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AMERIPEN Leadership

Raspberry Packaging

AMERIPEN works to ensure that nominations to the Board are representative of the overall membership. Directors are elected at each annual meeting to hold office for a term of three years. They may serve up to three successive terms if nominated and elected. Elections are staggered so that one third of Board positions are open each year.


Board Members

Lee Anderson is Director of Issues Management & State Government Relations for General Mills. He leads company efforts to identify, analyze and prioritize key and emerging reputational and regulatory issues, develops stakeholder engagement strategies, and leads all U.S. state lobbying efforts for the company.

An attorney with over 20 years of government relations and policy experience, Lee is active in the policy community, serving on the Board of the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN), and as the past Chair of the Citizens League, a nonpartisan organization that advances policy solutions and builds civic leadership.

Scott Byrne serves as the U.S. & Canada’s Circular Economy Expert at Tetra Pak, the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. With his extensive background in all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, Byrne helps ensure that Tetra Pak is on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives.

Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Byrne was a sustainability specialist at Cass Information Systems in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was responsible for growing the environmental services offered by the firm’s solid waste management division. In this role, Scott helped forward-looking communities and property groups not only comply with environmental regulations, but also assess waste streams and equipment needs to increase waste diversion. In addition, Byrne led the design of property-level recycling programs, sustainability strategies, and spearheaded education and outreach for multifamily and commercial properties.

Cathy Foley is Vice President of Industry Relations and Supply Chain for Pratt Industries, a producer of 100% recycled content corrugated boxes. Previously, she was Group Vice President of AF&PA Paper sectors, including all paper based packaging and recovered fiber sectors. Her experience in the packaging arena includes policy development and execution at the international, federal and state levels, technical, communications environmental/sustainability and research.

Terry Grill, Sealed Air Corporation

Ritika Kalia, The Dow Chemical Company

Ritika Kalia is a Lead Marketing Manager for the Dow Chemical Company, within the Packaging & Specialty Plastics group based in Houston. Ritika has marketing responsibilities for driving demand generation for Flexible Packaging with downstream Brand Owners, Converters and Sustainability associations. She is responsible for developing Dow’s global strategy for e-commerce packaging collaborating with partners including Amazon, Walmart and Alibaba to drive towards packaging solutions aligned with Dow’s core capabilities.

Mike Prentiss is Senior Manager, State Government Relations & Global Government Communications with the Procter & Gamble Company. In this role, Mr. Prentiss oversees day-to-day government relations activities in 21 states and helps manage internal and external communications on political and public policy issues.

Susan Robinson is Public Affairs Director for Waste Management. She has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector. Her experience includes global commodity marketing, research and analysis of industry trends, and twenty years managing municipal solid waste and recycling contracts.

Susan is also on the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council, served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group, and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association.

Laura Rowell is the Director, Global Sustainability, for Sonoco Products Company. She is recognized for her expertise on packaging standards, regulations, government policy and scorecards. Laura serves as Sonoco’s representative to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and is a past member of the Board of Directors for AMERIPEN, both of which she helped establish. She was an active member of the Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Packaging Project designed to set global standards and metrics for sustainable packaging and served as a Project Lead for the ISO work to create Packaging and the Environment standards.

As NatureWorks Global Public Affairs Manager, Mariagiovanna represents the company on public and legislative affairs. Her responsibilities include product cradle-to-cradle options, feedstock sustainability aspects, and interfacing with relevant industry associations and external stakeholders. She manages an extensive network and relationships with the Plastics industry associations, Brand Owners associations and NGOs; and has practical experience in how EU directives set at the Brussels level translate into actions at the EU country level.

Mariagiovanna brings a strong background well suited to this space, having spent the last 10 years at Corepla, the Italian consortium for Plastics Packaging Collection, Recycling and Recovery where she built a solid experience in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging

The Dow Chemical Company (Past President)


President Lee Anderson, General Mills, Inc.

Vice President Scott Byrne, Tetra Pak

Treasurer Mike Prentiss, Proctor & Gamble

Secretary Susan Robinson, Waste Management, Inc.


Dan Felton, Executive Director

Kyla Fisher, Program Manager

Katie Wilkerson,Operations

Jason Acord, Membership

Jill Tichy, Meeting Planner

Sonja Nelson, Communications


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