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Visionaries who aren't afraid to get their hands in the dirt


When you walk into CEBE, we're here.



Executive Director, he/him

As an activist and father, Scott sees a profound need to rapidly relocalize and solarize our economy to help future generations and wild nature thrive in the face of increasing climate instability and resource depletion. Scott is a professional photographer and writer and spent many years documenting the organic seed movement. He also teaches and practices permaculture design, builds with local timber, and worked for many years as a market gardener. He lives off the grid in Otisfield where he still grows gardens with his neighbors and friends, paddles with the beavers on Moose Pond, and skis his ever expanding trail network every chance he gets.



Programming & Education Director, she/her

Seal holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Certificate in Outdoor Leadership. She is committed to connecting with members of her community to problem solve issues stemming from climate change and reduced oil access so that her community can become more resilient in the face of resource depletion. She brings a wealth of experience with curriculum design and is tackling grant writing to help fund the CEBE mission. Seal is an avid nature lover and adventurer.

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Communications & Project Coordinator, she/they

Renee is a sheep farmer, writer, and educator. Renee has a small licensed dairy and farmstead in Hartford. Renee holds a BA from Middlebury College in Environmental Studies with a focus in nonfiction writing. Renee instructed for Outward Bound for eight years, and loves being outside, especially in a canoe.

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Community Resilience Coordinator, she/her

Claire attended Temple University for her BA in Communications and Environmental Studies and the University of New Hampshire for an in-progress master's in Natural Resources before finding her way to CEBE. Claire likes wandering around Norway and its surrounding forests, reading too many books at a time, and moshing. 



Municipal Resiliency Coordinator, he/him

Tony is an environmentalist and a heavy metal enthusiast, with a background in automotive technology; an uncommon combination, or so many people have told him. Up until recently, he was the owner of Paris Autobarn, the state's only automotive sales and service business specializing in electric vehicles. He achieved ASE certification as an advanced level specialist in hybrid and electric vehicles and has nearly two decades of experience in the automotive industry. He's passionate about electric vehicles and solar power, both of which he uses daily. He also enjoys traveling and believes that international travel is a key to a more united world and the abolishment of the imaginary borders that divide us.



Bioregional Coordinator, she/her

An ecologist and educator, Roberta has been helping Maine communities protect the ecological systems they depend upon for more than three decades. As our Bioregional Coordinator, she applies her knowledge and experience to help cultivate and integrate CEBE more deeply into a thriving network of regenerative, ecology-based practitioners across the Acadian Northern Forest bioregion. Roberta is also a member of CEBE’s Climate Education Team, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the complexity and interrelatedness of earth’s life sustaining systems. 

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Associate Director, he/him

Originally from Scotland, Richy completed his MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde University with two exchanges at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden and Louisiana State University. He worked and traveled in New Zealand and Australia for four years before returning to Scotland and has experience across a variety of industries, including science communication and aviation. After returning to university for an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy in Orkney, Richy helped manage a range of clean energy technology demonstration projects at the European Marine Energy Centre. In 2020, he relocated from the energy islands of Orkney to the United States with his wife Taylor, now coming full circle to call Sweden, Maine home and is excited to be part of a community making a positive impact.


Our board is extremely active in CEBE's mission, each spearheading a piece of the CEBE vision. While our bylaws allow for any board steward position to be stipended, we currently provide grant-funded stipends to support youth stewardship on our board. This is one way CEBE attempts to keep our leadership inclusive and accessible, so that our organization and community can thrive.

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Board President, he/him

Born and raised here in the Oxford Hills, Michael is a fifth generation owner of W.J.Wheeler Insurance Agency. Married to Kathryn, father to Olivia, and living with them in Otisfield's first Maine Passive House. He also worked as Alternative Education Teacher at Oxford Hills, MSAD#17 where he worked with teens-at-risk for school failure or dropout to organize their lives and complete high school. He was a Staff Assistant at Children's Cabinet of Maine, which was a collaborative project of the five state agencies serving youth, while at the Muskie School of Public Policy. Since college, he's been a lead instructor and course director for Outward Bound, including 4 years of full time work, with the remaining years involving seasonal work during time off from other full time work. Currently he is a member of the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association.



Shelter and Education Steward, she/her

Emlyn is an environmentalist, passionate home-cook, partner, and dog mom originally from rural Vermont. She has a deep love for forests and farms of the northeast and lived in Vermont, the White Mountains, and the Adirondacks before making Norway, Maine her home. Emlyn has a BS in Conservation Biology and is finishing a Master’s degree in Natural Resources. Before pursuing graduate school, Emlyn spent three years working in community engagement managing an environmental outreach project at St. Lawrence University. Emlyn believes small-scale community action is the answer to the climate crisis and is committed to building resilience in Western Maine through her work with CEBE,  homesteading with her partner, and supporting local agriculture and conservation. Emlyn loves to get outside year-round, and in her free time can be found paddling, hiking, and skiing with her partner and their dog, River.

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Energy Steward, he/him

Mike has been fascinated with electricity since first grade when he and his father built an electric motor with wire and a tin can. Back then, he had patience and finally got the motor working in third grade. Many electronic projects later he graduated with a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Clemson. A physics class at Clemson required reading Amory Lovins' Soft Energy Paths which sealed his interest in energy issues. After a falling out with technology a few years later, a cross-continental solo motorcycle trip, a winter of discontent in South Carolina and a summer in Europe, Mike hitch-hiked to a job interview in Maine to become a potter's apprentice. There he met a woman who somehow convinced him to help her build a house on some cut-over swamp, er, forested wetland in Harrison. Andrea hated the electric utility and so they lived off-grid for 30 years before grid-tying the solar system. She hasn't kicked Mike out because he hasn't finished the house yet. They are assembling a permaculture food forest for physical, emotional and, perhaps, financial sustenance.



Shelter Steward, they/them

Thea was raised in Pequaket Valley by the White Mountains and attended Alfred University, where they graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After moving to back to Western Maine, Thea has found connection with fellow local artists, at sing circles and solstice gatherings, and in the garden with friends. Thea spends their time working at Fare Share Food Coop, making art, and working with others at CEBE planning sustainable, affordable, accessible, cooperative housing in Norway. As one of the handful of queer and twenty-something-year-old people in our area, Thea is passionate about finding opportunities in our community to cultivate connection and creativity and address the housing crisis, workers' rights, reparations, Indigenous sovereignty, and climate crisis. 

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Steward, he/him

Gem is a tech enthusiast and passionate outdoorsman who enjoys long distance cycling as well as pretty much anything outside. He was raised in Norway, Maine and completed a computer science degree at EMCC. Gem is particularly interested in finding ways to support the access and adoption of renewable energy resources within his community.

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Steward, she/her

Willow is still navigating the journey of growing up here, in Norway/South Paris, Maine. She currently attends Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, where she participates in cross country running and track, as well as the civil rights team. When Willow’s not stuck at school, she enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, running, biking, and gardening, often with family. Willow joined the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy in the hope that she could help with their mission of moving our community towards a more sustainable and just future. Willow is passionate about having a future with basic human rights, rare extreme weather events, and a beautifully biodiverse planet. 



Steward, he/him

Craig was born and raised in the Waterville, Maine area where music played a large role in his formative years.  After finishing college with a degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music, Craig spent seven years in education working with students with special needs.  During the last few years in education, Craig began developing his agricultural business in the summers, while working in the schools in the winters.  He currently operates his agricultural business in Norway, Maine while trying to develop a more sustainable and efficient lifestyle. You can find Craig snowboarding in the winters and running the local trails with his dog child Niko in the summers.



Steward, she/ her

Azalea lives in Buckfield and cares about local food production!


Our board is made up of community members like you!

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Katherine has worked as a research analyst for Group Dimensions International for over eight years. She double majored in mathematics and the arts at Smith College, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable development and geospatial analysis (GIS) at the Muskie School of Public Service. Katherine is a native Mainer and grew up on the Midcoast. After graduating college she spent two years in Italy completing a “Farm to Table” internship, during which she expanded her skills and knowledge regarding sustainable agriculture, sustainable systems, and the importance of the food system as a cultural focal point of society. After returning from abroad, Katherine returned to Maine to purchase land in the Western Foothills and is developing a dynamic and ecological heirloom orchard along with a permaculture farming project and lifestyle. She loves the complex beauty of wild environments, and exploring the outdoors.



Carl got a B.S. in Microbiology from Penn State and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia (now Drexel) and worked as a research molecular biologist for twenty years, most recently for ten years at University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine where he studied chromosome packaging and gene regulation.  In 2004 he and his family moved to Norway where his wife Carolyn took a position at Stephens Memorial Hospital.  Carl learned carpentry working in construction for a couple of years before co-founding and teaching at Ganderia Middle School.  There he developed an integrated, project-based curriculum grounded on a sense of place and community engagement.  Carl currently coordinates the Let's Go! program for Western Maine Health, promoting healthy eating and active living in Oxford County.  He loves growing food, cooking for his family, spending time with his three grown sons, Ben, Nick and Dan, and exploring the natural world with a camera.

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“Home is wherever I am at the moment,” says Scott. Born in El Dorado, Arkansas, but raised in North Africa and Europe, he thrives on movement, and feels kin to the nomads of the world. Being raised as a Third Culture Kid gave Scott a deep appreciation for different cultures and values and has instilled a sense of adventure and responsibility that he has tried to balance throughout his adult life. Scott’s adventuress side has led him to pursue several outdoor passions including rock climbing, surfing, paragliding, mountaineering, adventure racing and ultra-running. His professional life has gone through numerous changes. A degree in mining engineering in 1990 led to working in a gold mine in the Venezuela, working a tunnel engineer and a surveyor in Boston, a 3d computer animator, and a litigation graphics consultant. Interspersed during this time he worked as a paragliding instructor and volunteered his time for a NGO in Uganda. Scott moved to Norway in 2003 and currently owns Café Nomad and Fiber & Vine on Main Street. He is a board member of Norway Downtown, The Norway Opera House Corporation, and is an advisor for the Maine Downtown Center. Scott also continues to work as a litigation graphics consultant.



Fred got paid for doing a card trick in 1974, and has been a professional performer ever since. On Sesame Street, he was the acrobat inside Barkley the Dog. On Broadway, he was the chief juggler in the musical Barnum. He toured Europe, Hong Kong and Australia with the Obie Award-winning Foolsfire, with Bob Berky and Michael Moschen. Whether tumbling for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center or dancing with MOMIX in Brazil, Fred brings a gymnast's timing and an actor's presence to his Inflatable Theater Co. He even was featured on David Letterman's Late Night. Fred Garbo continues to astound and tickle audiences with his pop-action inflatables and hilarious stage presence. For more than two decades he has been inventing inflatables with artist/builder: George York. Fred has trained and performed with the Master of Illusion: Tony Montanaro. (Fred also trains in “snowboarding" every chance he gets.) Recently he now runs his home and car from the power of the sun.



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Phil was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and went on to become the principle architect of Biosphere 2 in Arizona. He holds a PhD from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture where he is on the faculty. He has developed educational programs related to sustainable community design and green architecture internationally and has developed sustainable eco-village designs in the US and elsewhere. Phil is an architect and town and regional designer whose area of interest and expertise is sustainable community development. He has established programs in architecture and community planning in the U.S., Portugal, and France, and has lectured widely on these subjects in the U.S. and abroad. He has also worked on ecological projects in the U.S., England, France, Nepal, and Australia.



Kristine currently works in the Transportation Division for the City of Portland, Maine's Planning & Urban Development Department. She focuses on bicycle and pedestrian related planning initiatives including bike corrals and racks, bike sharing, abandoned bicycles, sidewalk materials, complete street design, and strategic transportation planning. Kristine is currently pursuing a Master's of Urban Planning at Tufts University and working to complete her thesis focused on active transportation and community development in Norway, Maine. She was recently awarded the 2014 Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship by the Federal Highway Administration and the CT APA Diana Donald Scholarship. She previously worked as a research associate for a transportation demand management firm in Boston for almost four years doing transportation surveying and data analysis. Kristine spends her free time in the woods of Western Maine skiing, hiking, biking, and canoing.



Nikki has been an art teacher in the Oxford Hills for over thirty years and has inspired young artists and the community to make art as important as math. She is an accomplished and prolific artist herself who enjoys combining her art with all other forms of art such as music, dance and theater. She has been a founding and loyal member of the Commons Art Collective for almost 15 years and continues to bring art to the area. Her support and commitment to the local food movement through Fare Share Co-op and other efforts make her one of the most beautiful sustainability supporters around.



Brendan is the Active Communities Environment Coordinator through Healthy Oxford Hills and works collaboratively with community partners to increase bike and pedestrian usage in Oxford County, specifically in Norway, South Paris, Bethel, Rumford, Mexico, Hiram and Porter. Brendan’s focus is to raise awareness of existing pedestrian and bike resources, promote education that keeps cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safe, and implement wayfinding programs to facilitate the use of pedestrian and bike resources. Brendan works with the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative and other community partners to establish a county-wide education and awareness campaign. Brendan is currently completing his Masters in Community Planning and Development at the Muskie School of Public Service in Portland Maine. He has previously worked as a Project Manager with Moose Pond Arts+Ecology and he is currently the Coordinator at Good Food for Lewiston/Auburn.



Lisa is Norway’s Poet Laureate. She writes materials for the educational industry and facilitates the Mountain Poets Society that has performed at the Norway Arts Festival for many years. Her book There is a Crooked River offers poems about the Maine woods for young readers. Other recent works include The Haiku Project, a collaborative celebration of 100 original Haiku, a biography of Elie Wiesel for high school students, and an annual  collection of poems, such as Smoke that was letter-pressed in West Paris. Lisa has been a member of Fare Share Co-op since the 1980's and has been serving the Co-op in many different ways, including having a knowledge of Policy Governance and the ability to train others in using it well.



Ken grew up and worked on a 60 acre family apple orchard in the foothills of Western Maine. For 40 years, he’s been involved in community organizing, mostly focused on food. As a food co-op organizer, he helped start Fare Share Co-op in Norway, Maine in 1978. He also worked at the Maine Federation of Cooperatives, which operated Fedco Warehouse that delivered natural foods and produce across the state. His role there as newsletter publisher led to opening Grassroots Graphics, a graphic design and print shop that he operated for 18 years. Ten years ago, he became the director of Healthy Oxford Hills, one of 28 community health coalitions that cover the State of Maine. He’s been active in the Local Foods movement for years and most recently focused on Farm to School efforts. A year ago, he started Community Food Strategies. In this role, he coordinates the Maine Farm to School Work Network and the Maine Network of Community Food Councils, and serves as Maine’s rep on the Leadership Team of Farm to Institution New England.



Travis  grew up in South Paris, Maine and graduated from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in 2001. He began researching alternative energies including electric vehicles, biodiesel and hydrogen fuel while still in school. He holds a bachelor's degree in Space Studies from American Military University. where he focused on ways to produce food in the spacecraft environment for long-duration spaceflight. " idea was to work for NASA or SpaceX and find some way to help humanity become a multi-planet species. I figured that wherever humans go, we need food, so I focused on growing healthy food in the spacecraft environment." Travis has also worked in the automotive industry for over a decade and is now the office manager and education outreach coordinator at Paris Autobarn, where he continues his work in sustainable energy and transportation, driving EVs and waiting for his Tesla to arrive.



Karle is a mixed-media artist and freelance graphic designer, specializing in illustration, identity development, and promotional material. She's worked on an off as the Communications Coordinator for CEBE and is currently farming in Waldo County, Maine. Raised in the Western foothills of Maine, she is passionate about working within small grassroots communities. Woods is a recent graduate of College of the Atlantic (COA), with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology. She is dedicated to connecting with people and the surrounding ecology to create positive, sustainable change. 



John Snell has worked at the intersection of energy politics and technology throughout his professional career. John has focused on the built environment, first as a framing carpenter and subsequently as an energy consultant for single family, multifamily, and municipal facilities. John has worked on energy-related projects throughout the US with an emphasis on energy efficiency projects in New England. John currently works with towns to help them understand the scale of effort needed to meet state carbon reduction goals and next steps required to achieve these goals. His volunteer efforts include CEBE’s Energy Working Group, support for the Western Foothills Land Trust, and historic preservation advocacy and maintenance for Isle Royale National Park’s cultural resources.

Interested in joining CEBE's board? 
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