Executive Director Jeffrey Lewis. Jeff was Executive Director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation until 2014. In just eight years Jeff tripled the size and scope of the region’s leading economic development organization. Jeff brings 25 years of business experience as an insurance industry executive, as Chief Customer Officer at Monster.com, and as a general management consulting to a diverse client base of businesses and institutions. He wrote The Customer Revolution with the Patricia Seybold Group, and is a founding partner at Apetrop USA.
Associate Director Paul Kostecki, PhD. Co-founder of the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) and the non-profit AEHS Foundation, Paul has organized conferences, workshops, and courses for environmental professionals since 1985. Co-founder of Amherst Scientific Publishers and 7 peer-reviewed journals, he served as Vice Provost for Research and Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement at UMass Amherst from 2003–2009, and is currently a Professor of Environmental Health in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.
Board Chairman John Mullin, PhD. Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department at UMass Amherst, Associate Director of the Center for Economic Development, and former Dean of the Graduate School. John’s research and professional practice focus on industrial revitalization, port development and downtown planning. He is a Senior Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a retired Brigadier General from the U.S. Army National Guard.
Program Director Jennifer Stromsten. After twenty years in non-profit development, Jen recently received a Master of Regional Planning from UMass Amherst, with a thesis focused on sustainable land use and economic development. As Program Director, Jen focuses on the methods available to improve nuclear closure responses, and the potential for state and federal legislative partnerships to enhance planning for socioeconomic losses and impact mitigation. In addition to her MRP from UMass, Jen holds a BA from Brown University.
Research Director Jonathan Cooper. Jonathan’s work for INHC advances the organization’s knowledge base on the socioeconomic impacts of nuclear power plant closure via position papers, literature reviews, case studies, and presentations. In the MRP program at UMass, Jonathan concentrated on industrial land reuse, working as a research assistant at the Center for Economic Development. He also holds an MA in landscape planning from the Conway School, and a BA from St. John’s College, Annapolis.