Coffee By Design
It started in 1994 with one coffeehouse on Portland’s Congress Street. Today Coffee By Design operates three coffeehouses in Portland and one in Freeport and runs a thriving coffee roastery in Portland, which sells to nearly 600 wholesale and mail order customers around the globe.
Our mission is to provide the best quality coffee, educate our community about specialty coffee, and use our power as a small business to move forward initiatives that support people and the planet, improving how we all live well together – locally and worldwide.
Mary Allen Lindemann, Co-Founder / Community Builder
Mary Allen Lindemann is the Co-founder/Community Builder of Coffee By Design (CBD); a Maine owned and operated specialty coffee roastery/retailer, which she co-founded with her then-husband and current business partner, Alan Spear, in Portland, Maine in 1994. Committed to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time, CBD has five coffeehouses and a micro roastery, which provides over 500 wholesale customers with sustainably sourced, craft roasted coffee. In addition to serving some of the world’s finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to progressive arts and social change--here in Maine as well as around the world at origin where they buy their coffee.
Ms. Lindemann’s title of Community Builder illustrates the many hats she wears at the company. Mary Allen is dedicated to ensuring that Coffee By Design stays true to its Maine roots and maintains its commitment to giving back to the local and international communities from which Coffee By Design is intimately connected. Part of her job is to make sure the company continues to be a “good corporate citizen” while making social change happen in a unique and meaningful way. With regards to coffee, Mary Allen believes “it is an honor to represent the many farmers we buy from by serving a great cup of coffee while sharing the story behind the bean.” She hopes that the work she does on a daily basis at Coffee By Design and in the community makes a difference now and in the years to come.
Mary Allen is actively involved in the community. In addition to being co-founder of Coffee By Design, she has been a founding member of several organizations which include Portland Buy Local, Women Standing Together, the Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute. Most recently, her focus is on asylum seekers and immigration rights for those new to the United States and settled in Maine. She is Chair of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center Board as well as Portland Ovations working on increasing diversity in their audience and offerings. For her work, she has received the Edmund H. Muskie Access to Justice Award, A Company of Girls Empow(h)erment Award, Spurwink’s Humanitarian Award, a Legislative Sentiment from the State of Maine for public service, Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community’s “Women Making a Difference Award, the Southern Region Champion, Maine Women’s Fund’s Tribute to Women in Industry Award and Portland Buy Local’s Essential Founder and Local Champion Awards. In addition, Coffee By Design has received numerous honors including Roast Magazine’s 2020 Macro Roaster of the Year, SBA’s Small
Business Persons of the Year for the State of Maine, Maine MEP’s Manufacturing Excellence Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s Business Community Partner Award.
Jeremy Behne, Director of Coffee and Wholesale Operations
Jeremy’s love affair with coffee began at the tender age of ten, when his father purchased a coffee subscription for their household. The subscription boxes showed exotic places with information about the history of the region and the farmer or boasted of the exotic flavors which our fledgling coffee fanatic was determined to experience one day.
In college, Jeremy was one of the few students with a French press, grinder and hot water kettle in his dorm room. Always happy to share an exciting new coffee with friends and colleagues, a love for the conversation and hard talks held over coffee pushed Jeremy to seek out a profession in coffee. The rest is a blur of educational courses with the SCA, long trips in the back of trucks in Honduras and Peru and many hours slurping over cupping tables. His hope is to help make coffee more than a simple commodity by sharing stories of its rich history and the important role it plays in our world today.
Jeremy drinks his coffee black and is always excited to try something new or something familiar roasted a different way.
Hannah Gagne, ’21
Hannah is an Environmental Engineering major. Outside of class, she is a member of STEMbassadors, a K-12 outreach program that introduces young students all around NH to STEM ideas with hands-on, creative and inclusive projects. Hannah is delighted to be returning to the Clinic as a peer mentor because it was such an enriching experience, like no other at UNH. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys being outside in nature, soaking up the sunshine, eating yummy, nutrient dense foods, dancing, and laughing with her family and friends.
Grace O’Connor, ’22
Grace is from Southbury, Connecticut and is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She is also a Division Leader for Business Ethics, a course that led her to develop an interest in using business for social good. Grace joined the B Impact Clinic to learn more about socially responsible business practices in hopes to pursue a career in ESG investing.
Joe Quintal, ’21
Joe is majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies, and is thrilled to be working with the B Impact Clinic. Joe has various internship experiences including with a healthcare technology startup, a consortium of independent insurance agencies, and most recently for a medical device company. Additionally, Joe is working with a UNH faculty member at an equity research firm. Joe looks forward to applying these experiences in his work to the B Impact Clinic this fall. In his spare time, you can find Joe at the beach or in the mountains, depending on the season.
Jill Durkin, ’22
Jill is majoring in Finance and Economics. She has competed in the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition in Los Angeles and spent two semesters as a teaching assistant for Business Ethics. In her free time, Jill is a sister of Kappa Delta sorority and on the club alpine ski team. Jill is participating in the B impact Clinic for the second time and looking forward to deepening her understanding of sustainable business practices in the real world.
LANEY & LU
LANEY & LU is an inspired eatery located in historic downtown Exeter, NH. At LANEY & LU, we believe food can serve a far greater purpose than to simply fill our stomachs. The 'right' food nourishes our souls, builds community, and connects us with the earth. We work with over a dozen farmers and merchants throughout New England to source locally whenever possible and positively impact local eco-systems. We utilize compostable to-go packaging with a commitment to being 'zero waste' to the customer. We believe LANEY & LU can make a meaningful and sustainable difference.
Jennifer Desrosiers, Founder/CEO, LANEY & LU | Founder/CEO, Wild Adventurous Life
Jennifer Desrosiers is an entrepreneur, wellness and lifestyle coach, yoga teacher, holistic health coach, speaker and community leader. As the founder and CEO of her two businesses, LANEY& LU, an inspired eatery, and Wild Adventurous Life, a wellness and lifestyle media company, Jen has a powerful vision of connection, collaboration, and contribution. Her companies have created thriving communities promoting holistic wellness and living vibrant, joyful, adventure-filled lives. As a native of Vermont, Jennifer attended Vermont Technical College where she earned an undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering before taking on roles such as Manufacturing Engineer, Project Manager, and Business Development Manager in the plastic injection molding industry, in which she traveled throughout the US and the globe. After nearly 20 years of dedicated service to others’ visions, she refocused her sights on creating personal freedom and positively impacting the world.
Jen is currently serving as Vice President on the Board of Directors for The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth, NH and Secretary of the board for Sustainable Seacoast, and has been a featured speaker at local events like Pecha Kucha and Ignite. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, luxurious car camping, French press coffee, and snuggling with her pitbull.
Sarah Wilkinson, ’22
Sarah is an Analytical Economics and Sustainability dual major, pursuing a minor in Mathematics. She is a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity, a member of Women in Business and is an analyst of the Atkins Investment Group. As Sarah’s second time participating in the B Impact Clinic, she is looking forward to being a peer mentor and hopes to be a resource for her team to help their company achieve all of their BIA goals. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, running and traveling.
Lauren Pitkanen, ’21
Lauren is an Environmental Science Ecosystems and Sustainability dual major. Lauren has a minor in Brewing; having a passion for brewing, she works at Loaded Question in Portsmouth, NH and Tributary Brewing in Kittery, ME. She is also a Senior Airman in the New Hampshire Air National Guard. Lauren hopes to travel abroad to New Zealand to further her studies.
Cloud Bogart, ’21
Cloud is studying Finance. Outside of school, you can find her outside exploring the mountains or on the ocean. She has shared this love for the outdoors through the New Hampshire Outing Club where she was a leader and publicity coordinator for two years. Cloud hopes to pursue a career in impact investing or sustainable fashion.
Brooke Samora, ’22
Brooke is a Hospitality major with a Leadership minor. She is an advocate and a first line of defense for clean lakes in New Hampshire, where Brooke collects data and samples on invasive species in Lake Winnipesaukee to help with eradication. She has spent the past 20 years on Lake Winnipesaukee and is passionate about the clean water initiatives. After college, she would like to pursue a career in promoting sustainability in the hospitality industry.
Luke's Lobster first opened its doors in the East Village in 2009. We now bring traceable, sustainable seafood to guests across the country. We work directly with fishermen to hand pick the best seafood, bring it straight to our own seafood company and then ship directly to our shacks. Cutting out the middleman means better tasting lobster, crab and shrimp for you to enjoy and a fairer price for our fishermen.
Ben Conniff, Chief Innovation Officer
Ben Conniff (Chief Innovation Officer) grew up in Connecticut in a family of journalists who cooked as a hobby. He attended Yale University, working part-time in his hometown donut shop, then moved to New York for a short-lived career in journalism before turning to his true passions: food and sustainability. In search of a restaurant job on Craigslist, Ben found a third-generation lobsterman looking for a partner to start a Maine-style lobster shack, and Luke’s Lobster was born. Of the many hats Ben has worn through Luke’s Lobster’s evolution, he currently focuses on brand development, marketing, culinary development, and sustainability. Ben sits on the board of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. He’s the author of Real Maine Food: 100 Plates from Fishermen, Farmers, Pie Champs, and Clam Shacks, and has written for Saveur, GQ, Playboy, Smithsonian, Yankee, Tasting Table, and more. Ben has been included in the Inc. 30 under 30 and Zagat 30 under 30. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Liz, and dog, Taco.
Kathryn Rascoe, ’22
Kathryn is a Business Administration Marketing and Sustainability dual major from Queensbury, New York. In addition to her academic training, she currently works for Carsey School at UNH as an Academic Programs Assistant and is also a member of Fraternity and Sorority Life, serving as Vice President of Community Service for Kappa Delta sorority. Kathryn is excited to pursue a career within an emerging industry that is centered around eco- and equity-minded business development and is grateful for this opportunity to work with the B Corp community for a second semester.
Katie Hoppler, ’22
Katie is an Economics and Journalism double major. She completed research for the English and Spanish departments in the College of Liberal Arts during her first and second year at UNH. Currently, Katie is the news editor for The New Hampshire, the co-founder of the UNH chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a member of the UNH Women's Rowing team. She always tries to enrich her academic work with real-world experiences and is very excited to do just that as a member of the B Impact Clinic.
Marina Vaz, ’21
Marina is a Political Science and International Affairs dual major, with a German minor. During her time at UNH, she has been involved with campus organizations Socratic Society and Trash 2 Treasure, as a member and a student co-coordinator, respectively. She is part of the University Honors Program, as well as Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies. Marina sees the B Impact Clinic as a great opportunity to apply her policy interest to a private-sector context and is excited to help local businesses achieve B Corp certification.
Richardson Media Group
Richardson Media Group is a strategic media planning and buying agency founded by a seasoned advertising media professional. We know our business and appreciate our clients.
Our agency manages paid media advertising campaigns for a wide variety of clients, especially those within the education, technology, non-profit and professional services sectors. Our leadership team has extensive experience directing paid media campaigns, managing conversion strategies and measuring campaign analytics. In addition, we bring a wealth of knowledge on SEO and Content to our work, always keeping track of the big picture while staying focused on the details of your campaign.
Since opening our doors in 2014, we’ve benefited from carefully vetted vendor and agency partnerships that allow us to work side-by-side with talented creative firms, public relations experts, web developers and other marketing consultants. Building upon these external alliances, we also place great value on fostering strong, communicative relationships with our clients and their internal marketing departments.
Anne Richardson, Principal + Media Director
Anne founded Richardson Media Group in 2014, after more than two decades of planning and implementing multi-platform traditional and digital media campaigns at full service agencies from Portland, ME to Boston, MA. She brings this valuable experience and a practical knowledge of the complexities of the media marketplace to every project. Anne also earned her M.Ed. and taught public school earlier in her career. As a result, she often takes an educational approach to client service and internal agency management. Results-driven and fluent in the language of campaign metrics, Anne sees the big picture with every media and communications strategy she manages. Outside of the office, Anne authors her WomenSpaces blog, and is busy preparing to become a backyard beekeeper in the spring. Her love of bees and growing understanding of their importance to our food chain and the environment has led Anne to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle at home and at work. Moving the company’s office to Portsmouth, NH in the summer of 2018 and her subsequent professional membership in the nonprofit New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility have also contributed to a higher awareness around pivotal social issues poised to define our future.Anne loves to spend her weekends away from work hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Colleen Spear, ’21
Colleen is studying Business Administration and Sustainability, with an option in Social Innovation. Her studies focus on how the private sector impacts the world and how it can do so positively. She has participated in the Clinic several times before and greatly enjoyed her experience. She now joins the group as a peer mentor. Post-college, Colleen plans to stay in New Hampshire and work with companies to transition them to an impact-focused model.
Lilly Bennet, ’22
Lilly is studying Business Administration with a focus in Finance. In her free time, Lilly serves as Chi Omega’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair and works on their Recruitment team. Lilly has always had a passion for enjoying the outdoors and helping others and is excited to learn more about B Corp Companies and to eventually work for one in the future.
Jamie McGee, ’21
Jamie is studying Hotel and Hospitality Management. She is involved in the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega serving as the membership chair this semester, a second-year peer advisor for the UNH Paul College FIRE program, a Paul College Employer Ambassador and a marketing coordinator at Malloy Events. Jamie is excited to be a part of the B Impact Clinic and is looking forward to learning more about sustainability and how she can help create a more sustainable society in her future career.
Emma Porter, ’22
Emma is studying Business Administration with an option in Marketing and has a minor in Information Technology. She is excited to join the B Impact Clinic and develop a better understanding of sustainable and socially responsible business practices. Emma was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island and her favorite things to do are sail, read on the beach and do yoga.
As the country’s leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield takes care with everything it puts into its products and everything it keeps out. By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, Stonyfield has been saying yes to healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet for 35 years. Stonyfield, a Certified B-Corp, is also helping to protect and preserve the next generation of farmers and families through programs like its Direct Milk Supply and Wolfe’s Neck Organic Training Program as well as StonyFIELDS, a nationwide, multi-year initiative to help keep families free from toxic persistent pesticides in parks and playing fields across the country.
Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation
Lisa Drake has a passion for healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. As the Director of Sustainability Innovation at Stonyfield, Lisa has led the development and implementation of innovative strategies to advance the company on its sustainability journey since 2002. She is on the Steering Committees for the Ceres’ coalition (BICEP) and the , the Advisory Board of the , and is co-chair of the Board of Directors for . Prior to Stonyfield, Lisa managed economic development programs for the State of New Jersey and was a project manager and licensed professional engineer for CDM Smith and Barr Engineering. She has BS and MS degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.
Elizabeth Cain, ’21
Elizabeth is majoring in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability and minoring in Business Administration. On campus, she is the Green Office Intern at the UNH Sustainability Institute, Co-President of Net Impact, a Campaign Member for the Student Environmental Action Coalition, and a member of Girl Up and the Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies. With this background, she hopes to pursue a career in corporate sustainability after college. This is her second year with the B Impact Clinic and is excited for more experience with B Corps and their operations.
Brianna Kelly, ’21
Brianna is a Community & Environmental Planning major. She has experience working with environmental non-profits after working for the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) as a part of the Semester in the City program. Brianna is very excited for the opportunity to participate in the B Impact Clinic, learn more about B Corporations and how she can make a difference for our planet.
Kate Cone, ’22
Kate is a Marketing major originally from Boone, North Carolina. She is passionate about sustainability and learning how to incorporate it into different areas of her life. Katie’s professional goal is to have a career where she feels her values align with those of the business she is working for and is contributing to meaningful change in that industry. Katie is an avid baker, concert-goer and loves all things outdoors.
Eric Berry, ’22
Eric Berry is a Marketing and Sustainability dual major. He is passionate about innovative marketing for sustainably driven companies. Eric’s career goals include becoming a consultant for large corporations that aim to follow sustainable initiatives. In his downtime, Eric loves to play soccer with friends and in his hometown is a member of the local sustainability movement, Sustainable Middleboro.