Nora grew up on the coast of Maine before exploring the country. Combining her love for exploration and desire to share her enthusiasm with others, she taught environmental education as far as way as Belize and Washington State before finding her way back to norther New England. Residing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with her husband and three kids, Nora stays busy as the Program Director for Tin Mountain Conservation Center, parenting, and getting out into the mountains as much as possible. As a WindowDressers LC, she is excited to claim the distinction of hosting the first Community Build on NH soil.
Amy is a member of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, and co-coordinator of the Montpelier Window Dressers Community Build. From the time she saw her first sample window insert, she was hooked. She loves the comradery of the workshops, and being part of the climate solution in a tangible way. Amy was a civil engineer with the Vermont Agency of Transportation for 27 years, and since retiring is a part time massage therapist. An Air Force brat, she spent her childhood in Texas, Virginia, and Germany before settling in Vermont. She and her wife enjoy biking, kayaking and camping, and hanging out with their daughters and grandchildren.
Dr. Sharon Klein is an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Maine, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Sharon was a middle school science teacher in San Diego for 3 years; a high school environmental systems teacher in Quito, Ecuador for 2 years; and an Americorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteer in the southeastern US.
Miriam left Maine after high school, landing just about as far from her home in Buxton as she could, in the beautiful foothills of the Olympics in western Washington. Her fascination with wooden boats and boatbuilding led her to spend several summers working on boats in the fishing fleet in southeast Alaska and the off-season working in boatyards back in Washington. After a period of extensive globe-trotting that took her from Antarctica to the Himalayas, she eventually settled on an off-grid homestead near Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula where she raised milking goats and homeschooled her four children. During those busy years, she also served as the Executive Director of the small non-profit Peninsula Trails Coalition, shepherding the Olympic Discovery Trail through its arduous formative years. Miriam returned to the east in 2000 to be more available for her parents, coming full circle to live back at their home in Buxton in 2014.
Environmental policy has been a long-standing interest for Miriam, leading her to pursue graduate work in environmental management fields on two occasions. In particular, citizen-led initiatives motivate and inspire her, making the WindowDressers organization a perfect fit. Her other passions include implementing permaculture principles and reducing the carbon footprint at her homestead, participating in local community efforts, and spending time with her adult children.
J. Stephen Shaw
Steve ran a molecularly-oriented medical research laboratory for 30 years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD. He also volunteered in programs involving energy conservation in Maryland. Since retiring to Portland with his wife in 2013, he has volunteered with WindowDressers with emphasis on nurturing community builds in Southern Maine, improving the design/manufacture of the inserts and strengthening information management. He is also President of a non-profit that empowers Maasai women in the Kenya rift valley by supporting their secondary education.
Jack Sumberg is a semi-retired, small-scale contractor/woodworker who lives in Glover, Vermont. Glover was the first town in Vermont to organize a Window Dressers community build and Jack was local coordinator in 2019 and 2020. He acted as mentor to the other six VT towns that organized builds in 2020. He has been involved with the Bread & Puppet Theater and the Orleans County Historical Society, local nonprofits, and serves on the board of the Glover Historical Society and the Memphremagog Yacht Club.
“I think WD’s inserts are an excellent product that can help many of our neighbors save fuel while making their homes more comfortable. I look forward to more involvement with the WD board, staff and volunteers and helping to expand the program in VT.”
Luke grew up in Worland, Wyoming, and moved to Maine in 2011. He lives in Portland with his wife Lauren and their two children, Henry and Eleanor. In his day job at the New England Environmental Finance Center he provides technical assistance to craft beverage manufacturers and beyond through a lens of social and environmental stewardship. He is fortunate to work with service learning undergraduate interns in this role, and serves on the Nature Based Education Consortium’s Climate Education Working Group. He is also co-chair of the Garden Committee at the elementary school his children attend.
Tanya is the Internal Controls Manager at Martin’s Point Health Care. With a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy from the University of London, she is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and has over twelve years of international experience in finance. During an exchange program at Colby College, Tanya fell in love with Maine. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs in Brunswick.
Jenevra (they/them) is the Program Director at Sustainable Woodstock, a nonprofit community and environmental action organization. They were first exposed to Window Dressers by volunteering for the Strafford, VT build, and were so impressed that they brought Window Dressers to Woodstock, VT the following year. They are a graduate of Middlebury College and Vermont Law School, with a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy. A lifelong Vermonter, Jenevra lives in an off-grid farmhouse in Strafford, VT with gardens, sheep, horses, and a cat.
Jessica leads WindowDressers in it’s mission to improve the warmth and comfort of homes, bring community members together and reduce the use of fossil fuels by supporting the work of over 1000 volunteers across Northern New England.
Prior to joining WindowDressers Jessica took on a variety of leadership roles advancing projects that strengthen community resilience and sustainability. She worked as a Program Manager for WindowDressers from 2021 to 2022 before stepping into the role of Executive Director.
She lives South Portland with her husband and two teen-aged children and enjoys reading, making art and doing anything outside including swimming, biking, running, gardening, and cross country skiing.
Program Manager – Maine & E. New Hampshire
Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Steve McFarland was involved with Adult Education and career development for most of his professional life, helping adults aspire to a better life and achieve their goals through increased education. Steve designed, developed, and delivered programs focused on college preparatory and entry-level college coursework, with the belief that education is the pathway to professional development and personal fulfillment. Steve created the Pathways to Higher Education program in 2001, which earned FAME’s first annual Business and Education at Work award in 2003.
Steve has been involved in numerous volunteer efforts throughout his life, from leading neighborhood road associations to Rotary Club (President), Chamber of Commerce (Volunteer of the Year), and the Windham Conservation Commission, among others. Recently, Steve joined the Board of Directors for the Sebago Lake Region Fuller Center for Housing, which partners with low income older adults completing home repairs and home improvements focused on increasing safety, staying warm, and saving energy.
In his free time Steve likes to ski (both snow and water), hike, sail, and ride his motorcycle through the Appalachian mountains and other beautiful parts of the country.
Program Manager – Vermont & W. New Hampshire
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Joee came to Maine in 2007 to pursue her interest in sailing traditionally rigged vessels. In the time since she has cultivated a diverse skill set in the marine trades working at boat yards in Midcoast Maine, and restoring and sailing traditional boats with her husband. In 2014 Joee’s sailing career culminated with a position on the crew of the Charles W Morgan for the 38th voyage of the last wooden whaleship on earth. Two years later she realized her dream of working in Antarctica, where she was able to fulfill her lifelong fascination with the intricacy of the natural world, and her love of the sea with a position as a Marine Technician in the US Antarctic Program. In 2019, Joee participated in an expedition to the edge of Thwaites Glacier (better known as “The Doomsday Glacier”) with a science party that was working to ascertain just how quickly the glacier is retreating and contributing to sea level rise. After witnessing the effects of climate change in a truly undeniable context, she felt compelled to invest her labor into work that better prepares her adopted home of Coastal Maine to mitigate the effects of climate change, and also to minimize the environmental footprint of living in such a dynamic place. Joee is overjoyed to be joining the production team at Window Dressers, and looks forward to a busy season.
Sofia grew up in Cumberland, Maine. She studied at the University of Vermont where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration on Ecological Design. She now calls Portland, ME home and loves the creative and caring sense of community she feels in the coastal city. Sofia recently finished up a service term with the Resilience Corps as the Energy Efficiency Fellow, splitting her time serving with WindowDressers and GPCOG’s Sustainability team. During her service term she focused on bringing together a Community Build team in the Portland area and energy efficiency efforts throughout the region. She is passionate about energy equity and the importance of community engagement and outreach when it comes to building long-term resiliency within communities. Sofia feels most at peace in the outdoors whether it be running local trails or sitting down by the water with a good book. She is excited to be officially joining the WindowDressers team and eager to continue her work with the WindowDressers program.