Meet the 2021-2022 Board of Directors
Esther Bizier, PE (President)
Esther was born, raised and lives in Livermore, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. During her time at UMaine, she was an active member of the ASCE Student Chapter, serving as Treasurer and President. After college, she became involved with the Maine Section ASCE and enjoys the many opportunities it provides members. Esther is a Senior Engineer at Main-Land Development Consultants in Livermore Falls which provides her the opportunity to work on a variety of projects for communities and developers throughout the State of Maine. Outside of ASCE and work, she is active in her community and church; helping with local events and fundraisers, and serving on the board of Maine’s Paper and Heritage Museum. She spends most of her free time outside in western Maine – hiking, trail running, open water swimming and skiing.
Thomas W. Perkins, PE (President Elect)
Tom received his BS in Construction Management Technology in 1996 from the University of Maine. He has worked as a construction manager and engineer all over the country. In 2009, he started his own firm, Dirigo Architectural Engineering which serves clients all over the northeast. He is a licensed professional engineer in Maine and New Hampshire. He resides with his family in Turner, and serves as Treasurer for the Lewiston Auburn Metro Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of the University of Maine Alumni Association of Southern Maine.
Heather Hayes, PE (Vice President, Editor: The Informant)
Heather is a structural and project engineer at James W. Sewall Company. She graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 with her BS and 2013 with her MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Sewall Company has provided her the opportunity to work on a variety of projects to improve our local communities, including structural design, pavement scoping and quality assurance and project management. At the University of Maine she worked at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center doing research on the Bridge in a Backpack ProjectTM. Prior to working for Sewall, she worked Louis Berger for 5 years as a structural bridge engineer working on transportation projects in various states. She has been the Informant Editor since 2014.
Lynn Frazier (Treasurer)
Lynn is a 2006 graduate from the University of Maine with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, summa cum laude. She works for James W. Sewall Company in Old Town as a Senior Traffic Engineer and Director of Business Development. Throughout her career she has specialized in traffic operations analysis and traffic signal design traveling throughout the United States to assist clients. Lynn has been a member of ASCE since college and previously served on the Maine board in multiple positions, including President and chair of the younger members group. She is an avid promoter of K-12 outreach and is proud to have helped initiate the annual boy scout badge day event many years ago. Lynn has been serving as Treasurer since late 2020.
Don LeBlanc, PE (Secretary)
Don LeBlanc is the president of DLVEWS, Inc. He has been in the industry for 13 years. He started his career as a design engineer for storm water treatment devices and storage solutions. During those years he has had an opportunity to work closely with consulting engineers, DOT maintenance crews, and other entities. Mr. LeBlanc holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and is a registered Professional Engineer. His company specializes in infrastructure rehabilitation which includes trenchless culvert rehabilitation, sub grade fill applications, and manhole and pipe rehabilitation across the northeast. Don is an active member of the culvert committee of the Transportation Research Board and a member of the ASCE Maine Chapter.
Nate Powelson (Year 3 Director)
Nate is a project engineer at Criterium Engineers. He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in 2007 and a MS in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010. He has worked on projects throughout the country. His experience includes failure investigation, repair and rehabilitation design, bridge design, property condition assessments, and structural analysis and evaluation. He currently lives in Gorham with his family. He is an active member of Structural Engineers of Maine and ASCE.
Cece Walton, ENV SP (Year 2 Director)
Cece is a Structural Designer at VHB’s South Portland office. She graduated from the University of Maine in 2017 with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a minor in Renewable Energy. At VHB, she is a Project Engineer for rail improvement projects, bridge rehabilitation and replacement projects, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects, and traffic signal upgrade projects. She recently earned her Envision Sustainability Professional, ENV SP, credential. Cece has been an active member of the Maine Chapter of ASCE most recently serving as the Practitioner Advisor for the University of Maine Student Chapter. She is also an active member of WTS serving as the Co-Chair of the student outreach committee, TransportationYOU.
Nate Strout (Year 1 Director)
Nate is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Nate joined S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. in 2008, initially as a seasonal technician while attending the University of Maine. He is currently a senior geotechnical engineer and branch office manager of the firm’s Bangor office. Nate’s engineering responsibilities include coordination and monitoring of subsurface exploration programs, geotechnical analysis and design, and the preparation of engineering reports and proposals.
Daniel Bouchard, PE (Past President)
Dan is a 2012 graduate from the University of Maine with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Construction Management Minor. Dan works for WSP as a Transportation Engineer and Construction Inspector in Yarmouth, Maine. He is a registered professional engineer in Maine and currently lives in Windham with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys being outside enjoying the great Maine weather, boating, skiing, spending time with family, and doing home improvement projects. Dan became active in ASCE as a student and has continued to stay involved after graduating. For Dan, ASCE has become way to interact with other professionals in the field of engineering and a way to help inspire the next generation.