Program Director Jennifer Stromsten is the Director of Programs at the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. After twenty years in non-profit development, Jen received a Master of Regional Planning degree from UMass Amherst, with a thesis focused on sustainable land use and economic development. As INHC 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 is the Community & Economic Development Specialist at the Bennington County Regional Commission. 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 public and client presentations. A graduate of the Master of Regional Planning program at UMass Amherst, Jonathan concentrated on industrial land reuse while in graduate school, working as a research assistant and, subsequently, a project consultant at the UMass 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.
Jeffrey Lewis was the 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 30 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.
Paul Kostecki, PhD is 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.
John Mullin, PhD, FAICP is an Emeritus 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.