AFE Region 8 New England Board of Directors

Meet Your Region 8 Leaders



lan 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.


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

Ed Gagnon is currently on the AFE National Board as the Industry Director and Past Regional Vice President for AFE Region 8.  Ed sits on the Region 8 Board that covers New England.  Ed is also an authorized AFE CPMM.

As a member of AFE Granite State Chapter 140 for the last 27 years, he has served as President, Treasurer, and Vice President and currently as a board member at large. He is also the Treasurer for the US Green Building Council New Hampshire chapter and is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers New England Chapter.

Ed graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Marine Engineering and went into commercial shipping on the Great Lakes and deep sea for four years.  He left the shipping industry and went into nuclear power for a few years, then into forest products.  Following that, he entered the paper industry, working for paper mills as a plant engineer and then for a paper industry engineering firm as a project manager for nearly 15 years.

Ed was a Facility Manager for BAE Systems, Inc., managing three of their defense manufacturing/testing facilities in southern New Hampshire for 17 years, retiring in the summer of 2017 after a total of 39 years in the engineering fields.

He has a 1st Class Stationary Engineers license with the State of Maine, and holds Certified Plant Engineer (CPE), Certified Professional Maintenance Manager (CPMM) and Certified Professional Supervisor (CPS) certifications through AFE, and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) certifications through AEE.

Ed lives in Francestown, NH with his wife Nancy, and 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.

tu 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 Certified Professional Maintenance Manager (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, New Hampshire.


AFE Region8 RVP Mark Clark
Immediate Past Region 8 VP & CPMM Instructor

Following twelve years of active duty military service in the US Navy’s submarine fleet, Mark has held both full-time and consultant positions within the Facility Management industry – the majority of the past twenty years working in the Greater Boston area serving several life science sectors.  Mark’s experience has been focused in the design, construction, relocation, start-up and operation of R&D laboratories.  Founding Clark Consulting Services in 2007, he delivers a variety of Owner’s Rep services to Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Nanotechnology companies.

Joining the AFE in 2003, Mark has been serving as Director since 2008 with service within Chapters 37 & 33.  He received his CPMM designation in 2011 and became a CPMM Instructor in 2015.  If you use LinkedIn business networking to receive AFE information, Mark’s name may be familiar to you since he manages the LinkedIn Groups for Chapters 33, 85 & 140 as well as for Region 8 and the National HQ.  Since April 2017, Mark serves Region 8 as the Immediate Past Vice President.

Mark holds Massachusetts licenses for Construction Supervisor, Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Underground Storage Tank Systems Operation.  In addition to holding AFE’s CPMM designation, Mark possesses the Certified Fire Alarm Installation, Testing and Maintenance Specialist (CFAITMS) and Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist (CHRS) designations from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Mark’s completed educational programs include: Northeastern University’s Building Design and Management Program (Facilities Management {major} and Building Construction & Technology) and the University of New Hampshire’s Construction Project Management Program.

Mark is a Lifetime Member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI).

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