The Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who work at all levels of composting. Please take a moment to learn about them and reach out if you have any questions. To learn more about the NCCC Board Roles and Responsibilities, please view this document.

Jim Lanier, Interim Board President
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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”.   He 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.

Gary Gittere, Board Treasurer
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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.

Jorge Montezuma, EIT, Board Secretary
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Jorge is the Organics Recycling Specialist at the NC DEQ state recycling program.  He expands the organics recycling infrastructure in the state through technical and financial assistance to composting facilities, haulers, compost users, and organic waste generators and other processors.  His prior experience is a blend of solid waste engineering, international sustainable development, and community building.  Jorge is an Engineer-in-Training and holds a BS in environmental engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s in biological & agricultural engineering from NC State University.

Bianca Howard, Director

Bianca Howard has served Raleigh’s citizens since 2004. She “talked trash” for eleven years as the Community Education Specialist in the Solid Waste Services Department. As Environmental Coordinator, she currently collaborates on cross-departmental initiatives to expand multifamily recycling programs and reduce waste citywide. Her love for composting began as a participant in the Mecklenburg County Master Composter volunteer program. Bianca earned a B.S. in environmental science at North Carolina State University.  She also earned an M.S. in ecology at the University of Florida. She is a NC Certified Environmental Educator and has taught vermicomposting and backyard composting to diverse audiences.


Lyndell Pate, Director
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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.

Analis Fulghum, Director
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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.

Karl Warkomski, Director
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Karl has been activity involved in the composting and waste reduction sector since 1994. He is currently the Director of Prota Culture, LLC a Hawaii-based company specializing in bioconversion technologies and teaches workshops on Black Soldier Fly cultivation to help small farmers reduce their chicken and fish feed expenses while additionally diverting food waste from landfills.  Karl manages all aspects of manufacturing, distribution and sales out of the North Carolina office.  He is an avid gardener and holds degrees from University of California, Irvine and University of Southern California.

Kat Pohlman, Director
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As the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Sustainability Captain, Kat works with students, faculty and staff to decrease the “talonprint” as a university and as individuals through education, programming and implementing practices. In the past two years, she has worked on UNCW’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Sustainability Action Plan, and drafting policies that reduce the carbon output. Working with the Coastal Composting Council, she coordinated efforts between UNCW, Cape Fear Community College and New Hanover County to apply for a demonstration permit for a large-scale composting facility. Outside of the university, Kat works closely with the Plastic Ocean Project, Surfrider, Feast Down East, Audubon and other environmentally focused organizations.

Former Board Members

Rhonda Sherman, NCSU
NCCC Co-Founder and most recent Past President

Frank Franciosi, US Composting Council
NCCC Co-Founder, Past President and Treasurer

Amy Brooks, Brooks Contractor
NCCC Past President

Mike Rowland
NCCC Past Board Member

Eric Wallace, Wallace Farm Soil Products
NCCC Past Board Member

John Janes, Caterpillar
NCCC Past Board Member