BIDDEFORD — Apex Youth Connection, a local organization with 20 years of history that is reinventing itself around youth mentorship, has announced its Board of Directors for 2021, according to an organization press release.

Apex board officers include Chair Brian Chin, partner and director at p3; Vice-Chair Craig Cunningham, owner of Maine Manufacturing, LLC; Kristen Lane of Kristen H. Lane, CPA in Saco, who serves as board treasurer; and Anne-Marie Davee, MS, RDN, LD, assistant clinical professor at the University of New England, board secretary. Additional board members include Amy Grohman of Biddeford, Donna Buttarazzi of Arundel, and Carrie Hutchings of Saco. Apex’s youth representative on the board is Sreylen Thor, a sophomore at Biddeford High School.

“We are so honored and fortunate to have the support and expertise of this incredible group of people,” said Executive Director Melissa Cilley. “As Apex grows and evolves, we benefit tremendously from the diverse opinions and experiences of our Board members, including our youth representative. Our board is our front line related to strategy, resource development, and mentoring for our youth. We cannot thank them enough!”

Transitioning off the board after serving seven years each are Doug Dolan, who remains a committed volunteer and member of the Facilities Committee, and Ben Tettlebaum, who continues to serve as legal advisor.

Apex gets Biddeford-Saco area youth “out there” into the community, the great outdoors, and toward a fulfilling future. As it has since 2001, Apex Youth Connection continues to guide youth grades 5-12 through various mentorship programs as they aspire toward achievement, persist through challenges, and explore the world around them. With programs encompassing outdoor adventure and exploration, leadership and empowerment, and job readiness, Apex works to bring out the best in every youth by actively and intentionally engaging them with and in their communities. Apex programs are free to participants.

Apex encourages interested community members with all types of life and professional experiences to join the board.

To learn more about Apex Youth Connection visit www.apexyouthconnection.org.

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