GrowSmart Maine Staff
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Nancy E. Smith has lived and worked in Maine since 1981 and joined GrowSmart Maine as Executive Director in April 2010. She served four terms in the Maine State House of Representatives, representing Monmouth, Litchfield and Wales, while working on her family’s diversified livestock farm in Monmouth. She served as House Chair of the Legislative Committee on Business, Research, and Economic Development and as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. In addition, Nancy worked as a forester for over twenty years. She is a member of Monmouth’s Economic Development Committee and serves on the board of the Rural Community Action Ministry. She formerly served as a member of the Maine Economic Growth Council, on the board of Maine Rural Partners, and as co-chair of the Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference. Nancy is the mother of three native Mainers.
Tyler Kidder joined GrowSmart Maine in 2016 as the Community Outreach Director. She previously worked as Communications Manager for Efficiency Maine and as Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs at the University of Southern Maine. Tyler holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University, is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a graduate of the Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Institute of Maine.Tyler serves on the board of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, is engaged with biking and walking planning in the town of Falmouth, and is involved with permaculture and local food. Her grandmother was from Downeast, a special place Tyler and her family traveled to every summer as a child and where she continues to spend time as an adult. Tyler has lived in Maine since 2007 and shares a small eco-homestead in Falmouth with her husband and two tuxedo cats.
Melissa L. Doane grew up in the Dover-Foxcroft area and is proud to call the small town of Atkinson her hometown. She attended Beal College, Bangor Community College and Husson College. Melissa began working for the Town of Bradley in 1998 and has been a noticeable presence in municipal government ever since. In 2005, Melissa become the Town Manager of Bradley demonstrating her ability to respond to the rapidly changing great State of Maine. Melissa values and encourages the need for citizen involvement in all facets of government, most importantly local government. Melissa is a member of Maine Town, City/County Government, sitting on their Executive Committee as the membership chair. She also is President of the Board of Directors for the Maine Forest Logging Museum.
Melissa moved to Milford in 1994 and now resides there with her husband Ricky Sr. and son Ricky Jr., a freshman at Maine Maritime Academy studying Power Engineering. In addition, Melissa is the proud stepmother to Brandi Doane-McCann and Mammy to Brandi’s daughter, Avalyn.