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Advisory Council

The UNE NORTH Advisory Council is a multi-disciplinary group of local, regional, and North Atlantic/Arctic leaders that provides expert advice on the most important local to global issues, problems, challenges, and opportunities to shape UNE NORTH’s strategic directions. The council helps identify emerging regional challenges and opportunities that can benefit from UNE NORTH’s education and research programs, university infrastructure, and collaborative culture.

UNE NORTH Advisors serve as a trusted source of experienced advice to the UNE NORTH leadership: identify emerging local to global challenges and opportunities in Maine and the North Atlantic/Arctic that can benefit from UNE’s academic and research programs and administrative capabilities; contribute to the development and growth of UNE NORTH by fostering leadership, team-building and assisting in establishing partnerships, especially for the next generation of leaders in the North Atlantic/Arctic; identify, contribute to, and/or be involved in fundraising for new and ongoing collaborations with partners in Maine and the North Atlantic/Arctic.

UNE NORTH Advisory Council

Dr. James HerbertEx Officio
President, University of New England

Patrick Arnold
Co-Founder, New England Ocean Cluster/President Soli DG Inc.

Sarah Emily Colby
CEO, Colby Co. Engineering

Benjamin Ford, Esq.
Partner, Verrill

Peter Handy
President & CEO, Bristol Seafoods

Jonathan Nass, Esq.
Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Transportation

Annie Tselikis
Executive Director
Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association

Dr. Joshua Hamilton, Ex Officio
Provost, University of New England

Calen Colby, P.E.
President, Colby Co. Engineering

Dana Eidsness
Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office

Brenda Garrand
Chairman, Garrand Moehlenkamp

Christopher Howard, Esq.
Partner, Pierce Atwood

Glenn Page
President, Sustainametrix

Stephen Von Vogt
President/CEO
Maine Marine Composites

Advisory Council Bios

Patrick Arnold 
President, Soli DG Inc. & Co-Founder, New England Ocean Cluster 

Patrick Arnold, NEOC co-founder, is president of Soli DG Inc., a consulting firm he founded in 2007 that provides operations and marketing management consulting for ports throughout North America. Since 2009, Soli DG has also worked under the Maine Port Authority to manage cargo operations at the International Marine Terminal in Portland, as well as to lead business development and marketing efforts for the MPA’s three ports. In this work, Patrick has helped to secure the New England Marine Highway Expansion designation by the US Secretary of Transportation, helped to secure and manage more than $34 million in funding for the MPA from the US DOT, Maine DOT, and Maine bond funds, and facilitated the launch of a new containerized freight service between Atlantic Canada, New England, and Europe. Patrick also facilitated the Icelandic steamship company Eimskip’s relocation from Virginia to Portland, Maine, resulting in unprecedented development on Portland’s working waterfront and connection to the North Atlantic. In addition, Patrick worked to re-establish intermodal, containerized rail connection between local ports and rural Maine to help businesses reduce costs and environmental impact of transportation – a service that hasn’t existed in the state for more than 50 years. In 2014, Patrick partnered with Thor Sigfusson, Ph.D. to launch the New England Ocean Cluster.

Calen Colby, P.E.
President, Colby Co. Engineering

Calen is a structural engineer with 30+ years of experience in the design and industrial fields. His project management experience includes managing multiple projects in the U.S. and Europe and he has served as the Project Principal for design projects with construction values up to $100 million. Calen earned both a Bachelors and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine. He has been a supporting member of design, educational, and non-profit organizations including Marlboro College's Center for Creative Solutions, the University of Maine Academic Program Review and Integration Process, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Maine Huts and Trails system. As an avid rock climber, ice climber, mountaineer, and backcountry skier, Calen enjoys visiting the Arctic to pursue these interests.

Sarah Emily Colby
CEO, Colby Co. Engineering

Sarah Emily brings 15 years of experience in the architecture and engineering consulting design industry. In 2008, Sarah Emily and Calen Colby created Colby Co. to be a one-stop shop for mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, structural and civil engineering and architecture. The company has since grown the company to 42 employees and in 2018, Colby Co. was named as one of the Best Places to work in Maine, ranking #8 in the Small Business category. Sarah Emily has supported Colby Co.’s corporate volunteer initiatives benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network, Trek Across Maine, Red Cross, Project Lead the Way,Student Chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers, “Ask an Engineer” Day, and the Cancer Community Center of Maine. As an avid avid rock climber, ice climber, mountaineer, and back country skier, Sarah Emily enjoys visiting the Arctic to pursue these interests.

Dana Eidsness 
Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office

Dana works to develop trade, investment, and collaboration opportunities for Maine businesses and academic partners in North Atlantic markets, including Northern Europe, Atlantic Canada, and the Nordics. Additionally, she interfaces with the Arctic Council, Arctic Economic Council, the North Atlantic Ocean Cluster Alliance, and other Arctic and North Atlantic-related organizations, to represent Maine’s interests and to ensure that the state is included in important discussions regarding North Atlantic resources and sustainable development. In prior positions, Dana served Director of International Business for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Forum on Democracy & Trade, Vermont Director of International Trade, and Director of the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. She worked as a regional director for the Maine International Trade Center and as an International Project Manager for the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Benjamin Ford, Esq. 
Partner, Verrill

Ben is an partner at the law firm Verrill Dana, LLP. Ben’s legal practice focuses on labor and maritime issues. Ben grew up in California and has spent his entire life on, in, or near the water. In the first part of his career, Ben worked with a large distributor of marine-related goods opening new markets in places such as Washington, D.C., Annapolis, New York, Boston, and Vancouver. While in law school, Ben focused his studies on legal issues unique to the marine industry. In recent years, Ben has been working with clients to explore opportunities made possible by the introduction of new trade routes and freight service connecting Maine to countries as diverse as Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, and England. Ben is keen to spot business opportunities and help his clients manage the legal and regulatory hurdles to ensure successful outcomes. Ben has an bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of law.

Brenda Garrand
Chairman, Garrand Moehlenkamp

Brenda is Chairman and Founder of Garrand Moehlenkamp – a Portland, Maine—based marketing communications firm now entering its 31st year. The agency has been recognized by Ad Age as one of the top ten places to work in marketing and media in the US. With nearly 40 years of experience in marketing communications, Brenda’s expertise spans brand development, mass communications, public relations, and public affairs. In 2015, Brenda was named Honorary Consul of Canada in Maine. She is attached to the Canadian Consulate in Boston. In 1998, she was a founder of Co-Entreprise, the first Maine/Quebec annual trade conference. She is highly engaged in regional and national community service and economic development and currently serves on the boards of Maine & Co., The Maine International Trade Center, and Maine Public Media. Previous board service includes the International Women’s Forum — Maine, The Portland Symphony, The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, The Susan B. Curtis Foundation, Housing Works, and The Mitchell Institute. Brenda was the President’s Maine appointee to the White House Conference on Small Business.

Peter Handy
President & CEO, Bristol Seafood

Peter Handy is president & CEO of Bristol Seafood, a processor and distributor known for its uncompromising Maine standards. In addition to his role at Bristol, he serves on the board of the National Fisheries Institute and holds advisory roles with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, UNE North, and the New England Ocean Cluster, and is a member of the investment committee of the University of Maine System. Before joining Bristol, Peter co-founded BoxMyDorm.com, a national storage and shipping company for college students. Also, he held financial services roles in New York at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Sanford Bernstein & Co. in departments ranging from asset management to institutional trading. Peter is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He lives in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife Jocelyn and three daughters.

Christopher Howard, Esq.
Partner, Pierce Atwood

Chris Howard originally joined Pierce Atwood in 1982, rejoining the firm in 2001 as a partner in the Business Group. Before rejoining the firm, Chris served a five-year term as chief administrative officer and general counsel at American Skiing Company, where he managed all of ASC's capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and resort development transactions. He serves on the firm's Management Committee and is the former head of its Business Practice Group. Chris' practice has three areas of focus: Corporate finance and transactional representation; resort and hospitality industry; general counsel representation.

Jonathan Nass, Esq.
Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Transportation

Deputy Commissioner Jonathan Nass manages policy, planning, finance, and freight for the Maine DOT. He also serves as Chairman of the Maine Port Authority. Jon received his Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America where he was a member of the Law Review. He has practiced law in Washington, DC and Maine. Prior to joining Maine DOT, Jon worked as a senior policy advisor in the Governor’s Office, collaborating with the Legislature, governmental officials and stakeholders on numerous issues, including transportation, education, emergency management, tax policy, and general government services. Jon served for seven years in the U.S. Congress, most recently as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security where he worked on restructuring the national intelligence apparatus and reform of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In 2008, Jon deployed to Iraq to serve on a U.S. Department of State Provincial Reconstruction Team as a field officer embedded in a U.S. Army infantry battalion operating in the city of Baqubah. While in Iraq, Jon also served as a rule of law advisor working with the Iraqi judiciary and the Diyala provincial council. Jon was a Senior Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad before returning to Maine in 2010.

Glenn Page 
President, SustainaMetrix

Glenn has more than 25 years of experience in ecosystem approach and adaptive management, working primarily on coastal/ocean/watershed issues. In 2001 he was awarded the title of "Environmental Hero" by U.S. Vice President Al Gore. At SustainaMetrix he leads an interdisciplinary team in ongoing consultancies in ecosystem science and research, policy, education, economics, and multi-media communications. Recent work includes developmental evaluation of the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry program located at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Tufts Institute of the Environment at Tufts University, external review of the University of Maine's Aquaculture Research Institute. Glenn has pioneered methods for assessing the development and implementation of University Ph.D. programs designed to promote interdisciplinary research funded by the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) programs. In 2015, he is leading several projects including work with the Republic of Ireland on marine policy, renewable energy, and sustainable aquaculture.

Annie Tselikis
Executive Director, Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association

Annie’s fifteen-year career in Maine’s marine industry started on the stern of a ferryboat in Portland Harbor and has evolved to cover the entire coast of Maine as she supported commercial fishing organizations and lobster businesses. In 2014, she became the first executive director of the Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association where she advocates for lobster wharves, wholesalers, and processors in Maine at the local, state and federal level. She previously worked in procurement for Garbo Lobster, was the marketing manager at Maine Coast, and has supported several of Maine’s commercial fishing organizations with leadership and business training programs. Annie graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in anthropology and photography. She serves on the boards of the Lobster Institute and the Lobster Research, Education, and Development Fund.

Stephen Von Vogt
President and CEO, Maine Marine Composites

Stephen Von Vogt currently serves as the President and CEO of Maine Marine Composites, an ocean engineering firm based in Portland. Maine Marine Composites has an extensive portfolio of marine hydrokinetic projects (MHK) and experience marine projects related to floating and mooring systems in hostile marine environments. He is a founding member of Maine Built Boats and the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII). He serves on the Maine Economic Growth Council and the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Illinois and advanced degrees in Information Science from the University of Illinois and in Finance from Harvard University.