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NWRA Women's Council Established 2003The National Waste and Recycling Association Women's Council was established in 2003 for member company employees.

The NWRA Women’s Council fosters the professional development of women in the waste industry while striving to increase their business, financial and leadership skills through education, workshops, mentoring, and networking. In addition, the Women’s Council offers scholarships to students in pursuit of a career in the environmental industry.



The Women’s Council is open to any employee of an NWRA member company.

Member Testimonials

"As an early 20-something, it's difficult envisioning a career in an industry often lacking female representation at the highest levels of leadership. I joined Women's Council in hopes of connecting with women who have built their careers in waste/recycling and whose personal and professional successes could validate a future for me me in the industry. I'm happy to say I have gained such connections-or role models rather-and then some. Women's Council has introduced me to strong, intelligent, kind and motivated women who graciously welcomed me into their community and are determined to elevate the careers of all females in waste. I highly recommend membership with this unique organization and am honored to be contributing to the network's continual growth and development."

-Tate Moeller, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Organix Solutions

“I have been employed in the waste industry for 22 years and a member of the NWRA Women's Council since 2010. The Women’s Council has allowed me to expand my professional network and industry knowledge, forge amazing relationships and establish wonderful friendships along the way. The ability to work alongside the members of the Women’s Council to bridge those with industry knowledge with those new to the industry has been extremely rewarding. I am very proud of the Women’s Council and what we have accomplished over the years and look forward to continuing to serve the industry!"

- Tammy Holtzman, Waste Connections


Women’s Council members have several functions at WasteExpo. Follow the link to register for the show using the member discount and for the Awards Breakfast. Let Peggy know if you would like to sit at the Women’s Council Table.

  • Women’s Council Carts on Display – Throughout the show – CARTS ENTRY FORM
  • Women’s Council Reception – guests of the Investor Summit – Stiffel – Sunday, May 5, 6 pm
  • Education Session: Tuesday, May 7, 11:10am – 12:20pm
    Spotlight Session: CFO Insights: A Look at the Waste & Recycling Industry (Presented by NWRA Women's Council) (Dianna Cervantes - WCA Waste Corporation; Devina Rankin, Waste Management; Chuck Serrianni, Republic Services; Mary Anne Whitney, Waste Connections; Ned Coletta - Casella; Moderated by: Allia Saydjari - WCA America)
  • Women's Council Board and Membership Meeting – Monday, May 6, 1:30 -3:00 pm
  • Women’s Council Scholarship announced at the Awards Breakfast – Tuesday, May 7, 7 am
  • Women’s Council SPLIT THE POT RAFFLE – pull planned for Wednesday, May 8, 2 pm NWRA Booth
  • Women’s Council Reception in the NWRA Booth – Wednesday, May 8, 1-3pm

WasteExpo 2019

May 6-9, 2019 9:00 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls - Las Vegas, NV
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NWRA Awards Breakfast

May 7, 2019 7:30 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls - Las Vegas, NV
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Women's Council Presidents Tour – Watch for details for 2019’s tour presented by current Council President.

Academic Scholarships

NWRA Women's Council Scholarships

Meet the 2019 Women's Council Scholars.

Scholarship Testimonials, View Here

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the NWRA Women’s Council will be awarding $35,000 in scholarships for 2019-2020 academic year. Since 2007, $190,000 has been awarded to 43 students. Women’s Council Scholarships are offered to NWRA member company employees and their dependents who wish to use their education for a career in the waste and recycling industry. Eligible candidates may be male or female, be a part-time or returning to school student, a trade or community college applicant or a student for a university/college.

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Carmen Smothers
(Environmental Solutions Group)

Faith Zydowsky
(Sierra Container Group)
Vice President

Cheryl Waite
(Perkins Manufacturing)

Dianne Cervantes

Tammy Holzman

Tammy Holzman
Waste Connections
Scholarship Chair, Past President

Colleen Reilly

Colleen Reilly
Rehrig Pacific
Fundraising Chair

Kathy Trent
(Waste Management)
Professional Development Co-Chair

Katie Evans
(Best Way)
Professional Development Chair

Tamara Humphreys

Tamara Humpherys
PRECO Electronics
Membership/Marketing Chair

Peggy Macenas
Staff Liaison