Meet the team behind the organization’s success.
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 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 Director 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.
Plant Manager, JD Irving, Ltd.
President/CEO, GAC Chemical Corporation
Vice President – R&D and Sustainability, Sappi North America
Principal, Naxos Consulting Group
District Manager, Pulp and Paper Division, Solenis LLC
CEO, Graphic Packaging
VP & GM, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company
Lois Forde-Kohler, Ph.D.
Family Care Sustainability Director, Procter & Gamble
Area Operations Manager, Sappi North America
Director, Analytical Services and Pilot Operations, WestRock
Barbara Kerr Hamilton
Senior Director, Process Technology, Packaging Corporation of America
Jeffrey A. Hamilton
Principal, J A Hamilton Consulting, LLC
Student Representative Class of 2024, UMaine
Vice President Graphics, Packaging and Specialties, Sappi North America
CEO, Sappi North America
VP, Strategic Accounts, Footprint
President, The Heuchling Group
Process Engineer, IDEXX
Student Representative Class of 2023, UMaine
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Packaging Corporation of America
Vice President of Engineering, CleanFiber
Chief Executive Officer, ND Paper
Chief Engineer, NAES Corporation
Regional Business Leader, AstenJohnson
VP of Sales & Marketing, GAC Chemical Corporation
Chief Procurement Officer, WestRock
Account Manager, Buckman
President & CEO, Twin Rivers
Sr Manager, Business Development, Savage Services
Manager, R&D, WestRock
Director, Packaging Brands , Sappi North America
VP, US East Operations, IGIC
Chief Financial Officer, Haley Ward, Inc.
Process Engineer, Sappi North America
Enterprise Solutions Master Black Belt, WestRock
Stewart Van Horn
VP, EHS, JD Irving, Ltd.
President, JL Group Inc.
VP of Member Services, University Credit Union
Dana Humphrey, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, College of Engineering, UMaine
Trustee, The University of Maine System
Chair, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department, UMaine
Attorney, Eaton Peabody
UMaine Pulp + Paper Foundation
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