Our Leadership

 

Salvatore (Sal) Coniglio, Chief Executive Officer

Sal Coniglio was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Recology on January 1, 2021.  Since 2000, Sal has worked in the resource recovery industry providing operational oversight to nearly all business functions, including collections, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, landfills, and composting facilities.   

Since joining Recology in 2015, Sal has held various leadership positions. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  He also served as a regional manager, overseeing many of the company’s Central Valley collection and processing facilities in California.  Prior to joining Recology, Sal worked for Garaventa Enterprises and Republic Services. Sal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.  


Catherine Langridge, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Langridge joined Recology as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2018.  Prior to joining Recology, Ms. Langridge served as Vice President Finance at Stitch Fix during the preparation for and Initial Public Offering (2017-2018), Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Supply Chain at Juice Beauty (2016), Vice President of Finance at Sephora (2014-2016) and Vice President Finance at Levi Strauss (1995-2014).

Ms. Langridge has been an Officer and Treasurer for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific since 2008.  Ms. Langridge earned her Master’s Degree in Business from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory.

 


Cary Chen, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Cary Chen oversees legal, corporate compliance, corporate development and enterprise risk management matters for Recology. Cary joined Recology as its first in-house counsel in 2013 and has served as Corporate Secretary since 2014. In 2016, he became a member of the executive team with his promotion to Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Before joining Recology, Cary practiced law at Morrison & Foerster, where he advised public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and other corporate matters. He later served as Associate General Counsel of GREE International, a mobile gaming startup.

In 2018, Cary was recognized as a “Best Lawyer Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He currently serves as President of the Board of APA Family Support Services. Cary earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford and a law degree from UC Hastings.


Julie Bertani-Kiser,  Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Bertani-Kiser, a long-time resource recovery industry professional, joined Recology in 1994. She served in multiple roles within the Human Resources Department and was promoted in 1997 to Director of Human Resources.

Prior to Recology, Bertani-Kiser worked for Basic American Foods as Benefits Manager and as Employee Relations Supervisor with Tri Valley Growers. Bertani-Kiser has been a member of the Recology ESOP Administrative Committee since 2007, and is now the Chair of the ESOP Administrative Committee. Bertani-Kiser holds a BS in Business from San Francisco State University, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

 

 


Recology Board of Directors

Christa Steele

Christa Steele joined the Recology Board of Directors in the Spring of 2019 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board January 1, 2021. She is an experienced CEO and Director serving as a board member of for-profit public, private, ESOP and family-owned B2B and B2C companies across varying industry verticals. Since 2013, professional board service has included seven public and private for profit company boards – including serving as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Chairman of Audit and Compensation committees to the financial services, insurance, wealth management, investment banking, neural technology, artificial intelligence, transportation, equipment leasing, waste collection, food and agricultural industries operating in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Italy, India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands.   

Until recently, Steele was a partner and board member of FIG Partners, a highly successful investment bank focused on M&A, Capital Markets, Fixed Income Asset Management, and IPO’s with ten locations across the United States. In April 2019, FIG Partners was acquired by Janney Montgomery Scott.   

Prior, Steele spent two decades in the financial services industry serving retail, wealth management and commercial clientele. Most notably, during her tenure, she led a $3.5 Billion asset size bank located in the Bay Area of CA. As former CEO, with direct P&L responsibility of a company with $500 million in market cap, Steele led a significant financial turnaround resulting in core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the banks’ value in less than two years, and successfully led its sale for a premium in 2015.    

Steele was featured on the cover of the Private Company Directors Magazine for the March/April 2020 edition and in the cover article for the March/April 2020 NACD Magazine edition. She was recognized by Private Company Director Magazine in 2019 as a Top 50 North America “Director to Watch”.    

Steele currently serves on the boards of Recology, Brainchip Holdings (ASX:BRN), BALCO Holdings, and Tanimura & Antle. She qualifies as a financial expert, is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow, holds an MBA from University of Southern CA (USC) and an undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento (CSUS).   


Laurence Colton

Laurence Colton became a Director of Recology in April 2013 and currently serves as chair of the Risk Oversight Committee and as a member of the Audit, Governance, and Compensation and Leadership Development Committees. Mr. Colton has a rich and deep history in the insurance brokerage industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served as President of Goldman Insurance Services for 15 years, from 1986 to 2001. Following the merger of Goldman Insurance Services and Willis Insurance of California, Mr. Colton served as President of Willis Insurance of California from 2002 to 2010. In 2010, Larry joined the Fort Point Insurance Board of Directors and became a Principal of Business Professional Insurance Associates (BPIA). In April 2012, Mr. Colton joined forces with Jason and Matthew Goldman to create G2 Insurance Services, where he served as CEO until January 2017. He has served on many boards including Larkin Street Youth Center, SF AIDS Foundation, Insight Prison Project, the San Francisco YMCA, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and Working Solutions, and currently sits on the boards of Mills College, Eisenhower Medical Center and Digicom Learning. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communications and Public Policy from UC Berkeley.


Mark R. Lomele

Mark Lomele served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Recology from 1996 to 2018.  From September 1988 to July 1996 Mark served as Recology’s Corporate Controller.

Mark also served as a member of Recology’s ESOP’s Administrative Committee, starting in 1991 and served as its Chair from February 1995 to December 2017.  He is a former chair of the ESOP Association.  Mark holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant.

 


Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez

Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez joined the Recology Board in January 2014. Currently she is the Co-Chair of Rise Together, a nine county initiative to cut poverty in the Bay Area. She is also enrolled in a Masters of Divinity program, focusing on the intersection of environmental sustainability and theology. She served as the Interim President and CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation. Prior to working with the foundation, Deborah served for nine years as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, where she transformed the organization from a traditional thrift store and job-training program to a sustainable green enterprise.

In 1998, Deborah was recruited by Mayor Willie Brown to run the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. In 1991, she was appointed the Assistant Director of Budget and Planning for the San Francisco Health Department.

Deborah currently serves on several community and nonprofit boards: Co-Chair of Epworth UMC Council, Co-Chair of Rise Together and Academic Dean Search Committee at PSR. She served on the Boards of the East Bay Community Foundation, Cordes Family Foundation, the Harwood Institute, and the Independent Sector. She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College.


Salvatore (Sal) Coniglio, Chief Executive Officer

Sal Coniglio was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Recology on January 1, 2021 and joined the Board of Directors on January 4, 2021.  Since 2000, Sal has worked in the resource recovery industry providing operational oversight to nearly all business functions, including collections, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, landfills, and composting facilities.   

Since joining Recology in 2015, Sal has held various leadership positions. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  He also served as a regional manager, overseeing many of the company’s Central Valley collection and processing facilities in California.  Prior to joining Recology, Sal worked for Garaventa Enterprises and Republic Services. Sal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.