Featured Speakers

COMPOST2015 Keynote Speakers

John Wick

Marin Carbon Project
Opening Plenary Talk title: “Compost Saves the Planet! (Really)”
Presenter Bio:

John Wick was a union carpenter and studied project management at both SF State and UC Berkeley. John worked in the SF Bay area on commercial and high-end residential projects from 1975 until 1995. Since 1998, he has been a cattle rancher, a grass farmer, and is now the manager of microorganisms at the watershed scale.

He is co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project, which continues to expand our scientific understanding of compost and climate


MISSION: In response to the rapid pace of global climate change, the Marin Carbon Project (MCP) seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils through applied research, demonstration and implementation.

VISION: Our vision is for landowners and land managers of agricultural ecosystems to serve as stewards of soil health and to undertake carbon farming in a manner that can improve on-farm productivity and viability, enhance ecosystem functions, and stop and reverse climate change.

Pashon Murray

Detroit Dirt
Closing Plenary Talk title: “Why Do We Work So Hard?”
Presenter Bio:

Pashon has an unrelenting drive for waste reduction, recycling and reuse of materials. She would like to help change the carbon footprint of Detroit through revitalizing neighborhoods, finding solutions for everyday waste and eliminating trips to the landfill.

After graduating from Grand Rapids Christian High, Pashon went to Texas Southern University, where she earned her degree in Business Marketing and played on the TSU basketball team. Having grown up in a family that owned a waste transportation business, Pashon returned to her roots in Grand Rapids to help her father run his maintenance company, which led to the launch of her minority certified company Waste Trends, which provided roll-off containers for construction site cleanup and recycling for reusable materials.

In 2010 Pashon started Detroit Dirt, specializing in providing compost and biomass solutions for the Detroit community. Detroit Dirt’s closed loop model process was designed by Pashon to help with revitalizing the Detroit community. In 2012, Pashon launched Sustainable Integrations (SI). SI is a Detroit based 501(c)(3) organization with offices located in the historic Corktown area next to downtown. SI was formed to combat environmental deterioration by learning, educating, leading and serving the public through programs and services on sustainable land utilization, ecosystem remediation, renewable energy practice and improved waste management. The goal is to achieve a balance that is equally sensitive to social-environmental, environmental-economic and economic-social issues addressing difficult concerns such as natural resource stewardship, energy efficiency, business ethics and environment awareness.

In 2014 Pashon was featured in this Ford commercial that went viral!

As a proud resident of the Motor City and one of its most energetic advocates, Pashon has the passion for making Detroit one of the greenest cities in America.

Our educational sessions speakers include:

Ron Alexander

Ron Alexander, a horticulturist and veteran compost salesman and sales/marketing manager with more than 25 years of experience in compost marketing and end use.

He will present, Using compost to conserve moisture – I’ve collected all sorts of research on soil inc and mulching

Jan Allen

Jan Allen, P.E. leads Impact Bioenergy in delivering small pre-fabricated systems that recycle organic materials into renewable energy, compost, soil products, and biocarbon. He has been involved in design, construction, and operation of organics facilities since 1989, at Cedar Grove Composting, CH2M HILL, Concept Kinetics, and Harvest Power. Aerobic facilities have diverted over 10 million tons and the anaerobic systems produce 10 MW per hour of renewable energy. He is the registered inventor of six US Patents for composting, digestion, and biofiltration. Jan is a professional civil engineer and certified Compost Facility Operator. He graduated from Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering

He will present, Scaling AD Down to Onsite Microsystems

Diana Aquino

Process Coordinator, Organics – Compost

She will present, Walker’s Innovative Solutions to Meeting the New Provincial Composting Industry Standards

Jerry Bartlett

Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer for Cedar Grove Composting and managed operations or environmental affairs for the last 16 years. He has 27 years of experience in the environmental industry and a thorough knowledge of solid and hazardous waste regulations. Managed and permitted two of the largest compost facilities in North America and 3 others. Feedstocks included yardwaste, foodwaste, woodwaste and biosolids.

He will present, Northwest composter’s innovative adaption of many types of composting systems with feedstock movement, sorting, mixing and contaminate removal.

Anne Bedarf

Senior Manager, GreenBlue for the past 6 years. Main projects include the How2Recycle Label, Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Course, and Scaling Up Composting in the Charlotte, NC Area.

She will present, How2Compost: On-package Labeling Update

Ginny Black

Ginny currently chairs the Minnesota Composting Council a non-profit organization, and affiliate of the USCC, that works with composters, businesses, and the public sector to divert organic materials to compost facilities.

Prior to serving on the Minnesota Composting Council, Ginny worked for the State of Minnesota from 1987 to 2013 in the recycling and composting advocacy programs. Her last 12-years was focused exclusively on promoting composting of organic materials.

She served on the Board of the US Composting Council Board of Directors from 1995 to 2010 and in 2006 and 2011 received the USCC’s Outstanding Service Award. She currently a Trustee on the Composting Council’s Research and Education Foundation committee and Chair of the Minnesota Composting Council.

She is an active member of the Minnesota Audubon’s Environmental Issues Committee, a state wide organization affiliate with National Audubon. She works with that organization to strengthen legislative initiatives and programs around product stewardship initiatives, source reduction, recycling and composting. In addition she works on forwarding initiatives to reduce the impact of Climate Change.

Ginny has served on the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Organization the past 10 years. The mission of the BCWMO is to promote clean water in the Watersheds lakes, wetlands and creeks. She has promoted the use of compost as a means of fostering healthy soils which are nature’s tool for filtering and cleaning waters going to our lakes, wetlands and creeks.

She will present, Contact Water characterization at SSO compost facilities

Edwin Blosser

Edwin Blosser founded MBS in 1993 after studying with many soil specialists and investigating composting technologies in Europe and U.S. MBS started manufacturing Aeromaster Compost Turners for large scale, lowest cost production of high quality compost. The MBS systems approach to composting and soil fertility recognizes that many factors are involved in building soil back to “new ground” condition. Edwin continues to stress the power of converting organic matter into valuable carbon through microbial activity

He will present, Optimizing the Benefits of Applying High Quality Compost

Mollie Bogardus

She will present, Markets for Composted Agricultural Waste

Jean Bonhotal

She will present, Success with Food Residual Collection and Composting: A Discussion of Possibilities

John T. Bouey

Over 45 years as a professional engineer (registered P. E. in CA, UT and AK) in the water, wastewater and composting industries. President Managed Organic Recycling, Inc. since 2006. Designer of major ASP systems for Central Valley Oquirrh Mt. Composting Facility (Salt Lake City, UT; Lost Hills Biosolids Composting Facility, CA and Davis County Landfill, Layton, UT). Presented at WEF in Washington, DC (1990), UEA in St. George, UT (1980, 1981 & 1982) and USCC in Orlando, FL (2009).

He will present, Mono-composting Wastewater

Gaelan Brown

Gaelan is Founder of CompostPower.org, a research network that has developed successful compost heat recovery systems. He has worked on projects around the world from N. America to Siberia and Agentina, and is bringing compost powered renewable energy to market through Agrilab Technologies. In May of 2014 his first book, “The Compost Powered Water Heater” was published by W.W. Norton, a large US publisher.

Over the years he has also worked as an independent management consultant helping companies and organizations with sales/marketing, strategic/tactical planning, PR, general management along with holding senior management roles in several successful companies including groSolar, 1% for the Planet and Green Mountain Coffee. He has been a presenter and panelist at dozens of sustainability and renewable energy focused events and conferences.

He will present, Case Study on Successful Compost Heat Recovery

Christine Brown

Christine Brown

-20 years experince with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food in extension agronomy, with a focus of nutrient management for field crops

– experience with on-farm demonstration /research projects

– experience in giving presentations to farm groups, consultants, students, community groups and in research settings

– delivered nutrient management workshops to consultants for 10+ years

She will present, Cities Feeding Farms – Evaluating the Benefits of Compost Use for Agriculture

Michael Bryan-Brown

BSCE, founder and CEO of Green Mountain Technologies

Michael has a BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He is president and founder of Green Mountain Technologies, a manufacturer of ASP and in-vessel composting systems. He is holder of 3 patents in the field of composting. Previously Mr. Bryan-Brown was working as Environmental Engineer for Stone & Webster and Metcalf & Eddy in New York City on Biosolids management and wastewater treatment plant design.

He will present, How Big is Too Big?

Beth Clawson

Beth Clawson is a Michigan State University Extension Educator in the Greening Michigan Institute. Beth offers consulting and education in the areas of Natural Resources and Community Food Systems. For the first ten years of her career she coordinated education programs around community and consumer horticulture, and natural resources, composting and recycling. Refocusing on current needs education programs are centered on natural resources water quality, food and sustainability.
She received her Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources from Grand Valley State University and her Masters of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Beth also serves as the local Firewise Communities resource for Southwest Michigan. She currently sits on the board of the Michigan Extension Agents Association and is a past member of the Michigan Recycling Coalition and the Michigan Composting Council. From 2005-2010, she was acting chairperson for the Michigan Composing Council. Her work continues as she raises awareness about the 25 state policy priorities that offer specific strategies in reaching good food system goals as outlined in Michigan’s Good Food Charter.
Beth has written numerous articles and fact sheets about local food, sustainability, composting and home horticulture. Beth also edited and updated the Michigan Master Composter Manual text book, select chapters in the Michigan Compost Operators Manual text book, and Master Gardener Manual text book. Additionally, through a grant from the Michigan DEQ, Beth created a chemicals best management practices hand book for schools entitled: Smart and Safe School Chemical Cleanout. Her current publication is the Strategic Sale Shopping and Michigan Produce Availability Calendar.

She will present, Working with Small Urban Farms and Community Garden composters in Detroit

Jacquie Colangelo

Jacquie Colangelo is the Project Manager of Community Outreach in Waste Management and Roads Operations at the City of Hamilton. She has been a part of the Outreach team since 2008. Her focus is to promote the City’s waste diversion programs by educating all eligible households, multi- residential, commercial and corporate properties in the City of Hamilton. One of Jacquie’s key accomplishments was coordinating and implementing organic waste collection in multi-residential and commercial properties.

She will present, “Rolling Out a Commercial Green Cart Collection Program in the City of Hamilton”

Andrew T. Corbin

He will present, SCACROP! The Snohomish County Agricultural Compost Research and Outreach Project

Matt Cotton

He will present, Should Composters Accept Compostable Plastics?

David Crohn

David earned his doctorate in 1992 from Cornell University in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Since then he has been a professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. His research emphasizes the beneficial use of municipal and agricultural residues as soil amendments and fertilizers. If used beneficially, these materials can improve soils, crops and landscapes, but appropriate use requires consideration of their potential impact on ground and surface waters. By applying a systems approach, Dr. Crohn has developed tools to assist farmers and is scheduling applications of manures and other organic fertilizers. He works closely with the compost industry and state agencies, assisting them in identifying quality products for use in landscape to promote plant health and in construction areas to control erosion. Recently, he has published novel approaches for determining environmental pathogen survival functions where temperatures vary over time and where occurrences represent events that are seldom observable.
He will present, Reclaiming Salt-Affected Soils Using Compost

Wayne H. Davis

Wayne H. Davis is a Co-Founder of Harvest Power Inc. and Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs. He leads Harvest’s public policy efforts and oversees the company’s environmental and employee health and safety efforts. Mr. Davis is former Chairman of the Board of the American Biogas Council, a 200+ member organization promoting anaerobic digestion and the biogas industry. He also helped organize and was a founding member of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of California. Before joining Harvest, Wayne was co-founder and General Counsel of Backyard Farms, LLC of Madison, Maine and Chief Compliance Officer for Fidelity Brokerage Company. Wayne graduated from both Harvard Law School and Williams College.

He will present, Public Policy Workshop: How to Win Friends and Influence Policy-Makers to Help Your Company and the Compost Industry

Jim Doersam, P.E.

Mr. Doersam is a Senior Engineer with the San Antonio River Authority. He has over thirty years of experience in the areas of engineering and project management specifically in: water quality, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste recycling, and composting operations. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in these various roles throughout his career. Jim is a graduate of the University of Texas and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

He will present, One Man’s Organics is Another Man’s Treasure – The San Antonio River Authority / Texas Landfill Management, LLC Partnership to Design and Construct the Martinez II Recycling Facility

David Dugger

He will present, “Improved Training Saves Lives”

David Escalera

Founder and CEO of Compostamex

Specialist in Composting Professional Studies
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey.
1980 -. 1985 Production Agronomist. degree obtained in December 1985.
Peurbach Austria
1997 Course controlled microbial composting CMC.
Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, campus Guadalajara,
September 2003-August 2004. Diploma Directives skills.
Agronica of Valle de Bravo
2003 Course controlled microbial composting CMC.
Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente ITESO, Jesuit University of Guadalajara. January 2007 – December 2008 Diploma in Technological Entrepreneurship..

Professional Experience
Uninterrupted 25 years participating in various productions such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, Agave and cattle; over 30 rides Composting plants to date.

He will present, Composting of Palm Oil Residues to Support Sustainable Palm Oil Production.

Sylba Loren Everett

Sylba Everett currently focuses her efforts on organics & event recycling programs for the City of Austin. Sylba has more than 10 years of professional experience including working for her family nursery, working with organics and horticultural planning, commercial recycling program development (including establishing Freecycle) and working with public, private and non-profit organizations. She enjoys working with Austin Resource Recovery to educate and inform citizens about how easy it is to go Zero Waste!

She will present, City of Austin’s Home Composting Rebate Program

Dustin Fedako

Dustin is the CEO of The Compost Pedallers, a 100% bike-powered compost recycling program that collects organic waste from Austin homes & businesses and pedals them directly to a network of over 25 urban farms and community gardens to grow more local food. He has spoken on the topics of waste and urban agriculture across the US, most recently delivering the keynote speech at the 2014 Youth Zero Waste Conference in San Francisco.

Dustin also serves on the board of the Food is Free Project, an urban gardening non-profit, and recently helped launch the Permacultourism Initiative.

He will present, The Future of Community Composting

Tom Ferencevic

Tom is a founding partner and VP of Technical Services for YIELD Energy Inc.

Tom has had extensive biogas plant operational training on multiple technology platforms utilizing a variety of substrates from agricultural to urban organic wastes. Through Dr. Digester biogas services Tom delivers biological remediation and operational support services to existing, underperforming biogas plants across North America.

He will present, Organics Transfer Stations- The Case For Specialized De-Packaging

Frank Franciosi

Mr. Franciosi has spent the last 20 years working with residuals management and composting both in operations management as well as sales and marketing. In 1993, he started North Carolina?s first source separated organics composting facility. As past principal of Akkadia Consulting, he provided professional consulting services on projects of animal waste management, biosolids management, coal ash residuals, composting of industrial residuals, product development and marketing. During his career, Frank has facilitated the turnkey start-up of award winning composting facilities, taking them from concept to feasibility to operational, overseeing permitting, equipment selection, hiring and training of personnel, as well as the development and execution of the product marketing plan. Frank’s facilities received awards from the Carolina Recycling Association in 1995 and again in 2005. In 2010 the Nature?s GREEN-RELEAF Composting Facility received the NC Soil and Water Conservation Society?s, Conservation Business Award for their work on developing compost use specifications for erosion and sediment control. Frank is an active member of the US and NC Composting Councils. Frank has a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University.

He will present, Infiltration-Catch Water Where it Falls


Jeff Gage

Designer and Project Manager, Green Mountain Technologies

Designing facilities since 1985, Jeff has designed, constructed or run over twenty-five large scale composting facilities across the United States. He also teaches composting fundamentals throughout the world including the UK, the Middle East and the Americas.

He will present, “A Synergistic Relationship Between a Composting System and a Growing Operation

Justen Garrity

Justen Garrity is the Founder and President of Veteran Compost based in Aberdeen, MD. He is an industry leader in Aerated Static Pile Systems, Source Seperated Organic Collection, and Compost Marketing. Justen has a BS in Management of Information Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from Penn State, and holds a Maryland Compost Facility Operator License.

He will present, Source Separated Organics in Healthcare

Greg Gelewski

BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Frostburg State University, MD.

15+ years experience in the Environmental Compliance and Remediation. As the Recycling Operations Manager for OCRRA, manages the Agency’s Composting Program, along with providing oversight of the community’s curbside recycling program, household hazardous waste, and the household battery recycling program. Recent composting accomplishments; awarded the 2010 Compost Program of the Year, USCC, SWANA, 2011 Compost Systems Excellence Silver Award and the NYSDEC,s 2011 Environmental Excellence Award. He just received the NY State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR) 2014 Recycling Leadership Award for his efforts to advance organics recovery in New York State.

He will present, NY State’s “Beyond Waste” — OCRRA’s Response to Materials Management of Food Waste

Patrick Geraty

Mr. Geraty founded St. Louis Composting, Inc. in 1992 in response to Missouri Senate Bill 530 which established solid waste disposal reduction goals and restricted yard waste from landfills. During its first year, the company had 2 employees and approximately $100,000 in revenue. The company now employs over 60 people, has annual revenues in excess of $12,000,000, operates 4 compost processing facilities and 1 transfer facility and owns and operates approximately $10,000,000 of equipment including a fleet of more than 30 semi-trucks/trailers and dump trucks. Prior to founding St. Louis Composting, Mr. Geraty owned and operated a landscaping company for 12 years. With nearly 20 years of dedication to the recycling and composting industry, Mr. Geraty has grown his company into the largest composting business in the region.

He will present, Food Waste Recovery on the Cutting Edge: New Funding Approaches

Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez

Daniela lives as an earth keeper, compost promoter and most recently as a social justice facilitator. Since 2013, she is a consultant performing waste assessments and enabling composting and recycling programs for independent school districts in central Texas. She is a Master Gardener and a compost specialist with Texas A&M AgriLIFE extension. Daniela holds an MPA in Environmental Policy from Cornell University. She was a grant recipient and speaker for the Clinton Global Initiative University.

She will present, Hope beyond Hype for School Composting

Harry J. Hayes

Harry J. Hayes serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the City of Houston, in addition to his role as Solid Waste Director. In this role as COO, he is responsible for oversight of five city departments. Mr. Hayes was originally confirmed as the Director of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) in August 2007. As Director, Mr. Hayes oversees a $73.6 million budget and is responsible for solid waste services to approximately 423,000 households.

He will present, Removing Green Waste From The Municipal Solid Waste Stream

Tom Herlihy

Founder and CEO of Worm Power

Mr. Herlihy has over 25 years of engineering experience specializing in the design, permitting, construction and operation of large scale organic waste projects. His multi-disciplined background varies from an Agricultural Extension Agent in W. Africa, general dairy farmer and 20 years as a consulting environmental engineer. He now focuses all of his attention on developing large scale vermicomposting systems and the production of vermicompost based products.

He will present, Large Scale use of Vermicompost in Production Horticulture

Suki Janssen

Suki Janssen Waste Reduction Administrator for Athens-Clarke County(ACC), Georgia. Her duties include the contract management of the recycling facility in ACC, a variety of waste reduction events and the local green school program. Prior to her position in ACC, she was a Program Coordinator for the Keep Georgia Beautiful program. She is a certified middle grades teacher (having taught science for five years). She is a SWANA certified Landfill Operator and Class Instructor since 2005.

She will present, Master Composters and Community Outreach

Kathryn Kellogg Johnson

Director of Sustainability for Kellogg Garden Products

Her responsibilities include developing and managing business initiatives towards a goal of sustainability in all of the company’s areas of focus. She leads the effort toward environmental integrity, including the purchase of ingredients, the development of new products, energy efficiency in operations, meeting recycling goals, and re-purposing materials for their highest and best use. As “Historian,” she is involved in telling the 88 year story of the company’s commitment to sustainable practices.

She will present, 3 Saves 30″ The Journey of a PSA to promote Compost as a Solution to California’s Drought

Ray Kapahi

An atmospheric physicist and a chemical engineer with 25+ years of experience in air quality permitting, environmental impact analysis with a focus on power generation. My skills include emission calculations, dispersion modeling, preparation of EIRs, preparation of health risk assessments, greenhouse analysis and verifications. Currently, developing the use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models in air quality imulation.

He will present, Use of Advanced Models to Control Fugitive Odors from Composting Sites

Mitch Kessler

President of Kessler Consulting, Inc. (KCI)

has 30 years of solid waste consulting experience. He has managed and directed more than 200 projects for both public and private sector clients, including serving as the City’s solid waste consultant for the past 15 years. Mitch currently serves as President of SWANA’s Florida Sunshine Chapter and was also a board member and three-term chair of Recycle Florida Today. Mitch is known for his broad-based industry knowledge. His legal background and common sense approach to problem solving make him especially skilled in contracts and negotiations.

JD, Environmental Law; MA, American Studies; BS, Management; AAS, Horticulture

He will present, The Organics Revolution

Mark King

Environmental Specialist

Mark is originally from Winthrop, Maine and has been with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) since 1991. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in biology from the University of Maine and a Masters in zoology from Southern Illinois University. Currently, Mark works as an Environmental Specialist in the Department’s Sustainability Division, where he serves as the Department’s compost contact.

In 1993, Mark joined the Maine Compost Team where he developed an expertise in composting. In 1997, the Team established Maine’s award winning compost school, where Mark currently serves as the Director, as well as actively participating as a faculty member. To date, the school has graduated over 800 students representing more than 40 countries.

Mark provides on-going technical assistance to new and existing compost facilities through compost facility design, operations assistance and compost process trouble-shooting. He has worked with all levels of compost facility size and design, and has developed an expertise with medium and large- scale facilities.

Currently, Mark is working on a project to promote statewide composting of pre and post-consumer food residuals as an alternative to costly landfill disposal.

He will present, Results from Maine’s 2014 Organic’s Recovery Initiative

Brian M. Langolf

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Brian Langolf manages the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s biogas systems and staff which include a large farm wet digester, an urban dry digester and a small farm prototype digester. Prior to full time management of biogas systems, Mr. Langolf managed the University?s Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), a full-service research laboratory that provides a wide range of anaerobic digestion, bio-solid and environmental testing services along with custom research to clients nation-wide. Prior to joining the University in 2011, Brian worked as a research scientist for Kimberly Clark from 2004-2010. He holds a MS in Microbiology.

He will present, UW Oshkosh and Madison Partner to Collect Curbside Organics and Process Through Dry AD

Clayton Leonard

He will present, “Public Policy Workshop: How to Win Friends and Influence Policy-Makers to Help Your Company and the Compost Industry”

Matt Levine

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, Alexandria, VA

Matt Levine is the Chief Operating Officer of NFESH. Before joining NFESH, Mr. Levine was the Assistant Vice President, Development and Business services at the Meals On Wheels Association of America. Prior to his non-profit work, Mr. Levine spent 10 years doing marketing and public relations for Washington DC area consulting, real estate and real estate finance firms. He received his BS in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Relations at Syracuse University.

He will present, “”What a Waste”, Helping to End Senior Hunger

JD Lindeberg

President and Managing Partner of RRS

JD is the President and Managing Partner of RRS, a firm that specializes in sustainable resource strategies and waste recovery solutions. JD has worked for 25 years with leading private and non-profit institutions on sustainable business planning, financial assessment and project management. JD’s extensive practical knowledge in biomass energy systems, capital project planning, design engineering, organics and green housing projects are leveraged by many business sectors, including commercial developers, hospital systems, and the food and beverage industry. He has pursued the development of environmental and sustainable technology through his involvement in the Environmental Capital Network and his own ventures in green home and resort construction. JD serves as Managing Partner of the Co-Housing Development Company and is a visiting faculty member at the University of Michigan, teaching sustainable economies. He has also served as the Past Chair on the Clean Energy Coalition. JD is a LEED Accredited Professional.

He will present, Food Waste Recovery on the Cutting Edge: New Funding Approaches and Mixed Waste Processing: Implications for Organics Recovery

Pierce Louis

Co-Founder Dirt Hugger, a composting facility located in Oregon.

Mr. Louis focuses on business development, marketing and finance, but leaving time to help take compost temperatures and drive a front loader. Prior to Dirt Hugger, Pierce has contributed to the entire life cycle of businesses from inception through teaming with investment banks to successfully sell a company.

He will present, Dirt Hugger Case-Study: Financing Two New Facilities with a Stacked Capital Approach

Neil S. Mattson

He will present, Successfully Growing Organic Vegetable, Herb, and Flower Transplants using Vermicompost

Norma McDonald

Norma McDonald is currently North American Sales Manager for OWS, after joining the company in 2009. Norma’s background includes 21 years at Procter & Gamble, where she worked on development and commercialization of bioplastics for a wide array of products and packaging, and five years owning and operating Phase 3 Renewables, an AD company focused on farm-based digesters. Phase 3 designed and built the first AD biogas to compressed biomethane plant in the US – Hilarides Dairy in California in 2009. Norma now serves as Vice Chair of the American Biogas Council, and is a member of the ASTM D20 Bioplastic standards group, and the USCC Compostable Products Task Force. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin, a former US Marine Corps officer and currently lives in Cincinnati, OH.

She will present, Continuous Improvement of Compostability Standards: Maintaining Credibility and Relevancy in a Changing Industry


Frederick C. Michel Jr., PhD

He will present, How Wide Spread are Persistent Herbicides? Results of a Nationwide Survey

Bret Mons

Brett is a program manager in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability at the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). He primarily focuses in operations, data, and hi-rise apartment buildings and has worked on the organics program since its start in 2013. Prior to DSNY, he earned a master degree in Urban Planning and spent two years working on waste and public engagement issues in Albania as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer.

He will present, Organics in the Big Apple –Successes and Challenges Collecting Organic Waste in NYC

Steve Montle

He will present, Flint MI, Case Study: Privatization of Organics Recovery Leads to BOTH Brownfield Redevelopment and Less Expensive Organics Recovery

Peter Moon

I have taught the USCC’s ASP 1-Day workshop for the past several years.

He will present, Advances in Small Scale On-Site Food Waste Composting

Joann Natarajan

Joann is the Compliance Assistance Specialist in the Austin Area OSHA office. Her current duties are to promote voluntary compliance through training, outreach, and interface with business, industry, trade unions and workers. Prior to accepting this position, she was a Compliance Officer for 14 years in the Austin Area office. As a Compliance Officer, she conducted 400 + worksite inspections in the manufacturing, service, and construction industries.

She will present, “Safety & Health Hazards in the Composting Industry”

Tim O’Neill

President, Engineered Compost Systems

Tim learned to compost from his dad who made him hand screen the compost pile every spring and work the fines into the vegetable garden. He studied engineering at the University of Washington in the 70?s and 80?s with a vague plan to save the world and become rich. Instead, he has worked as an engineer and entrepreneur in his own small on-going businesses ? which has been much more fun than having a real job. In 1992 he began working in the compost industry which immediately felt like, and at times smelled like, home. He has been busy since then designing, building and supporting compost process equipment; then redesigning and improving this equipment as the composting environment and operators manage to torture it in ways never imagined. But it seems to be working; ECS now has major equipment in over 50 medium and large scale compost facilities in North America.

He will present, Life-Cycle Costs of Converting Turned Windrows to ASPs

Thierry Page

A Chemical Engineering graduate of Polytechnique Montreal, Thierry Page specializes in Odor Management during its Master’s Degree at Louvain Catholic University (Belgium) and in Management at the MIT Sloan School (Cambridge). International senior odor expert, Thierry Page is active since 19 years in many industrial sectors. He leads technical and scientific projects, developments of technologies for odor management and standards & protocols. At University of Montreal, Thierry Page lectures on odor management and air pollution. He also supervised R&D projects related to odor sampling, measurement, dispersion modeling and e-nose odor continuous monitoring.

She will present, Odor Community Monitoring, a New Approach for Odor Control and Social License to Operate

Chester F. Phillips

Chester F. Phillips is the architect of the Compost Cats project and currently serves as Project Director and ASUA Sustainability Program Coordinator at the University of Arizona, where he completed a B.S. in Environmental Science., B.A. in Creative Writing, M.F.A. in nonfiction, and all coursework for a PhD in Arid Lands Resource Sciences. His graduate research combines expertise in environmental policy and the social science of collaboration and coalition building for community sustainability. His academic and intellectual interests also extend to all forms of composting and to carbon sequestration (especially through composting).

He will present, UA Compost Cats: Students Creating Community Partnerships to Turn Garbage into Gardens and Foster Local Food Security

Josh Portie

He will present, “Preparing for Fires with your Local Fire Department”

Michele Riggs

As the lead Technical Specialist at Cedar Grove, Michele Riggs oversees all field testing of compostable products. Her pioneering work includes developing science-based protocols for determining “compostability” for products within active composting processes. Michele has utilized her academic background in Natural Resources and Chemical Engineering with her focus on environmental science initiatives during her 6 years at Cedar Grove. These activities include overseeing stormwater compliance for the company’s two major composting facilities. Michele serves as part of the technical team for the USCC CPTF reviewing the current ASTM disintegration testing standard. Michele also served as the project lead through ASTM international in rewriting the method, while also overseeing an international study involving composters and laboratories working to resolve current issues with disintegration standards. Michele also proudly serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice President of the Washington Organics Recycling Council (WORC).

She will present, Diagnosing Compost Facility Stormwater – Analysis and Interpretation

Heidi Ringhofer

She is a panelist on, “Operators’ Track: Q & A with Panel of Operators”

Marc J. Rogoff, Ph.D.

Dr. Rogoff is a nationally recognized expert in the procurement and operations of solid waste collection, recycling and materials recovery programs and facilities, and the economic feasibility of solid waste systems. With more than 25 years of experience in solid waste management as a public agency manager and consultant, he has managed more than 400 assignments on all facets of solid waste management. They include waste collection studies, facility feasibility assessments, site selection, property acquisition, environmental permitting, operation plan development, solid waste facility benchmarking, ordinance development, solid waste plans, financial assessments, rate studies/audits, development of construction procurement documents, bid and RFP evaluation, contract negotiation, and bond financings.

He will present, Yard Waste and Organics Collection — Alternative Management Strategies for Local Governments

Mark Rose

He is a panelist on, “Operators’ Track: Q & A with Panel of Operators”

George Savage

George M. Savage, P.E., Executive Vice President and Principal
Mr. Savage has participated in a number of projects involving biological processing of organic materials, and measurement, evaluation, and methods of control of gaseous emissions from processing facilities. He received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered professional engineer.

He will present, Diagnosing and Minimizing Malodors and VOCs from Biological Processing Operations

Rhonda Sherman

Rhonda has been with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC State University for 21 years, providing education and technical assistance on vermicomposting, composting, recycling and waste reduction throughout the United States and in 96 countries. Rhonda is considered one of the leading authorities on vermiculture and vermicomposting, and organizes an annual conference on large-scale vermicomposting that draws participants from all over the world.

She will present, Food Residuals Diversion at Businesses: On-Site Vermicomposting

Lisa Skumatz

Dr. Lisa Skumatz is an economist and Principal of the research / consulting firm, SERA. In more than 34 years in the business, Lisa has assisted more than 250 local, state, and national government agencies and industry clients on organics and solid waste research. Lisa’s work brings a “numbers” focus to provide information to advise program decision-making. Lisa has won Lifetime achievement awards from NRC and SWANA. Her co-author is a research analyst at SERA, and provided key input into the project.

She will present, Residential Organics Collection–How much does Collection Arrangement and Participation Matter? Should we Mandate!?

Jody Slagle

Jody G. Slagle is an environmental engineer in biosolids treatment and recycling at the City of Austin’s Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Facility. He is the compost manager for Dillo Dirt. Jody has a degree in Business Management from Texas Tech University and degrees in Agronomy and Civil Engineering from Texas A& M University. Jody has worked in wastewater treatment for over 30 years – 10 years for the City of Dallas and 21 years for the City of Austin. His work experience includes collections systems, wastewater treatment, project management, construction inspection, and biosolids treatment and reuse. Jody grew up in West Texas and has a long standing interest in farming, ranching, and ecology. Jody is a founding member of the Texas Compost Council and the Capital Area Master Naturalists.

He will present, Two City Departments, City Visions, and Composting: 20 Years Of Success and Through Fire and Water: Dillo Dirt Composting and 25 years of Challenges and Success, Part 1-Fire and Part 2-Water

Ray Stamper

He is a panelist on, “Operators’ Track: Q & A with Panel of Operators”

Lisa Storer

She will present, SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design + Development is now available!!

David Weindorf

Dr. David C. Weindorf serves Texas Tech University as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Associate Professor and BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Weindorf has authored over 80 peer reviewed research papers. His research focuses primarily on new technologies in field soil survey such as portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, visible near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and compost use/characterization. He has extensive international experience, with active research in Romania, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and India.

He will present, The Role of Organic Matter in Soil Quality

Michael B. Whitt

Michael Whitt is Natural Resources Manager for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), a federally-recognized Native American Tribe located in Scott County, Minnesota, less than 25 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2011, SMSC launched the Organics Recycling Facility (www.organicsrecyclingfacility.com), an approximately 45-acre, 100,000 ton per year SSOM composting facility. His role in that regard primarily centers around environmental compliance and quality assurance. Mr. Whitt is currently on the Board of Directors at the U.S. Composting Council (USCC), as well as the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM). He is also active in the sciences of Wildlife Biology and Wetland Science. He holds a B.S. from University of Maryland and an M.S. from Michigan State University.

He will present, Complaint Monitoring and Mitigation at a Turned Windrow Composting Facility