Summit 2014 Speakers

Joel Alex – Founder/Manager, Blue Ox Malthouse, LLC.   Joel Alex is the founder and full time manager of Blue Ox Malthouse, LLC. He came to malting with a strong desire to connect Maine agriculture to craft beverage boom. With a previous background in homebrewing, Joel completed technical training at Canadian Malting Barley Technical Center’s intensive malting program. In 2014 he participated in the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s Top Gun Program. In December 2013 he received a Libra Future Fund award which is granted to young Maine entrepreneurs working on projects with high potential economic impact in Maine. A native of Old Town Maine, Joel graduated from Colby College with a major in Environmental and International Studies and has over 5 years’ experience in diverse education and non-profit backgrounds focusing in ecology education, community development, and geospatial technologies. In 2009 he completed graduate coursework in Strategic Sustainable Development through the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Neal AllenNeal Allen – Executive Director, Greater Portland Council of Governments. Neal Allen has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Portland Council of Governments since 1998. Mr. Allen has held leadership positions at the local, regional and state level including service as an Assistant City Manager and Acting City Manager of Portland, Maine; Executive Director of two publicly owned regional solid waste management organizations; State Liaison to the National Governor’s Association and Executive Director of the Maine Job Training Council. His background includes community service as a Town Meeting Moderator, member of a County Charter Commission, member and Chair of a regional school board, Community Access Television Network, and Avesta Housing.


Mike AubeMichael Aube – Executive Director, Eastern Maine Development Corporation. Michael serves as the President and CEO of Eastern Maine Development Corporation.  He is responsible for the day to day operations and fiscal management of the organization. Prior to joining EMDC, Michael served as the State Director for USDA’s Rural Development Services in Maine, a post he held for eight years. He also served as the Economic Development Representative for the US Department of Commerce for Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, the Maine Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and the Director of the Maine Quality Centers program. He has also been very active in civic organizations including service on the Bangor City Council (including the position of Mayor), Vice Chairman of the Maine Municipal Association, President of the National Association of Development Organizations, President of the Economic Development Council of Maine, and Chairman of the Maine Technical College System board of trustees.


Ed BarrettEd Barrett – City Administrator, City of Lewiston. Ed received both his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Dayton.From 1976 to 1981, Ed held a variety of positions in the Budget and Research Department of the City of Tucson where he was responsible for a staff that performed management audits and monitored departmental work efforts and budgets.In 1981, he became the Director of Administrative Services for the City of Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was responsible for such diverse functions as personnel, information services, a convention center, library, and fleet maintenance. In 1984, Ed was promoted to Assistant City Manager. In 1988, Ed was appointed City Manager in Bangor, Maine, where his accomplishments included: downtown revitalization, waterfront redevelopment, retail and business growth and expansion, several revisions to the City’s comprehensive plan, and major renovations and expansions to the City’s parks and forest system.He was appointed Lewiston’s City Administrator in January 2010.

Jeremiah BartlettJeremiah Bartlett, PE, PTOE – Transportation Systems Engineer, City of Portland. Jeremiah Bartlett, PE, PTOE is the Transportation Systems Engineer for the City of Portland, a member of the Lewiston-Auburn Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee, and years ago was known as "the traffic engineer who didn't have a car."  He has been active in the push for Lewiston-Auburn's Complete Streets Policy, and on the Selection Committee for a consultant team to create a Complete Streets Best Practices Design Manual for the L-A area.  He and his wife Sara have three children and one rather bold Morkie.


Christine BeardChristine Beard – Owner, Tremont Preservation Services. Christine Beard has developed a strong professional background in all aspects of preservation, having worked in the historic preservation field for more than 25 years. While employed at the preservation consulting firm Clio Group in Philadelphia, she specialized in paint and mortar analyses of historic structures. She continued her preservation work in Boston as a consultant for the Architectural Conservation Trust for Massachusetts. In 1988 she established an independent preservation-consulting firm and in 1996 joined Leslie Donovan in forming Tremont Preservation Services. Since then, the firm has been involved in all facets of preservation consulting, from general historical research and environmental review to preservation master planning.

Josh BenthianJosh Benthian – Partner, Northland Enterprises. Josh grew up in Goffstown NH and attended Colgate University, earning a BA in Philosophy in 2001. After working on tenant and landlord representation in New York City and New Jersey, Josh returned home to New Hampshire to become Director of Acquisitions at Headwater Capital Management. Josh joined the Eagle Point Companies based in Portland Maine in 2006 and was in charge of Acquisition efforts for low income housing redevelopment projects as well as cultivating the emerging General Partnership Interest Purchasing efforts for Eagle Point. In October 2008, Josh joined Rex Bell at Northland and in 2009 was made Partner. In many of their projects, Northland leverages private investment and conventional debt with State and Federal Historic Tax Credit equity, Tax Increment Financing, and various state and federal grant programs. Josh lives in South Portland with his wife Kate, their son Jack, and their dog Bailey. Josh is an active board member of Portland Downtown District, and a member of Sustain Southern Maine's regional housing council.

Paul BoghossianPaul Boghossian – Owner/Developer, Hathaway Creative Center. 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. 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.

John BubierJohn Bubier – City Manager, City of Biddeford. John D. Bubier is the City Manager of Biddeford, Maine. John has 40 years of experience in general management with a significant focus on municipal management having been with Portland, Boothbay, Lisbon, Bath and Biddeford. In addition to municipal management, John has 10 years in the private sector in advertising and marketing and nine years as the Executive Director of one of the Northeast’s largest planning agencies, the Greater Portland Council of Governments. Bubier has a BA from the University of Maine. He has also done graduate study at USM and UMA.

Shana Cook MuellerShana Cook Mueller, Esq. – Shareholder, Bernstein Shur. Shana Mueller, Esq. has represented municipalities and private entities on tax increment financing projects all over the state, in small, large, rural and metropolitan communities, for almost a decade.  She is a shareholder at Bernstein Shur in Portland and has helped clients designate all types of TIF districts, including transit-oriented, downtown, unorganized territory, affordable housing and omnibus TIF districts.  Shana routinely presents to various municipal and development organizations about the ways in which the TIF program can promote economic development.  When she is not representing parties on TIF projects, she represents municipalities as well as private clients on a broad range of municipal issues including zoning matters, drafting ordinances, municipal administration and municipal bond work. She is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her law degree and a M.P.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Heather DeeseHeather Deese – Vice President of Strategic Development, Island Institute. Heather is responsible for the design and implementation of the Island Institute’s unrestricted and restricted revenue strategies, working with program directors and the Development team to meet the Institute’s short-term and long-range funding goals. She also oversees the Marine Programs and Community Energy teams.Heather's oceanographic research has spanned laboratory, observational, and field studies, during which she has spent over five months at sea including surveys off Antarctica, the North Sea, and many places in between. Her research in physical oceanography has implications for climate change, marine ecosystems, and emerging activities including ocean renewable energy. In New England, Heather has advised the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Downeast Groundfish Initiative on fisheries and marine conservation. She has also worked for the Australian Commonwealth's National Oceans Office, where she managed the program to define bioregions for the Australian EEZ insupport of regional marine planning. Heather holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maine, a M.S. from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution & Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Rob DietzRob Dietz – Principal & Creative Director, Pica brand / strategy / design. Rob has worked as a graphic designer since 1995. He worked in Boston for PBS's WGBH Design Department on such notable programs as American Experience, Antiques Road Show, Frontline, MYSTERY!, and NOVA. While working as art director at Mystic View Design, Inc. (Boston), he designed for clientele such as Staples, Brookstone Inc., CMGI, Harvard University, Boston College, Brookwood Financial Partners, L.P., and ProvEnergy. In 2000, Rob moved to Belfast, Maine and started Pica, an award-winning graphic design company that has since evolved into a full service creative agency serving businesses and nonprofit organizations with branding, design, marketing and web services. Rob oversees client relations, new business and creative vision for client work, and directs business and staff development for the agency. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design from Northeastern University.

Jared DuvalJared Duval – Trustee, Orton Family Foundation. Jared Duval has served as a Trustee of the Orton Family Foundation for the past seven years. The Foundation works to advance the Community Heart & Soul method: a barn-raising approach to community planning and development that increases participation in local decision-making and empowers residents to shape the future of their communities in a way that upholds the unique character of each place. Jared also works for the state of Vermont as Economic Development Director, in the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.  He authored the book Next Generation Democracy: What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, published in 2010.  A recipient of the Morris K. Udall and Harry S. Truman scholarships, Jared graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2005. He has also earned master's degrees in Modern Society from the University of Cambridge (2012) and in Public Affairs from Princeton University (2014).

Judy EastJudy East, AICP – Executive Director, Washington County Council of Governments. Judith C. East, AICP is Executive Director for the Washington County Council of Governments. She has a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters Degree in Science (Planning) from the University of British Columbia.  With 26 years of professional experience at the local, regional and state levels in Maine, New York and Vermont she has a particular interest and expertise working with rural communities as they balance land and resource conservation with economic development. She assists municipalities with Comprehensive Plans, Harbor Management Plans, and numerous ordinances governing shoreland zoning, town-wide zoning, subdivision, land use, water extraction, harbor management, and nuisances among others. At the regional level she works/is working on regional planning initiatives on adaptation to climate change, on-line GIS mapping, telecommunications assessment, affordable housing, brownfields assessment, capital facilities investment, transportation corridor planning, scenic inventory, and alternative wastewater systems.

Mathew Eddy – Economic Development Director, Town of Kennebunk. Mathew Eddy has over 30 years in the planning, economic, and community development field. His experience cuts through jurisdictions at the municipal, regional, state and private sector level. His work has been at different government levels, including Brunswick, Bath, Westbrook, at Maine State Housing Authority, or through a myriad of private and public sector clients. Mat has worked heavily in the community and economic development field, helping communities create business parks, revitalize downtowns, or create new and improved residential communities. His focus often includes cultivating multi-use activities that bring vigor and diversity to a community. More recently, Mr. Eddy has assisted a number of communities and organizations through an economic development strategic planning process. Whether it be, for example, in Freeport, Camden, Greenwood or Windham, Mat has worked the community or organization through a step by step process that provides focus and action steps. He is presently the Economic Development director for the Town of Kennebunk. Mat has a Bachelor’s Degree from Bentley College and a Master’s Degree from SUNY at Stony Brook. He has been past president of various organizations and was a co-founder of the Kid’s Consortium.

Carl EppichCarl Eppich, AICP – Senior Transportation Planner, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System. 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 transportation plan for the Greater Portland region.  In addition to land use and transportation Carl’s areas of expertise include integrating non-motorized transportation for bicyclists and pedestrians into existing and new street networks, transit oriented development (TOD), 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.  His planning work includes municipal open space and recreation plans, commercial development, regional and local bicycle and pedestrian plans, regional traffic signal management plans, among many others.  Currently his work involves transformative projects on Franklin Street in Portland, a Mill Districts Transportation Plan in Biddeford/Saco, and a Yarmouth Village TOD planning effort.   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 Institute of Certified Planners of the American Planning Association (APA), currently serves as President for the Northern New England Chapter of the APA, and a GrowSmart Maine Board Member.

Tom ErricoTom Errico, PE – Senior Associate, Traffic Engineering Director, T.Y. Lin International. Tom is a Senior Associate with T.Y. Lin International and has over 25 years of experience in traffic engineering and is a registered professional engineer in ME, NH, VT, and MA.  Tom is active in the Institute of Transportation Engineers and recently served on the New England Section Board, is a former Maine Chapter President, and is a National Member of their Bicycle and Pedestrian Council and the Traffic Engineering Council.  Tom is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau at the National Complete Streets Coalition and recently managed and instructed 60 Complete Streets workshops for MassDOT. Tom has Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees from Northeastern University. Tom was recognized by the New England Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers as the recipient of the 2013 Transportation Engineer of the Year Award.

Vanessa Farr – Director of Planning and Development, Town of Yarmouth. Vanessa L. Farr is the Director of Planning and Development in Yarmouth and has been a practicing municipal planner for sixteen years. Ms. Farr began her career as a transportation planner in Michigan, specializing in non-motorized transportation and land use planning. For over ten years Ms. Farr has led small town planning departments in both Massachusetts and Maine, a role that has included development review, design consultation, facilitation of citizen planning processes, and spearheading community planning and public infrastructure initiatives. With Ms. Farr’s leadership, the Town of Yarmouth has adopted one of the State’s first Form-based codes with accompanying Illustrative Master Plan for the Rt. 1 Commercial Corridor, merging development regulations with architectural standards and new street designs. This new code replaces the Town’s existing use-based zoning code and allows for the public and private sector to incrementally convert an auto-oriented highway corridor to a civilized street with new infill development that is respectful of and in the pattern of the historic Village center. In addition to her specialized work in sprawl repair, Ms. Farr is a member of the Long Range Transportation Planning committee of the Portland Area Commuter Transportation System (PACTS), serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and was the recipient of the 2014 Maine Association of Planners Professional Planner of the Year award. A native of Toronto, Canada, Ms. Farr graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, Canada and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Pat FinneganPat Finnigan – Town Manager, Town of Camden. Pat is the Town Manager of Camden, ME.  Before joining Camden, she was the Assistant City Manager of Portland, and City Manager of Auburn ME, where she championed the creative use of TIF’s to support job creation and retention and to strengthen the downtown.  She continues to work on innovative ways to use TIF’s in Camden. Pat first became involved in local government as a Bangor City Councilor due to her concern about land use polices and smart growth.  Pat is passionate about local government, citizen engagement, and using our limited tax dollars for maximum benefit to the community.  Pat has a BA from the University of Maine and is a graduate of USM’s Paralegal  studies.  Before becoming a City Manager, Pat represented municipalities at the State House as Assistant Director of State & Federal Relations for the Maine Municipal Association.


Lorain FrancisLorain Francis – Program Director, Maine Downtown Center. Lorain K. Francis joined the Maine Development Foundation in 2013 as the Sr. Program Director for the Maine Downtown Center and serves as Maine’s State Coordinator to the National Main Street Center. She was a founding member of Rockland Main Street, Inc.  A native of Fairport NY, Lorain owned Rainy Day Mercantile, a successful small business on Main Street. She served as President of the Fairport Merchants Association and worked on the team to bring The Fairport Village Partnership main street organization to the community.  Lorain is a graduate of Maine’s MidCoast Leadership Academy (MLA4), and the Upsilon class of Leadership Maine.

Judy Gates – Director, MaineDOT Environmental Office. Judy Gates serves as the Director of MaineDOT’s Environmental Office where she manages a lively and diverse group of field biologists, hydrologists, surface water engineers, process specialists and cat herders who provide environmental review and documentation for transportation projects throughout the state.     

Nancy GrantNancy Grant – Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Nancy Grant started her bike/ped advocacy career back in 2000 when she decided that her town of North Yarmouth needed paved shoulders and sidewalks.  During her 5 year quest of making that vision a reality, she learned about community politics, transportation policies and funding, biking and walking infrastructure and the many benefits of active community environments. That experience led her to join the Bicycle Coalition of Maine board in 2005 and become the Executive Director in 2011.  While she’s been an avid cyclist her whole life, she is most energized by the potential of bicycle commuting and working with local communities to make their towns more bike/ped friendly.

David GreenhamDavid Greenham – Program Director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. David Greenham spent 14 years as the Producing Artistic Director of The Theater At Monmouth, The Shakespearean Theater of Maine, and has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years. He currently works as the Program Director for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, where he is also an adjunct professor of Drama. Maine At Work is the fourth project of Maine Theater History of Ideas that David has been commissioned to create for the Maine Humanities Council. The others projects have been A Civil War Veteran Returns, Taxing Maine, and As Maine Grows. Maine At Work has been performing at libraries, schools and community centers throughout Maine since the spring of 2014. David lives in Readfield, Maine where he currently serves as the chair of the Regional School Union #38 Board of Directors.

John GrosvenorJohn Grosvenor, AIA – Partner, Northeast Collaborative Architects. John K. Grosvenor, AIA is a Partner at Northeast Collaborative Architects.  He co-founded the firm in 1982 and has practiced architecture for over 32 years.  Mr. Grosvenor is recognized for designing within the historical context and his projects range from large scale adaptive reuse to sensitive new construction. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Kenyon College and a Masters in Architecture from Miami University.The Governor of Rhode Island appointed Mr. Grosvenor as a director of the Architectural Registration Board for Rhode Island and he presently serves on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Committee for the development of the Architectural Registration Exam.  He was recently elected Vice Chair to the New England Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  He also served as President of AIA/RI, Chairman of Preserve RI, and Commissioner of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission for 28 years.


Elizabeth Hertz – Director, Municipal Planning Assistance Program. Elizabeth Hertz is currently the Director of the Municipal Planning Assistance Program at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.  She and her staff provide technical assistance to Maine’s municipalities in support of the goals of Maine’s Growth Management Act and on emerging issues such as climate change.  In her previous position as a Senior Planner with the Maine Coastal Program at the Maine State Planning Office she developed a GIS-based wetlands assessment technique, initiated a coordinated coastal wetlands restoration effort throughout the Gulf of Maine region, and as part of a multi-agency steering committee, was instrumental in the development and implementation of the “Beginning with Habitat” program.  Ms. Hertz has a M.S. in Remote Sensing from the University of Michigan.

Theo HoltwijkTheo Holtwijk – Director of Long-Range Planning, Town of Falmouth. Theo Holtwijk has worked since 2007 as Director of Long-Range Planning and Economic Development for the Town of Falmouth, Maine. He represents Falmouth on the Board of Directors of the Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation. or to Falmouth, Theo worked in private practice in Portland and in public practice with the towns of Sanford and Brunswick, Maine.Theo hails from The Netherlands and has two Master’s degrees – one in Urban and Regional Planning, the other in Landscape Architecture. He has also taught at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School for Public Service, Maine College of Art, and Bates College and co-edited the book Bold Vision: The Development of the Parks of Portland, Maine.

Bruce HymanBruce Hyman – Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, Cty of Portland. Bruce Hyman is a Transportation Planner with over 20 years of experience in smart growth transportation and land use planning in Northern New England. Since 2010 Bruce has been the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator for the City of Portland, Maine. In that capacity he oversees bicycle and pedestrian-related planning, implementation and investments as well as managing broader transportation/master planning initiatives. Bruce began his transportation planning career at the Portland Maine metropolitan planning organization (MPO), PACTS from 1992 to 1996. While at PACTS, he oversaw the travel demand modeling, bicycle-pedestrian planning, and transportation planning studies. While there he managed the development of the region’s first bicycle and pedestrian plan.In 1996, Bruce joined the consulting firm Wilbur Smith Associates as a senior transportation planner. During the next 11 years he was project manager for dozens of smart growth transportation and land use efforts including: Destination Tomorrow, PACTS’ long range transportation plan, completed in 2003; New Hampshire’s innovative statewide transportation plan, adopted in 2010; and, numerous local and regional bicycle and pedestrian plans. In 2009, Bruce started his own consulting firm, Bruce Hyman Planning, that completed numerous smart growth oriented bicycle and pedestrian plans, community master plans, and facilitated the public and technical process for the development and adoption of Maine’s first form-based code in Standish, Maine.

Alex JaegermanAlex Jaegerman – Planning Division Director, City of Portland. Alex Jaegerman has directed the Portland Planning Office for over 30 years, during which time Portland has become nationally recognized for its architectural heritage, quality of life, and dynamic urban character. Alex has a masters degree in City Planning from MIT, and in 1992 was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and in 1996 received a cultural planning fellowship with the New England Foundation for the Arts.  Alex was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2012.



Tora JohnsonTora Johnson – Director, GIS Service Center & Laboratory. Tora Johnson is the director of the GIS Laboratory and Service Center at the University of Maine at Machias where she teaches computer mapping and environmental studies. She and her students use maps, computer models, and methods of effective facilitation to support rural communities as they grapple with complex decisions in a changing world. Most recently, the UMM GIS Service Center provided GIS services for the Grow Washington-Aroostook project, a regional planning process focused on sustainable development in Aroostook and Washington Counties working on climate adaptation, food systems and land use planning. Tora's award-winning book, Entanglements: The Intertwined Fates of Whales and Fishermen (2005) explores the conflict over whale entanglement in fishing gear.

Renee KellyRenee Kelly – Director of Economic Development Initiatives & Co-Director, Foster Student Innovation Center. Renee Kelly is director of economic development initiatives for the University of Maine.  Her duties include serving as a liaison to the state’s economic development community and identifying opportunities for the University to partner with state, regional and local organizations to improve Maine’s economy.   She also directs the University’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, which helps students become innovators and entrepreneurs, and leads the development of the Center’s groundbreaking Innovation Engineering® programs for students and businesses. Renee is part of the leadership team for the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative in Maine, and she also serves on the boards of several economic development and service organizations, including serving the state as trustee and secretary for the Maine Rural Development Authority and as a member of the State Workforce Investment Board.

Nancy Ketch – Community Development Director, Town of Houlton. Nancy Ketch is the recently appointed Community Development Director & Grant Writer for the Town of Houlton. She was the Executive Director of the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce for over 11 years and served as the Marketing Director for Houlton's Downtown Revitalization Project. She has also worked for a time for the State of Maine. Ketch holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Southern Maine and holds a Certificate in Chamber Management from the Institutes for Organization Management. In addition to her work she has been involved in a variety of organizations and on a number of boards concerned with the development and progress of Houlton, Aroostook County and the State of Maine. These include serving on the Houlton Town Council and Houlton Board of Budget Review. She is currently a member of the Houlton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees and is president of the Houlton High School Alumni Association. She has served on the boards of the Maine Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Maine Tourism Association, is a past president of the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and was involved on the Aroostook Regional Economic Development Council and Aroostook County Tourism.

Dan KolodnerDaniel Kolodner – Partner, Klein Hornig. After joining Klein Hornig in 2012, Dan Kolodner became a Partner with the firm in 2014, focusing his practice on community development projects utilizing tax credit financing.  He specializes in complex deal structuring, combining tax incentives – such as New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and Renewable Energy Tax Credits – with state tax credits and other financing sources in a variety of community development transactions.  He regularly represents both for-profit and nonprofit developers, qualified active low-income community businesses (QALICBs), and community development entities (CDEs), as well as institutional tax credit investors.  Dan regularly shares his expertise at conferences on both the national and local level, speaking on the topics of Historic Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, and other Federal and state tax incentives.Before joining Klein Hornig, Dan was an associate in the Syndication Department at Nixon Peabody, where he focused his practice on community development finance.


Tamar KotelchuckTamar Kotelchuck – Director, Working Cities Challenge, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Tamar is the Director of the Working Cities Challenge, an initiative to support collaborative leadership in New England’s smaller cities.  Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank in 2012, Tamar has more than 15 years’ experience as a community development practitioner. Tamar helped to found one of Massachusetts’ leading community development corporations and served as its first Director of Operations. During her time there, she also led the redevelopment of a number of historic buildings and a neighborhood park, representing more than $40 million in investment, and she served as Director of Policy and Neighborhood planning. While there, Tamar also co-chaired the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations Public Policy Committee, and leadership posts in other statewide efforts. Tamar graduated with a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Oberlin College. Prior to receiving her degree, Tamar worked for four years with the nation’s largest community development intermediary, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Tamar is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a member of her local planning board.

Laurie LachanceLaurie Lachance – President, Thomas College. Laurie Lachance is Thomas College’s 5th President and the first female, and alumna to lead the College in its 120 year history.  From 2004-2012, Laurie served as President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation.  Prior to MDF, Laurie served three governors as the Maine State Economist and before joining state government, she served as the Corporate Economist at Central Maine Power Company.  A frequent author and speaker on leadership, education, and the economy in Maine, Laurie holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  She has been the recipient of several awards and was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014.  Laurie serves on a number of boards including Educate Maine, Educare Central Maine, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council.


Jane LafleurJane Lafleur – Executive Director, Friends of Midcoast Maine. Jane Bechtel Lafleur is the Executive Director of Friends of Midcoast Maine (FMM), a regional smart growth, planning and civic engagement organization.  FMM provides planning, community development and economic development technical assistance and recently launched The Community Institute to “build strong communities, places and leaders”.  Jane grew up in Lewiston, Maine and has been a city and regional planner since 1981. She served as Town Planner in Conway, New Hampshire and as City Planner in South Burlington, Vermont, as well as a private planning consultant. Jane is a past board member of Maine Association of Planners (MAP) and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) and has served on planning boards and comprehensive planning committees.  Her work has received the MAP Plan of the year award in Damariscotta and in South Burlington Vermont. Jane has been a speaker at numerous conferences: NNECAPA, APA-national conference, New Partners for Smart Growth, Community Matters, and MAP Annual Meetings.  She has recently published an article in the “Communities and Banking” magazine of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston as well as other publications. Jane graduated from the University of Maine and received her master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and lives in Camden, Maine.

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Tony LevesqueTony Levesque – Economic and Community Development Director, Town of Fort Fairfield. Tony was hired by the Town of Fort Fairfield as the Building Inspector and Housing Rehab Tech in 1988. In 1990 became the Economic and Community Development Director, Tax Assessor and Code Enforcement Officer for the Town in addition to retaining his previous positions.Tony is certified as a CDBG Program Administrator, Maine Certified Tax Assessor, Maine Certified Code Enforcement Officer, Certified in New England as a Economic Development Professional and certified as a MDOT Local Project Administrator.  He has also successfully completed the requirements of the Municipal Leadership Program offered by the Maine Municipal Association through the Muskie Institute and the Aroostook Leadership Program offered by Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development through the University of Maine at Presque Isle.Tony and his wife Dee Dee reside in Fort Fairfield where they brought up two sons Timothy and Andrew.

Nick Livesay – Director, Land Use Planning Commission. Nick Livesay was appointed as the director of the Land Use Planning Commission in August of 2012.  Prior to serving as director, Nick worked as an environmental and land use attorney for eight years. In that capacity, he assisted a range of clients in areas including permitting, regulatory compliance, rulemakings, environmental conservation, and administrative appeals.  Nick previously worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and an environmental consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked primarily for the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice.  He holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College.

Noelle MacKayNoelle MacKay – Commissioner, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Noelle MacKay was appointed Commissioner of Housing and Community Development by Governor Shumlin in January 2011. During her time with the Department, she has led community and economic development recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont; worked to restructure and stabilize staffing to enhance customer service and communication; collaborated with policy and funding partners to increase program impact; and directed efforts to update the state’s smart growth designation programs and land use regulations.  Prior to her appointment Noelle served as Executive Director of Smart Growth Vermont from 2005 through 2010, where she worked with participants from across the spectrum to understand the factors that are changing our state, and to develop creative land use and development policies that increase economic activity and protect Vermont’s distinctive brand. Prior to this, Noelle served as the Deputy Director at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in Princeton, NJ, one of the oldest and largest watershed associations in the US. Noelle received a B.S. in biology from Mount Allison University and an M.E.S. from Dalhousie University.

Jess MaurerJessica Maurer, Esq. – Executive Director, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  Jess Maurer is the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  She advocates for healthy aging at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging.  She assists the agencies in strategic planning, program development and implementation.  She provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including on the Maine Council on Aging and Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, to advance public policy initiatives that support older Mainers. She is one of the lead authors of the current Maine State Plan on Aging and of Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place.  She was the primary organizer for the Speaker’s Round Table Discussions on Aging and the Maine Summit on Aging and is helping to lead the Maine Aging Initiative in collaboration with the Speaker of the House.  A licensed Maine attorney, she worked for 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General.  Jess is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  

Kaili MauricioKaili Mauricio – Senior Policy Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Kaili Mauricio joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2011 as a policy analyst focused on New England community development issues. His research interests also include small business finance, alternative financial institutions, workforce development, and geospatial analysis. At the Boston Fed, Kaili works on the New England Community Outlook Survey and has published a report examining the effect Dodd-Frank had on small banks in New England. He previously worked as a product developer in the financial software industry. Kaili received a master’s degree in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York City and a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Tufts University.

Rosemary Monahan – Smart Growth Coordinator, EPA New England. Rosemary Monahan is Coordinator of EPA-New England’s Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities Program, which is designed to help communities and regions grow in more environmentally sound ways.  Her work focuses in part on addressing the growth impacts of federally-funded projects and in part on technical assistance opportunities for communities.  She also coordinates the work of the New England Partnership for Sustainable Communities among the regional offices of HUD, DOT, EPA, FEMA, and USDA Rural Development.  Prior to this Rosemary ran EPA-New England’s Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program, which provided funding for innovative projects that integrated environmental protection, economic development, and community well-being.  Rosemary also managed the bi-state Long Island Sound Study and established EPA’s New England Resource Protection Project, which was a cooperative effort with each state to identify and protect its most important natural resources.   Rosemary has worked in the environmental protection field since she received her doctorate in ecology and evolution from the Stony Brook University.

John MooreJohn Moore – Senior Vice President, Bangor Savings Bank. John A. Moore, Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, CRA Officer Bangor Savings Bank. He holds an Ed. M. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from LaSalle University in History.He serves as the primary institutional liaison for outreach and delivery of community development lending, investment, and service with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies particularly those engaged in affordable housing and economic development activities in Maine. He also coordinates the Bank’s public sector lending and tax exempt bond financing program as well as leading the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act compliance program.Bangor Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank founded in 1852, is Maine’s largest locally owned and managed community bank with more than $3.0 billion in assets and operates from 57 branch locations statewide and on the web at In its three most recent FDIC Community Reinvestment Act Public Performance Evaluations, the Bank received the highest possible “Outstanding” rating.

Chuck Morgan – Economic and Community Development Director, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission. Chuck has been working in the fields of Economic and Community Development for 13 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and was awarded a Master's Degree in Public Administration From the University of Maine at Orono. Over the past 13 years Chuck has been involved in numerous economic and community development projects throughout Maine and has worked at the State, regional and local levels of government. Chuck is the point person for SMPDC's economic and community development activities and is the staff liaison to the Southern Maine Economic Development District. An avid collector of signed books and autographs, Chuck frequently pesters other staff members to find out what well known persons are in the area and can he get their signatures. His wife Marla and daughter Sarah live in Gardiner, which should qualify him for
Maine's longest commuter award.

Carol MorrisCarol Morris – President, Morris Communications. With 25 years of experience in communications, including public outreach, facilitation, branding, marketing and media relations, Carol Morris heads up Morris Communications, a firm that specializes 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. Morris 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 fifteen 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.

Noreen NortonNoreen Norton – Economic Development Consultant, Rudman Winchell-Counselors at Law. Noreen has led a wide range of projects generating economic growth,  advancing community development and creating alliances that benefit both business and public entity interests. Her work has focused strongly on tax increment financing (TIF), downtown development, and economic development strategic planning. Noreen's expertise is also sought regarding organizational structuring, group facilitation, tax impact analysis, marketing and business management. Noreen has secured approval of over thirty tax increment financing (TIF) districts throughout Maine ranging from county-wide projects to small business expansions, including commercial, downtown, and residential projects. With first-hand experience as co-owner and president of a start-up company that she built to over $1 million in revenues by its second year, Noreen provides consultation to clients that focus and improve their management, operations and marketing processes. Serving six years on the Maine Downtown Center Advisory Council, Noreen is utilized as an Economic Development expert for new Main Street and Network communities. She also served as Director of Augusta's Capital Riverfront Improvement District; as Executive Director of the Gardiner Board of Trade and was a charter member of the Augusta Development Commission.

Caroline ParasCaroline Paras – Economic and Community Planner, Greater Portland Council of Governments. As Economic and Community Planner for the Greater Portland Council of Governments, Caroline serves as the agency’s point person for economic development.  She works with communities in Cumberland County to develop strategies addressing local and regional needs, including research and analysis, plan and policy development, public outreach, grant writing, and other services.  Areas of experience include downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, Brownfields redevelopment, comprehensive planning, tourism, affordable housing, local agriculture, and bicycle/pedestrian issues.  Prior to joining GPCOG in 2002, Caroline was a planner with the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments.  Prior to becoming a planner, Caroline worked as an educational consultant, cultivating her skills in grant writing, policy development, partnership building, training and facilitation.  Caroline graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Political Science and Communication.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine.  In addition, she currently serves on the boards of the Greater Portland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club.  Caroline lives in Portland with her husband, Peter.  Outside the office, she can be found on the ice pursuing her passion for figure skating.

Lori ParhamLori Parham, Ph.D. – State Director, AARP Maine. Lori K. Parham, Ph.D., is AARP Maine’s State Director, leading the states advocacy and education efforts statewide. Parham is leading AARP Maine’s efforts to engage cities and towns in creating livable communities for people of all ages, with a specific focus on economic development and aging in place. She has presented to local Bike and Pedestrian groups, at local town meetings and to the Maine Planners Association on the importance of Maine taking a collaborative and proactive approach to building age-friendly communities statewide.Parham has a B.A. in Sociology from Belmont Abbey College, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. with a specialization in Political Economy and Aging from the Florida State University. She is currently a member of the National Academy for Social  Insurance, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Maine Gerontological Society and sits on the Board of ITN America, a non-profit providing transportation alternatives to seniors.


Joe Perkins – Director of Development and Community Services, Washington and Hancock Community Action. Joe Perkins is the Director of Development and Community Services for WHCA which is the Community Action Program serving all of Washington and Hancock counties.  Joe has been with WHCA since 2001 having joined the organization after moving to Maine from New Jersey. His for-profit business success in NJ made it an easy transition to serve the non-profit WHCA as a business plan trainer in the nationally recognized Incubator Without Walls program for micro-entrepreneurs. He directed the development of Friendship Cottage Adult Day Service in Blue Hill for WHCA and hundreds of community supporters including serving as capital campaign manager, project manager, and program director.  Joe assumed leadership for WHCA in working once again with community volunteers in the development of At Home Downeast, a member-based and volunteer supported Aging in Place program, which is a Village to Village network member model.

John PiottiJohn Piotti – President and CEO, Maine Farmland Trust. Currently President and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust, John Piotti has been at the forefront of agricultural issues in Maine for 20 years. He is the past chair of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) and a past director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. John has also served in Maine’s State Legislature, where he chaired the Agriculture Committee and later served as House Majority Leader. In 2005, John was one of only eight Americans awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship. He spent time in Sweden and Brussels exploring European models for using agriculture as a vehicle to advance sustainable community development.  John holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): in engineering, public policy, and management.  In 2013, John was named by Maine Magazine as one of the 50 people who have done the most for the state.  


Matt PolsteinMatthew Polstein – Owner/Operator, New England Outdoor Center. Matthew Polstein is the owner and operator of the New England Outdoor Center. The company,  founded in 1982, has progressed from a whitewater rafting operation on the Penobscot and Kennebec Rivers, to a full-fledged, year round outdoor adventure resort featuring rafting, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, canoeing, lodging and dining. Having spent the last 31 years guiding and developing the New England Outdoor Center in the Katahdin Region, Matt has emphasized the importance of nature, adventure, and heritage based tourism. Through the New England Outdoor Center he seeks to create rich experiences and educational opportunities that promote responsible, sustainable shared use of our natural resources. He is a registered Maine Guide in recreation as well as a whitewater kayaker, avid canoeist and outdoorsman. As part of his commitment to the Katahdin Region and state of Maine, Matt has served on the Maine Tourism Commission, been a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Natural Resources based industries, Governor’s Nature-based Tourism Initiative Task Force and the Governor’s Council on Quality of Place. Matt most recent undertaking is the formation of a new wholly owned corporation of the New England Outdoor Center, Wonder and Awe LLC. Wonder and Awe LLC. is currently providing outdoor adventure and educational services to over 4000 students grades 4 through 12 under contract with the Butler Conservation Fund and the Maine Outdoor Education Program.  Additionally Matt is focused on river and ground based trail development in the Katahdin region and is currently the executive director of Maine River Trail LLC, and President of the newly formed non profit, Katahdin area Trails.

Nate RudyNate Rudy – Director of Economic and Community Development, City of Gardiner. Nate Rudy is the Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Gardiner, and also directs the City’s Office of Planning and Development.  Nate attended Virginia Tech for a B.S. and graduate studies in Environmental Science and Engineering, and earned a M.B.A. from Thomas College. Nate’s experience includes working as a health care IT project manager, a software developer, and as a business development specialist for the Maine DECD, and he holds a real estate broker’s license.  He serves on the board of the Maine Craft Association, the Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative, and is executive director of the Gardiner Board of Trade.  With his assistance, Gardiner has recently received an US EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant, the Orton Family Foundation Heart & Soul Community Planning Grant, and several smaller grants to support green streets, smart growth, and other community development activities.

Tom RumpfTom Rumpf – Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Maine. Tom graduated from the University of Massachusetts, with a degree in forest management and holds a Masters from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in natural resource policy, planning, and administration. Tom is also a graduate of the Institute of Civic Leadership in Portland.  He joined the Conservancy in 1995 after seven years as a manager in the organic waste recycling industry with Resource Conservation Services and Browning-Ferris Industries. Tom served in a variety of positions for the Maine Department of Conservation between 1978 and 1987, including State Entomologist, Director of the Spruce Budworm Program, Director of the Forests for the Future Program, and Acting Director of the Maine Forest Service.  Tom started with the Conservancy as Science & Stewardship Director, later becoming the Director of Land Protection, before assuming his current role.

Abby SadauckasAbby Sadauckas – New Farmer Programs Coordinator, MOFGA. Abby Sadauckas coordinates MOFGA's new farmer training programs including the apprenticeship and journeyperson programs and works with other service providers in the state to increase services for Maine's new crop of farmers. Abby is a co-chair and founding member of the Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine, BFRN. The network works to increase access to technical assistance for new farmers through information sharing and collaborative educational outreach from service providers across Maine’s agricultural sector. Abby raises MOFGA Certified Organic livestock at Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham with her partner Jake Galle. The farm’s grass-fed and organic livestock products are marketed in Brunswick year-round.

Rebeccah Schaffner – Director of Land Use Planning, GPCOG. Rebeccah Schaffner has over fifteen years of leadership and facilitation experience including experiential and traditional education, non-profit, strategic and public planning.  She currently serves as both the Director of Land Use Planning and Director of Sustain Southern Maine for the Greater Portland Council of Governments where her work focuses on regional planning initiatives.  Previously she worked as the Town Planner for New Gloucester, Maine and as a planning consultant designing and facilitating public planning initiatives.  She serves as the Maine State Representative to the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA).  She earned a Bachelors in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Unity College and a Masters in Community  Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service/University of Southern Maine.  While attaining her Masters she held an assistantship for the New England Environmental Finance Center and interned for the Coastal Program at the State Planning Office.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, yoga, and running.

Peter SlovinskyPeter Slovinsky – Marine Geologist, Maine Geological Survey, Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Peter Slovinsky is a Marine Geologist with the Maine Geological Survey in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.  His work focuses on coastal hazards, shoreline erosion, and assessing the vulnerability of both natural and built environments to the potential effects of sea-level rise and storms in support of municipal, regional, and state level decision-making. He has an MS from the University of South Carolina, and a BA from Franklin and Marshall College. He lives in Scarborough, is a member of the Town’s Conservation Commission, and can be found either in the water or in the mountains at any time of year.

Nancy SmithNancy Smith – Executive Director, GrowSmart Maine. 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.

Ben SpragueBen Sprague – City Councilor, City of Bangor. Ben was born and raised in Bangor and graduated from Bangor High School in 2002. After graduating from Harvard University in 2006, Ben worked for the Boston Red Sox for four years and also taught high school diploma, career development, and computer classes. He ran the Boston  Marathon for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 2007 and 2008.  Ben then returned to Bangor and today works as a financial advisor with Means Wealth Management.  Ben was first elected to the Bangor City Council in 2011 and was chosen unanimously by his colleagues to serve as Mayor for the 2013-2014 year. Ben also chairs the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board and serves as Race Director for Erin's Run, an annual road race that raises money for Spruce Run – Womancare Alliance in Bangor.  Ben and his wife, Malorie, welcomed their first child, William, to the world in December of 2013.


Vic TaylorVic Taylor – President, Turning Point Solutions, Inc. Mr. Taylor grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and graduated from the UMass Lowell with a BSEE in 1972. Following a successful 21 year career in the computer manufacturing field he started his own Consulting Firm in 1993. This firm, Turning Point Solutions, Inc. works in the commercial and residential construction management field. In parallel with his “for pay” career Mr. Taylor has worked with non-profit clients since 2001. Clients include Youthbuild USA, Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. The experience with organizations, that provide not-for-profit construction services, has become a passion for Mr. Taylor. It has allowed him to develop solid solutions for the upgrading of Maine’s aging housing stock. Mr. Taylor is a Past President of Rebuilding Together Lincoln County and Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine. He is also a member and Past President of The Boothbay Harbor Rotary.

Bill Thompson – Vice Chief, Penobscot Nation. Bill Thompson is serving his third term as Vice Chief for Penobscot Nation.  He also runs his Tribe’s air quality program, consisting of seventeen monitoring and sampling devices.  He just celebrated his 21st anniversary, wedded to his BFF Lisa, with their son and daughter, college grads.

Wolfe ToneWolfe tone – State Director, Trust for Public Land. Wolfe Tone is the Maine State Director for The Trust for Public Land.  Before returning to New England with his family and joining The Trust for Public Land's Maine team in 2004, Wolfe worked as a Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land's Ohio Office.  Wolfe is a graduate of Kenyon College and earned a Master's degree from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on the science and tools available to protect watersheds and water quality.  Wolfe combines experience in conservation real estate with a passion and understanding of the value of connecting people with the land by preserving access to our natural environment and protecting our working wharves and farms, open spaces, and greenways.

Lisa Turner – Owner/Operator, Laughing Stock Farm. Lisa Turner graduated from the University of Maine with degrees in Soil Science and Civil Engineering.  After working in the area of landfill design, groundwater remediation, and water supply, she started Laughing Stock Farm in 1997.  Today the farm is a 12 acre vegetable farm that serves 15 restaurants and 200 CSA members year round.   It provides year round employment for Lisa, her husband Ralph, and 2 key staff members, and seasonal employment for an additional 6 people.  Their farm grows greens in greenhouses that have been heated with a variety of fuels as the fuels market changes, including renewable used cooking oil.  Ralph, with degrees in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering, has made many equipment changes to keep the farm productive
as rainfall amounts have increased over the last 5 to 10 years.

Rosie VanadestineRosie Vanadestine – Executive Director, KVCOG. Rosie Vanadestine is the Executive Director of Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG). Rosie has worked in the public sector for several municipalities both small rural towns and large cities, as Director of Economic & Community Development which included planning and code enforcement divisions. She has also held nonprofit Executive Director positions for a state applied technology center, a ten town regional Growth Council and a regional Chamber of Commerce. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta.She lives in Skowhegan with her husband and two small children and they have 5 adult children and four granddaughters. Rosie likes to hunt, fish, read, hike, snowmobile, snowshoe and motorcycle.


Laura VowellLaura Vowell – Director of Business Development, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation. Ms. Vowell is Vice President and Director of Business Development for New Markets and Historic Tax Credit Investments. Since joining US Bancorp Community Development Corporation in 2005, she has been instrumental in originating and closing over $1.5 billion in Tax Credit investments for more than 250 projects. She currently manages the origination of transactions across the country, and has helped provide funding for a diverse array of projects; from food banks and performing arts centers, to grocery stores and office space. Prior to joining USBCDC, Ms. Vowell worked with a private real estate developer, managing several redevelopment projects. She holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Ms. Vowell began her career in the DC area as a Transportation Engineer and is the Treasurer of the DC Preservation League.


Daniel WallaceDaniel Wallace – Program Developer, CEI. Daniel Wallace is a Program Developer in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program at CEI. He sources and manages eligible projects in the farm and food sector, assists with coordination of technical assistance and deal alignment, and participates in state, regional and national agriculture and food system initiatives and networks. Daniel has particular expertise working with independent grocers and food hubs to connect farmers to markets and to rebuild localized food value chains. He is a member of the Maine Food Strategy Steering Committee, a counselor on the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn, and co-chair of the Food Enterprise subcommittee of the Portland Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy, Sustainable Food System. Daniel holds a Masters in Community Planning and Development from the University of Southern Maine and a BA from Williams College in Massachusetts.


Kara WilburKara Wilbur – Director, Town Planning & Urban Design Collective. Kara is a town planner and urban designer with more than 10 years of national planning experience.   In her capacity as Director of Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative’s New England office, she has helped to cultivate the firm’s regional practice.  Her work has focused on mixed-use development plans, revitalization strategies for transitioning downtowns, form-based codes that support vibrant mixed-use centers, innovative comprehensive plans, redevelopment plans for decaying retail corridors, and integrated transportation plans that promote pedestrian and bicycle safety and greater economic vitality. Believing in the importance of bringing national best practices to the forefront of New England planning, Kara was a co-founder of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2004, and served as the organization’s first president. Kara earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the University of Miami, School of Architecture.  She now lives in Portland, Maine.

Susan Young – Natural Resources Director, Houlton Band of Maliseets. Susan Young is the Natural Resources Director for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, where she oversees the Tribe’s Environmental Protection/Planning, Forestry and Water Resources Programs. As Real Estate Director, she is responsible for coordinating land acquisitions, trust land applications and works with various tribal departments on planning and land use issues.  Since 2009 Sue has been representing tribes in the Northeast Region as a member of the Board of the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society.