Board and Staff
Nancy E. Smith has lived and worked in Maine since 1981 and joined GrowSmart Maine as executive director in April 2010. Nancy maintains the fiscal health of the organization while overseeing programming at the local level, statewide convenings, and leading advocacy for smart growth outcomes at the state, local, and federal levels. In addition, she secured for GrowSmart Maine the USDA: Rural Development designation as Maine’s State Rural Development Council and is an active board member for Partners for Rural America.
She served four terms in the Maine State House of Representatives while farming on her family’s diversified livestock farm in Monmouth. She was appointed 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 and central Maine and for a consulting firm serving woodlot owners in central Maine.
Sheri Leahan is originally from Westbrook, Maine. Passionate about preserving Maine’s heritage, she brings over 25 years experience working in the philanthropic and museum fields. She has worked as a capital campaign associate for a fundraising consulting firm, assisting all types of non-profits throughout New England. After attending graduate school in Cooperstown, New York and earning a Master of Arts degree in History Museum Studies from SUNY-Oneonta, she returned to Maine to serve as Curator of Collections for the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan and most recently as Director of the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore. She studied history and economics at the University of Southern Maine. Sheri lives in the foothills of Western Maine and enjoys frame drumming, camping, and exploring the trails with her husband and dog, a great-pyrenees mix named Amos.
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 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 is the Climate Corps Coordinator for Volunteer Maine, 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 Claveau is Vice President, Senior Business Relationship Banker, at Machias Savings 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 and a current Kiwanis member.
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.
Maggie Fleming is an administration analyst at the Town of Falmouth. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Maggie moved to Maine five years ago to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer at Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. She then worked as Special Assistant to the Dean at the University of Maine School of Law before joining the Falmouth staff. Maggie is a member of the Junior League of Portland, Maine and a volunteer with Just Love Worldwide, a Portland based anti-trafficking organization. She holds a masters in policy, planning, and management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University.
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.
Jeff Levine, AICP, is an urban planner who has worked in New England for 25 years. Currently, he is the owner and principle of Levine Planning Strategies. He is a Lecturer in Economic Development & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jeff also serves on the Greater Portland METRO Board of Directors and was the Director of Planning & Urban Development for the City of Portland.
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 Morris is owner and principle of 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 website 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.
Tom Rumpf is a resident of Brunswick, where he lives with his wife, Annee Tara, and serves on the Conservation Commission. A founding board member and treasurer of GrowSmart Maine in its early years, Tom returns to the board following a career engaged in natural resources policy and program management, and local community affairs. He spent nine years in policy and program management with the Maine Department of Conservation, followed by seven years in organics recycling with Resource Conservation Services at Browning Ferris Industries.
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.
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 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.
Galen Weibley is a resident of Chapman, Aroostook County where he serves as Economic & Community Development Director for the City of Presque Isle and a Governor-appointed Loring Development Authority Trustee. Prior to him moving to Maine, Galen served multiple professional roles in Pennsylvania state government including Constituent Outreach Director for the Lieutenant Governor and to a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before concluding his state service as Constituent & Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania State Senate. During this time, Galen was involved with multiple projects and conversations to expand broadband efforts to rural communities, develop policy solutions to workforce challenges facing the state, write legislation to preserve the state’s rich agricultural tradition.
Galen became active in understanding smart growth policies as Hellam Township’s youngest elected Township Supervisor and Board Chairman where he led much needed reforms to the township’s Transferable Development Rights Program and local zoning to encourage economic growth where infrastructure existed and preserve the rural character of the community. Galen enjoys gardening, reading, learning languages/history/culture, traveling, and taking in the vast outdoor opportunities with his dog.
Christopher Winstead is Deputy Executive Director of Workforce for Workforce Training Development for Maine Community College System. Prior to that he was the executive director for Piscataquis County Economic Development Council.
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.
Ex Officio Members
Rhiannon Hampson is the Biden-Harris Administration’s appointed State Director for Maine, USDA Rural Development. She is also the Co-Owner of Grace Pond Farm, an organic (MOFGA certified) pasture based livestock and dairy farm in Thomaston, Maine on Wawenock Tribal Land. For several years Rhiannon has enjoyed working on, and supporting, policy relating to processing and financial support for Maine’s small farms, and continues to advocate for assisting in the sustainability of Maine’s farming community via thoughtful legislation.
Through previous volunteer opportunities, such as creating summer programming for children, facilitating performing arts events for rural residents, and coordinating the use of an historic building in downtown Machias, Maine, Rhiannon has been fortunate to create connections with people from diverse backgrounds, allowing her to deepen her commitment to facilitating cooperation among all of Maine’s citizens, new and old, regardless of socio-economic status. Equity and Inclusion are values that she holds at the center of the work she does.
Rhiannon is a former District Representative for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree with a focus on Agriculture, the Environment, Health Care, and the Arts. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Machias where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Community Studies and was a Public Policy Scholar through the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
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
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.
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.