CRI - Staff & Consultants

Founded in 1991, CRI has become recognized as the expert source for information on container recycling and container deposit systems, and plays a vital role in educating policymakers, government officials, and the general public regarding the social and environmental impacts of the production and disposal of one-way beverage containers. CRI also works to debunk myths about container recycling promoted by the beverage, retail, and container manufacturing industries.


scollinsnewhsSusan V. Collins, President

Susan has spent 23 years advising over 80 municipalities on municipal solid waste and recycling programs and sustainability issues. She recently completed an extensive international research project comparing the financial, operational and policy aspects of container deposit and packaging systems in California, Germany and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. She spent nine years on the board of the California Resource Recovery Association, has a B.S. in manufacturing engineering from Boston University and an M.B.A. from UCLA.  Susan is a board member of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), and serves on the Recycling Jobs Task Force and the NRC policy and finance committees.



Jason Medbury, Webmaster

Jason has spent the last five years as Technical Director for the educational company Freshi Media, which brings digital media literacy to children around the world.  A graduate of UCLA and partner in the Media Barons Creative Services, Jason has worked on projects and programs with Monster Digital, Grand-Am and ALMS Series Racing, Movies with a Message and the International Family Film Festival.  Jason is excited to work with CRI and extend his knowledge and skills to the organization and its message.


fatemahhseditFatemeh Bagheri, Program and Membership Manager

Fatemeh has a B.A. in Politics and English Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an M.P.P. from Pepperdine University. Prior to returning to school for her M.P.P. Fatemeh worked for various nonprofits like the Legal Aid Society of Orange County as well as The Santa Cruz County Immigration Project, and has also worked with the Service Employees International Union.  Fatemeh interned with the ACLU of Maryland, has volunteered with SEA Lab working on marine conservation and native plant recovery, and volunteered in Solheimar, Iceland doing organic cultivation, landscaping, and forestry.


candaceleeCandace Lee, Intern

Candace began as an intern for CRI in the summer of 2011.  She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Environmental Science at UCLA and has a strong interest in environmental research and policy. She has interned for State Senator Fran Pavley and currently interns for the California League of Conservation Voters.  Candace also assists with Engage, one of the nation's largest energy conservation behavioral studies conducted by the UCLA Institute of the Environment.


Photo of Chris SparnichtChris Sparnicht, Web Consultant

Chris started in the environmental non-profit world working as office administrator for The GrassRoots Recycling Network in 1998. Since then he has branched out to help other non-profits develop concise, clear and easily navigable websites as a consulting webmaster. In coordination with CRI staff and interns, he has helped develop the general look and feel of CRI's two websites, and Chris has been married for 16 years, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia in Athens.