Fund Directors

Fund Directors 2016

The Fund Directors are a board of sixteen 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 four years and entails attendance at four meetings per year, two in person (Fall and Spring Annual Conferences) and two conference calls.

Meeting Dates

  • 2016 fall conference: Thursday-Saturday, September 22-24, 2016
  • 2017 spring meeting: Thursday-Saturday, March 30-April 1, 2017
Mark Bayer '79 - Chair

Mark Bayer '79 - Chair

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 Dallas office managing partner of a large national law firm. Essentially, I’m a hired gun, handling large business disputes around the country.

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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Joanie Taylor '03 - Vice-Chair

Joanie Taylor '03 - Vice-Chair

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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Derek Albanese '93

Derek Albanese '93

Why do you volunteer to serve on the Fund Directors?
It is a great opportunity to stay connected with the College and contribute to Bowdoin’s mission in a meaningful way. I really enjoy working with fellow classmates and alumni across different generations on common goals to advance the cause and create high impact opportunities for students.

What do you do professionally?
I am currently Assistant Vice President, U.S. Compliance Officer for a Fortune 500 insurance company. As a senior member of the compliance management team, I drive strategy, planning and execution to minimize risk and promote the Company’s brand.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
The Offer of the College is a remarkably enduring vision, and I think the essence of it captures what makes Bowdoin a special place. For me it is the lifelong relationships and the value of a liberal education. In addition, Bowdoin has always been a central part of my life. My father (Class of ’71) and sister (Class of ’95) are also graduates of the College.

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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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Liz Cartland '99

Liz Cartland '99

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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Kate Chin '08

Kate Chin '08

Why do you volunteer to serve on the Fund Directors?
I believe in Bowdoin and the offer of the college. My four years at Bowdoin helped to shape who I am today. I strive to give back to the Bowdoin community and ensure the positive, nurturing community that I experienced continues for future students.
 
What do you do professionally?
Upon graduation from Bowdoin, I began working for Procter and Gamble in its Customer Business Development Organization. I have worked with top retailers to create strategic customer and business partnerships by using innovative solutions for challenging business problems. Assignments thus far have included sales management, creating and implementing short and long term sales strategy, upstream innovation planning, white space development, and most currently leading a cross-functional sales team.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
The relationships that I have had at Bowdoin with peers, coaches and faculty is the most important aspect of my connection with Bowdoin.

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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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Nathaniel Harrison '68

Nathaniel Harrison '68

Why do you volunteer for the Fund Directors?
I consider my activities as a fund director to be the logical extension of my work as a class agent. Overall, my commitment to fund raising for Bowdoin largely reflects the pride I take in the College’s very enlightened decision a few years ago to replace student loans with grants. I felt that such an initiative deserved a stepped-up engagement on my part. 
 
What do you do professionally?
I retired in November 2011 after a 38- year career as a journalist, nearly 30 of which were spent as an editor and correspondent with the English service of the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP). My time with AFP included a five-year assignment in Nicosia, Cyprus, the agency’s Middle East bureau, and five years in Washington DC, as well as 20 years at headquarters in Paris. My wife and I returned to the United States in September 2014. I now devote much of my time to the movement against mass incarceration in the United States, in particular a campaign to abolish sentences that impose life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.  
 
What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
Gratitude, pride and many good memories of coming of age in in the late 60s in a friendly and broad-minded environment at an exhilarating time of great social and political turmoil. “To be young was very heaven.” (Wordsworth)

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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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Rich Miller '96

Rich Miller '96

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors?
Attending Bowdoin was life-changing for me, like it has been for so many Bowdoin kids from underprivileged backgrounds who’ve been the first in their families to attend college. A place like Bowdoin would have been out of reach financially for me without the unique, long-standing commitment that the college has made to be accessible regardless of students’ backgrounds. What always amazes me is how many other Bowdoin students have similar stories. Every time I have a chance to talk with alumni and current students, I hear stories about how Bowdoin opened up opportunities for them that would have otherwise been closed off to them financially. It’s inspiring stuff that is an example of the American Dream in action—the same dream my mom had when she came here as a kid only knowing a handful of words in English. So many Bowdoin students and alumni have similar stories, and the economic diversity of the student body is one of the things that make the college truly special among its peers. I volunteer for the college not only to help show my gratitude but also to do my part in helping Bowdoin continue that commitment to the next generation of kids.

What do you do professionally?
I’m very lucky to be doing something that combines two things I always wanted to do: writing and being my own boss. I run a small business doing technical writing and business communications for emerging technology companies. My clients tend to be engineers and programmers and other very smart people who need help explaining what they do to customers, investors, partners…and, most importantly, their moms. That is where I come in. I take the very complex work they are doing, and I make it understandable and compelling to a variety of audiences. I am a mega-geek at heart, so it’s heaven for me. This work is also directly related to things I did back in my days at Bowdoin, including my time volunteering as a Writing Assistant in the Writing Project. Best of all, I get to work in a place just as beautiful as Maine: I live in very green, very quirky Portland, Oregon. It’s a long way from Maine, but Bowdoin never feels very far away.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
One of the reasons Bowdoin is near and dear to my heart is that I met my wife Lisa (Class of ’97) there. We came to Brunswick from different corners of the country and would never have met if not for Bowdoin. Meeting Lisa there would be plenty on its own, but Bowdoin means so much more than that. The college’s focus on the Common Good resonated deeply with me when I was a student, and I have carried that with me ever since. Bowdoin helps turn talented kids into great human beings who head out in the world each year and help make the world a better place in both big and small ways. The world needs more of that, and it makes me very proud to be associated with the college.

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Charlotte O'Halloran '13

Charlotte O'Halloran '13

Why do you volunteer to serve on the Fund Directors?
It’s incredibly rewarding to be part of a group that has such a tangible impact on Bowdoin. As a volunteer I’ve learned how critical alumni participation is for ensuring Bowdoin is able to maintain its uncompromising commitment to financial aid, academics and student life. Volunteering not only helps me stay connected to my class and the larger Bowdoin community but also gives me the opportunity to share my perspective and work with others in a way that is goal-oriented and results-driven.
 
What do you do professionally?
I work for an investment management group within McKinsey & Company that specializes in hedge fund and private equity portfolio management and client advisory. My focus is advisory, product research, and portfolio construction. Prior to this role, I spent my two years after Bowdoin at Cambridge Associates, an institutional investment advisory firm. At Cambridge I worked with a variety of non-profit endowments and private families on asset allocation and active manager selection decisions.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
The community. As a student I was always humbled by the supportive network of friends, professors, faculty and staff with whom I engaged regularly. As an alum, I continue to view this network as invaluable and irreplaceable. Bowdoin’s community – its intelligent and kind people, generous resources, and excellent quality of life – is what makes it truly unique and worth investing in.

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Courtney Ravenscroft '01

Courtney Ravenscroft '01

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors?
Beyond the offer of being the “best four years of your life,” Bowdoin has shaped who I am and who I strive to be…and for that I will always be grateful. Serving as a Fund Director provides me with a chance to support the faculty and staff who mentored me and my friends, while also ensuring that future students have the access and opportunity to enjoy their own Bowdoin experiences. Any chance to reconnect with Polar Bears is a good one, but it’s infinitely more meaningful when it’s paired with a chance to relive shared Bowdoin memories and offer ways in which they can reengage with the current college community.

What do you do professionally?
I've focused my professional efforts, to-date, in communications and development work on behalf nonprofit organizations, focusing on ways to build mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their constituents. Helping individuals reconnect with organizations that are important to them, specifically giving individuals the opportunity to further the success of their alma mater, is particularly meaningful for me. After working at Waynflete School (ME) and Tufts University(MA), I'm now serving as a communications associate at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and I continue to serve on several professional development organizations that allow me to collaborate with colleagues at Bowdoin.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
I remember, vividly, taking my first tour of Bowdoin and feeling instantly at home. While there are many important aspects of my relationship with Bowdoin, the most important piece will always be the relationships I’ve developed thanks to Bowdoin. I met my husband in an art history course in the VAC; some of my most dear friendships were forged in Appleton Hall, Russwurm House, Hubbard Hall, and in collaboration with members of the communications, development, student activities, and dean’s offices. Bowdoin is truly a tie that binds and spans generations. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to a community who has given me so much and share ways in which fellow Polar Bears can reengage with the college to both rediscover the magic that was our Bowdoin experience and help provide the same for future students.

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Brian Sung '95

Brian Sung '95

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors?
Bowdoin has been one of the most important parts of shaping and forming whom I am and whom I hope to be. I've worked as a class agent for many years in order to assist the college in having the resources to positively influence future generations of students, and I was honored to be asked to work as a Fund Director so that I can assist in continuing to further the college's mission.

What do you do professionally?
I started out as a school teacher, then went to law school and was a litigator at a large law firm for a half dozen years. In 2007, I switched over from practicing to working on the business side of law firms, focusing on business development, strategy, and marketing issues. Currently, I am managing a family home office.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
The twenty five plus years of friendships created from four years on campus. Not a day goes by where I'm not in touch with someone from the college.

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Sally Vallimarescu '76

Sally Vallimarescu '76

Why do you volunteer on the Fund Directors?
I was honored to be asked to serve as a Fund Director. I believe in Bowdoin and the importance of a liberal arts education. The College requires the support of its entire community to secure its future and to be able to continue to attract the best students from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. I look forward to working with fellow alumni and members of the Development Office to make a meaningful difference for the future of Bowdoin.

What do you do professionally?
I am the Director of the Capital Campaign and Planned Giving at The Dalton School in New York City. My children are all graduates of Dalton. I first became involved with the school as a parent volunteer in the Development Office. I was asked to join the staff as a part-time employee and then became Director of the Annual Fund. I served in this role for a year and a half before being named Campaign Director. The school raised $56.1 million for its 5-year campaign that concluded in December 2012, exceeding its $50 million goal. We are soon to embark on our next campaign in celebration of Dalton’s 100th birthday.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
Bowdoin has been a part of my family for as far back as I can remember. My father, Class of ’51, was devoted to the College and instilled in me the importance of “giving back” by the example he set. He was a man of modest means, yet established a scholarship fund to allow others the same opportunities afforded him. He was beyond thrilled when I was accepted into Bowdoin’s second class of women. I experienced this same joy upon learning that my daughter and son would matriculate at Bowdoin. This generational legacy means the world to my family and collectively, we will do our part to ensure that Bowdoin remains strong and at the top of its game well into the future. As an alumna of this magnificent College, I consider this my responsibility.

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