Our Team

Josh Doucette

CEO & President

Josh has over 20 years experience in the irrigation field. He wears multiple hats within the company, from estimating projects to overseeing the day to day activities- whether in the office, or on the project site. His hands-on approach and hardworking ethic, which has been his philosophy from the beginning, has proven to be the fundamental backbone of the company.

Josh graduated from the University of Southern Maine in Portland with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. He is a member of both the Irrigation Association and the Irrigation Association of New England (IANE). He is currently a Board member of the IANE having also served on the board of directors from 2007-2010. Josh is Maine’s only Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA). He is also a Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC), a certified Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting Contractor, an EPA Water Sense Partner and is certified in Erosion Control Practices through the EPA.

Josh enjoys spending time with his family outside of work. You might also find him at the lake or snowmobiling.

Nadia Doucette

CFO & Office Administrator 

Nadia is not a stranger to hard work and getting her hands dirty; in the early days at Thirsty Turf, you could find her on the job site. Currently she works in the office, overseeing the company’s financial data and managing vendor relationships. Her background includes several years of management and customer service. She enjoys working closely with clients and our team to ensure a smooth working relationship.

When not in the office, Nadia is with her four children, attending sporting events or cooking (for her large family!).

Andrea Gooch

Office Manager

Delivering exceptional customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Andrea. As Thirsty Turf’s Office Manager, she is responsible for all office procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Andrea regularly finds herself drawing on her education in business as well as her entrepreneurial skills. For several years, Andrea ran a busy and successful trailer shop alongside her brother.

You can find Andrea with her family, attending classes at the local college or participating in a community event when she is not at Thirst Turf. She enjoys skiing, swimming at their lake home, and watching their children race go-karts and play sports.

Ross Maddocks

Irrigation Service Manager & Landscape Lighting Designer

Ross has been in the irrigation trade for over 18 years, and with Thirsty Turf since 2000. He directs the service crews on a day-to-day basis, and is also the head of the Landscape Lighting Division. Ross is friendly, knowledgeable, and pays careful attention to the many details along the way.  His depth of knowledge, expertise, and dependability help reinforce the company’s essence. “We build strong relationships with our clients, we’re like family!”. 

Ross is certified by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and also through CAST Lighting for Landscape Lighting Design & Installation, and Advanced Landscaped Lighting Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Repair. He holds a certification through Hunter as well as a certificate in Erosion Control Practices through the EPA. 

When not at work, Ross enjoys time with his wife and son on their boat, visiting family on Casco Bay, and watching their son play sports. Ross enjoys playing golf, snowmobiling, and photography has always been a passion.

Andrew Cary

Commercial Project Manager/Snow Services

Since 2003, Andy has overseen Thirsty Turf’s commercial, athletic, and golf course installations. He also assists in the commercial design work and layout. Andy brings many years of construction experience to the job, and with his leadership skills he is able to execute his ideas with precision and accuracy. “The most gratifying experience for me was the installation and completion of the irrigation system at Colby College, a state of the art synthetic turf project.”

Andy graduated from Plymouth State College. He is certified through the Maine Public Utilities Commission;  he is also a Hunter certified irrigation technician and is certified in Erosion Control Practices through the EPA. 

When not on the job, Andy is spending time with his wife and three children. He is an avid outdoorsman- he hunts, fishes and snowmobiles.

Gary Keniston

Project Coordinator

In the spring of 2010, Thirsty Turf embraced Gary as part of the team.  Gary takes great pride in guiding his crew through the installation process delivering nothing but exceptional results.  As a result of his proficiency in hydraulics and system design, he has worked all over the state installing and servicing irrigation systems for the last 18 years. Gary is certified in Erosion Control Practices through the EPA. 

“Overseeing and being a part of the project at Mt. Blue in Farmington, Maine was a highlight for me at Thirsty Turf. It was rewarding to see how well our team worked together.”

When not on the job site, Gary enjoys being with his wife and two children. He also enjoys snowmobiling, fishing and hunting (and watching Jeopardy.).

Mike Jonaitis

Project Coordinator

Mike started working with TTI in 2009, while still in high school. Over the years, and hundreds of projects later, Mike has developed an extensive irrigation and construction knowledge base. “One of the best things about being a part of Thirsty Turf is we really work together as one big team, and everyone is always willing to assist one another.” Mike is a Hunter Certified Technician and is certified in Erosion Control Practices through the EPA.

“One of my favorite memories was working for President Bush Sr. and The First Lady, and witnessing their excitement.” 

Mike always finds time for his family and friends outside of work. He enjoys hiking, hunting, swimming and disc golf. “Mostly I like being outdoors.”

Bob Koteles

Project Coordinator

In 2015 we welcomed Bob to our team.  Bob grew up in Connecticut and worked alongside his father installing and repairing irrigation systems since the age of 15. More recently, he worked for an irrigation supplier company. Bob holds several service technician certifications from Connecticut, and has attended numerous training seminars and trade shows.

Bob grew up around the water, and naturally likes fishing and the outdoors. He enjoys being with his family, snowboarding and motorsports in his free time.

Zac Lenahan

Service Technician

Zac began working for Thirsty Turf in 2007 on our residential installation crew, and soon after sought out more challenging work from within the company. Zac’s earlier experiences learned on the job site have allowed him to gather the right information in order to find the solution to complex problems. His outgoing and approachable personality is recognized and always appreciated by our customers. Zac is a certified Hunter technician.

Zac enjoys spending time with his family, and he welcomed his first daughter to the world in 2013. Zac has a passion for sports, especially golf. “I met most, if not all of my friends while playing golf at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.”

Trevor Webb

Service Technician

Trevor joined our team in 2015, and is a Hunter certified irrigation technician.

His favorite part about being part of the TTI team is “working with a great group of guys that have fun, but also work hard”.

Our customers value his outgoing personality and incredible problem solving skills.

When not at work, Trevor can be found spending time with his friends.

 

Josh Ross, Jr.

Service Technician

JR came aboard our team in 2014. He brings with him a broad knowledge of excavating and machinery. JR is a hunter certified irrigation technician who has a passion for learning. His critical thinking and trouble-shooting techniques allow him to diagnose and repair any problem at hand.

When not repairing sprinkler heads, JR can be found spending time with his family and children. He has a passion for playing the guitar and writing songs.  JR enjoys building model planes, boats and cars.

Derek Hawkes

Utility Construction Foreman

Derek joined our irrigation install team in 2012 and more recently guides and supervises the temporary water install projects working along side local utility companies and general contractors. 

 

 

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