Leslie Anderson

President and CEO

Leslie is the president and chief executive officer of the Propane Gas Association of New England.  She has worked in the propane and regulatory compliance industry for over 25 years, having served as director of risk management and corporate counsel for Dead River Company and bureau director for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Leslie is a graduate of the University of Texas and she holds a master’s degree in environmental management, from the University of Houston, and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.  Leslie is active with the National Propane Gas Association, and the Energy Marketer Associations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Contact me for:

  • PGANE’s Strategic Plan
  • Board Initiatives
  • Legislative issues
  • State Lobbying
  • Go Green with Propane

Caryn Gwizdala

Membership and Office Manager

Caryn is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the office including overseeing the administration and accounting systems, scheduling and planning logistics and details for upcoming events, assisting members with general questions as well as safety and training material needs, and participating with the rest of the PGANE staff in outreach opportunities to promote our membership and the propane industry.  She also helps to coordinate the meetings, activities, and accounting for the NE Propane Foundation.

Contact me for:

  • resource catalog and other training material orders
  • Upcoming events
  • Accounting queries
  • General questions

Byron Breda

Safety & Training Director

Byron is the Safety and Training Director for the Propane Gas Association of New England. He has experience in and has worked in the propane and oil industry for over twenty five years. During that time, he has worked in compliance and safety. Byron also has over 30 years in the fire service as a career firefighter and has served as an officer over seeing all types of emergencies from fire suppression to medical calls to hazardous materials incidents.

Contact me for:

  • Compliance and Safety
  • Code Requirements
  • Training Questions

Olivia Conway

Marketing Specialist

Olivia is the Marketing Specialist for the Propane Gas Association of New England. Olivia graduated from Salve Regina University in 2018 with Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Business Administration. At PGANE, Olivia handles social media, the weekly newsletter, creative material, rebates, and class scheduling.

Contact me for:

  • Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Class Information/To Schedule a Private Class
  • Rebate Information


Steve Chase


Fuel Services
South Hadley, MA

Charlie Ermer

Vice Chairman

Palmer Gas & Oil
Atkinson, NH

Jim Blake


Eastern Propane & Oil
Danvers, MA

Judy Taranovich


Proctor Gas
Proctor, VT

Peter Iacobucci

Immediate Past Chairman

Palmer Gas & Oil
Atkinson, NH

Board Members

Jody Ameden

Vermont – Region 6

Crown Energy Solutions
Windham, NH

Matt Buckley

Rhode Island – Region 9

Casey’s Oil & Propane
Portsmouth, RI

Rick Card

Director at Large

D.F. Richard Energy
Dover, NH

Steve Chase

Massachusetts – NPGA

Fuel Services
South Hadley, MA

David Darrah

Rhode Island – NPGA

AmeriGas Propane L.P.
Peace Dale, RI

Rich Donnell

Massachusetts – Region 7

Superior Plus
Whitinsville, MA

Brian Guarco

Connecticut – Region 10

State Line Propane, LLC
Granby, CT

Norm Guerette

Director at Large

Dead River Company
South Portland, ME

Ryan Jackson

New Hampshire – NPGA

D.F. Richard Energy
Dover, NH

Tom Manson

District 10 – NPGA

Eastern Propane & Oil
Rochester, NH

Dave Marcotte

Maine – Region 2

Champagne’s Energy
Arundel, ME

Troy Phillips

Massachusetts – Region 8

Hall-Trask Equipment
Braintree, MA

Jim Proulx

New Hampshire – Region 4

Proulx Oil & Propane, Inc.
Newmarket, NH

Rick Rowan

Connecticut – NPGA

Rural Gas Company
Trumbull, CT

Mark Saunders

New Hampshire – Region 3

White Mountain Oil & Propane
North Conway, NH

Michael Schmell

Vermont – Region 5

Stone Road Energy
Concord, NH

Judy Taranovich

Vermont – NPGA

Proctor Gas Inc.
Proctor, VT

Andy Tatakis

Connecticut – Region 11

Tarantin Industries, Inc.
Brentwood, NH

Jim Van Uden

Maine – Region 1

R.H. Foster Energy
Hampden, ME

Jeremy Young

Maine – NPGA

Dead River Company
South Portland, ME