Who We Are

Renewable Sonoma is 100% owned by Will Bakx and Alan Siegle. As they have served the County since 1985 as Sonoma Compost, they look forward to continuing to work with and for you to improve our soils and grow vigorous, healthy plants.

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Will Bakx

Will Bakx

Will is co-founder and owner of Sonoma Compost with Alan Siegle. He is the Project Manager at Renewable Sonoma. In addition, he and Alan will manage all services and activities related to composting operations and product marketing.

Will is a pre-eminent soil scientist who has devoted his life to advancing the composting industry. He has 37 years of experience and expertise in all aspects of composting. Under an exclusive contract with SCWMA from 1993 to 2015, Alan and Will led Sonoma Compost’s services to residents and businesses throughout Sonoma County. Known and valued by thousands of residents, business owners, farmers, and civic leaders throughout the County, Will is exceptionally well-qualified to bring advanced, environmentally friendly composting back to Sonoma County. Will also is known for his educational outreach giving workshops on composting, soil health and carbon farming,etc. He is the adjunct instructor at the SRJC for the Agricultural Composting Class.

Will has lived, studied, and worked in Sonoma County since 1979.

Alan Siegle

Alan Siegle

Alan is co-founder and owner of Sonoma Compost with Will Bakx. Alan is also a part-owner in Double A Walnuts, a 120-acre walnut farm in the Sacramento Valley. He will work with Will Bakx to manage all services and activities related to composting operations and product marketing.

Alan has 37 years of farming and composting experience, including as a former instructor in Ecological Food Production at Sonoma State University in the 1980s, where he also managed the school farm.

Alan has lived and worked in Sonoma County since 1974.

Leslie Lukacs

Leslie Lukacs

Leslie, Director of Zero Waste with SCS Engineers, will manage communication between team members, City/SCWMA staff, vendors, regulators, and other stakeholders, as well as sequencing and execution of activities related to community and stakeholder engagement. She will also design and manage implementation of a Zero Waste Plan for our Solution.

Leslie is a pioneer in zero waste with 21 years of experience influencing waste reduction and reuse in California. She specializes in the design and implementation of comprehensive sustainability programs for large venues, and events throughout the nation. Leslie represents the Town of Windsor on the Local Task Force and is co-founder and co-chair of the Compost Coalition of Sonoma County, a diverse group of citizens and organizations with a simple mission: keep and process our organic materials in Sonoma County.

Leslie lives in Sonoma County and is based in SCS’s Santa Rosa office.

Roy Alper

Roy Alper

Roy will lead development of our team’s overall solution, including financing and contract negotiations.

Roy has 30 years of experience in the development, regulation and financing of alternative energy systems. He is an attorney with extensive experience in negotiating agreements for renewable- and waste-fueled projects, including feedstock supply and fuel amendment agreements, offtake agreements, wastewater discharge and solids disposal agreements, obtaining environmental and land use approvals and in leading project development from conception to operation.

Roy has worked in Petaluma, Sonoma County since 2014.

Christine McKiernan

Christine McKiernan

Christine McKiernan serves as director, project development, for SUEZ in North America. Her area of responsibility is the organics recycling market in the U.S. and Canada.

Christine has more than 30 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. Prior to joining SUEZ, she served as vice president, technology & development, for BIOFerm™ Energy Systems, in which she led a multi-national team in waste-to-energy process development. Her experience includes the design, construction and operation of anaerobic and aerobic facilities treating a wide variety of organic materials such as food scraps, animal manures, crop residues, food manufacturing discards and others. The optimization of energy and by-product recovery from these facilities has a been a key focus of her work. She currently serves on the Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Technical Advisory Committee. Christine holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Christine is based in New York.

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