Annual Meeting 2015 Speakers


Impact entrepreneur, academic, consultant to Fortune 100 companies, Jay Friedlander is making sustainability strategic. From his experiences as a natural and organic food entrepreneur and teaching sustainable enterprise, Jay created the Abundance Cycle™ to merge sustainability and business strategy.

Jay is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and serves on the entrepreneurship faculty of Babson College. The New York Times, Fast Company, Princeton Review, CNN, Chronicle of Higher Education, Entrepreneur, Triple Pundit, Fortune, Money and other media have covered Jay’s work. He has also given talks to business and academic groups in the United States, as well as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the European Union.

Jay holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College, where he graduated as Valedictorian. Jay enjoys cooking, hiking in Acadia National Park and traveling with his wife Ursula and son Max.

Catherine A. Lee, founder and manager of Lee International Business Development since 1997, focuses her current practice on climate change policy, projects and programs domestically and internationally. An attorney who serves public- and private-sector clients in South Africa, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada, she advises clients on all aspects of greenhouse gas emissions trading under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the California Cap and Trade program, the Verified Carbon Standard and other emerging carbon standards, and provides legal services to both sellers and buyers of emissions reductions, municipalities, private and other public sector entities. Lee has extensive experience in the area of waste management and renewable energy. She is fluent in Portuguese, having lived and studied law in Brazil, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Prior to establishing Lee International, Lee was in private practice at a 70-lawyer firm in the state of Maine where she managed the firm’s advocacy work before the state legislature, chaired the firm’s environmental practice group, handled media relations, supervised market research, and served as spokesperson for clients. She represented waste-to-energy, landfill and biomass facility and waste management clients addressing oversight for project evaluations, health and safety compliance issues, state and local permitting, multi-million dollar financing, contract negotiations, and general project management issues.

Lee is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and Maine and the U.S. Supreme Court.


BromleySen. Lynn Bromley is the Small Business Advocate for the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) for the Obama Administration. In this role she advances the views, concerns and interests of small business to Congress, the Federal Agencies and the White House. Bromley was appointed to her post in December of 2010. Prior to her appointment, Bromley was the principal in Audax Futures Group LLC, a Maine consulting practice specializing in public policy, small business development, government relations and strategic partnerships. Bromley also served four terms as Senator in the Maine Legislature where she chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development and served on the Energy and Utilities Committee. Major achievements include passing the first Building and Energy Code into state law, and passing the state’s largest Research and Development Bond to support business development. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College and a BA from Bridgewater State College. She works in Boston, MA and lives in South Portland, ME. She is a frequent visitor to Scandinavia.

DempseyKate Dempsey is the Director of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. In this role she manages policy development and implementation in Maine and is focused specifically on U.S. Federal environmental policy. Kate has raised millions of public dollars to support innovative projects which benefit nature and people, including the Penobscot River Restoration Project and the Katahdin Forest Project. In addition to this work, Kate oversees Climate and Energy program development for TNC in Maine. Kate received an A.B. in Government and Sociology from Bowdoin College in Maine and a M.A. from Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy (1992). Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Kate worked for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives where she specialized in Economic Development. In addition, Kate has worked in low-income housing and on public health projects in urban areas in the U.S.

eganJohn Egan has been in community development for 29 years. His current position as the SVP of Loans and Investments at CEI also allows him to participate as a lender as well as leading the team.  He has been with CEI for 15 years. Before this current position, John was Director of CEI’s housing program, which operates throughout Maine, developing and lending on housing and other real estate projects. John also heads up CEI’s state historic tax credit investment in historic downtown properties.
Before CEI, John worked for MaineHousing as manager of development programs, overseeing the tax credit and bond financed multifamily activity for Maine. He worked 12 years in Alaska as a developer and asset manager for several non-profits. He has attended numerous building science trainings and seminars on sustainability and energy efficiency. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola University New Orleans, and a graduate certificate in public policy from the University of Maryland.
{Through the mission of CEI as a triple bottom line CDC organization, John has been focused on the practical implementation of green building, sustainable materials, and smart growth projects for both multifamily and single family developments for the past 10 years. John lives in Freeport with his wife and three kids.}

Carl cropCarl 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.

GrohmanRep. Martin Grohman is an entrepreneur and founded CorrectDeck, a composite decking manufacturing company that grew to $30 million in sales in six years, and has worked in manufacturing his entire career. He currently serves as Director of Sustainability for GAF. Rep. Grohman is serving his first term in the Maine House of Representatives and is a member of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. His legislative focus is on supporting business and entrepreneurship, expanding access to health care and improving infrastructure.He grew up in Carthage, Maine, where his family still runs a small farm keeping Jersey cows. He and his wife, Amy, and their two children live in Biddeford.

InchesSusan B. Inches (“Sue”) has lived in Maine since 1981 and has a passion for sustaining Maine’s economy and environment. Sue worked for 14 years as an innovator, program developer and policy leader in Maine’s state government.  She served seven years as Director of Industry Development for Maine’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and seven more years as Deputy Director of the State Planning Office. Her achievements include establishing the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC), staffing the Quality of Place Council, and writing the legislation that established Efficiency Maine. Sue recently completed a three year term as Chair of the Board of Coastal Enterprises, a Community Development Finance Institute that provides loans and equity investments to businesses in rural communities in Maine and across the country. Her recent adventures include leading Climate Tour: Denmark 2015, a study tour for 14 Maine Leaders to learn how Denmark has reduced fossil fuels by over 1/3 since 1971. She is starting a new position as a Senior Consultant at Tilson Technology where she will assist towns who want to build or upgrade their broadband networks.  Sue holds a BA from College of the Atlantic and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. She and her husband Bob care for a 25 acre farm in North Yarmouth.

katzSenator Roger Katz is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate. Prior to his legislative service, Senator Katz was Mayor of Augusta for two terms. Katz is currently one of two Republican Senators on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which is responsible for drafting the state’s budget. He also serves as Chair of the Government Oversight Committee. Senator Katz has long been active in his community, serving as Chair of United Way and Co-Chair of Team Cony, which helped raise $1.5 million for Augusta’s new high school. An accomplished attorney, Senator Katz is a former President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and has been named as one of the “Outstanding Lawyers in America.” Roger Katz resides in Augusta with his wife Birdie Newman Katz. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Shari and Jonathan.

KidderTyler Kidder works across the three USM campuses to coordinate sustainability initiatives and advise the university community on the best ways to decrease overall environmental impact.

Tyler’s responsibilities include overseeing environmentally sensitive waste management and reduction practices, recommending sustainable building and renovation projects and materials, investigating alternative transportation options, educating and developing appropriate programming for students, staff, and community members, reporting greenhouse gas emissions and implementation of USM’s Climate Action Plan, effectively communicating and mobilizing the USM community, and thematic oversight of university operations to ensure economic and environmental sustainability and to encourage culture change.

Tyler has a BA in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University and began in the field as the Sustainability Coordinator for Dining Services (Aramark) here at the University of Southern Maine. She has held her current position since 2011.

DonnLarsona Larson is the planner for the Town of Freeport, Maine.  She has over 20 years of experience in municipal planning in southern Maine.  As a municipal planner, she does a little bit of everything.  In the field of affordable housing, Donna has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity, the Freeport Housing Trust, Freeport Community Services and the Freeport Planning Board to create opportunities that allow for diverse housing stock.  She has a BS from the University of Maine at Orono, and a MA in public policy from the University of Southern Maine.

SamSaltonstallSam Saltonstall is a retired school teacher who lives year round on Peaks Island. For several years he has worked as a citizen volunteer with the Island Institute and Window Dressers to bring energy efficiency opportunities to Island residents and the elementary school.  Last fall he was one of five Maine Islanders selected by the Island Institute to spend two weeks on Denmark’s Samsø Island learning about the energy revolution there, prior to carrying out an energy efficiency program of his own on Peaks.

brooks_profileBrooks Winner is the Community Energy Associate of The Island Institute. Brooks works closely with island communities to assist with programming in energy efficiency, community-owned renewable energy, offshore wind and energy education.

Brooks holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Bowdoin College where he received multiple awards for his work on community energy projects throughout the state of Maine. Prior to working at the Island Institute, Brooks worked as canvasser and community organizer for Opportunity Maine educating homeowners about energy efficiency and for La Capra Associates, an energy consulting firm in Portland. Brooks is also a descendant of the Starlings, one of the original three families on Monhegan Island.