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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.

Seth "Brad" Bradstreet III

 

Kevin Bunker, Board Chair, is a founding principal of Developers Collaborative (DC), a smart growth real estate development firm located in Portland. Kevin founded DC with Richard Berman after graduating with distinction in 2007 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Master in Urban Planning degree. A former municipal planner and lobsterman in the Rockland area, Kevin is a principal on all of DC's current projects, from Orono to Biddeford. Kevin brings experience in complex financing models including tax increment financing, use of tax credits, and other public private partnerships. Kevin is also an activist promoting the causes of smart growth and downtowns at the state and local level. Kevin sees great future growth in the area of public or institutional partnerships with the private sector and is responsible for DC's continued expansion into this field. Kevin lives in Brunswick with his wife Amanda and their daughters Alex and Natalie.

 

Judith C. East, AICP is Executive Director for the Washington County Council of Governments.  With 24 years of professional experience at the local, regional and state levels in Maine, New York and Vermont she currently works with communities throughout Washington County on varied issues in land use planning, economic development, adaptation to climate change and public facilities investment.  Judy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Economics and a Masters Degree of Science in Planning.  She has a particular interest and expertise working with rural communities as they balance land and resource conservation with economic development.

She lives Calais, ME with her husband Richard and their daughter Alyson.  They operate Growing Concern, a farm and nursery providing locally grown horticultural products and food to the region. 

 

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.

 

Jack Kartez is Professor and Chair in the Community Planning and Development Program of the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service. A planner who worked for Oregon's statewide program in its early years enforcing LCDC's statewide affordable housing rule, he has also worked as a local government planner in rural Washington State and North Idaho, and for the Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue's innovative policy analysis unit. He and his students have been recently assisting local planning and economic development planners with holding downtown participatory design workshops in several Maine service center cities, an example of the close relationship between practice, service and professional education at Muskie. Jack has a 1976 Masters in Planning from the University of Oregon, a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill (1990) and a bachelors from Middlebury College (1972).

 

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.

 

Mike Lyne lives in Brunswick with his wife Kameron and two sons, Nolan (12) and Sean (9).  He is with JHR Development, a real estate development and investment firm with offices in Massachusetts and Maine.  JHR has recently developed the Brunswick Station project which is a $20 million redevelopment of a brownfield site in downtown Brunswick.  JHR has worked jointly with the Town of Brunswick to develop a new transportation and visitor center which recently welcomed the arrival of the Amtrak Downeaster.  The Brunswick Station project is a mix of office, retail, restaurants and the 52 room Inn at Brunswick Station.   Residences are planned for the future.
Since moving from Alaska to Brunswick five years ago to open the JHR Development of Maine office, Mike has served on the Boards of the Pejepscot Historical Society, the Brunswick Downtown Association and Brunswick Youth Lacrosse (President), while currently sitting on the Brunswick Downtown Master Plan implementation Committee.  In his spare time he enjoys exploring Maine's outdoor abundance with family and friends.

 

Joe Merrill, Treasurer, is the Finance Manager for the Maine and Vermont Chapters of The Nature Conservancy.  He received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Maine in 1988.  He earned his CPA designation while employed by Ernst & Young in Portland, ME.  Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy in 2005, Joe also served as accounting manager for Pioneer Plastics Corporation and Associated Grocers of Maine and as financial analyst in Fleet Bank’s commercial lending department.  Joe lives in Brunswick with his wife Doreen.  In his spare time he enjoys photography, writing, gardening, baseball and bicycling.

 

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.

 

Ed Suslovic

 

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.

 

Senator Eloise Vitelli is Maine's newest State Senator representing Sagadahoc County and Dresden, and is the Director of Program and Policy Development for the Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community, a statewide women’s economic development organization whose mission is to help women achieve success in the Maine economy. In 1984, Eloise designed New VenturesTM, a comprehensive entrepreneurship training program for women that focuses on the development of a written business plan. She helped establish and provides management support to the Maine Enterprise Option program, an innovative collaborative project that allows qualified unemployment insurance recipients to start small businesses while receiving UI. She helped in establishing Family Development Accounts, a matched savings and asset development program, and the Maine FDA Coalition. Eloise serves on the Maine Economic Growth Council, and is a member of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the national trade group for the microenterprise industry.  She currently serves as chair of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 1995, the same year she attended the International Women’s Conference in Beijing, China. Eloise received the Small Business Advocate of the Year, Women in Business Advocate from the Maine Small Business Administration and was the 2006 recipient of the SBA’s Thomas McGillicuddy Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.  She holds a Masters degree from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelors degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

David  Webster, Board Vice-Chair, co-founder, president, and managing partner of PDT Architects is deeply involved in planning and design for New England's urban and medical campus fabric.
His work incorporates his interest in design and it's integration in building science, deep energy retrofits, historic preservation, and energy efficiency.  Recent projects include renovations and energy upgrades at five New England VA Medical Centers, two downtown projects in Livermore Falls, and the conversion of a Saco industrial building into the OA Performance Center, a sports medicine/performance/physical therapy complex. David has considerable expertise in projects involving multiple buildings and multiple architects and is a trained mediator and facilitator.
 
 
Sen. Dick Woodbury is an economist and Maine State Senator. He began his legislative service in 2002 and is the only Independent in the Senate currently. Outside the legislature, he works with a national research and education program on population aging. His research deals with pension plans, health and disability, Social Security, and tax policy. Dick is a graduate of Williams College and has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.  Prior to joining the GrowSmart board, he served on advisory groups to the Charting Maine’s Future – Making Headway project and the Reinventing Maine Government project. Dick lives in Yarmouth with his wife Debbie and youngest son Matthew; his older sons Sam and Ben are in college.
 
Robin Zinchuk is Executive Director of the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce.  She credits her success to a variety of supportive and visionary individuals who she has worked with over the years. She is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management, a program of the US Chamber of Commerce and is a Leadership Maine graduate. Robin has served local, regional and statewide organizations: Maine Tourism Commission, Quality of Place Council, Maine’s Lakes and Mountains Tourism Council, Maine Woods Consortium, Northern Forest Sustainable Economy Initiative, Keeping Maine’s Forest Implementation Team, Bethel Rotary Club and is a Western Maine Health Trustee.  Robin has also served on the Maine Film Commission, Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Mahoosuc Land Trust, and the Western Mountain Alliance.  Robin is from East Brunswick, NJ and graduated from Montclair State University.  She is married, has four grown sons and a grandson!