Trash Backwards’ current Advisory team consists of an app guru (Christopher Allen), a professional explorer (Pete Athans), a seasoned finance executive (Teri Bellamy), the EPA’s legal eagle (Matt Bogoshian), Massachusetts’ Recycler of the Year (Gretel Clark), a financial wizard (Roger Coulter), a publisher (Fran Korten), a sustainability consultant (Jon Kroman), a serial entrepreneur (Michael Luni Libes), a deep-thinking analyst (Shaula Massena), a waste industry disruptor (Jim Poss), an EPA national leader (Anita Rockefeller), an eco-attorney  (Steve Rowe), a green metrics expert (Kevin Wilhelm), and a senior mentor for our development team (Zach Zachariah).

Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen is a Berkeley, California based entrepreneur, advisor, technologist, and educator. He is a leader in the internet software industry, much of which has been centered on collaboration tools and facilitating online communities.

As the founder of Consensus Development, Christopher initially focused on groupware, later helped invent SSL security standard and is the co-author of IETF TLS internet-draft. More recently Christopher has been an angel investor of numerous technology startups, founder of an multiplayer online game company, and current authors his blog on the topics including collaboration, security, privacy, social software and internet tools.

He teaches “Digital Influence” in the sustainable entrepreneuring MBA program at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He is co-author of “iOS in Action: Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development”, is co-founder and keynote speaker of iOS Dev Camp where he moderates the popular Hackathon Contest, has produced six iOS games, and is currently producing a new platform for non-linear media on the iPad called Infinite Canvas.

Pete Athans

Peter’s name has been synonymous with the exploration of Mt. Everest for nearly two decades. He has organized many expeditions to the mountain and has summited seven times.

He has also distinguished himself in the Himalaya with speed ascents of Annapurna South, Pumori, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu. In addition, he has led expeditions to Manaslu, Makalu and K2 and made the first alpine-style ascent of the Breaking Point ridge, southeast spur of Mt. Hunter, one of the Alaska Range’s most notable test-pieces.

When he isn’t exploring his own mountain objectives, he guides climbers to the highest points of all seven continents. Peter is a strong proponent of Sherpa culture, documenting their prodigious talents at high altitude and their unrivaled contribution to mountaineering history. He is current program director with the Khumbu Climbing School and instructs throughout the winter months in the Everest region to increase the skills and safety of Nepalese climbers employed as guides in the Himalaya. But Everest isn’t the only objective on Peter’s long list of achievements. He is a board member of the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), which brings eye care to those suffering from cataract blindness in the Himalaya. (In the spring of 2005 Peter led a successful HCP expedition in Nepal, contributing to the restoration of eyesight in 300 people.)

Simultaneously, Peter and his family began the work of encouraging literacy in young Nepalese children in remote areas through their “Magic Yeti Library” project. They now have multi-lingual libraries operating in six villages in the Everest region and in the restricted, practically medieval Kingdom of Upper Mustang.

Peter’s recent work with National Geographic Television and PBS on archaeological discoveries in Nepal’s Kingdom of Mustang, entitled “The Secrets of Shangri-La” and “The Search for Lost Cave Temples”, have been seen by tens of millions of people globally. The third film in the Mustang series,”Cave People of the Himalaya”, premiered on PBS February 15th, 2012. Moreover, National Geographic Magazine will feature a prominent article on the caves project discoveries in October of 2012.

He is an accomplished speaker for numerous bureaus and has contributed to dozens of books, periodicals, lectures and films featuring exploration and adventure in the Himalaya.

Teri Bellamy

Teri is a Trash Backwards co-founder, an experienced finance executive with a broad foundation in small for profit and not for profit organizations. She currently consults clients on growth strategy, cash management and the financial infrastructure.  Prior to her role as a consultant Teri was CFO at Carena, a health care start up in Seattle.   Previously, she was Financial Director at Center for Courage and Renewal and SeaShare, small but mighty not for profits in the Seattle area.

Teri’s background is in federal and state income tax, accounting/financial management and systems development.  Her finance and accounting training originate in Big Four and large local firm experience.

Teri has served on the boards of Hospice of Kitsap County and Bainbridge Graduate Institute.  Teri is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College.  She has two college age children.  She lives on Bainbridge Island and loves to sail.

Matt Bogoshian

Matt currently serves as an Obama appointee for the US government.

Before joining the administration, Matt served at the California EPA as the Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel having been appointed there by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Matt began his career as an officer in the US Navy JAG Corps and later became a prosecutor in California specializing in environmental cases.

Matt concurrently serves as an Adjunct Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Gretel Clark

In 2010, Gretel was designated “Massachusetts Recycler of the Year” by the Massachusetts Recycle Coalition. Gretel has served as Chairperson of her town’s volunteer Recycle Committee, that, in 2008 succeeded in convincing Town Meeting to pass a Recycle Program that cut down the town’s solid waste by more than a third.  In 2009, the Committee successfully implemented a volunteer pilot curbside organics waste recycling program with 74 families participating.  More recently she led both her town and its neighbor to expand the program to include 17% of the two towns’ populations in a town-wide organic recycling program with weekly volunteer curbside pickup of organic waste, the first such program east of Michigan.  The success of these programs has led both towns to offer full curbside compost weekly recycling, paid from the tax base, with a number of nearby towns looking to do the same. She and colleagues subsequently convinced her town to further reduce its solid waste by another 40% by eliminating solid waste collection to only every other week.

Roger Coulter

Roger uses his expertise in strategy, finance, and operations to provide visibility into the financial and non-financial measures of success for General Biodiesel. He is also helping to scale the internal operations of General Biodiesel to support our rapid expansion.

He has experience with large international companies, including Goldman Sachs, and, medium organizations, and early-stage startups and mission-driven organizations. Roger is on the board of two innovative organizations, Salish Sea Expeditions which gives middle and high school students an opportunity to conduct original marine research, and Peacock Family Center which provides a range of services to young families in Kitsap County.

Roger excels at analyzing and diagnosing the root causes of operational inefficiencies and developing solutions to align business processes with the overall mission and strategy of the organization.

He earned his B.A. from Brown University and his Masters of Public and Private Management from Yale University. In the summer months, Roger can be found sailing or working on the boat he built with his family.

Scott James

Scott is a Trash Backwards co-founder, entrepreneur, instructor, advisor, and investor in the world of sustainability.

BusinessWeek named Scott as one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” and Forbes profiled him as a “Game Changer”.

The products from his most recent company (sold 2011) were featured in publications as diverse as Oprah’s O Magazine, National Geographic, Parents Magazine, the Washington Post, Outside Magazine, and US News & World Report.

Scott also teaches the Marketing course at the green MBA program, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and the Sustainability Interterm course at University of Notre Dame, where he serves on the Advisory Council. Scott previously worked in the high tech sector, including Visio and Microsoft.

Scott completed a BBA in Marketing at Baylor University and an MBA at University of Notre Dame. He lives on an island near Seattle with his wife and children. 


Fran Korten

My passion is to nourish people’s sense of what is possible at this urgent moment in our collective history.

What we pay attention to is what we energize. That’s why as publisher of YES! Magazine – I’m so eager to give high visibility to the powerful ideas and practical actions that demonstrate how we can all move to a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world.

I am thrilled to know so many great people doing such courageous work, some at national and international levels, and many at local, community levels. I love helping them connect and experience the momentum of what they can achieve. I know that together we have the power to transform our world.

Before becoming the publisher of YES! Magazine, I worked for 20 years as a grantmaker in the Ford Foundation’s offices in Manila, Jakarta, and New York. I have a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University, have taught at the national university of Ethiopia and at Harvard University. I currently live with my husband, David Korten, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where I bike to work at the YES! offices. David and I have two children and two grandchildren.

Jon Kroman

Jon Kroman has a law and consulting practice on Bainbridge Island, focused primarily on businesses and nonprofit organizations engaged in clean technology or other aspects of sustainability.  He was formerly a senior partner with the Seattle law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle.

Jon has nearly 30 years of professional experience, including assistance with organizational design, financing, business development and strategic relationships to support new and growing businesses. He has provided guidance at the board and senior management level and led the planning and execution of transactional projects, among them mergers and acquisitions, private equity placements, tax-exempt and other debt financings, and the launching of new for-profit and nonprofit ventures.  Jon is a 1982 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Jon has been deeply involved in the Seattle sustainability community for many years, including through service with the following organizations: Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Washington Clean Technology Alliance; Board of Directors, Founder’s Steering Committee, Seattle Climate Partnership; Business Sustainability Committee, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Adjunct Faculty and General Counsel, Bainbridge Graduate Institute;International  Society of Sustainability Professionals; Washington Lawyers for a Sustainable Future; Seattle Good Business Network; Slow Money Northwest; Cleantech Open; the University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge; Grow; Coordinating Committee, U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum; Steering Committee, 2007 Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Conference (The Business of Climate Change) and Planning Committee, Profitable Sustainability: The Future of Business (NBIS 2004).

Jon is also a founder of Cleantech West Sound, a nonprofit entity organized in 2009 to promote the social and environmental benefits associated with sustainable development and renewable energy in West Sound, the Olympic Peninsula generally and the greater Puget Sound region, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities of the considerable wind resource off the Washington Coast.

Michael “Luni” Libes

Luni is a serial entrepreneur who over the past two decades has helped build six start-ups, five of which he founded. His previous companies include Ground Truth (mobile market research and analysis), Medio Systems (mobile search and advertising), Mforma (mobile gaming and applications), 2WAY (enterprise collaboration systems), and Nimble (pen computing, PDAs, and early smartphones).

Luni is an Entrepreneur in Residence and Instructor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Advisor to The HUB Seattle and the SURF Incubator, and advisor to a dozen startup companies. In addition, he is author of “The Next Step: Guiding you from Idea to Startup“.

Luni is a co-creator and organizer of #SocEnt Weekend, a hands-on, action-based, high-energy, 50 hour weekend event for teaching social entrepreneurship and creating impactful companies.

Most recently, Luni is the founder of Fledge LLC, a “conscious company” incubator. Fledge helps create and accelerate companies meeting the needs of the large and growing number of consumers who are: environmentally conscious, energy conscious, health conscious, conscious of sustainability, of community, and even conscious of consumption itself.

Shaula Massena

Shaula Massena is an analytical thinker who brings a blend of financial and social experience from her work as a private equity investor and as a foundation grant maker.

Shaula has been making direct private investments since 2006 and has explored the gamut of debt, convertible debt and private equity both as an personal investor and through her foundation.

She received her Sustainable MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in 2008. Between undergrad and business school she spent 10 years honing her problem analysis and business management skills at tech companies from megacorp to startup.

Currently Shaula is supporting the local impact enterprise space as a managing partner at Hub Seattle.

Jim Poss

Jim Poss, Founder of BigBelly Solar, is a globally-recognized innovator and entrepreneur.

Jim founded BigBelly Solar in 2003 based on the idea of applying renewable energy to the complex and expensive process of waste collection. Over the intervening years and four product generations, BigBelly Solar is now bringing operational efficiency and environmental benefits to customers in virtually every US state and more than 30 countries. Jim began his career in renewable energy with a Pew Foundation grant to build a wave-powered energy generator. He further developed his focus on renewable energy in technical and business roles with Spire Corporation (solar manufacturing) and Azure Dynamics (hybrid and electric vehicles).

Jim has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and as one of Business Week Magazine’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs. He is also an instructor in environmental entrepreneurship at Babson College’s MBA program and a clean-technology speaker. Jim recently returned from a speaking tour of Australia, which was sponsored by the U.S. State Department, where he spoke to government, academics, civic leaders and students about clean technology in America (and, of course, BigBelly Solar).

Jim received his MBA from Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and dual undergraduate bachelors degrees in Geology and Environmental Science & Policy from Duke University.

Anita Rockefeller

Anita’s 36 year career with US Environmental Protection Agency included managing programs related to water and air quality, pesticides and toxics. She served as Chief of Staff, Director of Public Affairs, Director of Office of Air Quality, Director of Office of Innovation, and Director of Alaska Oil and Gas Team.

In addition, Anita completed a three year assignment to two Seattle mayors to assist them in development of environmental management programs. She also held the position of Executive Director of Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency for five years.

Anita did her schooling at University of California in Berkeley and  University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to  spending time with their three lovely daughters (including a Trash Backwards Co-Founder) and three adorable grandchildren, she and her husband Phil started a community garden on their home property in 2008 to support local food banks.

Steven P. Rowe

Steve is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Northwest Dairy Association (NDA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Darigold, Inc.

NDA is a farmer-owned dairy cooperative operating throughout the Northwest. NDA’s farmers own the dairy processor and milk marketer, Darigold, Inc. which produces a full line of dairy products in its 13 processing plants. This allows the farm family owners to deliver dairy products both domestically and to over 30 countries.

Steve has a long history of integrating sustainable practices into industries that traditionally never thought of their opportunities arising from a triple bottom line outlook. Steve champions Darigold’s Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting.

He is a long-timer supporter and former Vice Chair of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Steve holds a degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Utah. He lives near Seattle with his wife and three children.

Kevin Wilhelm

Kevin Wilhelm is the pre-eminent business consultant in the field of sustainability and climate change.

He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle based consulting firm focused on practical solutions that deliver profit improvement through the use of sustainable business practices. Kevin brings over sixteen years of experience working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to government agencies to renewable energy start-ups. Some of his clients include Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Coinstar/Redbox, and Brooks Sports.

His firm works with companies to measure their sustainability and carbon impacts, develop successful implementation goals and strategies, engage employees through sustainability training, and help them communicate their CSR efforts both internally and externally. He has spent the last eight years demonstrating the business & bottom line benefits of sustainability locally, nationally, and internationally.

He is the author of the acclaimed: Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy and an adjunct professor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he teaches Sustainable Business.

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