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Marina Pappas serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Sword & Spoon Group, where she oversees the operations of for-profit and not-for-profit partnerships. Prior to her role at Sword & Spoon, Marina was the Chief Administrative Officer for both the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation (the Committee) and the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS). Early in her career, Marina worked in operations at Easterly Capital, LLC and its related entities.Marina graduated from Bates College in Maine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in European History. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University. Marina developed a passion for skiing at an early age, originally learning to ski at Suicide Six in Pomfret, VT, and originally skied competitively at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA. Marina went on to ski for Waterville Valley and Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire and ended her racing career at Holderness School in Plymouth, NH. Currently, Marina lives in Boston and enjoys skiing every season at Killington Mountain, VT.
As a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, Julia Ford competed in 40 World Cup races, won three national titles, and competed in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.Ford grew up in New Hampshire as the third of four Ford children. A passion for sport and competition was instilled in her at young age, where she participated in almost every sport and thoroughly enjoyed the pursuit of bettering herself. Before joining the U.S. Ski Team, she was a multi-sport athlete at Holderness School. At Holderness, Ford was friends with Betsy O’Leary (Abelson), who, she says, embodied great sportsmanship and team building skills—which later became the backbone of Better & Faster Together, inspired by O’Leary.As Ford finished her ski racing career, she attended GroundSwell Institute, where she studied entrepreneurial owner-management through scenario-based learning. Currently, Ford is the Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Alpine Ski Racing at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire.
Jennifer Bott feels that she was blessed by her friendship with Betsy O’Leary Abelson and brings to Better & Faster Together her love for Betsy and gratitude for who she was and what she represented.Bott graduated cum laude from Boston University, School of Management (1988) with a B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Finance; with honors, Juris Doctor (1991) from George Washington University; and from Boston University (2003) with a M.A. in Taxation Law. Her legal practice focuses primarily on corporate work (including mergers and acquisitions) and estate planning.Bott is a mother to three daughters: Isabelle, Charlotte and Madeleine (14, 12 and 12, respectively) and lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, during the off-season, and Sunday River, Maine, in the winter. Isabelle and Charlotte are alpine racers with Gould Academy and Madeleine is free skier and snowboarder.