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Dr. Thomas O'Brien

"Sustainability, Energy and the CA Supply Chain"

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Conference Schedule
9:00AM - 9:30AM ~ Registration | Networking

9:30AM - 9:40AM ~ Conference Welcome
Cynthia Vant Hul, Conference Chair

9:40AM - 10:00AM ~ SCWMF Business Meeting
Moderators: David Davis, MSW Consultants &
Mike Mohajer, L.A County Solid Waste Facilities Board

10:00AM - 11:10AM  ~ Capacity Planning
Moderator: Chris Sheppard, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer,
L.A. County Public Works

  • Speakers include:

  • Matt Cotton, Principal Consultant, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC

  • Trishena Robinson, L.A. County Public Works

11:10AM - 12:00PM  ~ Legislative Update
Moderator: Hans Kernkamp, Riverside County
Department of Waste Resources

  • Speaker: Doug Kobold, Executive Director,
    California Product Stewardship Council

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12:00PM - 12:15PM ~ Break for Buffet


12:15PM - 1:00PM Luncheon Speaker

Moderator: Teri Cohan Link, LINKCO, Inc.

  • Speaker: Dr. Thomas O'Brien

Sustainability, Energy and the California Supply Chain

1:00PM - 2:00PM ~ Round-table
SB 1383 Implementation Opportunities & Challenges: Lessons Learned

Moderator: Cynthia Vant Hul, Mariposa EcoConsulting

  • Panelist Include:

  • David Davis, MSW Consultants

  • Manuel Gouveia, Republic Services

  • John Davis, Administrator Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority

  • Carlos Florez, City of Highland

2:00PM - 2:10PM ~ Closing Remarks & Raffle


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Dr. Thomas O'Brien is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Deputy Director of the METRANS Transportation Consortium, a partnership of CSULB and the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC), one of five regional workforce centers originally funded by the Federal Highway Administration. He previously served as CITT’s Director of Research. Dr. O’Brien is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) where he serves as Immediate Past President. He is Chair of the oversight committee of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Automation and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Intermodal Freight Transport Committee and Urban Freight Committee. He also serves on the Boards of the Los Angeles Transportation Club, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, and National Transit Institute. Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He is both a former Eno and Eisenhower Transportation Fellow.


Carlos Florez works for the City of Highland as the Public Services Coordinator. He enlisted in the Navy out of Hemet CA, as an Aircraft Structural Mechanic. He started out working on PC-3C Orion’s out of NAS Barbers Point and MCAB Kaneohe Hawaii. He re-enlisted as an Enlisted Recruiter out of NRS East Bakersfield. He then re-enlisted to work on SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-60S Helicopters out of NAS North Island. Deciding to retire after 21 years of service, he was initially hired on with the City in the Administration Department.  He was able to move up to his current position as Public Services Coordinator, which deals with issues in the City concerning Street Sweeping, NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permit Program and the Solid Waste Program.


Manuel “Manny” Gouveia is the West Area Municipal Manager dedicated to serving the solid waste and recycling service needs to communities across Southern California on behalf of Republic Services.  Manny provides support and oversight to five Municipal Managers in the regional market and helps them administer contract compliance with over 50 exclusive and non-exclusive municipal franchise agreements.  Additionally, he proudly serves on the Board of Directors to the Long Beach, Seal Beach, and Montebello Chambers of Commerce. 
Prior to joining Republic, Manuel spent over 10 years in the public sector working for US Senator Dianne Feinstein, CA State Senator Carol Liu, and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.  Manuel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.


Trishena Robinson is a Principal Civil Engineering Assistant in the Environmental Programs Division at Los Angeles County Public works.  She is responsible for conducting annual Countywide capacity planning analyses, updating the Countywide Siting Element, developing the annual County Organic Waste Management Plan, and conducting other solid waste engineering activities. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in 2014.

Forum Business Meeting

Forum members are invited to attend to the business affairs of the organization as well as an informative workshop.

• The Chairperson reports on Forum events of the past year.

• The Secretary-Treasurer presents the financial report.

• The members adopt a budget for the following fiscal year.

• The members elect 5 Directors to serve 3-year terms.

• The members conduct other official business as needed.
Any member interested in serving as a Director is encouraged to contact the Nominating Committee Chair. 
Click the following link to send an E-mail. Nominating Committee.

  • To register and pay by E-mail please download the registration form and send to:

  • To register by mail please download the registration form and send to:
    Southern California Waste Management Forum
    21520 Yorba Linda Blvd., Ste. G-428, Yorba Linda CA  92887

  • Online payment option below.

  • Please be sure to make checks out to:  Southern California Waste Management Forum

  • If you have any questions please email us at  Registration is a financial commitment, we bill for “no shows”.  Cancellations must be submitted 14 days prior to the event in writing.

2022/2023 SCWMF Board of Director Nominees


  • CHAIR ~ Cynthia Van Hult, Mariposa EcoConsulting

  • VICE CHAIR ~ Nick Morell, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

  • TREASURER ~ Phillip Mainolfi, HF&H Consultants, LLC



  • Mike Mohajer, Commissioner, L.A County SWMC/IWM Task Force Solid Waste Facilities Board    

  • David Davis, MSW Consultants

  • Christopher Sheppard, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer, Los Angeles County Public Works

  • Bernadette Halverson, City of LA, Bureau of Sanitation

  • Teri Cohan Link, LINKCO, Inc.

  • Susanne Passantino, Republic Services Inc.

  • Mark Patti, Mattress Recycling Council

  • Melissa Morgan, MPA, Public Services Manager City of Highland

  • Olivia Sanchez, Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)