Staff

Jeff Omelchuck

Jeff Omelchuck

Director of EPEAT

Jeff is responsible for overall management of the EPEAT registry, maintaining credibility of the registry through verification, and overseeing relationships with certification bodies around the world. Jeff organized the Green Electronics Council in 2005, and became the founding executive director of EPEAT in 2006 after a broad group of stakeholders selected GEC to manage the EPEAT system.

Previously, Jeff was the Managing Principal of a consultancy focused on helping companies develop effective management systems and achieve registration to ISO 9000 and ISO 14000. In this role Jeff worked with dozens of electronics and other companies to improve their environmental performance. Jeff started his career as an engineer in the computer industry in the Silicon Valley and held a variety of product development and manufacturing management roles where he often evaluated component and materials suppliers globally.

Jeff grew up in Montana and received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Montana State. He later received an MS in Management Systems Engineering from Stanford University on an executive fellowship in the Honors Co-op Program.

Melanie Bower

Melanie Bower

EPEAT Operations Manager

As Credibility Manager, Melanie Bower is responsible for implementing and overseeing quality management systems for the EPEAT Program. Her role includes gaining and maintaining accreditation to ISO 17020 and ISO 17065 and assessing the EPEAT program in relation to other environmental standards and eco-labels. She will also help lead strategic discussions and work relating to the effectiveness of certification and ecolabeling standards and approaches, standard setting processes and impact monitoring and reporting.

Prior to joining GEC, Melanie served as Sr. Program Manager at Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS), an international accreditation body that oversees several widely used social auditing systems. At SAAS she managed the oversight activities for 23 international certification bodies, ensuring that social audits were conducted in conformance with applicable standards. Melanie was responsible for developing performance metrics and indicators to drive improvements within SAAS’s systems. In addition to her work with standards systems, Melanie worked on a variety of assessment and evaluation projects for New York based non-profits.

Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the City University of New York, where she wrote her thesis on environmental indicators for sustainable food systems and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.

Andrea Desimone

Andrea Desimone

EPEAT Purchaser Relations Manager

Andrea supports organizations of all sizes as they seek ways to minimize the environmental impact of their purchase, operation and disposal of electronic equipment. She provides guidance to purchasers about leveraging the EPEAT system to fit their needs and manages the EPEAT Purchaser Award program.

Andrea has been with the Green Electronics Council since 2012, during which time she has worked with purchasers and sustainability groups to help them implement EPEAT in their purchasing and evaluation programs. She has also collaborated with retailers and resellers to connect their customers with more sustainable electronics, and has developed criteria-specific training for manufacturers.

Prior to joining GEC, Andrea worked in communications for the Puget Sound Educational Service District and managed marketing and training programs in the real estate industry. Andrea received her BA in Business Marketing from Western Washington University in 2003.

Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador

Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador

EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager

Lindsay develops verification processes, manages third-party auditors, provides technical support to participating manufacturers and contributes to the ongoing improvement of the EPEAT conformity assessment systems. These efforts help to ensure the credibility and accuracy of the EPEAT product categories.

Lindsay has more than 10 years of experience working in product and system certification, including as Program Director of an internationally recognized ISO 17065 accredited certification body for products used in organic agriculture. She has developed inspection procedures, verification criteria, administrative procedures, and other conformity assurance documents. Most recently, Lindsay served on a number of international government and agency stakeholder task forces to review, write, and update standards. She is knowledgeable of many types of standard development and interpretation processes, and specializes in highly technical standards requiring a great deal of expertise to interpret and perform conformity assurance activities.

Lindsay holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University and M.S. in Geography. She is fluent in Spanish.

Erin Gately

Erin Gately

EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager

As EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager, Erin Gately manages Quality Assurance programs including the execution of regular Verification Investigations, carried out by independent contractors. Erin also provides direct assistance to Participating Manufacturers to ensure they understand the conformity requirements for product declarations, and participates in content development for the Green Electronics Council’s training programs.

Erin comes to the Green Electronics Council from Hewlett-Packard, where she worked over 19 years in a variety of roles, most recently as Worldwide Product Stewardship Manager in the Personal Systems Group. Her job functions included assuring Hewlett-Packard products’ conformance with environmental product requirements and certifications. She is familiar with the efforts required to comply with complex environmental specifications, and aware of the challenges manufacturers encounter in managing electronics supply chains that span the globe.

Erin has a MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a focus on Sustainable Business. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineer from the University of Miami. She is currently working in the Certificate Program in the Essentials of Green Chemistry through UC Berkeley Extension. Erin has been profiled by Sierra Club Magazine and by WGBH Boston as a sustainability leader.

Susan Herbert

Susan Herbert

EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager

Susan joined the Green Electronics Council in January 2013 to help ensure the credibility and accuracy of the EPEAT product categories. In her role, she develops verification processes, manages third-party auditors, provides technical support to participating companies and contributes to the ongoing improvement of the EPEAT conformity assessment systems.

Susan has more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing conformity assurance programs, performing lifecycle-based investigations, developing environmental leadership standards and overseeing large multi-stakeholder consensus processes. She is a recognized expert in environmental standards development, independent verification processes and sustainability positioning. Most recently with TerraChoice / UL Environment, Susan spearheaded the development, implementation and launch of a new validation-services subsidiary and ensured the organization’s consulting services had the scientific rigor and responsiveness depended on by purchasers, stakeholders and the public.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Purdue University, School of Mechanical Engineering, and undertook postgraduate studies in mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto. She spends her time in both Ottawa, Ontario and Portland, Oregon.