Alumni Association Board of Directors

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Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Franklin Pierce Alumni Association Board of Directors (AABOD) oversees efforts to advance, support, and foster lifelong bonds between alumni, students, and the University. The AABOD is composed of volunteers who demonstrate service, leadership, and Pierce Pride, along with a strong understanding of the mission of the Alumni Association and University.

The AABOD works closely alongside the Director of Alumni & Parents Relations to plan Alumni Reunion Weekend, Homecoming, and other Pierce events held on any of our five campuses or throughout the country. This group of dedicated volunteers also oversees the Alumni Scholarship Programs, Alumni Service Awards, and supports current students with career mentoring and networking opportunities.

Bob Riley President

Bob Riley ’82
Volunteer: 2007 – Present

Bob joined the board to reconnect with the University. "I had a great experience at Franklin Pierce and still consider Pierce a special place. Volunteering allows me to share my job experiences and career skills to help and give back." Bob is the newly elected President of the Alumni Association; his main objective is to advance the mission of the Association by supporting the interests of the University and fostering strong lifelong bonds between the University and its alumni body. 


Vice President, Academic Relations
Marcy Fink ’73
Volunteer: 2006 – Present
Marcy joined the board because she felt it was important to support and give back to the University. She was the Associate Program Manager for foreign military sales for the Program Executive Office of the U.S. Army’s Electronic and Intelligence Warfare, Product Manager Radars. Marcy retired after 40 years of service to the US Army in 2012. She happily retired in Lewes, Delaware, with her husband Art ’72.

Marcy Fink

Henry Ellis  Vice President, Membership, By-Laws, & Elections

Henry Ellis ’69
Volunteer: 2005 – Present
Henry got involved with the AABOD as a result of the fact that Franklin Pierce “has a connection to almost every aspect of my life, from meeting my wife to my work as a teacher.  I doubt that I can ever pay back completely what I believe I owe Franklin Pierce, but I intend to keep trying.” Henry has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for the past 10 years, three of which he served as the President. In his current position, he is making the by-laws easier to work with and bringing new members to the Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Vice President, External Relations
Nicole Torday ’98
Volunteer: 2004 – Present
Nikki joined the board because she wanted to give back to the University that gave her so much. Through local chapters, she hopes to encourage all her fellow alums to come back to see what is going on with the University they know, love, and that gave them so much. Nikki also wants to show the current students what they have to look forward to when they graduate, and what the alumni can do for them. Nikki works as a nursery school teacher; her Franklin Pierce education is put to good use every day on the job. Nikki also volunteers with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, and The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry.

Nikki Torday

Jenn Forry

Vice President, Reunion & Homecoming Weekends
Jennifer Scott Forry ’04
Volunteer: 2012 – Present
Jennifer joined the board to give back and stay connected to Franklin Pierce. She is the Assistant Dean of Students at Newbury College. Jennifer is a past President of the Boston Area College Housing Association (BACHA) and is the incoming President of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association (MCPA). She lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.


Director
Scott Babitts ’73, P’09
Volunteer: 2006 – Present
Scott wanted to give back to Franklin Pierce and got involved with the AABOD to do that. He got into sales in the pharmaceutical industry upon graduation, and then joined a family business 35 years ago. He is now the President of Stewart Howard Interiors, a wholesale manufacturer of draperies and custom window treatments. Scott and his wife Katie have two sons; one is a 2009 graduate of Franklin Pierce.

Scott Babitts

Danny Becker  Director

Danny Becker ’70
Volunteer: 2015 – Present
Danny was voted onto the Alumni Board this past June and is excited about this new volunteer opportunity.  He wants to preserve the legacy of Franklin Pierce College for all the past and future alumni. Giving back is the best way to help others like myself, who was not the best student in high school. Pierce gave me the opportunity to pursue my goals and career.” Danny resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts, with his family.


Director

Kimberly Cook Neher ’89
Volunteer: 2015 – Present
“Joining the Alumni Board was an opportunity to reconnect with Pierce and help shape its future. I want to lend my support by planning successful events, promoting the University, supporting its staff, and engaging fellow alumni to ensure the continued success of Franklin Pierce. We gained so much more than an education from our days in college. Giving to Pierce is a way to say thank you and to help support the next generation. I want others to have the life changing experiences that I had at Franklin Pierce.”

Kim Neher 

Art Fink 

Director 
Arthur Fink ’72
Volunteer: 2006 – Present
Arthur joined the Board “to repay Franklin Pierce for my wonderful experience as a student. This is my way of saying thank you.” Arthur worked in manufacturing for 40 years and has retired with his wife, Marcy ’73, to a new home in Delaware. They are enjoying their new life and staying active in the Alumni Association. Arthur keeps active with home improvement projects and with his classic cars.


Director
Chris Holman ’99
Volunteer: 2012 – Present
Chris, a.k.a. CJ the DJ, has a long history of community involvement and was elected for a three-year term as Selectman for Fitzwilliam in 2014. He is involved in numerous local nonprofit and civic organizations. While attending Franklin Pierce, Chris worked for the library and began a part-time career as a private DJ. Chris hopes to create an FPU Business Networking Group. He lives close to campus and would love to meet you when you are in the area.  

Chris Holman 

David Masse 

Director
David Masse ’83
Volunteer: 2013 – Present
David joined the Alumni Board to give back to the University. “Franklin Pierce gave me a solid foundation and I hope to encourage past and future graduates to participate in alumni events.” David is currently an IT Manager for Schneider Electric. He is the Senior Warden at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Center at the University of Rhode Island, is the coach for Chariho Little League Baseball, and is a member of Ocean State PMI as well as Rhode Island Men’s Senior Baseball League. 


Director
James McDonald ’75
Volunteer: 2014 – Present
Jimmy said Franklin Pierce gave him the opportunity for an excellent education and prepared him well for a career. Early on, he decided that he would head back to Franklin Pierce someday to get involved. Jimmy enjoyed a 32-year career with United Technologies, where he worked in a variety of positions. Jimmy recently retired and enjoys fishing, tie flies, hanging around the marina, and driving his jeep with a smile – “Thanks to Franklin Pierce.” Jimmy also volunteers at a Veteran Homeless Shelter, as well as with the Special Olympics and a local church, which ministers to elderly and handicapped individuals.

Jimmy McDonald 

Kim Riley 

Director
Kim (Lewis) Riley ’83
Volunteer: 2007 – Present
Kim joined the Board to give back to the University for all the support and encouragement she received as a student. She loves being a volunteer, meeting other alumni across class years, and making new friends. "I'm supporting Franklin Pierce, which has a special place in my heart. I feel I'm helping to make a difference."


Director
Josh Sigsworth ’07, G’10
Volunteer: 2015 – Present
Josh joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors in June because he wanted to give back to his University, which provided him with an excellent education and opportunity “to live the life I have always dreamed of. I find it important to give back to Franklin Pierce because of the experiences I have had, the friends I have made, and the education that has provided me with an amazing career.” Josh is a physical therapist and resides in Braintree, Massachusetts, with his wife Anna.

 Joshua Sigsworth

Merrill Vaughan 

Director
Merrill Vaughan ’12
Volunteer: 2015 – Present
Merrill is a first generation college graduate from an immigrant family. “Running for a position on the Board of Directors was a way for me to pay pack to the Alumni Association for a scholarship that I won, and to work for the non-traditional students and alumni from CGPS.” Merrill is a veteran and a high school substitute teacher. “Pierce gave me something that I first tried to obtain back in September 1967: a college education. There was a war on and I was waiting for my time to go into the service. When I entered Franklin Pierce as a CGPS student in 2008, I had the chance to finally achieve my dream of becoming a college graduate.”  


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To be nominated for a seat on the Board of Directors you may submit your self nomination to the Alumni Relations Director. The nominations will be compiled and elections held in the Spring of each year. A term on the Board of Directors is for three years and provides a rewarding opportunity to volunteer your time to Franklin Pierce University.  Click here for the nomination form. 

Contact Alumni Relations:
or call 877-372-2586 (toll free U.S. only) or 603- 899-4031(Country Code 011 for International Calls).

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