2019 Sustainability In Packaging US Advisory Board

Meet the experts who are helped shape the 2019 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

    Associate Principal Scientist General Mills, US

    Paul is an 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.

  • Kelly L. Helein

    Director of Business Innovation 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. 

  • Megan Poole

    Senior Packaging Designer Banana Republic

    As the Senior Packaging Designer for Banana Republic, Megan Poole, brings the brand’s aesthetic to life through a wide variety of materials and production methods. During her two years with the brand, Megan has created everything from woven labels to specialty packaging. Being part of the Gap Inc. family, Megan is connected to amazing business partners, like Athleta, who have made sustainable thinking an integral part of their process. She received her B.A. in Advertising with a focus in graphic design from Miami International University of Art and Design.

  • 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.

  • Tom Szaky

    CEO TerraCycle, USA

    Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

    Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering new waste management processes to create circular solutions for materials such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, coffee capsules, personal and oral care waste and even food packaging that otherwise have no path to be recycled.

    Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Tom is the author of three books, Revolution in a Bottle (2009, Portfolio), Outsmart Waste (2014, Berrett-Koehler) and Make Garbage Great (2015, HarperCollins). A fourth, The Future of Packaging is expected in February 2019. Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes. He also writes for news outlets such as Treehugger and Entrepreneur Magazine.

  • 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.