Our Leadership

Meet the team behind the organization’s success. 

Carrie Enos

President

Meet Carrie

Carrie Enos is a strategic problem solver driven by a passion to make a positive impact. A leader by example, her open mind and a positive outlook inspires all those around her. Respected as an experienced voice within the pulp and paper industry, a nurturing and supportive resource to her students and champion of tomorrow’s leaders, Carrie’s vocation is to make a difference.

Carrie joined The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation in 2014 as President. A 1999 graduate of the program and 4-year Pulp and Paper Scholarship recipient herself, she knew first-hand the value the foundation provides students, employers and the industry. Although her responsibilities include fundraising and financials, student recruiting, and advising the University on curriculum, she is probably best known for her dedication to mentoring and guiding students so they are successfully prepared for their future careers.

Her ability to lead the partnership between students, the University, the pulp and paper industry, and donors, helped increase the number of recruiting employers from 12 to 30 in over 40 locations nationwide, as well as see a $200,000 increase in award money for scholarships.

Previously, Carrie held the title of Finished Products Business Unit Manager at Verso Paper. There she led 350-plus employees in multiple departments, uniquely positioning her to be able to successfully match students and employers in her current role.

Carrie holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine as a graduate of the UMaine Pulp and Paper Foundation and the Honors College. A member of Tau Beta Pi, she graduated cum laude with highest honors distinction. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (Tappi).

Jennifer Ireland

Program Manager

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Ireland is an experienced project manager and exceptional communicator. Armed with a passion for detail she intuitively sees opportunities where processes can be improved and inspires others to action.

As Program Manager for The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation, Jennifer executes the Co-op program, Consider Engineering summer program, facilitates scholarship application processes and co-chairs the organization’s biggest networking event, Paper Days. She is also an excellent resource in connecting employers with students. Most importantly is her unwavering support and guidance of the students and graduates of the program, helping them to navigate and balance academics and student life.

Prior to her role as program manager, Jennifer was Senior Environmental Engineer at Verso where she worked to improve production processes while reducing the environmental footprint at the mill level and in building strong relationships with the EPA and Maine DEP. She also worked as part of the company’s Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Group (EHS&S) managing and analyzing environmental information for multiple production sites. Over the course of her career, she has worked in all aspects of the paper industry. This varied experience coupled with her familiarity as a graduate of the Pulp and Paper Foundation allows her to effectively mentor and guide current engineering students in their educational and career pathways.

Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine magna cum laude as a four-year UMaine Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarship recipient and member of both Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. She is also an active school volunteer, including serving as past president of the PTO and holding Committee chair positions in both Athletics Boosters and Project Graduation.

The board members responsible for guiding and leading our organization.

Stacey Abbott 

Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Verso Corporation

Shawn Albert 

Senior Sales Manager, GAC Chemical Corporation

Tim Baade 

VP and GM, Irving Consumer Products

Ben Blanchette 

Sr. Director Digital Innovation & Transformation, Georgia-Pacific

Bill Butterfield 

Consultant, Paper Machine Fabrics and Rolls, Andritz

René Chartier Jr. 

Purchasing & Stores Manager, ND Paper

Randy Chicoine 

V.P. & GM Maine Operations, ND Paper

David Colter 

President/CEO, GAC Chemical Corporation

Dana Cook 

Packaging Corporation of America

Beth Cormier 

Vice President – R&D and Sustainability, Sappi North America

Mark Cross 

Principal, Naxos Consulting Group

John Desjardins 

District Manager, Pulp and Paper Division, Solenis LLC

Lois Forde-Kohler, Ph.D. 

Group Director, Procter & Gamble

Julie Gannon 

Director of Analytical Services and Pilot Operations, WestRock

Austin Gilboe 

Student Representative Class of 2021, UMaine

Michael Gray 

Area Sr. Vice President, Valmet Inc.

Barbara Kerr Hamilton 

Business Development Director, Omnivise Performance Services, Siemens Energy

Jeffrey A. Hamilton 

President, J A Hamilton Consulting, LLC

Deece Hannigan 

Vice President Graphics, Packaging and Specialties, Sappi North America

Mike Haws 

CEO, Sappi North America

Justin Hebert 

Consultant, Faith Innovation, Inc.

Blue Keim 

Operations Manager, Paper Mill and Pulp Dryer, ND Paper, Rumford Division

Mark Kowlzan 

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Packaging Corporation of America

Brian C. Lambert 

Sr. Corporate Account Manager, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company

Marco L'Italien 

Vice President East Operations, IGIC

Ken Liu 

Chief Executive Officer, ND Paper

Bill Lovejoy 

Chief Engineer, NAES Corporation

Craig Martin 

VP of Sales & Marketing, GAC Chemical Corporation

Brian A. McAlary 

VP Business Development, Technical & Export Sales, Twin Rivers Paper Company

Keith Meyer 

Senior Vice President, Andritz

Addie Nadeau 

Sr Manager, Business Development, Savage Services

Chelsea Pelletier 

Student Representative Class of 2023, UMaine

Heather Pelletier 

Director – Brand Management, Sappi North America

Chris Plant 

Director – Industrial Solutions, Ingredion Incorporated

Tracy Smith 

Chief Financial Officer, CES Inc.

Wendy RW White 

Global Manufacturing Training Systems Leader, International Paper

John Wolanski 

President, JL Group Inc.

Non-voting Members


Mark Gardner 

Board of Trustees, University of Maine System

Ray Heuchling 

President, The Heuchling Group, Inc.

Dana Humphrey, Ph.D., P.E. 

Dean of Engineering, UMaine

Hemant Pendse 

Department Chair, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department, UMaine

Jon Pottle 

Attorney, Eaton Peabody

UMaine Pulp + Paper Foundation

 

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