Alex Truelove

Edgewater, CO | alexander@bpiworld.org Alex Truelove is Legislation and Advocacy Manager at BPI, a non-profit advocating for the value of certified compostable packaging in diverting organic waste to composting. Alex joined BPI in early 2022 to lead the organization’s policy and advocacy work, having previously directed the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) Zero Waste 

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Alexia Cooper

Alexia Cooper is a environmental systems graduate researcher at UC Merced in California. Her current research involves assessing the effects of compost and cover crops in nut orchard systems within the Central Valley of California. She focuses on evaluating soil health responses to these management changes and their impact on tree health and yields. Prior 

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Allison Forstmann

Allison Lee Forstmann is the founder & CEO of ReCultivateNY, Inc., a women-led food waste repurposing business in New York. After 20 years of corporate experience in product development and brand strategy, Allison founded RecultivateNY to create on-site compost processes for farms, D.E.C. brownfields, corporate campuses, and more. Allison is the co-chair of the USCC 

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Alston Sandzen

Alston Sandzen is the Regional Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for Generate Upcycles, composting division. He manages Environmental health and safety for nine composting facilities. The focus in his role is hazard recognition and mitigation. Alston began his experience in composting in 2015 as an operations leader and has been working in composting safety for 

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Ame LeCocq

Ame LeCocq is the Regional Environmental Compliance Manager for Recology’s Pacific Northwest Region, overseeing transfer stations, material recovery facilities, compost sites and waste hauling operations in Washington and Oregon. She has worked in the environmental and safety field for more than 25 years, and specializes in stormwater, wastewater, hazardous waste, and solid waste compliance. Before 

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Andrew Carpenter

Belfast, ME | andrew@northerntilth.com Andrew Carpenter, founder of Northern Tilth, is a certified soil scientist, certified crop advisor and certified nutrient management planning specialist. Andrew has recently joined the CREF Board of Trustees. Workshop Time: Tuesday, Feb 6, 1:00 – 4:30 Workshop Title: Compost Carbon Connection Workshop Description: This course will provide a detailed overview 

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Andrew Voodre

Andrew is the on the field play caller at Dirt Hugger. Every morning he sets the game plan for site flow, compost recipes, and logistics. The attribute of our site quarterback is the ability to audible, which usually happens by 9 am everyday. Bad weather, good weather, windy weather, canceled loads, additional loads all keep 

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Andy Erickson

Andy Erickson, PhD, PE, is a Research Manager at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory of the University of Minnesota and is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota. Dr. Erickson’s research pursues an understanding of water quality in urban and agricultural watersheds, assessment and maintenance of stormwater treatment practices, and developing new stormwater treatment technologies such as the Iron-Enhanced Sand Filter. 

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Aurel Lübke

Aurel Lübke, CEO, Compost Systems Aurel Lübke, part of the Lübke family pioneering composting since 1971, entered the industry in 1987. As CEO of Compost Systems GmbH since 2002, he has designed and executed 200+ composting plants worldwide, addressing various waste types and capacities over 1000 tons per day. His expertise focuses on enhancing performance, 

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Ayodeji Idowu

Ayodeji is an ingenious Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University. He is a technology-driven-result-oriented individual and a scholar par excellence. He is a passionate soil science enthusiast whoseinterest is improving soil health and ecosystem conservation through rigorous enhancement of soil organic matter and strategy for nutrient management for 

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Bob Rynk

Bob Rynk has been researching and teaching about composting for over 30 years. Bob is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, Cobleskill campus (SUNY Cobleskill), having retired in 2019. His areas of expertise include waste management, natural treatment processes and alternative energy. At SUNY Cobleskill, Bob taught courses on composting, waste management 

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Bobbie Armstrong

Bobbie Armstrong is a cleantech entrepreneur who has spent the last decade scaling and commercializing greenhouse gas solutions. She spent her early career focused on food waste diversion practices in Canada and the United States and has a successful track record of identifying waste streams and turning them into feedstocks for commercial and industrial processes. 

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Brenda Platt

Washington, DC | bplatt@ilsr.org Brenda Platt directs the Composting for Community Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), where she has worked 35+ years. Her current focus is advancing distributed composting that encompasses composting at homes, community gardens, farms, and other venues. Through research, networks, and resources, ILSR is documenting the viability of community-oriented 

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Brooke Moffis

Brooke Moffis is the Commercial Horticulture Agent at UF/IFAS Extension Lake County, specializing in Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Tennessee Tech, a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the UF School of Natural Resources and Environment. Brooke’s background includes 

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Caroline Barry

Boston, MA | cbarry@closedlooppartners.com Caroline Barry is the Program Manager of the Composting Consortium, an initiative of Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy. The Composting Consortium is a multi-year collaboration across the entire compostable packaging value chain, piloting industry solutions and building a roadmap for investment in technologies and infrastructure that enable the 

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Charles Duprey

Plainville, NY | cduprey@naturcycle.com Charles Duprey is President on Naturcycle a firm focused on the sales and marketing of compost and engineered soils throughout the Northeast. Working with a variety of private and public composters, they provide material for projects and retail use throughout our region. He has served the Vice Chair of the Market 

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Chris Margraves

Christopher Margraves, CCOM, is Organics Manager for TDS/ Garden-Ville. Chris obtained a degree in Turf Science and Golf Course Management in 2002. His career led him to TDS/Gardenville in 2015 as a store manager of Garden-Ville in San Antonio. He quickly moved into the Organics operation Manager of San Antonio and progressed into the role 

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Christi Turner

Christi is founder and CEO of Scraps. Before ever imagining starting a small business, Christi spent seven years in Madagascar partnering with communities to create appropriate solutions to local sustainability challenges; then, in a pivot from international development she came to Colorado to pursue a masters in environmental journalism and connect with sustainability & climate 

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Chuck Magee

For 33 years Chuck Magee has worked for the County of Kern to increase the efficiency of diversion, transfer, and landfill operations within the waste operations activities for the County of Kern.  Starting with working at landfills doing load checking and facility operations as a Waste Aide and moving up through each position in the 

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Clifton Passow

Clifton joined BPI in 2023 as the organization’s marketing director. Clifton has over 12 years of experience creating cross-platform marketing and PR strategies within the sustainability industry and is passionate about doing work that makes a positive impact on business and in the world. Clifton’s expertise is in creating compelling cross-platform marketing content and strategies 

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Clinton Sander

Eaton, CO | ClintonSander@a1organics.com Clinton joined A1 Organics in July 2018. He has spent the last 8 years working in the natural foods industry creating marketing initiatives, brand campaigns, and innovative merchandising techniques. He is passionate about sustainability, family, and giving back to your community. Clinton has seen first-hand the importance and value of diverting 

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Corey Hayes

Corey is the co-founder of Get Back Here Dog, an integrated communications firm that works with organizations to align initiatives both internally and externally.A business strategist who has spent his career in the consulting space, Corey helps businesses understand and navigate, the ever-evolving world of digital marketing.Get Back Here Dog leads communication initiatives for large 

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Darren Midlane

Darren Midlane is the Chief Technical Officer for Life Soils and Organics Management Holdings and has over 32 years of experience in organics recycling and environmental remediation. Darren has acquired a broad knowledge of all aspects of compost production, its utilization, microbiology, and agronomic capabilities and has helped manage projects throughout the United States and 

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Dave Gavlick

David Gavlick has served as St. Louis Composting’s Vice President of Operations since 2011. David oversees and directs all operations for the company, which currently processes over 1,000,000 cubic yards of green waste material each year. In addition, he manages operations processing more than 500 tons of organic food waste per week. David manages operations 

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Dave Harding

Dave Harding is the President and Owner of Agresource Incorporated, a Massachusetts corporation, doing business in New England and the Northeast since 1984. Agresource provides services to municipal, industrial, and commercial clients by applying environmentally sound, beneficial utilization-strategies, while using appropriate technologies. Agresource operates compost and engineered soil facilities across New England where they manufacture 

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David Velez

TAWA Compost Food Rescue Founder, David Alexander, is a serial entrepreneur who started at the young age of 8 years old in his business pursuits selling popsicles. After spending years focusing on a bicycle business manufacturing tools and unobtainable vintage bicycle components, David became interested in food rescue, formulating the idea of TAWA Compost Food 

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Dhanush Kenchanna

Dhanush Kenchanna is a graduate student in Agricultural Sciences at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. His passion lies in fostering sustainable communities through composting and applying compost in horticultural and agricultural production. Currently, he serves as the graduate manager of Bobcat Blend, an on-campus composting program dedicated to diverting food waste towards compost production. 

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Diane Hazard

Diane Hazard became the Compost Research & Education Foundation’s first full-time Executive Director in 2022. Her early career centered on pharmaceutical research with University of California, San Diego, Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp, and Vical, Inc. She has been a member of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Institutional Review Board and the Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee since 

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Didi Pershouse

Didi Pershouse is the founder of the Land and Leadership Initiative, where people learn to see the processes of living systems at work, and find effective intervention points. She is the author of The Ecology of Care and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function; and a contributing author to The Climate Emergency: How Africa Can 

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Dominique Hadad

Powered by an engineering background and professional experience in consulting and operations, Dominique leverages an entrepreneurial mindset to build sustainable systems. After winning Ohio State's President's Prize award in 2021, Dominique launched

Dr Shiva Ahrens

Shiva Ahrens is a Principal Research Scientist at Florida Crystals. She completed her PhD in Soil Biogeochemistry in Indiana University and joined Florida Crystals’ Research & Development Department as the Crop Nutritionist in 2017. Shiva began her involvement in the compost industry by managing a large-scale compost project at Florida Crystals using sugarcane harvesting and 

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Dr. Laura Kavanaugh, PhD

Hillsborough, NC | laura.kavanaugh@genomeinsights.com Dr. Laura Kavanaugh holds degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the University Program in Genetics and Genomics from Duke. She worked for 13 years as a Guidance, Navigation and Control Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center and 

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Dustin Montey

Dustin Montey joined the SMSC in 2014 as the Facility’s Assistant Manager. In his position, Dustin is responsible for managing compost operations, colored mulch production, off-site wood grinding, sales, and delivery of products. Montey currently serves on the Minnesota Composting Council’s board of directors and holds a professional certification as a Certified Compost Operations Manager 

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Elliot Schneider

Saint Peters, MO | eschneider@stpetersmo.net Elliot is the Manager of Environmental and Fleet Services for the City of St. Peters, Missouri and manages a municipal Solid Waste Collections program, Fleet Maintenance, a Material Recovery Facility and Transfer Station, and an Aerated Static Pile Biosolids Composting program. He has been heavily involved in the biosolids program 

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Emily McGill

Emily McGill is the Program Director of the Compostable Field Testing Program (CFTP) (https://compostabletesting.org/), an international research project gathering real-world disintegration data for compostable items from composting facilities across North America, cofounded by the Compost Research and Education Foundation and BSIbio. With a bachelor in Bioresource Engineering, Emily has conducted and remotely coordinated field tests 

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Emily O’Mahoney

Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA, PLA, LEED®AP As the managing principal at 2GHO, Inc. Landscape Architects | Planners | Environmental Consultants in Jupiter, Florida, Emily M. O’Mahoney assists in the daily management, operations and marketing of the firm as well as directing project design and firm direction. She represents complex projects before public agencies throughout the 

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Erin Skelly

Erin Skelly joined the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility in 2017 as the Environmental & Compliance Specialist. In her position, Erin monitors all aspects of the composting process, evaluates incoming material, works with haulers to reduce contamination, and ensures quality of outgoing product. Erin holds a professional certification as a Certified Compost Operations Manager (CCOM) as 

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Gary Gittere

New Hill, NC | ggittere@mcgillcompost.com Gary heads sales and marketing for McGill Premium Compost Products, drawing from 25+ years of regional and national sales managerial & marketing expertise to expand McGill’s 30-year competency. Gary is charged with leading McGill’s compost sales & market development team. His focus is on the advancement and presentation of technical 

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Greg McCarron

Suffern, NY | gmccarron@scsengineers.com Greg is a USCC Certified Composting Professional™ and a registered professional engineer in New York and six other states. He has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of solid waste management, including composting and solid waste management plans. He is SCS’ national expert for organics management projects. We design, 

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Heather Lane Neville

Heather has more than 20 years of experience working in Florida’s coastal and rural communities from Amelia Island to Key West, Saint Augustine to Cedar Key. She is committed to making great places for residents and businesses and finding strategic paths for infrastructure to make those happen. As a lifetime entrepreneur who has worked in 

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Idowu Atoloye

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate Utah State University. My research focuses on crop nutrition/soil fertility, soil health characterization in long-term trials, cover crops and compost management, nitrogen, and phosphorus management in agroecosystems. I am delighted to contribute to the global knowledge on the impact of soil management practices on soil health, fertility, and organic 

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James Slaughter

Jimmy Slaughter is a partner in the Washington DC Office of Beveridge & Diamond, a national law firm specializing in environmental law and litigation. Jimmy litigates and tries cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country. His cases focus on environmental matters, toxic tort, class action defense, enforcement defense, and constitutional 

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Janet Armstrong

Janet Thoman joined the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) as the Compliance Director and General Counsel in 2019. After 14 years in private law practice, Janet joined CMA to combine her passion for civil justice and her commitment to real-world solutions to environmental challenges. She received her law degree from the University of Washington School of 

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Jason Browne

Jason has been a waste professional for over 10 years, starting his waste career in California, moved to Arizona for a few years where he managed the City of Phoenix Compost Facility for Denali, and recently finished his migration to the East Coast in 2020. He currently manages several compost facilities that handle food waste, 

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Jean Bonhotal

Ithaca, NY | jb29@cornell.edu Jean has worked at the Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for over 30 years  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 

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Jennifer Mastalerz

Jennifer Mastalerz left a career in architecture in 2010 to join a start up compost company doing organics collections. She shortly after begin a community drop off program in her neighborhood and eventually incorporated bicycle collections for local busisnesses. Jennifer joined Bennett Compost in 2016, bringing the bike collection model with her. Bennett Compost now 

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Jesse Wiser

Jesse Wiser is a co-founder of Hiwassee Products, a manufacturing companyspecializing in equipment for producing biological amendments from high-microbial compost. Jesse has written about this process for Acres USA and networked with farmers, biologists and consultants across the country to promote farm-made biological solutions to soil degradation. In addition to building connections throughout the fields 

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Jim Davis

Spartanburg, SC | jim.davis@generateupcycle.com Jim Davis joined Atlas Organics in April of 2016. Bringing 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, Jim leads the strategic business and partnership development of Atlas Organics and plays a key role in integrating new markets, strategic partnerships, cultivating compost usage in alternative markets and advocates for organics policy. 

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John Morgan

John leads the charge in communicating the Viably (formerly Komptech Americas) story to the world to drive awareness and understanding of the brand. He and his team execute the strategies and tactics that deliver high-value customer experiences designed to engage, educate, and excite them about what’s possible. Session Code: 2B Track: Business Session Name: Business 

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Justin Senkbeil

Justin Senkbeil is CEO and Co-Founder of CompostNow Inc., a subscription compost collection service headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Since 2012, Justin has championed CompostNow’s mission of empowering community members to divert their compostables from the landfill and, instead, use those nutrients to build fertile soil. Justin is a dedicated social and environmental entrepreneur who is 

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Kathy Kellogg Johnson

Carson, CA | kathyjohnson@kellogggarden.com Kathy Kellogg Johnson is a third-generation leader of Kellogg Garden Products. Kathy is a passionate advocate for the regenerative potential of compost both in gardens and in agriculture. Kathy co-founded the California chapter of USCC (Association of Compost Producers) in 1995 and has served on the Board since its founding. Kathy 

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Khari Diop

Khari Diop is an environmental educator, food security activist, and fifth-generation food grower from Atlanta. Khari is the founder and CEO of Think Green Inc. and the Community Compost Learning Lab Manager at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. Workshop Time: Tuesday, Feb 6, 1:00 – 4:30 Workshop Title: Community Composting Systems: 

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Kristine Ellsworth

Albany, NY | kristine.ellsworth@dec.ny.gov Kristine Ellsworth is an Assistant Environmental Engineer for the NYS Department of Environmental Conversation Organics Reduction & Recycling section where she provides regulatory guidance and technical assistance on composting facilities, implements the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling law and develops funding programs for organics related projects. Kristine has presented 

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Kurt Schoppe

Kurt Schoppe is the Director of Operations – Western US for Viably. He is responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of all market activities, focused specifically in California, Arizona and Nevada. He is a highly respected leader in the waste and recycling industry, with over 35 years of direct experience in sales and operations management 

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Laura Kavanaugh

Hillsborough, NC | laura.kavanaugh@genomeinsights.com Dr. Laura Kavanaugh holds degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the University Program in Genetics and Genomics from Duke. She worked for 13 years as a Guidance, Navigation and Control Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center and 

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Lauren Click

As the Founder and Executive Director of Let’s Go Compost, Lauren leads a diverse global team of volunteers to further composting education and accessibility in the United States. Session Code: 5B Track: DEIA Session Name: Making Strides Towards Equity & Diversity in the Composting Industry Session Time: Thursday, February 8, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

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Lauren O’ Connor

Lauren O’Connor, Waste Registration & Recycling Program, FDEP, Tallahassee, FL has 20 years of solid waste experience working as a regulator for the State of Florida, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Lauren’s experience includes waste tire management, organics recycling, and food waste diversion. Lauren currently oversees the registration program for organics recycling facilities and 

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Linda Bilsens Brolis

Davis, WV | lbilsens@ilsr.org Linda Bilsens Brolis is the Senior Project Manager for ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative. Her work focuses on advancing composting at the community level as a tool for reducing waste, regenerating soils, supporting local food production, and fighting climate chaos. Linda manages ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Program and led 

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Marco Ricci

Marco Ricci is senior expert at CIC and head of the Compostabile CIC certification scheme for compostable items; he is vice-chair of the ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste and lead expert in designing collection schemes for organic waste. Time: Thursday, Feb 8, 3:45 – 5:45 PM Title: A Discussion on Thirty Years 

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Mark King

Mark is originally from Winthrop, Maine and has been with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) since June of 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 the Environmental Specialist in the Department’s Materials Management 

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Mary Matava

Mary obtained her degree in Agronomy from Oregon State University in 1979. After moving to California, she started an agricultural consulting and laboratory business Agri Service, to serve the local farming and landscape industries. The laboratory afforded a unique opportunity to study the local soils and our diversified Southern California crops. In 1994 Agri Service 

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Maryam Saffari Aman

I am Maryam Saffari Aman. APh.D. student in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. My research project will involve characterizing the prevalence and persistence of PFAS in commercially available compost. The information is useful to inform policymakers, producers of food waste compost, and potential buyers of compost 

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Massimo Centemero

Massimo Centemero is CIC’s Managing Director and vice-Chair of ECN – the European Compost Network, the umbrella organisation of compost and biogas organisations in Europe. He is a lead expert in composting and compost use on soil. Time: Thursday, Feb 8, 3:45 – 5:45 PM Title: A Discussion on Thirty Years of Capturing Organics in 

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Matthew Cotton

Richmond, CA | matt@mattcotton.com Matthew Cotton has worked in the composting industry since 1986. He has served as a consultant, educator, researcher, and advocate for new and expanded organics recycling and composting programs in California and beyond. Mr. Cotton has completed hundreds of significant organics projects, including permitting and assisting in the development of some 

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Melissa Filiaggi​

Melissa Filiaggi​ is a Division Chief of Operations at Maryland Environmental Service, managing large solid waste processing systems including a materials recovery facility, an organics composting facility, leachate pretreatment facility and other programs. In addition to operations, she oversees the marketing of compost and recovered commodities, leads long-term planning efforts and project development. Ms. Filiaggi​ 

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Michael Bryan-Brown

Bainbridge Island, WA | mbb@compostingtechnology.com Michael Bryan-Brown is President and founder of Green Mountain Technologies and has a degree in environmental engineering from Tufts University. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of composting, biosolids management and wastewater treatment plant design. He holds four patents and has developed systems for a wide 

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Michael Robinson

Cleveland, OH | michael@rustbeltriders.com Michael is a co-founder of Rust Belt Riders+Tilth Soil, an organization dedicated to transforming regional food systems through the creation of soil blends from food waste. RBR’s vision is to build a circular economy that improves food security and combats climate change. When he’s not working with the RBR team Michael 

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Mike Houseman

Mike Houseman has been making compost for the past 10 years. He currently manages two of Waste Connections largest compost facilities; the Hidden Valley Compost Factory (a fully enclosed facility- ask him about the challenges) and Silver Springs Organics. Mike began his journey with compost at Silver Springs Organics where he was hired as a 

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Monica Hampton

Dr. Monica Hampton is the founder and CEO of TerraNutri LLC. She is a former Associate Professor of the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida, FL. Known as the ‘Compost Queen’ by the industry, she specializes in nutrient management, plant-soil nutrient cycling, and mineral nutrition in plant science and crop production. During 

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Neil Edgar

Sacramento, CA | neil@edgarinc.org Neil Edgar has been a Senior Project Manager with Edgar & Associates in Sacramento, California since 2001. Edgar & Associates, Inc. is a governmental affairs and environmental engineering firm specializing in solid waste management, recycling, composting and climate change issues. Mr. Edgar was a co-founder and acts as Executive Director of 

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Nisha Thakker

Nisha Thakker is an experienced in-house nonprofit attorney and senior-level business partner. Formerly the associate general counsel of a large REALTOR® association in Northern Virginia, she has a broad understanding of nonprofit legal matters as well as business operations, governance, and development. Through her work at a Washington, DC-based association management company, Nisha advised her 

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Patrick Geraty

Valley Park, MO | pgeraty@stlcompost.com Founded St. Louis Composting, Inc. in 1992 in response to Missouri Senate Bill 530 which established solid waste disposal reduction goals. Prior to founding St. Louis Composting, I owned and operated a landscaping company for 12 years. In 2010, I founded Composting and Organics Association of Missouri (COAM). As President 

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Paula Luu

Paula Luu is a Senior Project Director at Closed Loop Partners, an impact investment firm and innovation center focused on development of the circular economy. She leads the firm’s Composting Consortium, which works closely with brands, composters and other key stakeholders to gather and analyze data that can inform the best path forward to scale 

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Pierce Jones

Dr. Pierce Jones graduated from UF in 1980 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Professor at the University of Florida where he directs the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, an interdisciplinary group that promotes the adoption of “best design, construction and management practices” in master planned developments. His program directly participates in 

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Rahul Shankar

Rahul Shankar is an Application Scientist in the Biodegradables Application Research Group at Eastman Chemical Company, where he supports Eastman’s cellulose-based biodegradable and compostable product range for food service/food packaging called Eastman Aventa™. He primarily works on formulation design and characterization of fit-for-use and end-of-life properties. As a part of his efforts around end-of-life performance 

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Randy Rudd

Randy Rudd, Senior Consultant, Kessler Consulting, Inc., is a native of Clearwater, Florida and a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Political Science / Public Administration. Mr. Rudd has been in the solid waste industry since 1993, with public sector experience in collections, disposal, waste to energy, material recovery facilities 

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Regina Cagle Irr, P.E.

Hunt Valley, MD | rcagleirr@eaest.com Regina Cagle Irr, P.E. is a senior engineer with over 15 years of experience providing planning, design and construction support for municipal engineering projects. Specialized in solid waste infrastructure, Ms. Cagle Irr has supported organics management facility planning and feasibility studies, organics recycling technology reviews, feedstock assessments, site design and 

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Reneé V. Wallace

Detroit, MI | renee@doersedge.com Reneé has the privilege of advancing strategic change work through Detroit-based entrepreneurial entities; Doers Edge LLC (Founder/CEO), FoodPLUS Detroit (Executive Director), ReMark Composting Solutions (Co-Founder & CEO/President) and Transform Community Leadership Institute & Change Lab (Founder/CEO). She is committed to advancing composting in urban cities and has a body of concentrated 

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Richard Levey

Dr. Richard Levey is an experienced real estate development executive specializing in large-scale master planned communities. He was central to the planning and execution of the Lake Nona community in Orlando and is currently involved in the delivery of Sunbridge, a +/- 26,000-acre master planned community in Orange and Osceola Counties. Dr. Levey has led 

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Rik Langendoen

Rik is the Director of Environmental Services and a permitting specialist at Green Mountain Technologies. He has more than 30 years of environmental consulting experience with respect to environmental approvals for a variety of project types, including commercial composting. Rik utilizes a collaborative approach to the environmental approvals process that often results in expedited permitting. 

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Robert Miller

Fort Collins, CO | rmiller@colostate.edu Dr. Miller is an affiliate professor in the soil and Crops Science Department at Colorado State University. He received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Nebraska, and his Ph.D. degrees at Montana State University. He served as the Director of the University of California Davis Diagnostic Laboratory 

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Ron Alexander

Apex, NC | ron@alexassoc.net Mr. Alexander is the President of R. Alexander Associates, Inc., a company specializing in product and market development for organic recycled products. He is a horticulturalist with over 38 years of experience working with compost. In the 1980’s (and early 90’s), Mr. Alexander ran one of the first compost brokerage companies 

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Ryan Cerrato

Garnet Valley, PA | ryan.cerrato@denaliwater.com Ryan Cerrato currently serves as the Vice President of Product Marketing for WeCare Denali, where he oversees all of the company’s Product Sales and Marketing related activities and staff, and manages a large portfolio of customers. Ryan started with Denali as a Director and was responsible for the development and 

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Ryan Cooper

Lexington, KY | ryan.cooper@rubicon.com Ryan Cooper is the VP of Circular Economy Solutions at Rubicon, a software platform that provides smart waste and recycling solutions for businesses and governments worldwide. Prior to designing, implementing, and managing thousands of organics recycling programs at Rubicon, Ryan helped develop composting programs for businesses and municipalities at the Sustainable 

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Sally Brown

Seattle, WA | slb@uw.edu Sally Brown, PhD is a Research Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science Division, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington in Seattle. Sally has done other projects for CREF including as one of the editors of the Compost & Climate Connection. Session Code: 3D Track: Marketing and Use Session Name: Compost and Climate 

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Samantha Winkle

Puyallup, WA | Samantha.Winkle@WasteConnections.com Samantha is the Assistant District Manager at LRI and Silver Springs Organics, an extremely dynamic post collection district within Waste Connections. Samantha has managed three of Waste Connections composting facilities in the Pacific Northwest. She has been involved with permitting, construction, design, redesign and daily operations of each facility. She served 

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Sashti Balasundaram

Rochester, NY | sashti@weradiate.com Sashti, founder of WeRadiate, has 15+ years of waste management, composting, and recycling. Sashti brings his inherent interest in farming and gardening to the forefront of soil amendment practices. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. In 2009, Sashti was inspired by a community-run farm in India that 

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Scott Gamble

Scott Gamble has over twenty-five years of technical and facility operations/management experience in the waste management industry. While he has worked on various solid waste landfill and transfer projects, the majority of his career has been spent in the organic waste management industry where he has completed feasibility and design projects, commissioned new facilities and 

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Scott Subler

State College, PA | ssubler@climeco.com Scott is a widely recognized scientific, policy, and business expert in the areas of greenhouse gas mitigation and environmental credit programs and markets. He joined ClimeCo in 2015 and serves as its Chief Science Officer and Leader of the Project Development Team. Early in his career, he was a research 

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Shalene Thomas

Forest Lake, MN | thomass3@battelle.org Ms. Shalene Thomas, SVP, is the Global Emerging Contaminant Program Manager for Battelle. She has more than 23 years of experience in environmental consulting that includes 15 years of experience supporting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) evaluations. She has supported State, Federal, Oil and Gas, and industrial clients with PFAS 

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Simeon Kleinsasser

Simeon Kleinsasser is a young soil scientist with a background in engineering who is passionate about helping farmers, ranchers and greens keepers transition their land to regenerative practices utilizing the 6 principles of regenerative farming. He specializes in providing on-the-farm solutions to help the grower produce their own fertility onsite instead of subscribing to yearly 

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Sophia Jones

Washington, DC | sjones@ilsr.org Sophia works on the Composting for Community team at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) researching, analyzing, and building local and federal US policies that advance community composting. Her policy work focuses on advancing diverse and distributed approaches to composting to create jobs, enhance soils, protect the climate, and reduce waste. 

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Steve Richardson

Steve is a strategic minded materials expert with a strong technical background and understanding of supply chain and product lifecycle, from fiber to finished product. For the last 30 years, he has contributed to product and materials R&D in the bicycle, apparel, footwear, sunglass, and automotive industries. Steve has worked for leading brands including Patagonia, 

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Susan Alexander

Susan Alexander manages the Lamoille Soil Composting Facility in Johnson, VT. Originally established to process landfill-banned food scraps from residents at municipal facilities, Lamoille Soil now also serves small commercial haulers in the 12-town District. Together with her team, Alexander built Lamoille Soil from scratch and it is now an award-winning compost operation selling all 

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Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins is the Associate Director of Materials and Recycling at Northeastern University. She leads programmatic and contractual aspects of the University’s waste management program, including tracking metrics to measure progress and implement changes. Recent initiatives have focused on elevating the campus food waste management program beyond the dining halls and into residence halls and 

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Suzanne Longacre

Landenberg, PA | suzanne@laurelvalleysoils.com Suzanne Longacre is the Marketing Manager for Laurel Valley Soils, and a Food Marketing Grad from the University of Delaware. She has a passion for all things marketing, and is a repeat guest on You Bet Your Garden with Mike McGrath, as well as a judge for “Hen Hatch”, University of 

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Tera Lewandowski

Session Code: 6D Track: STA Session Name: STA Program Updates & Benefits Session Time: Thursday, February 8, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Presentation Title: Update on the ‘Test Method for the Examination of Composting and Compost’ Presentation Description: The Test Method for the Examination of Composting and Compost (TMECC) provides detailed protocols for the composting industry 

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Thomas Ducey

Thomas F. Ducey is a Research Microbiologist with the Agricultural Research Service (US Department of Agriculture), at the Coastal Plain Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center in Florence, SC. He has served in this role for the past 17 years, during which he has led interdisciplinary research on a variety of agricultural issues ranging from 

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Thomas Herlihy

Geneseo, NY | thomas.herlihy@denaliwater.com Tom has over 35 years, leading the design, permitting and operations of large-scale organic waste management projects. His role in these projects has varied from general laborer, through Operations Manager to Lead Design Engineer. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and a Bachelor’s in Physics. His work 

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Tim O’Neill

Seattle, WA | tim@compostsystems.com Tim is founder and president of ECS and has worked in compost industry for 30 years.  Under his leadership ECS has provided engineering and/or process technology to 100’s of large-scale composting facilities.  He is active in compost process science and compost air emissions research. Tim serves as a Trustee for the 

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