Date: November 14, 2006
Source: The Environmental Industry Associations
Environmental Industry Associations' Women's Council
Announces New Board Members and Establishment of an Educational Scholarship Program
The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) Women's Council is pleased to announce their new board members for 2007. Council members approved the slate of officers at their board meeting in Tucson, Arizona, on October 16, 2006. The Women's Council board meeting was held in conjunction with NSWMA's Executive Round Table conference.
The 2007 Women's Council board members are: Chair - Mary Margaret Cowhey. Land and Lakes Co.; Vice-Chair - Melissa Gauger, International Truck and Engine Corp; Treasurer - Christine Loch, Allied Waste Industries; Education - Danielle Forget, Waste Corp of America; Membership - Kathy Trent, Waste Management; Fundraising - Madeleine Szots, Labrie Group; Community Relations - Nancy Bretas, Republic Services, Inc.; Member-at-Large - Holly Waters, Harris Waste Management Group; Immediate Past Chair - Xenya Mucha, John Deere Construction Equipment.
Xenya Mucha thanked the Women's Council board members for serving during her term as Chair. "The Council has come so very far in a few short years - beginning with Ellen Harvey's leadership," said Xenya. "I'm proud of what we've accomplished and look forward to seeing more successes."
The new board will provide guidance and direction for the women's council; as well promote awareness of the group to increase membership. The council's mission is "the professional advancement of women in the waste industry through meaningful and useful education, assistance, support, and mentoring." The focus of the group is to unlock the full potential of female employees, owners, and operators to the benefit of waste companies and the waste industry as a whole.
The Environmental Industry Associations' (EIA) Women's Council is pleased to announce the establishment of an educational scholarship program. The scholarship fund was made possible through the successful fundraising efforts of the Council, specifically the Women's Council's first edition coloring book, "Where Does My Garbage Go?"
Two scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, will be awarded annually to students with the intent of pursuing a course of either graduate or undergraduate studies related to the environmental industry. To be eligible, applicants must be either employed by, or be the dependents of persons employed by, members of the Environmental Industry Associations (NSWMA and WASTEC). For detailed eligibility requirements and an application, please visit our website at www.envasns.org - follow the link to the Women's Council.
"We are very excited to be able to give back to the environmental industry by offering this opportunity to students wishing to specialize in the field," said Women's Council President, Xenya Mucha.
About the Women's Council
The focus of the Environmental Industry Associations' (EIA) Women's Council group is to unlock the full potential of female employees, owners, and operators to the benefit of waste companies and the waste industry as a whole through meaningful and useful education, assistance, support, and mentoring. The ultimate purpose of the Council is to create a gender-neutral waste industry. Getting there will require the ability of women to leverage their talent.
For information on joining the EIA Women's Council, please visit their website: www.envasns.org.
The EIA serves as a bridge between the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) and Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC). For more information about the EIA Women's Council, please contact Peggy Macenas at 800-679-6269 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our website: www.envasns.org - follow the link to the Women's Council.