2020 Sustainability In Packaging US Advisory Board

Meet the experts who are helping shape the 2020 program!

  • Elisabeth Comere

    Director Environment & Government Affairs US/ Canada Tetra Pak Inc.

    Elisabeth Comere serves as Director Environment at Tetra Pak US & Canada. Tetra Pak is the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. She joined the company in 2006 as Environment Manager for Europe where she helped define and drive Tetra Pak's environment strategy and contributed shaping recycling for cartons in Europe. Since 2010, she is based in the US, focusing on advancing the Tetra Pak's commitment to sustainability and recycling in the US and Canada. She is a founding member and board member of AMERIPEN and a member of The Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the US business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and PAC. She is also contributing in the roll-out of the recycling strategy developed by the Carton Council in the US and Canada serving as Vice-President Government Affairs.

    Prior to this, she served as a political adviser to a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, and headed the environment department of Food & Drink Europe, a European trade industry organization in Brussels, Belgium. She was educated in France, the UK and Belgium. She graduated as lawyer from Law School of Bordeaux University in France and Cardiff Law School in the UK (LLM) and earned an Environmental Sciences Master from Brussels University (Belgium). 

  • Paul Earl-Torniainen

    Project Manager - Packaging Blue Diamond Growers

    Paul is the Project Manager- Packaging at Blue Diamond Growers, formerly the Associate Principal Scientist at General Mills.  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 has recently served on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and currently participates on AMERIPEN's Value of Packaging in Preventing Food Waste Committee. Paul holds a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

  • T. Edwin Freeman

    Principal Scientist Mars, Inc

    T. Edwin Freeman is a Principal Scientist at Mars, Inc., responsible for sustainable packaging materials development and open innovation. He has an extensive background in materials research and development, having worked at The Coca-Cola Company, where he was responsible for breakthrough innovations in sustainable packaging. His prior R&D experience also includes Xerox Corporation where he worked on the research and development of materials for the fabrication of components that enabled innovations in xerographic and direct marking technologies as well as PPG Industries, where he worked on the development of materials for ophthalmic lens application. Edwin earned his PhD in Polymer Science from The University of Akron and he holds over 30 US Patents.

  • Kelly L. Helein

    Vice President, Strategic Accounts Footprint, US

    Kelly L. Helein has 27 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development, working for specialty paper companies, converters, and manufacturers. A self-described highly motivated connector and collaborator, she has extensive experience in business development, driving innovation and growth while working with customers such as ConAgra, Nestlé, Kohler, Mondi, Johnson and Johnson, Becton Dickinson and Zeiss.

    Passionate about product innovation and problem-solving, Kelly serves as Board President for the Paper Discover Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame. She is also on the advisory committee for Smithers Pira’s Sustain Pack Conference and Specialty Papers Europe.

    When she isn’t on the hunt for new product discovery, Kelly can be found with her husband and three children, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Kelly Helein is currently Director of Business Innovation for Footprint.

  • Sandeep Kulkarni

    President KoolEarth Solutions Inc., USA

    Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni is the founder and President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., a technical consulting and business development company focused on helping small as well as large companies develop and commercialize new sustainable packaging solutions as well as to improve the sustainability footprint of existing packaging. Sandeep has over 20 years of industry experience working for several large packaging companies, such as International Paper, Neenah Paper and Georgia Pacific. Most recently he worked for PepsiCo, in the area of sustainable beverage packaging. Sandeep has 7 granted patents as well as several publications in industry journals. He has also served on conference advisory boards and has delivered several invited presentations, at international conferences, on the topics of sustainability and sustainable packaging. Sandeep serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Packaging School (affiliated with Clemson University) as well as the North Carolina State University.

  • Jennifer McCracken

    Director, Sustainability, N.A. Packaging HAVI

    Jennifer McCracken is Director, Sustainability for HAVI’s N.A. Packaging service line. In her role, she is responsible for N.A. leadership for HAVI Sustainability, including strategy, alignment, and services.

    In her thirteen-year tenure at HAVI, Jennifer has fostered positive impacts for client’s products and supply chain through integrating Sustainability into internal HAVI operations, partnership with Suppliers and industry collaborations. For example, she has initiated a sustainable fiber sourcing program, led the implementation of grease barrier coatings with an improved material health profile, and spearheaded environmental packaging regulatory compliance management. She also developed and implemented sustainability-related processes, tools and reporting to drive continuous improvement, such as ISO 14001.

    Jennifer also participates on working groups focused on sustainability issues such as the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), where she served as an Executive Committee member (2005-2011), the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Paperboard Recovery Alliance (FPI PRA) and AMERIPEN (board member 2012-present).

    Before joining HAVI, Jennifer consulted for major multinationals, assisting them to comply with environmental packaging and product regulations, at Environmental Packaging International. Pre-professional experience included an internship on Capitol Hill, informing policy makers on market-based solutions to pollution prevention, and volunteering with the Peace Corps in Mauritania.

    Jennifer holds a M.Sc. in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, a B.A. in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Professional certifications achieved include ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), and Sustainable Business from the University of Vermont. 

  • Richard McNabb

    Global Director of Packaging Church and Dwight Co. Inc.

    Coming soon! 

  • Rose Shulman

    Packaging Engineer Hasbro

    Rose Shulman has been a Packaging Engineer at Hasbro since 2011.  There, she is a member of the Sustainability Center of Excellence and helps lead the company’s packaging sustainability initiatives.  She is passionate about making the world a better place by designing for the environment and innovating for the future.  Prior to working at Hasbro, she was a Packaging Engineer at The Hershey Company.  She has an Industrial Design degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Brett Stevens

    Global VP of Material Sales & Procurement TerraCycle

    Brett Stevens is the Global VP of Material Sales & Procurement for TerraCycle, a waste collection and recycling company with a presence in 21 countries around the world. The company’s mission is to eliminate the idea of waste by developing collection and recycling solutions for traditionally non-recyclable waste streams, including everything from multi-layer flexible films and cigarette butts to beach and ocean plastic. Brett is heavily involved on the back-end of TerraCycle’s business, working to develop unique processing solutions for the materials that TerraCycle collects and finding downstream uses for these streams. Having been with the company for 9 years, Brett has been responsible for the development, growth, and ongoing management of many unique vendor relationships and supply chains. His projects have earned significant media coverage and have won awards from organizations like the United Nations, Business Intelligence Group, and One Planet.

  • Jane Tsilas

    Global Packaging Sustainability Manager Starbucks Coffee Company

    Jane recently joined the Starbucks Coffee Company as Global Packaging Sustainability Manager. In her role Jane leads the Starbucks Packaging Strategy working closely with the Starbucks Global Social Impact team and drives the Technology Roadmap to deliver corporate sustainability goals. Prior to Starbucks Jane was the Global Packaging Director at Microsoft Corporation and before that held various Package Development Manager roles at Procter and Gamble.  She brings over 20 years of international experience in packaging and a deep passion for innovation, technology and environmental leadership. Jane is proud to be part of a company that stands for inspiring and nurturing the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time and being part of helping protect the planet we all share.