PREP Welcomes 6 New Management Committee Members

December 1, 2016

At next Tuesday’s quarterly PREP Management Committee Meeting PREP is excited to welcome six new members to our esteemed Management Committee. As PREP goes into 2017 the Management Committee will play an integral role in the development and roll-out of the 2018 State of Our Estuaries Report, Conference and Website. They will also help to champion PREP’s work in establishing a monitoring collaborative, as well as continue the important work of guiding the implementation of our CCMP through projects with towns and partners. Additionally, the MC will help PREP continue our leadership and authority as the go-to resource for understanding the health and vitality of our region’s gorgeous estuaries. Below you can find a bit more about each member professionally, and then in the Clean Water Champion section learn a bit more of them personally. PREP is honored to have such an accomplished and enthusiastic Management Committee to support our work.

74ee78b4-18fe-43c8-92e9-eb484c0b1ad6Dr. Erik Chapman is the Acting Director of New Hampshire Sea Grant, the Associate Director of Outreach for the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, and an Assistant Fisheries Extension Professor at UNH. He has a MS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Oceanography from Old Dominion University. Dr. Chapman has worked extensively with the NH fishing industry and with University researchers on projects designed to support sustainable marine fisheries. Prior to his work in NH, he worked studied the influence of a changing climate on Adelie penguin reproductive ecology and the effects of environmental variability and fishing pressure on life history characteristics of Bluefin tuna.

Rob Graham is a professional and consultant with extensive experience in the real estate development field, focused on acquisition, permitting and construction of large industrial and residential projects. For over 20 years, he has been focused on progressive development techniques, including working with the Susan J. Conway development firm and former Governor Judd Gregg to set aside land for what is now the site of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He has also served on the Conservation Commission and was the Chairman of the Planning Board for the Town of Epping for twelve years. Rob is committed to lending his experience in local policy and as an environmentally conscious developer to the interface between policy makers, stake holders and science in support of estuarine and watershed issues. He lives in Nottingham on Lake Pawtuckaway.

Jessa Kellogg is an enthusiastic stormwater and code enforcement professional for the Town of Kittery who excels in interpreting and enforcing federal, state, and local environmental laws and building codes. Jessa is a licensed code enforcement officer and a licensed local plumbing inspector. Jessa also has managed several phases of Section 319 grants for the Spruce Creek Watershed in Kittery. Jessa has a Master’s in Public Administration from Northeastern University with a focus on Environmental Policy and Management. While completing her Master’s Degree Jessa worked as an eelgrass restoration intern with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

Todd I. Selig has been the Administrator for the Town of Durham since 2001. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University, Mr. Selig went on to complete a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire. He has served in a variety of positions within both the municipal and school sectors including positions in Raymond, Laconia, New Boston, Hopkinton, and now Durham, NH. In 2003, Todd Selig was awarded the Caroline Gross Fellowship allowing him to attend the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Selig returned to the Kennedy School in 2013 to participate in a Harvard Executive Education curriculum focusing on negotiation and mediation entitled, “Building Agreements Across Boundaries.” He was named as one of New Hampshire’s “40 Under Forty” by The Union Leader in 2005. Mr. Selig has previously served as chair of the board of directors for the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies (NHCPPS), as well as a trustee and vice-chair of the board of PRIMEX (N.H. Public Risk Management Exchange). He continues to be a member of the NHCPPS board. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a member of the Municipal Management Association of NH, and a member of the Durham Historical Association. Originally from Laconia, NH, Mr. Selig resides with his wife and two daughters in Durham, New Hampshire.

Linda Schier is a founding member and former board president of the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance, a grassroots organization dedicated to the water quality protection of the headwaters lakes, rivers, ponds and streams of the Acton, Maine/Wakefield, NH border region. As Executive Director, Linda oversees all aspects of AWWA’s efforts including watershed planning, plan implementation, outreach and education, Youth Conservation Corps, and organizational management. Linda was awarded a Masters of Environmental Education degree from UNH in 2007, is a former president of the Great East Lake Improvement Association and a volunteer for the UNH Marine Docent program. Linda was awarded an EPA Environmental Merit Award in 2013 and a Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Visionary Award in 2016 for her for her unique approach to collaborative water quality efforts across state boundaries.

John B. Storer, P.E. joined the City of Rochester as their Director of Public Services in June 2015. The position requires direct management and oversight of the City’s Highway, Water, Sewer and Buildings & Grounds operations. Before joining the City he served as the Superintendent of the Auburn, Maine Water & Sewerage Districts. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Maine and New Hampshire. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and operation of municipal water and sewer systems. He began his professional career as a Design Engineer for a large, New England based environmental engineering firm. Mr. Storer has participated in several professional organizations and assumed leadership roles. He spent 5 years on the Board of Directors of the Maine Water Utilities Association (MWUA) and served as President in 2010. He was also the sole State of Maine representative on the Board of Directors of the New England Water Works Association from 2011 to 2015. He was a founding member of the Maine WARN effort to help develop state-wide mutual aid agreements to allow water and wastewater utilities to assist one another in times of crisis. He served as Chairman of the effort for 2 years. He was a Governor-appointed representative to the Maine Drinking Water Commission from 2011 to 2015 and served as Vice-Chair in 2013 through 2015. Mr. Storer graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He and his wife Karen reside in Rochester and they are expecting their first child this winter.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.