MEET THE TEAM

SUSAN THOMAN

FOUNDER / MANAGING DIRECTOR

Susan has over thirty years as a solutions strategist in the environmental and sustainability field, and served for 12 years on the Cedar Grove Composting leadership team in the Seattle area.Susan’s collaborative and business centered philosophy links compost manufacturers, product development teams, end users and municipalities together in effective engagement models that minimize contamination in feed stocks while expanding the diversion and capacity for viable compost feed stocks eligible for organics recycling.

JANET THOMAN

COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Janet joined CMA as Compliance Director in 2019. After 14 years in private law practice, Janet joined CMA to combine her passion for civil justice and her commitment to real-world solutions to environmental challenges. She received her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 2006 and has been an active volunteer and organizer for many social and environmental causes. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the National Lawyers Guild.

KARI CUMMINS

OFFICE MANAGER & PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Kari serves as CMA’s Client Services and Production Supervisor and is responsible for office and production procedures. With over 30 years in the service industry, Kari’s unmatched work ethic, problem solving skills, and client centric approach to customer service has helped CMA thrive. She specializes in creating long lasting customer relations and ensures that quality and service exceed customer expectations.
Kari serves as a key point of contact for initial test inquiries and is responsible for office and production procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment while providing friendly, detailed oriented client engagement. Kari says CMA is such a unique company because the team works very well together and everyone shares a common vision and passion for excellence and environmental sustainability.

KELVIN OKAMOTO
PhD
(Third party advisor)

President, Green Bottom Line

Kelvin is President of his own consulting firm, Green Bottom Line, that focuses on sustainable materials and packaging development, commercialization, testing and certification. He is also founder and CEO of Gen3Bio, a startup company focused on producing biobased chemicals and subsequent bioplastics from microalgae. For ASTM, Kelvin is the chair of the ASTM D20.96 subcommittee that deals with biodegradation and biobased standards for plastics and is Vice-Chair of Products for D20 Plastics, which oversees other subcommittees include D20.95 Plastics Recycling. Kelvin is also on the USDA Biopreferred Program Technical Advisory Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Recycling Coalition.

ALEX THOMAS

FIELD TESTING SPECIALIST & 

SPECIAL PROJECTS LEAD


A Wisconsin native, Alex completed his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Waste Resources before working in Waste Management and Planning in Eastern Washington for the last three years. Most recently, Alex has become a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point under the Soils and Waste Resources department. There, on top of his CMA work, he is researching the affects composting can have on infectious diseases like Chronic Wasting Disease and E. Coli. Alex is happy to have been a part of the CMA team this past year and is looking forward to continuing to move forward the mission of effective compostables.

CHRIS COLEMAN

TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST



Chris joined CMA at the beginning of 2019 assisting in client management before being quickly shifted to focusing on CMA’s efforts to utilize technology in the best possible manner. He has maintained CMA’s presence on the web, working with both the previous website and new, as well as developed internal company solutions to product status management.

CHRIS COLEMAN

TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Chris joined CMA at the beginning of 2019 assisting in client management before being quickly shifted to focusing on CMA’s efforts to utilize technology in the best possible manner. He has maintained CMA’s presence on the web, working with both the previous website and new, as well as developed internal company solutions to product status management.
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