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.
Emily DuFour, Membership Coordinator for GrowSmart Maine, first moved to Maine as a teenager, after growing up in greater Washington, D.C. As part of her collegiate studies she taught in rural Maine and rural Appalachia in North Carolina. She worked in disability insurance for over 15 years for various vendors in the greater Portland area. Her diversified background brings a depth of understanding of both corporate operations and rural exigencies. She currently is the Monmouth representative Board Member for the Rural Action Community Ministry.
Emily attended UMaine at Farmington, and University of Southern Maine, where she studied social work and education. She lives in Monmouth, where she runs a creative arts co-space and gallery with her husband (a native Mainer), selling local art, teaching children’s art camps, as well as adult lessons in painting and knitting. She and her husband have combined three children, and a herd of cats, all native to Maine.
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.
Kirsten Brewer joined the philanthropy team of NRCM in the summer of 2020, working prior to that at Kennebec Land Trust based in Winthrop, where she connected with GrowSmart Maine through the Local Wood WORKS program. She has degrees from the University of Vermont (Natural Resources) and Pitzer College (Environmental Studies/Spanish). Her past experiences include working in nonprofits, state government, and education. She is a board member of the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association and volunteers with Augusta’s pedestrian and bike group, CAPITAL (Cyclists and Pedestrians Invigorating the Augusta Life).
Rebecca Casey, AIA, WELL AP, is a senior architect specializing in health & wellness environments. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans – one of the first cities to deeply imprint her passions for a sense of place, community, diversity, and food. 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 alumnus of Lift 360’s Leadership Intensive.
Becca grew up in a small coastal Maine town and a college town in central Florida. She now resides in Falmouth with her husband, two children, a dog, a 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.
Carl Eppich, AICP, has 18 years of experience in land use, energy, and transportation planning in Maine, and now recently in New Hampshire. In his current role as principal transportation planner with Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, Carl manages federally required transportation planning for Greater Manchester, the largest metropolitan planning region in Northern New England.
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.
Philip Hussey, currently serves as a Vice President at Chenmark, a Portland based small business acquirer and operator. Philip received his MBA from Georgetown University where he spent much of his time focused on sustainability and rural economic development. That included serving as a Fellow for the Rural Opportunity Initiative, conducting research on small business lending, and interning with i2 Capital, a DC based conservation finance group. Prior to Georgetown, he worked in the marketing department at Harvard Business School and at the Friends School in Ramallah, Palestine. Philip is a member of the seventh generation family manufacturing business, Hussey Seating Company, and received his BA from Colby College in Waterville. Phillip connected with GrowSmart Maine while exploring potential avenues for supporting rural Opportunity Zones in Maine.
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.
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.
Ben Smith (AICP) launched North Star Planning in 2017, following more than a decade as planner in 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.
Lynne Seeley is a community-planning consultant with 30+ years of experience in comprehensive planning, public participation, and land use assessment of transportation projects. Lynne is working on the New Ruralism: We Know it When We See It project, researching rural planning initiatives for the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA). She is involved in community planning work with the Town of Yarmouth, currently leading the efforts to draft a Historic Preservation Ordinance to help protect and strengthen the Town’s historic village area. She recently led the effort to develop a new form-based code for Yarmouth’s Village and Route One corridor. The Character-Based Development code was adopted by a unanimous vote of the Town Council. As a consultant, she provided planning services for community planning and transportation projects for the engineering firm Sebago Technics. For 15+ years Lynne worked for Boston based Wallace, Floyd, Associates (WFA), managing transportation planning projects, conducting Comprehensive Plan projects for communities, and developing and managing multi-dimensional public participation programs. She established and ran a branch WFA office in Maine for 8 years, focusing on community planning and public engagement.
As a past GrowSmart Maine board member, Lynne chaired the former Education Committee that wrote the original Educational Briefs for GrowSmart on a variety of “smart growth” topics. Lynne was awarded Professional Planner of the Year by Maine Association of Planners in 2018. She is currently Vice President of Maine Association of Planners. She was a member of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) 6 for seven years; she chaired the committee in 1995. 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 30 years with her husband, raising two now-grown 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.
Ex Officio Members
Amy K. Bassett was appointed as district director of SBA’s Maine district office in January of 2017. The district office is located in Augusta, with branch offices in Bangor and Portland.
In her role as district director, Ms. Bassett is responsible for leading the Maine SBA team in the delivery of SBA’s financial assistance, entrepreneurial development and contracting programs throughout the state. Key to the delivery of programs and services is the close collaboration she helps foster with lending partners, SBA resource partners, economic development professionals and local and state entities. These relationships promote entrepreneurship and small business creation and growth.
Ms. Bassett received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Plymouth State College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She began her career with the SBA in the New Hampshire district office in 1990 and held a variety of positions during her time with that office, including deputy district director and lender relations specialist. During her tenure with SBA she has been involved in key SBA loan program initiatives including loan systems and lender relations staff training and development. She also has an extensive background in SBA resource partner management and development and implementation of marketing and outreach strategies.
She is a graduate of the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government Fellows Program and was an active member of the NH Federal Executive Association.
Ms. Bassett is a native of Sandown, New Hampshire.
Timothy Hobbs is State Director for USDA Rural Development in Maine. Timothy joins the agency after serving as Director of Development and Grower Relations at the Maine Potato Board, a position he held for over 15 years. In this capacity, he was an advocate for 250 potato farmers, helping to give them a voice in Washington DC to improve agricultural production in Maine.
Prior to his time with the Maine Potato Board, Timothy was Executive Director for the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, and owned and operated a small family business with locations in Presque Isle and Caribou. He holds an Associate’s Degree from Northern Maine Community College.
Timothy is a life-long Maine resident. As State Director, he looks forward to leading USDA Rural Development’s efforts to support infrastructure improvements; finance business development; create homeownership; empower community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care, and to invest in the quality of life for residents living in rural areas of Maine.
Mark C. Wiesendanger has been the Director of Development for the Maine State Housing Authority since 2016. Before returning to his home state, Mark worked for several years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Multifamily Programs, both in Seattle, WA, and Washington, DC. Previously, Mark also worked in the residential and commercial construction industry in Southern Maine and Washington State.
Mark received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine, an MBA from Seattle University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program. He is a member of the Maine Development Foundation’s latest Leadership Maine cohort, and is currently serving on the Board of Row House Inc., Hallowell, Maine’s historic society, and on the City of South Portland’s Arts and Historic Preservation Committee.
Mark is a 12th generation Mainer and lives with his wife and their Bernese Mountain Dog in South Portland. He greatly enjoys hiking, skiing, fishing, sailing, camping, canoeing, and eating his way through every nook and cranny of the Great State of Maine, visiting many friends and family members along the way.
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.