LARA 2020–2021 Executive Board
Lorry Hempe is the Public Works Special Projects Manager in the City of Lynwood. Lorry manages special projects and oversees various environmental programs. She also manages the department’s operational and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgets and oversees the transportation fund. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach. This is her first year serving as LARA Chair, having previously served four years as Vice-Chair.
James Burnley is the Solid Waste Manager of the City of Beverly Hills where he manages the Solid Waste, Wastewater, Street Sweeping, and Stormwater programs. He has been serving in his current position for the last eight years but has been in the solid waste industry for over 24 years. James has completed coursework from Valley College and West LA College. This is his first year serving as LARA Vice-Chair, after having served two years as Secretary.
Carol Rowland oversees the City of Downey’s recycling and waste management programs that include coordinating citywide cleanup programs utilizing volunteers, refuse collection, green waste collection, composting, used oil and beverage recycling, and disposal of household hazardous waste. She has worked for the city of Downey for over 25 years. This is her second year serving as the LARA Treasurer.
Shandy Dittman is a Senior Management Analyst in the Department of Public Works for the City of Pomona. Shandy manages Solid Waste budgets and compliance as well as other Public Works operational programs. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. This is her first year serving as LARA Secretary.
Alex E. Helou
Alex heads the Solid Resources Group that is responsible for managing solid waste for the entire City of Los Angeles, including collection, transport, and processing of source-separated recyclables, green materials, and municipal solid waste from 750,000 residential customers. Alex leads a workforce of over 1,300 employees in five divisions, with an annual operating budget of over $180 million. He is in charge of implementing many key solid waste management strategies to help the City of Los Angeles achieve Zero Waste by 2025, including the Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan and the Commercial Franchise System. The City has exceeded the 75% diversion rate and continues moving toward the zero waste goal. A 22-year veteran of the City of Los Angeles, Alex is a registered Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.
Alexander Brideau III
Alexander Brideau III joined LA Sanitation’s Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division in 2017 as a Senior Management Analyst overseeing the City Facilities Recycling Program before becoming the new LARA Administrator and AB 939 Compliance Administrator. Alex has worked for the City of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from American University.
LARA Board Members
Karen Lee, Management Analyst, City of Artesia
James Burnley, Solid Waste Manager, City of Beverly Hills
Scarlett Santos Leon, Management Analyst, City of Bradbury
Carol Rowland, Recycling Coordinator, City of Downey
Victoria Rocha, Management Analyst, City of Duarte
Doug Krauss, Environmental Programs Manager, City of Hermosa Beach
Connie Read, CAA, City of Hidden Hills
Nuna Tersibashian, Environmental Supervisor II, City of Los Angeles
Lorry Hempe, PW Special Projects Manager, City of Lynwood
Anna Luke-Jones, Senior Management Analyst, City of Manhattan Beach
Palos Verdes Estates
Ken Rukavina, City of Palos Verdes Estates
Shandy Dittman, Senior Management Analyst, City of Pomona
Rancho Palos Verdes
Lauren Ramezani, Senior Management Analyst, City of Rancho Palos Verdes
Jesse Reyes, Senior Management Analyst, City of Redondo Beach
Danielle Garcia, Management Analyst, City of Rosemead
James Carlson, Management Analyst, City of Sierra Madre
David Torres, Field Operations Manager, City of South Gate
Alison Sherman, Waste Management Coordinator, City of Torrance