Staff Members


Donna Westerman
CEO
donna@sustainablepurchasing.org
As CEO, Donna Westerman guides the SPLC's direction and implements strategies to maintain the organization's focus on its short-term and long-term objectives. She leads the development and growth of programs that empower procurement and supply chain professionals to integrate high-impact, sustainable purchasing leadership practices. Donna focuses on the most salient impacts that the SPLC make on sustainability leaders. Donna has spent her career leading strategic/tactical solutions for large-scale corporate initiatives - commodity and country risk analysis, sustainable sourcing, and human rights - working to improve working conditions and environmental impact. Donna began the first supplier diversity programs at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Wrigley. She has served as the Director of Supplier Diversity & Social Accountability/Global Supply Chain for Avon Products. As the first VP of Responsible Sourcing for Mars, Inc, she assembled the Global Responsible Sourcing Center of Excellence team, responsible for Mars' first Code of Conduct. Her work with Mars enabled them to become one of the top three companies in the food and beverage sector for ethical sourcing. This code continues to affect how Mars procures goods and services worldwide, over five divisions with 70,000 + associates. Donna comes to SPLC most recently from Verisk Maplecroft, where she served in a number of positions, including Vice President of Environment, Sustainability, and Governance (ESG), Head of Retail and Consumer Goods; and Vice President for Consulting. In these positions, she developed and enhanced CSR programs and processes for global retail and consumer clients and focused on systematic change to address human rights violations and environmental impact in the supply chain. Having navigated complex economic, social, governmental, and environmental issues, Donna has established policy development/guidance, training/issue trend monitoring, analysis/implementation guidance, and resources to ensure both supply chain resiliency and adaptation of more sustainable procurement practices. Donna has served as a senior advisor to some of the world’s largest consumer product groups. Along with the Academic credentials include an MBA in Industrial Relations and a BS in Business Administration/ Marketing from Seton Hall University, and a CSR Certification from Harvard Business School.

Sarah O'Brien
Director of Programs
sarah@sustainablepurchasing.org
As SPLC's Director of Programs, Sarah is responsible for ensuring that SPLC's many programs empower procurement and supply chain professionals around the globe to successfully implement high-impact sustainable purchasing practices. Sarah is an expert on sustainable purchasing and specifically on the procurement of more sustainable electronics. Prior to joining SPLC she was Director of the multi-stakeholder Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN) working on the elimination of worker exposure to toxic chemicals in the electronics supply chain. For more than a decade previously, Sarah led global purchaser engagement with the EPEAT sustainable procurement tool for the Green Electronics Council. Earlier, Sarah developed and managed the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program of the nonprofit Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (now renamed Practice Greenhealth) and served as a Senior Outreach Associate for INFORM’s PBT-free purchasing program, working with states across the country on reducing their procurement of products containing mercury and other persistent toxics. Sarah has a BA from Yale University and a Masters degree in anthropology from Temple University.
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Johanna Anderson 
Member Success Manager
johanna@sustainablepurchasing.org
As Member Success Manager, Johanna works directly with SPLC members to develop and implement strategic sustainable purchasing programs designed to create a more sustainable world. She also collaborates on the development of resources to support SPLC members in achieving their goals. Prior to joining SPLC, Johanna coordinated the State of Minnesota's Sustainable Procurement Program for 10 years, assisting the state with making purchases that demonstrated the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility. During her time with the State, she led the development of a charter for the State's program, increasing the State's commitment to and accountability for sustainable procurement. She also successfully advocated for including sustainable purchasing in an Executive Order on state agency sustainability. Johanna has been involved with SPLC since 2013. She engaged the State of Minnesota as a founding member, has served on numerous SPLC committees, chaired the SPLC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and served on the Board as liaison to the TAC. Johanna holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science from San Francisco State University.
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Kris Spriano 
Member Success Manager
kris@sustainablepurchasing.org
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Kris is responsible for ensuring members' needs are being met in a way that provides them with an impact-focused purposeful track towards leadership.   Kris co-manages the ongoing design, development and deployment of member resources and training supporting these efforts including identification of best practices, relevant eco-labels/certifications; supporting peer groups, and non-profits.  Additionally, she leads the continued development of SPLC's Maturity Model and Benchmark Program offerings which dock into SPLC's member services.  Prior to SPLC, Kris was a Supply Chain Sustainability Manager at Cisco Systems focused on supply chain greenhouse gas reductions, continued development and implementation of their design for environment principles and product-level environmental compliance. Among her most impressive accomplishments and initiatives in this role, Kris led the development and execution of Cisco System’s first-ever Scope 3 end-to-end supply chain emissions reduction program which met its 2020 GhG reduction goal. She also worked in a variety of traditional supply chain roles over her 16 year tenure with them, including supply chain program management, demand planning management and supply chain learning and development. Additional private sector work prior to this focused on electro-mechanical manufacturing and process engineering.  Kris holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Vanessa Ruelas
Administrative Coordinator
vanessa@sustainablepurchasing.org
Vanessa provides critical support to the SPLC by coordinating the administrative functions for the organization, including member services. She also supports the Program, Sales, and Marketing teams with a variety of tasks. Prior to joining SPLC, Vanessa established a diverse career in administration, operations, human resources, marketing, event planning and copywriting. In recent years she has worked in various industries empowering businesses with process improvement strategies and managing administrative and operational business functions. Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University.

Bob Jarboe
Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships
bob@sustainablepurchasing.org
As Senior Advisor for Business Partnerships, Bob Jarboe develops partnerships between SPLC and businesses that wish to engage the Council’s unique audience of procurement professionals who are focused on sustainability and sustainability professionals who are focused on procurement. Before coming to SPLC, Bob was Executive Vice President of Business Development for Practice GreenHealth, where he was responsible for recruiting and retaining businesses as partners, members and sponsors to support innovative, sustainable, and profitable green practices in the healthcare industry. Bob led the launch of successful sponsored projects, such as Greening the Supply Chain and Greening the Operating Room. Bob generated sponsorships for significant organization activities, including in support of Practice Greenhealth’s annual conference and trade show. For nearly 8 years, Bob represented environmental business interests to the broader organizational membership including hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, as well as federal and state agencies. Bob founded the Western Idaho Training Company and served as its CEO for 20 years. WITCO is a nonprofit organization providing vocational, residential and developmental services to persons with disabilities. Bob built its success on creating innovative business and private sector partnerships with more than 100 companies that benefited thousands of individuals and families.
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Mohamed Elamine
IT Manager
info@sustainablepurchasing.org
Mohamed is SPLC's IT Administrator and Web Developer. His primary responsibility is to manage and continuously improve SPLC's server, external website, and internal member Community. Mohamed has over ten years of IT experience in various industries including Web Development, Coding, Design, SEO, Servers (WMH, Apache & IIS, MySQL, Mail server, SSH, etc.), Security and Databases. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Higher Institute of Computer Science Mahdia in Tunisia.


Program Consultants

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Anastasia O'Rourke, Phd
Special Consultant
IEc, Inc.
Dr. O’Rourke has over 15 years of consulting experience providing expert sustainability and analysis services. As a staff member at Industrial Economics, Incorporated (IEc) she specializes in sustainable purchasing and products, standards and ecolabels evaluations, and program design strategies. Dr. O’Rourke has extensive experience supporting programs that promote sustainable industry and the greening of products, cleantech investments, and sustainable entrepreneurship. In addition to SPLC, she consults with clients including the United Nations Environmental Programme; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA); non-governmental organizations; and several companies. Dr. O’Rourke holds a B.A. (Hons, 1st Class) from Sydney University, a M.Sc. In Industrial Environmental Management from Lund University Sweden, and a Ph.D. in environmental management and finance from Yale University.
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Carole Garner
Senior Conference Project Manager
MeetGreen
Carole Garner is a project manager from MeetGreen, SPLC's partner in producing the annual Summit and SPLC Connect. Carole heads the team that manages logistics, technology resources and content administration for SPLC’s flagship events. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality, meetings, and events business, Carole brings a background in corporate and nonprofit event planning, marketing, and management to MeetGreen. In her tenure with the firm, Carole has been responsible for meeting management, training, and mentorship. Prior to joining MeetGreen, Carole owned Specialized Meetings & Events, Inc., a full service professional event planning company with offices in Bend and Portland, Oregon. Carole is also founding editor of The Meeting Vision, an online publication to educate junior planners and administrative staff on best practices in the meetings industry. Her articles and planning advice have appeared in national publications such as The Meeting Professional, MeetingsWest, Meeting Ideas, and Oregon Business magazine. She has served on the Board of Directors of Meeting Professionals International, Oregon Chapter, most recently as chapter president. Although she loves the travel and city adventures that come with her job, Carole lives on 35 acres in the middle of farm country near the banks of the mighty Columbia river.
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Helena Tavares Kennedy
Helena Tavares Kennedy serves as Program Consultant for SPLC’s webinars. As a communications consultant, freelance writer, and editor focused on sustainability issues, Helena utilizes her 19 years of experience to lead and manage marketing and communication activities for sustainability clients in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She previously worked as Communications Director for the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials leading their public relations, media relations, website, social media, events, webinars, and other communications activities. She earned her BA in International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies and a Concentration in Environmental Policy from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from University of Maryland University College. Helena frequently publishes articles, speaks at conferences and radio shows, and hosts webinars and workshops on key environmental issues, sustainability, biomaterials (bioplastics, biochemicals, biofuels), marketing, and communications topics in print and online.
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Shirley-Ann Behravesh, Phd
Faculty
Arizona State University
Shirley-Ann Behravesh contributes to the development of SPLC BENCHMARK℠ and the analysis of benchmarking data. She is a faculty member within the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She has significant project management experience with sustainability projects. She has worked with European partners on several multi-million dollar projects, focused on disseminating knowledge of sustainable technologies, traffic management and sustainable construction within the EU. She has recently worked on a Food Systems Sustainability project within the city of Phoenix. Her dissertation research focuses on defining an organisational culture for sustainability and understanding what combinations of sustainability practices can lead to more sustainable outcomes. Shirley-Ann holds a BSc from the University of the West Indies, and an MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge.