The Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who work at all levels in the composting industry.
Please take a moment to learn about them and reach out if you have any questions.

<strong>Rhonda Sherman</strong>
Rhonda ShermanBoard President

Rhonda has been with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC State University for 22 years. She provides education and technical assistance about vermicomposting and composting throughout the United States and has assisted people in 105 countries. Since 2001, Rhonda has annually conducted the nation’s only conference on large-scale vermicomposting, helping over 1,000 people to start-up or expand worm farms. She has educated thousands of school students throughout North Carolina about vermicomposting and composting, and created a 5th grade school enrichment curriculum on vermicomposting.

<strong>Jim Lanier</strong>
Jim LanierBoard Vice President

Jim is the President and CEO of Earth Farms Soil and Compost in Dallas, NC. Established 2005. Jim participated in the “Compost Stakeholder Steering Committee for Stormwater Management”. Mr Lanier currently sits on the NCSTA Board and has been appointed by the Governor to sit on the North Carolina Onsite Waste Water Contractor Inspector Certification Board. Owner of Stanley Environmental Solutions Inc. Established 1969, Stanley installs commercial wastewater systems, pump and service restaurant grease traps, industrial waste and septic systems.

<strong>Frank Franciosi</strong>
Frank FranciosiBoard Treasurer

Frank is currently Manager of the Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF TM – Novozymes North America, Inc. Composting Facility in Franklinton, NC. Past experience includes sales and operations management in the “Green Industry”, working for national landscape companies in the Commercial Landscape sector. Frank has spent the last 20 years working with residuals management and composting. He started NC’s first source-separated organics composting facility in Rocky Mount, NC. Frank has served as past President of the Carolinas Composting Council (2 terms), is the current Past President and Board Member of the U.S. Composting Council. As owner of Akkadia Consulting he has provided professional consulting services on projects of animal waste management, biosolids management, coal ash residuals, composting of industrial residuals, and product marketing. He has a BS in Horticulture from West Virginia University.

<strong>Jorge Montezuma, EIT</strong>
Jorge Montezuma, EITBoard Secretary

Jorge is the Organics Recycling Specialist at NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Services (NCDENR-DEACS).  His work focuses on expanding the organics recycling infrastructure in the state through technical assistance to composting facilities, haulers, compost users, and organic waste generators.  His prior experience includes working for Smith+Gardner on solid waste engineering design, permitting, and environmental monitoring, and training Peace Corps Volunteers in Panama on environmental health and sustainable agriculture techniques.  Jorge holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Bio & Ag Engineering at NC State.

<strong>Edward Wright</strong>
Edward WrightDirector

Edward Wright has worked in the composting industry for 17 yrs. He currently manages the Raleigh Yard Waste Center, one of the largest Type 1 one compost facilities in North Carolina. He also manages a Title V landfill with an operating methane collection system. In addition to those responsibilities, he coordinates all of the City of Raleigh’s storm debris sites.  Ed has completed several composting courses, including the Compost Operations Training Course sponsored by the US Composting Council. He is also a SWANA-certified Manager of Landfill Operations. During his 26-year-career with the City of Raleigh, he has worked continually to improve the Yard Waste Center’s products for both home and commercial use. His current interests include exploring anaerobic digestion methods and promoting backyard composting.

<strong>Lyndell Pate</strong>
Lyndell PateDirector

Lyndell Pate is President of N40 Compost, LLC, a company that provides state-of-the-art equipment solutions to composters throughout the U.S. His company provides equipment sales and technical support for Backhus (a German windrow turner), Backers (a German star-screen manufacturer), Terra Select (a German trommel screen manufacturer), Seiko (an Italian chopper/mixer company), and Span-Tech (an American maker of fabric structures). Lyndell has 9 years experience in compost equipment management.

<strong>Gary Gittere</strong>
Gary GittereDirector

Gary Gittere heads sales and marketing for McGill Premium Compost Products, drawing from over 15 years of regional and national sales managerial & marketing expertise to expand McGill’s 20-year competency. Gary is charge with leading McGill’s compost market development team as the company prepares to open additional industrial-scale compost manufacturing facilities. He has focused on the development and presentation of technical training programs for professionals in the Turfgrass, landscaping, agriculture, and environmental industries, including engineers and specification writers tasked with the development and management of programs for stormwater and erosion control in the NC, VA, and SC markets.

<strong>Analis Fulghum</strong>
Analis FulghumDirector

As Program Manager for NC State University’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Office, Analis works with the staff of WRR and the campus community to develop extensive waste reduction and recycling programs.  She manages ongoing programs and improves results through re-branding, promoting, managing, and communicating impacts to diverse audiences.  Management of waste diversion programs to include budgets, reporting and tracking, marketing, logistics, and collaboration at multiple levels.  During her 6 years at NC State University she has developed and integrated a zero waste event program for the campus and is concentrated on furthering food waste minimization and diversion efforts on campus.