Paul Schumacher

Executive Director

Paul Schumacher has been the Executive Director at SMPDC since 1996. Prior to that he worked as a Town Planner in several southern Maine towns and also at a consulting firm on Cape Cod. Paul has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a Master's Degree in Urban/Environmental Policy from Tufts University. His professional interests revolve around creating healthy communities and including all relevant interest groups from social service organizations to economic developers to environmentalists in the discussion of what that community should be. 


 Lee Jay Feldman

Director of Land Use and Planning

Lee Jay Feldman comes to SMPDC with experiences such as Director of Planning and Permitting for the City of Auburn, Director of Planning at Sebago Technics in Westbrook and most recently, Principal Planner for the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His professional experiences have been in staffing Planning Boards, Boards of Adjustment, Municipal Liquor Committee, and Historic District Commission. Lee Jay is well known to the SMPDC community for assisting Planning Boards with Development review assistance, findings of fact and ordinance work.  He has also been putting on workshops relating to help boards with the planning process and Roberts Rules of Order.


 Stephanie Carver

Transportation Director

Prior to joining SMPDC as the Transportation Director, Stephanie worked as the Planning Director at the Greater Portland Council of Governments, leading transportation and land use projects throughout Southern Maine. Before returning to Southern Maine, Stephanie began her career as a municipal planner in several towns in Massachusetts. Steph is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton MA, and holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. She currently lives in Cape Elizabeth with her family and two dogs.


 James Rather

Director of Strategic Initiatives
James comes to SMPDC from the planning departments in the City of Portland and NYC for 12 years prior. James will oversee many projects in economic development and long-range planning, including broadband and housing initiatives. James grew up outside of Boston and got a master’s degree at UMass Lowell in urban planning. James lives in Saco with his partner and five year old son. He enjoys cycling and recently started computer coding as a hobby. 

 Marian Alexandre

Office Manager

Marian came to SMPDC in September of 2007 with an extensive knowledge of office procedures.  She gained this experience by working at Sanford's Public Works Department, operating Wright Construction: her own trucking business, as well as a operating a computerized bookkeeping service "Computer Services PLUS" since 1992.  She was born in and still resides in Sanford.  While not at SMPDC, Marian stays very busy caring for her three dogs: MoJo, Hoss and Barley.


 Randall Davis

Finance Director

Randy joins SMPDC with over 30 years of finance experience, working for hospitals, municipalities and non-profits, including the last 8 years being Finance Director at Southern Maine Agency on Aging and PSL/STRIVE.  Randy holds a BS degree in Finance from the University of Maine.  He currently resides in Scarborough with his family.  Randy’s hobbies include golf and playing cards with his friends.


 Abbie Sherwin

Senior Planner and Coastal Resilience Coordinator

SMPDC is so excited to have Abbie as part of our team.  Prior to joining SMPDC, Abbie was a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow with the Maine Coastal Program and Geological Survey, during which time she specialized in coastal hazards, sea level rise adaptation planning and community resilience.  She is an undergraduate of Wheaton College and holds a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire.  Abbie currently resides in Kittery, ME with her dog Charlie.


 Karina Graeter

Sustainability Coordinator

Karina works collaboratively with coastal towns to develop local and regional climate action and support coastal resiliency plans. Prior to joining SMPDC, Karina served as the Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Maine. She led sustainability initiatives, reporting, and outreach activities to integrate sustainability into all aspects of the campus community. Karina studied physics and earth sciences at Bowdoin College and obtained her M.S. in earth sciences at Dartmouth College. In her free time she enjoys hiking, baking, and horseback riding.


 Raegan Young

Special Projects and Communications Manager

Raegan is a graduate of the Muskie School of Public Service where she received her Master’s degree in Policy, Planning and Management. She also has a BS in Environmental Science and Policy and a GIS Certificate from Plymouth State University. Raegan is the Brownfields Program lead, and provides support on various other projects in land use planning, transportation and sustainability. She also manages SMPDC's communications, including the quarterly newsletter and website. Raegan currently resides in Gorham, ME where she enjoys gardening, crafts and shopping second-hand.


 Dean Williams

Senior Transportation / Land Use Planner

Dean came to SMPDC from Central NH Regional Planning Commission where he worked as the Principal Transportation Planner. His years of experience in transportation planning include knowledge of Federal Highway Administration programs and policies, traffic safety, active transportation, transit, and traffic data analysis. Dean obtained his BS in Environmental Planning and Geography from Plymouth State University. Dean has over 10 years of experience playing the Irish sport of hurling, now living in Scarborough he will be playing for the Portland Gaelic Athletic Association. In his free time, Dean enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and traveling. 


 Brookelyn Gingras

Regional Planner

Brookelyn obtained a degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, then went on to work in environmental education and wildlife research before taking a position at the Land Use Planning Commission in Oxford County. She is now pursuing a masters in policy and planning at the Muskie School of Public Service at USM. Brookelyn does planning and economic development work at SMPDC, supporting on grant programs, the Broadband program, and long-range planning. Brookelyn is a new home owner in Alfred, and enjoys gardening and board games. 



 Mar Fink

Planning Associate

Mar assists with a variety of projects across departments including sustainability, transportation, and land use. Prior to joining SMPDC's staff, Mar served as SMPDC's Southern Maine Sustainability Fellow through the AmeriCorps Resilience Corps Program. Mar holds a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University with a double major in Environmental Science and Music. Currently residing in Portland, Mar enjoys playing bass trombone in musical ensembles around the region. 


 Melanie Nash

Sustainability and Resilience Planner

Melanie Nash joins SMPDC as the Sustainability and Resilience Planner. Before joining SMPDC, Melanie worked as an Island Institute Fellow for the Town of Long Island in Casco Bay, where she worked on numerous municipal sustainability and development projects including Comprehensive Plan development, ordinance review, property assessment, and more. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, MA, and a Master’s of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. Melanie currently lives in Westbrook, where she enjoys kayaking and reading in her spare time.

 Mikala Jordan

Land Use and Transportation Planner

Mikala recently moved back to Maine, bringing several years of long-range municipal and regional planning experience in Utah. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Geography from Villanova University and a master's degree in Metropolitan and City Planning from the University of Utah. Mikala does planning and transportation work at SMPDC, supporting comprehensive planning, open space planning, development review, ordinance writing, the Joint Land Use Study, and the regional Long Range Transportation Plan. Mikala lives in Westbrook, and you can find her running, hiking, birdwatching, reading, or spending quality time with friends and family.