Chapter Committees

The SWANA Old Dominion Chapter has created several committees to help members develop and access the knowledge and research they need. These committees are staffed and organized solely through the volunteer efforts of chapter members.

Landfill and Recycling (Technical) Committee

Ensures the accurate and timely dissemination of information on waste management facility permitting, design, construction operations as well as technology transfer for recycling, transfer stations, landfills and other technical issues. Acts a conduit between the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and SWANA.  Contact John Barnes (757) 385-4628

Legislative Committee

Tracks legislation within Virginia that may affect solid waste management professionals and their operations. Informs and educates members of significant proposed legislation. Contact Tim Torrez: (804) 749-3805

Safety Committee

SWANA has a strong commitment to safety and is determined to help move the waste collection industry off of the federal government's list of 10 most dangerous job and reduce accidents and injuries. The resources available on our safety page represent part of that effort. Dennis Batts: (703) 324-5230 

Communication Committee

Produces SWANA Old Dominion Chapter quarterly newsletter. Develops programs and activities to increase awareness and interest in the chapter and its programs. Ensures active communications continue within the chapter. Contact Jon Clary: (804) 727-8774

Awards and Scholarship Committee

Promotes and monitors scholarship programs from the SWANA Old Dominion Chapter and SWANA national organization.  Contact Clark Gibson: (434) 455-6079 

Membership Committee

Promotes chapter membership. Develops and implements programs designed to increase membership. Contact (Chair) Aaron White (757) 222- 1549, (Member) Lori Scozzafava

Training  Committee

Manages and works with other committees to provide chapter training and certification needs. Contact Mike Lawless (540) 557- 1319

Program (Conference) Committee

Organizes and plans annual meeting and other major events. Contact: Ben Loveday: (540) 507-7307

International Board Member

Represents the Old Dominion Chapter on SWANA's International Board of Directors (IB). The IB is the corporate board for SWANA and is responsible for the international organization.  Contact Ray McGowan (804) 378-7440

Young Professionals (YP)

This committee is a resource to help YPs advance professionally in the solid waste industry. The SWANA YP Group puts on networking events for its members throughout the year and at SWANA conferences. Contact (Chair) Nick Guarriello at, (Members) JP Verheul- Air Water & Soil Laboratories, Inc. and Mary Mullen Boteler- Air Water & Soil Laboratories, Inc.


Members are encouraged to serve on committees to ensure this chapter meets the needs of both the individual and the members' organizations.