THE RIVER FUND
Just look around. How fortunate we are to be in an area where local residents, second home-owners, and visitors from around the world come together to spend time with family and friends and to enjoy our beautiful mountain playground. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to enjoy all our area has to offer. Or has the opportunity to build a fulfilling life here.
So in 2018, The River Fund was founded with the goal of creating educational and recreational opportunities and experiences that can truly change kids’ lives. By opening new vistas, nurturing aspirations, and providing support for dreams, The River Fund focuses on bringing the all of us who live, work, and play here together to help youth unleash their potential. It’s the strength of this community that can build a better future for youth.
The River Fund draws people together to provide financial and community support for youth to unleash their potential through education and recreation
A community building a bright future for youth
If you have questions or would like more information about who we are or what we stand for, please reach out. We would love to hear from you. Contact Noah Tanguay-Collins, Executive Director of The River Fund, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 418-0452.
Stuart is CEO & Managing Partner of Ora ADG, where his acumen in science and business has helped grow Ora from a small family business to a multinational clinical research organization. Driven by a passion for innovation, Stuart has 20 years of broad experience in business and marketing strategy, international operations, M&A, licensing, product and business model innovation. In addition to serving on multiple nonprofit and corporate boards, Stuart has shown his active commitment to Maine youth by serving as a Trustee for both Bates College and Gould Academy.
Beth has been the Board Chair of the Copenhagen International School U.S. Foundation since 2016 and was a Board Member of the Copenhagen International School prior to that. She has held various positions within her community: leading fundraising efforts and serving as president of various philanthropic organizations, including supporting afterschool programs at the Ronald McDonald House of New York City. Earlier in her career, Beth held manufacturing management positions with Frito-Lay and Kraft General Foods.
Recently retired, Joe has served as the Engineering Manager at Sunday River Resort for the last thirty years. He is active in the community serving on the Mahoosuc Land Trust Board the Board of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council and previously the Newry Planning Board.
With more than 30 years of ski industry and management experience, Dana Bullen currently serves as the President and General Manager of Sunday River. An inductee into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 for his many contributions to the state’s ski industry, Dana has spent his career not only growing the resort, but also fostering a positive and philanthropic relationship with the region surrounding Sunday River through the Sunday River Community Fund.
Mirza Cifric is co-founder and currently CEO of Veritas Genetics. Although beginning as an Electrical Engineer, Mirza quickly moved in creating companies that stand at the intersection of technology and biology. As dedicated entrepreneur in the life sciences space, Mirza has founded and successfully sold three other companies before creating Veritas. In addition to being an angel investor in life sciences companies, Mirza sits on several company and not-for-profit boards. He is also a former Trustee of Endicott College.
Allen has over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry and is a Managing Partner of The Bethel inn Resort. Active in the community, Allen has served on numerous boards including: The New England Inns and Resorts Association, as State Vice President; Western Maine Health, Board of Trustees and Finance Committee; The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, as President; Rotary Club of Bethel, as Club Services Chair and is currently on the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s National Resort Committee, as a member of the Executive Board of Directors.
Caitlyn Ellis VICE PRESIDENT
Caitlyn is the Executive Director of Find The Cause Breast Cancer Foundation in Framingham, funding cutting edge research on the environmental risk factors for cancer. Prior to that, Caitlyn was the Director of Corporate Initiatives for the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association where she grew corporate and foundation support to multi-million dollar revenue annually. Caitlyn has had a long career in nonprofit work including United Cerebral Palsy and the Arthritis Foundation. Caitlyn and her husband Jason have a home in Newry where they enjoy spending time as part of the Sunday River community.
Lisa Gordon is Co-Founder and Managing Director at Gordway Technology Partners, a cloud-native digital solutions company headquartered in Boston. Lisa is also a Partner in Gordway Group, an Independent consulting practice, counseling not-for-profit, start-up and pre-IPO companies in strategic planning, implementation of new business initiatives and corporate communications. Lisa has served on many nonprofit boards leading fundraising efforts, participating in grant making and grant oversight and participating in strategic planning, among other activities, and volunteers with several non-profit organizations. Lisa and her family have a second home in Newry and are enthusiastic participants in the Sunday River Resort community.
Amy Halsted, Creative Director, provides creative marketing communications and management consulting and is the founder of Table Rock Arts Center in Bethel. Amy has been involved in numerous environmental sustainability organizations including The Climate Reality Project, the Coastal Conservation Association, The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Rainforest Alliance.
Leslie Jones PRESIDENT
Leslie served as head of Corporate Audit, Director of Engineering Services, and as Chief Information Officer for General Instrument, the world’s largest provider of equipment for the cable industry, before joining Motorola in 2000. She completed her career as Senior Vice-President & Chief Information Officer for Motorola Solutions. In additional to broad technology advisory board work, Leslie has been active in board committee activities for the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and has served as an Executive Trustee for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
Wade grew up in Winthrop, Maine and received a degree in Economics from Bowdoin College. After first teaching and coaching at Gould Academy, Wade spent a decade in Brooklyn, NY in a collaborative art practice. When Wade is not engaged in showing his work internationally, he and his wife re-opened The Gem, the local movie theater in Bethel.
Jim Oliver TREASURER
Jim has recently retired after 40 years in the healthcare field, the last 10 as President and CEO of Yankee Alliance, Inc. a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing operating costs of its members through aggregating their buying power and data. His success is reflected in the numerous awards he has received for supply chain excellence in healthcare. Jim has made further contributions through his participation in the International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC), an organization that refurbishes medical supplies for third world countries and by serving on university advisory councils.
Bob Vigneaux SECRETARY / COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Bob has been working in the investment industry for over twenty-five years in various business development roles since graduating with an MBA and BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Noah is well known within the Sunday River and greater Bethel communities and has a keen sense about knitting together the local, second homeowner and visitor populations. A regular host of OutsideTV’s “Wake Up Sunday River!”, Tanguay-Collins has worked at Sunday River Resort since 2016 in increasingly dynamic positions, most recently in the management and growth of Sunday River’s wedding business. When several years ago, The River Fund Maine developed from the former Sunday River Community Fund, Tanguay-Collins facilitated its vision, mission, and core tenets along with a talented team of devoted and soon-to-be-appointed directors. Noah served as Director of Fundraising and Co-President of Endicott College’s DECA Organization, and as Vice-President of the Sunday River Community Fund’s Advisory Board. Noah is also an active participant in Endicott College’s Gold Alumni Council and Cornerstone Society.