Oregon's oldest grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Board of Directors and Staff

jungle_bay_zomzom_trail_south_brion_headshot Brion Hurley
Business Performance Improvement

“I joined RA to meet and get motivated by other like-minded people. I also want to help continue the long history of material reduction in the region. I’m excited to be involved in a new campaign that can reach so many Oregonians, that can also be the catalyst for even bigger efforts in the future!”

Rhett_Lawrence Rhett Lawrence
Vice President
Sierra Club

“From the early 2000s, when I worked at another environmental nonprofit, I knew of the great work RA was doing in Oregon. I had been immediately impressed that this scrappy little group – with only a single, VERY part-time staffer – was able to get so much done. So when I saw a call in a newsletter for new Board members, I decided to jump in. 13 years later, I’m still proud to be part of this organization that does so much with so little!”

SusanMead Susan Mead

“As a Certified Master Recycler and avid hiker throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, I want to be involved in causes that address ways to reduce waste generation so I can leave this planet cleaner than how I found it. And, I believe in ‘Think Globally, Act Locally.’ Being a board member of RA inspires me to thoughtfully consume and pay attention to where all of my throw-aways end up… hint: there is no ‘away’! “

HollyHummel Holly Hummel
BettyBBforSite Betty Patton
Past President, At-Large Member
Environmental Practices, LLC

“Recycling Advocates allows me to get personally involved in projects that pursue waste prevention. This gives me a feeling of participation and involvement that I just can’t get elsewhere. I feel like I’m getting something done.”

Denise Slattery
Campaign Coordinator
At-Large Member

“RA has a long and successful history and I wanted to be part of a group that was experienced in effecting change. Plus, it’s “citizen based, grassroots” community appealed to me. Over the years the organization has evolved, but it’s always remained true to its values and dedicated to “engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.” Doing anything meaningful takes work, but I’m enjoying this experience and invite you to do the same!”

Bonita Davis
At-Large Member

“I’ve always enjoyed our natural environment and saw firsthand the healing affect nature has on us after working as a recreational therapist for nearly four decades. Observing the increase of one-time-use disposables and the growing number of convenience items and the resultant litter and growing landfills, led me to do something! Changing some of my behaviors came first, then after completing the Master Recycling Class in 2012 I learned I could make even more changes. The course gave me not only a wealth of information and resources, but a path for action to help educate and encourage reduction, reuse and recycling of materials in the community. Joining Recycling Advocates takes it to another level. Engaging with other like-minded people is not only energizing and inspiring, but provides opportunities to be part of the solution through direct action as part of a committed group of advocates.”

Adrienne_Welsh Adrienne Welsh
Resource Director
Adrienne is the one who keeps our organization running smoothly, and she provides a wonderful first impression for our volunteers and donors. She coordinates our monthly newsletters, tabling events, outreach and general operations. She is also an accomplished cello and double bass player, and teaches private lessons in Portland and Newport.
Rob_Guttridge Rob Guttridge
EarthShare Oregon Representative
Recycling Advocates has been in existence for 30 years now. For well over 25 years, Rob has been a board member of our organization. He will be shifting focus to represent us on the board of EarthShare Oregon, a donation umbrella of environmental organizations.


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