Member Biographies

Robert A. Foley, Wells, Chair -- 1 st Term

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Mr. Foley, a 35-year veteran of the insurance industry, is currently employed as an agent and partner at Cole Harrison Agency in Kennebunk. A native of Kittery, Mr. Foley has been a resident of Wells since 1977, where he has been actively involved in town government. He served on the Wells Board of Selectmen from 1992-2003, and again from 2009 to the present, including seven years as Chairman. He has also served on the Town of Wells Charter Commission, the Comprehensive Planning Committee, the Harbor Advisory Committee and as the town’s representative on the Wells Reserve Management Authority at the Wells National Estuary Research Reserve. Mr. Foley has a strong interest in coastal issues and is the founder of Save Our Shores-Maine and the Maine Coastal Coalition. Mr. Foley served on the State of Maine Beaches Committee from 2006-2008. He also serves as a Trustee to York Hospital. Mr. Foley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine. He was appointed to the Board by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2011. Governor LePage appointed Mr. Foley Board Chair in 2012.

 

Alvin K. Ahlers, North Yarmouth –- 1 st Term

photo of Alvin AhlersMr. Ahlers is a retired Registered Professional Engineer, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine. He served as Environmental Manager for Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation in South Portland from 1993 to 2004 where he was responsible for managing environmental compliance for the facility and was an active member of Maine DEP's Environmental Leadership program for Fairchild. Prior to joining Fairchild, Mr. Ahlers was employed by ABB Environmental Services (formerly E.C. Jordan Co) of Portland where, among other things, he managed the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties, developed programs for the management of underground storage tanks, and performed process design engineering for a variety of clients. Since retiring he has been active in town government, currently serving on the Town of North Yarmouth Budget Committee and on the town's Economic and Sustainability Committee. He was appointed to the Board by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2011.

 

Tom Eastler, Farmington -– 1 st Term

photo of Tom EastlerDr. Eastler is a Professor of Environmental Geology at the University of Maine Farmington. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his masters and doctorate degrees in Geology from Columbia University. His research interests include terrain analysis, remote sensing, and fuel and non-fuel mineral resource depletion. Dr. Eastler has devoted much of his professional career to teaching and has mentored many aspiring geologists. His teaching interests include: environmental geology, earth history, stratigraphy/sedimentation, structural geology, geographic information systems and remote sensing of terrain. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Eastler has served as a consultant to a number of entities including Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in California and Raytheon UTD in Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America (GSA), and is a recipient of the GSA's E.B. Burwell, Jr. Award in Recognition of Distinguished Contribution to Engineering Geology. Dr. Eastler is a retired Colonel U. S. Air Force Reserves with 30 years of service. Prior gubernatorial appointments include service on the Maine Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority as a member (1987-1998) and Chairman (1995-1998). Dr. Eastler also serves as Chairman of the Sandy River Watershed Association and is a former member of the Farmington Conservation Committee and a present member of the Farmington Planning Board. In addition to numerous publications on geologic topics, Dr. Eastler is the author of two books on Racewalking. Dr. Eastler is married with three adult children and resides on his farm in Farmington. He was appointed to the Board by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2012.

 

Richard Gould, Greenville -- 2nd Term

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Mr. Gould is a retired high school teacher and former State Legislator with a long history of service to his community and the state. During his 22-year career as a high school teacher, Mr. Gould taught government and history in the Greenville school system, and served as the vocational education director for the towns of Greenville and Jackman. Mr. Gould was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, serving five terms from 1986 to 1996. During his tenure in the Legislature, Mr. Gould was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, including a term as co-chair of the Committee. After leaving the State House, Mr. Gould was employed by Great Northern Paper as the company's legislative liaison, working with natural resource issues, policies and legislation. At the local level, Mr. Gould has been a Selectman for the Town of Greenville for over twenty years, including twelve years as Chair. He currently serves as Greenville 's Code Enforcement Officer and is in his second term on the Greenville School Committee. Mr. Gould has also worked as a wood harvester and managed a family farm. He and his wife reside in Greenville where they enjoy gardening and spending time with their grandchildren. Mr. Gould was re-appointed to the Board by former Governor John Baldacci in 2010.

 

Susan Lessard, Hampden -- 2nd Term

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Ms. Lessard is the Town Manager for the Town of Hampden and has more than 28 years of experience in local government in Maine. She has extensive experience in solid waste management issues, municipal financial management and community development. She is past president of the Maine Municipal Association, and has served on the Municipal Review Committee and the Maine Rural Development Council. Ms. Lessard previously served as Town Manager for the communities of Vinalhaven, Fayette and Livermore Falls. She has received a number of awards including the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award (2002) for development of a collaborative process for municipal review of major landfill expansion projects in Hampden, and the Maine Engineering Excellence Award (1998) and Maine Town and City Manager's Association Leadership Award (1999) for the development of an innovative alternative landfill capping plan for the town of Vinalhaven. Ms. Lessard also served on the Maine Lighthouse Selection Committee, receiving a U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation (1996) for her work on a program to transfer ownership of thirty-five Maine lighthouses from the federal government to municipalities and non-profit organizations across the state. Ms. Lessard's service to Maine communities also includes her work at Maine Tomorrow where she was involved in community planning and transportation projects. She is currently a member of the Hampden Congregational Church, Maine Town & City Manager's Association and the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. Her educational background is in public administration and engineering. Ms. Lessard has two adult sons, one who is a teacher and one a microscopy specialist at Jackson Lab. She currently resides in Hampden with her Boston terrier, Sassy. Ms. Lessard was re-appointed to the Board by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2011. Ms. Lessard served as Chair from 2008 to 2012.

 

James W. Parker, Veazie -- 1st Term

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Mr. Parker is a professional engineer, charter boat captain, and commercial lobster and ground fisherman.  Mr. Parker graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in civil engineering.  Following employment with James W. Sewall Company, he founded Civil Engineering Services, Inc. (CES, Inc.), an engineering consulting firm providing services in a variety of areas including water supply, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste management, and site development.  Mr. Parker retired from the firm in 2009, and now spends summers as a charter captain for whale and sightseeing tours on the downeast coast.  Mr. Parker has a long history of service to his community and the state including service on the Orono Veazie Water District (35 years), Sunrise County Economic Council (7 years), Washington County Development Authority, and the board of Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Science.  Mr. Parker was elected to the Maine State Legislature in 2010, serving as State Representative for District 18 in the 125th Legislature where he was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and the Special Select Committee for Regulatory Fairness and Reform.  He was recently appointed to the New England Water Pollution Control Commission by Governor LePage.  Other interests include hunting, fishing, woodworking and Little League baseball.  Mr. Parker is married with three adult children and 10 grandchildren.  He was appointed to the Board by Governor Paul R. LePage in June 2013.

 

Thomas Dobbins, Scarborough -- 1st Term

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Mr. Dobbins has extensive experience implementing state and federal environmental regulations pertaining to petroleum storage and petroleum transportation in coastal waters.  Mr. Dobbins began his professional career in the Coast Guard, inspecting U.S. and foreign vessels for compliance with federal environmental and safety laws and regulations.  Following his service in the Coast Guard, he managed Seacoast Ocean Services, an environmental firm specializing in oil spill remediation.  Mr. Dobbins joined Getty Petroleum in 1989 and Sprague Energy in 1995. He managed their deep water petroleum storage facility in South Portland from 1989 to 2007.  During this time, Mr. Dobbins served on the DEP’s stakeholder committee that developed the Department’s Chapter 600 Oil Discharge Prevention and Pollution Control Rules for Marine Oil Terminal Facilities, Transportation Pipelines and Vessels.  Mr. Dobbins continues to assist Sprague Energy managing their Port Security Grants.  Mr. Dobbins, who holds a USCG 100 ton Masters License, currently serves on the Maine State Pilot Commission, the Portland Harbor Commission, and the Portland Harbor Dredge Committee.  He is a member of the Friends of Casco Bay and a past member and director of Clean Casco Bay.  Mr. Dobbins is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.  He was appointed to the Board by Governor Paul R. LePage in March 2014.

 

 

(April 2014)