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.

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

Lorrie Loder-Rossiter, Vice Chair

Lorrie Rossiter, Revinu’s Regional Sales Manager, has over 21-years of experience with biosolids management programs and compost facilities in various capacities such as Compliance Director, Technical Services Director, and Public Relations Director. Lorrie is a Certified Compost Operations Manager (CCOM™) through the U.S. Composting Council. She has been a CREF Trustee since 2011.

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.


Noura Bakr
National Research Centre

Noura is appointed as Associate Professor in Soil and Water Use Department, National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo, Egypt. She holds B.S. and M.S. in Soil and Water Sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. in Plant, Environmental Management, and Soil Sciences from Louisiana State University. Her Ph.D. focused on using geoinformatics technology and compost applications for sustainable natural resource management.

Andrew Carpenter
Northern Tilth, LLC

Andrew is a certified soil scientist, certified crop advisor and certified nutrient management planning specialist and has extensive experience in research, planning and handling technical issues related to the reuse of organic residuals. He founded Northern Tilth, LLC an environmental consulting firm focusing on organic waste management and building soil health, in 2003.

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.

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.

Trustee Advisors

Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist
Rodale Institute

David Crohn, Ph.D
University of California-Riverside

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

Patricia Millner, Ph.D


Frank Franciosi
Executive Director

Beth Simone
Development & Marketing Director

Cary Oshins
Education Director

Wayne Howard
Program Manager

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