Ole Amundsen III – Executive Director
As Executive Director, Ole connects planning theory, research, and practice in his approach to regional economic development work for KVCOG. A common theme throughout Ole’s 30 years of experience has been finding ways to use market forces to achieve public benefits. In recent years, Ole has focused on helping rural communities use their natural assets such as rivers, mountains, and protected lands, to help improve their overall economic development strategy. Great ideas often require financing, and Ole has experience in providing bridge financing to support a wide range of projects including building farmers markets, community centers, trail systems and protecting special places.
Ole graduated with a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT and received his Bachelor’s degree from Colby College. Ole lives with his family and dog in Waterville. When not in the office he can be found biking, running or skiing at Quarry Road Trails or hiking in the backwoods of Maine.
Joel Greenwood is originally from Manchester, UK and came to Maine in January 2009. He has a background in municipal service, environmental improvement and housing. As the Planning Director at KVCOG he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Community Planning, including assisting with land use issues, comprehensive planning, ordinance writing, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and maintaining and utilizing the GIS system. Outside of work Joel lives with his Wife, 2 dogs, and 2 cats and enjoys working in animal rescue, hiking, and playing and listening to music.
Gabe Gauvin joined the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in November of 2019. As the Environmental Planner, Gabe provides technical assistance at both a regional and municipal level in waste stream diversion and management, environmental education, and sustainability. Gabe also operates KVCOG’s Brownfields program promoting the productive reuse of spaces currently underutilized due to contamination of some kind. Gabe received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington in Outdoor Recreation & Business with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability. His passion for sustainability and waste management sparked from an independent study on Environmental and Economic costs of Rural Maine Recreation Events. Gabe’s background as an Environmental Educator on environmental, health and economic issues in Maine and his work in operating Single Sort Recycling programs is what led him to KVCOG. When he isn’t assisting with municipal transfer station projects or working to expand rural composting operations you can find Gabe with his fiancée; on the slopes, hiking Maine’s woods, or building a campfire.
Kate Raymond - Membership and Communications Manager
Kate Raymond joined the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in December of 2019. As the Membership Coordinator, Kate is looking forward to working with each of our member communities to continue developing KVCOG’s capacity to meet this region’s changing needs. Kate’s sole priority is communication with our members to facilitate the many services KVCOG provides. Kate comes to KVCOG with more than ten years of professional non-profit, membership development, and public sector experience. Kate holds an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire, a B.A. from the University of Maine, and is a proud graduate of Cony High School. Kate is excited to join the KVCOG team and return to her roots in the Kennebec Valley.
When not in the office, Kate serves on the Board of Maine Archives and Museums, and spends much of her time volunteering for the American Legion Auxiliary, where she has been a member for more than 30 years.
Lorra-Lee Snyder – Financial Manager
Lorra-Lee has been with KVCOG snice June of 2018. She began her career with a CPA firm in Manchester, NH and gained a wide range of expertise in audits, tax compliances, and financial statement preparation. After moving back to Maine to be near family, she worked at a local firm managing client accounting needs and taxes. At KVCOG, she utilizes her talents to manage our financial and reporting needs. She is responsible for managing the audit, ensuring loan compliance, small business outreach, and much more. Lorra-Lee lives in Madison with her teenage son, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. In the summer, you can spot her driving around in her yellow convertible.
Brandy Sloan - Office Manager
Brandy is a Central Maine native and returns to KVCOG after assisting the town of Benton for seven years and working in relationship management for Key Bank for 10 years. In her last role with KVCOG, Brandy managed the daily office operations and took lead on loan portfolio client relationships. Brandy returns to the role of Office Manager and Board Liaison to streamline services.
Brandy lives in the town of Benton where she is serving in her first term as town Selectperson. She is an avid sports fan, mother of two teens, and gets out to the ocean whenever she can.
Jeff Sneddon joined the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in October 2020. As the Community and Economic Development Specialist, he is responsible for providing analytical, administrative and specialized technical work in a program of community and economic development within the Kennebec Valley region. Jeff’s role at KVCOG will include oversight and administration of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), regional technical assistance for Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), co-management of the Brownfield program and project development from planning through implementation.
Jeff comes to KVCOG with more than twenty years’ experience in economic and community development, workforce training, and business assistance. Jeff graduated from the University of West Florida with an MBA and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
Charles Tetelman – Community Planner
Charles Tetelman (he/him) joined the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in October of 2020. Charles helps regional and municipal planning efforts regarding land use, comprehensive planning, ordinance development, and GIS management and analysis. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Government from Skidmore College and recently received his Master’s in Policy, Planning, and Management from the Muskie School at USM. His interests include policy writing and analysis, applications of GIS, and implementing equitable and sustainable initiatives in planning. Charles lives in South Portland with his girlfriend and dog. Outside of KVCOG, Charles spends his time disc golfing, watching the NY Knicks, and cooking.
William Harper – Community Resilience Coordinator
William Harper is a planner working on COVID-19 recovery and resilience. After earning a BA in Sociology and working for nearly a decade in non-profit housing management, he attended USM and earned a Master’s in Policy, Planning, and Management. He is interested in regional governance, in rural planning, and in integrating spatial and data science into these fields. As a part-time student he is also pursuing a second Master’s in Spatial Informatics. When he is not at work or studying, Will enjoys hiking, biking, and tinkering in his garden with his wife in Bangor.
Robyn Stanicki – Community Resilience Coordinator
Robyn has a background in social work, policy, and research methodologies. She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Sociology and Social work, and completed Master’s programs in Human Development and Higher Education. Robyn comes to KVCOG from Dartmouth College where she focused on quality improvement in healthcare and coordinated a research study improving healthcare screenings and access to treatment for patients with substance use disorders.
Robyn serves on the working board of the Midcoast Recovery Coalition on program development and has served on the local board of the United Midcoast Charities. Robyn is passionate about social justice and equality and is involved with legislative advocacy for foster care and anti-poverty programs. At KVCOG, Robyn is excited to work with municipalities to explore new resources and solutions to help communities thrive.
Living in Belfast with her family, Robyn also enjoys an attempt at gardening and her own unfinished craft projects.