2015 Maine Beaches Conference – Speaker Bios

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Cameron Adams

Maine Geological Survey, DACF
93 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0093
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Cameron Adams is a geology field technician and data analyst with the Maine Geological Survey in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. He joined MGS in 2014 in support of a wide variety of projects considering Maine’s beaches, coastal geology, and coastal hazards. He is currently involved in a number of mapping efforts that examine the potential impacts to the Maine coast from flooding due to sea level rise and hurricane surge inundation. Cameron graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014 with a degree in Earth and Oceanographic Science, where his research focused on Arctic carbon cycling under variable climate states.

Jacob Aman

Southern Maine Beach Profile Monitoring Program
342 Laudholm Farm Rd. Wells, ME 04090
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207-646-1555 x112
Beach Profile Monitoring Program

Jacob Aman is the Volunteer coordinator for the Beach Profiling Program.

Sue Baker

Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
Floodplain Management Program
93 SHS, 17 Elkins Lane
Augusta, ME 04333-0093
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Maine Floodplain Management Program

The Maine Floodplain Management Program is located within the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation in Forestry. Sue Baker is the State Coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program. Sue has spent most of the last 20 years working in the Program, becoming the State Coordinator in 2008. She belongs to the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the largest professional group of floodplain managers in the country, and through them, she has been a nationally Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) since 2000.

Abigail Barrows

Marine Environmental Research Institute
55 Main Street
Blue Hill, ME 04614
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Shaw Institute (Formerly MERI)

Abigail Barrows has been the Coastal monitoring coordinator since 2013 and worked at MERI since 2011. She has designed, conducted and managed all aspects of our microplastics research as well as running a coastal monitoring program including: bacteria, water quality, invasive species collection, phytoplankton identification, volunteer water quality monitoring program, seal population and stranding response, lobster bait research.

Kate Beard

University of Maine
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Forrest Bell

FB Environmental Associates
170 West Road, Unit 6
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Kathleen P. Bell

University of Maine and New England Sustainability Consortium
School of Economics
5782 Winslow Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
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Beth Bisson

Maine Sea Grant Program
5784 York Complex Building 6
University of Maine
Orono, Maine, 04469
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Maine Sea Grant College Program

Beth Bisson coordinates the Maine Marine Invasive Species Collaborative, and she is a marine species representative to the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel for the State of Maine. As Maine Sea Grant’s associate director, she works with director, Paul Anderson, to lead the program’s marine extension and communications teams. She leads the program’s education and workforce development initiatives, and works with Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension staff and many external education partners to develop and implement participatory research, citizen science, and free-choice learning opportunities for formal and informal educators, students, and the public.

Jennifer Steen Booher

27 Ledgelawn Avenue
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Jennifer Booher Portfolio

Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer (and former landscape architect) living on Mount Desert Island, where she is a member of the Frenchman Bay Partners and the Island Institute. Her still-life photos are in several corporate collections, and non-still life photographs have appeared in a number of publications, including Smithsonian and Outside magazines.
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John Cannon

National Weather Service
1 Weather La.
Box 1208
Gray, ME 04039
(207) 730-1019
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National Weather Service Portland/Gray Area

John Cannon is the marine program manager and a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. He is interested in studying Nor’easters. Particularly, he focuses on the science of storm tides, coastal flooding and the effects of large, battering waves along the coast of Maine.

Ronald Cantor

Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106

Ronald Cantor has been president of Southern Maine Community College since 2011. He holds degrees from Syracuse University (Ph.D., cultural foundations of education/history), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.Ed., educational administration), and the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics (B.S., administration). During his presidency SMCC has grown to 7,574 students, opened a second campus in Brunswick and significantly expanded its business and community partnerships. Cantor is active with the Portland Education Project, the Portland Regional Chamber, the Maine Global Institute, the South Portland Historical Society and Educate Maine’s Project Login. He is also a member of the University of Southern Maine’s Tourism and Hospitality advisory board, the Center for Career Exploration/Opportunity Alliance advisory team, and Rotary International. Previously Cantor served as Associate Vice President and Dean at Mohawk Valley Community College, and Associate Dean at Jefferson Community College, both in upstate New York. He also held positions with Allegheny College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Adams State College and the Great Lakes Colleges Association.

Jon Carter

Town of Wells
208 Sanford Road
Wells ME 04090
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Jon Carter has been the Wells Town Manager for approximately 20 years. Additionally, he had held the positions of Town Manager in Kittery, Administrative Assistant to the Mayor in the City of Westbrook, Deputy Director of the GPCOG and Elected Selectman for the Town of Sanford over his 37 year public service career. He served as a Governor Appointee and Chairman of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority during the construction period of the Downeaster Service, serves presently on the York County Community College Foundation, York County United Way Board of Director and 23 years on the Maine Municipal Employee Health Trust Board of Trustees. He holds a Master Degree in Public Administration and BA in Government.

Caroline Casals

Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Caroline Casals is an educator with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. GMRI’s education three programs mix informal and formal science learning focused on data literacy and critical thinking. She works with GMRI’s education team to bring hands on science learning to teachers and their students across the state. Through Vital Signs, Caroline connects scientists and managers with the Vital Signs community eager to collect data for a shared research question — and the resources they need to get into the field.

Malin Clyde

University of New Hampshire
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Charles Colgan

University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104
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Charlie Colgan has been studying the coastal and ocean related economy in Maine for nearly 40 years. He has presented at the 2005 Maine Beaches Conference on the size of the ocean tourism and recreation economy. MBC 2015 will be the first presentation of data from the current research. Dr. Colgan is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Planning at USM.

Senator Susan Collins

US Senate
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2523
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Known for her work facilitating bipartisan compromise, Senator Collins is a key leader in the United States Senate and is currently serving her fourth term.

Throughout her time in the U.S. Senate, Senator Collins has worked diligently to protect and conserve Maine’s beautiful natural resources. As a senior member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that directs funding for all National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs, Senator Collins has been a strong supporter of funding for important initiatives to protect the health of our oceans and fisheries as well as the economies of coastal communities that depend on these natural resources. Senator Collins has also been a champion for ocean renewable energy, including efforts to advance deepwater offshore wind in Maine, and has supported efforts to enhance ocean and coastal ecosystem resiliency.

Senator Collins was born and raised in Caribou, Maine, where her family runs a fifth-generation lumber business, founded by her ancestors in 1844. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University, she is married to Thomas A. Daffron and resides in Bangor.

Anne Cox

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
342 Laudholm Farm Rd
Wells ME 04090
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Annie Cox is the Community Resilience Specialist at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. She helps develop and organize workshops and trainings for professionals working with and making decisions that affect our natural resources. Topics range from Communicating about Climate Change Impacts to Planning for Coastal Resilience Using Green Infrastructure. Annie holds a masters in Ecological Design from the Conway School. She became interested in land use planning issues during her Peace Corps service teaching sustainable agriculture and aquaculture in rural Zambia, where she served for two years. Annie’s undergraduate degree is in Biology from the University of Maine at Farmington.

Jenn Curtis

Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, Floodplain Management Program​
93 SHS, 17 Elkins Ln.
Augusta, ME 04333-0093
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Maine Floodplain Management Program

Jenn Curtis the Mapping Coordinator for the Maine Floodplain Management Program. I provide technical assistance to the general public who have questions about Maine FIRMs and provide outreach, training and education to everyone from 5th graders to municipal officials and banking, insurance and real-estate professionals.

Anthony Dater

Since 1983, Tony Date has enjoyed a variety of community planning assignments with towns in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties and two regional planning commissions: Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission and the Greater Portland Council of Governments. Work includes reviewing site plan, subdivision and Shoreland zone proposals for town planning boards, writing ordinances for town adoption, preparation of grant applications, participating in their administration and their public review and the preparation of comprehensive plans.

By far the most exciting and educational highlight of his career so far has been being able to participate in the Heart & Soul planning process, Charrette and form-based code preparation in Damariscotta. This unique opportunity to work with world class consultants resulted from the Town’s willingness to boldly respond to grant RFPs and thus secure funding from the Orton Foundation’s Heart & Soul program. The Heart & Soul project has educationally benefited town staff and townspeople alike. He holds a Master of City Planning (MCP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania

Paul Dest

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, ME 04090
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Paul Dest is the Director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and has, as a professional and volunteer, worked for about 25 years to conserve coastal lands for public access and wildlife. He organized the debate at the 2013 Maine Beaches Conference between two attorneys involved in the Goose Rocks Beach case, as well as a series of 4 lectures in 2014 on coastal access and private ownership of the Maine shoreline to mark the 25th anniversary of the Moody Beach decision. He is also a co-editor of the recently published Maine Coastal Public Access Guide.

Dan Devereaux

Dan Devereaux has over 20 years of experience on the waters of northern Casco Bay. He began in fisheries enforcement and later transitioned to environmental enforcement. Since 2005, Dan has been the Town of Brunswick’s Harbor Master and as such the primary shellfish management program director. Dan’s deep connection to the sea is not just professional but personal – he spends much of his free time recreating on and living by the coast.

Stephen M. Dickson

Maine Geological Survey, DACF
93 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0093
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Maine Geological Survey

Stephen Dickson is a Marine Geologist with Maine Geological Survey in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in Augusta. He has been with the MGS since 1986 and has conducted numerous studies of Maine beaches, coastal geology, physical oceanography, and coastal hazards. Current research includes beach sand transport by storms, beach and bluff erosion, and coastal landslides. Dr. Dickson received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, a M.S. from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Maine.

Fred Dillon

South Portland Water Resource Protection Department
P.O. Box 9422
South Portland, ME 04116
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Fred Dillon began his career with the Falmouth Water Pollution Control Department followed by work as a graduate research assistant for a Maine Sea Grant microbial source tracking project. He then worked for a number of years on dozens of watershed restoration projects for the consulting firm FB Environmental. Dillon currently works as the City of South Portland’s stormwater program coordinator, overseeing compliance with state and federal stormwater regulations and urban stream restoration.

Lynda Doughty

Marine Mammals of Maine
1 High Street Suite #5 Kennebunk, ME 04043
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Marine Mammals of Maine

Lynda Doughty has been working in the marine mammal field, particular here in Maine for the past 15years. She is one of the founding members and executive director of the nonprofit, Marine Mammals of Maine.

John Duff

School for the Environment
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125
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John Duff received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and his LL.M. from the Law and Marine Affairs Program at the University of Washington and also holds degrees in Business (B.S.B.A.) from the University of Lowell and Journalism (M.A.) from the University of Mississippi. Over the course of the last twenty-five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter; an attorney in private practice; served as general counsel to a nonprofit organization focusing on marine habitat protection issues; and, has directed the marine law research programs at the law schools of the universities of Mississippi and Maine. He has been engaged in teaching and research at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 2004 and has been published in a variety of journals and professional reports.

Alyson Eberhardt

New Hampshire Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension
122 Mast Road
Lee, NH 03861
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Alyson Eberhardt is the Coastal Ecosystems Specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant where she works with communities, schools and scientists to research, monitor and restore coastal habitats. She coordinates a citizen science program called the Coastal Research Volunteers that trains citizens to work with researchers on local coastal research projects.

Allyson Eslin

University of Maine
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Paige Farmer

Maine Beaches Association
PO Box 388
York, ME 03909
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Paige Farmer, Project Director for the Maine Beaches Association has been working in the fields of marketing and business administration for more than 25 years. She joined the Maine Beaches Association in various capacities in 1998, while continuing to work in community organizing, non-profit administration, research and fund development. In her work with the Maine Beaches Association, Ms. Farmer has been responsible for marketing project development, implementation and evaluation. Additionally, she serves as regional representative to the Maine Office of Tourism’s Regional Assistance Committee and is the liaison between the tourism industry in the area and the Office of Tourism.

Robert Faunce

Robert Faunce has thirty-six years of professional experience in the areas of land use planning, public administration, land development, environmental permitting and resource economics. He holds Bachelor and Masters of Science Degrees. He has also served in active duty with the U.S. Navy and has served as Director of Planning for the City of Lewiston. More recently he established a firm specializing in environmental impact studies, land use planning and land development, and has worked with firm of Courbron Gotto Associates, now Sebago Technics. Mr. Faunce reestablished his own firm in 1990. In that capacity, he provides contract planning services to the eighteen communities of Lincoln County and land planning and development services to a number of private clients in southern and central Maine. He has also provided ordinance, development and/or permitting services to the Cities of Lewiston, Auburn and Old Town, the Towns of Topsham, Raymond, Poland, Damariscotta, Alna, Rockland, Thomaston, Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset and Waldoboro, the Lewiston Development Corporation and the South Park Development Corporation. He is a past board member of the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board and he provides planning and administrative services for the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Wiscasset on the Bath Road Master Plan project. He has completed contracts with the Maine Bureau of General Services, in which he served as Land Use Planner for the Governor’s Task Force on Pineland Center Reuse, with the MDOT, in which he worked with citizen committees and prepared bicycle-pedestrian plans for the Towns of Cape Elizabeth, Bristol, Damariscotta, Waldoboro, Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay and Wiscasset, corridor management plans for Routes 27 and 32 and transportation chapters for the comprehensive plans of Dresden, Damariscotta, Newcastle and Somerville, and the State Planning Office, in which he conducted a series of zoning and land use training seminars for code enforcement officers. He also completed a bikeway study for the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad. His thorough knowledge of both the public and private decision making processes together with his understanding of the important land use impacts of development have proved most beneficial to his many clients.

Chris Feurt

University of New England and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
342 Laudholm Farm Rd
Wells, ME 04090
207.646.1555 x111
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Chris Feurt coordinates the Coastal Training Program of the Wells Reserve and directs the Center for Sustainable Communities at UNE. She facilitates Collaborative Learning with partners and stakeholders to develop and implement actions strategies that sustain valued ecosystem services and support community goals for healthy coastal ecosystems.

Robert Foley

State Representative
Wells Town Selectman
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Bob Foley has been involved in southern Maine coastal issues for over 20 years. He has served as a selectman for the Town of Wells for 15 years and served on the Wells Reserve Management Authority as the Town’s representative. He has been active on several state coastal task forces including the State of Maine Beach Management Policy and the rewrite of the Coastal Sand Dune Statute. He recently served on the State’s Board of Environmental Protection and was its chairman until this past fall when he was elected as the State Representative for House District 7, which includes most of the Town of Wells. Bob serves on the insurance and Financial Services Committee. Bob was one of the local residents that took part in the visit to coastal New Jersey to evaluate the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Bob and his wife reside on Drakes Island in Wells.

Emma Fox

University of Maine
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Cathy Goodwin

Office of Senator Susan Collins
York County Constituent Service Center:
160 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
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Cathy Goodwin has been the York County State Office Representative for U.S. Senator Susan M Collins since 2011. Prior to taking the job with the Senator, Cathy served for 15 years as the President and CEO of the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce, and for three years before that, she was the Chairman of the Kittery/Eliot Chamber Board of Directors.

During her years of chamber work, she served as the President of the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Chair of the Maine Beaches Association, and President of the New England Association of Chamber Executives.

She was elected to serve on the Board of Selectmen in York for one term, and she also was elected to serve for 9 years on the MSAD #35 School Board, where she was both the Vice Chair and Chair. A trustee of the Foundation for Seacoast Health for 11 years, Cathy chaired the Program Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee among others.

Her focus over the years has been on developing strong, safe, active communities. She restarted the York Farmer’s Market, which is now in its 13th year. She also facilitated the York Beach Renaissance for 5 years, which lead to new zoning ordinances, infrastructure improvements, the purchase of the land between Route 1 and Short Sands Beach for a new access road to the beach, new drainage, reconfigured parking, and way-finding signage. Cathy served as the bi-state chair for the State of Maine during the successful community effort to save the shipyard —twice— once in 1995 and again in 2005.

Her current work on behalf of the Senator involves securing dredging funds for York County’s small harbors, assisting towns with the new FEMA flood mapping process, and supporting small businesses.

She is married, has 3 grown children and 1 grandson, and lives with her husband Mike on his grandfather’s farm in Eliot. She is an avid gardener and she loves to cook!

Julia Guimond

Peter Hanrahan

E. J. Prescott, Inc.
PO Box 600
Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 582-1851
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Peter Hanrahan has developed and produced yearly erosion control workshops all around New England since 2008. Events have taken place in all six New England States. He has worked with multiple state agencies and educational institutions to develop these seminars.

Loretta Hoglund

Drakes Island – Wells, Maine Resident
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Loretta Hoglund’s educational and professional background is in environmental consulting. She previously worked for McLaren/Hart Environmental in New Jersey managing the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and H2M Environmental on Long Island, New York preparing fresh water & tidal wetlands permits. She is currently a home owner on Drakes Island in Wells Maine. Her grandparents started coming to Drakes Island 95 years ago and her family has spent the summers there ever since. In 2014 she joined a group of municipal officials from three Maine towns and representatives of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve on a trip to coastal communities in New Jersey to experience the impact and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. She has had a life-long love of coastal Maine and has seen the effects of sea level changes on Drakes Island.

Ruth Indrick

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
PO Box 1128
Bath, ME 04530
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Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Project Manager Ruth Indrick has developed Maine-focused climate change curriculum. Shared with students at Georgetown Central School and Bath Middle School over the past two years, the curriculum combines in-classroom presentations with hands-on field work. KELT strives to create opportunities to engage local youth to actively learn about local environmental issues and to value the land and water resources of the Kennebec Estuary.

Steve Jones

University of New Hampshire
Jackson Estuarine Lab
Durham, NH 03824
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Steve Jones is a research associate professor at UNH with over 25 years of experience researching sources and fate of bacterial pollution and natural pathogens at beaches and in shellfish in the New England region. He often works with towns in Maine to help them solve pollution problems. He is currently an investigator on a large, two state (ME & NH) project called safe Beaches Safe Shellfish.

Keri Kaczor

Maine Healthy Beaches Program
UMaine Cooperative Extension
377 Manktown Rd. Waldoboro, ME. 04572
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Keri Kaczor coordinates the Maine Healthy Beaches Program and is a member of the Marine Extension Team, a collaboration of Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension, providing educational and applied research programs in coastal community development, ecosystem health, fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism. Keri has a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Marine Policy. For the past 12 years she has worked in Maine on environmental monitoring, science literacy and stewardship projects.

Abigail Kaminski

University of Maine
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Becky Kolak

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
PO Box 1128
Bath, ME 04530
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Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Education Coordinator, Becky Kolak has developed Maine-focused climate change curriculum. Shared with students at Georgetown Central School and Bath Middle School over the past two years, the curriculum combines in-classroom presentations with hands-on field work. KELT strives to create opportunities to engage local youth to actively learn about local environmental issues and to value the land and water resources of the Kennebec Estuary.

Hilary Krapf

Maine Seaweed Festival
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Hilary Krapf is creator of The Maine Seaweed Festival, a seaweed enthusiast, entrepreneur, health educator, healer, writer and advocate for all things seaweed.

Ben Leoni

Curtis Thaxter, LLC
PO Box 7320
Portland, ME 04112-7320
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Ben Leoni is an attorney at Curtis Thaxter LLC with a strong interest in land use conflict resolution. He has previously presented before audiences on the topic of beach use conflict resolution and has authored a peer-reviewed article on creating processes for land use conflicts. He has represented beachfront owners in Phippsburg, Harpswell, Scarborough, Kennebunkport and York regarding beach use issues from environmental permitting to public use.

Leeanne Libby

LeeAnna Libby, is the Wastewater Manager for the Great Salt Bay Sanitary District, she began her career with the District in 1987. She holds licenses in Wastewater and Water Treatment and now oversees the operations, of two treatment facilities; in Damariscotta, Newcastle and Nobleboro, ME.

Matthew Lutkus

Matthew Lutkus has served as Damariscotta Town Manager since 2012. Previously he held positions with City of Westminster, CO between 1980 and 2012 that culminated as Deputy City Manager. Prior to this, he worked with the Cities of Kansas City, MO and West Hartford, CT. He holds a Master of Public Adminstration degree from University of Connecticut.

Brian Marcaurelle

Maine Island Trail Association
As Program Director for the Maine Island Trail Association, Brian oversees MITA’s strategic partnerships with private landowners, land trusts, education nonprofits and government agencies.He serves on the board of the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and the Maine Trails Advisory Committee.He has a MS degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA in biology and environmental studies from Bowdoin College.

Bridie McGreavy

University of Maine
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Anthony R. Mignone, Jr.

National Weather Service, Caribou Maine
810 Main Street
Caribou ME, 04736
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Anthony Mignone, Jr. is the Marine team leader at the National Weather Service Office in Caribou Maine. His specialty deals with ocean waves and their interaction with the shore. Much his work involves the analysis of wave systems from the fetch area in which they originate, along their transit to the coastline, and finally their interaction with infrastructure on the shore. He attempts to combine weather analysis, wave analysis, and coastal engineering.

Jeremy Miller

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
342 Laudholm Farm Road
Wells Maine 04090
207-646-1555 ext.122
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Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Jeremy Miller coordinates the System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. SWMP focuses on long term monitoring of water quality, nutrient, and weather data within our two estuaries here in Wells. He also oversees the Ichthyoplankton (larval fish) monitoring project that looks at the distribution and diversity of larval fishes in our estuary. Jeremy also manages the research lab and assists with a number of projects and outreach efforts of the Wells Reserve.

Laura Minich Zitske

Maine Audubon
20 Gilsland Farm Rd
Falmouth ME
207-781-2330 x226
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Laura Minich Zitske a wildlife ecologist at Maine Audubon and the director of Piping Plover and Least Tern Recovery Project.

Lorraine Morris

Bureau of Public Health
194 McKnown Pt Rd., West Boothbay Harbor
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Lorraine Morris has been working for the Shellfish Growing Area Program for 5 years. A very large part of her position is leading a team of Marine Resource Specialist in conducting shoreline surveys.

Dave Murphy

David Murphy, P.E., CFM is a senior hydrologist, engineer, and planner with Milone & MacBroom, Inc. Mr. Murphy holds degrees in geology and hydrology, and is a licensed professional engineer and certified floodplain manager (CFM) with over 20 years of experience in consulting. He oversees hazard mitigation and coastal resilience planning at Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

Monique Myers

California Sea Grant
Marine Science Institute
University of CA Santa Barbara
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Monique Myers is a California Sea Grant Specialist working at the Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara. She leads a project called the Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem vulnerability Assessment and led the development of a website titled “Explore Beach Ecosystems.”

Jim Nadeau

Nadeau Land Surveys
918 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 878-7870
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As a professional land surveyor, and realtor, with three National Flood Insurance Program designations, Jim Nadeau is greatly involved in floodplain management, both as a consultant and an educator. Nadeau Land Surveys provides services that help property owners resolve floodplain and insurance issues, and to better understand their risk and make more informed real estate and land use decisions.

Caroline Noblet

University of Maine
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Kate O’Brien

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
321 Port Road
Wells, ME 04090
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Kate O’Brien is Wildlife Biologist at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Kate holds a Master’s of Wildlife Ecology from the Yale School of Forestry, and has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts. She has been employed in the field of wildlife ecology and conservation for twenty years and has overseen the biological program at Rachel Carson NWR for over 12 years. Before working for Refuges she worked as a seasonal employee for National Marine Fisheries, Ecological Services, Army Corps of Engineers, as well as for an environmental law firm.

George Parker

John Peckenham

University of Maine
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Valerie Pendleton

Harward Center for Community Partnerships
Bates College
161 Wood Street
Lewiston, ME, 04240
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Having lived in Dayton, Maine for her entire life and spent the majority of her summers as a child in Camp Ellis, Maine, Valerie Pendleton has developed a strong connection with the coast of Maine. Having spent so much time along the coast and currently studying at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, she has found herself gaining a new set of knowledge and analytical skills in courses, such as Ecopsychology, and has applied these skills to her connection to the Southern Maine coastline. Having witnessed the effects of sea level rise both as a child raised along the coastline and as a young adult working as a beach lifeguard at Bay View Beach, she plans on using this personal experience in order to address the severity of sea level rise and its connection to psychological distress in her home town.

Travis Pryor

Sarah Redmond

PO Box 174
Sullivan, ME 04664

Sarah Redmond is a Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent, providing education, outreach, and research for Maine seaweeds, with a focus on seaweed aquaculture.

Steven Reynolds

Marybeth Richardson

Maine DEP
312 Canco Rd
Portland, ME 04103
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Marybeth Richardson is the Regional Licensing and Compliance Manager in the DEP’s Southern Maine Regional Office in Portland. She has been with the DEP for over 20 years, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University.

Shannon Rogers

Plymouth State University
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Avinash Rude

University of Maine
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Deane Rykerson

Maine State House District 1
1 Salt Marsh Ln
Kittery Point, ME 03905
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Rep. Deane Rykerson is serving his second term in the House of Representatives and serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. He attended the Boston Architectural College and earned a bachelor’s of architecture degree. After receiving a master of design studies degree at Harvard University, he started his architectural firm, Rykerson Architecture.

Sue Schaller

Bar Mills Ecological
71 Main St, Buxton, ME 04093
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Sue Schaller is a Wetlands & Wildlife Biologist and have worked on coastal habitat management issues for the past 15 years. She holds a Masters in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation from U. Mass – Amherst.

Sophia Scott

Plymouth State University
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Laura Sewall

Harward Center for Community Partnerships
Bates College
161 Wood Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
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Laura Sewall holds a PhD in visual psychology and neuroscience from Brown University and a Master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School. She taught ecopsychology and related courses for a decade at Prescott College in Arizona and is the author of Sight and Sensibility: The Ecopsychology of Perception (1999). She has published in a variety of academic journals, magazines and collected works. Laura’s work recently appeared in Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (MIT Press, 2012). As the Director of Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and the Bates College Coastal Center at Shortridge, she works with students in a variety of settings, and on a variety of projects. Laura serves on the editorial board of the Natural History Network.

Personal Statement: I have long been engaged in both psychological inquiry and environmental work. In psychology, I primarily explored the interface between visual perception, attention and neural plasticity—all in the interest of human sensory potential. I worked in this arena as a scientist, educator and author before turning toward environmental policy, law and action. I am currently working on a second book, entitled Not Yet Seen, with the intent of integrating this range of experience, particularly with reference to climate and water.

Amanda Shearin

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
284 State Street
41 SHS Augusta, ME 04330
207-287-5260; 592-4967
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Amanda Shearin is the Beginning with Habitat Coordinator and Wildlife Planner at MDIFW. Prior to joining the Department, she worked on multiple natural resource issues in Maine and New England including wildlife and transportation conflicts, vernal pool and wetland ecology, fishless lakes, sustainable agriculture, and cetacean ecology. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, M.S. in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, and Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

Bob Sherman

A retired COO of a public company, Bob and wife Carol left Texas and California to move permanently to Goose Rocks Beach in 2011. Carol has spent a part of every summer of her life at Goose Rocks and Bob has joined her at the beach nearly every year since 1966. With a fundamental belief that GRB is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Bob and Carol share a core belief on applying Practical Wisdom to solve issues related to beach use. Bob was a member of the group who drafted the Beach Use Agreement, and has served as Chairman of the Beach Advisory Committee since the BAC was formed in December 2012.

Tin Smith

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
342 Laudholm Farm Road
Wells ME 04090
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207-646-1555 x 119

Tin Smith is part of a team at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve that works to involve landowners, municipalities, land trusts, and watershed coalitions in maintaining and restoring coastal watersheds through research, education, and stewardship. In 2014 he led a group of municipal officials and residents from three Maine towns to visit coastal communities in New Jersey to experience the impact and recovery from Hurricane Sandy and bring those lessons back. This spring he assisted in the development of a disaster response plan for the natural resources of the Reserve.

David Sturm

Mainely Physics, Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Maine
5709 Bennett Hall
Orono ME 04469-5709
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Education and Outreach, UMaine Physics and Astronomy

David Sturm has been travelling around the state as the Mainely Physics Road Show for ten years. He has been teaching and demonstrating physical science concepts using apparatus for thirty years, at all levels K to gray. Dr. Sturm is active nationally in the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the Physics Instructional Resource Association.

Amy K. Tchao

Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon
84 Marginal Way Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480
(207) 772-1941
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Drummond Woodsum

Amy Tchao is an attorney at Drummond Woodsum who has practiced in the areas of municipal and land use law for over twenty years. She is currently the chair of our firm’s municipal law group, which represents the towns of Kennebunkport, Falmouth, Harpswell, Rockport, Bridgton, Sebago, Buxton and North Berwick. Along with other members of the trial team, she had represented the Town of Kennebunkport in the Almeder litigation over the extent of public recreational rights on Goose Rocks Beach, which remains pending to date. She has also participated on the Town’s behalf in negotiating the partial settlement of this case with more than half the beachfront owners on Goose Rocks Beach, resulting in the beach use ordinance and management scheme that exists on the Beach today.

David Tibbets

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
321 Port Road, Wells ME 04090
Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

David Tibbets is the invasive plant coordinator at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine where he has been for the past 10 years. His work involves managing different invasive plant species through manual and biological control methods, as well as public outreach and education projects.

Erin Urqhart

William R. Walsh, III

Walsh Engineering Associates, Inc.
One Karen Drive, Westbrook, ME
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Walsh Engineering

William R. Walsh, III, PE is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maine, NH and MA. He has been practicing engineering and completing permitting for his clients for over 25 years.

Dongmei Xie

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall Room 308
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5711
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Ms. Dongmei Xie is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Zou at University of Maine. She received B.S and Master degrees from Hehai University, China.

Fuyu Xu

University of Maine
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Brad Zitske

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
358 Shaker Road
Gray, ME 04039
207.657.2345 Ext. 109
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Brad Zitske is a regional wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife based in southern Maine. His duties are widespread and include endangered and game species management, wildlife surveys, providing technical assistance to various stakeholders, and assisting with the implementation of MDIFW’s environmental review program, with primary responsibilities to review permit applications filed under state, federal, and local regulatory jurisdictions. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and a M.S. in Forestry and Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick.

Qingping Zou

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
5711 Boardman Hall Room 308
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5711
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Professor Zou has over 15 years research experience in ocean waves, coastal flooding and erosion, wave interactions with structures and vegetation, coastal impacts of extreme storms, sediment transport, marine renewable energy and aquaculture. She published over 70 refereed papers including 38 journal publications. Since 2003, she has obtained over $3 million in research grants from sponsors including NSF, NOAA, NERC (UK’s equivalent of NSF) and other funding agencies. She has supervised 10 PhD students and 5 post doctoral candidates.