Board of Directors
Catherine Bryars is a regional land use planner based in Bennington, Vermont. With degrees in Environmental Studies (BA – Amherst College) and Regional Planning (MRP- UMass Amherst), Catherine is interested in integrated solutions for sustaining soils, water, and communities over time. As a graduate student she researched community urine diversion projects in the US and in Mexico and as a planning professional she counsels towns on infrastructure investments and aims to diversify the range of sanitation options available to towns and villages. Catherine and her partner, Flavio, garden avidly and balance their lives between the US and Chiapas, Mexico.
Dave Cedarholm is originally from NY and has lived in the NH Seacoast areas for 29 years. He is a Professional Engineer with the consulting firm of Tighe & Bond in Portsmouth, NH focusing on water supply and distribution system infrastructure, watershed and stormwater management, and environmental compliance in both the public and private sectors. He is an avid sailor and proponent of a plant based sustainable lifestyle with his wife and two college aged daughters in Lee, NH.
Ben has been working with composting toilet systems since the 1970′s, as a resource person and educator for Helios Habitat, an experimental alternative architecture and technology community based in Alberta, Canada. After receiving his B.A. in Human Ecology from College Of The Atlantic, and his M.S. in Environmental Education from Audubon Expedition Institute, he became even more interested in natural resources conservation, especially soil and water. Ben manufactures worm-composting bins and keeps worms as pets in his woodworking shop in western Massachusetts.
John is a Realtor and Sales Manager at Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors. John has been in sales and customer service for his working career, now in real estate, before in the natural foods industry. John serves now and has served on a number of Boards of Directors, and brings his interest in visioning and governance to the Rich Earth Institute. He lives with his wife, Kate, and their two wonderful young adults, Tyler and Guthrie, on a small farm in Westminster, and tries to find enough free time to ride his road bike.
Melissa has worked in education as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, in the health field as a massage therapist, and in social services as a volunteer coordinator at Brattleboro Area Hospice. She has enthusiastically participated in the activities of the Rich Earth Institute from its early days. Previous to joining the board in 2016, she was involved with the field work (planting, fertilizing, harvesting), served on several committees, and helped organize community events. Melissa is currently the keeper of the Rich Earth archives, but her main focus is on strengthening ties within the community of urine donors—those dedicated folks who make our work possible.
Conor is an Ecological Sanitation Planner with a background in watershed science and ecological design. He graduated from BU with a Master’s in Energy and Environmental Analysis, where his studies focused on the technical and social feasibility of composting toilets and urine diversion systems. He earned a B.S. in Watershed Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he studied watershed science, ecological engineering, and emerging building programs. He has previously served as Project Manager for John Todd Ecological Design, and is a co-founder of Nutrient Networks.
Nadav is a long-serving former member of the national LEED Faculty, he is an experienced trainer and facilitator, convening the network of architecture firm Sustainable Design Leaders and teaching diverse groups about LEED and green building. As president and CEO of BuildingGreen, he oversees the company’s industry-leading information and community-building websites BuildingGreen.com and LEEDuser. He also served as executive editor of GreenSource magazine throughout its highly decorated seven-year run. Nadav also led the team that created the U.S. Department of Energy’s High Performance Buildings Database, and continues to oversee BuildingGreen’s responsibility for ensuring the quality of case studies and collecting meaningful data on actual building performance.
Dan has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, where he was part of the Water Resources Group and interned at the Earth Institute. During his time at Columbia, he began working on water and sanitation in Haiti, where he realized the need to understand and combine social and technical perspectives surrounding water and sanitation initiatives. Dan currently works as a project engineer in the wastewater treatment industry.
Former Board Members:
Peter Abell, Marion Abell, Jennifer Atlee, Ashley Bahlkow, Molly Dowd, Mike Early, Emily Fabel, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Julia Jandrisits, Rebecca Rueter, Konrad Scheltema, Tatiana Schreiber, Ellen Williams