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.
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.
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.