Board of Directors 2020 Elections

We have 5 board member seats open for election. Please take a moment to review the candidates below and then click the VOTE NOW button at the bottom of this page to make your selection via the online ballot. You will have to enter your email to make the ballot valid.

Online voting is open through September 23rd. In-person voting is available at the Annual Membership Meeting on September 24th (10:30am-12:30pm) being conducted online via Zoom Meetings. Mail-in ballots are accepted and must be RECEIVED by September 23rd. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to vote. 

The following individuals are interested in serving on the SWANA Badger Chapter Board of Director

  • Lindsey Carlson, SCS Engineers

  • Chad Doverspike, Brown County Port & Resource Recovery 

  • Meleesa Johnson, Marathon County Solid Waste Department

  • Mark Torresani, Tetra Tech

  • John Welch, Dane County

Write-ins are also accepted. 

Voting Online Ended 9/24/2020

Voting via mail-in ballot? Please note: the ballot must be received by September 23, 2020

SWANA BOD Nominees
Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson is an Associate Professional at SCS Engineers in their Madison, WI office. She has a BS degree in Waste Management from the UW-Stevens Point and has served on the SWANA BC Board of Directors since 2018. As she finishes up her first 2-year term, she is enthusiastically up for serving another 2 years on the SWANA BC Board. Since serving on the board, she has been an active member of the Social Media and Young Professional committees, and has served as co-YP liaison for the chapter’s young professionals. She has helped coordinate various BC events and initiatives, including the biannual YP Newsletter, the Annual River Clean Up, YP and Social Media activities at WIRMC, Annual In-Person Meeting Networking Event and others. She finds great pleasure in staying connected with and helping others connect with the Wisconsin and greater solid waste community through social, educational, and volunteer events and would be honored to serve the chapter for another term.

Meleesa Johnson

Meleesa Johnson is the director of solid waste management for Marathon County. She directs business operations and solid waste programming/facilities serving central and north-central Wisconsin.  Serving as adjunct faculty at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Meleesa helped create the current curriculum for both the introductory and advanced waste management classes.     


Meleesa is in her fifth term as president of Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), is treasurer for the Solid Waste Association of North America-Badger Chapter and for the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association.  Recently she was appointed to the DNR’s Waste and Materials Management Study Group, co-chairing that group.  In 2005 Governor Doyle appointed her to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal.  She is the 2012 recipient of the AROW Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award and was awarded the 2017 UW Green Bay Environment and Business Management Institute’s Earth Caretaker Award. 


Meleesa is in her 4th term as president of Stevens Point Common Council and is in her 3rd term as supervisor for the Portage County Board.  She is chair of the City’s Finance Committee and of the County’s Health Care Center Committee. 

John Welch

John Welch, is the Director of the Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables. He has a BS from UW Madison in Civil & Environmental Engineering and is a registered PE in Wisconsin. John oversees operations of: one active and two closed landfills; a C&D MRF; a year-round HHW facility; and landfill gas-to-energy and RNG facilities.  John has served on the SWANA Badger Chapter Board since 2010 and he has been our Chapter’s representative on the SWANA International Board/Advisory Board since 2011.  He has been involved in numerous chapter-level and national SWANA committees and efforts to advance SWANA’s mission and our industry.  John has served on the International YP Steering Team since its inception, and he is the current Badger Chapter President.


If re-elected to serve on the Chapter Board, I hope to continue efforts to increase involvement of students and YPs in the industry and efforts to increase safety.

Chad Doverspike

Chad Doverspike received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in Soil & Waste Resources and has worked for Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department for 25 years in a variety of roles. His primary job responsibilities include: Oversight of Brown County’s new South Landfill set to open early 2022 & Administration and Budget preparation of the Waste Transfer Station, Single Stream Recycling Transfer Station, 2 closed landfills, and Dredge Material Rehandling facility for the Port of Green Bay. Chad is the past SWANA – Badger Chapter president and has been a board member since 2008.

Mark Torresani

Mr. Torresani, PE is a Wisconsin based solid waste and remediation engineer with more than 33 years of experience including landfill design, permitting, construction, operations, landfill gas utilization and remediation projects. He is a University of Wisconsin Madison graduate with degrees in Civil Engineering and Geology and is a licensed professional engineer in WI, MN, IO and MO.  He has worked with both private and municipal landfill owners and has worked closely with regulatory agencies throughout the United States and abroad.  Mr. Torresani has been a fixture in the solid waste industry in Wisconsin for the last 30 years; presenting at various Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conferences and Solid Waste Association of North America events.


Mr. Torresani’s specialty is the utilization of biogas focused primarily on finding ways to make small scale biogas projects economical. One example was the HOD Landfill, an award winning (LMOP) project which utilized LFG from a closed landfill to produce power for electricity at Antioch High School in Illinois. Mr. Torresani is the inventor of the patented BioCNG gas conditioning and utilization system which converts biogas into renewable natural gas (RNG). One example of this technology was the award-winning Dane County RNG project in 2011, one of the first in the nation to use landfill gas for onsite vehicle fueling. Mr. Torresani’s groundbreaking work was the catalyst for people considering the potential of biogas to RNG projects. In the solid waste arena, Mr. Torresani has a long history in working with regulatory agencies to allow innovative technologies to be adapted. He often lobbies on behalf of his clients to enable new technology to be included in operating or construction plans.


Mr. Torresani teaches annually in the UW-Madison continuing education short course on solid waste design. Mr. Torresani is also a dedicated community volunteer having been board president for his local swim club and board president of the Black Hawk Ski Club where he currently coaches youth biathlon. He volunteers his time and civil engineering skills to help provide layout and design of venues such as the new Nordic Skiing / Olympic Training Center in Middleton, Wisconsin.


Voting Online Ended 9/24/2020

Voting via mail-in ballot? Please note: the ballot must be received by September 23, 2020