Mark A. King
Environmental Specialist-Director of Maine Compost School
Mark is a native of Winthrop, Maine, where he enjoys spending time hunting and fishing. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University.
In 1991, Mark started working with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist. In 1993, he joined the Maine Compost Team ( a collaborative interagency group consisting of representatives from the Maine DEP, Department of Agriculture, State Planning Office, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension) where he developed an expertise in composting.
In 1997, Mark served as one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed, “Maine Compost School”, and currently serves as Director, as well as actively participating in course instruction.
Mark provides on-going technical assistance to new and existing compost facilities through facility siting and design support, operations assistance, and compost process trouble-shooting.
Mark has worked with all levels of compost facility size and design, and has developed an expertise with medium and large-scale facilities. Currently, he is promoting statewide composting of pre and post-consumer food residuals as an alternative to costly landfill disposal.
Dr. William (Bill) Seekins
Agricultural Resource Management Coordinator
Bill is a native of Searsport, Maine, where he grew up on a small family farm. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; a Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Doctorate from the University of Maine at Orono.
Over his 31-year career, Bill has served as a Researcher with the Maine Department of Agriculture, and for over twenty years, his work has focused primarily on waste utilization and composting issues.
Bill is one of the original founders of the Maine Compost Team which began operations in 1990. Bill provides the team with the technical expertise to develop compost recipes, to devise management systems and to troubleshoot problems encountered in implementation of projects.
In 1997, he helped to develop the internationally acclaimed, “Maine Compost School”; where he currently serves as an active faculty member as well as serving on its Board of Directors.
In February of 2011, Bill retired from his position with the Maine Department of Agriculture, but still remains active with the Maine Compost Team and Maine Compost School.
Director of Sustainability
George MacDonald is the Director of the Sustainability Division at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The keystone of sustainability is encouraging appropriate management of resources, whether natural or man created.
George MacDonald’s career has been one of working on a farm as a youth, with the Federal Government working on environmental conservation, and with agricultural producers to conserve and improve their farm’s soil and water resources.
George has worked in conservation and recycling since 1976 in policy making, solid waste management, landfills, reuse & recycling, to composting programs with communities, businesses, individuals, and residents; to his current role that maintains those activities but expands them further to include climate adaptation issues and concerns.
The positions Mr. MacDonald have held in undertaking these tasks have included federal employment, municipal positions, state occupations, and private sector – both as an employee as well as the owner. When looking for solutions to the challenges of recycling, sustainability, reuse, education, and how it all works from the very beginning to the end, George has the skills, knowledge, and practical know-how to provide answers from a 360 point of view from gov’t, towns, private business, conservation groups, and others. George also teaches the business start-up and/or growth ideas for attendees.
George can usually be found puttering around with outside plantings at home while watching the wildlife that abounds there.
Mr. MacDonald has also been involved, and is one of the founding fathers of, the Northeast Recycling Council since 1987.
As a graduate, twice, of the University of Maine, Mark is proud to be a Professor at his alma mater for the past 13 years. Baseball is a passion for Mark. Starting in Little League, he has played or coached baseball for the past 45 years.
He and his family also enjoy hiking. Over the years they have climbed many peaks in Maine and New Hampshire.
Vacations are often focused around places to hike and explore. Professionally, Mark is please to be associated with the Maine Compost Team and their education and research successes.