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Chapters & Regions

The National Waste & Recycling Association regional offices and state chapters advocate on behalf of Association members. Our members do business in all 50 states. Click the map for state and regional contacts. All members are encouraged to participate in their chapter's events and activities.

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Chapters and Regions are overseen by the Vice President for Government Affairs/Chapter Operations and Regional Directors that oversee geographic regions.

Kevin Kraushaar
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & General Counsel
1550 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
T: 202-364-3743
F: 202-966-4824






Peggy Macenas
Region Director – Midwest Region
115 East Ogden Ave., Ste. 117-313
Naperville, IL 60563
T: 800-679-6269 or 630-848-1101






Steve Changaris
Region Director – Northeast Region
482 Southbridge Street, Suite 373
Auburn, MA 01501
T: 800-679-6263 or 508-839-4751






Kirsti Nelson
Regional Director – Sunbelt Region
1550 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
T: 336-324-8580

The Role of Regional Director

Firstly, National Waste & Recycling Association regional directors are professional trade association executives who advocate for waste and recycling companies. What does this mean?

National Waste & Recycling Association regional directors advocate for waste and recycling companies by:


The Association advocates with clear reasoning and goals. Regional Directors have built solid professional relationships with legislators, elected officials, and regulators over the years. We often work with lobbyists who have specific areas of subject expertise and benefit from their knowledge of state house, city hall and government politics. The regional directors of National Waste & Recycling Association bring added value and benefit to advocacy efforts.

We bring the voice of the entire industry, big and small operators, public or private companies, hauler or facility operator, and all our partners. At the chapter level, all issues are decided on a one-company, one-vote basis.


Regional directors inform members on current issues of relevance to our industry. They interact with the press, speaking on behalf of members and the Association on the “hows” and “whys” of our work. Regional directors also engage regulators, local officials and legislators on industry needs, realities, emerging ideas, the effects of proposed legislation and the effects of inaction on specific industry matters.


Regional directors watch and listen to how members and others affect change across the industry. They network to become informed and to connect the dots on various issues that affect our work. They also follow developments that have the potential to affect members and the industry. These efforts continue to position us well in tracking developments and responding when necessary.

The National Waste & Recycling Association approaches issues with sensitivity and sound judgment, including when not to be involved if necessary. This course of action is primarily due to member influence and direction. When the National Waste & Recycling Association gets involved, we ensure that the industry viewpoint is presented thoughtfully.


Regional directors are constantly learning from member company executives, owners and operators. Their education on all matters related to the industry is influenced by partners including government officials and stakeholders (including customers and environmental groups) at the state, local and regional level. The Association embraces opportunities to become more knowledgeable on (re-)emerging issues and trends, especially those that take us in new directions and to new places. The waste industry is constantly evolving with new ideas, direction, and technologies. Change is a guaranteed constant. To serve the waste industry the best we can, we keep learning and growing as professionals.

Work with Industry Leaders

Regional directors work with owners, regional, divisional and local managers at our member companies. There are times when holding the attention of these industry leaders is difficult and others when industry leaders are passionately involved. Everything the regional directors advocate is under the guidance and direction of the members.


We build and work with a variety of coalitions of members, non-members, other business groups, and municipalities to communicate with regulators, bureaucrats and elected officials. This work is fascinating and often fruitful for the industry. It is great to see groups overcoming differences to work together on an issue or in a coalition setting. For regional directors, these coalitions have fluid dynamics, are constantly changing and pose a professional challenge in meeting shared objectives.

Work with Association Senior Executives

Regional directors are consistently seeking guidance, input, and points of connection, as well as receiving and giving support, counsel and direction from the Association headquarters in Washington, DC. The professional relationships shared between regional and headquarters staff is mutually beneficial and harnesses the distinct capabilities of both parties to advance the Association’s mission.