Fund Directors

The Fund Directors are a board of twelve alumni volunteers from different eras and different geographical regions. They work closely with the Annual Giving staff throughout the year as advocates, advisors and devoted volunteers to ensure that the Alumni Fund remains a vibrant resource for Bowdoin. Fund Directors are asked to serve based on their record of dedication to the Alumni Fund as Class Agents and as donors. A Fund Director’s term is three years and entails attendance at four meetings per year, two in person (Fall and Spring Annual Conferences) and two conference calls.

Meeting Dates

  • 2015 fall meeting:  October 17-18, 2015
  • 2016 spring meeting: April 1-2, 2016
Kristin Pollock '04 - Chair

Kristin Pollock '04 - Chair

Why do you volunteer for the Fund Directors?
Because I believe in Bowdoin and the offer of the college and see firsthand the positive impact that Bowdoin graduates have on their communities. I treasure my under-graduate experience and want to ensure every Bowdoin Polar Bear has as rich and unique an experience as I did. 
 
What do you do professionally?
Over the last decade, I have served as a development officer at several cultural institutions in Chicago. I currently serve as Director of Individual and Major Giving for Shedd Aquarium. The most important aspect of my role is in building and maintaining relationships, and I have had the opportunity to help advance some fine cultural institutions in Chicago. I’m honored to do my part to help advance an institution, Bowdoin, that I care so much about! 
 
What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
My relationship with Bowdoin is constant and dynamic. Although my four years on campus ended in 2004, the college continues to inform my approach, perspectives and outlook—guided by the relationships that I’ve made through the Bowdoin community, both on campus and post-graduation. With such a diverse and engaged student body, the personality of the college is hard to define precisely, but I recognize some qualities—curiosity, wit, compassion and a respect for community—in alums of all ages.

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Liz Cartland '99 - Vice-Chair

Liz Cartland '99 - Vice-Chair

Why do you volunteer to serve on the Fund Directors?
I am grateful to Bowdoin for the lessons I learned, the relationships I made and the person that it helped me to become. Working as a Class Agent, and now serving, as a Fund Director is a way for me to give back to the school that gave so much to me. I also enjoy the opportunity to engage with Polar Bears from other classes and remain engaged in the college community which has served so many.
 
What do you do professionally?
I have spent my career to date in nonprofit fundraising, primarily working with individual donors on everything from membership to Major and Planned gifts. After graduation from Bowdoin I moved to Boston where I worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Joslin Diabetes Center and most recently the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. In 2013 I became the Director of Development for the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. I work to engage others in a meaningful way with the visual arts and enable people to make lasting impacts on institutions that are important to them. It is wonderful to be doing this back in Maine and closer to Bowdoin!

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
There are many important aspects of my relationship with Bowdoin, but what I value most are the relationships that I have because of Bowdoin. Whether it is my family, my amazing group of friends, professional colleagues or networks, or people that I meet in every day life, when you have Bowdoin in common, the connection and community are instantaneous. I feel lucky to be able to participate in a meaningful way in the continued success of a place so important to me and so many others.

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Mark Bayer '79

Mark Bayer '79

Why do you volunteer to serve on the Fund Directors?
Twenty-five years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” I say, “Everything I really need to know, I learned at Bowdoin.” Although Bowdoin is a better place now than when I was a student, I want to help make it even better.   
 
What do you do professionally?
I am the co-chair of the trial section of a large Texas law firm, although most of my cases take me out of the state. Essentially, I’m a hired gun, handling large business disputes.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
The people! Bowdoin people are different….Smart, engaged, friendly, passionate, interesting, collegial, and worldly. That’s true of the students, alumni, faculty and staff. For me, every visit to campus is reinvigorating and it reminds me why I fell in love with the place almost 40 years ago. I just need to figure out a way to stay full time!

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Jeff Busconi '00

Jeff Busconi '00

Why do you volunteer to serve on the Fund Directors?
I believe the long-term financial position of the College is really important in making additional scholarships and other resources available to students and faculty. It’s rewarding to feel a part of Bowdoin’s growth and continuous improvement. Being involved with the Alumni Fund also allows me to re-connect with classmates each year.

What do you do professionally?
Portfolio Manager at Viking Global Investors, an investment management firm in New York.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
I enjoy belonging to such a committed alumni community. Unless you have attended Bowdoin, it’s hard to appreciate fully the value of the education and experience.

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Bob Forsberg '85

Bob Forsberg '85

Why do you volunteer to serve on the Fund Directors?
During my first 15 years as a Bowdoin Alum, I was a Class Agent, a Decade Class Agent, and a Fund Director. I then took a 10-year respite and re-engaged as a Class Agent during my Class’s 25th Reunion Campaign. This is my second term as a Fund Director. Volunteering for the Alumni Fund is a way for me to give back to a college that has given me so much. It is also a great way to stay connected with my classmates, which I really enjoy.

What do you do professionally?
I am the VP of Sales & Business Development for Sappi North America. Sappi is a South African company that specializes in the manufacture of coated printing papers and specialized cellulose used in the garment industry. In North America, we have two mills in Maine and one mill in Minnesota. I’ve been with Sappi, formerly S. D. Warren, for 30 years in various sales and marketing roles. Interestingly enough I got this job/career from an on-campus interview in the spring of 1985!

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
There are many aspects of Bowdoin that I really enjoy: classmates, alumni, faculty, and the Bowdoin staff. However, most important to me are the seven guys I roomed with out on Potts Point during our senior year. The eight of us have gotten together every year since graduation—30 straight years! Many of those reunions have also included spouses and children. It’s a remarkable tradition that’s forged in our dedication to each other and our belief in “the Offer of the College”.

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Christian Larochelle '12

Christian Larochelle '12

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors? During my senior year at Bowdoin, I worked with others to re-shape what is now known as the Senior Class Gift Campaign. This experience really opened my eyes to the massive impact that the Alumni Fund has on all aspects of life at the College. The Alumni Fund helps provide greater opportunity in the arts, sciences, athletics, campus life, and more broadly through financial aid. In any given academic year, 40-50% of students receive financial aid which can open doors for and change the lives of students. Volunteering as an Alumni Fund Director allows me to help ensure that those who come to Brunswick after me have access to the same opportunities that I did during my four years there.

What do you do professionally?
I currently work as an equities analyst at a fund in Boston where I perform due diligence on existing and potential investments based on fundamental analysis. My coverage responsibilities include all industries except financials and healthcare. I previously spent time at J.P. Morgan in New York working with industrial, aerospace and defense, and transportation companies to execute M&A and financing activities.
 
What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?

Bowdoin is and always will be a part of my family, figuratively and literally, as my five brothers also attended the College. We have taken various paths, which speaks to the value of a Bowdoin education across a number fields.

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Joe Leghorn '74

Joe Leghorn '74

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors? My years at Bowdoin formed who I am today. Helping to support the programs and the students at Bowdoin, especially the College’s commitment to need blind admissions and all grant financial aid, allows me, in some small measure, to repay all those who made Bowdoin possible for me.

What do you do/did you do professionally?
For 37 years, I have been a trial lawyer at large law firms in Chicago and Boston. My career has been helping people solve their problems. My plan is to slow down a bit professionally and to spend more time on my current other passions, organic and sustainable agriculture and food justice.
 
What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?

Growing up in Brooklyn, feeling a part of a community was difficult. Bowdoin was my first experience with a caring and supportive community. Most of my lifelong friends are from Bowdoin. Now, I also have the pleasure to have two daughters who have joined our alumni community. The strength of the Bowdoin community over the 44 years since I matriculated demonstrates the strength and goodness of the College.

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Mary McNamara '83

Mary McNamara '83

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors?
As the oldest of four children and a first-generation college student, I am deeply grateful for the generous financial support Bowdoin offered me. Bowdoin's benevolence also helped my parents meet my siblings' tuition needs when three of us were in college at the same time. Volunteering as a Fund Director is my opportunity to repay my family's debt of gratitude and support need-blind admissions, allowing future Bowdoin students access to a life-changing experience regardless of ability to pay.

What do you do professionally?
The beauty of a Bowdoin education is that it prepares you to do anything and everything. Over the years, I have been a software developer, a marketer, and a consultant. Currently I run a small, healthcare-focused private equity group. I am also an active board member and volunteer in my community.
 
What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?

"The Offer of the College" is on the bulletin board in my kitchen. Every day it reminds me of the world of possibility that I am fortunate to experience because of my relationship with Bowdoin.

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Sara Beard Schiller '92

Sara Beard Schiller '92

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors?
I am deeply grateful for my Bowdoin education and I understand the Alumni Fund’s value in creating opportunities for students.  Serving as a Fund Director allows me to contribute to Bowdoin through my areas of expertise: strategy and marketing.  I also believe that Bowdoin has something to offer Alumni and that through the Alumni Fund graduates can reconnect with Bowdoin and spark new relationships with the College that so deeply shaped their formative years.  Helping others reconnect with Bowdoin is a rewarding experience.

What do you do professionally?
I manage the day-to-day operations of Meet At The Apartment, a creative meeting space that I co-founded with my husband. Meet At The Apartment offers companies an amazing space to hold a strategy or brainstorming session, product launches or focus group. I am also the co-founder of Wooster Collective, which showcases and celebrates ephemeral art placed on city streets around the world. Our mission is to discover and document authentic art experiences via salons, lectures, publishing, gallery shows, and online at www.woostercollective.com. This year we celebrated our 10th Anniversary by curating an exhibit of over 55 of the top street artists in the world. We have published many books and in 2010 released “Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art” with Taschen. In 2006, we organized one of the most significant exhibitions of street art ever at an abandoned building in downtown New York, and "11 Spring" was chosen by the NYTimes as one of the top art exhibitions of the year. As a global voice for street art we have spoken at the Tate Modern, TedX Bloomington and The New Museum. I earned my MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU and for many years did strategy work for Starwood Hotels and as a management consultant. I live in downtown New York with my husband Marc and my daughters Samantha and Charlotte.
 
What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?

I am always learning from the people I meet and work with at Bowdoin. It is these ongoing relationships that are so rewarding and motivate me to continue to support the College.

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Joanie Taylor '03

Joanie Taylor '03

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors?
I volunteer for Bowdoin because I am grateful for the generosity of the alumni who helped make my experience possible. I feel my efforts both honor them and help further the tradition of strong alumni giving. I am especially excited to serve as a fund director so I may help support the Alumni Fund volunteers who work so hard to preserve and enhance the place we love. My primary goal is to boost total participation and I strongly believe consistent alumni gifting benefits the college far beyond individual dollar amounts.

What do you do professionally?
I have spent my career in beauty and wellness marketing and yes, I do have a ridiculously well stocked product closet. I currently work on the global marketing team of a luxury skin care company based in NYC. I focus on consumer engagement and the customer experience across all of the brand’s touchpoints. My fascination with how we care for, present, and experience our physical bodies developed during a research project I completed at Bowdoin.
 
What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?

The community. I have met so many truly fantastic people through Bowdoin. These relationships have inspired, challenged and supported me. Some of these people are classmates, alumni and professors I met while I was a student. Some of them, I met long after we both graduated from Bowdoin. Some didn’t even go to Bowdoin but were introduced to me by Bowdoin alumni. My life continues to be enriched by the Bowdoin community. Also, I miss the dining hall.

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