The Team


Kirk Treece – Executive Director

Kirk has been active on the Board since 2014 and has served as the Vice-President the past two years.  His interest in recycling stems from a strong desire to do the right thing for the environment along with helping others in Montana who share in this goal.  Professionally he has over 25 years’ experience in managing and operating businesses.  Most recently he has started his own business in the Missoula area.  His professional career has been focused on taking care of the customer and he will work diligently to support the needs of the Recycle Montana community.   Kirk has a Bachelors in Accounting from Northern Arizona University and his CPA Certificate with the State of Arizona.

As a professional he considers it his responsibility to be active in his community and has served on several other boards.  Kirk’s free time is spent with his family and dogs enjoying the outdoors, hiking, fishing and camping.

Candi Zion – President

Candi graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a Bachelors degree in History and a Masters degree in Public History/Historic Preservation as well as an Honors degree from ASU Barrett Honor’s College. Her employment experience includes working as the Architectural Historian for the Navajo Nation, as a manager and part owner of a veterinary hospital, and position as Rocky Mountain Front Coordinator for the Montana Wilderness Association.  She continues to work as a cultural resource management consultant and ranches with her husband at Winifred.  Candi  has served as barrel racing director for various rodeo associations, qualified in barrel racing for several rodeo finals, and helped create Dine’ Mother Earth Team and Recycle Hi-Line. She loves the wide open spaces, mountains, geology, history, recycling, her horses and dog Wiggles.

KIMG0060Mark Nelson – Board Member

Mark is a third generation Montanan. He and his wife Robin live in the beautiful Mission Valley. Since May 2000, Mark has been the Program Manager for the Lake County Solid Waste District. Mark has a Bachelors of Science in Business Finance and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Montana.  Mark has been SWANA certified as a Manager of Landfill Operations and of Transfer Station Systems. Mark is also a licensed water system operator.  Prior to his employment in the solid waste and recycling industry, Mark spent twenty years in the insurance industry, with the first ten in sales and agency operations and the last ten as an administrator in the Montana Insurance Commissioner’s Office.  Mark is the immediate Past President of Recycle Montana and represents Lake County on the DEQ Solid Waste Advisory Council.

IMG_1495Elaine Taylor – Board Member

Elaine is the president of the Montana Beverage Association. Elaine has served on the board of the Montana Recycling Association since 2002 and has been on the board of Recycle Montana since its inception.  A Montana native growing up in the Deer Lodge Valley, Elaine enjoys traveling with her family, bird hunting, golf, horses and lake time.

Rob Pudner – Board Member5654ea1cd28a2.image

Rob has a degree in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College in Vermont, where he became deeply involved with recycling operations in 2006. He was the head of the recycling crew, established a composting program and campus free store, and presented to first year students about proper recycling. He became involved with Recycle Montana in 2014 as the Recycling Educator through Americorps, and is now the Recycling Outreach Educator for Gallatin Solid Waste Management District in Logan. He enjoys sharing his passion for waste reduction and recycling with children and adults at outreach events, school visits, and community presentations. In his free time, Rob also enjoys climbing, trail running, spinning yarn, gardening, and food preservation.

Christy Keto 8 2013Christy Pease – Board Member

Christy is a Montana native who lives in Havre with her husband, two cats and three dogs. She proudly serves on the Recycle Hi-Line Board and enjoys educating area residents on local recycling opportunities, plus sharing ideas on how to reduce, reuse and repurpose. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from MSU-Northern and is a customer service, communications and public relations consultant.

Jennifer Bernosky – Board Member

Jennifer Bernosky is the Account Manager with Republic Services in Missoula, MT.  She was an integral part in the development of a more robust & affordable All-in-One (single-stream) curbside recycling program made available to Missoula residents in May 2016.  Her focus is to continue increasing city-wide recycling participation, educating the community and collaborating with local recycling & sustainability-driven organizations.  Jennifer has called Montana home for 20 years and lives in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley with her husband, 3 teenaged sons, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 ferrets and 10 chickens.

 Dianna Robinson – Board Member

Dianna Robinson in an Environmental Science Specialist at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality in the Materials Management Section. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She served two terms in the AmeriCorps as a crew leader with the Montana Conservation Corps in Helena, and as a regulatory trainee at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Dianna has also worked in Boston, MA at the non-profit the Green Restaurant Association, and as the district manager for the Antrim Conservation District in Bellaire, MI, as well as a pro-bono sustainability consultant for several small businesses.