2017 SustPack Program Consulting Experts

  • Kim Carswell

    Group Manager, Owned Brands Packaging Target

    Kim Carswell is Group Manager of Packaging at Target where she is working to create a best in class retailer packaging development team. Kim has been at Target for 9 years and has over 25 years of packaging development experience. Prior to Target Kim was the director of packaging development at General Mills and the associate director of packaging at Kraft. She has focused on guest centric packaging development and building strong partnerships with business partners throughout her career. Kim and her teams have delivered key packaging innovations to the market including the first Parmesan cheese package in PET, reclosable shredded cheese packaging, Gogurt yogurt in a tube and a reclosable bag for Archer Farms chips at Target. Kim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Science and a Master of Science in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University. She currently serves on the board of the University of Minnesota Raptor Cent er and enjoys tutoring primary school students. 

  • Christopher Davidson

    Director, Corporate Sustainability WestRock

    Christopher Davidson is the Director, Corporate Sustainability at WestRock. His responsibilities include ensuring that WestRock is a recognized global leader in sustainability, and projecting the company’s interests into the national and international debates on sustainability and natural resource issues. This includes facilitating WestRock’s position as a strategic partner, supplier, and resource in sustainability for customers and stakeholders, both internal and external. Chris also works with national and international NGO’s on issues relating to sustainability and corporate responsibility. He has worked in the forest products industry for over 18 years and prior to WestRock held positions of increasing responsibility with Nekoosa Packaging, Georgia Pacific, Champion International, International Paper and MWV.

  • Sarah Dearman

    Sustainable Packaging The Coca-Cola Company

    Sarah Dearman leads Sustainable Packaging for The Coca‑Cola Company in North America. She collaborates internally and externally to reduce the environmental footprint of Coca‑Cola’s iconic packaging through design, innovation and end-of-life solutions. Prior to joining Coca-Cola more than five years ago, Sarah worked on sustainability programs for the State of Georgia. She has a Physical Science degree from the University of Maryland. Sarah serves in advisory roles with several industry and community organizations including The Recycling Partnership, Closed Loop Fund and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

  • Paul Earl-Torniainen

    Senior Scientist General Mills, US

    Paul is a Senior Scientist at General Mills and a member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.  Over his 20+ years in packaging, sustainability, and most recently, food shelf life determination, he has assisted major retailers in the development of packaging scorecards, participated in the development of the GPPS, and supported the launch and growth of the How2Recycle labelling program that standardizes on-pack recycling communication in the US.  He holds a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

  • Rachel Goldstein

    Global Sustainability Director for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Mars

    Rachel is the Global Sustainability Director for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Mars, Incorporated. She started with Mars in November of 2011. Her roles include leading an internal sustainability advisory group on packaging, advising and implementing programs on sustainability related claims, and representing Mars as the co-chair of the Food Beverage and Agriculture working group of the Sustainability Consortium.

    Prior to Mars, Rachel was the Team Leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), a voluntary program that encourages methane emissions reductions through the capture and beneficial use of landfill gas.  She was also the lead for this work in India, China and Southeast Asia under the Global Methane Initiative. Rachel spent eleven years in the environmental safety and health field before joining EPA. Rachel is an active member of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment.

    Rachel has an MBA with an Environmental Management Concentration from The George Washington University, and a B.S. Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University

  • Nina Goodrich

    Executive Director GreenBlue and Sustainable Packaging Coalition

    Nina Goodrich is Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director of GreenBlue. GreenBlue is dedicated to researching and promoting the principles of sustainable materials management that seek to help industry: use materials wisely, promote material health and recover more. She believes in the power of the circular economy to provide growth without waste.

    Nina came to GreenBlue with an industry and consultancy background in R & D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. Nina believes that innovation and sustainability are linked as key drivers for our future. Nina has held leadership positions in R & D with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods.  While in industry, as a lifetime student of the innovation process, she worked to develop a value innovation process for re-invention. This process has provided a key framework to link innovation and sustainability. At Alcan Packaging she held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in their Growth and Innovation Organization. It was in this role that she came to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in re-inventing competitive corporate strategy. Nina has worked to develop a value proposition for sustainability and to share it with all who will listen.

    She has done graduate work in technology management and holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.

  • Keefe Harrison

    Executive Director The Recycling Partnership

    Keefe Harrison is the Executive Director of The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit with a twelve-year track record of increasing recycling rates.  Formerly, Keefe served as a senior consultant for Resource Recycling Systems, the director of communications for the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, the project director for the Southeast Recycling Development Council, and as a local government assistance team member for the North Carolina State Recycling Office. She has worked in the waste reduction and recycling field since 1998 and is an active national speaker and published author on recycling issues. She lives with her husband and two children in Walpole, NH.

  • Ciaran Little

    Director of Operations – Americas Smithers Pira

    Ciaran is responsible for Smithers information business in North America. This includes 20 events across North America, and Latin America across 3 brands and 10 vertical markets including packaging, biomaterials, polymers and rubber, print and packing. Ciaran is also responsible for Smithers Reports and Consulting business providing authoritative and independent market data, forecasts and strategic insight across these. Ciaran works with his Akron based team to ensure we provide the highest quality content, networking and information services to our client base of multi national companies across the value chain.

  • Scott Mouw

    State Recycling Director NC Division of Environmental Assistance

    State Recycling Director, NC Division of Environmental Assistance

  • Fabio Peyer

    Sustainability Manager Amcor

    FABIO PEYER is Sustainability Manager with Amcor, one of the largest packaging companies worldwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, one of the most respected Universities on continental Europe.  In his current position, Fabio is leading the product sustainability activities in the Americas for the flexible packaging business, as well as the corporate responsibility and environmental programs in that region. Fabio played a key role in operationalizing life cycle thinking in the Amcor’s product development process and in leveraging eco-design to create customer value. Over the years, he has also been involved in a number of design for recyclability projects and participated to industry working groups on this subject.

  • Susan Robinson

    Sr. Federal Public Affairs Director Waste Management

    Susan is director of federal public affairs, and is responsible for shaping public policy at the company – focused on WM’s new technology investments and recycling operations.  She has worked in the environmental industry for almost 30 years – as a municipal regulator, a recycler and an industry manager working with customers to develop and implement forward-thinking sustainability programs.  Susan served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association.  She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington and holds a degree in Applied Earth Sciences.  Her Masters work is in Environmental Studies at the Evergreen State College.

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  • Brad Rodgers

    R&D Director of Sustainable Packaging & Materials Research PepsiCo Advanced Research

    PepsiCo Advanced Research R&D Director of Sustainable Packaging & Materials Research

    Brad is a 25 year veteran of the plastics and packaging industry.

    He currently is the R&D Director of Sustainable Packaging and Materials Research for PepsiCo Advanced Research where his responsibilities include the development of next generation packaging materials that will have a better overall impact on the environment.

    Brad currently holds thirteen patents for various packaging applications and he has authored or co-authored several papers and published articles in the area of barrier food packaging.He is currently working on the development of advanced barrier technologies for bio-based packaging.

  • David Strauss

    Director, Head of Packaging Technical & Production NESTLE USA

    David Strauss is the Head of Packaging in Technical & Production for Nestlé USA.  He is responsible for all technical aspects of packaging across our brands. Key areas of his responsibility include food safety, quality and functionality, operational and environmental performance of our packaging systems.

    Prior to joining Nestlé USA in March 2014, David worked as Head of Packaging in Nestlé’s Product Technology Center in Konolfingen, Switzerland, where he had global responsibility for packaging technologies and development for our infant formula, clinical nutrition and shelf stable dairy products.  Prior to joining Nestlé in 2010, he has also held leading positions with PepsiCo International R&D, as well as Krones AG. David holds an engineering degree in Brewing and Beverage Sciences from the Technical University of Munich, as well as a degree in Business Administration from the VWA in Munich, Germany.

  • Emily Tipaldo

    Director of Packaging American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division

    Emily Tipaldo is the Director of Packaging of the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division. Recently named a “Rising Star” in Plastics News. Emily leads the Plastics Division’s Packaging Team, representing eight major resin suppliers.  She advocates for legislation, regulatory policies and value chain initiatives that recognize plastic packaging as a valuable resource with multiple sustainability benefits.  Emily also leads the Packaging Team in the quest for better waste management and recycling approaches to increase landfill diversion and prevent marine debris. 

  • Rhodes Yepsen

    Executive Director Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)

     Rhodes Yepsen is Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). The BPI is a nonprofit with the mission of promoting the production, use and appropriate end of lives for materials and products that are designed to fully biodegrade in specific biologically active environments, such as industrial composting. The BPI is the largest certification organization for compostable products in North America. Prior to joining BPI, Yepsen was Marketing Manager for Novamont North America, where he focused on the value of compostable plastics as tools for food waste collection and processing. Yepsen has served on the Board of Directors at BPI and the U.S. Composting Council (USCC), where he co-Chaired the Compostable Plastics Task Force (CPTF). He was formerly Associate Editor at BioCycle magazine, and graduated from Oberlin College.

  • Julie Zaniewski

    Packaging Sustainability Manager- North America Unilever

    Julie Zaniewski is the R&D Packaging Sustainability Manager for Unilever North America. In this role, her focus is driving programs to reduce waste through packaging design, emerging technologies and end-of-life recycling and recovery initiatives. During her 13 years with Unilever, she has led several global initiatives in developing and integrating packaging strategies, innovative materials and molding technologies into the Unilever business for brands such as Dove, Vaseline, Axe, Suave, TRESemme, Lipton and Hellmann’s. Prior to joining Unilever, Julie held various R&D and Supply Chain roles with Kraft Foods and Reckitt Benckiser, innovating and executing packaging solutions to drive market growth. Julie has a degree in packaging engineering from Michigan State University.