Staff

David Stitzhal

President

David Stitzhal

David (he/him) started his environmental career standing knee-deep in garbage when he designed and implemented what is arguably one of the nation’s first landfill sorts in the late 1980’s. He was hooked, and a career was launched. The solid waste field quickly called on many aspects of his peripatetic academic experience, from biology to anthropology to city planning.

In 1993, after working for Cornell University’s Waste Management Institute, local governments, environmental non-profits and other consulting firms, David founded Full Circle Environmental, Inc. He has served as President and Lead Consultant since that time, as well as serving on a number of local and national boards of directors. David currently serves on the Boards of UPSTREAM and the National Stewardship Action Council.

David has created a vast network of relationships with an array of talented colleagues across the U.S. He excels at bringing people and organizations together to achieve program and policy goals. Specifically, David has helped lay the groundwork for conservation programs setting the trend for the nation, including pharmaceutical take-back, electronics product stewardship and commercial sector recycling assistance. Recently, David earned the Understanding the Living Building Certificate through the International Living Future Institute.

David is known for a creative and results-oriented approach that has led to a number of award-winning projects. He has a BA from Swarthmore College in both psychology and sociology/anthropology. He has a Masters degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Eun-Sook Goidel

Senior Project Manager

Eun-Sook Goidel

Eun-Sook is a senior project manager with unparalleled expertise in procurement, green purchasing and federal policy.  She is an extraordinary trainer, skilled at conveying complex technical and procedural requirements and translating them into readily actionable recommendations.

For more than 23 years Eun-Sook has been a leader in environmental procurement at the local and national level.  During her tenure at the EPA, Eun-Sook pioneered many EPP (environmentally preferable purchasing) program elements, and laid the early foundation for federal level EPP implementation and policy development.

At Full Circle, Eun-Sook works hand in hand with cities, states and federal agencies as well as with collectors, processors, specifiers, and manufacturers.  She brings a life cycle perspective to all of her work, ensuring that purchasing choices reflect holistic, multi-attribute considerations. Her penchant for research, and her track record in developing innovative tools and resources, consistently drives innovation in management practices for carpet, paper, electronics and other commodities. Her work with the National Park Service and the Federal Network for Sustainability are particularly noteworthy.

Eun-Sook has a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an MA in International Economics & International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Katie Atkins

Senior Project Manager

Katie Atkins

Katie (she/her) brings more than 20 years of experience conducting trainings, leading public-involvement, and providing technical assistance on natural resource management issues in the Pacific Northwest.  During her tenure with Cascadia Consulting Group, and as owner of KTA Consulting, Katie developed expertise in recycling and solid waste practices, waste water management, organics, and social marketing.  Katie’s engaging presentation style, knowledge, and range of experience allow her to convey complicated, sometimes controversial, topics in a friendly, easy-to-understand fashion that drives behavior change.

Katie also has experience providing cultural sensitivity training to outreach volunteers, and has conducted workshops to audiences ranging from Vietnamese landscapers to Chinese elder-gardeners to Somali business owners, utilizing translators when necessary. Katie also completed an 18-hour training on Navigating Difference: Cultural Competencywith Washington State University’s Cooperative Extension.

Katie artfully blends her highly-regarded outreach, training, and public engagement expertise with her breadth of subject matter knowledge, allowing her to work directly with diverse audiences on topics ranging from business recycling and composting, to green storm water infrastructure, to construction projects. In addition to her wealth of relevant experience, Katie brings to Full Circle her problem-solving skills, enthusiasm, familiarity with public agencies, and a can-do attitude.

Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature, a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Indiana University, and attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program.  She received a Master of Science in Arts Management from the University of Oregon.  Katie also holds a certificate in Planning for Public Participation (from the International Association for Public Participation), and completed training in Community-Based Social Marketing with the widely-respected Doug McKenzie-Mohr.

Laurel Stitzhal

Business Manager

Laurel Stitzhal

A founding member of Full Circle, Laurel (she/her) has long kept things running smoothly behind the scenes.  Laurel began providing bookkeeping and other support.  As Full Circle grew, so did her role, and she officially transitioned to Business Manager in 1997.

Laurel now oversees financial operations and hiring. She also skillfully coordinates the invaluable and talented crew of professionals we have selected to help meet the company’s needs in bookkeeping, accounting, human resources, IT support and insurance.

Laurel draws on a myriad of management skills honed during years as Regional Manager for Open Adoption and Family Services. Laurel has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, and a masters degree in Counseling from Seattle University.

Zan McPherson

Project Manager/ Outreach Specialist

Zan McPherson

Zan McPherson (she/her) comes to Full Circle with an interdisciplinary background in community engagement, business development, and project management. She is a skilled communicator, writer, and relationship builder with an aptitude for both analytical and strategic work. Her commitment to the intersection between people & environment and her dedication to regional sustainability and equity has motivated Zan’s passion for resource conservation.

As the Volunteer Program Associate for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Zan developed hands-on expertise in fieldwork and outreach to advance public land conservation efforts. In addition to leading a variety of communications and DEI initiatives, she coordinated and led over 100 volunteer events with groups and communities from diverse backgrounds. As the first hire of a small housing startup called Hatchback Cottages, Zan collaborated directly with the CEO & Founder of the company to launch and manage just about every aspect of the business – from communications campaigns to partnership programs to strategic business development initiatives. Alongside her work at Hatchback, Zan supported consulting work for FIX Impact Development, a small group that focuses on solving complex urban challenges with place-based solutions.

Zan’s early exposure to resource conservation came through her role as the Sustainability Coordinator at a family camp in Michigan, where she supported recycling collection and educated campers about waste. Later, through an abroad program in Denmark, Zan studied waste management systems in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Zan completed her B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Environmental Sociology at Whitman College. She received Honors on her thesis which analyzed quantitative and qualitative data to explore the relationship between economic systems and pro-environmental behavior. Zan completed Doug McKenzie-Mohr’s Community Based Social Marketing training and is supporting multiple projects as part of Full Circle’s team, drawing on both her field work and policy skills. When not immersed in resource conservation work, you can find Zan sailing on the waters of Lake Washington, experimenting with new art mediums like cross-stitching, and planning bike excursions around the city and beyond.