Officers & Trustees

Ginny Black, Chair, President
Black Gold Recycling, LLC

Ginny has been a Trustees since 2010. She also serves on Minnesota Composting Council (MNCC) Board of Directors. Ginny retired from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) where she worked as a technical staff person assisting in setting up recycling and composting programs throughout the state.

Lorrie Loder-Rossiter, Vice Chair

Lorrie has over twenty years of experience in the compost and organics industry. During her 21-year tenure with Synagro Technologies, Lorrie has served as Public Relations and Communications Manager, Compliance Director for Synagro’s compost facilities and Product Marketing. She has also served on the U.S. Composting Council’s (USCC) Board of Directors and is a four term USCC Board President

Jeff Ziegenbein, Treasurer
Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Jeff is President of the California Association of Compost Producers and has been recycling organics in the western U.S. for over 30 years. He is Project Manager for the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority operating the largest fully enclosed composting facility in the country.

Britt Faucette, Ph.D, Secretary
Filtrexx International LLC

Britt is an Ecosystem Scientist, Certified Professional of Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC), and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). He currently directs research, technical services, and regulatory approval programs for Filtrexx International and the organics recycling and storm water management industries


Tera Lewandowski, Ph.D
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Tera is a Senior Scientist in Growing Media at Scotts Miracle-Gro where she tests novel growing media inputs and formulates new products. Within this role she works extensively with composts from around the country. She received her PhD in Forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied the effects of forest biomass harvesting on microbial communities, carbon dynamics, and soil nutrients.

Rob Michitsch, Ph.D
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Rob is an Associate Professor of Soil and Waste Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He teaches classes in the areas of soil science and waste management, focusing on soil and plant analysis, nutrient management, composting and solid waste management topics. Rob is also a board member for the US Composting Council

Tim O'Neill
Engineered Compost Systems

Tim is founder of ECS and has worked as an engineer, researcher, and innovator in the composting industry for 27 years. He also teaches Compost Operations Training classes on facility design and odor management.

David Weindorf, Ph.D, P.G
Central Michigan University

David currently serves as Vice President of Research and Innovation in the Office of Research & Graduate Studies (ORGS), and Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Central Michigan University. He holds a B.S. in Range Management, M.S. in Soil Science (geochemistry minor), and Ph.D. in Agronomy from Texas Tech University. His Ph.D. was focused at the nexus of soil and compost science.

Scott Subler, Ph.D, Past President
ClimeCo Corporation

Trustee Advisors

Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist
Rodale Institute

Patricia Millner, Ph.D

Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton, Ph.D
University of Florida/SWFREC

David Crohn, Ph.D
University of California-Riverside


Frank Franciosi
Executive Director

Beth Simone
Development Director

Cary Oshins
Education Director

Wayne Howard
Program Manager

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