AFE Region 8 New England Board of Directors


Meet Your Region 8 Leaders


Alan Ouellet
Regional Vice President

Alan Ouellet is the Regional Vice President of AFE Region 8 New England.  Alan started his AFE membership over 30 years ago when the AFE was known as the AIPE, holding a variety of Board positions including four terms as President of Chapter 33 Boston and Secretary for Region 8.  A member of the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA), and CAFS (Certified Air Filtration Specialist), he is a past President of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology.

Alan is President of Filter Sales & Service, a company specializing in air and liquid filtration products. He is past president of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills and active in church and community activities.  A graduate of Babson College with a BA and MBA, Alan lives with his wife Liz in Wellesley, MA.


AFE Region 8 Jess Bigelow

Jess Bigelow

Jess Bigelow is the Treasurer and Comptroller for AFE Region 8. She also serves as the Technology Director.  Ms. Bigelow is a member of the Board of Directors for AFE Chapter 33 in Boston.  She has been active in AFE Chapter 85 in Springfield, where she is was Communications and Publishing Chair.  After graduating from Mass Maritime Academy with a BE in Marine Engineering and later with an MS in Facilities Management, she went to sea working for Interlake Steamship Company.  She returned from a life at sea to work at Mass Maritime as the Second Engineer on the training ship.  After a few years at Mass Maritime Academy, she moved on to teach at SUNY Maritime College.

Jess is Foremarket Sales Manager for Filter Sales and Service in Burlington, MA.  In this role, she works with architects and engineers to solve problems and spec products for the life science, commercial and industrial industries. She specializes in clean room design and components, data center containment, safety and containment and general air quality solutions.

Earlier in her career, Jess served as an Account Manager for DTZ, Inc. in Quincy, MA and as Director of Engineering at MassMutual Financial Group in Springfield, MA.  She has a US Coast Guard Chief Engineer’s license to operate an unlimited horsepower steam plant and gas turbine plant as well as a first assistant engineer’s license to operate an unlimited horsepower diesel plant. She holds a Third Class Stationary Engineer license in the state of Massachusetts.


Gary Powell, CPMM

Gary Powell is Plant Operations Supervisor for Concord Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire.  He has been active in AFE Chapter 140 (Granite State) and AFE Chapter 33 (Boston).


ward F. Gagnon, CEM, CPE, CEA, CPMM
AFE Industry Director and Past Regional Vice President

Ed Gagnon is an AFE National Industry Director  and Immediate Past Regional Vice President for AFE Region 8.  As a member of AFE Granite State Chapter 140 for the last 23 years, he has served as President, Treasurer, Vice President and as a board member at large for his local chapter.  He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with a BS in Marine Engineering and went into commercial shipping on the Great Lakes and deep sea.  He left the shipping industry and went into nuclear power for a few years, then into forest products, then into the paper industry working for paper mills and a paper industry engineering firm for 15 years.

Ed is a retired Facility Manager for BAE Systems, Inc., where he managed three defense manufacturing/testing facilities in southern New Hampshire.  He has a 1st Class Stationary Engineers license with the State of Maine, and holds CPE and CPMM certification through AFE and CEM and CEA certification through AEE.  Ed lives in Francestown, NH with his wife Nancy, has three grown children and two grandchildren.


Ralph Draper
Education Director

Ralph Draper is the Education Director for Regional 8.  He also serves as Academic Vice President on both the AFE National Board and on the board of his local chapter, AFE 140 Granite State.   An Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, he received an MSME degree from the University of Maine.

Mr. Draper worked for several years on environmental control systems for nuclear submarines at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard before joining Perry Submarines in Riviera Beach, Florida.  He was Vice President of Engineering when he joined the engineering technology program at the University of NH. He is now faculty emeritus at UNH and works with industry on energy conservation and fluid/thermal system design. He is past president of ASHRAE, Granite State chapter, and is currently Region 1 RVC for student activities.

AFEPeeke.JPG Stu Peeke, CPMM
Group Director

Stu Peeke, CPMM, is the Group Director for AFE Region 8.  He is currently the membership chair of AFE Chapter 33 Boston.  He holds the CPMM designation from AFE.  He is a Free Mason with the Warren Lodge of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Mr. Peeke is the owner and President of BMI Mechanical, of Exeter, New Hampshire, and a Regional Sales Manager of SealPro® Inc., of Manchester, New Hampshire.  Stu lives with his wife Greta at their home in Exeter, NH.


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