Paul Boghossian is a developer involved with numerous rehabilitation projects focused on creative reuse of historic buildings in Maine and Rhode Island. His most notable project is the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville, Maine, which is a 450,000-square foot, mixed use, and loft space development which has won numerous awards. Currently in development is Gehring Green, a project in downtown Bethel, Maine, that combines the practices of historic adaptive reuse, smart growth, and green construction. In 2010, Mr. Boghossian was honored with Maine’s highest award for historic preservation by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. He was also recently named to the Preservation Advisory Committee of the Maine State Legislature.
In the immediate past, Mr. Boghossian served as Chairman and CEO of Concordia Manufacturing, LLC, which has parlayed its roots in the textile business into advances in composites, anti-counterfeiting, and biomedical end uses. Concordia’s latest and most exciting development is engineered implantable biofelts for knee ligament and other body tissue repair. Mr. Boghossian also founded a mutual insurance company that became a part of Beacon Mutual Insurance.
A 1976 graduate of Colby College, Mr. Boghossian also holds a MBA from the University of Rhode Island. He sits on the board of numerous companies and organizations and is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities throughout New England.
Carl Eppich, AICP is Senior Transportation Planner with the Portland, Maine metropolitan planning organization known as “PACTS”, or the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System. Carl manages transportation plan and project development, budgeting and contracting, and ensures that local plans are furthering the overall long-range plan for the region. In addition to land use, Carl’s areas of expertise include transit oriented development (TOD), non-motorized transportation for bicyclists and pedestrians, and transportation project financing. With over 20 years of professional experience, Carl has worked in all sectors – non-profit, private and public, providing him a unique perspective in his work. In addition to regional transportation planning, Carl has developed open space and recreation plans, and regional and local bicycle and pedestrian plans among many others. Currently his work involves active transportation planning, congestion management process development, and regional traffic management systems for all modes. Carl holds a Master’s degree in Community Planning and Development (M.C.P.D.) from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and a B.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics from UNH. Carl is a certified planner with the American Planning Association (APA) and currently serves as President for the Northern New England Chapter of the APA.
Jennifer Burns Gray has been Maine Audubon’s staff attorney and advocate for the past 16+ years. Jenn has spent her life moving north. She was born and raised in southern New Jersey, went to college in Connecticut and moved to Maine in 1991. She holds a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she majored in Political Science. Jenn received her JD from the University of Maine, School of Law. Currently, Jenn serves on the board of the Maine Conservation Voters. Jenn lives with her husband, Doug, and 4 children in the historic district in Bath, walking distance from downtown.
Fred Heimann has twenty-five years of business experience as executive and consultant to a wide range of companies and industries in the U.S. and abroad in the area of strategic planning, operations management and finance. He recently retired as Vice Chairman of the Maine Angels and as CFO of SenSysnet, Inc. He is a partner at Professional Partners, a Maine based consulting firm specializing in strategy formulation, operations management and financial re-structuring. Fred holds a B.A. from Williams College, a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, and an Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. Prior to joining the GrowSmart board, Fred served on the Finance Committee for several years and is also a member of the Board of Directors of NetClarity, Inc. Fred lives in North Yarmouth.
Jonathan P. LaBonte grew up in Auburn and attended the University of Maine in Orono, graduating with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He returned to Maine, from his first position in Boston, to begin taking graduate courses in public administration back at the University of Maine. The first public policy position he held was a role in transportation planning and policy in southern Maine.
He is now the Executive Director of the Androscoggin Land Trust, a land conservation organization serving 19 towns and cities within the Androscoggin River watershed. That work includes working with communities, land owners, other non-profits and businesses to build connections between conservation and recreation projects and community growth.
In 2011, he was elected as the youngest Mayor in Auburn’s history and currently lives in New Auburn village, four blocks from where he grew up.
Jane Bechtel Lafleur is the Executive Director of Friends of Midcoast Maine (FMM), the only regional Smart Growth organization in Maine. FMM served as Project Partner and Jane served as the Project Manager of the Heart & Soul planning project in Damariscotta in collaboration with the Orton Family Foundation and has worked with dozens of communities on community development, values based planning, civic engagement, form based codes, place-making and other community building tools and strategies. Jane grew up in Lewiston, Maine and has been a city and regional planner since 1981. She has served as Town Planner in Conway, New Hampshire and as City Planner in South Burlington Vermont as well as a private planning consultant. She has worked with the Gateway 1 Planning project since its inception as well as other cutting edge projects in the Midcoast. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono and received her master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. Jane lives in Camden.
Buzz Lamb Buzz retired from a forty one year career in the computer industry. After a twenty four years with IBM, he founded Norton Lamb & Company, an IBM Premier Business Partner, which provides systems and application services to organizations across New England. Buzz was recognized for his ability to effectively apply technology to organizational goals by conducting strategic planning sessions and extensive process analysis to develop and implement IT plans that were closely aligned with an organization's goals and operational plan. He has extensive experience in manufacturing, distribution, finance and healthcare.
Having deep Maine roots in both business and agriculture, Buzz strongly advocates for regional planning, concentrated development and improved stewardship of our forest and agricultural resources. He believes this will reduce long term operating costs for both business and government, preserve the annuities provided by our natural resources and help address the causes of global warming and other environmental impacts of growth.
Buzz coached high school lacrosse and AAU basketball. He is past chairman of the New Gloucester planning and land management committees, past treasurer of Cumberland County Extension and a member of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Mental Health Partners, and Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program boards. Buzz graduated from Falmouth High School, earned a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He splits his time between his farm in New Gloucester and his camp in Northwest Piscataquis County.
Chris Robinson is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Based in the Portland office, Chris has over 19 years of combined wealth, credit, and investment management experience. Chris oversee strategy for client relationships and is also responsible for business development. He leads a team of experienced professionals who provide objective and thoughtful advice regarding investment management, wealth structuring, trust, credit, and private banking services to high net worth individuals and multigenerational families. Chris and his team are also active in working with the firm’s Philanthropic Group to provide investment management and administration support to public charities such as hospitals, museums, colleges & universities, animal welfare and social service agencies.
Chris previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation serving underprivileged Maine children. He currently serves a member of the Maine Estate Planning Council and The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Conservation Council for Maine. Chris graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH and lives with his family in Kennebunk.
William D. "Doug" Sanford was raised in southern NH. After attending school in California, he returned to New England and moved to Maine in 1981 in search of the new frontier. Doug began acquiring and rehabbing mixed use buildings in the downtown area of Biddeford with a vision of urban resurgence. He acquired the former Biddeford Textile mill in 2004 and began redevelopment in 2010 - now the North Dam Mill. He is now planning one of New England's most exciting progressive smart growth projects - the former West Point Stevens Mill - soon to be the Pepperill Mill Campus.
Matt Teare has spent the last 13 years as the Director of Real Estate Development for John Wasileski and Sea Coast Management – the developer and operator of 3 senior living communities in Maine. These three communities – OceanView at Falmouth, the Highlands of Topsham and Highland Green – are large, master-planned communities that incorporate many of the essential elements of smart growth. The physical size of the communities – and the fact that they must be warm, inviting, caring communities at their core – necessitates a lengthy, collaborative development process with all of the various public and private stakeholders. This painstaking process has resulted in several successful developments and numerous long-term partnerships and collaborations. One of Matt’s current projects is the redevelopment of the former Falmouth Elementary School site (20 acres and 3 school buildings) located in the center of Falmouth. Matt lives in Yarmouth with his wife Tracy and their daughters Ellie, Caitlin and Natalie.
Anna Marie Thron, Secretary, also serves on the boards of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Portland Stage, and Maine Public Broadcasting. She is a former trustee of several nonprofit boards including The Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Community Foundation, and Friends of Casco Bay. Now retired, she was a founder, co-owner, and vice-president of a computer software company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She and her husband John live in Portland and Boothbay.