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Our Team

Staff

Todd Workman

Executive Director

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Local Catalyst / Entrepreneur Business Administration & Economics, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire

Jenisha Shrestha

Community Development Assistant, PermaCityLife

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B.S. in Environmental Studies from Colby-Sawyer College/ Former Sustainability Fellow & Liasion to Colby-Sawyer College

Board of Directors

Samuel Durfee

President

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Sam Durfee is a Regional Planner with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission. Sam applies a background in Environmental Science & Policy and Permaculture Design to developing local and regional plans that balance and enhance economic development, recreation opportunities, habitat preservation and sense place. In much of his free time, Sam works as a blacksmith and plays for the Barley House Wolves hurling club.

Timothy Morill

Vice President

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5th generation resident of Franklin / Small business owner “Morrill’s Landscaping” / Permaculture Design Certification ¬ D’Acres, Rumney NH 2015

Mike Mullavey

Treasurer

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Mike Mullavey spent many years in large businesses traveling the world, he returned to Franklin to raise his family like his ancestors have been doing for over five generations. Mike would like the citizens of Franklin today to enjoy the same feeling he had growing up in Franklin.

Jenisha Shrestha

Secretary

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B.S. in Environmental Studies from Colby-Sawyer College/ Former Sustainability Fellow & Liasion to Colby-Sawyer College

Peter R. Pirnie

Board Member at Large

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Peter has worked in Franklin for over two decades. Only recently has he felt like progress was being made in city’s downtown which he states is largely the result of efforts from a forward thinking team, spearheaded by Todd Workman. The permaculture ethics have informed Peter’s home life and work life as a staff anesthetist at LRGHealthcare. Pete is married, with grown children and his wife all working in healthcare. He greatly enjoys the outdoors. He is designing and building a home and property based on permaculture principles.

Advisory Council

Jennifer White

Director of Sustainability | Colby-Sawyer College

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Jennifer joined the faculty of the environmental studies department at Colby-Sawyer in 2009 and serves also as their director of sustainability. In that role she provides advice and guidance to the President, Senior Officers and the college community regarding ways for the college to meet its carbon reduction goals and promote greater personal wellbeing, social justice, economic stability and environmental balance, both locally and globally. She now also serves as the program director for the Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls and recently helped launch an innovative new 3-year bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Studies.

James Aberg

Executive Director | Franklin Business Industrial Development Center

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Executive Director of the Franklin Business and Industrial Development Corporation / Trustee, Lakes Regional General Hospital / MBA, Financial Investments, Boston University / Economics, St. Lawrence University, NY

Dr. Harvey Pine

Professor of Environmental Studies | Colby-Sawyer College

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Harvey resides with his wife and two daughters in East Andover, NH. He teaches a variety of classes in the Environmental Studies Department at Colby-Sawyer College including: Introduction to Environmental Science, Soil and Water Chemistry, Senior Research, field studies and Community Based Research. His research interests focus on sustainable aquaculture development in New Hampshire. Harvey was a member of the PermaCityLife Board when it was first established and is currently an adviser to the board.

Steven Allenby

President at Allenby Associates, LLC

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Steve Allenby is involved in the development and financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. He was formerly a utility senior vice president. His interests within PermacityLife involve energy and seeing that the benefits of the project benefit all the people in the community, especially those who are traditionally underserved. In his free time, Steve enjoys volunteering with environmental and social justice organizations, hiking, sailing and spends time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Dr. Sarah Williams

CCH, Certified Clinical Homeopath

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Doctor of Chiropractic, University of Western States, Portland, Oregon / Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition, University of Bridgeport, CT

Sophie Viandier

Owner | Pay It Forward Farm

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Sophie is a designer, consultant, gardener and teacher with Garden Life NH. She has designed both urban and rural sites with a focus on community revitalization locally as well as internationally, including projects in Kenya, Cuba and Haiti. She is a graduate of Gaia University with a Bachelor's degree in Integrative Ecosocial Design. Sophie is a Natural Resource Steward for New Hampshire and a Community Ecology Trainee from the UNH Cooperative Extension. She owns and operates Pay It Forward Farm in Andover, New Hampshire where she spends as much time as possible playing in her gardens.

Joseph Kildune

Art Director

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Joseph has been a designer of decorative commercial interior finishes for hotel, casino, restaurant chain, and more for over 38 years. He currently works for his family’s business AutoServ and Tiltonsignworks NH. All of Joseph’s sculpture art pieces have been created from recycled automotive plastic.

Tony Giunta

Director of Project Development | Nobis Engineering

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For the past 25 years, Mr. Giunta has applied his skills to protect our environment. Having spent 15 of those years with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services; in 2007 he became President and CEO of American Energy Independence Company-a liquid fuel renewable energy company-and served in that capacity until joining Nobis Engineering in 2014. Mr. Giunta has also had a successful political career having served in numerous elected positions including two terms as Mayor of the City of Franklin, NH. Mr. Giunta currently is the Director of Project Development where he combines his formal science education with “outside the box” entrepreneurial instincts.

Ellen Hurst

HR Administrative Assistant | Beck & Belluci, Inc

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Accounting, Beck & Bellucci, Inc / Former Guidance Secretary, SAU 18 Franklin, NH / BS Office Management, Plymouth State University / Accounting, Lakes Region Community College

Scott L. Stanley, Jr.

Owner, Scott Stanley Electric - Industrial, Commercial & Residential Wiring

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Sott has traveled the world with his business and chooses Franklin, NH to reside and grow his business. Scott offers knowledge and expertise of the building trades having specialized in this field for over 35 years.

Jeffery A. Dickinson

International Finance & Energy Consultant / Indochina Capital Corporation, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Jeffery Dickinson has extensive experience in the application of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and the related packaging of private and public sector projects. He has worked for over 25 years with clean energy companies and finance institutions, primarily in Asia but also across North America and Europe. He is currently working with CDM Smith in Indonesia as the Renewable Energy Lead. Direct project development and financing experience includes hydropower, biogas, biomass, solar, as well as the manufacturing of clean energy products. On the ground working experience includes project management and capacity building with public sector agencies, banks, energy companies, and local communities.