Chad joined Cianbro in 2004, first working as a project engineer on several large capital projects including biomass, conventional power generation, and marine vessel conversions. Chad’s responsibilities shifted to support the growth of wind energy in our region, including development, project construction, and maintenance. Chad’s current role focuses on electric transmission construction opportunities throughout New England and mid-Atlantic regions.
Chad received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono, starting his career in the paper industry as a research and development engineer for Metso Paper in Sweden. Chad worked with international clients to improve equipment technology and product performance. After his return to North America, he continued with Metso as a product specialist and sales engineer.
Chad currently resides in Gorham with his wife and two children, and enjoys balancing many interests and hobbies that include spending time in Maine’s great outdoors.
Brooke leads the Topsham office of Stantec, an office primarily focused on applied field biology, wildlife assessments and permitting. A sociologist with a law degree, he is keenly interested in the intersection of technology, regulation and culture. He led the Maine DEP for many years, and served as Governor King’s Chief Legal Counsel...but prefers to do construction work. He is actively engaged in the development and permitting of most of Maine’s wind projects.
Laney works with clients to provide guidance and strategy on the changing energy industry. In this role, she is supporting the development of REVConnect, a platform to support collaboration between NY utilities and innovative startups. Laney was recognized as a top national Smart Grid Professional by IntelligentUtility Magazine, and a Smart Grid Pioneer by Smart Grid Today. Most recently Laney has been selected as a member of NY State Energy R&D Agency's Grid Modernization Advisory Committee and the US Department of Energy's Electricity Advisor Committee (EAC).
John Carroll has served as Director of Communications for Iberdrola USA since 2013 where he has responsibility for internal and external communications, brand, reputation and social responsibility. In 2002 he joined Central Maine Power; one of Iberdrola USA’s operating companies where he served as Manager, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.
Before that, John spent 10 years in corporate communications and charitable foundation work with UNUM. His long-time involvement in land use planning and permitting includes 5 years as a site development coordinator with an architectural firm in Portland. On the civic side, he spent nine years on the Portland Planning Board (2 as chairman); six years on the Casco Bay Island Transit District Board of Directors; six years on PACTS planning committees for regional traffic planning and alternative modes transportation planning; 3 years on the Board of Directors for the KIDS Consortium, and 9 years on the Board of Directors of the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (on Peaks).
John has his BA from Vassar College and is currently completing final work on an MBA from Husson University. He is a resident of Peaks Island.
A principal with Sevee & Maher Engineers (SME), Erik is a geologist with 25 years of experience in geologic investigations specializing in hydrogeology, geochemistry, sediment transport, and geotechnical issues. He has supervised and conducted regional and international research projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Geological Survey, and has instructed university courses in Field Geology, Hydrogeology, Geomorphology, and Computer Simulation of Hydrogeologic Systems.
Since joining SME in 1998, Erik has managed and conducted numerous environmental and hydrogeologic investigations involving groundwater and soil chemical characterization, isotropic tracing of groundwater source areas, and hydrogeologic and contaminant transport modeling for many manufacturers and solid waste facilities throughout Maine.
He is a leading expert on PCB Remediation under TSCA as well as RCRA Facility Assessments, Investigations and Remediation, and has worked on numerous sites in the RCRA 2020 Program.
He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in geology from the University of Vermont.
Patrick Coughlin, Chair
Patrick Coughlin is a Principal of St.Germain Collins and as Director of Sentry EHS he leads operations and ongoing development of Sentry EHS, a cloud-based compliance software. Patrick works with a team of talented scientists, engineers and technology professionals to strengthen existing partnerships with clients and seek out new relationships. His expertise over several decades includes comprehensive compliance systems, permitting and design of energy and solid waste facilities, environmental site restoration, and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining St.Germain Collins in 2002, Mr. Coughlin was employed in environmental compliance, public affairs, and decommissioning waste management at the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company in Wiscasset, Maine; as a mobile environmental lab manager with Transwest Geochem in Arizona; and as a high school chemistry/middle school science teacher at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.
Phil Coupe is a managing partner and co-founder of ReVision Energy, a certified B Corp and the largest solar energy company in northern New England with more than 6,000 systems placed in service in ME, NH, and MA since 2003. Prior to leading the startup of ReVision Energy's southern Maine and New Hampshire operations, Coupe was co-founder and director of corporate philanthropy at a startup in Washington, DC that twice made the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in America. The company received numerous awards for its commitment to serving disadvantaged children and for its environmental initiatives, underscoring Coupe's philosophy that business can be utilized to create maximum positive impact for people and the planet while also delivering strong financial results. In 1999 he became involved with the Big Brother/ Big Sister program and continues to work with his original match. In addition to his long-time service at E2Tech, he is also on the boards of the Conservation Law Foundation and Envision Maine, and is on the steering committee of Maine Audubon's Corporate Partner Program.
David is responsible for the engineering and construction activities associated with First Wind’s projects in the Eastern U.S. His group of project managers and construction managers provide the resident expertise to advance projects from the early development phases to commercial operation with a focus on managing the work of engineers and contractors to construct utility-scale wind energy projects. He draws on his 30-plus years of experience in project management, environmental controls and management, and permitting for industry and electric utilities.
Thomas R. Eschner
Tom has been involved in energy development, contaminant geology and hydrogeology, and water resources for more than 35 years. He is a senior project manager with expertise managing both large, complex energy-infrastructure projects and multi-media site investigation and remediation projects. As a consultant, he has been involved in the planning and management of FERC and state permit applications, including all associated field surveys, data interpretation, agency coordination, public outreach, and report preparation. He has served as site manager for investigations, feasibility studies, and remedial actions under various federal and state programs.
In addition, Tom served as Managing Director for a European environmental consulting services firm in Wiesbaden, Germany and has provided environmental insurance settlement and litigation support, and implemented and managed the development of environmental management systems. Prior to consulting, Tom worked in private industry and for the federal government. He served as a petroleum exploration geologist in the Gulf Coast region, and as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
William V. Ferdinand, Jr.
Bill is an attorney with Eaton Peabody who focuses his legal practice on environmental and land use law. He also leads the legislative lobbying team for the firm, representing a wide variety of clients in the Maine Legislature, from multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals.
Prior to joining Eaton Peabody, Bill was on the staff of the State Planning Office where he advised the Maine Legislature and state agencies on environmental and economic development policy. Bill is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Tulane University Law School. He continued his education by earning a Masters of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. He is a member of the Bar in the States of Maine and Connecticut.
John M. Ferland
John M. Ferland leads ORPC’s project development, environmental permitting and project licensing activities. John draws on over 30 years of experience in commercialization strategy for renewable energy companies, port emergency response operations, coastal resources management, and public policy. He has served as CEO of an oil spill response company which he led through the clean up of the largest oil spill ever to occur in Portland, Maine’s harbor in 1996, counseled numerous startups as director of a technology entrepreneur incubation program, and was the founding president of E2Tech. John has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island.
James E. (Jay) Graves, Professor and Dean
Jay is Professor of Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences and Dean of the College of Science, Technology, and Health at the University of Southern Maine. He previously served as Professor and Dean of the College of Health at the University of Utah and Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Budget and Research in the School of Education at Syracuse University. Jay is former Chair of the Exercise Science Department at Syracuse and held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the State University of NY Upstate Medical University. He also assisted in the development of the Center for Exercise Science, located in the Colleges of Medicine and Health and Human Performance, at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Dr. Graves' research interests and experience include the influence of physical activity on aging and the prescription of resistaince training for the prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic problems including, but not limited to, low-back pain. In his spare time Jay enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving, playing chess and drums, and spending time with his family.
Jim advises public and private clients in the areas of municipal, land use, zoning and planning, environmental and administrative law. His environmental work has included municipal landfill, uncontrolled hazardous substance site and Superfund site closures; voluntary response action program approvals; waste-to-energy facility and water and sewer district representation; and establishment of the governance structure for and representation of the Long Creek Watershed Management District – a novel collaborative effort to restore an urban impaired stream. Before joining Perkins Thompson, Jim was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Maine Municipal Association; he previously was a director in a Portland law firm and an Associate Corporation Counsel for the City of Portland. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and of the University of Maine School of Law.
As a member of one of the first graduating classes from the University of Southern Maine’s Environmental Science and Policy program, Becky joined Vortechnics, a leading stormwater treatment product provider, with a dual role in product testing and marketing. When the company was acquired by CONTECH, Becky was promoted to Marketing Manager for the entire stormwater product offering. Becky went on to lead marketing at The Baker Company, manufacturer of air containment technologies, located in Sanford, Maine, and Fluid Imaging Technologies, developers of the FlowCam, located in Scarborough, Maine. Currently Becky is managing marketing at Sage Data Security, an independent information security firm headquartered in Portland, Maine.
John has a 20-year career in sustainability working internationally helping progressive companies engage employees, supply chains, and other stakeholders in matters of sustainability and risks related to climate change. In 2003, he founded the sustainability consulting firm The SOAP Group. In 2014, he co-founded the sustainability software company Rapport- a platform with the mission of democratizing sustainability for millions of small and mid-sized organizations (business and municipal) around the globe. He is passionate about the intersection of technology, sustainability, and culture.
Tim Soley, a 1984 graduate from Wesleyan University, established East Brown Cow Management in 1989 and has owned and operated the business ever since. The company’s commercial portfolio includes approximately one million square feet of office, retail, flex space, structured parking and land in the Greater Portland area. Tim has spent time modernizing the infrastructure of his older, historic buildings, making sure that they remain vital elements in their neighborhood while focusing on energy efficiency alternatives. With his newer, non-historic structures, Tim strives to bring these buildings to very high standards and maintain them accordingly.
Tim’s company, East Brown Cow, has earned a reputation for providing first-class service to its tenants and for its commitment to the neighborhood where its properties are located. Tim’s newest development project is a Hyatt Place Hotel. The hotel stands at 7-stories, 80,000 sq. feet, in the heart of the Old Port.
Michael is the first Executive Director of the Efficiency Maine Trust, a position he started in 2010. The Trust’s mission is to help Maine consumers meet their energy needs at the lowest cost through the design and implementation of market-based energy efficiency and alternative energy programs.
Before coming to the Trust, Michael was Senior Counsel at ENE, a non-profit research and advocacy group that specializes in climate and energy policy. He was ENE’s lead energy advocate in Maine, where he worked on the legislation regarding Maine’s involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, reforming Maine’s building energy codes, and restructuring Maine’s administration of energy efficiency programs. Prior to working at ENE, Michael was the Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Election Commission in Washington and worked for 6 years in international development work at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), traveling across South America and Africa. Michael was appointed to the Maine Energy Conservation Board and also to the Governor’s Emergency Energy Task Force. Michael testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, on “Solutions to Cope with the Rise in Heating Oil Prices.” He also served on the Environmental Technology Advisory Board of the Maine Institute of Technology. Michael holds degrees from Williams College and the University of Maine School of Law. Originally from Brunswick, Michael now resides in Portland.
Elizabeth W. Swain
Elizabeth Swain specializes in environmental permitting and communications. She is a registered professional forester and her consulting practice concentrates primarily on energy and natural resource-related issues. Elizabeth has extensive experience in managing complex public policy issues to achieve a successful outcome. Her work has focused on permitting clean energy projects, including wind, hydro, and natural gas, and providing strategic consultation and community relations on electric transmission and pipeline projects, conservation easements, comprehensive planning, transportation projects, solid waste and Superfund. She also regularly assists clients with government and media relations. A former member of the quasi-judicial Maine Land Use Regulation Commission and four-term Chair, she brings a thorough understanding of regulatory decision-making to each project.
Jeff Thaler is the University of Maine’s first Visiting Professor of Energy Policy, Law & Ethics, is a Visiting Associate Professor at Maine Law School, and also serves as Associate University Counsel. Jeff has been permitting counsel for on- and off-shore wind projects, hydro power and wood-to-biofuel facilities, as well as many other commercial development projects. For many years, Jeff has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in environmental and natural resources law, commercial litigation and appellate law, and by Chambers USA for both his environmental and litigation practices; and, by New England Super Lawyers for his environmental work.
Sarah advises energy generation facilities and industrial and large commercial energy users with respect to energy and regulatory issues and due diligence matters. Sarah also represents electric, natural gas, and telecommunications utilities before state regulatory entities. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Sarah worked as a staff attorney with the Maine Public Utilities Commission in the Legal and the Electricity and Gas Division.
Sarah became Chair of the E2Tech Programming Committee in 2018.
Sarah Watts is a Managing Environmental Scientist and Operations Manager for the Portland, Maine office of Tetra Tech. Sarah has worked professionally in Maine as an environmental consultant since 2000, and has been an E2Tech member since 2013. In her current position, Sarah oversees a group of 20 biologists, natural resource scientists, and planners, who primarily support project work in renewable and conventional energy generation and transmission, with the Department of Defense, and with various state agencies and local engineering firms. Sarah has been a member of the E2Tech Marketing and Membership Committee, and is looking forward to continuing and expanding her involvement in shaping the future direction of the organization.
Brad is Principal at Macpage LLC, an integrated accounting, consulting and tax services firm, serving clients in 36 states with offices in South Portland, Portland, Augusta, and Marlborough, MA. Brad concentrates on providing audit and compliance services to credit unions throughout New England. Brad also provides accounting, advisory and tax compliance services to small business owners with an emphasis on the manufacturing industry.
As Maine MEP’s Supply Chain Project Manager, Steve Westra is accountable for the management of the Make it in America Challenge Grant. His responsibilities include supply chain scouting, development of a supply chain capability repository, and supply chain information dissemination to targeted industries which includes aerospace, advanced composites and materials, biotechnology, and renewable energy industries.
Prior to working for Maine MEP, Steve was an executive and training leader for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He worked previously for Maine MEP as a project manager and for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) as a development officer.
Steve is a graduate of Tufts University with a Master's degree in urban and environmental planning, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in English and journalism. He received Six Sigma Training at Villanova University, as well as Supply Chain Strategy & Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Steve is involved in volunteer efforts, tutoring refugees in Portland.
Paul is the primary contact for Downeast Wind with Apex Clean Energy. Paul joined Apex in 2015 and manages its projects in Maine and other areas of New England. Paul is a native resident of Maine and has worked in the wind industry since 2008. His prior experience includes seeking economic growth areas for companies and employees through the nonprofit Maine and Ocean Wind Industry Initiative and working with Maine's workforce and economic development systems to enhance economic and employment development for boat builders and advanced composites material companies.