Laura Cyr joined the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in November. After only six months, one retirement, and one new hire, KVCOG has experienced a lot of change. Laura has a background in public policy and project management with degrees from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service. Prior to joining KVCOG, she served as Special Projects Manager for the University of Maine System where she led their pre-disaster mitigation grant application with FEMA to a successful award. She also has experience in education, community advocacy, and campaign management.
In January, Laura and her fiancée Charlie bought their first house together in Vassalboro where they now spend their weekends fixing foundations and choosing paint colors while their dog Monster watches from a sunny spot. In her free time, Laura is finishing a Ph.D. in Public Policy with the Muskie School.
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 Community Planner at KVCOG he is responsible for assisting with land use issues, comprehensive planning, ordinance writing, bicycle and pedestrian planning, 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.
Ross Nason is currently the Environmental Planner for KVCOG where he assists members with various technical issues that include transfer station and recycling center planning, design and operations; household hazardous waste collections, and universal waste management. Previously, he managed municipal and regional facilities across Waldo County. Ross is active with many statewide groups including: the Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA), a 300 town municipal recycling cooperative, and Time and Tide, a resource conservation and development organization. Ross is the founding president of NAHMMA New England (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association). Ross holds B.S’ in Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine, where he also completed graduate studies in Bio-Resource Engineering and Public Administration. Ross enjoys fishing, woodworking, and hanging out with his family in the quiet farming community of Palmyra.
Nick Aschauer joined the planning team at KVCOG in December of 2018. As a member of the planning team, Nick will assist in comprehensive and transportation planning, land use planning, GIS services and demographic analysis. He believes that every planning decision has externalities, both positive and negative, and as such, requires careful thought, consideration and projection. Nick has a bachelor’s degree in economics and is pursuing a master’s degree with a focus on sustainable development. He is excited to serve a region he feels is truly special, unique, and defines quality of place. Outside of the office, Nick enjoys skiing, fishing, birding, and hiking.
Cary Tyson – Director of Community & Economic Development
Cary Tyson is the Director of Community & Economic Development for KVCOG. In this role he works with towns throughout the region on issues related to local economies, quality of place and community engagement. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration a Bachelor’s Degree in English as well as certifications in Economic Gardening, Public Sector Management and Volunteer Management. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force National Guard and currently serves as Secretary of Discover Downtown Westbrook.
Brandy Meader – Office Programmer/Administrative Assistant
Brandy Meader is the Office Programmer/Administrative Assistant for KVCOG. She is responsible for providing administrative support, project assistance, and community & outreach support. She has a background in municipal government, mortgage lending, and investment planning. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, coaching, and is a big New England Patriots fan.