Our Team

Dan Burgess, Director

(207) 624-7449

Dan Burgess, was appointed as the Director of the Maine Governor’s Energy Office by Governor Janet Mills in March of 2019. Prior to his return to his home state of Maine, Burgess spent eight years working in leadership roles at the Massachusetts at the Department of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Burgess has a business degree from the University of Maine Orono and a masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University.

Celina Cunningham, Deputy Director

(207) 530-0366

Celina Cunningham serves as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Energy Office in Maine. Before joining GEO, Celina most recently was Vice President/Chief of Staff at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where she worked on overarching strategy and policy for the solar industry. Before joining SEIA, Celina spent a decade in public service at the federal level handling energy and environmental issues, including in the U.S. Department of the Interior and as staff in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lisa J. Smith, Senior Planner

(207) 557-4439

Lisa Smith has served as Senior Planner for the Maine Governor’s Energy Office since 2012.  She has performed various roles for the office, including federal grant project management and administration;  energy planning and policy analysis; facilitation of and participation in numerous advisory boards and working groups on energy issues such as heat pumps, electric vehicles, biomass, and delivered fuels; and monitoring legislative and regulatory activity.  She also maintains the heating fuel price database and is the primary contact on delivered fuels issues.  Lisa’s educational background is in energy and environmental science, policy and economics.

Melissa Winne, Energy Policy Analyst

(207) 530-7376

Melissa Winne currently serves the Maine Governor’s Energy Office as an Energy Policy Analyst, researching and tracking legislative and regulatory energy policies, and assisting on a variety of clean energy initiatives. Melissa previously served as Executive Director of the business and economic development nonprofit organization, the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), championing the energy, environmental, and cleantech sectors. She has engaged with numerous businesses, organizations, and individuals across Maine, as well as regional and national organizations, on economic development, cleantech innovation, energy policy, and public education.