2021 Board of Directors

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Eric Nelson
Foundation President

Real Estate Agent

As President, Eric, with the support of the other Board members, leads the Colonial Beach Community Foundation. Together, they are responsible for accomplishing the Foundation's mission. Eric also represents the Foundation to Town Council and other organizations. 

With bachelor and master degrees in Economics, and experience in both domestic and international affairs, Eric has had a long career in community and economic development. He has been an entrepreneur, owning a small chain of retail businesses in the DC and Northern Virginia area, and actively involved in the communities where he conducted business. Eric believes in using his skills and experience to give back to his community and help it thrive.

Cathy Bokman
Foundation Vice President, Organizational Development

Chief Operating Officer, Madison Hospitality

Cathy is responsible for overseeing initiatives to help raise money, and reviewing and recommending distribution of grants to the overall Colonial Beach community. She also co-chairs one our fundraisers, the Annual Northern Neck Beach Music Festival. 

Like many of our residents, Cathy loves the spirit of our community and sees great opportunities for the community to thrive. The Foundation enables her to lend her experience in marketing, management, and leadership to a longstanding, respected organization that is mission driven and focused on improving the community in a nonpolitical environment.

Peter M. Fahrney
Foundation Vice President, Administration


As Vice President of Administration, Peter performs the duties of President in the event of the President's absence or incapacity. He covers the responsibility of organizing the Board meetings, developing the agendas, and conducting the meetings. The Vice President of Administration also serves as Parliamentarian, acts as the Foundation's historian, coordinates the work of administrative staff, and oversees recruitment of new members of the Board of Directors.

Peter became a member of the Board of Directors during its formation in 2005 and was elected President in 2007, and considers it a privilege to serve in that role until 2019. Peter believes that the Colonial Beach Community Foundation is the vehicle in which people who love this small town and wish to make a lasting impact can do so. He describes the Foundation as a long-term stable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in our town.

Michele Inderrieden
Foundation Vice President, Member Engagement

Program Coordinator for Lifelong Learning and Alumni Relations,
Rappahannock Community College

As Vice President of Member Engagement, Michele oversees member recruitment and membership renewals; and website development, external communications, and marketing. She also coordinates the Events Committee and volunteers.

Michele moved to Colonial Beach in 2017 and immediately wanted to make a positive impact in the community. She firmly believes in the Foundation's mission "to improve the quality of life in and around Colonial Beach" and that the Foundation can well serve all people in the 22443 zip code.

Kristine Guido
Foundation Secretary

Human Resource Program Manager, Federal Government

As Secretary, Kris records and maintains minutes of the Foundation's monthly Board meetings and other functions as appropriate. She finds purpose in working together for positive impact in her community, and believes "that collaboration is how we bring life to the Foundation's mission."

Thomas (Thom) Y. Savage
Foundation Treasurer


Thom keeps track of the Foundation's bank accounts and investments, and delivers financial reports at the monthly meetings. Thom was a litigator in Fredericksburg for 36 years before moving his family and practice to Colonial Beach. Thankful for the good that the Foundation does within the Colonial Beach community, he enjoys doing what he can to support its mission.

Marcia Feldman
Foundation Board Member


Marcia helps the Treasurer maintain monthly accounting records and prepare Tax Form 990 (the tax return form used by nonprofits), and provides assistance to auditors as necessary.

Joyce Gunderson
Foundation Board Member



John Heath
Foundation Board Member
President of Beach Arts, Music, & Mentoring (BAMM)


BAMM, a Foundation partner project, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the youth of Colonial Beach. In addition to sponsoring and administering their own programs, BAMM administers any Foundation programs that involve the youth of our community.

John is a retired small business owner and a Certified Computer Network Engineer. He serves as the Family Ombudsman for the Federal Brain Injury Grant to the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as a member of the Virginia Brain Injury Council.

Mitzi Hall Saffos
Foundation Board Member

Co-Owner & Manager, Colonial Beach Brewing

Mitzi oversees operation of the Colonial Beach Community Center (located at 717 Marshall Ave on the Point), to include maintenance, rental, and use of the building and grounds.

Mitzi is a Colonial Beach native and graduate of Colonial Beach High School. After  earning a Bachelor Degree in history from Mary Washington College, she was employed by Fredericksburg museums. Since returning full-time to Colonial Beach, her focus has been on  improving her community and meeting its needs, which she sees as the Foundation's main focus. Unsurprisingly given her major, in addition to her involvement with the Foundation, Mitzi also is involved with the Colonial Beach Historical Society and Colonial Beach Museum.  

Ann Swope
Foundation Board Member

Retired from the Federal Government
Current Senior Consultant, Bowhead Support Services, Inc.

As a board member, Ann researches appropriate and applicable grant opportunities for the Foundation. As a longtime resident, she shares a good understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of our community.

With a Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology, Ann's early career focused on environmental protection and permitting for the Navy, as well as ensuring the safety of employees and the public from the Navy's research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities. Additional career responsibilities included supervision, management, and leadership as Chief of Staff for a large Naval RDT&E Center.  Her support for the Foundation is grounded in the desire to serve her community in a way that improves quality of life and opportunity for all.