The Team

Kirk Treece – Executive Director

Kirk has been active on the Board since 2014.  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 ZionCandi 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 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 – Vice President

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.

Jennifer Bernosky – Treasurer

Jennifer Bernosky is the Community Relations Manager for Bitterroot Disposal, servicing Ravalli County’s waste collection needs; And Evergreen Disposal and Valley Recycling, providing waste and recycling services in the Kalispell area.  Jen has been in waste management since 2014 and brings a great deal of experience navigating the complex challenges in the ever-changing world of recycling.  Jennifer and her husband have called Montana home for over twenty years and recently moved back to Missoula after 17 years in the Bitterroot Valley.  They have four kids, and enjoy family time and exploring our beautiful state.

 Dianna Robinson – Secretary

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.

Rebecca Treece – Board Member

Rebecca Treece was born and raised  on a farm in Vermont and holds a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Vermont. She has spent her professional life as an educator, mother and lifelong learner. She has most recently started training as a Vision Therapist at an Optometry office in Missoula.  Her passion for environmental responsibility through education led her to the join the board in 2017 to promote recycling in the beautiful state of Montana. She enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time with family in the great outdoors.

Brian Hohn – Board Member

Brian is a Montana native, born and raised in Broadwater County.  He and his wife, Claudette live in Townsend, where they raised their family and currently own and operate a small business there.  Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech.  After spending seven years as the Solid Waste Supervisor for Broadwater County, he recently took over the Jefferson County Solid Waste Operations.  He is Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Certified as a Manager of Landfill Operations.  Brian’s interest in recycling came from helping his Grandfather pick up aluminum cans along the highway as a youth.  His Grandparents lived through the Great Depression and saw value in everything.

Kolbi Fox – Board Member

Kolbi Fox was raised in Billings and moved to Phoenix when she was 18. She graduated from college with a degree in Graphic Design & Marketing. She worked in that field for six years. She couldn’t stay away from Montana very long so she moved back in 2002. She and her partner started the crazy adventure of Yellowstone E-Waste in 2006, with no prior knowledge of owning a business. Their business has grown tremendously since then, and they even opened a retail store as a second business in 2016. Kolbi has always been passionate about the environment and recycling, but that passion grew when she got into this field.

Kolbi has three children. The eldest two are extremely interested in helping the planet, with the oldest one going to college for a degree in Environmental Science. Kolbi says sometimes they teach her things she did not know about the environment! In her spare time, Kolbi enjoys reading, learning, and traveling.