BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bonita is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She is passionate about business being used as a force for good. Entrepreneurs can solve problems, and mentoring is critical to the individual's success. She believes in many learning styles and that you must love what you learn, become credentialed, and raise the bar in all you do in your life and community.
Bonita completed her Entrepreneurial training at UMass, Lowell. She obtained her teaching certificate through Eastern Maine Community College while teaching Business at Mt. Blue High School and Foster Tech Center. Her entrepreneurial spirit was fed through her self-employment and her family business in South Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts. She was President of Williams Maritime, where her company was contracted by over thirty International Shipping Lines and The Massachusetts Port Authority. Her other work experience includes being elected Treasurer for The Town of New Sharon, Maine, work for International Greetings, Corporate Designs, and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Bonita's volunteer experience includes working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, POW-MIA League of Families, and The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.
Bonita's interests include restorative justice, interior design, antiques, hospitality, genealogy, and history.
Kathryn Meronek-Beauchamp, Secretary
Kathy is working hard at being retired. However, Kathy passionately believes that education, stable housing, exposure to the broader world, and adult mentoring are keys to a successful, purposeful life. CES’s “Making Home Possible” initiative caught her eye as she owns a tiny house.
Kathy holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA., and a Legal Assistant Certificate from the University of Southern California Law Center. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to be co-owner and manager of Professional River Runners of Maine, Inc., and co-owner of Grand View Lodging, where she worked as a whitewater rafting outfitter and licensed Maine guide in The Forks and West Forks, Maine, respectively.
Kathy's business experience includes being Senior Accounts Manager for Mountain Valley Property, Inc., the largest private property management company at Sugarloaf/USA resort, Carrabassett Valley, ME.
Kathy's volunteer experience includes projects involving community service, hosting homeless youth, and volunteering for The American Lung Association and Trek Across Maine fundraiser.
Kathy's interests include mountain biking, water sports, underprivileged teens, home improvements, jazz dancing, camping, lending libraries, and tiny homes.