RISE Leadership

RISE is supported by Rivier University and led by a program coordinator and a dedicated group of volunteers.

Recognizing our Founder
Rose H. Arthur, Th.D.

The success of the RISE program is a testament to Dr. Arthur’s vision and leadership, her lifelong love of learning, and her commitment to religion and education. Since its inception in 1996 by Rose H. Arthur, Th.D., the RISE program has grown to more than 400 members and thrives on Rivier University’s campus and online as well, to be a welcoming community of people 55 years of age and over.

2023-2024 RISE Executive Committee and Council

As stated in the bylaws, “the purpose of RISE shall be to provide a quality educational opportunity for seniors in the Greater Nashua area. It will achieve this by being a member-directed learning center where active participation and fellowship are key concepts.”

Executive Committee Officers

  • Nancy Nordstrom, President
  • Sue Hart, Vice President
  • Carol Anderson, Treasurer
  • Cynthia Jean, Secretary
  • Cynthia Geiger, Past President

Council Committee Chairpersons

  • Curriculum | Nancy Nordstrom (interim) and co-chair Sandy Niven
  • Membership | Diane Bianchetta and co-chair Barbara Stefaney
  • Technology Support | Susan Deschenes (interim)
  • Nominations | David McNeil
  • Publicity | Anne Green and Valerie Raudonis


  • Jan Adams
  • Carol Lavigueur
  • Sarah Widhu
  • Charlotte Pogue
  • Marie Connolly
  • Julianne Lustig

RISE Coordinator | Susan Deschenes

Join a RISE Committee

RISE welcomes volunteers to serve on various committees; meetings are approximately every few months. Email RISE if interested.


Rivier Institute for Senior Education