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. He likes kayaking and touring Maine with his wife Rachel and son Ryder.
Economic and Community Development Director
Chuck has been working in the fields of Economic and Community Development for over 25 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and was awarded a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Orono. Over the past 13 years, Chuck has been involved in numerous economic and community development projects throughout Maine and has worked at the State, regional and local levels of government. chuck is the point person for SMPDC's economic and community development activities and is the staff liaison to the Southern Maine Economic Development District. An avid collector of signed books and autographs, Chuck frequently pesters other staff members to find out what well known persons are in the area and can be get their signatures. He and his wife Marla and daughter Sarah live in Gardner which should qualify him for Maine's longest commuter award.
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. He has managed budgets of over $700,000 and developed and managed budgets for Industrial Park Construction Projects. Lee Jay has worked within the Economic Development as well negotiating positions for development agreements and Tax Increment Financing Districts.
Senior Land Use Planner
Kathy Connor is SMPDC's newest hire. Kathy holds a Master's degree from Conway School of Landscape Design (CSLD) located in western Massachusetts, where she focused on sustainable land planning and design. Kathy possesses a broad-based technical experience and expertise (including GIS), as well as strong analytic, organizational and communication skills. She has provided staff assistance to the Planning Board, Design Review Board and other boards, reviewing development proposals, interpretation and development of zoning ordinances. While working as a consultant, Kathy was involved in all aspects of comprehensive plan development and updating. Kathy resides in Kittery with her family.
Tom Reinauer has been the Transportation Director at Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission since 1993. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Community Development from the University of New Hampshire and prior to coming to SMPDC, he worked at the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission. In addition to serving as a primary staff person to the Kittery Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Tom also leads all of the transportation planning efforts in the SMPDC region. These include several corridor coalitions, the Maine-New Hampshire Traffic Incident Management Committee and planning activities for the region's public transportation services. Tom lives in Limerick with his family.
Transportation/Land Use Planner
Jamel Torres is SMPDC's newest employee. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Community Planning & Development from the University of Southern Maine's Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service in 2012. Prior to working for SMPDC, Jamel worked as a Health Promotion Coordinator for healthy Androscoggin, a Healthy Maine Partnership, and most recently as the Director of Planning & Development for the Town of Wiscasset, Maine. During this time in Wiscasset, he provided staff support to the Planning Board, Ordinance Review Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Conservation Commission, and the Board of Appeals. He also has experience in bicycle-pedestrian planning ordinance development, and assisting businesses and developers through the permitting and planning board process. Jamel has a passion for the outdoors and is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and downhill skier.
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.