Diverse and Large Mentoring Class Kicks Off for USCC Young Professionals

July 23, 2018

The US Composting Council continues to grow the organics recycling industry with a record-breaking mentoring group for 2018-19: 10 pairs across the U.S., including women mentors and an international mentee-mentor pair.

The program connects mentors with professional business experience in the compost manufacturing and collection industry to participate with a mentee, a Young Professional college graduate or industry employee over the age of 21 and under 40.

The annual mentoring period runs from July 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Mentor/Mentee pairs choose their own meeting schedule and format (phone, Skype, in person, email etc.) and are encouraged to make an in-person “capstone” meeting at COMPOST2019 in Phoenix, AZ.

The USCC YP/Staff informally monitors the pairs throughout the period to improve their odds for success.

Ginny Black, a retired State of Minnesota compost regulator and chair of the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation, is one of the first women mentors in recent classes. “When I started in 1995 I was the only woman at the table for years,” she said. “Its not that way anymore, and I wanted to be part of mentoring to ensure the vitality and growth of the industry.”

2018-19 Mentor-Mentee Pairs
Ginny Black (CCREF)–Matt Jones (Mud Lake Compost)
Eric Walter (Black Bear Composting)–Carl Diethelm (Green Mountain College)
Denise Winter (Synagro)–Kali Rabut (Suncoast Compost)
Phil Gosh (Organics by Gosh)–Conrad Chappell (TSU Student)
Ryan Cerrato (WeCare Denali)–Leah Retherford
Rich Nicoletti (BDP)–Jen Fehrmann (Solus Group)
Rick Carr (Rodale)—Luis Chen (Wormies)
Jeff Ziegenbein (IEUA)–Patricia Fossum (City of Durham NC)
Jeff Gage (Green Mt Technologies)–Sashti Balasundar (City of Buffalo)
Francisco Niembro (Aldea Verde)–Felipe Pedrazzi (Sao Paulo State Univ)