ABOUT US

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

The River Fund draws people together to provide financial and community support for youth to unleash their potential through education and recreation

VISION STATEMENT

A community building a bright future for youth

LET’S TALK

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 Jim Largess, Executive Director of The River Fund, at riverfundmaine@gmail.com or (207) 824 5061.

board Members

Beth Allen
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.

Joe Aloisio 
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.

Dana Bullen
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, Mr. Bullen 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.

Mirzra Cifric
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 Trustee of Endicott College.

Allen Connors 
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
Caitlyn is currently Director of Corporate Initiatives for the Massachusetts New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association where she oversees all aspects of corporate relationships for the chapter as well as the Grants and Foundations column. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Caitlyn worked in non-profit at the Arthritis Foundation and for United Cerebral Palsy. She has been a longtime volunteer with the Inner-City Scholarship Fund in Boston.

Amy Halsted
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 Kavanaugh 
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.

Noah Tanquay-Collins VICE PRESIDENT
A lifelong Mainer, Noah joined the Sunday River team in 2013 where he serves as the resort’s Wedding Sales and Marketing Manager. 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.

Bob Vigneaux SECRETARY
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.

Executive Director

Jim Largess
Jim has been working in resort hospitality since graduating from University of Southern Maine in 1980, including the last twenty-nine years at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine.  An active member of the community, Jim has served on and led numerous state and local boards including The Newry Select Board, Hospitality Maine and the Bingham Forest Authority.