2016-2017 Board of Directors
Bob is the Director, Government Relations for NB Power. A resident of New Brunswick for close to five decades, Bob moved to Fredericton in 1996. Bob chaired the Peter Gzowski Literacy Dinner which was held this summer in Fredericton. He is past chair of the Forever Fund, the endowment fund of the United Way for Central New Brunswick. He served four consecutive years (2006-2010) as Campaign Chair for the United Way. He also served as Media Relations Chair for both the 2006 Memorial Cup and the 2010 IAAF World Junior Track and Field championships – two highly-successful events held in Moncton. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from l’Universite de Moncton. He has been a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society for some 40 years and was named to CPRS’s College of Fellows in June of 2004.
Mark has lived and worked in the City of Fredericton for over twenty years. Professionally, he works in commercial real estate industry and spent 15 years with Greenarm Corporation. In 2008 he and a business partner opened a new commercial real estate brokerage company – which now operates as Partners Global Corporate Real Estate.
Mark has given of his time and talent as a volunteer with organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. More recently, he sat on the board of Downtown Fredericton – including acting as President for two years. But, his true passion is soccer! He is very active with the Fredericton District Soccer Association and currently coaches the Boys U13 Premiership Soccer Team.
Mark is married to Michèle and they have three boys – Matthew, Andrew and Michael – all very active in the sporting and arts community.
Andy practised business law in both law firm and corporate settings for over a decade and is now a full-time quality of life engineer and wellness entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Wellness Lawyer, a business that empowers lawyers to enhance their overall wellness and quality of life, and also serves as CWO at Fredericton Family Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Centre, a business owned and operated by Andy’s wife, Dr. Shelley Quinlan. Andy and Shelley have four children: Alexandra, Gabriel, Noah and Charlie.
Andy was born and raised in Fredericton and, after studying and working elsewhere for 15 years, returned home six years ago to raise his own family. He is excited to contribute to the FCF’s efforts to increase the quality of life of all Fredericton-area residents, and looks forward to continuing his family’s long-standing connection with the organization.
Traci Simmons, Secretary
Traci Simmons is an active volunteer in her local school communities. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Parents Association of Nashwaaksis Elementary School. Previously, Traci served terms on the Parent-School Support Committee working alongside school administration to achieve school improvements. She is also active in her church community having served on the Board of Management and Project Steering Committee providing oversight on a recent $4 million building expansion.
Born and raised in Minto, Traci completed her BA and MBA at UNB. Currently, she is putting her energies into her work with Opportunities NB, the first point of contact for local and foreign businesses looking to grow, expand or locate in the province.
Traci and her husband Clint are the proud parents of children: Luke, Kristen and Ella.
Amy Murdock, Treasurer, Chair of Investment and Finance Committee
Amy Murdock is a chartered accountant and a Senior Manager based in the Fredericton office of Grant Thornton LLP. With over ten years experience in public practice, Amy provides tax compliance and tax planning services to her clients which include owner-managed businesses, as well as not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
In addition to recently joining the Board of Directors of the Fredericton Community Foundation, Amy is actively involved in her church and her daughter’s school. She has previously served as director of the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Amy and her husband, Dave, have two children.
Edouard Allain’s community involvement includes volunteering with les Jeux de l’Acadie, Sports New Brunswick and Dialogue New Brunswick. Most recently, Mr. Allain was Vice Chair of the now defunct Capital Commission, a role which demanded a great deal of his time and attention. He has served on the Fredericton Community Foundation Board for the last 3 years. He is also very much involved with La Maison des jeunes l’acAdo and the CÉ D’ICI project at the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne.
Educated at St. Thomas University, the University of New Brunswick Fredericton, and at l’Université de Moncton, Mr. Allain taught school and served as a Principal for 19 years before he started a 13-year career as at the New Brunswick Teachers Federation where he retired from the position of Executive Director in 1998.
Thierry Arseneau, Director
Thierry Arseneau has 19 years of experience working in the public and community sector. He is presently Executive Director of Tourism and Culture at the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. Before that, he was Executive Director of the Centre communautaire Saint-Anne for almost five years. His main role was to work in collaboration with organizations and community members of greater Fredericton to ensure the development and vitality of the francophone community in the capital region and to bring the community alive through quality cultural experiences.
Thierry is a member of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee for the City of Fredericton and also sits on the board of the Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation.
A geographer by trade, Thierry is also an amateur chef and gardener. He is from Pointe-Verte in the Chaleur Bay region, but Fredericton has been his home since 1997. He is married to Nathalie Comeau. They have three children: Marianne, Pierre and Olivier.
Don Fitzgerald is the executive director of regional service commission 11 for the Province of New Brunswick. He was formerly executive director of strategic initiatives for the city of Fredericton and executive director of Team Fredericton where he was responsible for the city’s economic and community development. He has been the chief operating officer of Brunnet, a large independent internet service provider in New Brunswick, and assistant vice president of HSBC, New Brunswick. Don is currently the Chair of the St. Thomas University Board of Governors.
Dr. Robert Hatheway is the past chair of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, and president and CEO of the Hatheway Group, including Hatheway Orthodontics, Orthodontic Supply of Canada and Capital Airways. Dr. Hatheway is passionate about spending time to mentor emerging entrepreneurs both privately and as a volunteer through the Wallace McCain Institute. He is a recognized community builder, having served as a youth soccer coach and financial supporter of sports programs and facilities in Fredericton.
Richard McGuigan, Director
Richard is the President and founder of MECCA Corporation, a small general contracting firm that specializes in commercial construction, renovations and leasehold improvements. He is also active in real estate development.
A lifelong resident of Fredericton, Richard enjoys giving back to his community through his support of numerous charitable capital campaigns as well as dedicating his time as an active board member of several non profit organizations like the Chalmers Hospital Foundation, Miramichi Salmon Association, Knowledge Park and others. He is a UNB graduate and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
Richard enjoys spending time on the Miramichi River, golfing and travelling. He and his wife Michele, are the proud parents of 4 wonderful children… Nicholas, Ryan, Megan and Nathan.
Nancy Roach is a life long resident of Fredericton. Her professional career involved more than 36 years in various roles in the public education system in city schools and as a professional development staff officer with the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association. Since retirement, she has enjoyed spending time with her 6 grandchildren, pursuing her passion for travel and serving on the Boards of Directors of Partners for Youth and the Fredericton Community Foundation.
Nicholas Sehl, an historian, alumni of St. Francis Xavier University, and current graduate student at UNB, his research specializes in public policy analysis, focusing on the influence of worldviews. Nick’s professional experience includes numerous positions as lead researcher, including a national public history campaign, and as a member of the international research firm Nordicity’s creation of Fredericton’s culture plan. Most recently, project manager of the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs publication, in which he also served as writer, designer and lead researcher.
Originally from Cape Breton, NS, over the past few years, he has been an active volunteer in the local community as a coach with the Fredericton Youth Hockey Association, sitting on St. Thomas University’s Research Ethics Board, and a community member of several committees for the Fredericton Community Foundation.
Dr. Andrew Smyth graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2006 from Dalhousie University, following his Bachelor of Health Science degree obtained at Acadia University in 2001.
As the proud owner of York Dental since 2008, Dr. Smyth is committed to patient education and quality care. He provides support to the community of Fredericton as an active member of the Board of Directors for the Fredericton Community Foundation, a member of the Canadian Sleep Society, the Fredericton and New Brunswick Dental Societies, as well as the Canadian Dental Association. Dr. Smyth is also proud to have York Dental Clinic as a business member of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, where he also sits on the committee. During his leisure time, Dr. Smyth enjoys spending quality family time with his wife, Dr. Cara Moran, a military dentist at Base Gagetown, and their children Daniel & Julia.
Jessica Stutt grew up in Pembroke, Ontario and moved to Fredericton in 2003 to study English and Political Science at the University of New Brunswick. During her undergraduate degree she served as Student Union president, student representative on the UNB Board of Governors and vice-president of the New Brunswick Student Alliance.
After completing her BA she moved to Vancouver to complete a Masters in Urban Studies before returning to Fredericton in 2010. She discovered a love of marketing and entrepreneurship while working at Salesforce.com. She now works in the UNB Marketing Office as the Marketing Data Analyst and is enrolled part-time as an MBA student at UNB.
Jess and her husband Pete Syroid live downtown with their black lab Murphy.
Joanne Thomson is recently retired from her position as Community Liaison Coordinator for the City of Fredericton where she worked as an advocate for vulnerable residents with all levels of government. She currently serves as a Stewardship member of Greater Fredericton Social Innovation, a Board member of the Fredericton John Howard Society and a Community Advisory Committee member of the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.