Rachel Bouvier, founder and principal of rbouvier consulting, specializes in economic and statistical analysis focusing on environmental and natural resource issues. She became interested in GrowSmart Maine in 2014, when Nancy Smith partnered with three of the students in her natural resource economics class at USM, where she was Associate Professor of Economics from 2005 to 2014.
Rachel served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Presumpscot River and taught community economic development at the University of New Hampshire. She holds a BA in economics from Smith College, an MS in resource economics from the University of New Hampshire at Durham, and a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rachel enjoys hiking, reading, and listening to good music. She lives in Portland with her husband, daughter, and dog Willie.
Ethan Boxer-Macomber, LEED AP, has 18 years’ experience in real estate, housing, and community development. During seven years with Avesta Housing, Ethan successfully led multiple large-scale residential development projects across southern Maine. In 2013, he started Anew Development, LLC, a Portland-based real estate development company dedicated to residential infill that provides highest, best community value by adhering to principles of quality urban design, smart growth, and sustainability.
Ethan formerly held planning positions in Davis, California, and Portland, Maine. He earned a BS in natural resources and ecology from the University of Maine and an MS in community planning and development from the University of California, Davis. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and was formerly certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Ethan is a passionate advocate for smart growth and regularly volunteers his time to programs and policy initiatives related to bicycle/pedestrian, housing, and land use matters.
Jennifer Burns Gray has been Maine Audubon’s staff attorney and advocate for 19 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, and she received her JD from the University of Maine School of Law. She also serves on the board of the Maine Conservation Voters. Jenn lives with her husband, Doug, and four children in the historic district in Bath, within walking distance of downtown.
Rebecca Casey, AIA, is an architect with over 2 decades of experience, the recent half of that time focusing on healthcare planning and design at PDT Architects. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans – one of the first cities to deeply imprint her passions for sense of place, community, diversity and food.
In addition to her involvement with GrowSmart Maine, Becca is a Maine Licensed Architect, a candidate of the American College of Healthcare Architects, a founding member of the Portland Society for Architecture and a recent alumnus of Lift 360’s Leadership Intensive. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Maine and New England Healthcare Engineers Societies, Maine Center for Creativity and Falmouth’s Long Range Planning Advisory Committee.
Descended from generations of Mainers, Becca grew up in a small coastal town and now resides in Falmouth with her husband, Shawn, their two children, dog, cat and chickens. She works in Portland.
Carl Eppich, AICP, is senior transportation planner with the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, known as PACTS. Carl manages transportation planning, project development, budgeting, and contracting, ensuring that local plans are working to realize the long-range plan for the region. In addition to land use, Carl’s areas of expertise include transit-oriented development, non-motorized transportation, and transportation project financing. In over 20 years of professional experience, Carl has worked in the non-profit, private, and public sectors, including environmental advocacy, technology, site planning, open space and recreation plans, and regional and local bicycle and pedestrian plans, among many others. Currently his work involves integrating transportation and placemaking, active transportation, and corridor planning.
Carl holds a master’s degree in community planning and development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and a BS in environmental and resource economics from the University of New Hampshire. Carl is a certified planner with the American Planning Association and currently serves as past-president for the Northern New England Chapter of the APA. He lives in South Portland with his wife Emily and their daughter and son. Carl can be found on the water or on the trail utilizing various forms of non-motorized transportation.
Fred Heimann has 25 years’ experience as executive and consultant in the areas 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 BA from Williams College, a master’s in architecture from Columbia University, and an MBA from Harvard University. Prior to joining the board of GrowSmart Maine, Fred served on the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of AboGen, a testing company working on a saliva-based replacement for T cell analysis. Fred lives in North Yarmouth, has two daughters who live out of state and is passionate about photography, sailing and golf.
Bruce Kidman served as director of external affairs for The Nature Conservancy in Maine for nearly 20 years, overseeing public policy, stakeholder relations, and communications. In that position he worked with a wide spectrum of interests such as municipalities, sporting organizations, state and legislative leaders, forestry representatives, land trusts, and environmental advocates. He took particular pride in forging successful Land for Maine’s Future bonding campaigns and obtaining a variety of federal grants, altogether directing well north of $100 million public dollars to conservation projects in Maine.
Before The Nature Conservancy, Bruce worked for the Maine Chamber of Commerce, Westbrook College, and the Maine Office of Manpower Planning. He holds degrees from Colby College and the Maine College of Art. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, he lives in Brunswick.
Ted Koffman worked in various administrative roles at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor for 30 years. There he established the Eco-Eco Policy Forum, hosting statewide meetings aimed at improving relationships between leaders in business, conservation organizations, and natural resource State agencies. The group focused on the relationship of economics and ecology in Maine’s future, seeking common ground and shared goals. They sponsored the Maine Environmental Priorities Project (four-year environmental risk evaluation); worked on growth management and workforce housing policy; and shaped a tax reform package.
Ted served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, chairing the Committee on Natural Resources. He sponsored successful legislation to reform Maine’s historic tax credit statute, effectively encouraging investment in adaptive commercial reuse of historic buildings. To date, $330 million has been invested in 55 restoration projects in 29 towns, and 680 affordable rental units were created. Ted retired in 2014 as executive director of Maine Audubon. He holds degrees from Franconia College, Bloomfield College, and Goddard College. He lives in Bar Harbor with his wife Joan. He enjoys landscaping; hiking, tennis, and fly fishing.
Buzz Lamb is retired from a 41-year career in the computer industry. After 24 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. He has extensive experience in manufacturing, distribution, finance, and healthcare.
With deep Maine roots in business and agriculture, Buzz 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 business and government, preserve 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 the 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, earning 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.
Hon. Don Marean (R) is serving his fifth term in the Maine House of Representatives. He serves on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee in the 127th Legislature. Don resides in Hollis, where he owned small businesses for 40 years and also served on the Board of Selectmen. Don is a member of the Buxton Masonic Lodge and past chairman of the board of Land for Maine’s Future. He enjoys travel, horses, farming, and public service. Don and his wife, Linda, have three children: Shirley, Dawn, and Christine.
Carol Morris heads up Morris Communications, a communications firm specializing in bringing a clear message to diverse audiences and managing the inevitable conflict around change. The company’s strength is in building strategic outcomes while connecting with a wide range of people. Morris provides a well-developed communications strategy, using the tools that are integral to a good program: understanding of consumer/ business needs and patterns, traditional media and social media, and web site and Internet communications.
Carol has an extensive communications background in the transportation and land use arena, working with planning and construction projects for roadways, rail, aviation, and bicycle/pedestrian needs. Over the past 15 years she has managed communications for a variety of projects where growth, economic development, and quality of life issues were key concerns for the community. Carol also volunteers as an Island Steward skipper for the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and helps out Biddeford’s Engine with communications services on ad ad hoc basis. She and her husband have recently built a small, sustainable, green-roofed house on a stream in Kennebunkport, where they live with their two dogs, cat and assorted chickens.
Lynne Seeley is a community-planning consultant with 25+ years of experience in comprehensive planning, public participation, and land use assessment of transportation projects. Lynne contributes comprehensive planning services to Maine Design Workshop, a collaborative of professionals providing planning and design services to communities and other clients. Lynne is working on the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) New Ruralism: We Know it When We See It project, researching rural planning initiatives in Maine. She has provided planning services for community planning and transportation projects for the engineering firm Sebago Technics.
As a past GrowSmart Maine board member, Lynne chaired the former Education Committee that wrote the original Educational Briefs for GrowSmart Maine on a variety of “smart growth” topics. For 15+ years Lynne worked for Wallace, Floyd, Associates (WFA), managing transportation planning projects, developing and managing multi-dimensional public participation programs and establishing a community planning focus for the firm in Maine. Lynne is Vice President of Maine Association of Planners and she is chair of her town’s Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee which is currently involved in implementation of a new form-based code for Yarmouth’s Village and Route One corridor. Lynne also serves on the board of the Maine Conservation Alliance. She is a graduate of Colby College, has an M.A. from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy, and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She has lived in Yarmouth for 27 years with her husband, where they raised their two (now adult) sons.
David Webster, AIA, LEED AP, Board Chair, co-founded PDT Architects (then called Portland Design Team) in Portland in 1977 and is its president and managing partner. He holds a BArch from Miami University of Ohio and is a trained mediator and facilitator.
David’s work incorporates his interest in design and its integration in building science, deep energy retrofits, historic preservation, downtown planning, and energy efficiency. Recent projects include the Androscoggin Valley Medical Arts Center in Livermore Falls, many projects on New England VA campuses, and the restoration of the US Marine Hospital in Portland for Martin’s Point Health Care.
David has considerable expertise in projects involving multiple buildings and multiple architects. He is an artist and runner who lives in Portland.
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 program of the US Chamber of Commerce and of Leadership Maine. Robin has served many 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 Forests Implementation Team, and Bethel Rotary Club. She is a trustee of Western Maine Health.
Robin has also served on the Maine Film Commission, Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Mahoosuc Land Trust, and Western Mountain Alliance. Robin is from East Brunswick, NJ, and graduated from Montclair State University. She is married and has four grown sons and two grandsons.