Fund Directors

Fund Directors 2017

The Alumni Fund Directors play a significant role in shaping the priorities of Bowdoin’s annual alumni giving program. They serve as liaisons between the College and our corps of nearly 900 volunteers and are highly engaged in maintaining and elevating Bowdoin’s annual giving program excellence. They are comprised of 15 members from different eras and geographical regions, and serve a four year term which includes two annual visits to campus for volunteer conferences.

Joanie Taylor '03 - Chair

Joanie Taylor '03 - Chair

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
I volunteer as a Fund Director because I am grateful for the generosity of the alumni who helped make my Bowdoin experience possible and I want to honor and preserve their contributions. Through my service as a Fund Director, I have had the privilege of meeting many of my fellow Class Agents and I look forward to supporting their essential work in FY19. I strongly believe consistent alumni gifting benefits the College and the greater Bowdoin community far beyond individual dollar amounts.

What do you do professionally?
I have an NYC-based integrated marketing consultancy specializing in beauty, wellness, and retail. Client projects range from brand asset development to pop up event concepting to retail boutique curation. While a student at Bowdoin, I was able to explore my interest in how we care for, present, and experience our physical bodies through a fascinating research project (Thank you, Professor Dauge-Roth). After Bowdoin, I worked in marketing for a small French spa brand and have stayed in the holistic beauty space since. Always happy to talk shop!

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
The community. I have met so many extraordinary people through Bowdoin, both when I was a student, and now as an alum. These relationships have inspired, challenged and supported me. My life continues to be enriched by the Bowdoin community. Also, I miss the dining hall.

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Rich Miller '96 - Vice-Chair

Rich Miller '96 - Vice-Chair

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
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 am on campus, I hear more stories about how Bowdoin opened up opportunities for students that would have otherwise been closed off to them financially. It’s 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. The economic diversity of the student body is one of the things that make the college truly special among its peers, and I volunteer for the Alumni Fund to 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 business that provides 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….except when my plane gets delayed during a layover in Newark. :-)

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
I love that the volunteering I do allows me to interact so much with current students and alumni from across so many class years. The headlines are so often discouraging no matter what your political leanings, but I always feel optimistic and proud when I hear about the amazing things that Bowdoin grads and students are doing. They are making the world a better, smarter, more thoughtful place, and that gives me so much hope. Plus: lobstah bakes are never not fun!

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Derek Albanese '93

Derek Albanese '93

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
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, Enterprise Compliance of Unum Group. I lead a team responsible for promoting and ensuring compliance with insurance laws and regulations applicable to the company’s U.S. and EU based affiliates, the U.S. holding company, and third parties.

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 what captures what makes Bowdoin a special place. For me, it is the lifelong relationships and the value of a liberal arts 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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Robert Armstrong '71

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
I am excited about joining the Fund Directors this year and contributing back to Bowdoin some time and effort that the College invested in me many years ago. I have been involved as a Class Agent, BASIC volunteer, and Reunion Chair and would like to do more for the College. Acting as a Fund Director will strengthen my bonds to the College and especially with those of other classes.

What do you do professionally?
I currently am Chief Financial Officer of three companies in Maine: a builder of custom yachts in Thomaston, a hotel in Rockland, and a seafood distributor in Portland. Additionally, I am a consultant with an advisory firm in Burlington, MA and provide assistance and advice to smaller family-owned businesses in Maine, Massachusetts, and Spain.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship to Bowdoin?
I thoroughly enjoy my position as Class Agent for my class interacting with members of my class and the Alumni Fund staff. Reaching out to my classmates and hearing about what they have been up to enhances my understanding and appreciation of what the College has meant to others and how all of us have gone on different paths, but still have a fondness in our hearts for “the best four years of your life.”

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Jeff Busconi '00

Jeff Busconi '00

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
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?
I am currently the Managing Director and Head of Strategy for Global Wealth and Investment Management at Bank of America, and a member of GWIM’s Operating Committee and Executive Management Group. Prior to joining Bank of America, from 2008-2016, I was an Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Viking Global Investors, a global investment firm. I also serve as a Trustee on the Board at The Green Vale School in Old Brookville, NY. I reside in New York with my wife Martha and our four sons.     

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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Kate Chin '08

Kate Chin '08

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
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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E.J. Coveney '91

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
My four years at Bowdoin prepared me for life after college. Staying connected to Bowdoin is very rewarding and I enjoy remaining active in the Bowdoin community on campus, reconnecting with alumni and help being a small part of shaping Bowdoin’s future success.

What do you do professionally?
I started my career at Fidelity Investments three months after Bowdoin graduation and spent my last 26+ years there. I was part of a company that grew from 2,500 employees to more than 45,000 globally. I became a Senior Equities Trader with more than 25 years of capital markets, trading and execution experience while taking on many different roles during my journey there.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
Looking back at my Bowdoin experience it is the friendships that still remain. It was the experiences on campus that helped me build a foundation for life after Bowdoin. But, the most important aspect of my relationship with Bowdoin over the past 12 years is my relationship with the students and their career search. I have enjoyed a great relationship with the Office of Career Services. I have had the pleasure of hiring many Bowdoin students to internships after their junior year and hiring for full time employment after their graduation. Plus I have enjoyed helping many other students make connections for career opportunities at other companies.

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Bob Forsberg '85

Bob Forsberg '85

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
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 and specialty packaging 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—33 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 as a Fund Director?
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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Charlotte O'Halloran '13

Charlotte O'Halloran '13

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
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 important alumni participation is for ensuring Bowdoin is able to maintain its uncompromising commitment to financial aid, academics and student life. Volunteering helps me stay connected to my class and the larger Bowdoin community.
 
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 advisory. My focus is advisory, product research, and portfolio construction. Before McKinsey, I was an Associate at Cambridge Associates, an institutional investment advisory firm. At Cambridge I worked with endowments, foundations and private families on asset allocation and 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 network of friends, professors, faculty and staff with whom I engaged regularly. As an alum, I continue to view this network as invaluable. 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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Susan L. Pardus ‘86

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
Volunteering for Bowdoin is a great way to stay connected and to give back to the College. I had a very positive experience at Bowdoin and want to help ensure Bowdoin remains strong and others are afforded a similar opportunity. I truly value the relationships and contributions of Alumni across many classes.   

What do you do professionally?
I currently serve as a Partner with KLR Executive Search Group where I focus on executive level retained search engagements for clients in the Firm’s Financial Services, Non-profit, Real Estate, and Middle Market practice groups. I joined KLR Executive Search Group in conjunction with the merger of Kiradjieff & Goode, where I was an Executive Vice President & Equity Partner. Previously, I was a Senior Vice President & Managing Director at Fleet and Bank of America. Early in my career, I successfully completed the Loan Officer Development Program at BankBoston and subsequently worked in several Corporate Banking Groups. In addition to volunteering for Bowdoin, I have been actively involved with youth sports and currently participate in running and cycling events that raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s, Cancer, and ALS.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
People are what make Bowdoin special. Bowdoin is a community. I am blessed to have wonderful life-long friendships with classmates from my days at Bowdoin. In addition, I have been fortunate to have established incredible relationships with Alumni from many generations. Bowdoin ties are incredibly strong.  In addition, I am a proponent of the Liberal Arts education and the need for collaboration in today’s society. Bowdoin provides the foundation for motivated young adults to learn how to think critically, communicate effectively, and have a positive impact.

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Courtney Ravenscroft '01

Courtney Ravenscroft '01

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
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, while also ensuring that future students have the access and opportunity benefit from "the offer of the college." Any chance to reconnect with Polar Bears is a good one, but it’s infinitely more meaningful when I can help reengage them with the current college community.

What do you do professionally?
I've dedicated my career and volunteer efforts to building mutually beneficial relationships between non-profit organizations and their constituents through targeted fundraising and communications and marketing strategies. 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. I’m currently a fundraising and communications consultant working to assist clients ranging from independent schools and universities to education professional organizations exceed their constituent engagement and revenue goals.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
While there are many important aspects of my relationship with Bowdoin, the most impactful 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 deeply grateful for the opportunity to give back to a community who has given me so much.

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Shoshana Sicks '04

Shoshana Sicks '04

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
I view my work with the Fund Directors as both a way to give back and a way to learn more. Like so many others, Bowdoin, through the people I met and opportunities I had there, shaped who I am today and I am eager to enable the same access and experiences for many future generations. I have been pleasantly surprised again and again by how much impact class agent outreach can have, and I hope to expand upon the rewards of reconnecting with fellow Polar Bears and helping advance the mission of the College in this work. I am also a doctoral student in higher education, so serving on the Fund Directors gives me an opportunity to learn about Bowdoin and about alumni engagement, stewardship, development and other aspects of the field from a very meaningful perspective.


What do you do professionally?
I have worked in higher education administration since I graduated from Bowdoin, including admissions, financial aid, study abroad programs and student and curricular affairs. Currently, I am the administrative director for the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Our team works across health disciplines to enhance team-based, patient-centered healthcare delivery through innovations in education, collaborative practice, faculty development and scholarship. This work provides both students and clinicians teamwork and communication training and facilitates research with the goal of improving teamwork in practice and thus producing better patient outcomes.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
The community of talented, caring and energetic people from Bowdoin immediately stands out, but beyond that, I am proud of the incredible and diverse ways they are impacting the world, no doubt influenced by Bowdoin's commitment to the Common Good, and by its support of access and completion for students from all backgrounds.

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Gordon Stearns '81

Gordon Stearns '81

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
My work as Class Agent has given me years of pleasure. I have a great reason for catching up with classmates. Also, through my soliciting the generosity of our Alumni I am able to give back to the College some of the generous financial aid it gave to me as a student. My first job was as an intern in Bowdoin’s Dean of Students’ Office, and BASIC volunteering began that same year. Adding my role as a Fund Director to my Class Agent position offers another opportunity to assist the College in its outreach.

What do you do professionally?
I have spent the past thirty-one years working as an international tour operator. My company, Tour Designs, Inc., specializes in travel to Eastern Europe, Russia, the Baltic and Central Asian countries, and recently China. I custom-design educational and tourist programs - for government leaders, vacationers, college alumni, and students from middle school to graduate school levels. Working on unique tours, often in conjunction with embassy, museum and/or university hosts, has been very exciting during a period of extraordinary change. My application to Bowdoin included an essay speaking of the many benefits I had received from living abroad as a child. A generation later I am enjoying being able to share travel to many destinations with my wife and three children.

What is the most important aspect of your relationship with Bowdoin?
I am constantly reminded of how much my time at Bowdoin shaped the way in which I view the world. I see the benefits of “The Offer” in my time and work with family, Bowdoin, community, church, and my career. Making friends, from new places and with brand new ideas, as a student, has become my excitement when hearing what old friends are doing and what they see as important in their lives. So many of my classmates agree that the real benefits they gained while on campus are specific to Bowdoin and its community. I hope that our support for the College will continue that belief among alumni to come.

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Brian Sung '95

Brian Sung '95

Why do you volunteer as a Fund Director?
Bowdoin has been one of the most important parts of shaping and forming who I am and who 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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