Rhonda Sherman has been with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC State University for 21 years. She provides education and technical assistance about vermicomposting and composting throughout the United States and has assisted people in 93 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.
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 Lainer 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.
Frank Franciosi 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.
Jorge Montezuma, EI is Staff Engineer at Smith Gardner, Inc. He assists on permitting, design, and environmental monitoring of solid waste facilities. Prior to S+G, he trained Peace Corps Panama Volunteers in the Environmental Health and Sustainable Agriculture techniques. Past experience includes vermiculture, greywater and rainwater harvesting, outdoor mentoring, and community organizing. Jorge is a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Environmental Engineering. He is interested in how bioregional resource management systems can support local food systems, especially in densely populated areas.
Ms Brooks is a graduate of NCSU with a B.S. in Natural Resources, Soil & Water Systems concentration. She has been an employee of Brooks Contractor/ Brooks Compost Facility for approximately 8 years. Positions held: assistant office manager, sales and customer relations, food waste recycling program coordinator, research and development coordinator, and also responsible for temperature monitoring and documentation at the compost facility. Interests include compost use research, specifically turf grass and agriculture uses, compost blends, biodiesel, and pursuing an education in horticulture.
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.
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.
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.