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 Ph.D. 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 formally 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.
Rebecca Casey, AIA, WELL AP is a Senior Architect specializing in healthcare environments. With over 2 decades of experience, 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. Recently becoming one of the first WELL AP’s in the region, she is determined to push for healthier buildings and communities.
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 as an architect at SMRT in Portland.
Jean Claveau, Vice president and Commercial Banking Officer with Camden National Bank. Jean has 20 years of experience working with business owners on their lending needs throughout the State of Maine. Jean moved to Maine in 1994 and started his career in economic development working for not-for-profit agencies (Penquis CAP and Coastal Enterprises, Inc.) involved in non-traditional financing. Jean is the past co-chair of Synergy, the Augusta young professional group. Current Kiwanis member.
Jean obtained a certificate in Political Sciences at Laval University in Canada and his Master’s in Business Administration from Thomas College in Maine. Jean enjoys reading, traveling on the East Coast and spending time with his family. Jean lives in Hallowell with his wife, daughter, and one dog!
Carl Eppich, AICP, is Lead Transportation Planner with Milone & MacBroom. 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.
Bryce Hach is originally from Iowa and grew up in Colorado. After graduating from Colorado College in 1998, Bryce became a public high school science teacher and football coach in the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America in one of the poorest corners of the United States.
Bryce then completed Coro Public Policy Fellows program in St. Louis, and in 2004 moved back to Colorado, and took over the role over as the Executive Director of a private foundation where he oversaw the transition from supporting local scholarships and outreach in chemistry to becoming a national leader in high school chemistry education. After this, Bryce took on the role of Executive Director of a multi-sector collaborative effort to reduce homelessness in Fort Collins, Colorado.
In 2013, Bryce and his family made an intentional move to Falmouth, Maine. Bryce now serves as the Development Director of Maine Audubon and teaches a graduate course in nonprofit and public management at the Muskie School, the University of Maine’s public policy school. In addition to these professional roles, Bryce is also a graduate and active member of the Maine Master Naturalist Program and newly serves on the Board of Directors for state and national organizations.
Bryce and his wife, Sarah, love living in Maine and have a nine-year-old daughter named Ivy and an energetic puppy named Sammy. During moments of free time, Bryce enjoys sports, almost anything outdoors, quality time with family and friends, reading and science fiction films.
Tyler Kidder is the Program Officer at the Onion Foundation which encourages environmental conservation and stewardship as well as music and the arts through grantmaking in Maine. Previously, she held roles at GrowSmart Maine, Efficiency Maine, and the University of Southern Maine. Tyler enjoys walking in the woods and exploring Maine’s waters in her tiny sailboat. She splits her time between Winthrop and Falmouth and has two cats and a dog.
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.
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 an 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.
Ben Smith (AICP) launched North Star Planning in 2017, following more than a decade as Planner in the Windham, one of the fastest growing communities in the state. At North Star Planning, Ben works with the public, municipalities and private companies around the state to create and sustain the places that make Maine special. Ben is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners through the American Planning Association. Born and raised in Caribou, Ben loves to explore, fish, bike, hike, kayak, and camp all around northern New England with his family and friends.
Sally Stockwell is a wildlife ecologist with experience in conservation of nongame, rare, and endangered species in freshwater wetlands, coastal beaches and marshes, and northern forests. She has additional experience as an interpretive naturalist, environmental education instructor, and outdoor adventure leader. Sally holds a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and an M.S. in wildlife management from the University of Maine and a B.S. in biology from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
In 2008, Sally was the recipient of the UMaine Department of Wildlife Ecology Award for Professional Excellence for long-term career service to wildlife conservation. Sally serves on numerous state committees and has been actively involved in town planning, open space planning, and forest management and recreation in her home town of Cumberland.
As Director of Conservation at Maine Audubon, Sally supervises a staff of six professionals who work on programs to restore endangered piping plovers and least terns on Maine’s beaches; engage citizen scientists to collect long-term population data on common loons, calling amphibians, native brook trout, and wildlife crossing roads; community land use planning; aquatic and terrestrial habitat connections; climate impacts to wildlife; conservation of forest birds; and public policy related to wildlife and habitat.
David Webster, co-founded PDT Architects (formerly Portland Design Team) in Portland in 1977 and was the president and managing partner until 2017. He holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Miami University (Ohio) and is a trained mediator and facilitator.
David’s work incorporates his interest in community-based design, high-performance construction, and sustainability in all his projects. His involvement with GrowSmart Maine is an extension of his design values and belief that change, if considered comprehensively, can be good for Maine.
David has considerable expertise in projects involving multiple buildings and multiple design teams. Recently, he has worked on multiple VA campuses throughout New England and multi-specialty medical facilities in Maine.
Christopher Winstead serves as the Executive Director of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC).
Piscataquis County Economic Development Council is a quasi-governmental agency that seeks to leverage local, county, state and federal resources to promote and encourage public and private investment within Piscataquis county.
Prior to joining PCEDC, Mr. Winstead served as a Senior District Representative for former Congressman Michael H. Michaud. He worked to connect our Maine communities, businesses, and non-profits with federal, state, and private sector resources. Mr. Winstead has a diverse background beyond the political arena; he started his career in the Banking industry and worked for two local community banks.
Mr. Winstead is a Greenville resident and lives with his partner and their 9-year-old Brittany spaniel, Lucas.
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.
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GrowSmart Maine’s Emeritus Board Members:
Daniel Hildreth, Emeritus Board Member, is Board Chair of Diversified Communications, a family-owned trade media company based in Portland, with operations in North America, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Daniel became involved with GrowSmart Maine when it was publishing the Brookings Report, and served on the advisory board of that effort. He is a former member and chair of GrowSmart’s board, and has also served on the boards of Maine Audubon and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
Evan Richert, Emeritus Board Member
Anna Marie Thron, Emeritus Board Member