COA announces new trustees

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of trustees. Cynthia Baker, Sarah Currie-Halpern and Laura McGiffert Slover “bring a diverse set of skills and interests to the COA board,” board chairman Philip Moriarty said.

Cynthia Baker, Major Gifts Officer, Senior
Staff Individual Giving. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COA

Baker will serve as a parent trustee, a one-year term eligible for re-election annually. Currie-Halpern and Slover have each been appointed to three-year terms.

Baker is a Senior Development Director for Duke University. She has been a major gifts fundraiser for Duke for more than 25 years, with primary responsibility for securing major gifts ($100k-$5M). She runs Duke Financial Partners — a NYC-based network of 400 senior finance industry professionals — and is a founding leader of Duke WIN (Women’s Impact Network). Baker also has been involved with the American Legacy Foundation, the non-profit FasterCures and Fleishman-Hillard. During and after college she worked for Senator George Mitchell (D-ME).

She was born in Cambridge, England and raised in Bangor. Her parents were professors at the University of Maine and her mother represented Bangor in the Maine State Legislature.

Baker lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Jon Zeitler, and three sons, one of whom is a COA student. The family has a summer home in Southwest Harbor. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in History and Women’s Studies from Duke University.

Sarah Currie-Halpern. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COA

Sarah Currie-Halpern is co-founder of the waste reduction and diversion consulting firm Think Zero LLC, which helps corporations, building owners and institutions with waste reduction and diversion.

Before founding Think Zero, Currie-Halpern ran Solid Waste and Zero Waste Programs for the Mayor’s Office of New York City, where she worked on a citywide zero waste plan.

She ran the multi-agency Zero Waste Steering Committee, co-led the OneNYC Water Fountain and Bottle Refiller Task Force and led the Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge. She also worked to address light pollution in the city.

Currie-Halpern chairs the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and serves on the board of Earth Day New York and the R Baby Foundation.

She resides in Tribeca and Seal Harbor with her husband, two young daughters and their two dogs and one fish.

Laura McGiffert Slover. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COA

Laura McGiffert Slover is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit CenterPoint Education Solutions.

Slover began her career in education as a high school English teacher in Colorado. She then spent 16 years at Achieve, a bipartisan education reform organization. In 2009, as senior vice president, she led Achieve’s efforts to support the development of the Common Core State Standards, and in 2010 she helped launch and subsequently led the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers, a consortium of states working together to develop a common assessment system.

Slover earned her bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from Harvard. She holds masters degrees from both the University of Colorado at Boulder and Georgetown.

A native Washingtonian, Laura was a mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia School Board in 2007 and subsequently was elected twice to the State Board of Education. She remains engaged with D.C. public schools, where her daughter attends third grade. She is a member of the national advisory board for the National Outdoor Leadership School and she is an Aspen Pahara education fellow.

COA board members Amy Geier, Winston Holt, Jay McNally and Tony Mazlish have each renewed for another three-year term. Lissa Hodder renewed for another term as a trustee emerita. Tony Robinson transitioned from active trustee to trustee emeritus. Lindsay Davies, who has served as parent trustee for three years, is leaving the board.

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