NWRA announces promotion of four employees

NWRA announces promotion of four employees

New positions range from vice presidents to directors of various divisions.


National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) President Darrell Smith recently announced the promotion of four upper-level employees in a press release. NWRA promoted Steve Changaris to vice president of the Northeast region; LaWanda Jones to director of internal operations; Peggy Macenas to vice president of the Midwest region; and Brandon Wright to vice president of communications and media relations.

“We have a talented staff that works hard for our members and the industry every day. It gives me great pleasure to reward their hard work and talent. Steve and Peggy do a terrific job representing the industry and working with our members in their regions. LaWanda does a remarkable job supporting our members and ensuring the team has the tools and resources we need. Through Brandon’s efforts, NWRA continues to be the voice of industry and a leader on issues facing the waste and recycling industry,” Smith says.

Changaris has worked for more than 25 years at NWRA. Steve covers the northeastern states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. He works with the region's NWRA recycling, organics and waste companies and interacts on their behalf at the state, local, regional, special authority and county level. He works with elected and legislative officials as well as administrative and regulatory officials in all solid waste and recycling areas.

Jones has worked for NWRA since 1998. In her new role, Jones oversees all issues and inquires related to IT and databases.  Prior to her employment with NWRA, Jones was enlisted in U.S. Army Reserves.

Macenas has been with NWRA since 1993. In 1998, she was named the manager of the Midwest region with the responsibility of managing the legislative and regulatory affairs on behalf of the NWRA state chapters in the Midwest. Macenas also serves as director of the NWRA Women's Council. Prior to joining the association, Macenas worked on the production side and in the regulatory arena of cable television and served as the executive director for several nonprofit associations.

Wright joined NWRA in October 2017. Before joining NWRA, Wright was chief of staff at the Maryland Department of Planning and served in a senior leadership role at the Maryland Department of Health. Wright has also served as communications director at the Petroleum Marketers Association of America and led communications efforts on several successful advocacy initiatives in Annapolis, Maryland.