Meet The Staff
ECOP staff photos feature
custom art work by Leo D'odd
Charlie is one of the founders of Eco Plastics. He got together with Jim Kelley a couple of years ago and they set out to learn how to extrude plastic. Their goal was to set up a non-profit which would make useful plastic items from recycled plastic and then sell them. The income would be used to fund the operation and provide additional funds for various other charitable organizations. In addition, they wanted to provide employment for special needs people wherever possible.
Charlie’s background is in Chemistry. He has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and has worked for most of his professional career as Managing Director of Cermet Materials, Inc., a company which manufactures precious metal powders and pastes for the electronics industry.
Before getting involved in Electronic Materials, he taught chemistry at Denison University in Ohio and Bates College in Maine.
Outside of work, Charlie loves to ride his bicycle.
Founder / CEO
Jim is one of the founders of Eco Plastics. He and Charlie Falletta joined together a couple of years ago to create and launch ECOP. Jim’s passions to eliminate waterway pollution and prevent wildlife toxicity is fundamental to the ECOP mission.
At the leadership helm of ECOP, Jim directs and executes daily operations from the Shop Floor to the Front Office, and everything in between. Mr. Kelley seeks like-minded networks to create a vibrant shared ecology and economy ensuring a better society for tomorrow.
Jim has always been driven to Save The Planet. His dedication to this mission is evidenced by his Non-Profit leadership of ECOP, and decades of experience in the solar energy industry.
On his own time, Jim plays live music, enjoys nature and outdoor activities, and treasures time spent with his three granddaughters.
Noel Olson began serving as Volunteer Coordinator in 2022. For the past ten years, Noel has been in the community helping folks with disabilities find volunteer opportunities and eventually employment. She connected with ECOP by bringing folks to the warehouse to volunteer and knew there was some sort of home here.
A life-long nature lover, Noel is excited to support the mission of EcoPlastics.
She is often found hiking along the White Clay Creek, gardening, camping, and at music festivals.
Lisa Capodanno Caputo
Lisa joined ECOP in 2021 as the Office Manager and handles our front-end operations. Prior to joining our ECOP team, she worked as a Project Planner and Systems Administrator in the pharmaceutical industry.
Working at ECOP has brought her a greater awareness of recycling and the benefits of using plastic to create sustainable products.
Lisa enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband Nick, and volunteering for Town Cats of Ocean City.
Manufacturer | Artistic Director
Leo Dodd is a manufacturer at Eco Plastic Products. He executes all production functions and interfaces directly with the variously-abled workers who volunteer their time at ECOP.
Leo is also a self-taught artist whose inspiration comes from nature and the environment. His long-term art career started in West Chester, PA and now focuses on recycled plastic sculptures. Under his “Leo D’Odd” moniker, he is becoming quite renowned and is hailed as an Award-Winning Artist.
On site at ECOP is the “Studio 18” Art Gallery showcasing Leo’s art. Additionally, Leo D’odd’s art is the featured backgrounds in all of the ECOP bio photographs.
James Darius Thorpe
James Thorpe executes various production roles at Eco Plastic Products.
He is currently a Computer Information Science major at Delaware Technical and Community College.
James has become an integral part of our team and works hard helping ECOP to fulfill its mission.
Dir. - Corporate Branding & Communications
Michele Kelley creates ECOP’s communications and branding. With a long-term career as a professional writer and brander, Michele has launched new initiatives for Fortune 500 corporations, regional companies, and local businesses.
She is renowned as a National Award-Winning Resume Writer, a Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert, and as a sought-after Speaker and Lecturer at universities, national conferences, and local events.
Her service background includes decades of service on several Boards of Directors, and 20+ years as an On-Air Radio Personality at WVUD 91.3FM and www.wvud.org . Michele has been an Event Planner for some of the area’s most notable signature events.
In her free time, she furthers her Earth-Consciousness mission by organic gardening. Also, under her stage name of “Shelley Kelley” she was named “The 2019 Folk Musician of the Year” for the State of Delaware.