Board of Directors

CRA Board members are elected through a nomination and formal election process. Any member of the CRA may run for the Board. The Board is elected by the membership every year during CRA’s annual conference.

Roles for Board members include expansion of membership and member services/value, and committee chairs to lead the various functional committees and roles within the organization which include:

  • Membership Committee
  • Board Development
  • Annual Conference Committee
  • Specialty Conference Committee (when applicable, past examples include C&D, Food Waste)
  • CRA Council Liaison
  • Finance Committee
  • Education and Outreach including Workshops and Regional Networking Meetings
  • Fund Development Committee

If you would like to serve on one of the CRA committees, we would love to hear from you. The CRA is a member organization and its value comes from members like you.

Questions? Please contact Paul Hanna, Board Development Chair ([email protected]) or Jennifer Cooper, CRA Program Manager ([email protected]).


2016-2017 Board of Directors

resizedimage150210-Chad-Beane-final-1rChad Beane
Moore County Public Works
Solid Waste/Recycling Division Manager

Chad Beane is the Solid Waste Division Manager for Moore County and also the Executive Director for Keep Moore County Beautiful. In his current position, Chad manages operations at the county’s seven solid waste convenience centers, waste transfer station, and yard waste facility. He also organizes the county’s annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event. He received his BA degree from UNC-Wilmington. Chad enjoys golfing, horseback riding and currently resides in West End, NC with his wife Angie and daughter Chloe.

Committees: Conference (Co-Chair), Membership (Vice Chair)
LBestul 2016Lynn Bestul
Waste Reduction Partners
Volunteer Assessor

Lynn recently retired from his position as the Solid Waste Planner for New Hanover County. He will be joining Waste Reduction Partners as a volunteer assessor. Prior to joining NHC, Lynn was the Recycling Program Manager at the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida for 15 years. He has been a member of the CRA since moving to NC. The CRA has proven to be one of the best networking organizations he has been involved with.

Lynn has been married to Margie for over 40 years and they have three children and 18 grandchildren.

Committees: Board Development, Education & Outreach, Fund Development (Chair), Human Resources
resizedimage150193-Patrick-Darrow-finalrPatrick Darrow
Tornic Environmental Solutions

Patrick is the Founder and CEO of Tornic Environmental Solutions, headquartered in Charlotte, NC. TES is an electronic recycling and asset disposition company serving municipalities and private businesses throughout the Southeastern US. Previously, Patrick served as the Director of Environmental Enterprises for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte NC from 2010 – 2015 overseeing recycling operations and business development. Patrick has been a board member with the Carolina Recycling Association since 2012, serving as Board President in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Additionally, he spends his free time golfing, surfing, or anything outside with his children Victoria and Nicholas.

Committees: Finance, Fund Development
resizedimage150203-Harris-DeLoach-finalrHarris Deloach, III
Sonoco Recycling
Territory Manager
CRA Board Vice President

Harris has worked for Sonoco Recycling in various roles since 2000. His current role is procurement of recyclable materials, which is accomplished by assisting clients with waste reduction efforts. Many of these recyclable materials are then utilized by Sonoco to be made into sustainable packaging.As a member of the Board of Directors, Harris is looking forward to supporting CRA’s mission of waste reduction throughout the Carolinas. He believes that open communication throughout an organization is critical to success. Harris lives in Greensboro, NC with his family.

Committees: Board Development (Vice Chair), Fund Development
Jessica Driggers 2016 CandidateJessica Driggers
Sierra International Machinery
Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Jessica Driggers came to the Waste and Recycling industry in 2015 as a Sales & Marketing professional for a North Carolina based recycling equipment manufacturer. She has quickly blazed a trail in the industry and brings leadership and knowledgeable experience to her role as a Southeast Regional Sales Manager with Sierra International Machinery. Jessica actively supports large and small customers from a variety of industries in finding solutions for their recycling equipment needs. She is honored to serve on the CRA Board of Directors and assist in supporting the mission to further recycling and waste reduction throughout the Carolinas.

Ms. Driggers earned her BS degree from the University of Georgia. She lives in Greensboro with her two lovely daughters. In her free time she enjoys riding horses, running, Pilates and spending time with friends and family. To learn more about Jessica visit her on LinkedIn.

Committees: Conference, Fund Development (Vice Chair)
resizedimage150208-Amanda-Fairley-final-1rAmanda Fairley
Waste Management
Sustainability Manager
CRA Board Secretary

Amanda Fairley currently serves as the Sustainability Manager for Waste Management (WM) of the South Atlantic Area, which encompasses North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Previously she worked with WM in a similar role in Northern California. In the South Atlantic, she supports business development projects and municipalities’, counties’, and small and large businesses’ recycling programs. She also supports WM’s fleet transition to be fueled on compressed natural gas and assists in community outreach and environmental education. As part of the Board, she looks forward to using skills honed from those experiences to grow the CRA into a major networking organization for professionals in the recycling industry. In addition to supporting the CRA, Amanda serves on the Sustainability Management Association Board.

She lives in Asheville, NC and is originally from Southport, NC. She enjoyed growing up on the beach, but loves the mountains! In her free time, she enjoys cycling, running, camping and cooking. Amanda attended Duke University for her undergraduate studies and Johns Hopkins University for her Masters.

Committees: Conference, Education & Outreach (Vice Chair), Human Resources
Paul Hanna board pagePaul Hanna
MetalTech Systems
President & CEO
CRA Board Development Chair

Paul J. Hanna is the President and CEO of MetalTech Systems, headquartered in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. MetalTech Systems is a full service manufacturer and integrator of Solid Waste Recycling and Separation Systems, Metal Separation Systems, and bulk material conveying systems for Waste Recycling, Metal Casting, Power Generation and other heavy industries.He has served as a board member and officer of the American Foundry Society since 2006 and currently serves as a board member and officer of the Carolina Recycling Association.Paul began his career in the metal casting industry in 1976 as a technician and has worked in every aspect of manufacturing, engineering, marketing and administration until launching MetalTech Systems in 1997. Through his efforts, MetalTech Systems has developed strategic partnerships with many domestic and overseas companies specializing in recycling, materials identification and separation technologies, to establish the ability to provide proven solutions to the recycling industry.

In addition to managing his company, Paul has made dozens of technical presentations at conferences in North America, Asia and Europe to promote and educate companies and individuals in the specifics of these process systems. When he has the opportunity he also enjoys riding his motorcycle and sculpting.

Committees: Board Development (Chair), Finance, Human Resources
AmandaKAmanda Kain
Catawba County
Waste Reduction Coordinator/Educator
CRA Board President

Amanda currently serves the CRA as the President and is a member of the Board Development Committee. She is focused on growing the CRA into the best organization it can be and will always strive to exceed the expectations of the membership. Amanda has worked for Catawba County for 26 years and is the current Waste Reduction Coordinator/Educator and Executive Director of Keep Catawba County Beautiful. She is responsible for the management of the county’s award winning residential and commercial recycling and waste reduction programs, including household hazardous waste and electronics recycling. She works with the solid waste and recycling convenience centers, county landfill, gas-to-energy facility and the Catawba County EcoComplex. She lives in Maiden, NC and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Committees: Board Development
Brian Moore3Brian Moore
City of Concord
Solid Waste Services Director

I have over 23 years of experience in the Solid Waste & Recycling Services fields. I enjoy the challenges of making progress in the various Solid Waste & Recycling programs. I believe that taking “Ownership” throughout an organization is critical to being successful. As a member of the Board of Directors, personal accountability is a must. It is so important to provide accurate information and deliver on promises made. With my job as the Director of the Solid Waste Services Department for the City of Concord, I have had the opportunity to work with all Directors in the City and come together to make Concord as strong and efficient as possible. I know working on this board will give me a unique access to business leaders across the region. It will also provide me the opportunity to demonstrate professional value through meaningful participation in board meetings. I live in Salisbury with my wife of 22 years and we have five children. I have a very outgoing personality and enjoy singing and meeting new people.

Committees: Conference, Board Development, Membership
Tonya RandellTonya Randell
More Recycling Associates
Sustainability Consultant

Tonya Randell has worked with More Recycling Associates since 2011. She currently serves as Project Manager for the Wrap Recycling Action Program, a public/private partnership to increase plastic bags and film recycling in the US; and oversees outreach for the Plastics Recycling Terminology Project, created to improve plastics outreach, data collection, and communication beyond plastics buyers and sellers.

Tonya received a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Recycling Association and currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her family and pets.

Committees: Conference, Education & Outreach (Chair), Human Resources
Lisa RiderLisa Rider
Onslow County
Assistant Director

12 year CRA member /former Recycler of the Year, my hope is to support a mentor organization that speaks from the heart worn on our sleeve when it comes to waste reduction and recycling. As a proud Carolinian, I see that with pride comes responsibility to protect what matters. Through CRA guidance, my journey is forever focused to conserve resources by advancing recycling and waste reduction throughout the Carolinas

Committees: Education & Outreach, Fund Development
resizedimage160218-Rusty-SmithRusty Smith
Santee Cooper
Financial Analyst

Rusty is a Financial Analyst with Santee Cooper’s Environmental Management group. He has been involved in Santee Cooper’s used oil program, Give Oil For Energy Recovery (GOFER) and the Coal Combustion Products recycling program for over 12 years. Having served on the CRA Board, he understands the mission and goals of the association and the commitment that is required. He appreciates the opportunity to serve you again as a member of the board.

Committees: Finance (Chair), Membership
KTJ Photo 2014Karen Terry-Johnson
Becker Complete Compactor
Sales Representative

As a member of the Board of Directors, you will be getting an individual who is a go-getter, detailed oriented, spiritual, thinks-out-of-box, aware of needs of businesses (no matter how large or small) and most of all dependable.

Committees: Conference, Education & Outreach, Membership (Chair)
WesWes Westbrooks
BMW Manufacturing Company
Senior Waste Logistics Specialist
CRA Board Treasurer

Wes came to BMW Manufacturing 14 years ago and has been part of the waste management team at the Spartanburg plant for 10 years. As Senior Waste Logistics Specialist he is responsible for the movement of the waste streams from the point of generation to final disposition. Since the end of 2009 he has helped drive the Zero Landfill at Plant Spartanburg and is mentoring the Assembly Green Team which is currently working on “Zero Landfill Assembly.”He is a member of the Recycling Market Development and Advisory Council for the state of South Carolina. Besides acting as treasurer for CRA, he is treasurer for another non-profit, Wright’s House of Hope, which works with at-risk girls.Wes enjoys golfing and owns a dance company, Caribbean Rhythms Salsa, where he is an instructor in Latin dances. Wes lives in Greenville, SC with his wife and favorite dance partner, Jenny and their children Isabella and AJ.

Committees: Conference (Co-Chair), Education & Outreach, Finance, Fund Development