ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL OF MAINE

Staff

Jeff Marks, Executive Director        

Jeff is Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech). Before joining E2Tech, Jeff was Deputy Director of the Maine Governor’s Energy Office where he advised the Governor, Legislature and State agencies on energy policy options, development and implementation; participated in Legislative hearings and work sessions, on boards and committees and before constituents, businesses, non-profits and federal and local government officials; managed the State Energy Program; and provided policy, financing and technical support for businesses, non-profits and government entities.

Prior to his state service, Jeff was Director, Energy & Environmental, Health and Safety Policy and managed government relations’ activities for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Washington, DC. He served as the political and policy liaison for Carrier (heating, air conditioning, refrigeration); Hamilton Sundstrand (aerospace, industrial products); Otis (elevators); Pratt & Whitney (aircraft engines, power systems); Sikorsky (helicopters); UTC Fire& Security (fire protection, security systems); UTC Power (fuel cells, renewable energy); and UTRC (research and development). Jeff served on the Alliance to Save Energy, Business Roundtable, International Climate Change Partnership, National Energy Resources Organization, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and U.S. Chamber of Commerce while in DC.

Jeff worked with the National Association of Manufactures on behalf of leading large, mid-sized and small companies in the chemical, electric utility, forest and paper, petroleum, iron and steel, cement, renewable energy, coal and other industries. He has also worked on all levels of government in various political and policy positions – with a city manager, a state senate president, a state attorney general and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. He later served under the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), a delegation of elected and appointed leaders from all levels of government.

Jeff received his BA in political science from the University of Southern Maine and his MPA from the University of Southern California. He also received his JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. When Jeff isn’t road tripping and hiking through Maine’s woods and mountains and along the coast, he’s traveling in or planning trips to international destinations like Southeast Asia, South America and the EU. His love of travel is rivaled only by his appreciation for food, and the two often intermix!


Melissa Winne, Project Associate

Melissa is E2Tech’s Project Associate, providing research assistance for various projects, cleantech database development, membership management, website support, social media marketing, and event planning. Prior to this position, she spent three months interning with E2Tech as a Research Assistant.

Growing up in Upstate New York, Melissa quickly developed a love and appreciation of the outdoors. In 2014 she graduated with departmental honors and scholar recognition from Union College (Schenectady, New York) with a BA in Environmental Policy. While studying at Union, she obtained an internship opportunity with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, gaining knowledge and experience regarding the process of writing, passing, and monitoring environmental policies. Melissa also studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand, visiting some of the most astounding places on Earth. Here she studied marine biology, terrestrial ecology, sustainability, and renewable energy production.

While trying to explore as much of beautiful Maine as possible, Melissa enjoys hiking, kayaking, and yoga, as well as spending valued time with her family and friends. She is excited to continue the amazing work and support that E2Tech provides.



Brianna Courneya, Graphic & Web Design Consultant

Brianna is a consultant with E2Tech and prior to this position she was E2Tech's Project Associate. In her current role, Brianna provides the organization with the design of promotional materials.

Brianna is originally from Bedford, Nova Scotia, and is a graduate of Acadia University with a BA in Political Science and Psychology. After college and several wonderful summers working at Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine, she moved to Portland. While in Maine, Brianna worked as an Americorps member at the Maine Women’s Fund where she later became their Outreach Coordinator. More recently, Brianna worked overseeing programs at STRIVE, a local nonprofit that serves young adults with developmental disabilities. Brianna currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she works for a non-profit and does freelance graphic and marketing work for clients in Nova Scotia and Maine.

Brianna enjoys being outside - hiking, camping, biking, and beaches - and loves good food, culture, art, adventures, friends, and family!


Cindy Talbot, Operations Director

Cindy Talbot is E2Tech’s Operations Director. In this role Cindy supports the Executive Director with providing E2Tech’s members with monthly forums and other events, and with project execution. Cindy is also the Principal of CJTalbot Services, a woman-owned business that provides freelance project support services, specializing in technical writing and editing, to environmental and energy consulting firms and government agencies. She previously held positions in marketing at L.L. Bean and managed hazardous waste site investigation projects at E.C. Jordan/ABB Environmental Services, currently AMEC, in Portland. Cindy holds a BS from the University of Maine and an MS in Hazardous Materials Management from Tufts University.

In her personal life, Cindy built a Nordic ski racing program in the Falmouth schools and coached at the middle school level for 12 years. She has also completed the Trek Across Maine 11 times and loves seeing the great State of Maine via bicycle. She enjoys gardening and then preserving the harvest by canning in the fall.


Ali Clift, E2Tech Intern (Make It In America Program)

Ali recently completed a yearlong AmeriCorps term of service at the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District in Ellsworth, Maine. In 2015, she graduated with highest honors from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida) with a BS in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. 

Ali already misses her weekly hiking adventures in Acadia National Park, but is looking forward to exploring old and new hiking grounds in Southern Maine and New Hampshire. She also enjoys biking, sailing, reading, and wildlife spotting.



Ericka Hutchinson, E2Tech Intern (USM Internship Program)

Ericka grew up in Gardiner, Maine before moving down to Portland to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, and a double minor in Chemistry and Ecology. Currently, she is in her junior year and is a member of Kappa Alpha Omicron (KAO), the international student honor society in interdisciplinary environmental science. Ericka enjoys travelling and had the opportunity to help build a hospital in the Dominican Republic.

In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, writing, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.



Leah Percy, E2Tech Intern (Make It In America Program)

Leah is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, with a degree in Geosciences and secondary classes in Biology. She was most recently a Geology teacher for a semester at a private school known as The New School, where she gained first-hand experience in public speaking on geology and environmental science.

She was also a course assistant in Akumal, Mexico for a Caribbean ecosystems field study (ECOFS). As a course assistant she had the pleasure of helping college students learn how to collect oceanographic and geo-ecological data. She conducted research on the coral reef and the factors contributing to bleaching and coral death, and helped promote the use of alternative technologies that support sustainable development of the Akumal Bay area.

In addition to her experience in geology and environmental science, Leah has been a bartender and wine representative for several years. She is very passionate about geology and environmental science, and also enjoys hiking, rock collecting, reading, knitting/crocheting, scuba diving, kayaking, yoga, and cooking.



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