Board and Staff
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.
Community Outreach Director
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.
Cecilia B. Smith
Cecilia completed her masters in urban and environmental planning and policy from Tufts University. Prior to her graduate studies, she studied History, Environmental Science and Economics at the University of Southern Maine. Cecilia is passionate about land use policy and water infrastructure and likes to explore how different societies adapt to environmental challenges.
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 formerly held municipal 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.
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 obtained a certificate in Political Sciences at Laval University in Canada and his masters 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.
His consulting work in Maine has included developing transportation strategies to reduce carbon emissions for Portland and South Portland’s Climate Adaptation Action Plan through 2050. Carl’s areas of expertise include congestion mitigation and air quality, electric cars and intelligent transportation system (ITS) planning, transit planning and transit-oriented development, non-motorized and active transportation (bicycle and pedestrian) and transportation project financing. With over 25 years of professional experience, Carl has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including environmental advocacy, technology, site planning, open space, trails, and recreation plans, including local and regional bicycle and pedestrian plans, among many others. Currently, his work involves congestion mitigation, corridor planning, ITS integrating transportation and placemaking, and infrastructure resiliency for a changing climate.
Carl holds a masters degree in community planning and development (MCPD) 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 is a 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.
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.
Prior to working in Portland, Jeff served as the director of Planning & Community Development for the Town of Brookline (MA.). He also worked in the City of Somerville (MA), where he focused on transit-oriented development in the new mixed-use Assembly Square district of the city. Jeff has a masters in planning from the University of Minnesota and a bachelors of arts from Wesleyan University. He lives in Portland, with his wife and two children.
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.
Tom spent the last 21 years with The Nature Conservancy in Maine, where he played an active, and often lead, role in the permanent conservation of over one million acres of lands and waters. Tom has been active in local government, serving on a number of town boards and committees in Freeport and Brunswick, including three years on the Freeport Town Council, and more than seven years on the planning board.
As a past GrowSmart Maine board member, Lynne chaired the former Education Committee, which wrote the a series of Educational Briefs for GrowSmart Maine on a variety of smart growth topics. For more than 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 1 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.
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 hometown 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’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.
Chris also served as district representative for former U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine. During his tenure with the Congressman’s Bangor office, his focus was on business and economic development within the rural communities of Maine, helping to link individuals, businesses and nonprofits with federal, state and private sector resources. Chris 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 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, New Jersey, and graduated from Montclair State University. She is married and has four grown sons and two grandsons.
Emeritus Board Members
One of the founding board members of GrowSmart Maine, Evan Richert began his professional planning career at GPCOG. Working with South Portland, he eventually left GPCOG to work full-time for the City. In 1981, he formed Portland Research and Communications and, shortly thereafter, joined with Mark Eyerman to form Market Decisions, Inc. (MDI). Together the team grew MDI into a premier consulting practice that bridged the gap between public planning and the development community. Anchoring planning, development, and public policy with direct market research and analysis, Evan demonstrated the importance of data in analyzing planning problems and identifying appropriate policies and strategies to address them.
In 1996, Evan became Director of the State Planning Office and led the State and its professional planners in developing a framework to understand and plan for Maine communities, regions and the state. Under his tutelage and using the that bully pulpit, Evan lead the State in a discussion and focus on the cost of sprawl, the importance and unique stresses of service center communities, and the importance of merging lines between land use, the environment, and the economy, He helped precipitate ongoing conversations about planning issues throughout the State from the Capitol to City Halls and neighborhood assemblies. Collaboration among the various sectors of the state — government organizations, chambers, NGOs, and professional associations – came together in unique ways that continue to affect how planners do business in Maine.
Reaching out to and inspiring professionals, as well as college and graduate students, Evan taught at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School for many years.
Over the years, Evan has received multiple awards that recognize his contribution to planning. To Maine’s planning community, Evan has been the “mind” of planning in Maine. He represents the analytical side of planning, reminding all that planning is immersed in facts, both hard statistics and scientific assessment, as well as in an understanding of cultural and social values. Evan’s gift is also the ability to translate complicated analysis in a way that not only informs, but touches the reader’s spirit.