The Board of Directors is made up of passionate volunteers who work in all areas 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 Member Roles and Responsibilities, please view this document.

Committee Leadership

Executive: Gary Gittere | Jim Lanier | Gary Bilbro
Advisory: Carl Sigel | Jim Lanier | Gary Bilbro
Outreach: Karl Warmkoski | Bianca Howard | Brian Rosa
Communications: Kate Sullivan | Noah Marsh
Compost Operations Training Course: Gary Gittere | Gary Bilbro

To become involved in one of the committees, please let us know, you do not need to be a Board member to do so. Please email us at

Gary Gittere, Board President
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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 charged 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.

Jim Lanier, Board Treasurer
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Jim Lanier 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.  Mr. Lanier is the previous owner of Stanley Environmental Solutions Inc. Established 1969, Stanley installs commercial wastewater systems, pumps and services restaurant grease traps and industrial waste and septic systems. Jim serves as Board Treasurer of the NC Composting Council’s Board of Directors.

Bianca Howard, Board Member

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.


Karl Warkomski, Board Member
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Karl Warkomski has been actively involved in the composting and waste reduction sector since 1994. He is currently the General Manager of the Tar River Trading Post, LLC a Louisburg-based company specializing in bioconversion technologies, composting systems and off-grid supplies. He also 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.

Noah Marsh, Board Member
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Noah Marsh is the founder of Food FWD which is now part of Compost Now. After working in the restaurant industry for seven years Noah wanted to make the restaurants he worked in more sustainable. He quickly realized there were others like him looking to run more sustainable restaurants, but not able to find a way to do it. Noah quit his job as a kitchen manager, bought a garbage truck, began picking up food waste, and distributing compostable serviceware. Now Food FWD collects from more than 60 businesses throughout the Triangle and is both Green Plus Certified and Durham Living Wage Certified.

Carl Sigel, Director
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Carl Sigel spent his professional life in the pharmaceutical industry. Now retired, he is committed to working with organizations that focus on addressing climate change and increasing food security, NC Interfaith Power & Light, Environmental Ministry Committee, Episcopal Diocese of NC, Capital Area Food Network, and NC Audubon. At Church or the Nativity, Raleigh, Carl leads a project, Becoming the Good Soil, Bearing the Fruit That Will Last, which is based on the proven concept of “carbon farming”. Climate change can be slowed by increasing soil fertility through applying compost to the land. Greater soil fertility leads to increased plant growth, more photosynthesis, and greater removal of carbon dioxide from the air.

Gary Bilbro, Secretary
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Gary Bilbro is a recycling professional with experience working with organics diversion, composting, waste-to-energy, curbside recycling, construction & demolition recycling and consulting with public, private and non-profit associations within the industry.  Gary currently works for EcoSafe Zero Waste, which provides programs for waste generators to divert organics from their waste stream with a goal of producing contaminate free material for composters and making zero waste to landfill possible.  Gary has worked to enhance the recycling of fats, oils and grease, industrial sludges and waste water.  The diversion of waste to landfill is his passion. He is working on his first book on the subject entitled “How Recycling Changed the World”. Gary lives in North Carolina with his wife and two dogs, “the kids”.  He enjoys reading, writing, walking and Golf.  His ultimate goal: “To bring life back to our soils while ending the need for landfills”.

Jim Davis, Board Member
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Jim Davis joined Atlas Organics in April of 2016 with a focus on growing the  compostable waste collection revenue and providing the feedstock for food waste based composting at the Twin Chimneys Compost Facility. In January of 2018, Jim began to dedicate the majority of his time to compost sales in SC and in the newly developed market opportunity around Durham, NC.  Prior to joining Atlas, his experience in recycling was centered around the shavings industry. In addition to sourcing recycled shavings for repackaging primarily for the equine market, Jim successfully managed negotiations and volume pricing contracts with buyers at national retail supply stores valued at over $2MM annually. Jim also brings a marketing skill set to Atlas Organics to round out his role in developing both the organic waste collection as well as the compost sales. Jim is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has two teenage sons and lives in Spartanburg, SC.

Kate Sullivan, Board Member

Kate Sullivan joined McGill Environmental in 2014. She worked in Business Development for two years, where she was responsible for securing and managing incoming feedstocks and amendments. When a position opened on McGill’s Compost Sales Team, Kate took the opportunity to learn about compost use and application. For the next two years she was a compost sales representative for customers in Virginia as well as part of North Carolina. Recently, Kate accepted a position as Project Manager at McGill where she will work to expand McGill’s footprint through building new facilities. In her spare time, Kate enjoys hiking and volunteering with Triangle Beagle Rescue.

Margaret Ross, Board Member

Margaret Ross currently serves as the Eastern Area Specialized Poultry Agent for 33 counties in North Carolina through NC State Extension. Margaret started her career in Extension straight out of college in 2010 as the Livestock agent for Craven and Jones Counties where she served for about 5.5 years, then made the transition to her current position. She graduated from NC State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Animal Science and again in 2014, while working for NC State Extension, with her Masters in Animal Science also at NC State University. She is currently taking classes now toward her Doctorate degree in Animal Science at NC State University where she plans to do some composting work as part of her research. She became interested in mass mortality composting after Hurricanes Matthew and Florence and will attend the Large Animal Carcass Management Training in Maine this summer where she hopes to further her composting skills to help farmers in her area better prepare for the next natural disaster or disease event.

Adam Schwartz, Board Member beginning June 1, 2019

Adam Schwartz is a farmer, entrepreneur and composting advocate. He is owner of Dirtcraft Organics in Asheville, a manufacturer of organic compost-based potting soil blends for the horticulture industry.  Adam is passionate about building a resilient and just local food system and believes that composting and zero waste are central to that aim. He is a certified compost operations manager and his previous work includes co-founding a commercial composting business in Maryland.  Adam’s journey started as an urban farming pioneer and brought him to the mountains of western North Carolina where he enjoys raising a family, growing food, paddling and hiking.

We thank all the past members of the multiple iterations of this nonprofit organization for their commitments, ideas, and actions to make this a better state for composting!

Founding Members of the North Carolina Composting Council

Frank Franciosi, Rhonda Sherman, and Craig Coker.

Past Board Members of the North Carolina Composting Council

Amy Brooks, Analis Fulghum, John JanesJorge Montezuma PE, Lyndell Pate, Kathryn (Kat) Pohlman, Glen Roberts, Mike Rowland, Eric Wallace, Ed Wright, and Brian Rosa

Past Members of the Carolina Recycling Association – NC Organics Recycling Council (Prior to 2007)

Frank Franciosi, Rhonda Sherman, Ron Alexander, Cindy Salter, and Tom Glendinning.

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