WHY US?

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina (2005), Woodard & Curran, Inc. supported the disaster relief effort, and the scope of that tragedy prompted action to answer a question that had been on the minds of many for some time: How could we expand our charitable giving into sustainable and ever-growing funding to support widespread and impactful giving? Over time, the answer to that became Woodard & Curran Foundation. 
 

We are proud of our Origins. We are proud of the Work we do. We are proud of the Impact we have on people’s lives and the environments in which they live. We are turning our passion into Progress, focusing on the issues the world faces today. And we Strive to do more.
 

We distinguish ourselves from other foundations that rise out of a corporation by being a public foundation, raising money annually from people and organizations with common values around applying collaborative approaches to address complex environmental problems. While Woodard & Curran, Inc. is a strong, collaborative partner and the employees of the company are the primary resource for the Foundation's funding and volunteerism, we look to expand our external funding partners every year.  Join Us today.

 

BOARD

barry sheff,
president

Barry is a founding Board member of Woodard & Curran Foundation, and a Senior Vice President with Woodard & Curran, Inc., leading the firm’s Site Civil Engineering Service Line. A professional civil engineer licensed in multiple states, Barry’s expertise centers around municipal infrastructure engineering and urban site development. In addition to Woodard & Curran Foundation, Barry serves as a Director at the Friends of Casco Bay and as the President of the Portland Development Corporation. Barry’s career has focused around solving complex environmental challenges and he brings those skills, energy and enthusiasm to support the Foundation’s mission and vision.

 

BRUCE NICHOLSON,
vice president

Bruce is a Maine attorney with 23 year of experience. After graduating from the University of Maine School of Law, Bruce practiced environmental law with a small firm for seven years before joining Woodard & Curran in 1999. He currently serves as the Director of Contracts and Risk Management, as well the Corporate Secretary. Bruce was one of the initial Board Directors of the Woodard & Curran Foundation and has chaired the Foundation’s Giving Committee for several years. Bruce’s extensive experience working with diverse project teams on complex issues,  coupled with his commitment to a consensus driven decision-making philosophy are assets that are aligned with the Foundation’s Mission and Value statements. 

 

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celeste labadie,
secretary

Celeste is the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Woodard & Curran. She leads the Sustainability Committee in internal efforts to improve and implement sustainable practices within the firm. Prior to Woodard & Curran, she spent eight years working in fundraising and development for nonprofit organizations and was co-founder of the Board of Directors for an environmental organization, The Naked Truth Project. She has served on the Woodard & Curran Foundation Board of Directors since 2011 and was previously Secretary in 2012. She is passionate about the environment and the positive impact people can make in the places where we live, work, and play. Her daughter, Sofia, is her inspiration in doing what she can to make the world cleaner and healthier for our future generations. 

 

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thomas roche,
treasurer

Thomas brings over 34 years of experience in the financial sector to his role as the Foundation’s Treasurer. He has considerable experience as both a Controller and an Account Manager and manages Woodard & Curran's Insurance Bonding & Procurement division, specializing in insurance risk. In addition to serving as the Foundation's Treasurer, he is a member of the Fundraising & Development Committee. Tom is passionate in his commitment to making the world a better place, and he appreciates the opportunity that both Woodard & Curran and the Foundation give him to do that. 

 

michael cherniak

Michael has 35 years of experience as an environmental consultant. A nationally recognized environmental trainer, Mike has delivered hundreds of water, wastewater, and various environmental presentations to local, state, federal, industrial, and community organizations. Mike served as president of, and is a recipient of NESHTA’s Environmental Education Award for lasting and significant contributions to the environmental profession. His hands-on experience in managing potable water, wastewater, solid waste, and water reclamation systems brings a broad understanding of public health and environmental issues to the Foundation’s Board.

 

duff collins

Duff is a founding Board member of Woodard & Curran Foundation and is an Executive Vice President and Board Member with Woodard & Curran. Duff is currently the Business Unit Leader for Woodard & Curran’s national Environment & Remediation services businesses. He has over 30 years of environmental consulting experience managing and conducting field investigations, feasibility studies, and remediation activities at hazardous waste sites for clients in the private and public sectors. Duff focuses his practice on identifying and applying risk management tools and criteria to complex environmental problems and regulatory settings nationwide. Duff has been active with the Foundation fundraising activities helping initiate and participating in our New England Road Races, New Jersey Golf tournament, and Atlanta-area Casino night events.  A high energy leader, Duff brings his curiosity for the natural environment and our need to adapt to the ever changing climate to support the Foundations growth and direction.  

 

kelly cowan

Kelly is a registered Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field. A former regulator with The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), she transitioned to consulting in 1997 and now serves as a project manager assisting industrial, utility, institutional, and government clients in achieving and maintaining environmental compliance. Kelly is a Woodard & Curran Foundation Board Member and Giving Committee Chair. Her experience with a wide variety of topics (air pollution control, water/wastewater management, spill prevention, etc.) offers valuable insight to the challenges of achieving environmental citizenship while maintaining a healthy economy. She believes that cultivating a positive corporate culture and giving back to our community go hand in hand and her commitment to the Foundation is her way of ensuring that our resources are enjoyable for future generations. 

 

daniel knise

Dan is a two-year member of the Woodard & Curran Foundation Board. In his “other life” he serves as President & CEO of Ames & Gough, a specialty insurance broker/risk management consultant serving architects/engineers, law firms, and associations/non-profits. Dan also devotes his time to leading Ames & Gough’s law-firm initiative, working with larger design-firm and law-firm clients, and advising project owners on risk and insurance issues. From 1998 through 2002, Dan led the region-wide effort to win the right to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland and has extensive non-profit board experience with diverse community groups including: My Sister’s Place, DC Scores, AMERICA Scores, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Virginia Hospital Center and Gonzaga College High School. Dan’s passion is supporting community-based endeavors and helping them grow their capabilities to enhance the quality of life in local communities. 

 

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ALTHEA MASTERSON

With over 30 years of marketing and communications experience, Althea managed Woodard & Curran's corporate giving and has played a role in the evolution of the Foundation since its establishment in 2011. She served as the Foundation's first Secretary and Treasurer and for four years chaired the Public Relations and Communications Committee. She feels a strong commitment to the responsibility that organizations and individuals have to ensure that generations to come inherit a healthy planet and is proud to be furthering that goal with Woodard & Curran Foundation.

 

elizabeth robinson

Elizabeth has a background in Industrial Organizational Psychology and manages a strategic technology initiative centered on Knowledge Management at Woodard & Curran. Elizabeth has a background in fundraising and development, working with individuals in the arts community focusing on social media, marketing, grant writing, branding, strategic planning, and development. Elizabeth also served 3 years on the board of Baltimore Concert Opera where she chaired the Development committee and specialized in grant writing. 

 

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jedd steinglass

Jedd is a geologist who specializes in environmental assessment in support of property transactions and remediation design. For over 17 years, he has focused on the remediation and redevelopment of former industrial and commercial properties to create affordable and market rate housing, manufacturing and commercial space, and opportunities for education and international trade. His technical, programmatic, and funding acquisition and management capabilities have also contributed to the success of several EPA-funded Brownfields assessment and cleanup projects, which have reused infrastructure and revitalized contaminated properties throughout New England. Jedd applies his problem solving, project management, and environmental engineering expertise to support the external develop of the Foundation, including consistently contributing to Foundation events and outreach efforts.
 

gillian wood

Gillian is a chemical engineer with nearly 20 years of experience working in process design and project management for food processing, manufacturing, pulp and paper, and power industries. As a Project Manager at Woodard & Curran, Inc., she focuses on the design, oversight, and installation of process and utility systems. Also a HACCP Certified Engineer, Gillian is experienced with food safety programs. She has been an active member of the Foundation since its beginning; first with her tenure on the Giving Committee and then moving on and bringing her passion for engaging individuals to the Development Committee. As a chemical engineer with a background working with industrial clients, she understands the impact of industry on our natural environment and what is required to protect it for years to come.