Kathryn Fithian Markovchick
Kathryn grew up in South Jersey. She was a trusted advisor of Dr. Acton and talked to him many times about his vision of supporting students from Salem who showed academic promise but were not as able to access rich educational experiences. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo with a concentration in Inner City Education and Learning and Behavior Disorders. She’s worked as a special education teacher, administrator, faculty member and president of the non-profit Syntiro.
Vice President of Legal and Administration
Beth Bordowitz has over 20 years of experience in business finance and higher education finance and access. A New Jersey native, Beth earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers College, a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics of Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.
After a short time in private legal practice representing small businesses in Portland, Maine, Beth joined the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), an independent agency of the State of Maine providing innovative financial solutions to assist businesses in accessing capital and in assisting students and families in accessing and financing higher education. After serving six years as Assistant Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, Beth became the General Counsel. In 2007, Governor Baldacci appointed Beth as the Acting Chief Executive Officer and in 2009 as the Chief Executive Officer of the Finance Authority of Maine. While at FAME, Beth was instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous programs, including the State of Maine’s venture capital fund and the state’s Section 529 College Savings Program, the NextGen College Investing Plan.
Under her leadership, FAME developed an array of matching grants to assist individuals in saving for college and partnered with the Harold Alfond Foundation to provide a college savings account for all babies living in Maine. Beth is thrilled to bring her commitment to putting in place resources for individuals, especially individuals from low income backgrounds, to access and achieve success in education.
Director of Scholarships
Rick Wilson holds a bachelor's degree in music from Boston University and a masters in education from the University of Maine. Rick joined Syntiro in 2010 as the Operations Coordinator after 33 years in public education as both a teacher and administrator. During that time he provided support to Salem High School graduates who were awarded scholarships funded by Forman S. Acton. Rick provides a variety of supports to these graduates as they navigate the challenges and opportunities of their postsecondary experiences.
Prior to his work with Syntiro and the aforementioned Forman Scholars, Rick served as the Principal at Manchester Elementary School from 1992-2010. Rick also participated as an active member of the Maine Principals' Association and served as chair of the association's Professional Development Committee from 2005-2009. Rick has worked and supported students on multiple levels to achieve academic and career success. His interests and expertise include teacher training and development, educational leadership, team building and school climate. HIs passion and skills in supporting and encouraging high academic achievement for all students has been the foundation of a lifelong career in education.
Coleen Souza is the Administrative Manager for the foundation. She is responsible for maintaining the overall efficiency of all office operations and keeps staff on task and on schedule. Her previous office management experience includes human resources, payroll and administrative responsibilities.