The Advancement Team

Christopher Sparks

B.A., University of Southern Maine
Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement

Bio
Chris has spent a 19-year career working with families and students at the university and independent school levels. Prior to his re-arrival at Gould, he spent time as the Director of Advancement at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, and also at his alma mater, Wilbraham and Monson Academy, as Director of Admissions and Head Boys’ Basketball Coach. As a collegiate men’s basketball coach, he spent time at the University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University, Brown University, and the University of New England. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, he served for three years as a middle school special education teacher in the Portland, Maine, public school system. Chris attended the University of Southern Maine, and holds a certificate from the Lily School of Philanthropy in Non-Profit Fundraising.
He and his wife, Leah, and children Keenan, Cuyler, Ruby, and Christopher Jr. are so thankful to be a part of the Gould community.
Amy Connell

Acting Director of Advancement
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
B.A. Saint Michael’s College

Bio

Mrs. Connell joined Gould as Director of Alumni and Parent Relations in July of 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience having held positions in Alumni Relations at both Hebron Academy and Bates College. Prior to her jobs at both schools, Mrs. Connell worked in fine wine sales in New York and Maine. Additionally, her passion for the arts led her to Boston for a position at the Museum of Fine Arts as well as an assistant directorship at a community art center in Newton, MA.

A native of Western New York’s “Snowbelt,” Mrs. Connell loves Maine’s long winters. Whether it’s riding Sunday River’s Magic Carpet with her daughter or chasing her husband down the slopes, she can be found outside enjoying the white stuff. And when the seasons change, she enjoys hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Mrs. Connell resides in beautiful Bethel with her husband, Mr. Rogan Connell, Head Alpine Coach and their young daughter, Elinor.
Courtney Snowe

Associate Director of Advancement
University of Maine, Farmington

Bio

Mrs. Snowe joined Gould as the Associate Director of Advancement in July 2018. Courtney brings with her a diverse skill set developed from her years of experience in multiple professional positions. Most recently she worked as the Director of Competition and Events at Mt. Abram where she was also for the development and operations of the Competitive Alpine Racing and Kids All Mountain Programs. Prior to and during her tenure at Mt. Abram, Mrs. Snowe worked in the field of Early Childhood Education as a both a teacher and program development manager. While working with young children Mrs. Snowe focused on integrating curriculums with a focus on the whole person, creative thought, and active lifestyles. Mrs. Snowe is excited to join the Advancement Team and looks forward to bringing her passion for development, event planning, and relationship building to Gould.

Growing up in Maine has provided the foundation for Mrs. Snowe’s love of the outdoors and natural world. She is passionate about maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and loves everything Maine has to offer from the snow covered mountains to the sea. When not working, Mrs. Snowe can often be found skiing, running, training in the gym or enjoying the coastal waters.

Mrs. Snowe lives in Bethel with her husband, Tyler Snowe, On-Snow Admissions Coordinator and U14 Alpine Coach and their dog, Bentley.

 

Stacey Sandvoss

Advancement Coordinator
B.A. Eastern Connecticut State University

Bio

As the Advancement Coordinator, Ms. Sandvoss’s primary focus is providing strong administrative support to the advancement team through project, event, and database management. When not working on an event, an appeal, capital project, or campaign, she actively volunteers in the community. Ms. Sandvoss lives near campus with her husband, Robert, and two children, Avery ’13 and Ana ’18. Together, the family enjoys many of the areas outdoor recreational activities.