NWRA Women’s Council Awards Five Scholarships Totaling $35,000

NWRA Women’s Council Awards Five Scholarships Totaling $35,000

Generous Contributions Allow Women’s Council to Award Additional Scholarships

Arlington, VA – Today, the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Women’s Council announced its five scholarship recipients.

The NWRA Women’s Council established an educational scholarship program in 2007 to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of an education that will lead to productive careers in the environmental industry. All NWRA member company employees and their dependents are eligible to apply. To date, close to $190,000 has been awarded. The 2019 scholars will be awarded $7,000 each.

“This year’s pool of candidates was exceptional, and this year’s class of scholars are wonderful examples of those dedicated to our industry,” said Tammy Holtzman, chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship funds are made possible by the generous donations of companies and fundraising activities such as the Split the Pot Raffle and the Carts on Display Art Show.

The recipients will be recognized at WasteExpo 2019.

Sarah Gimbel, Tampa, Fla.

Sarah Gimbel began as an intern with Big Truck Rental while attending University of South Florida. She is a first-generation college student currently pursuing a degree in marketing with a concentration in sales. She is on the university Dean’s list and serves as the chief marketing officer of USF Sales Professional Club. She started the Howard Gimbel Memorial Foundation in honor of her father where she raises money to give back to the community. Along the way, Gimbel has learned the sales, rental and service side of the business and hopes to focus on sales and service in the waste industry.

Lisa McMenemy, Auburn, Mass.

Lisa McMenemy has been working in the industry since 2001. She has experienced the waste and recycling industry in her many positions including customer service, inside sales, dispatch, accounting and currently serves as office manager for Casella Waste. In addition to working full time, McMenemy achieved her Associates degree while attending night school and juggling the demands of raising a family of four. She has served on the Mass Recycle Board of Directors and on the committee of the Cambridge Mass, Recycle Board. She is working full time and is pursuing a degree in business at Nichols College. She hopes to become general manager of a site.

Jason Williams, Midlothian, Va.

Jason Williams has worked for Waste Management, Inc. since 2007 as the environmental protection manager for several facilities, achieving Wildlife Habitat Council Certifications and Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Status for several sites. Since 2013, he has been a district manager overseeing 45 employees, implementing cost-saving measures and improving safety performance. He was recently rewarded with a Circle of Excellence award through Waste Management. Williams is pursuing a Masters in business at Virginia Commonwealth University while continuing to work full time, juggling being a husband with two teenage children and servicing as an active coach for youth sports.

Emma Toner, Atlanta, Ga.

Emma Toner is the daughter of Waste Management employee Timothy Toner, account construction sales. After touring several landfills and transfer stations, her commitment to the environment took root. Emma is a member of Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Club and, as group leader, led to the recovery of a local aquatic ecosystem. She is currently in AP Environmental Science and hopes to pursue a degree in supply chain management to assist in sustainable consumer buying trends. Her goal is to get her MBA concentrating on sustainability.

David Keylor, Athens, Tenn.

David Keylor is the son of Steve Keylor, division landfill manager, Waste Connections. He has grown up around landfills, following his dad to work and sitting alongside him in a compactor is one of his favorite memories. When David turned 16 years old, he started working at the landfill and had the pleasure of being assigned the best tasks from working the trash, cleaning equipment and working on leachate management. David plans to major in business management, minor in engineering and play football. He is proud of his father and plans to follow in his footsteps as a “steward of our environment” (aka, landfill manager).


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association