Board of Directors


Bob Spencer, President

Bob Spencer has over 20 years of experience in the development and operation of composting facilities. He is a consultant to communities and companies throughout the country, provides technical assistance to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and he assisted the City of Beijing, China in evaluating composting for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Bob is a Contributing Editor for BioCycle Magazine, a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is the Director of the Windham Solid Waste Management District.  He has a B.S. in Biology, and a Resource Management and Policy.  Email:



Brian Jerose, Vice-President

Brian Jerose has over 17 years of experience in resource recovery, conservation and the environmental science field. He is a founding partner of WASTE NOT Resource Solutions and has worked with over 50 farms and businesses in Vermont and New York on projects involving compost site development, watershed protection and biodiesel. Brian received a M.S. in Environmental and Resource Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2001. He is also a technical advisor to the Missisquoi River Basin Association.




Matt Proft, Treasurer

Matt Proft is the Organics Coordinator at TAM Organics, a division of TAM Waste Management in Shaftsbury. He manages a facility that sources material from four states, processing 12 tons of food scraps per week in addition to thousands of yards annually of organics such as manures, leaf and yard waste and wood industry by-products. Matt’s experience with composting includes 30 years as a poultry and vegetable farmer and as Resource Manager at Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert. Matt has B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Vermont, an Associates degree in Applied Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire, and a Grassroots Certificate from Sterling College. He is currently a member of the Merck Forest and Farmland Center’s Farm Committee. Email:


Erica Spiegel, CAV Secretary

Erica Spiegel, Secretary

Erica Spiegel is currently the Assistant to the Director of Physical Plant at the University of Vermont. She has over 20 years of experience managing institutional waste management, recycling and organics collection programs, along with higher education facilities management and environmental sustainability. Prior to her work at UVM, she spent 10 years in Michigan serving as a municipal recycling program coordinator, as a resource recovery agent with a County Extension office, and as a solid waste planning consultant.  She received an M.S. in Natural Resources Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989, and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Vermont in 2007.  Email:



Robert Foster

Robert Foster is a dairy farmer, part owner and VP of Foster Brothers Farm, and part owner and President of Vermont Natural Ag Products and a Principal in AgRefresh, Inc. (an agricultural ecology consulting firm). He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with B.S. in Ag Engineering and M.S. Ag Economics and graduate of the Maine Compost School. Robert is also a speaker and consultant with over 25 years of experience at the state and national level with anaerobic digestion and composting of organic residuals. Email:



Deane Wilson

Deane Wilson

Deane Wilson works in the waste diversion program for the Rutland County Solid Waste District (RCSWD). Deane has 18 years of experience in the municipal solid waste field primarily in C&D and organics diversion. Prior to his work at RCSWD, Deane was employed in the wood products industry for 19 years. Deane graduated from the University of Vermont in 1975 with a B.S. in Forestry.




Faith Ingulsrud

Faith Ingulsrud brings more than two decades of on-the-ground experience in land use planning and regulation to the CAV Board. She currently works as a planning coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and was awarded the 2010 Professional Planner of the Year award by the VPA and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association. A lifelong gardener, she focuses on soil improvement and season extending. She has an MA in Landscape Planning and Design.


Wendy Sue Harper

Wendy Sue Harper

Wendy Sue Harper Ph.D.  has over 20 years of experience in ecological agriculture education and technical assistance. She has taught the concepts of ecological agriculture, soil science, and composting using skill-building approaches at educational institutions including Green Mountain College, the University of Vermont and Dartmouth College. Wendy Sue teaches the soils and composting session for the Master Gardeners and the compost biology session for the Master Composters. She has also worked for UVM-Extension, Northeast-SARE, and NOFA-VT. Currently, Wendy Sue is self-employed; her business, WSH Consulting in Monkton, VT, provides educational and technical services to the farming and gardening community. Email:


Technical Advisors

  • Karen Bates, Watershed Coordinator, Biologist ANR/DEC – Water Quality Division
  • Reed Simms, GIS Specialist USDA – NRCS
  • Lynn Zanardi Blevins, MD, Produce Safety Assistant, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

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