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MathyStanislaus-thMathy Stanislaus, Asst Administrator of US EPA

Mathy Stanislaus was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), and he began his service on June 8, 2009, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

As Assistant Administrator for OSWER, Mr. Stanislaus leads EPA’s programs that revitalize communities through the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites under Superfund, Brownfields, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) programs; oversee other federal agencies’ cleanup of contaminated properties; and advance hazardous and solid waste materials management under RCRA, chemical plant safety, oil spill prevention, underground storage tank program, and emergency response. He is the longest tenured Assistant Administrator for OSWER.

Mathy and EPA are on the forefront of transitioning from waste management to life-cycle based materials management through the Sustainable Materials Management Initiative. He is actively leading the United States’ role in the G7 Alliance for Resource Efficiency. Through the G7, EPA is advancing Sustainable Materials Management on a global scale by convening stakeholders from across business, academia, and others to identify best practices is resource efficiency. Mathy is also leading OSWER’s actions to advance the President’s Climate Action Plan including the implementation of OSWER’s adaptation plan. Mathy is also the Tri-Chair of the Obama Administration Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group that is spearheading the effort to improve the safety of chemical plants and communities. Mathy is passionate about open government, expanding transparency, and empowering local communities.

Mr. Stanislaus is a chemical engineer and environmental lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the environmental field in the private and public sectors.

joe-lamplJoe Lamp’l, Star of “Growing a Greener World”

Joe Lamp’l’s (aka joe gardener®) infatuation with gardening and nature began as a child. After a run-in with his parents’ favorite shrub, he panicked and jammed the broken branch into the ground. A few weeks later, it had taken root. Joe was not only relieved; he was also hooked on horticulture.

As one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and sustainability, that passion for living a greener life is evident to a nationwide audience who watches Joe in his current role as Executive Producer and Host of the award-winning PBS series, Growing a Greener World® and previously as host of Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network and GardenSMART. Joe also shares his know-how on NBC’s TODAY SHOW, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Weather Channel and through his popular books, podcast series, nationally syndicated newspaper column and more.

Mitch Kessler, President of Kessler Consulting

Mitch Kessler has over 30 years in the solid waste industry and has been responsible for hundreds of projects pertaining to comprehensive waste management, collection, recycling, and composting programs for public & private clients. Mitch has presented at conferences for USCC, SWANA, Recycle Florida Today, Carolina Recycling Association, and National Waste & Recycling Association covering topics of Composting, Zero Waste, Public/Private Partnerships, and Contracts & Procurements just to name a few.

He will present, The Critical Role of Organics: Where Are We Heading?

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, How and Why to Interpret Your Test Results

Jan Allen

Jan Allen has worked at Frost Valley for 12 years. 2 of those years were spent running the day to day operations of the main camp composting and the past ten have he has been at the farm still overseeing the main camp operation while implementing a composting and manure management system for the farm.

Jan supervises all aspects of the composting and manure management for the 90 horse program and the farm livestock including collection, composting, and distribution.

He will present, A Model called Community Supported Biocycling

Diana AquinoDiana Aquino

Diana Aquino is the Organics Process Analyst at Walker Environmental Group Inc. She has been with the company for 4 years and as part of her role she is responsible for QA/QC, as well as, ensuring the compost facility is in compliance with set procedures and legislation.

Diana presented in 2015 on the new Ontario Composting Standards.

She will present, Greening Our Highways

Golnaz ArabGolnaz Arab

Golnaz Arab is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. She has started her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Daryl McCartney in 2011. Her research area is integration of anaerobic digestion within composting processes. Her proposal received the third place in USCC Young Investigator Scholarship in 2015. She has presented her work entitled “Institutional organic waste characterization” in BioCycle (2013, 2015) and SWANA (2015) conferences. She also has presented her work entitled “Co-composting of Anaerobic Digestate” at University of Alberta and Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence(EWMCE).

She will present, Composting Anaerobic Digestate

Joseph Aschl

Mr. Aschl held a teaching post at the University of Linz in Austria and then carried out large IT consulting projects with a Canadian computer company as well as with his own consulting firm. He has been involved with the composting industry for more than 30 years and has worked with US and Canadian composting facilities for over 10 years. His firm Aschl Management Systems has developed specialized software for the management and control of large composting operations.

He will present, Cost Control in Large Scale Composting Facilities

Kristen BaskinKristen Baskin

Kristen Baskin is the founder of Let Us Compost, a curbside composting service in Athens, GA. She is an EPD Certified Compost Operator and Georgia Master Composter, en route to a Masters’ Degree in Applied Community Change from Future Generations University. Along the way to compost land, she fell in love, gave birth to daughters, and stumbled upon Athens, Georgia, her favorite place on earth. When traveling through faraway villages in her Masters’ Program, she realized how disconnected modern society had come from the natural living cycle, particularly in regard to waste. While smelling the stench of burned trash piles ripping through towns, and stepping through miles of garbage, she realized that at some point the environment went from being our master, to our partner, to an afterthought. Let Us Compost was born to make caring for the earth, through food waste recycling, a normal, natural part of life in Georgia.

She is a panelist on, Getting to Zero Food Waste: Composting @ Annual Events

Whitney Beadle

Marketing Communications, BIOFerm Energy Systems

Ms. Beadle is responsible for the Marketing and Communications efforts at BIOFerm Energy Systems. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Communications as well as Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ms. Beadle has been able to realize her passion for advancing renewable energy adaption through her work in the areas of anaerobic digestion and biogas upgrading at BIOFerm Energy Systems.

She will present, Maximizing Organic Value: AD, CNG and Composting Synergy

Anne Bedarf

Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager at GreenBlue’s SPC has presented hundreds of times at a variety of conferences, to include moderating sessions.

She will present, The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Compost Label

Ned Biggs

Ned Biggs, General Manager, Solorganics, LLC
Emory University, BA Economics & History
University of Tampa, MBA
State of Florida Licensed Wastewater Operator

He will present, Sewage Sludge Stablization by Solar Drying/Within Vessel Compsoting

BonhotalJean Bonhotal

Jean has worked at the Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for over 20 years, first working for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Broome County, then for the Cornell Waste Management Institute. Reducing, repurposing, recycling and composting solid and organic residuals to mine and redirect resources from our waste stream is a systematic way to manage our waste stream.

She works on composting feedstock from food to manure to animal carcasses. Currently her time includes work on food scrap, manure and carcass & butcher waste composting education and research. Characterizing waste streams is important to be able to separate and determine value-added purposes for different residuals. Compost quality and consistency in the market place is also a high priority, as well as encouraging use to build healthy soils and redistribute nutrients.

Previous experience includes working with different agencies including US Forest and National Park Service, US EPA, NYS DEC and the landscape and greenhouse industry.

She received an M.S. degree in Education and Communication from SUNY Binghamton in 1991, a B.S. in Biology from Utah State University in 1984 and an A.A.S. in Natural Resources from SUNY Morrisville.

She will present, “The Role of Composting in Managing Catastophic Disease Outbreaks in Poultry” and “Strategies for Maximizing Diversion: A Framework Overview With Examples From Tompkins County, New York

Michel-BryanBrownMichael Bryan-Brown

Mr. Bryan-Brown is a Civil/Environmental Engineer with experience in compost systems design, biosolids management and wastewater treatment design. He is president and founder of Green Mountain Technologies, a leading manufacturer of composting equipment in the U.S. Responsibilities include overall management of the company, product design and prototyping. He is holder of 3 U.S. patents in the field of composting and is the author of numerous papers. In addition to his work with Green Mountain Technologies, he has worked as consultant to the City of New York Department of Sanitation for food waste composting. Previously, he worked on EPA grants to investigate on-site composting systems for organic wastes. As consulting engineer to the City of New York Department of Environmental Protection, he was contracted for the assessment of odor impacts from 8 proposed sludge composting facilities. Responsibilities included the characterization of odor emissions from compost processes and the preliminary design of ventilation and odor control equipment for all facilities.

He will present, Comparison of Turned Aerated Pile (TAP) vs Aerated Static Pile (ASP)

Sally Brown

Fellow, Soil Science Society of America. Former Board member, USCC, SSSA. Previous winner Rufus Chaney Research Award (USCC), columnist, Biocycle magacine

She will present, Developing standards for compost in bioretention systems

Kim BusseKimberly Busse

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

I have a Master’s degree in Microbiology and have been in the field of Environmental Quality and Sustainability for over seven years. I am currently the Laboratory Manager at the Environmental Research and Innovation Center at UW Oshkosh in Wisconsin. I am versed in water quality, biosolid characterization, compost evaluation, and environmental engineering technology. I have presented at several regional and national conferences regarding foodwaste diversion, organic collection, biosolid testing and evaluation, and composting.

She will present, Foodwaste to Functional Organic Compost

Rick CarrRick Carr

From laboratory research to field applications, Rick Carr has been studying the science and utilization of compost, vermicompost, and liquid extracts. In 2012, he earned a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology from Cornell University where he conducted research on understanding the mechanisms associated with vermicompost-mediated disease suppression. Immediately following his graduate career, Rick managed a composting and vermicomposting facility in Argentina, which has led to his current position at Rodale Institute.

He will present, Deploying Microbes from Compost as a Seed Treatment for Protection against Soil-borne Plant Pathogens

Susanna CarsonSusanna Carson

Susanna Carson is an entrepreneur building her personal and corporate legacy through the business of sustainable/compostable packaging. She is the founder and CEO of BSI Biodegradable Solutions, a compostable packaging distribution company, and more recently Besics Packaging Corporation, a compostable retail products company. Carson has more than 22 years of education and work experience in environmental issues and business development. Susanna serves as Co-chair of the Product and Packaging Working Group of the National Zero Waste Council; is a topic expert for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition; and a founding member of Women for Nature, supporting environmental conservation and education programs. One of her more personally satisfying roles is educating female entrepreneurs on sustainability in business through the Go for the Greens executive conference! in Orlando, where she serves as Sustainability Chair.

She will present, The BÉSICS® Protocols: Advances in on-site compostability testing for certified compostable foodware and packaging

Matt Cotton

He will present, “10 Mistakes First-Time Composters Make”

Maura Dougherty

Maura Dougherty has more than 15 years’ experience in the solid waste industry ranging from landfill gas projects to composting, waste soils management to biogas utilization projects. As the solid waste industry evolves to incorporate composting into their standard practices, Maura has had the opportunity working with Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC to assist landfills with composting design including converting existing windrow operations to aerated facilities and expanding on existing aerated facilities. Maura is excited to have the opportunity to present on a topic that is playing an important role in the future of the direction of the solid waste industry.

She will present, Time for a Change? Transitioning from Windrow Operations to Aerated Static Pile Composting

Stanley Dudek

45 years in the plastics industry with General Electric Plastics, Celanese, and Allied Signal. Formed Polymer Processing Tech, LLC (PPT) in 2004. PPT does product development and consulting for a variety of international and US companies.

He will present, Bio-digestion and Composting as End of Use Options for Ag Films

Barbara EckstromBarbara Eckstrom

Barb Eckstrom has been the Solid Waste Manager for Tompkins County, NY since 1988. In this capacity she has provided leadership in the community’s efforts in diverting 60% of the solid waste stream through recycling, composting and waste reduction programs. Most recently her efforts have focused on developing initiatives and partnerships that provide incentives to increase food scrap recycling for residents, businesses and educational institutions. Barb has a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

She will present, Strategies for Maximizing Diversion: A Framework Overview With Examples From Tompkins County, New York

Holly ElmoreHolly Elmore

Passionate and driven, Holly Elmore is founder & CEO of Elemental Impact, a national non-profit committed to bringing sustainable operating practices to the corporate community. Beginning her career as an auditor and CPA with Arthur Andersen, she worked almost seven years in the corporate arena. Holly’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged when she created Executive Catering & Events, a prominent corporate catering company. Over the next fifteen years, Holly operated Executive Catering along with two successful restaurants in the Atlanta market.

Following her restaurant and catering years, Holly served as Director of Marketing for Wine South, the premier consumer wine festival in the Southeast; and later as the Advertising Director for Restaurant Forum, the Official Magazine of the Georgia Restaurant Association. During her tenure as founder & executive director of the Green Foodservice Alliance, an affiliate of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Holly created the Zero Waste Zones program, acquired in 2012 by the National Restaurant Association.

Holly utilizes the extensive business skills developed during her professional path to make a difference through Elemental Impact, now in it’s 6th year of Sustainability in Action. She is author of two Ei Blogs: Zero Waste in Action and The IMPACT, which document the organizations journey and successes. Holly channels her energy and enthusiasm into Ei, spearheading initiatives that benefit the community, the environment, and the bottom-line.

She is the moderator for, Getting to Zero Food Waste: Composting @ Annual Events

FaucetteBritt Faucette

Dr. Britt Faucette, Ph.D., is an Ecosystem Scientist, Certified Professional of Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC), and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Dr. Faucette currently directs research, technical services, and regulatory approval programs for Filtrexx International and the organics recycling and storm water management industries. He earned his Ph.D. from the Odom School of Ecology at the University of Georgia where he researched soil-water-plant performances of various BMPs used in soil erosion and storm water management applications; served as a state specialist in storm water management, organics recycling, and pollution prevention programs in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering; and served as an adjunct professor in the School of Environmental Design. Britt serves on technical committees with the American Society of Test Methods (ASTM), Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the Board of Trustees for the US Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF), the Professional Development Committee and the Standards and Practices Committee of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), and Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GA SWCC) Technical Advisory Committee to revise the state Erosion & Sediment Control Manual. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Annual Clean Water Award presented by the US Composting Council. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 100 popular press articles, developed federal and state specifications on organic materials used in erosion and sediment control and storm water management, worked with foreign governments, taught graduate students, consulted on organic materials management and storm water related projects in 15 countries, has been awarded approximately $500,000 in state and federal research grants, has conducted seminars and trainings at over 100 national and regional conferences, and has published two books on research and design elements of organic materials used in storm water management.

He will present, Is Compost Quality Important? Research on the Performance of Compliance vs Non-Compliance of Federal Specifications for E&SC Compost-Based BMPs

Beth-FitzpatrickBeth Fitzpatrick

I have worked at Frost Valley for 12 years. 2 of those years were spent running the day to day operations of our main camp composting and the past ten have I have been at the farm still overseeing the main camp operation while implementing a composting and manure management system for our farm.

I supervise all aspects of our composting and manure management for our 90 horse program and our farm livestock including collection, composting, and distribution.

She will present, 25 Years of Composting at Frost Valley YMCA

Brian FleuryBrian Fleury

Vice President at WeCare Organics, Manager of the Rockland County Co-Composting Facility and the New York City Composting Operations, Director of Product Marketing specializing in compost and engineering soils, USCC Member since 2000, Current Board Member and past Secretary and Treasurer.

He will present, Staten Island Compost Fire

Kenneth FraserKenneth Fraser

Kenneth has been involved in the foodservice industry for 35 years dedicated to the sector of non-foods. He has always been conscious and dedicated to environmental issues and change even as a young person. Kenneth joined the team of EcoProducts over 6 years ago as the Southeastern Regional Sales Manager, a company he saw as being dedicated to the change in how this industry views disposables. He has been directly involved with haulers and composters throughout the SE to connect the dots to bring an end of life solution to compostable disposables with food scraps.

He is a panelist on, Getting to Zero Food Waste: Composting @ Annual Events

Ben Fredregill

Ben is the former CFO for a dry foods and organic spice manufacturer/wholesaler. Ben has +25 years experience developing and executing strategies in the Consulting, Food Wholesaling and Information Technology industries. He is a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt, with a B.A. in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Ben has also attended USCC Operators Training.

He will present, Proving the Concept: The Value of a Demonstration Project as a Precursor to making the decision to compost

Rob FriendRob Friend

Rob Friend is currently the Co-Director of Organics Development for Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc., a Twin-Cities based commercial composting company that processes over 80,000 tons of wood and yard waste and over 34,000 tons of food waste annually. Rob has over 19 years professional experience in the commercial composting industry, working in sales and safety before focusing on organics development.

He will present, Source Separated Organics Co-Collection at a new Ballpark and the Obstacles to making it Happen


Justen GarrityJusten Garrity

Former Army Officer turned composter, Justen Garrity has been a commercial composter since 2010. Justen is the Founder and President of Veteran Compost, a company which collects and composts food scraps throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Justen has a Bachelor of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Penn State.

He will present, Integrating Chickens into a Commercial Composting Operation

Greg GelewskiGreg 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 will present, Using Social Media and Web Services to Drive Traffic and Revenues

Claudio-GemmitiClaudio Gemmiti

Claudio Gemmiti, now Senior VP Innovation & Strategic Growth for Club Coffee LP, was previously Vice President Grocery, HBC and Household with Loblaw Brands Ltd. He had been with Loblaw for 10 years following a successful international career with Procter & Gamble. He has a degree in Nutrition & Food Chemistry from the University of Toronto and is an avid competitive cyclist.

He will present, Changing the Narrative: Developing and Introducing a Compostable Single Serve Package to North American Markets


Ulf Harig

Mr. Harig has over 20 years with W.L. Gore & Associates, having spent his early career in industrial filtration technologies. Mr. Harig is the senior global member of the Solid Waste Treatment for GORE® Cover located in Munich, Germany.

He will present, The Eco-Efficiency of Composting Facilities

Rob HiltonRobert Hilton

Rob Hilton is a Vice President with HF&H Consultants with nearly fifteen years of experience consulting to public agencies on diversion and solid waste issues. He has worked with over 110 government agencies through over 300 projects with a focus on planning, design, procurement, and financial structures of integrated waste management systems focused on reducing landfill disposal and increasing reuse, recycling, and composting.

He will present, RFP It and They Will Come: Structuring Contracts for Organics

John JanesJohn Janes

John Janes is the industry liaison for Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division. John works with Caterpillar customers in the landscape, snow, compost and concrete industries. He has been a featured speaker at a number of industry events and has conducted educational sessions on optimizing safety and equipment operation processes to increase customer profit margin John has conducted workshops for Caterpillar customers on every continent except Antarctica. John is the author or co-author of three patents and took business and engineering degrees from Duke University and North Carolina State University.

He will present, Safety: The first step to accelerating your profit margin

Doug Kunnemann

Doug is the Global Segment Leader for NatureWorks LLC Food Service segment. He has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, business development and business management for such companies as The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland Chemical Company, UCB, Innovia Films and has been with NatureWorks for ten (10) years.

Prior to becoming a Global Segment Leader, Doug served as the North America Commercial Manager and the North America Market Development Manager for Film and Sheet market segments. He assumed the role of North America Business Manager for both Food Service and Fresh Food Packaging in 2008. His current responsibilities include management of NatureWorks Global Food Service business segments and respective global commercial and technical teams. Doug and his family reside in Marietta, GA.

He is a panelist on, Getting to Zero Food Waste: Composting @ Annual Events

Dean Lavallee

Dean Lavallee founded Park Avenue BBQ & Grille in 1988 and over the course of the next 18 years, 9 additional restaurants were opened throughout Palm Beach County and Martin County.

Aside from Lavallee’s successful restaurant career, he is committed to giving back to the community though local charity work. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Lord’s Place, the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, and the Palm Beach Marine Institute.

He will present, New Paradigms for Post Consumer Food Waste – The Quest to Bring Restaurants to Zero Waste.

Kristen Lawton

Ms. Lawton is the Public Information Officer for the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA). She serves as the spokesperson for the agency and shares OCRRA’s philosophy, goals and programs with the local community. In addition to public relations, she also handles OCRRA’s marketing efforts, which include digital and traditional advertising, social media, monthly email blasts, website management, and designing and editing a quarterly newsletter (print).

Previously, Ms. Lawton held the position of Recycling Specialist at OCRRA where she helped local businesses and residents with their recycling needs. Prior to working at OCRRA, she spent several years as a project manager at a sheet-fed print house and as a freelance graphic designer.

Ms. Lawton has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College (Northampton, MA) and a master’s degree in Print Media from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY).

She will present, From Composting to Waste Reduction; Using Social Media and Web Services to Drive Traffic and Revenues

Boyd Leake

Boyd Leake is the new Zero Waste Director for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Working to be a more sustainable Atlanta means reconciling the city’s developmental goals with its environmental limits over the long term. Boyd will be an integral part in helping meet the mayor’s challenge of making Atlanta a top-tier sustainable city. Meeting that goal means improving the programs and policies such as water and energy conservation, reducing solid waste and emissions and improving the rates of recycling.

In addition to his role with the city, Boyd continues to work as a consultant specializing in institutional and municipal solid waste issues. As president and CEO of Community Environmental Management, Inc., an Atlanta-based environmental consulting firm, he specializes in recycling and composting as environmentally sound solutions to solid waste problems for government agencies, business, institutions and communities.

He is a panelist on, Getting to Zero Food Waste: Composting @ Annual Events

Mario-LewisMario Lewis

Mario Lewis is the founder of INIPSIS Ltd (International Network of Innovative Partners for Sustainable Intelligent Systems.) The company has be in existence since 2013 specializing in the food waste and composting industry in Trinidad and Tobago. Mario is the chief architect coordinating with a small committed team of employees, as well as collaborating with scientist, farmers, businesses and end users in the development of low carbon foot print and sustainable design systems.

He will present, The conceptualization of a sustainable value chain incorporated as integral to a Do-It-Yourself design-build low carbon footprint in-vessel composter

Lorrie LoderLorrie Loder

As the Director of Facilities Operations for NuTerra Management, LLC, Lorrie Loder has over two decades of communications, compliance, operational and marketing experience. Ms. Loder’s extensive experience as an operations, compliance and communications professional provides NuTerra with strong management of the complex issues surrounding compost manufacturing, compost marketing, regulatory permitting and compliance. Ms. Loder’s proactive marketing engagement and educational campaigns with stakeholders has resulted in their understanding of compost manufacturing, composted products and the many benefits biosolids provide to society.

Ms. Loder has served on the U.S. Composting Council’s (USCC) Board of Directors since 2006 and was recently reelected as 2016 President/Chair of the Board. Ms. Loder has served on the Executive Committee member as Secretary from 2008 – 2011 and as Treasurer in 2012. She also served as Vice President and Board member of Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA) and is a member of Water Environment Federation (WEF), National Biosolids Partnership (NBP), as well as many other service based organizations.

She will present, Aerated Static Pile System With A Biofilter Layer Show Promise Regarding Air Emission for Composting Greenwaste, Biosolids, and Foodwaste

Kat McCarthyKat McCarthy

Kat McCarthy is the Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist for Tompkins County, with over ten years’ experience in the field of sustainable materials management. Through her work, she focuses on developing and implementing 4R programs, such as residential and commercial food scraps recycling, business support for recycling, and promoting food waste prevention. She is currently aboard member and chair of the Organics Council for the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3).

Kat is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainability from Green Mountain College, and is a Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholar through the Environmental Research and Education Foundation. Kat is a Master Composter, passionate waste reducer, co-owner of EcoJarz (a company that encourages glass jar reuse) and a founder of Ithaca CRT, which promotes compost, recycling and trash sorting at events.

She will present, Strategies for Maximizing Diversion: A Framework Overview With Examples From Tompkins County, New York

MishekDanny Mishek

Danny Mishek is the president and founder of SelfEco. Danny is a 3rd generation manufacture with a double major in Marketing and Public Relations. He has been published in several trade magazines such as Moldmaking Technology, Injection Molding and Manufacturing Engineering as well as presented around the world regarding trends in manufacturing and technologies shifts.

Danny is currently busy expanding SelfEco and developing a proprietary product line to manufacture in-house. Along with internal product development, he is focused on educating and exposing the next youth movement into the development of greener products.

He will present, Product Development for BPI Certified Bio-Based Products

Brandon Moffatt

Brandon Moffatt is Harvest’s Senior Vice President of Energy. Brandon has extensive management and technical experience in the environmental, waste and renewable energy sectors. He leads the company’s Energy Group responsible for future project development, engineering design, feedstock procurement and technical support of complex organics processing and anaerobic digestion sites across North America plus Brandon is responsible for the company’s energy gardens in Orlando, Florida and London, Ontario. Brandon has an MBA from the Odette School of Business and holds a B.ASc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

He will present, Odor Control in High Stakes Environments

JorgeJorge Montezuma

Jorge is the Organics Recycling Specialist at NCDENR and provides technical assistance to composters, haulers, and generators. His experience includes solid waste engineering at Smith Gardner and sustainable agriculture at Peace Corps. He has giving numerous presentations on organics recycling strategies to governmental officials, schools, and the public. Jorge holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is concluding a Master’s degree in Biological & Agricultural Engineering at NC State.

He will present, North Carolina’s Non-Regulatory Governmental Approach to Expand Organics Recycling Efforts

Jenn NelsonJen Nelson

Jen Nelson works for Seven Generations Ahead as their zero waste program expert. Jen works with communities, institutions, businesses, schools, events and residents to develop sustainability goals and to take those goals from idea to action. This includes strategic planning, analysis, outreach, education and more. She is a founding board member of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, working to advance food scrap composting through policy and infrastructure change. Jen coordinated five composting stakeholder forums across Illinois, presented recommendations to the Illinois General Assembly Task Force on the Advancement of Recycled Materials, and helped to write Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois.

She will present, Food Scrap Challenges and Solutions in Illinois

Richard Nicoletti

Rich Nicoletti, P.E. – 20 years with IPS Composting Systems designing large composting facilities, 2 years with BDP Industries as Compost Systems Manager.

He will present, After 40+ Years Successfully Composting Biosolids, Merrimack, NH Plans for the Future

Francisco NiembroFrancisco Niembro

CEO of Aldea Verde since 2008 and Cofouder of Aldea Verde in 2005.

He has led the design, training and installation of 28 projects since 2008.

By reorganizing the production process he helped to increased up to 50% the productivity of Aldea Verde’s two producers and helped increased up to 70% the worm reproduction programs on both sites.

He will present, Vermiculture as an effective tool for food security and the recovery of eroded soils – Presentation of 13 social projects installed between 2011 and 2015


Tim O'neillTim 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, Composting Organics in Mixed Waste Streams: Challenges, Methods and Outcomes

Waylon Pleasanton

Waylon is an experience composter who has been utilizing the GORE® Cover technology since 2006. As the Facilities Operations Supervisor for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Cherry Island facility Waylon was responsible for yard waste composting using GORE® Cover mobile systems. Later he was the Quality Control Manager at the Wilmington Organics Recycling Center and was responsible for quality assurance and quality control. Waylon joined Sustainable Generation in 2015 and is responsible for post sales customer support as well as customer implementation of demonstration projects.

He will present, Lessons learned in a food waste composting operation

Al Rattie

Al Rattie USCC Director, Market Development. Al has been involved in the US composting industry since 1981, when he co-founded EarthLife Sales, a privately owned company specializing in compost marketing. EarthLife Sales became the largest marketer of compost on the east coast, representing all major compost manufacturers from Philadelphia through Washington, DC. This company evolved into Compost America, which operated yard trimmings and food scraps composting facilities.

Al is currently serving as the interim Executive Director and Director of Market Development for the US Composting Council. He manages the Seal of Testing Assurance Program (STA) as part of his duties. This is a national compost testing and labeling program which has been specified by 15 state agencies (DOTs and state EPAs). The STA Program also now includes the Consumer Compost Use program, the first national compost standards program.

Mr. Rattie is a graduate of Penn State and the University of Maryland’s “Better Composting School”.

He will present, The USCC’s Social Media Toolkit for Marketing Compost

Tim Richards

He will present, An Integrated Anaerobic Digestion, Composting and Growing System – Closing the Loop

Michelle 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, Compost Remediates Urban Stormwater

Sara Ryan

Sara joined St. Louis Composting in 2013 and assists St. Louis Composting in all aspects of communicating the benefits of compost to the St. Louis metro area through the creation of print publications, website, social media and event planning. She also helps manage St. Louis Composting’s food scrap program which currently takes in over 500 tons of food scraps each week. She holds a degree in Communications : Public Relations from Missouri State University and sits on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

She will present, Social Media – Driving Results and Building Customer Relationships

Bob RynkBob Rynk

Bob Rynk teaches waste management and renewable energy courses at SUNY Cobleskill, a small agricultural and technical college in New York. Composting has been a focus of his attention for years. Bob lectures widely and regularly on a variety of composting subjects and co-teaches the USCC Foundations of Composting workshop at the annual conference (including this conference). He spent 5 fun-filled years as an editor with BioCycle magazine.

He will present, Your 20-minute Guide to Spontaneous Combustion

Don SatchellDon Satchell

Industry demands are rapidly changing the scope and test requirements needed for compostable materials. As the Technology Director and Manager for Situ Biosciences LLC, a product testing laboratory, Dr. Donald P. Satchell focuses his biochemical expertise on providing both industrial and consumer product testing for the development and validation of sustainable product offerings. The expertise and in-house product test capabilities provides our customers with the most current understanding of the regulatory requirements and potential challenges for any given product material or design, and allows our customers a direct connection to the laboratory to facilitate the discussions supporting new product development.

As an ISO 17025 Accredited Testing Laboratory, Situ Biosciences provides a variety of ASTM, ISO, EPA and OECD biodegradation testing methods that assure customers and regulators that products have achieved industry regulatory requirements prior to making claims and before delivering products to the market.

He will present, Beyond Technical Challenges for Providers of Compostable Products: Consumer and Industrial Challenges for Compostable Materials

SavageGeorge Savage

Mr. Savage is Principal and Executive President of CalRecovery, Inc., a consulting engineering firm specializing in waste management and resource utilization worldwide. His experience includes designing and procuring waste and materials collection programs and processing facilities and providing strategic planning advice to the public and private sectors. Mr. Savage received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a registered professional engineer.

He will present, Identifying and Quantifying Sources of Organics and Optimizing Collection

Tamara ShulmanTamara Shulman

Ms. Shulman is an Environmental Planner with Tetra Tech in Vancouver, BC. She has 20 years of experience in waste reduction and diversion program planning, implementation and assessment, with expertise in organics management. She brings a unique cross section of waste management projects that include waste composition studies and system audits, recycling market analyses and product stewardship program reviews, waste management plan research and development, stakeholder engagement and community facilitation, and community-based social marketing program creation. Ms. Shulman has been central to completing zero waste plans for public sector, businesses and institutions that involve technical assistance for all aspects of zero waste program implementation—from contracts and other management tools to operational infrastructure and engagement. This experience has been gained in a range of settings, from non-government organizations (NGOs) to regional, local, and Aboriginal governments in western Canada and California.

She will present, Diverting and Collecting Organics: Lessons from a Mid-sized City

Sarah Vared

She will present, ReFED. Wasted Food in the US: The Size of the Prize and How to Win It

Michaela WebbMichaela Webb

Michaela Webb is a student employee at Compost Cats, a student-run operation that recently became the City of Tucson’s official compost program. Michaela is especially interested in composting as a way to reduce waste and emissions, enrich soils, and engage with issues of food insecurity in Southern Arizona. She is a Sophomore in Environmental Science and Spanish at the University of Arizona.

She will present, Three Governments, Two Nations, One Goal: Compost Cats, Comida, and Culture Change

Risa WeinbergerRisa Weinberger

Risa Weinberger, P.E., Risa Weinberger & Associates, Inc.

Risa Weinberger is a licensed Professional Engineer specializing in composting. She has a Bachelors of Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. She has provided consulting services to the composting, recycling and solid waste industries for over 36 years. She serves clients nationwide, providing design, permitting, operations, siting, feasibility analysis and training.

She will present, Preventing and Controlling Fires at Compost and Mulch Facilities

Carey WestCarey West

Carey West, CEO, LoadScan Limited NZ and USA.

LoadScan Load Volume Scanners are being used in compost, landscape, aggregate and mining companies around the world to ensure accuracy and efficiency in their loading operations.

Loadscan Ltd has a long relationship with the loading industry, starting from civil construction roots in New Zealand by Wayne West in 1999. The company is now owned by his son, Carey West, who is committed to redefining the measurement and management of the bulk materials industry worldwide through innovative payload measurement systems.

He will present, How Load Out Operations Can Determine Your Profit (or Loss)

Jeff West

Jeff West, President Olympic Organics LLC & New Day Recycling LLC both located in Kitsap County Washington. I have over 28 years in the solid waste and recycling industry working for both local and national companies before forming our own company in 2007. I am the current, Treasurer/Board Member Washington State Recycling Association and a USCC member.

I would characterize my presentation style as lighthearted and conversational mixing in solid information with interesting personal observations.

He will present, Challenges, Changes and Opportunities the Death and Rebirth of a Failed Facility

Dave WhitelawDave Whitelaw

Dave has been in the Compost, Soil, Mulch and Recycling business since the Mid 1980’s. He has worked for several Waste Companies Recycling Operations and started selling Recycling Equipment about 15 years ago. Because of his longevity in the industry, he has been asked many operational questions and for consulting services which led to www.AsktheGrinderguy.com which became a website with Operational information on the Recycling Industry Operations. The website has no membership fees and is totally free but offers realistic advice on operational issues and recycling startup advice and information. The website has helped Operators from around the US and abroad in Europe, Australia and New Zealand solve operational issues and assist with new product development.

He will present, From Grinding to Composting: Equipment Needs and Perspective

Tim ZoselTim Zosel

Tim Zosel, Co-Managing Member, Nicollet CPS, LLC – an environmentally friendly soils enhancement company.

Also a Board Member and Co-Creator of One Floral, the largest floral greenhouse operator and wholesaler in Canada. One Floral is the largest supplier of lawn and garden annuals to Home Depot Canada and is a significant supplier of lawn and garden and seasonal indoor potted plants Sam’s Club USA, Loblaws and several other large retailers.

As Managing Director of Nicollet Capital Investors over the last 15 years we have financed and overseen several waste to value and consumer product companies.

He will present, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Peat Moss – The Compost Overs Solution