LARA 2019 – 2020 Executive Board     

Karen Herrera
Karen Herrera is Duarte’s long-time Deputy City Manager and has over 32 years of local government service and community volunteerism in support of the City of Duarte. She has served in her current position for over a decade, and just recently her passion for the Duarte  community was honored by Assembly member Blanca Rubio when she received the 2018 Woman of the Year Award for Outstanding Community Service. Karen is a proud graduate of the California State University system receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Fullerton and her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State Long Beach. This is her fourth year serving as the LARA Chair.





Lorry Hempe
Lorry Hempe is the Public Works Special Projects Manager in the City of Lynwood. Lorry manages special project 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’s Degree of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach. This is her fourth year serving as the LARA Vice-Chair.




Carol Rowland
Carol Rowland oversees the City of Downey recycling and waste management programs that includes coordinating citywide cleanup programs utilizing volunteers, refuse collection, green waste collection, composing, 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 first year serving as the LARA Treasurer.





James Burnley
James Burnley is the Solid Waste Manager in 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 8 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 second year serving as the LARA Secretary.




Alex E. Helou
Executive Director
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 16 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from American University.



LARA 2018 – 2019 Board Members

Karen Lee, Management Analyst, City of Artesia

Beverly Hills
James Burnley, Solid Waste Manager, City of Beverly Hills

Scarlett Santos Leon, Management Analyst, City of Bradbury

Carol Rowland, Recycling Coordinator, City of Downey

Karen Herrera, Deputy City Manager, City of Duarte

Hermosa Beach
Doug Krauss, Environmental Programs Manager, City of Hermosa Beach

Hidden Hills
Connie Read, CAA, City of Hidden Hills

Los Angeles
Nuna Tersibashian, Environmental Supervisor II, City of Los Angeles

Lorry Hempe, PW Special Projects Manager, City of Lynwood

Manhattan Beach
Anna Luke-Jones, Senior Management Analyst, City of Manhattan Beach

Palos Verdes Estates
Ken Rukavina, Public Works Director, City Engineer, 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

Redondo Beach
Jesse Reyes, Senior Management Analyst, City of Redondo Beach

Daisy Guerrero, City of Rosemead

Sierra Madre
James Carlson, Management Analyst, City of Sierra Madre

South Gate
David Torres, Field Operations Manager, City of South Gate

Alison Sherman, Waste Management Coordinator, City of Torrance