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The Wisconsin Badger State Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America is an association of professionals dedicated to environmentally sound and economically responsible resource management, through planning, education, advocacy, and research. The purpose of this organization is to provide a forum for resource management discussions through educational and networking opportunities.

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John Welch

President/International Board Representative
Dane Co. Dept of Waste & Renewables
Madison, WI

Lee Daigle

Vice President/Scholarship Chair

Tetra Tech

951- 236-2526

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Abby Lichtscheidl

Treasurer / YP Co-Chair
Portage County Solid Waste Dept.
Plover, WI 


Allison Rathsack


Dane Co. Dept of Waste & Renewables

Madison, WI

Chris Anderson

Foth Infrustructure & Environment, LLC

DePere, WI 


MaKayla Galecki

Student Board Member

UW-Stevens Point

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Dave Hagenbucher

Safety Co-Chair

Marathon County Solid Waste Dept.

Ringle, WI

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Ben Hintz

Brown County Port & Resource Recovery

Green Bay, WI 

Julie Ketchum

Waste Management

St. Paul, MN

Mark Torresani

Advocacy Chair

Tetra Tech

Madison, WI


Michelle Nieuwenhuis

Administrative Assistant

Recycling Connections

Formed in 1988, the WI Chapter of SWANA serves solid waste professionals throughout Wisconsin. Our goal as a chapter is to enhance our profession and our members’ careers through: 

  • organizing and execution of trade conventions and seminars;

  • offering training courses in solid waste;

  • updating members on legislative actions affecting the profession;

  • providing academic scholarships;

  • hosting speaking luncheons and mixers to promote exchange of ideas and networking.


Chapter committees meet on a monthly or ad hoc basis. Check the calendar to see what upcoming meetings you can be a part of!

Legislative and Advocacy- The function of the Legislative/ Advocacy Committee is to keep the Board aware of pertinent legislative issues and to work closely with other organizations regarding these issues, as necessary.

Contact: Mark Torresani at

Membership / Social Media- The function of the Membership Committee is to recruit new members for the Chapter while working to retain the current membership. The function of the Social Media Committee is to properly use and maintain the appropriate social media sites and technologies in support of Board goals and other committee initiatives. For efficiency, these two committees have been joined together. 

Contact: Ali Rathsack at

Meeting monthly the 2nd Wednesday each month at 8:00am

Safety- The function of the Safety Committee is to provide promotion and education of safety to members and the solid waste and recycling industry.

Contact: Dave Hagenbucher at or John Peralta at

Meeting monthly the 3rd Wednesday each month at 10:00am

Scholarship- The function of the Scholarship Committee is to operate the Chapter and Association Scholarship Programs as established by Policy.

Contact: Lee Daigle at

Young Professionals-  The function of the Young Professionals (YP) Committee is to encourage involvement of YP members in the Chapter and to advance and serve the needs of YP members.

Contact Abby Lichtscheidl at


The Chapter co-hosts an annual convention each year. The Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC) features speakers from across the nation, as well as vendors and site tours. The convention is co-hosted with Wisconsin County Solid Waste Managers Association (WCSWMA) and Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW).

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