Meet the Nominees for the Board of Directors

Aug. 25, 2020

The Board of Directors has three vacancies on its 11-member board and is also voting for its officers. Two of the vacancies are for two-year terms and the remaining opening is a one-year term.

Nominees for Officers

The following are the nominees for the Board Officer positions:

  • President: John Foster
  • Vice-President: Garrett Prestegard
  • Secretary: Angie Ullman
  • Treasurer: Lori Dicks
  • Advisory Board Delegate: Mary Wittry

Nominees for Board of Directors

Members are asked to vote for no more than three candidates total on the ballot. The nominees are listed in alphabetically order and a short bio is included on the ballot and below.

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This Ballot is valid only for ISOSWO members that are in good standing as of 10/01/2020 and are current on payment of dues. Ballots are due by Sept. 24, 2020.

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Meet the Nominees

Jen Jordan is the Resource Management Superintendent for the City of Iowa City. Jen oversees the City's landfill, recycling, composting and curbside collection operations; prior to this role Jen was the City's Recycling Coordinator for over a decade. She has a BS in Geography and MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and has served on the board of directors of the Iowa Recycling Association, on the Iowa Solid Waste and Recycling Conference committee and on several state-level advisory councils and committees, including SWAP and EMS. Her pastimes include spending time with her family, friends and pets, as well as reading, baking, vegetable gardening, triathlon and environmental advocacy.

Michael McCoy was named Executive Director of Iowa’s largest solid waste agency by the Metro Waste Authority Board of Directors in January 2016. McCoy works closely with staff at seven facilities to identify unique solutions for common industry challenges. While his professional and academic experiences have helped shape his vision for the organization, his practical credentials, such as a Landfill Operator certification, CDL, and CPM, have allowed him to provide hands-on leadership for the organization’s operations. McCoy sits on several boards in the metro area, some of which include DART, WRA, Clive City Council and St. Vincent de Paul. He and wife, Lisa, have two children, and are active philanthropists. The McCoys enjoy spending time volunteering with local community organizations, such as the Clive Food Pantry, and take great pride in the international work they do in Belize. Two of McCoy’s volunteer highlights include serving as a former volunteer firefighter and as a past President on the Board of Directors for the Iowa State Memorial Union Corporation. McCoy received his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University and went on to obtain a Masters of Science (MSc) in International Development, also from Iowa State.

Mike McKnight has seven years of experience in the waste industry at Great River Regional Waste Authority in Fort Madison. He is an active member on their EMS Core Team and also serves as their mascot, Rocky the Recycler. Outside of work, he is married and his wife is currently carrying their second child, due next March. He has a 9-year-old daughter who will be entering fourth grade this year. Aside from family and work, he spends his time watching sports and taking in concerts. He is currently a studentat Arizona State University, pursuing a bachelor's degree. He received his associate degree this past May from Southeastern Community College. He looks forward to the learning experience of being a new member of the board and bringing his skillset to the team.

Bill Schmitt has worked for the City of Ames since 2012 and is currently the Superintendent of the Resource Recovery plant. This facility has been in service since 1975 and is the longest operating municipally owned waste to energy (WTE) system in the United States. As the only WTE system in the State of Iowa, Schmitt has had the opportunity to work with other solid waste professionals across the United States to look at ways to maximize landfill diversion. Utilizing this knowledge, the City of Ames has been able to increase their glass recycling rate by 31%, co-sponsor a community-wide Rummage RAMPage event, which last year kept 116,424 pounds of material out of the landfill and raised $33,194 for local non-profit agencies, started a food waste diversion program, and the Great Pumpkin Disposal program to compost pumpkins in the fall. Schmitt has served as a member of the ISOSWO Legislative Committee since 2013 and looks forward to continuing his involvement with ISOSWO and sustainability. Bill has been married for 37 years and they reside in Alleman.