Waste Loop inspires and transforms local waste streams into sustainable resources in the greater Leavenworth area.  We CONNECT with people and businesses to INSPIRE innovative solutions to local waste and recycle challenges & in-turn MOTIVATE action to integrate solutions into the community.  We imagine supportive and thriving communities where the concept of ‘waste’ no longer exists and resources are valued throughout their lifecycle.

Core Values

Resources are valued through their lifecycle

Supportive and innovative collaboration

Local Stewardship

Connect - Inspire - Motivate



Ariahna Jones

Executive Director

Ariahna has been involved with Natural Resource Management and Environmental Education for over a decade. As an Outdoor Environmental Educator and guide, Ariahna lived and worked in the mountains and on the rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest. This experience motivated her to continue her education and gain an M.Sc. from McGill University in Integrated Water Resource Management. After working for the WA Dept. of Ecology, Ariahna was excited to bring her skillset to the Wenatchee Valley through working for the Wenatchee School District and later as faculty at Wenatchee Valley College. Working in and for the natural environment has been one of Ariahna’s passions and she is excited to focus her efforts locally through Waste Loop.

Amanda Close

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Amanda is an avid outdoor enthusiast and educator. She has worked in the field of experiential education for more than ten years and has called the Wenatchee Valley home for about five. She has an educational background in environmental science, having completed her masters at Duke University where she studied wetland restoration and watershed management. After dabbling in seasonal science positions, Amanda now works as a guide and outdoor educator for a variety of schools and organizations, and is most happy when teaching ecology to students on multi day rafting trips. Amanda is excited to be joining the Waste Loop team in a way that allows her joint passions for environmental science and education to intersect while also serving the community that she calls home.

Natalie Tolbert

Community Compost Coordinator

Natalie Tolbert has been an avid grower and tender of plants and flowers since childhood in the Midwest. After relocating to the West Coast in 2010, she fell deeply in love with the entire cycle of food production while studying Environmental Studies with a focus on Food Systems. After working on several farms across the West, she gained experience in farming, composting, environmental education, cooking and baking. She is passionate about confronting and learning from our mistakes so that we may grow and educate ourselves towards a brighter and more sustainable future.

Colin Sternagel

Recycling Center Manager

Graduating from Western Washington University as an outdoor recreation major, Colin found himself in Leavenworth and the surrounding natural areas often for work and play. Inspired by the natural world Colin looks to ecological systems for inspiration and teachings. Colin uses that creativity from the natural world for researching and practicing alternatives to modern systems and modalities on his and his wife's 8 acres. Leavenworth he believes took a major historic risk to make it what it is today and the both good and bad of that success has put it in a unique position to be a small town leader for future local to global problems.

Lizzie Bridges

Marketing Manager

Growing up in Washington, Lizzie spent a lot of her childhood immersed in nature. With these experiences, she developed a strong love for the intrinsic value of the natural world. While studying Recreation at WWU, she had a “waste awakening” in Environmental 101 during her first quarter, and promptly decided to attend Huxley College of Environment for Environmental Studies as well. Her passion for a healthier planet with less waste led to her to Waste Loop. Lizzie is a true believer that there is no such thing as waste, just wasted opportunities concerning misplaced resources. Only collectively, through innovative thinking and proper action can we begin to close the loop.

Tim Davenport

Recycling Center Attendant

Tim moved to Leavenworth from Bellingham in November of 2019.  Tim is a resident of Coyote House at Tierra Village. He loves everything about the outdoors and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.  

Tim is very friendly and outgoing.  He loves meeting new people and being helpful.

Tim is enjoying learning all he can about waste management and recycling with hope to share his interest and knowledge with community folks who come to the Recycle Center.

Jason Lundgren

Board Member

A graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Jason Lundgren has been involved in fisheries and natural resources for 17 years. Jason is an avid angler, and previously worked for the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group in Olympia, before moving on to a role with the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Now the Executive Director of Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Jason is very excited to be involved in Waste Loop, finding solutions to reducing waste in the Upper Valley. Jason lives in Leavenworth with his wife, three kids and the family dog, George.

Emily Keenan

Board Member

Emily Keenan is an outdoor enthusiast and mountain lady. She fell in love with the Wenatchee Valley almost 10 years ago and now she rarely leaves. She loves the people here and wants to see us all succeed in our goals and strengthen our community. She knows there are big opportunities for creative thinking around waste reduction and repurposing and she is so happy to be on the board at Waste Loop.

Karen Francis-McWhite

Board Member

Karen Francis-McWhite is a mom, gardener, sourdough baker, and writer dedicated to inclusive and sustainable rural community development. Educated in both creative writing and law, she has a keen interest in the stories we tell about ourselves and about each other, and the ways law is used - and sometimes abused - by powerful storytellers. She has lived in and been an advocate for Central Washington residents and communities for eight of the last twelve years.

David Morgan

Board Member

David has been an avid recycler since childhood when one of his best summer jobs was working on the curbside recycling truck in the suburbs of Long Island, NY. Shortly after moving to Leavenworth in 2003 he and others formed Leavenworth Recycles and brought new and improved recycling options to our City for the first time. He's a hopeless nerd out about protecting the environment and loves it when people ask for advice about reducing their impact on the only planet in the universe known to support life.

Annie Wicker

Board Member

Annie has always been committed to supporting projects that promote sustainable tourism. Having spent seven years living abroad in a variety of different countries, she was always saddened by the lack of awareness by some communities on how waste effected their environment and so always chose activities with sustainability in mind. She has a passion for all things outdoors be it animal, plant or mineral and is dedicated to keeping it clean and available for all. Since moving to Leavenworth in 2014, she has seen first hand how tourism effects this small, caring community in a big way. She is excited to be a part of Waste Loop and help manage waste in the community with thoughtful and effective action.

Rachel Bishop

Board Member

Rachel is a Washingtonian and has lived on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, in Bellingham and at Mount Saint Helens and Mount Rainier, landing in Leavenworth two years ago. She is very passionate about education and has spent the last 10 years teaching environmental science, connecting people to the natural world in many different ways. Rachel hopes to bring her skills in education to the Waste Loop group. Aside from teaching Rachel enjoys birding, crack climbing and dog watching with her honey.

Molly Hemler

Board Member


Anna O'Neill

Board member

Anna grew up in Leavenworth and has deep roots in this community. While traveling the world she was exposed to a variety of cultures and ecosystems and saw firsthand the impact humans can have on the natural world.  From these experiences, she developed a passion for reducing waste and promoting sustainability. After moving back into the valley in 2015, she was proud to see all the positive changes in the community and wanted to get involved. Anna lends her knowledge of Accounting to Waste Loop along with her passion for a cleaner and healthier planet. She can most often be found outside looking for birds, surfing the river, or hiking in the mountains.

Interested in joining the waste Loop team?

Waste Loop is always looking for ways to connect people’s talents and passions to our waste reduction programs and efforts in the community.