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Educational Team

Waste Management's Public Education and Outreach team is dedicated to advancing recycling and composting in the Pacific Northwest.

Candy Castellanos
Pacific Northwest Public Education and Outreach Manager

Candy Castellanos Candy Castellanos is the Public Education and Outreach Manager for Waste Management in the Pacific Northwest. In this capacity, Candy leads a team of education and outreach specialists who work collaboratively with over 100 municipal customers and solid waste departments to develop creative and innovative public education and outreach programs designed to engage communities in recycling, composting, waste reduction behaviors and support municipalities in accomplishing long-term waste reduction and sustainability goals.

As a community leader and passionate environmental educator, Candy serves as a company representative and partner to local community organizations, schools and businesses, including Zero Waste Washington, Washington Green Schools, the Washington State Recycling Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America, and has spent the past 12 years volunteering as a board member for the Washington Conservation Voters and ForTerra (Cascade Land Conservancy). Her passion for waste diversion started at an early age - in 8th grade she organized the first recycling program at her middle school in California.

Candy came to Waste Management bringing fourteen years of extensive outreach, program and project management experience and a track record that includes nationally recognized and award-winning community engagement programs. She is certified by the National Association of Interpretation in environmental education, is a graduate of the King County Master Recycler/Composter program and has extensive training and expertise in community based social marketing, LEED EB waste characterization, place-based learning, environmental justice, environmental health, public education, and K-adult community program development and implementation. Most recently, Candy worked as a Waste Diversion Project Manager for CleanScapes, a program consultant for Puget Sound area non-profits, Program Manager for the Northwest Burn Foundation and as Director of Education and Environmental Learning Centers for the Washington state office of the National Audubon Society.

Dominique Miciano
Pacific Northwest Collateral Coordinator

Dominique Miciano Dominique Miciano is the Collateral Coordinator for Waste Management in the Pacific Northwest. In this role, Dominique collaborates with a talented team of vendors, designers and printers to develop, maintain, and update all printed public education and outreach customer materials for the 100-plus municipal contracts in Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho and British Columbia.

As a lover of food, travel and the outdoors, Dominique understands that the sustainability of our planet goes hand in hand with good stewardship. She is a graduate of the Jackson School of International Studies with a degree in International Political Economy. Her experience and education has exposed her to global sustainability practices, which has made her fall in love with making a difference at home, and then outward. As part of the public education and outreach team, she is a proud ambassador of Waste Management's brand and core values that engage communities and build towards a more sustainable future.

Kristin Kinder
Washington Education & Outreach Coordinator

Kristin Kinder Kristin Kinder has been fascinated by environmental issues most of her life. Studying science in college brought out her inner-geek, and living abroad lit the spark to inspire her to work for change at home. After briefly devoting her time to Waste Management Operations, Kristin jumped at the opportunity for her ideal job as an education and outreach coordinator.

Kristin covers multifamily, commercial, and school education requests for all of Puget Sound. She leads tours of WM's Cascade Recycling Center, organizes school waste sorts, helps commercial and multifamily customers start recycling programs, presents at schools, businesses and conferences, tables at events and develops creative programs to encourage behavior change. Currently she is also working on projects with the cities of Seattle, Tukwila, Auburn, and Kirkland but loves to talk to anyone who is interested in recycling and composting.

Joel Kohlstedt
Washington Education & Outreach Coordinator

Joel Kohlstedt Joel is an Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. He carries out outreach with both commercial and multifamily properties, and most enjoys working with schools and businesses to find new recycle and compost opportunities.

Joel graduated from the University of Washington with a major in Environmental Studies. His early passion was in education, but after taking a few environmental classes, he realized how important sustainability was, and how much work needs to be done to protect our planet. He carried both of those passions to his current work where he gets to educate about the environment. Joel enjoys the outdoors, snowboarding and camping, and wants to continue working within the environmental field to make the greatest impact he can to protect the environment and its resources.

Michelle Metzler
Oregon Education & Outreach Coordinator

Michelle Metzler Michelle Metzler is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Waste Management of Oregon. In this position, Michelle works with municipal governments, community organizations and commercial customers in developing waste reduction strategies and implementing new recycling and composting programs. Michelle has extensive experience conducting waste audits, creating outreach materials and has assisted hundreds of businesses in finding creative ways to reduce waste. She serves as the Education Chair on the board of the Association of Oregon Recyclers and is an Oregon Green Schools Regional Coordinator.

Michelle is a Pacific Northwest native and holds a bachelor's degree in environmental economics from Western Washington University. She is a dedicated bike commuter, outdoor enthusiast and spends much of her free time volunteering with local environmental organizations.