Great Forest Staff
Born in Australia, Richard Fuller graduated with a degree in Engineering from Melbourne University and then worked for IBM. He left Australia in 1988 to work directly on global environmental issues. For two years, Richard worked in the rainforests of Brazil with the United Nations Environmental Programme, creating forest reserves that promote the preservation of both the rainforest and its inhabitants.
He created Great Forest Inc. in 1989, now one of the most successful sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. Great Forest was among the first to bring cost-saving sustainability practices to business and institutional clients, helping to pave the way for the rise of corporate social responsibility. Based in New York, Great Forest's operations have expanded to include Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
In 1999 Richard founded Blacksmith Institute, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution-related environmental issues in developing countries. Today, Blacksmith is a global leader in this field, working with governments, the international community, NGOs and local agencies around the world to design and implement innovative, low-cost solutions to save lives. Under Richard's leadership, Blacksmith has completed more than 50 projects and is currently engaged in over 40 projects in 14 countries including Russia, China, India, Zambia, Tanzania, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.
Richard is currently a member of the Environmental Task Force, the Energy Committee, the Codes and Regulations Committees for the Building Owners and Managers Association of New York, and the Special Committee of New York's Business Integrity Commission. He is chair of NYC BOMA's Codes and Regulations Waste and Recycling Subcommittee, a member of the New York Energy Buyers Forum and the National Recycling Coalition amongst others. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
LEED AP O+M
Amy oversees waste and recycling services at Great Forest. Key services include waste audits and waste metrics verification for large commercial office buildings, universities, and retail centers. She also performs waste materials management assessments and handles internal audits for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 clients. Amy served as Earth Award Judge for the 2011 BOMA Pinnacle Awards and has advised on commercial solid waste issues for the NYC Mayor's Office for Long Term Planning and Sustainability, the NYC Mayor's Office 80x50 Waste Working Group, Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery, and DSNY Commercial Waste Study. Amy is a regular contributor to Environmental Leader's Industry Voices column. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Western Washington University, and a M.A. in International Affairs from The New School. She is LEED accredited through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Director of Sustainability
Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)
At Great Forest, Anna manages sustainability projects, including LEED certification, carbon footprints, ISO 14001 and sustainability management systems focusing on best environmental practices for businesses. Anna is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007 with a focus on Building Operations and Maintenance. In 2009 she completed the certificate course in Sustainability Management from The Natural Step (TNS) in Sweden. She is also a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA). Anna teaches sustainability and green building at Hunter College and regularly volunteers with Everybody Wins, tutoring public school children in reading. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Director of Hotel Services
Maya has worked on promoting numerous environmental initiatives in New York since 1992. She joined Great Forest staff in 1995 and is now working on managing all aspects of marketing, recycling, waste management and conservation for hotel clients throughout the city. In addition, Maya assists Blacksmith Institute with coordination and administration of projects in Eastern Europe.
Director of Energy Services
Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)
Sheila has over 20 years of efficiency project management, rate analysis and procurement experience. She has helped secure over $3.2 Million in NYSERDA/ARRA and Con Edison efficiency and renewable energy incentives for New York healthcare institutions and commercial properties. She worked previously as energy program manager for commercial real estate with Vornado Realty Trust, for the NYC Economic Development Corporation and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the late 1990's and again in 2012, she helped secure NYPA Economic Development Power awards for eight client institutions, achieving to date tens of millions in cost savings. Sheila is a specialist in policy directives toward CHP and peak load curtailment, and in efficiency metrics and analytics. Under her leadership, Great Forest began directing commercial properties' compliance under Local Laws 84 and 87 (benchmarking and energy audits) and participation in the Clean Heat program under PlaNYC. She has also consulted on successful USEPA Energy Star Partner of the Year applications and Industry Challenge campaigns. Sheila was elected to the Board of the New York Energy Consumers Council in 2011. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and is a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA/AEE).
V.P. Business Development
LEED Green Associate
As the V.P. of Business Development, David's main function is to manage client relations outside of the NYC region, focusing on Great Forest's Waste/Recycling Program Management Services in D.C., VA, MD, DE, FL and CA. David's team of consultants provide clients with recycling program design and implementation, competitive bidding for waste removal services, education and outreach assistance, and program monitoring and reporting. In addition to client relations, David oversees the Sales & Marketing department for Great Forest, as well as nationwide expansion efforts. David is a LEED Green Associate, and is accredited in ISO-14001 sustainability management systems implementation.
Senior Sustainability Analyst
Ross specializes in assisting businesses and large commercial building operators in the development and implementation of successful sustainability programs. He began working with Great Forest in 2003, developing waste, recycling and other sustainability programs such as ISO 14001 and 9001 management systems. He left in 2007 to join the Peace Corps as an Environmental Education Volunteer in the Republic of Cape Verde in West Africa. He has returned to continue his work on sustainability, ISO programs and LEED. He holds a B.A in Mathematics from Rutgers University.
Tom works on recycling maintenance and sustainability consulting at Great Forest, where he also handles a variety of design and media-based projects. With work experience at New York City's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling, as well as with various environmental education initiatives throughout the city, Tom also runs his own sustainability project, ToStay.org, which focuses on reusable service-ware systems. Tom holds double degree in Environmental Studies (BA) and Music (BFA) from the New School University.
LEED Green Associate
Barbara supports recycling initiatives in the D.C metropolitan area, working with Great Forest commercial clients to implement and maintain recycling programs catered to their specific needs. She provides logistical support, expertise, cleaner and staff training visits, and assists in waste auditing and metrics. Barbara has assisted in local recycling efforts for the Green Festival, and currently helps the City of Rockville, Maryland's Environmental Management Division in grant research, stream monitoring, and outreach for its turf management program. She also brings with her five years of customer service and sales experience. Barbara holds a B.S. in Social Science and Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College.
LEED Green Associate
Caroline manages recycling maintenance projects, working with clients on existing recycling programs. Her work includes helping to train tenants and cleaners regarding proper recycling protocol. Prior to working at Great Forest, Caroline helped organize outreach events for The Young Professionals Group at The Nature Conservancy in Manhattan. Caroline also worked as an environmental educator for The Audubon Society in New Jersey. Caroline holds a B.A. in both Environmental Studies and Spanish from Sweet Briar College. She is LEED GA accredited and is studying for her LEED-EB O&M accreditation.
Beth coordinates recycling and waste management programs for commercial clients in the Southern Virginia region. She works with clients to help implement and improve recycling programs through outreach, education, and training. Beth has a strong background in education, having served as a Montessori teacher in Richmond City for three years. She also has experience in the recycling and hazardous waste industry in San Diego County. Beth holds a B.S. in Geographic Science from James Madison University as well as a Montessori teaching certification from Virginia Center for Montessori Studies.
Kelly serves clients in the Midwest region out of Great Forest's office in St. Louis. With over six years of experience in the industry, Kelly has worked with over 520 commercial and residential properties. Her speciality lies in helping clients develop, implement and manage effective waste and recycling solutions that cut costs. This includes reducing waste streams, contract bidding and negotiations, waste reporting, managing customer service issues as well as maintaining strong relationships with vendors on the regional and national level.
Kevin works with Great Forest clients in the Mid-Atlantic region implementing environmentally-responsible recycling and waste management programs, serving as a resource in day-to-day operations, and engaging others through education and training to maintain effective programs. Kevin most recently served as a member of the Girardeau Goes Green advisory board in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he assisted the city with sustainable initiatives. He holds a B.S. in Renewable Natural Resources from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Southeast Missouri State University.
Sandra brings with her a 20-year track record as an outspoken and fervent supporter of waste prevention, recycling and green space preservation in New York City. Sandra spearheaded and managed innovative hands-on recycling and proactive reuse projects including NYC's first Building Materials Reuse Center. She served as project manager for the Council of Environment's composting and clothing reuse programs in NYCHA housing and the donation of used textbooks from the NYC Department of Education. Most recently she headed a ‘Beds for Kids' program in New Orleans. Her "garbage-free" activities include native plant restoration and land conservancy in northern Maine.
LEED Green Associate
Todd has worked in the environmental field for more than 21 years and has a broad base of experience and expertise in waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting, and sustainability. His work and experience includes sustainability education, outreach and marketing campaigns, commercial waste and recycling audits, construction and demolition debris recycling, and universal waste management. He has co-produced recycling industry educational videos and worked as an on-air TV correspondent for the History and Discovery Channels. Todd is a LEED Green Associate.
Heather has worked with the City of Alexandria on a residential composting project to increase participation through education and outreach, and with the District of Columbia's Department of Public Works as a material resource sustainability intern. Her background covers customer service, property and waste management, and includes experiece doing daily recycling audits designed to enhance program output, and also work on improving wildlife habitats with the Wildlife Habitat Council. Heather graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. In her free time, she mentors high school students and is acting Vice President of the new UMBC Down and Dirty Dawg Band Alumni Chapter.
Joe is responsible for NYC and national accounts, handling their commercial recycling and waste disposal programs. This includes assisting clients with service issues, new service inquires, and program development and implementation. His duties also cover business development. Prior to Great Forest, Joe's experience included work in the building and financial services industry. Joe holds an MBA in Environmental Sustainability from Green Mountain college in Vermont.
Sales and Marketing Consultant
Kira utilizes her extensive background in hospitality and human resources to engage and form valuable partnerships with clients. She represents Great Forest at industry and educational events, including Metro Washington Council of Governments, Green Business Roundtable, USGBC, PMA, AOBA, and various sustainability/net zero waste summits. She has experience in marketing, outreach, and event management with the Green Festival, EcoDistricts Summit, Green Wheaton and Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council.
Yovelice brings extensive customer service and accounting experience. She is responsible for maintaining clients' day to day waste removal services, as well as all accounting matters.
Customer Service Representative
Mayline brings extensive customer service experience to Great Forest. She handles client inquiries and requests across every service department and maintains an open channel of communication between clients and Great Forest sustainability experts. She also helps to handle waste removal services for clients. Mayline holds an M.B.A. from Monroe College. She enjoys the arts and spending time with family. She also has a strong interest in environmental protection and sustainability.
Director of Communications
Magdalene manages communications for Great Forest, handling all press inquires and outreach for the company and its projects. She oversees the production of the Great Forest newsletter, content for the website and marketing materials, and pens articles and other thought leadership pieces on behalf of the company. Magdalene has spearheaded numerous national PR campaigns for some of the country’s leading arts organizations, nonprofits and corporations, including the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, Blacksmith Institute and PBS. She is also an independent film and video producer. Her credits inclulde the award-winning feature "Falling," a series of news-making shorts as well as a roster of commercials and corporate work. Magdalene holds an M.S. in marketing communications from Boston University.