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Pride, Sanborn named county advisors at Maine Community Foundation

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 49, December 03, 2003

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY The Maine Community Foundation recently welcomed new county advisors Robert Pride and Merlene Sanbom to its Piscataquis County Committee.

Robert Pride is a Dover-Foxcroft resident and graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1976. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from Babson College and worked at Pride Manufacturing for over 16 years. Following Pride Manufacturing, Bob worked in outdoor recreation with Outward Bound, Ski Patrol, and as a raft guide, kayak instructor, and Maine Guide. He has been married 24 years and has two children.

Merlene Sanbom is director of the Piscataquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft, which offers courses and programs from both Eastern Maine Community College and the University of Maine system. Sanbom graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 1976 and holds a B.A. in Early Childhood from the University of Maine at Machias; a Master's in Educational Leadership and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maine at Orono She is currently participating in the Lambda Class of Leadership Maine. Sanbom and her husband. Mark, live in Brownville and have two grown sons

The Piscataquis County Committee is one of nine county committees working with the Maine Community Foundation to review grant proposals for local projects and assist in building charitable funds to benefit their communities.The Piscataquis Committee is comprised of Stephanie Bunker, chair Dover-Foxcroft, Laura Reed, vice chair, Dover-Foxcroft; Alan Bray, Sangerville,Gail D Agostmo, Dover-Foxcroft; Theresa Mudgett, Milo; Benny Lumbra,Sebec; Luke Muzzy, Greenville; Doug Smith, Dover-Foxcroft; Caroline Swett, Dover-Foxcroft; and Van Wentworth, Monson.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundatlon awarded nearly $9 million in grants and scholarships in 2002. This year the Foundation celebrated 20 years of strengthening Maine communities.

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