Adirondack Health Foundation welcomes newest board trustees
SARANAC LAKE – The Adirondack Health Foundation welcomes two new trustees to its board as it focuses on the “Future of Care” campaign in support of transformational capital improvement projects in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
Joining the Foundation Board are Barbara Rice, Saranac Lake, and Heather Bumsted, Lake Placid and Alpharetta, Ga. In addition, the Board of Trustees selected its officers for the coming year: W. Scott McGraw, Chair; Kevin Brady, Vice Chair; Susan Riggins, Secretary; and John Lansing, CPA, Treasurer.
“The Trustees of the Adirondack Health Foundation join me in welcoming Barbara Rice and Heather Bumsted,” said Scott McGraw, Chair of the Adirondack Health Foundation Board of Trustees. “They bring exceptional experience and invaluable skills to assist in furthering the mission of the Foundation. We couldn’t be more pleased they have joined the Board.”
Heather grew up in Syracuse and attended Cornell University where she studied Communication Arts and English Literature. Following graduation she worked in account management at advertising firms Ogilvy & Mather and FCB/Leber-Katz Partners, working on brands such as Hardees Food Systems, Colgate-Palmolive, and Nabisco Foods.
After marrying her husband, David Bumsted, the couple relocated several times, ultimately settling in Alpharetta, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. There they raised two children, Phoebe and David Jr., and where Heather volunteered in her local community. She has served as a PTA president, the chair of the Local School Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Fulton County Public Schools Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee.
She is a current member of the Alpharetta Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, a mother-son community service organization and has served as its Vice President - Director of Philanthropy. She is also a member of the Bowdoin College Parents Executive Committee.
Heather spends most of the year in the south, but enjoys spending summer in Lake Placid.
Barbara is a native of the Adirondacks and a partner in Rice Furniture, a third generation local business that she co-owns and operates. She received her BA from SUNY Plattsburgh in Business and Economics, and later attended Physician Assistant (PA) school at Albany Medical College and worked as a PA specializing in Urology in Vermont and Massachusetts. In 2005 she returned to Saranac Lake with her husband and son to assist in the operation of the family business.
Barbara was elected to the Franklin County Legislature in 2013 and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the board. In addition, she is Chair of the Franklin County Finance Committee, and is a member of the Public Safety, Economic Development, and Investment committees. She served as a Saranac Lake Village Trustee from 2012-16, and as a member of the Harrietstown Board of Assessment and Review from 2006-08.
In 2015 she was chosen as one of two county representatives to serve on the New York State Fire Safety and Building Code Council. Barbara has been very active in the local business community and is a member of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Saranac Lake area Tourism Council, and a former board member of the Village of Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation. She also helped found the Village of Saranac Lake Downtown Advisory Board and the Outdoor Movie Committee.
The Adirondack Health Foundation welcomes contributions in support of Adirondack Health to meet critical needs including the purchase of state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies, support of healthcare programs that serve the community including wellness and prevention education, to upgrade and expand facilities and to provide continuing education for our healthcare team.
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