Four New Members Join Board of Directors

This past July, Trash Free Maryland welcomed four new community members to its Board of Directors. Below, learn more about the individuals who will be helping to shape and support our future efforts to address litter and trash pollution statewide. Interested in learning more about board membership? Contact our Executive Director at ashley@trashfreemaryland.org.

Ali DySard, Environmental and Partnerships Manager, MOM’s Organic Market

Ali DySard (1)What is your biggest trash peeve?
Cigarette butts! They are the most commonly littered item in the world, and disposing of them on the ground or out a car window is far too common in Maryland.

What is a personal goal you have relating to waste or litter for the rest of 2018?
My goal is to be a resource for those looking to make a positive difference through everyday choices. We consume and waste so unconsciously, and I believe every thoughtful change or introspection of choice can have an impact.

Three words to describe how you envision your board service.
Creative, connective and supportive

Describe in your own words what sets Trash Free Maryland apart?
The TFM team truly lives, breaths and believes in the trash-free cause, and Maryland’s ability to successfully reach our end goal!

Michael Fields, Analyst, Legg Mason Global Asset Management

mike.pngWhat is your biggest trash peeve?
Actively seeing people litter or seeing someone walk by trash and not pick it up. Also, seeing all of the trash in the Inner Harbor-especially after a storm.

What is a personal goal you have relating to waste or litter for the rest of 2018?
Be conscious of my own waste/recycling habits and reducing my carbon footprint.

Three words to describe how you envision your board service.
Enlightening, transformative and rewarding

Describe in your own words what sets Trash Free Maryland apart?
Have the ability with TFMD to make an everlasting impact on our community and environment for generations to come.


Jack Obermaier, Sales Manager, Monument City Brewing Company

Headshot.jpgWhat is your biggest trash peeve?
It has to be people throwing their trash out of their cars as they drive. Drives me crazy.

What is a personal goal you have relating to waste or litter for the rest of 2018?
I would like to start composting at my home. It’s something I just haven’t pulled the trigger on yet, but something I’m researching more and more about, and specifically composting in the city, because I live downtown.

Three words to describe how you envision your board service.
Education. Awareness. Partnerships

Describe in your own words what sets Trash Free Maryland apart?
Trash Free MD has the conversation in addition to the cleanups. Whether that’s with lawmakers, businesses, or Maryland residents; supporting partnerships and regulations that make sense, and educating the public on ways to decrease waste are just as necessary to achieving cleaner waterways, roadways, and green spaces as any cleanup.

Rachel Thompson, Program Manager, Baltimore Community ToolBank

What is your biggest trash peeve?
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good party!I am all about celebrating when there is an opportunity to. Birthdays, bridal showers, anniversaries, pet adoptions, job promotions, whatever else you can think of, I am down to celebrate. I do get miffed about balloons being used to celebrate these events though. These cheerful pops of color only last for a few hours and become nothing but harmful waste once the celebration is over with. If they bust a move and escape from the party they can travel many miles and can be mistaken as food by wildlife. I prefer to use flowers instead, not only do they provide the same pop of celebratory color, but they also bring true life to the party!

What is a personal goal you have relating to waste or litter for the rest of 2018?
I have been trying to reduce my use of single use plastics. This includes using reusable trash bags, not get a plastic straw, but carrying around a metal one, trying to purchase in bulk when I can and always using a reusable water bottle.

Three words to describe how you envision your board service.
Productive, creative and rewarding

Describe in your own words what sets Trash Free Maryland apart?
Trash Free Maryland is committed to long lasting change that positively affect our environment. Not only are they picking up litter today, but building a plan for the future of a cleaner and healthier environment.

 

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