge of the roll out of food scrap recycling in every public school in West Hartford.
Katherine actively participated in the Connecticut Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management task force. This is a CT DEEP working group focused on reducing the amount of waste produced in the state.