About WASTE LOOP

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

OUR TEAM

BOARD AND STAFF MEMBERS

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.

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.

Gary Blomquist

Recycling Center Attendant

Gary is a local.  He was born and raised in Cashmere, WA.  He attended Cashmere High school and graduated in 2009.  After high school, Gary attended a four-year program (Chapel Haven West) at the University of Arizona.  He graduated from Chapel Haven West in 2013.

Gary enjoys working for Waste Loop at the Recycle Center.  Gary loves to learn all he can about waste management and recycling and in turn, share that knowledge with community folks who come to the Recycling 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.

Tom Prang

Board Member

Tom's interest is recycling and sustainable living were kindled from fieldwork as an Archeologist, and living off the grid in Alaska. This led to a degree in Science and Environmental Education, and continued effort to live with a foot in 2 different cultures by following a seasonal round  subsistence lifestyle while doing contract science and education projects.

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.

Lizzie Bridges

Board Member

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.

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

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