Co Founders

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Robert PUtney

Robert's background is in packaging, sales, and solutions focused on revenue stream growth, fundraising strategy, product development & commercialization and project management. He has spent more than 20 years as a sales & marketing professional within the packaging and materials management industries.

Robert has six kids and in his free time enjoys playing basketball in his driveway, hiking, camping, and spending time with his family.



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Cassidy Putney

Cassidy's background is in environmental policy, communications, and graphic design. A graduate of RIT, her passion for environmental sustainability and zero waste offers a unique opportunity for her to utilize her skills to help Impact Earth reach it's potential in the community.

Cassidy loves to spend time outdoors exploring whether that's camping, hiking, or just taking a walk on a beautiful day. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her two cats Moose + Meadow, and is striving to lead a zero waste lifestyle both in and out of her work. 



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Elizabeth Carey

Elizabeth's background is in education and restaurant management. Her professional background ranges from working as a teacher to consulting businesses on the implementation of strategies and processes. With extensive experience in management, staff training, and vendor relations, Elizabeth helps businesses make a difference.

Elizabeth loves spending time with her family, knitting, and watching her children grow into incredible young adults. She is also a dog-mom to three spunky dogs: a pit mix, a shitzu, and a pug mix.




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ElIZA Crane

Eliza is a student at Finger Lakes Community College and is working towards a degree in Environmental Science. She has served as part of the Impact Earth team since her internship with us in 2014. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her family and friends.


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Gail Tack

Gail comes from a management background, with a wide range of account & project management experience. Professionally, Gail has spent over 20 years in the packaging industry, her growth and skills in Account Management, Purchasing, Director of Packaging only add to her skill set as a Controller.

Outside of work, Gail enjoys riding her motorcycle and spending time with her family.

Board of Advisors

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Steve Healey

Through his “eye opening” experiences, Steve has gained great insight that can be positively applied in early stage start ups to help them cross the cash flow commercialization goal line asap. In his “less traditional” career he has served in ten different technology based start-ups and been a minor investor in three others. One of his passions is the development and commercialization of contributing technologies; to make them both profitable and sustainable in the real world.

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Bill Belias

Bill is President of Ergonex, Inc. which facilitates the development of polymeric materials for consumer goods.  He has an ongoing interest to develop more efficient resource utilization streams including energy and materials.  He has participated on the boards of several renewable energy efforts.  Bill has advised the Impact Earth team for several years and is interested in contributing to their long term growth.

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Rachel Pickering

Rachel Pickering, is Chief Operating Officer for The Children's Agenda. Rachel brings 20 years of non-profit program and administrative experience to the position. Joining TCA in 2013, Rachel provided support, strategic guidance, and organization to Rochester's Healthy Weight Leadership Council - a collective impact initiative to increase childhood healthy weight in the City of Rochester. Prior to TCA, Rachel was the Associate Director of Community Engagement at Common Ground Health and led the Healthi Kids initiative for 5 years. Rachel is on the Board of Directors of Friends of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, Impact Earth, and Heritage Christian Services CCQL Committee. Rachel was the recipient of the Rochester Business Journal's 40 Under Forty Award in 2011 and was featured as a national 'Mover and Shaker' by in 2015. 

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Jerry Leone

Jerry has spent his entire 30 year career in solid and hazardous waste management, the majority of which in New York State.  Most recently, Jerry served in a variety of engineering, permitting, compliance, business development, and operational roles at Casella Waste Systems. Jerry is part of the Impact Earth Team to provide vision, leadership, advice, guidance, and most importantly advancing educational outreach in recycling and solid waste management.


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Tom Mangialino

I have been recycling since 1974, which is a long time, but I haven't seen the results that should, by now, have been quite evident.I've been appalled that we still can recycle some plastics and not others, that we waste and throw away so much organic material which can be used elsewhere for other energy producing by-products. I've left it to others while I did basic recycling and complained! So when I met Robert Putney, CEO of Impact Earth, working at a concert venue, I asked him, "What are you doing standing behind four labeled barrels," and as he explained why, a light went on.

When asked the question why invest in Impact Earth, I really didn't have to think hard to answer as family and friends who have seen me invest in several business ventures--not related to zero waste-- in the past can attest to. I found this young company composed of three hard working people, which should be the core of any new idea--hard work!, but I finally came to the conclusion, after volunteering with them, it wasn't just their hard work but the direction this company will go in the next 5 years that sold me.

I spoke with my family, telling them what and where this company had the capacity to take zero waste within the next few years, and that I wanted to invest. I received mixed reactions but all were positive. The rest is history and I'm now an investor/volunteer worker in whatever capacity the company can use me.

I am feeling good about how I can finally "Impact our Earth," while truly helping the future for my grandchildren. As you think about what I've said, think about a collective 'We' proposition as we continue to make an impact on the Earth and into this future.

- Thomas Mangialino, Rochester, NY