CEI-Boulos Capital Management

Our Team

CEI-Boulos Staff

30 Federal Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
207-772-2886sam.spencer@ceiboulos.com

Sam Spencer

CEO and Managing Director

30 Federal Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
207-772-2886sam.spencer@ceiboulos.com

Sam Spencer is CEO and Managing Director of CEI-Boulos Capital Management, a real estate investment fund management company focused on delivering both competitive financial returns and social impact. The company serves banks, family offices, and other institutional investors, and has a national scope. CEI-Boulos is a joint venture between CEI, a community development finance institution, and The Boulos Company, an integrated commercial real estate firm.

The company’s first Opportunity Zone fund is the Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund. The fund invests in high-impact commercial real estate projects across the seventeen-state Community Reinvestment Act footprint of its sole investor, Woodforest National Bank, with the goal of ensuring that these investments benefit the economically distressed communities in which the projects are located. In 2020, the Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund was recognized by Forbes and the Sorenson Impact Center as one of the “The Forbes OZ 20: Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts,” and one of the ten most innovative and impact focused Opportunity Zone funds in the country. In 2021, the fund was the winner in the Societal and Community Impact Innovation category of the Banking Administration Institute (BAI) Global Innovation Awards.

Spencer was previously Senior Vice President for Investments at CEI Capital Management, of the nation’s leading allocator of federal New Markets Tax Credits. Spencer has also been an entrepreneur in the energy field and a real estate developer. He served on the Clinton White House staff for four years, including as Special Assistant to Vice President Al Gore. For eight years he served as Democratic National Committeeman for Maine. He is a board member of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a leading state-wide land trust, where he serves as the Chair of the Public Policy Committee, on the Executive Committee, the Lands Committee, the Governance Committee, the DEIJ Working Group, and on the board of an affiliated LLC. He has also previously served as president of the board of Opportunity Maine, an education policy non-profit, and as president of the Portland Development Corporation, the city’s economic development and loan authority, and on the board of Maine and Company, a non-profit focused on state business attraction. As a high school student, he served as Head Page of the U.S. Senate. He received a BA degree cum laude in government from Harvard College and MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

30 Federal Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
charles.spies@ceiboulos.com

Charlie Spies

President and Managing Director

30 Federal Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
charles.spies@ceiboulos.com

Charlie Spies is Managing Director of CEI-Boulos Capital Management, LLC, where he focuses on capital raising. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors.

Charlie recently retired as CEO of CEI Capital, where he oversaw all aspects of the organization’s operations including: capital sourcing and deployment; project sourcing and underwriting; investment recommendations; accounting; compliance; asset management; and public relations. Under his leadership, CCML raised and deployed $1.02 billion in federal and state New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation in more than 95 projects across the U.S. without a single year of financial loss, making CCML one of the nation’s leading allocatees of federal NMTCs. Like CEI, CCML’s focus on projects located in underinvested rural communities has helped to create and preserve 8,849 jobs and the firm has entered into Community Benefit Agreements that directed over $12.5 million in additional investments into programs that support people and communities with low incomes.

Prior to joining CEI Capital in 2006, Charlie served as chief operating officer for the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System. Through creative and strategic management, he successfully led the organization through a 73% cut in federal funding by diversifying revenue sources. He grew an individual membership program and secured direct funding from the State of Maine, including a $500,000 emergency appropriation. He has also served as CEO for the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and president and CEO of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. As one example of his capital raising experience, Charlie established and secured funding at FAME for a $150 MM secondary market for student loans. While managing the Small Enterprise Growth Fund at FAME he also raised and invested over $9M in funds for seed-stage venture capital investments from both public and private sources. Until he exited CEI Capital Management in September 2020, Charlie served for ten years on the executive committee of the board of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition.

He received a B.S. in forest utilization and an M.S. in forest entomology from the University of Maine, and an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University.

Drew Sigfridson

Managing Director

Drew Sigfridson is a co-founder and Managing Director of CEI-Boulos Capital Management, LLC, where he helps source and underwrite qualified Opportunity Zone social impact investments. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. He has worked in commercial real estate for over 20 years and is Managing Director at The Boulos Company, where he focuses on strategic growth, new business development, brokerage of investment and development projects and operations in Maine and New Hampshire. Drew also works on Class A office leasing, industrial developments and corporate representation on acquisitions and dispositions. He has served as director and past president for the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors, past president of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, and past chairman of the Avesta Housing Board of Directors. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Chapter of New England and CIANBRO Construction.  Drew holds real estate commission licenses in Maine and New Hampshire, and holds a dual-certification as an office and industrial specialist in the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Cum Laude, with a B.A. in government and history.  

Morris Fisher

Managing Director

Morris Fisher is Managing Director of CEI-Boulos Capital Management, LLC, where he helps source and underwrite qualified Opportunity Zone social impact investments. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Morris has been President of Boulos Asset Management since 2005. He is responsible for leading a team of property management professionals, developing and implementing company strategy and, with his 30 years of commercial real estate experience, spearheads the company’s commitment to help clients achieve their real estate objectives. Fisher previously served as Controller and Chief Financial Officer and became a Principal of the firm in 1995. Having years of real estate development, operations, leasing and finance experience, his responsibilities include directing the operation of a property management company with 50 employees and real estate projects under management totaling 5 million square feet of commercial space. He also provides strategic real estate advice to the firm’s clients. Fisher has extensive experience in the development, marketing, leasing and sale of major retail, office and industrial properties in both downtown and suburban locations. Fisher is a Trustee of Maine Medical Center and serves on other for profit and not for profit boards. He is a former officer and member of the board of Portland Public Library, The Park Danforth, Catholic Charities of Maine and the Portland Downtown District. Prior to joining Boulos Asset Management's Property Management division, he was a senior accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick.

Board of Directors

Betsy Biemann

Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Betsy Biemann joined Coastal Enterprises Inc. in 2016 as its second Chief Executive Officer. Prior to her appointment, Betsy led the Maine Food Cluster Project of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and advised businesses, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in Maine and nationally. From 2005 to 2012 she was president of the Maine Technology Institute, investing in Maine companies and initiatives seeking to grow high-potential sectors of Maine’s economy.

Before to her move to Maine, Betsy served as associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, where she managed a national grant and investment program aiming to increase employment in low-income communities. She joined Rockefeller’s staff in 1996 after working in international development, principally in Africa. She earned her B.A. in biology and the history of science at Harvard University and her M.P.A. at Princeton University’s School of Public & International Affairs. 

Betsy serves on the board of the Opportunity Finance Network and as board member and treasurer of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.  In May 2020, she was appointed by Governor Janet Mills to Maine’s Economic Recovery Committee, tasked with recommending strategies to stabilize and grow the Maine economy in response to the COVID pandemic.

Debby Miller

Vice President of External Relations, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

Debby Miller joined the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in April 2013, taking on the role of Vice President of External Relations. She oversees the organization’s philanthropy, marketing and communications and public policy efforts.

In 2010 she joined More Than Wheels as Executive Director and was responsible for marketing efforts that focus on building strong partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and government to increase awareness of More Than Wheels’ services around New Hampshire.

Debby served as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs in New England for Citizens Bank. Promoted to this position in 2005, she was responsible for overseeing public and community relations, media relations, internal communications, special events, charitable contributions, marketing sponsorships and government affairs for the New England region.

In addition, she was responsible for the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act activities and programs throughout its 13-state footprint. She began her time with Citizens in 1993 and was responsible for leading efforts to obtain Outstanding CRA ratings from the FDIC in 1999 and 2003.

During her tenure at Citizens, Debby was responsible for developing a number of award-winning initiatives including the Champions in Action program. The Champions program coupled an unrestricted grant to a non-profit organization with promotional support provided by a media partner. She created this program in direct response to hearing from small nonprofit organizations that their need for publicity was often just as great as their need for financial support.  As a result, Champions received free public service announcements, printed brochures and posters, promotion in all Citizens branch locations, and promotion on all Citizens ATM machines.

An active volunteer, Debby has served on the board of directors of many organizations. She currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees for Winston-Salem State University and the past chair of Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA.  n addition, she was appointed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve as a trustee for the University System of New Hampshire where she chaired the External Affairs Committee.

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership as well as her work in the community.  In 2003, she was named one of New Hampshire’s Remarkable Women by New Hampshire Magazine.  She was also honored with the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Manchester YWCA in 2005.  Most recently Miller received the Leading Women Award from the Girl Scouts Patriots’ Trail Council in 2007 and was inducted into the Academy of Women’s Achievers at the YWCA Boston in 2008.

She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs and Economics.

Patrick Prout

Managing Director, Financial Services at ZRG Partners, LLC.

Patrick Prout is Managing Director within the Financial Services practice of ZRG Partners, LLC. He is also a member of the Industrial/Manufacturing and Corporate Board practices.

Previously, Patrick was a Managing Director with Diversified Search. Prior to joining Diversified Search, he had launched his own executive search organization, The Prout Group, with responsibility for developing and managing the strategic direction and the daily operations of the firm as well as providing leadership for the firm’s financial services practice. Additionally, he conducted senior-level search assignments in the Industrial/Manufacturing, Non-profit, Corporate Board, and Corporate Infrastructure practices.

Pat was President and Chief Operating Officer, then Vice Chairman of Bank One, Cleveland, NA, an affiliate of Banc One Corporation with $2.5 billion in assets. His career in financial services also included positions with Bank of America in Los Angeles, Rainier Bank in Seattle, and Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City. He also held sales and marketing positions with IBM and Miller Brewing Company.

Patrick was commissioned in the US Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Captain. He served two tours of duty in combat and was awarded the Bronze Star medal with combat “V.”

Patrick’s Board activities include serving as a Charter Member of the Board of Ideastream, a member of the Americas Council of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Patrick is also an Advisory Board member of the Women in the Boardroom.

Patrick has a BS in Engineering from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Drew Sigfridson

Managing Director, The Boulos Company

Drew Sigfridson is a co-founder and Managing Director of CEI-Boulos Capital Management, LLC, where he helps source and underwrite qualified Opportunity Zone social impact investments. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors.

Drew has worked in commercial real estate for over 20 years and is Managing Director at The Boulos Company, where he focuses on strategic growth, new business development, brokerage of investment and development projects and operations in Maine and New Hampshire. Drew also works on Class A office leasing, industrial developments and corporate representation on acquisitions and dispositions. He has served as director and past president for the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors, past president of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, and past chairman of the Avesta Housing Board of Directors. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Chapter of New England and CIANBRO Construction.  Drew holds real estate commission licenses in Maine and New Hampshire, and holds a dual-certification as an office and industrial specialist in the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Cum Laude, with a B.A. in government and history.  

Charlie Spies

Former CEO (retired), CEI Capital Management

Charlie Spies is Managing Director of CEI-Boulos Capital Management, LLC, where he focuses on capital raising. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors.

Charlie recently retired as CEO of CEI Capital, where he oversaw all aspects of the organization’s operations including: capital sourcing and deployment; project sourcing and underwriting; investment recommendations; accounting; compliance; asset management; and public relations. Under his leadership, CCML raised and deployed $1.02 billion in federal and state New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation in more than 95 projects across the U.S. without a single year of financial loss, making CCML one of the nation’s leading allocatees of federal NMTCs. Like CEI, CCML’s focus on projects located in underinvested rural communities has helped to create and preserve 8,849 jobs and the firm has entered into Community Benefit Agreements that directed over $12.5 million in additional investments into programs that support people and communities with low incomes.

Prior to joining CEI Capital in 2006, Charlie served as chief operating officer for the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System. Through creative and strategic management, he successfully led the organization through a 73% cut in federal funding by diversifying revenue sources. He grew an individual membership program and secured direct funding from the State of Maine, including a $500,000 emergency appropriation. He has also served as CEO for the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and president and CEO of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. As one example of his capital raising experience, Charlie established and secured funding at FAME for a $150 MM secondary market for student loans. While managing the Small Enterprise Growth Fund at FAME he also raised and invested over $9M in funds for seed-stage venture capital investments from both public and private sources. Until he exited CEI Capital Management in September 2020, Charlie served for ten years on the executive committee of the board of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition.

He received a B.S. in forest utilization and an M.S. in forest entomology from the University of Maine, and an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University.

Social Impact Advisory Board to the Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund

Aisha Benson

CEO and President, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Aisha Benson, CEO and President of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a leader with a substantial track record advancing racial equity in community development finance.

Prior to her role at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Ms. Benson served as Executive Vice President and COO at TruFund Financial Services, where she was instrumental in developing strategy, securing new business, fundraising, and overseeing lending and tax credit services. Other roles includeVP of Business Lending at Carver Federal Savings, and as VP of Commercial Lending at JP Morgan Chase. She has 27 years’ experience deploying capital to Low Income Communities, including acquisition, construction and permanent finance projects.

Ms. Benson serves on several key industry Boards, including Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the NMTC Coalition (Executive Committee member) and NY CDFI Coalition (founding member). She also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund and the Community Development Entities of US Bank and Coastal Enterprises.

Ms. Benson holds a B.A. in Psychology, Cum Laude from Columbia University and a certificate through a Citi/OFN Sponsored Leadership Training Program for CDFI Executives at Wharton University. 

Betsy Biemann

Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Betsy Biemann joined Coastal Enterprises Inc. in 2016 as its second Chief Executive Officer. Prior to her appointment, Betsy led the Maine Food Cluster Project of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and advised businesses, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in Maine and nationally. From 2005 to 2012 she was president of the Maine Technology Institute, investing in Maine companies and initiatives seeking to grow high-potential sectors of Maine’s economy.

Before to her move to Maine, Betsy served as associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, where she managed a national grant and investment program aiming to increase employment in low-income communities. She joined Rockefeller’s staff in 1996 after working in international development, principally in Africa. She earned her B.A. in biology and the history of science at Harvard University and her M.P.A. at Princeton University’s School of Public & International Affairs. 

Betsy serves on the board of the Opportunity Finance Network and as board member and treasurer of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.  In May 2020, she was appointed by Governor Janet Mills to Maine’s Economic Recovery Committee, tasked with recommending strategies to stabilize and grow the Maine economy in response to the COVID pandemic.

Daniel Galindo

Senior Vice President, Community Development and Strategy Director for Woodforest National Bank

Daniel Galindo serves as Senior Vice President, Community Development and Strategy Director for Woodforest National Bank. Daniel is responsible for the development, implementation, expansion, and direct oversight of groundbreaking, award-winning strategic initiatives in retail banking, lending, investments, and corporate responsibility across Woodforest’s 17 state footprint. Daniel has nearly 20 years of banking, community and economic development, regulatory, public policy, and relationship management experience. He is mission-driven and passionate about serving and advocating for communities with complex challenges, while implementing innovative forward-thinking capital solutions.

Daniel’s leadership has led Woodforest to create complex and innovative solutions to ensure communities thrive, while delivering a historic and monumental Outstanding Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating (Large Bank) for the Bank. He also manages regulatory, credit risk, profitability, and impact through the Community Reinvestment impact investing and loan portfolios for the Bank. Daniel is a skilled professional in financial structuring through Community Development Financial Institutions, Private Equity Funds, Opportunity Zone Funds, Small Business Investment Companies, Rural Business Investment Companies, and Special Purpose Vehicles. Daniel is also responsible for Woodforest’s Community Development, Minority Deposit Institution, and Impact Investing strategy teams.

Daniel is a strong advocate of community banking, financial inclusion, access to capital in underserved communities, entrepreneurship, and affordable housing. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Foundation (IBAT), serves as Chairman of Centrant Community Capital, Alamo Community Group, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He has received numerous industry recognitions such as the 2020 San Antonio Business Journal 40 under 40, Advocate of the Year from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association’s Commitment Award on Affordable Housing, Consumer Bankers Association for Woodforest Foundry (accelerator program), was recently highlighted by Hispanic Executive Magazine as a thought leader in his field, and received the 2021 ICBA Independent Banker 40 under 40 Emerging Community Bank Leader award.

Daniel is a longtime resident of San Antonio, Texas, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. A proud husband, and father to three young girls. Daniel is completing his Executive MBA in Banking and Financial Institutions with graduation in July 2021.

Marten Jenkins

President and CEO, Partner Community Capital

Marten Jenkins is the founder, president and CEO of Partner Community Capital (PCAP) and is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing all business strategies, operational and capital fundraising, and fund operations.

In addition to his PCAP responsibilities, he is a leader in Appalachian community development efforts and active in the CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) ecosystem. Marten serves on the Boards of Appalachian Community Capital and the CDFI Coalition; he is a member of the Advisory Boards of Appalachian Fund for Growth and MVB Community Development Partnership, Inc.

Previously, he was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and a research assistant for the World Bank in the Environmental Policy and Research Division. 

He earned a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and holds a B.A. in Economic and Administrative Science from Colby College.

Buzz Roberts

President and CEO, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders

Benson F. “Buzz” Roberts is the President and CEO of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL). Buzz was the Director of the Office of Small Business, Community Development and Housing Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2011 to 2015. He was previously Senior Vice President for Policy and Program Development at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a leading nonprofit investor in low‐income community development. Buzz has helped to create the Low‐Income Housing Tax Credit; the New Markets Tax Credit; the HOME housing partnerships program; regulatory changes to the Community Reinvestment Act; the Capital Magnet Fund; Treasury funding for FHA multifamily risk‐sharing loans to finance affordable rental housing; and bond guarantees for CDFIs. He has been a board member of several national nonprofit organizations and coalitions and has written extensively about affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.

Noelle St.Clair Lentz

Senior Vice President, Impact Investing and Strategic Initiatives, Woodforest National Bank

Noelle St.Clair Lentz is Senior Vice President, Impact Investing and Strategic Initiatives, Woodforest National Bank. In this role, St.Clair Lentz has spearheaded the Bank’s Opportunity Zone investment strategy across its 17 state footprint in line with Community Reinvestment Act objectives. The Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund was recognized as a Forbes OZ 20: Opportunity Zone Catalyst and Woodforest was the only bank on the inaugural list. She has also expanded the Bank’s impact investing work by identifying and executing innovative, high impact investments across asset classes.

Prior to joining Woodforest, St.Clair Lentz served as Advisor and Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where she published research and hosted national events on community development finance and impact investing trends. St.Clair Lentz was formerly a licensed securities agent at Calvert Foundation, an impact investing pioneer whose Community Investment Note channels capital to organizations and social enterprises conducting community development globally. St.Clair Lentz is an advisor to Blueprint Local, ImpactPHL and Community Lenders PA. St.Clair is a graduate of Leadership Philadelphia and a founding board member of Net Impact Philadelphia Professional Chapter. She has an MBA from the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University and BAs in Economics and Philosophy from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University.

Social Impact Advisory Board to the NBT CEI-Boulos Impact Fund

Betsy Biemann

Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Betsy Biemann joined Coastal Enterprises Inc. in 2016 as its second Chief Executive Officer. Prior to her appointment, Betsy led the Maine Food Cluster Project of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and advised businesses, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in Maine and nationally. From 2005 to 2012 she was president of the Maine Technology Institute, investing in Maine companies and initiatives seeking to grow high-potential sectors of Maine’s economy.

Before to her move to Maine, Betsy served as associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, where she managed a national grant and investment program aiming to increase employment in low-income communities. She joined Rockefeller’s staff in 1996 after working in international development, principally in Africa. She earned her B.A. in biology and the history of science at Harvard University and her M.P.A. at Princeton University’s School of Public & International Affairs. 

Betsy serves on the board of the Opportunity Finance Network and as board member and treasurer of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.  In May 2020, she was appointed by Governor Janet Mills to Maine’s Economic Recovery Committee, tasked with recommending strategies to stabilize and grow the Maine economy in response to the COVID pandemic.

Diane Brown

Executive Director, Community Foundation for South Central New York

Diane Brown is the Executive Director at the Community Foundation for South Central New York, where the organization has awarded over $20 million in grants to non-profits, schools, and municipalities in the five-county region of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga since 1997. Diane has led the organization for over 16 years. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Diane worked with the Southern Tier AIDS Program and as a Foster Care Supervisor for the Broome Country Department of Social Services. She serves as the current Chair of the Board for Habitat for Humanity of New York State.

Karen Derksen

Vice President/Bank CRA Officer, NBT Bank

Karen Derksen is Vice President/Bank CRA Officer at NBT Bank, where she develops and implements programs to ensure the bank meets the needs of the communities it serves in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. She focuses on program compliance and identifies opportunities for impact. Karen is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and Fair Lending Expert. Karen has over 25 years of banking experience, with an emphasis on compliance. She is a member of the CRA & Fair Lending Colloquium and the Fair Lending Compliance Professionals.

Debby Miller

Vice President of External Relations, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

Debby Miller joined the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in April 2013, taking on the role of Vice President of External Relations. She oversees the organization’s philanthropy, marketing and communications and public policy efforts.

In 2010 she joined More Than Wheels as Executive Director and was responsible for marketing efforts that focus on building strong partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and government to increase awareness of More Than Wheels’ services around New Hampshire.

Debby served as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs in New England for Citizens Bank. Promoted to this position in 2005, she was responsible for overseeing public and community relations, media relations, internal communications, special events, charitable contributions, marketing sponsorships and government affairs for the New England region.

In addition, she was responsible for the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act activities and programs throughout its 13-state footprint. She began her time with Citizens in 1993 and was responsible for leading efforts to obtain Outstanding CRA ratings from the FDIC in 1999 and 2003.

During her tenure at Citizens, Debby was responsible for developing a number of award-winning initiatives including the Champions in Action program. The Champions program coupled an unrestricted grant to a non-profit organization with promotional support provided by a media partner. She created this program in direct response to hearing from small nonprofit organizations that their need for publicity was often just as great as their need for financial support.  As a result, Champions received free public service announcements, printed brochures and posters, promotion in all Citizens branch locations, and promotion on all Citizens ATM machines.

An active volunteer, Debby has served on the board of directors of many organizations. She currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees for Winston-Salem State University and the past chair of Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA.  n addition, she was appointed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve as a trustee for the University System of New Hampshire where she chaired the External Affairs Committee.

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership as well as her work in the community.  In 2003, she was named one of New Hampshire’s Remarkable Women by New Hampshire Magazine.  She was also honored with the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Manchester YWCA in 2005.  Most recently Miller received the Leading Women Award from the Girl Scouts Patriots’ Trail Council in 2007 and was inducted into the Academy of Women’s Achievers at the YWCA Boston in 2008.

She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs and Economics.

Mark Silvanic

CEO, Greater Opportunities for Broome and Chenango Inc. (GOBC)

Mark Silvanic is the CEO of Greater Opportunities for Broome and Chenango Inc (GOBC). In 2016 as the CEO of Opportunities for Broome, he approached a neighboring Community Action Agency (Opportunities for Chenango) and helped to facilitate the first Community Action to Community Action merger in New York State. Prior to joining GOBC, Mark “cut his teeth” in the human service field working for the first 16 years of his career at The Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference in various roles. Mark currently serves as the Board President for the East Hills Senior Living Center. He has served as Board Chair for the COC NY-511, (formerly Southern Tier Homeless Coalition) helping them to receive their 501c3 status. Over the last decade, Mark has helped to administer over 40 million dollars in construction and rehabilitation grants in the Southern Tier of Upstate New York. GOBC currently operates close to 200 units of supportive housing in Broome and Chenango County.

Amy Wiles

Chief Credit and Risk Officer, NBT Bank

Amy Wiles is the Chief Credit and Risk Officer at NBT Bank. Prior to joining NBT, Wiles was Executive Vice President and Group Credit Executive for Key Bank’s Community Bank Division where she was responsible for supporting growth and maintaining credit risk standards for diversified portfolios across Key Bank’s footprint. Before that, Wiles was employed by JP Morgan Chase. Wiles is a member of the national Risk Management Association’s Credit Risk Council and their Mid-Tier Bank Council. She also serves as a board member for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

Javier E. Zapata

President & Executive Director, PathStone Enterprise Center, Inc.

Javier E. Zapata is the President & Executive Director of PathStone Enterprise Center, Inc., where he oversees the organization’s work providing tools and access to capital for business owners who have struggled due to systemic barriers in New York and Puerto Rico. He has previously worked with the New England Farm Worker’s Council and the Community Development Institute at the University of Puerto Rico. Javier volunteers with Americorps Vista and Rotary International (of which he is a member) and was appointed by the former Governor of Puerto Rico to the Governance Board of “Bosque Modelo de Puerto Rico,” a platform for landscape management and conservation, where the environment, economy and society are integrated to promote a new paradigm of sustainable development that values ​​natural attributes and promotes community participation in decision-making at the territorial level.