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Nancy E. Smith has lived and worked in Maine since 1981 and joined GrowSmart Maine as Executive Director in April 2010. She served four terms in the Maine State House of Representatives, representing Monmouth, Litchfield and Wales, and twenty years as a forester and working on her family's diversified livestock farm in Monmouth. She served as House Chair of the Legislative Committee on Business, Research, and Economic Development and as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. She chairs Monmouth's Main Street Committee and 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.
Mary Mayo, Development Director, was born in Maine and, with the exception of her college years in Vermont, has lived here ever since. She has worked in media since college, most recently for MPBN as VP for Development. Her move to GrowSmart Maine was inspired by her desire to participate in improving the quality of life in Mainewithout ruining that which makes it so special. She and her husband have two grown children and recently moved off of Peaks Island to a farmhouse in Bowdoinham.
Kimberly Ballard, Office Manager, joined GrowSmart Maine in July 2010. She grew up in Liberty, Maine and is a graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Though she has traveled all over the country, she keeps coming home and is constantly amazed by the beauty and strength of this state. She recently moved to a beautiful old home in Gorham with her boyfriend and two cats and is looking forward to revitalizing the house and gardens in her spare time.
Lynne Seeley is a land use planner with experience in community land use planning, environmental assessment of transportation projects, and public participation. Lynne went to Colby College, and then got her M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University. She has worked as a land use planning consultant since 1984, first in Boston, and then in Maine, where she opened and ran an office for the Boston consulting firm, Wallace, Floyd, Associates. She has recently taken time off to raise her two boys, but has been "on call" as a land use consultant for the engineering firm, Sebago Technics. In addition to her consulting work she served on the MDOT's Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) for the Portland area for 6 years; she chaired the committee in 1995. She also served on MDOT's Sensible Transportation Policy Act Study Committee. Currently she is on the Greater Portland Landmarks Middle School Urban Planning Curriculum advisory committee. She is also on the board of the Maine Audubon Society.
Evan Richert is associate research professor in the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. In this capacity he directs the Gulf of Maine Program of the Census of Marine Life, teaches graduate courses in land use planning, and is a consultant to state and local governments.
From 1995 to 2002, Evan served as Director of the Maine State Planning Office under Governor Angus S. King. Evan also chaired the cabinet-level Land and Water Resources Council, the Land for Maine's Future Board, and represented Maine on the international Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, which he chaired for two years. Prior to his appointment to the State Planning Office, Evan was co-owner and president of Market Decisions, Inc., a planning consulting firm, and was Planning Director for the City of South Portland, Maine.
He is the founding president of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System and is on the boards of directors of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the New England Forestry Foundation, and Grow Smart Maine.
Evan has a Master of Regional Planning degree from Syracuse University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.