GrowSmart Maine Staff
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Nancy E. Smith has lived and worked in Maine since 1981 and joined GrowSmart Maine as Executive Director in April 2010. She served four terms in the Maine State House of Representatives, representing Monmouth, Litchfield and Wales, while working on her family’s diversified livestock farm in Monmouth. She served as House Chair of the Legislative Committee on Business, Research, and Economic Development and as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. In addition, Nancy worked as a forester for over twenty years for a large industrial landowner in northern Maine and for a consulting firm serving small woodlot owners in central Maine. She is a member of Monmouth’s Economic Development Committee and Kennebec West Farmland Working Group. 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.
Melissa L. Doane is GrowSmart Maine’s part time Membership Coordinator. She grew up in the Dover-Foxcroft area and is proud to call the small town of Atkinson her hometown. She attended Beal College, Bangor Community College and Husson College. Melissa began working for the Town of Bradley in 1998 and has been a noticeable presence in municipal government ever since. In 2005, Melissa become the Town Manager of Bradley demonstrating her ability to respond to the rapidly changing great State of Maine. Melissa values and encourages the need for citizen involvement in all facets of government, most importantly local government. Melissa is a member of Maine Town, City/County Government, sitting on their Executive Committee as the membership chair. She also is President of the Board of Directors for the Maine Forest Logging Museum.
Melissa moved to Milford in 1994 and now resides there with her husband Ricky Sr. and son Ricky Jr., a freshman at Maine Maritime Academy studying Power Engineering. In addition, Melissa is the proud stepmother to Brandi Doane-McCann and Mammy to Brandi’s daughter, Avalyn.
Jodi Castallo, Community Outreach Director for GrowSmart Maine, first moved to Maine in 1997. Working with communities has been the basis of her career, and is also her passion. She has worked with a variety of communities and organizations in those years: Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Coalition, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, New England Environmental Finance Center, Maine Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials, Rural Community Assistance Program, and The Maine Island Trail Association. Her work with communities, both in and out of Maine, on important issues such as sea level rise, rural economic development, community engagement and facilitation, land use and the environment, adds to her focus on supporting Mainers as they determine the future of their communities. Jodi graduated from Bucknell University with an undergraduate degree in biology, then went on to earn her masters in environmental education and land use at Antioch New England Graduate School. She lives with her daughter (a native Mainer), husband, dog, two cats, and several chickens.