MARTY GROHMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Martin Grohman holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer and is certified as a LEED(R) AP. He is a former State Representative, where he was a member of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. Grohman co-founded DuraLife Decking, a composite decking manufacturing company that continues to operate and grow in Biddeford (the joke is it's doing better without him :). After the company's acquisition, Grohman served as Director of Sustainability for GAF, North America's largest roofing manufacturer, developing initiatives such as roofing recycling and the company's Zero-Waste-to-Landfill effort, as well as building networks with national organizations such as the US Green Building Council. He is on the board of Maine Philanthropy Center, Portland Chamber Music Fest, and is a member of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club.
Marty grew up in Carthage, Maine, where his family still runs a small farm keeping Jersey cows. He and his wife Amy and their two children live in Biddeford. Amy works for telecommunications leader Tilson Technology of Portland.
RYLEE EWALD, CLEAN TECH POLICY & PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
Rylee Ewald is a recent graduate from St. Lawrence University with a dual degree in English and Environmental Studies. She moved to Maine soon after graduation to explore career opportunities, and eventually found the perfect fit at E2Tech. She says that her interest in the environmental and cleantech fields started with her love for outdoor recreation. She spends most of her free time hiking, camping, skiing and paddle boarding.
Rylee grew up in Cavendish, Vermont where her parents and younger brother still reside. She now lives in Portland, where she also works at Sebago Brewing Co. and helps out at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton.
DR. FRANCIS TUOKUU, CLEAN ENERGY POLICY CONSULTANT
For the past decade, Francis has been working in academia and policy consultancy. His areas of expertise are environmental and energy policy, clean energy technologies, and sustainability. Francis has worked in eight (8) different universities on three continents (Lecturer at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom (UK), Postdoctoral Fellow at York University in Canada, Postdoctoral Fellow at Keene State College, Adjunct Professor at Antioch University, Adjunct Professor at Plymouth State University, Sustainability Coordinator at Franklin Pierce University (all in the United States), Adjunct Researcher at the Robert Gordon University in the UK, and Research/Teaching Assistant at the University of Ghana.
He has provided consultancy services for various governments, communities, and international organizations including, the Government of Sierra Leone, the World Bank, the Government of South Sudan, CAMFED-Ghana, among others.
Francis has authored and co-authored several scientific papers which have appeared in prominent journals including Journal of Cleaner Production, Resources Policy, Energy Research, and Social Science, Environmental Science & Policy, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, The Extractive Industries and Society, Business and Human Rights Journal, Natural Resources Forum, Journal of Sustainable Mining, Journal of Global Responsibility, SAGE Open, Journal on Migration and Human Security, and International Journal of Energy Sector Mgt. He has published two book chapters and one co-edited book in Routledge. Francis is also a Reviewer for leading int. journals including, Resources Policy, Natural Resources Forum, Business and Society Review, among others.
He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University, New Hampshire, in the US, preceded by a double Master’s Degree: MSc. in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies from Antioch University and MSc. in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Energy from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, UK. He also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography & Resource Development with Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon.