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SCWMF Spring Conference

March 23, 2023

Sheraton Fairplex Hotel
601 W McKinley Ave,
Pomona CA 91768




8:00 am -8:45am Check in/Coffee & Snacks

8:45 am -9:00am      

Welcome Message

Cynthia Vant Hul, SCWMF President, Mariposa Eco Consulting

Olivia Sanchez, Spring Conference Chair, Western Riverside Council of Governments


9:00 am -9:15am      

Keynote Speaker –
CalRecycle Update: Andrew Parrish, Local Assistance and Market Development Branch


9:15 am - 10:00 am  
Update: 2022 Electronic Annual Report and Implementation Record Tool Utilization


Cynthia Vant Hul, Mariposa Eco Consulting, EAR

Judi Gregory, Go2Zero, Implementation Tool Utilization  

Kim Braun, Kim Braun Consulting Services, Implementation Tool Utilization


10:00 am - 10:15 am BREAK and Meet the Vendors  


10:15AM -11:15am

Trends in Solid Waste Contracting           


Dave Davis, President, MSW Consultants

Richard Coupland, Vice President, Municipal Sales at Republic Services

Joanna Gin, Best Best and Krieger ~ Topic Zolly v Oakland

11:15am-1:00 pm       

Lunch & Speaker – Dr. Leah Hanes, CEO of Two Bit Circus Foundation,
the parent company of the Trash for Teaching program. 


Meet the Vendors
Note: Breaks and lunch include time for meeting the vendors.


1:00 PM - 1:30 pm     

Update on Carpet/Mattresses/Cartons


Thomas Coates, California Program Director, Carpet Recovery

Mark Patti, Southern California Senior Program Coordinator, Mattress Recycling Council

Debbie Dodson, Recycling Coordinator, Carton Council


1:30 pm -2:00 pm      

San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments – Regional Edible Food Recovery Program  


Mackenzie Bolger, Senior Management Analyst, Sustainability and Natural Resources- San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments


2:00pm - 2:45pm       

Mulch & Compost Utilization Analysis Compost Usage & Markets


Scott Rice, President- Luke Morris, Landscape Designer

Community Works Design Group, Riverside

Bill Camarillo, CEO, Agromin


2:45 pm -3:00 pm  ~  Wrap up - Raffle            



Mackenzie Bolger - Senior Management Analyst, Sustainability and Natural Resources, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

Sustainability program management professional focused on building local leadership, celebrating diversity, building and supporting rockstar teams, and learning to embed equity and seek justice in everything.
Graduate school student pursuing sustainable and equitable public administration to more effectively lead and mobilize programs and projects that bring change, healing, growth, and evolution to our home planet. 

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Kim Braun has more than 30 years’ experience in Waste Management and Environmental Sustainability. Until retirement in December 2021, Kim was employed with the City of Culver City for five (5) years as the Environmental Programs and Operations Manager.  Kim was responsible for managing the trash, recycling and organic waste collection operations for all of the residential and commercial businesses citywide. In addition, Kim was responsible for a 500 TPD transfer station, collection of construction & demolition debris, street sweeping and the City’s stormwater programs and wastewater operations.  

As manager, Kim implemented the organics waste collections program to include food waste for all single family residents   and commercial businesses   to comply with both SB 1826 and SB 1383 regulations. She also implemented a food recovery program with the Culver City School District.  Kim was responsible for an annual enterprise fund budget of $ 17M, and established rates for waste collection for both residents and businesses . During her tenure, Kim also managed the new Green Business Program assisting businesses to become more sustainable by implementing Green Building criteria, waste reduction operations and social/economic programs.

For twenty (20) years, Kim was employed with the City of Santa Monica, beginning as the Materials Recovery Superintendent in 1997 and promoted to the Resource Recovery and Recycling Manager in 2009.   Kim was responsible for the trash, recycling and organics collections programs for both residents and businesses citywide. She also managed a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility as well as a Door to Door HHW collection program for single family residents.  Kim also managed the trash, recycling and organics waste collection programs   for the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and the beach within the Santa Monica city limits which services 250,000 to one million visitors daily.  As manager Kim was responsible for a $ 25M enterprise fund budget and established rates for all of the waste management operations.   Kim’s experience also includes managing transfer station facility operations and materials recovery facility operations in Santa Monica.

Kim began her career in waste management in 1989 with the Mercer County Improvement Authority in Trenton, New Jersey.   As Director of Operations, Kim was responsible for recycling collections programs for more than 500,000 residents, a 1200 ton per day transfer station, a $ 34M Enterprise fund budget, quarterly Household Hazardous Waste round-ups and numerous education and outreach programs for the community.

Kim Braun is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America and served on many committees including Director and Past Director of the Sustainable Materials Management Division; Advisory Board Member; Public Board Member of the Southern California Solid Waste Association Founding Chapter; member of the California Resource Recovery Association; the California Product Stewardship Council and the American Public Works Association.  Kim received her Masters from American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington D.C. and her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.  Kim currently resides in Henderson, Nevada where she started Braun Consulting Services, LLC to assist jurisdictions with waste management programs, mandatory report completions,  grant writing, bid specification development and budget preparation.


Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin the largest organics recycler in California, Mr. Camarillo remains passionate after 30 years in the industry. As the CEO of Agromin he plays a key role in pioneering sustainability through organic waste conversion.  All of Agromin’s 250-plus eco-friendly organic soil and mulch products are sold in retail, agriculture, landscape and energy sectors.  Agromin’s products are organic, earth-friendly and the result of over 9,000,000 tons of organic waste materials recycled in California since 1991.

Mr. Camarillo credits his business acumen, leadership and vision to his 10 years of experience in the U.S. Marine Corps and his formal education. While in the Marine Corps, Mr. Camarillo finished two Associates Degrees from the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Mr. Camarillo currently sits on several nonprofit boards including (VCEDA) as Past Chairman, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation, California Compost Coalition, Ventura County Coalition for Labor, Agriculture and Business (VC-Colab) and the Chairman for the Board of Regents at California Lutheran University.


Thomas R. Coates

A dynamic entrepreneur and accomplished environmental program manager, Thomas R. Coates is known for his tenacity and passion for building, marketing, creating policy, budget management public education, and compliance deliverables for sustainability success among Southern California’s most prominent government city sectors and their ongoing expansion efforts into emerging markets for over 15 years.

Currently, he is the Program Director for CARE and drives critical program efforts throughout the state, providing general statewide direction and management of the existing CARE team in various program areas including, financial management, procurement, and contracting. As a director, he is responsible for leading strategic environmental compliance analysis, program development, and standardization for success.

Additionally, as a real estate broker, and business consultant, he oversaw non-profit Housing Opportunity Collaborative of the Inland Empire (HOCIE) projects for real estate and affordable housing services and promoted community education awareness in underserved communities.

Thomas is an active board member for the Civil Rights Institute RAASH Exhibit, Inland Southern California, championing the center of action and conversation around civil rights and its history. He also serves on the Southern California Waste Management Forum, which is dedicated to protecting the environment. He additionally proudly serves as Board President for the Society of Extraordinary Women-Ignite Leadership Academy, a mission dedicated to girl empowerment. His priority is impacting investments in leadership and contribution.

As a keen and avid tennis professional, Thomas has served as a tennis coach for the youth and young adults under the Southern California Tennis Association coaching students to accelerate as high-performance athletes.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of San Bernardino and an MBA from the University of Redlands School of Business. Stay tuned for his book in the works on environmental education for children.


Debbi Dodson
Debbi has worked in the liquid beverage carton recycling industry for over 25 years.  During that time she assisted both municipalities and schools in adding gabletop and aseptic cartons to their recycling programs. For the past 15 years she has been the school recycling coordinator for the Carton Council, a trade association comprised of carton manufacturers with the goal of reducing the impact of their
package on the environment by expanding recycling programs across the country and continuously improving their environmental performance. Her personal goal is to squash the myths about carton recyclability and have every carton recycled.
Every carton counts.


Joanna Gin is an attorney in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group. She served as assistant city attorney for the City of Winters.
In addition to general public agency work, Joanna focuses on elections, compliance with Propositions 218 and 26, and solid waste, including the implementation of SB 1383 regulations.
Before joining BB&K, Joanna attended the University of California, Davis School of Law. Joanna clerked for the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office and assisted the civil litigation and advisory units on municipal affairs.
Prior to attending law school, Joanna worked in legislative affairs for nearly a decade in Sacramento. Joanna was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the position of assistant deputy director in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of General Services. While there, she helped oversee the office in the preparation of legislative analyses and policy recommendations relating to state contracts and property. During that time, she participated in the Leadership for Government Executives course at California State University, Sacramento, sponsored a Leadership for Government Supervisors cohort and spearheaded a department-wide food drive that raised a record 28,000 pounds of food for the Sacramento Food Bank. Before that, Joanna worked as a policy consultant with the Assembly Business and Professions Committee at the State Capitol. In that role, she provided guidance to legislators and their staff on legislation related to licensed professionals
While earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, she served as senior class president. She is originally from San Francisco.

  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D.

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., political science & English (with honors)


  • California


  • Witkin Award for Scientific Evidence

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Judi Gregory is the President of Go2Zero Strategies, a solid waste and recycling consulting firm located in Southern California.  Judi is also the founder of GreenEducation.US a professional development organization that trains leaders in sustainable resource management. She co founded of SMART Compliance, a technology firm that helps track and report solid waste compliance for SB 1383 programs.  And recently, Judi founded Grow2Zero FARMS, a local urban farm that both grows food, and recovers landfill-bound food, for redistribution to the local community.

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Leah Hanes Ph.D.

Dr. Leah Hanes leads the Two Bit Circus Foundation (2BCF) and has done so since 2013, when she joined their predecessor, During her tenure, first as Executive Director and then CEO, 2BCF has grown into a strong voice in the current STEAM Education discourse leading to her co-authoring SHAPING THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION with Nolan Bushnell. Hanes has been on the Board of Bushnell’s Ed Tech firm, ExoDexa.

Prior to ExoDexa, and  2BCF, Dr. Hanes’ held a variety of positions focused on children and education. Most recently, she taught Adult Developmental Theory and Ethics at Antioch University Los Angeles and Ryokan College. Dr. Hanes’ formal education includes a Ph.D. in ethics and gender from Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. Her M.A. is in Organizational Management.


Andrew Parrish has worked with CalRecycle for ten years. Andrew is a Senior Environmental Scientist in the Local Assistance and Market Developed Branch, where he designed the restructured Electronic Annual Report and serves as the subject matter expert for SB 1383 procurement. Previously, Andrew worked in the Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources Branch where he helped craft the SB 1335 regulations and served as a subject matter expert on plastics. Prior to that, Andrew worked as a CalRecycle representative for rural jurisdictions and state agencies in the Sacramento Area and in CalRecycle’s Jurisdiction Compliance Unit.

Mark Patti is the Southern California Senior Program Coordinator for the Mattress Recycling Council. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with Bachelor Degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies. Following the completion of his degrees, Mark entered the public sector working for two municipalities in Los Angeles County assisting with managing Solid Waste Franchise Agreements for Residential and Commercial Collection Services. In addition, he implemented and promoted recycling, reuse and source reduction programs along with securing grant funding for environmental programs aimed to help reduce materials from being landfill. Mark currently is working to implement the Bye Bye Mattress program in California which launched in early 2016 and was born out of California Senate Bills 254 and 1274. One of his main responsibilities is to work with municipalities and Solid Waste Facility Operators to expand the collection network open to the public.
Additionally, Mark serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Waste Management Forum.


Cynthia Vant Hul is the President of Mariposa Eco Consulting and has spent 25 years in Southern California managing environmental issues within the solid waste management industry. Her area of expertise is in waste management, environmental protection, regulatory mandates, contract compliance, sustainable program development and correlating greenhouse gas emissions with waste productions in the municipal and private industry. In 2011, Cynthia opened Mariposa Eco Consulting, Inc with the vision in mind of sharing her knowledge and experience to help train and lead a generation of environmental leaders in private and public workplace. Since 2003, Cynthia has been a Director with the Southern California Waste Management Forum and appointed to President in 2022.  Cynthia holds a Master of Public Administration degree, from California State University San Bernardino.

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