Staff

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 CONTACT GPCOG: 207-774-9891

Leadership Team

Kristina Egan, Executive Director, ext. 214

Kristina provides a high-level vision and strategy for all GPCOG and PACTS regional initiatives.She has worked abroad and in the U.S. on transportation, smart growth, energy, housing, and climate initiatives and public policy. As director of Transportation for Massachusetts, Kristina forged a diverse coalition of over 50 member organizations, which worked together to create safe, convenient, climate-friendly and affordable transportation. Before joining the coalition in 2011, Kristina served as director of the South Coast Rail project for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  She was also the first director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. Kristina also served as a Freeport Town Councilor for over four years. Kristina holds a master’s degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

 

Chris Hall, General Counsel and Director of Regional Initiatives, ext. 204

Chris leads the agency’s economic and community development planning, overseeing GPCOG’s partnerships with public, private, social service and educational groups and implementing GPCOG’s new strategic regional priorities. Chris brings to GPCOG more than two decades of experience in public policy and economic development planning.Hall currently serves on several boards, including Educate Maine, Visit Portland and the USM Foundation.  He is deeply engaged in Thrive 2027, a regional collective impact project supported by the United Way of Greater Portland.  He was formerly CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he also served as Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations.  Before joining the Portland Chamber, Hall worked at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.Chris earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and B.A. from Bowdoin College.

 

 

Stephanie Carver, Planning Director, ext. 222

Stephanie oversees the agency’s planning work, and helps set the strategic direction for the department.  She is responsible for overseeing a wide range of projects that aim to improve the quality of life in Cumberland County by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment. Stephanie has worked extensively on zoning, and comprehensive and master planning projects across the region. She currently serves as the lead on several of the agency’s larger planning efforts such as developing regional priorities for improving public transportation.

Prior to joining GPCOG in 2010, Stephanie worked as a Senior Planner in Salem, Massachusetts and an Assistant Town Planner in Westford, Massachusetts.

Stephanie holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from University of New Orleans, and a B.A.  from Wheaton College.

 

 

Sara Zografos, Transportation Director, ext. 211

Sara oversees all transportation initiatives for PACTS’ 18 member municipalities in the Portland region. Her team includes PACTS transportation planners and GPCOG land-  use planners. She also works directly with member municipal and transit officials, PACTS committees and the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT).Sara worked most recently at the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA), serving on the organization’s Executive Committee. She has facilitated public meetings, understands complex environmental permitting, and knows the transportation infrastructure of the region.  Sara worked directly with PACTS in her decade of work at the MTA.

 

Sara earned her Master’s in Community Planning and Development from the University of Southern Maine and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maine.

 

Josh Kochis, CPA, Finance Director, ext 212

Josh oversees the agency’s financial accounting and reporting, and manages the operations of the organization by implementing internal controls and procedures that ensure best practices are utilized.  As a key member of the leadership team, he directs the agency’s fiscal policies and oversees office operations to ensure the assets of the agency are being utilized effectively and efficiently.

Prior to being employed at GPCOG, Josh worked as a Supervisor for Runyon Kersteen Ouellette, a CPA firm based in South Portland.  At RKO, he oversaw the performance of external audits of governmental, quasi-governmental and not-for-profit organizations, as well as the preparation of individual and corporate tax returns.  He has extensive knowledge of governmental and financial accounting and reporting standards, as well as Federal and State compliance requirements related to grant awards.

Josh received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maine and achieved his CPA credentials shortly thereafter.

 

 

Tony Plante, Municipal Collaboration Director, ext. 216

Tony leads membership services and collaborative initiatives for and with GPCOG’s member communities, developing and delivering quality work in conjunction with other agency staff, managing      GPCOG’s cooperative purchasing program, and facilitating efforts to cooperate and collaborate across the region.

Prior to joining GPCOG, Tony served for more than 20 years as town manager in Windham, participating in numerous regional initiatives with GPCOG, ecomaine, Cumberland County and the City of Portland. As Windham town manager and throughout his more than 35 years in local government, Tony has worked to improve planning, budgeting, and performance improvement efforts.

Tony has done graduate study in public administration at the University of New Hampshire, coursework in performance management through UMass Boston, and earned a bachelor’s degree in public management from the University of Maine.

 

Staff

 

Phaeng Southisombath , Planner, ext 206

 

Phaeng works with the planning team to provide project management on Land Use and Transportation projects, as well as researching, preparing reports, studies, and presentations for GPCOG’s stakeholders.Prior to joining GPCOG, Phaeng worked as a Database Coordinator at the Natural Resources Council of Maine where she managed NRCM’s member/activist database and worked on various data analysis projects.Phaeng earned her Master’s degree in Planning, Policy, and Management from the Muskie School of Public Policy at the University of Southern Maine. She received her B.S in International Business from Fresno State University

 

 

 

Abe Dailey, Data Analyst, ext. 209

Abe provides geospatial and statistical analysis, economic modeling, data visualization and data management support to planning and transportation projects at GPCOG. His expertise is used in comprehensive planning, transportation assessment and regional assessments for land use and environmental policy. Abe has worked as a volunteer with the Presumpscot River Watch, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. He’s also served as a survey researcher for the New England Sustainability Consortium. Abe received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern Maine and Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service.

 

 

 

 

Victoria Pelletier , Office Manager ext 219

Tori works as the Office Manager of GPCOG, providing assistance to staff members and facilitating various agency operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the State University of New York at Albany, and has several years of writing and editing experience. She takes the lead at GPCOG in the planning and execution of numerous events.

 

 

 

 

Rick Harbison, AICP, Senior Planner, ext 213

Rick provides technical assistance in land use and transportation planning to GPCOG’s municipalities and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS), with special emphasis in GIS mapping and data services.  He is currently overseeing the development of GPCOG’s Data Center and Open Data Hub, both web portals for displaying and sharing community-based information.

Rick is also FAA certified to fly drones to capture aerial imagery and video for GPCOG municipalities.

Rick is a graduate of the Community Planning and Development Master’s Program from the Muskie School of Public Service, with a concentration in Economic Development. He also has a B.A. in Anthropology from Colby College. He holds a Certificate in Applied GIS from the University of Southern Maine, as well as a Certificate in GIS from Penn State University.

 

Zoe Miller, MPH, Director of Community Outreach, ext. 227

Zoe’s work focuses on integrating public health into GPCOG’s regional initiatives, including transportation planning.

Zoe is currently Chair of the Cumberland District Public Health Council, which she has served on for seven years. She has led public health initiatives in Cumberland County for 17 years and has extensive experience convening multi-sector partners. In her previous role as a Healthy Maine Partnership Director, she helped to launch and sustain Lakes Region Explorer bus service, and led community engagement efforts connected to numerous initiatives.

As a student at the Muskie School of Public Service from 2013-2017, Zoe partnered with GPCOG to conduct her Capstone research on promising practices for integrating public health into the work of regional planning councils.

 

 

 

Tom Bell, Public Information Officer, ext. 228

Tom is responsible for creating and enabling communication between GPCOG and both the news media and the general public. Tom oversees the agency’s website, social media strategy and content. He also produces photography and videography.

Tom worked as a reporter at the Portland Press Herald between 1999 and 2016 and has written extensively about business and local and state government in Maine.

Tom earned a BA from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

 

 

Aubrey Miller, Transportation Project Manager, ext. 202

Aubrey manages projects that aim to improve and increase the use of public transportation service in the region. Her current work focuses on collaborating with multiple fixed-route transit providers in the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) region to prioritize and fund improvements at approximately 150 bus stops.

Prior to joining GPCOG in 2018, Aubrey worked as a Senior Transportation Planner in Santa Barbara, CA.

Aubrey holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.

 

 

Ryan Neale, Transportation Program Manager, ext. 229

Ryan administers GPCOG’s Transit Planning program and the PACTS Transit Committee, supporting the efforts of the Greater Portland region’s seven transit agencies to increase the use of public transportation through improved service and coordination.  Ryan also helps to manage the programming of federal transit funding in the region.

Before joining GPCOG in 2018, Ryan served as program director for the Maine Development Foundation.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine.

Prior to joining GPCOG in 2018, Aubrey worked as a Senior Transportation Planner in Santa Barbara, CA.

Aubrey holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.

 

Elizabeth Roberts, Transportation Planner ext. 207

Elizabeth oversees PACTS’ transportation engineering initiatives. She manages PACTS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)and oversees a comprehensive assessment and implementation plan of the Regional Traffic Management System (RTMS).

Elizabeth brings to PACTS more than two decades of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning including traffic impact studies, environmental impact studies, pedestrian studies, and traffic signal design projects.  Prior to joining PACTS, Elizabeth worked with transportation engineering consulting firms in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She has extensive knowledge of Maine Department of Transportation’s (MaineDOT) engineering standards and contracts.

Elizabeth holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and is a registered professional engineer.

 

 

Harold Spetla, Planner, ext 230

Harold works with the planning team to provide technical assistance to GPCOG’s 26 member municipalities and PACTS’ 18 member municipalities. He also manages contracts with the municipalities and several state agencies.

Prior to joining GPCOG in 2018, Harold worked as a community development specialist for the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, where his efforts shifted between transportation planning, economic data analysis, EPA Brownfields grant writing, and geospatial analysis.

Harold graduated from the Policy, Planning, and Management program at the University of Southern Maine, with a focus in Sustainability and Geospatial Technologies. He earned his B.A. in Geology at Alfred University.

 

 

 

 

Marcel Ntagora,  Planning & Outreach Associate, ext. 218

Marcel has a B.A. in communications for development from the Université Lummière de Bujumbura. He speaks French, Swahili, Kirundi and Kinyarwanda.

After his university studies, he worked as an intern at Germanic international Organization GTZ, where he worked with consultants to build community development plans for rural communes in Burundi. He later joined Ebenezer Ministry International as project manager of a school building project, where he conducted impact studies through focus groups, Swot Analysis and community outreach. After he moved to Nashua, NH, he founded African Community of One Greater Nashua and worked as a community organizer

 

 

 

Ema Cost,   Intern 

Emma is working with Maine Clean Communities. She is a senior at the University of Southern Maine,  majoring in environmental planning and policy and minoring in economics. She previously worked as an intern at Manoment and took part in their U360 program. She studied small business sustainability focused on environmental, social and governance practices.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Baker,   Intern 

Sarah provides support in transportation and planning projects, using GIS to address problem areas and to quantify these problems through spatial analysis. She also performs fieldwork, assists with document preparation, and helps produce graphics for GPCOG.

 

 

 

 

Baylee Davis,  Intern 

Baylee is a student at the University of Southern Maine working towards his BA in psychology, He is working with Senior Planner Rick Harbinson on many of his transportation-related projects and also with Senior Project Manager & Public Health Specialist Zoe Mill on public health projects.