Board of Directors
The Board of Directors includes people who are passionate about composting and sustainable practices and have joined with Earth Matter by lending their expertise, skills, facilities and/or advice to us. Advisory Board Members are our active guides to the direction in which our organization will grow.
The Board of Directors’ vision and expertise can be in just about any area related to sustainability and organizational growth as related to our mission. Some examples of Advisory Member focus are: composting, environmental education, biology, horticulture, urban agriculture, technical support for physical operations, volunteer coordination, public relations, event planning and fundraising, accounting, rainwater harvesting, and many more.
A native New Yorker who spent half his life abroad in Europe, Stephanos wonders about the ways places made people who they are. Growing up less than 10 miles from the world’s largest landfill he was deeply affected by the inequities involved in discarding so much food.
After a few seasons farming in upstate New York and Massachusetts, Stephanos founded an urban composting initiative in Queens that was eventually subsumed by the municipality. He holds degrees in City and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School. A longtime friend and supporter of Earth Matter, Stephanos sits on their Board of Directors as a Acting President, working with Earth Matter’s co-founders to identify, recruit and retain a full President with a penchant for waste equity and sustainable resource allocation.
Charlie Bayrer has been an active community composter and gardener for 13 years. He was a co-chair of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust healthy soils initiative, which sampled and tested the soil in all 34 member gardens from 2007 to 2008.
Brooke grew up with a lake in her backyard and was a student co-chair volunteer with ConnPIRG’s Environment Committee. She learned a lot about composting over the past seven years by helping out on Jack & Diane’s Little Ditty vegetable, chicken and pig farm in Flippin, Arkansas. She looks forward to assisting the board in the area of development as well as by researching grant opportunities. In her non-compost life she is a information professional working in New York.
Matt Civello is a former Earth Matter apprentice.
Members at Large
Holding law degrees from Germany and the United States, Udo has been an environmental advocate and lawyer for more than 25 years. His current practice focuses on aquatic and coastal ecosystems. He also worked on energy efficiency and climate change. Understanding composting not only as a practical but also philosophical pursuit (where else is the circle of life more readily observable) he keeps a vermicompost bin at an undisclosed location in his office building.
Development Committee Chairpersom
Wylie Goodman holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. She previously worked for NYC Parks | Partnerships for Parks (PfP) and NYCDOT. At PfP, in collaboration with the Hester Street Collaborative, she co-led the Citywide launch of People Make Parks, a web-based tool to engage the public in the design and capital process of neighborhood parks. She has been active in urban greening activity since 1999 and attended Farm School NYC from 2014-15. In addition to serving on the board of Earth Matter, she is actively engaged in helping re-start the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board.
Kim is the former Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Earth Matter NY. She enjoyed working with volunteers for zero waste events, compost builds, animal care and more. She is excited to be part of the board to help with the long-term planning of Earth Matter and to stay connected to the project.
She is an artist, musician and a new resident to Troy, NY and is excited to combine her love for the environment, art and music through various projects including starting a new community farm in the Tivoli Nature Preserve. Kim draws on her love of the Earth and connections in her art. She has a BA of Music from the University of Iowa and loves to find beauty in the every day.
See above for bio.