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 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.
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.
Gabriel Gauvin - Environmental Planner
Gabe Gauvin joined Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in November of 2019. As the Environmental Planner, Gabe will assist at both a regional and municipal level in waste stream reduction and management, environmental education, and sustainability. 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.
Kate Raymond - Membership Coordinator
Kate Raymond joined the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in December of 2019. As the Membership Coordinator, Kate is looking forward to working with each of our member communities to continue developing KVCOG’s capacity to meet this region’s changing needs. Kate’s sole priority is communication with our members to facilitate the many services KVCOG provides. Kate comes to KVCOG with more than ten years of professional non-profit, membership development, and public sector experience. Kate holds an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire, a B.A. from the University of Maine, and is a proud graduate of Cony High School. Kate is excited to join the KVCOG team and return to her roots in the Kennebec Valley.
When not in the office, Kate serves on the Board of Maine Archives and Museums, and spends much of her time volunteering for the American Legion Auxiliary, where she has been a member for more than 30 years.