Executive Committee



 

SPC Executive Committee

The SPC Executive Committee is an advisory committee to GreenBlue that consists of nine elected members and one GreenBlue representative, all of whom are dedicated to the SPC and our mission. In their advisory capacity, they provide strategic and fiscal guidance on meetings, events, projects, and all other aspects of the Coalition. The Executive Committee is required to have a minimum representation from across the supply chain and elections are held once a year in the fall. Members serve three-year terms.



 

Liza Blackwell, Packaging Sustainability Manager, Nike

Liza Blackwell has spent 12 years in packaging and printing, and is currently the first Packaging Sustainability Manager at Nike, Inc. Originally hired by Nike to be part of their Brand Design team focused on the development and production of retail buildouts and packaging, she was brought into the packaging compliance space to help navigate Nike’s adoption and development of both internal and external EPR reporting systems.

Currently, she is focused on guiding Nike vendors and designers in balancing sustainability and compliance requirements with the goal of producing the most innovative and responsible packaging possible. In addition, she is responsible for publicly reporting packaging waste saving program results, design and material consultation of all Nike retail, consumer, and transport packaging, and fostering industry partnerships. Most recently, she has concentrated on the development of programs that drive waste elimination and the potential of packaging waste to be reincorporated into raw material streams.


 

Kim Carswell, Group Manager of Packaging, Target

Kim Carswell is a group manager of Packaging where she is working to create a best in class retailer packaging development team. Kim has been at Target for 10 years and has over 25 years of packaging development experience. Prior to Target Kim was the director of packaging development at General Mills and the associate director of packaging at Kraft. She has focused on guest centric packaging development and building strong partnerships with business partners throughout her career. Kim and her teams have delivered key packaging innovations to the market including the first Parmesan cheese package in PET, reclosable shredded cheese packaging, Gogurt yogurt in a tube and a reclosable bag for Archer Farms chips at Target. Kim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Science and a Master of Science in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University. She currently serves on the board of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and teaching a packaging course at the university.


 

Chris Davidson, Director of Corporate Sustainability, WestRock

His responsibilities include ensuring that WestRock is a recognized global leader in sustainability, and projecting the company’s interests into the national and international debates on sustainability and natural resource issues. This includes facilitating WestRock’s position as a strategic partner, supplier, and resource in sustainability for our customers and stakeholders, both internal and external. Chris also works with national and international NGO’s on issues relating to sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Chris has worked in the forest products industry for over 18 years and prior to WestRock held positions of increasing responsibility with Georgia Pacific, Champion International, International Paper and MWV.

He also serves on the boards of the Forest History Society, VCU Rice Rivers Center, and the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.


 

Amy Duquette, Sustainability Project Manager, HAVI Global Solutions on behalf of McDonald's Corporation


Amy Duquette is a Sustainability Project Manager in the Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions Department of HAVI Global Solutions. She provides sustainability support to internal and external customers by leveraging environmental expertise in foodservice packaging. Amy’s accomplishments include: management of sustainability metrics and goals, management of consumer packaging compliance with environmental requirements, management of sustainability tools, management of product claims, and team training. Amy has acted as a leading contributor for the Foodservice Packaging Industry Leadership Committee. She has also been actively engaged in the SPC access-to-recycling initiative. Amy received a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

 
 

Sarah Dearman, Sustainable Packaging Program Director, Coca-Cola

Sarah Dearman leads Sustainable Packaging for The CocaCola Company in North America. From working cross-functionally to reduce the environmental footprint of CocaCola’s packaging to partnering externally to improve community recycling, Sarah focuses on driving collaboration to advance sustainability. Sarah is passionate about her work to help one of the world’s most recognized packages, and the Company’s many other packages, become more sustainable through design, innovation and end-of-life solutions. 

Sarah’s been working on advancing and communicating sustainability at CocaCola for five years. Prior to that, she worked for the State of Georgia on sustainability programs to help people and businesses reduce their impact on the environment. She began her career as a meteorologist after earning a Physical Science degree from the University of Maryland. Sarah serves in advisory roles with several industry and community organizations including The Recycling Partnership, Closed Loop Fund and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Sarah’s spare time (not that there is much of that with two kids under three) is spent outdoors kayaking, hiking, or lounging on a beach.




 

Chris Mitchell, Business Manager for Packaging & Sustainable Products, Innovia Films

Chris Mitchell is a highly experienced packaging industry executive with a 20-year history in the flexible packaging sector. In his current role as Business Manager for Packaging & Sustainable Products at Innovia Films, Chris is focused on extending the green agenda throughout North, Central and South America. In this role, he leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that are focused on bringing sustainable packaging solutions to market for many companies throughout the Americas region. Over the course of his career, he has worked for a number of the industry’s leading organizations.Chris has been instrumental in the successful commercialization of a wide variety projects across multiple market segments and his diverse background includes senior-level management positions with direct oversight for business, operations and technology functions, as well as sales and marketing management. He holds a BS in Finance from Mercer University.





 

Matthew Realff, Ph.D, Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech


Dr. Realff is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech and Program Director at the National Science Foundation. His broad research interests are in the areas of process design, simulation, scheduling, and control. He has specific interests that include the design and operation of processes that minimize waste production by recovery of useful products from waste streams, and the simultaneous scheduling and control of batch processes. His overall research goal is to automate the entire design process: the design or selection of molecules for desired product properties, the synthesis of reaction pathways and speratio operations, and the design and selection of processing equipment, combining fundamental chemical engineering science with an understanding of the methods of design.



 

David McLain, Market Development Manager, Printpack

After an initial five years in the automotive industry, Dave started with Printpack’s Rigid Division in late 2004 as Maintenance Manager located in Williamsburg, VA.  Over a five year period he held various operations roles of increasing responsibility, eventually serving as Plant Manager for two rigid facilities. Dave’s next move after VA was to Bloomington, IN for a short period as the site representative for Printpack’s reinvestment in bread bag converting.  Dave and his family then relocated to China, where he lived and worked for five years as the General Manager of Printpack Suzhou and Director of Printpack Thailand.


As of January 2016, Dave is now based in Atlanta at Printpack’s global headquarters.  His current role as Market Development Manager is focused on Printpack’s PE Film business, Metallizing, Coatings and Sustainability.  He is also the Director of Printpack’s Packaging Institute.


He graduated in 2000 from Virginia Tech, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.


Dave and his wife Rebecca have four children.  He enjoys spending his time with family traveling, cooking all sorts of food, and being outdoors roughing it with the Boy Scouts of America.


 

Molly Janis Smith, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Annie's

Molly Janis Smith is a sustainability scientist with ten years of experience across the non-profit, government, and private sectors. She is adept at convening stakeholders to create a shared vision and the plan to achieve it. Her approach is data-driven, using science to measure environmental and social impact while communicating the benefits and trade-offs in business terms. She is currently Senior Sustainability Analyst at Annie’s, Inc., an organic brand owned by General Mills. Her role includes spreading Annie’s mission and values into the far reaches of its supply chain, especially packaging and manufacturing. Before joining Annie’s, she spent five years as a senior consultant at ICF International, where she advised Fortune 500 clients on corporate social responsibility. She holds an MS in Climate and Energy Sustainability from Antioch University and a BA in Political Science from Carleton College. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two stepchildren, and three pets. Her hobbies include gardening, travel, and cooking.




 

Julie Zaniewski, Packaging Sustainability Manager, North America, Unilever

Julie Zaniewski is the R&D Packaging Sustainability Manager for Unilever North America. In this role, her focus is driving programs to reduce waste through packaging design, emerging technologies and end-of-life recycling and recovery initiatives. During her 13 years with Unilever, she has led several global initiatives in developing and integrating packaging strategies, innovative materials and molding technologies into the Unilever business for brands such as Dove, Vaseline, Axe, Suave, TRESemme, Lipton and Hellmann’s. Prior to joining Unilever, Julie held various R&D and Supply Chain roles with Kraft Foods and Reckitt Benckiser, innovating and executing packaging solutions to drive market growth. Julie has a degree in packaging engineering from Michigan State University.