Current Board Members
Claire Luke, Vice President
Jan Bedwell, Treasurer
Kris Knutson is a retired educator of thirty years. He spent the last twenty-two years educating the students of Lincoln in the Western Placer Unified School District as both a principal and a teacher. Kris is very involved in the Lincoln Community. He is a seventeen year member of the Lincoln Host Lions Club. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Business and Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Masters Degree in Education from National University in Sacramento.
Claire graduated from California State University Sacramento with a degree in Education and English and became a teacher. Claire served as a “Professional Volunteer” as she and her family moved around the Country as an Air Force Family. Once her children were on their own, she served as CEO for the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce in Fairfax VA. She held that position for 17 years and, after moving back home to California, continued to serve the local Chamber.
Claire is involved in the community serving as a Neighbor Watch Chairman in Lincoln Hills. She serves on the Board for Lincoln Rotary and the Lincoln Community Foundation. She is serving as Chairman of the Ambassadors for the Chamber and also as the First VP for the Chamber Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Claire enjoys
spending her time with family, friends and also volunteering in the Lincoln community.
Jan retired from a 42 year banking career in 2015. She worked for Wells Fargo Bank in the International Division for the majority of her career as a Project Manager and Manager of the Technology Division within International Banking. She also worked for a short while with Union Bank of California as a Project Manager. Since her retirement, Jan has been volunteering mainly at her granddaughters elementary school. She loves helping with the ready programs and has been tutoring some math. She currently is serving as the PTO Treasurer at Foskett Ranch Elementary.
Marcia is a retired physical therapist. She received a bachelors degree in psychology from UC, Davis, and a post graduate certificate in PT from Columbia University, NY. Besides volunteering for the LCF, she is also involved with St Vincent de Paul.
Linda is a lifelong native of Lincoln, maintaining friendships she has had since childhood, as well as friendships she has forged in recent years. Linda is the owner and administrator of a Residential Care Facility that she and her mother started in 1965. She feels a strong sense of pride in her community, having seen the many changes that have occurred over the past half a century. It is because of this pride that she enjoys her position on the Lincoln Community Foundation board and the ability it gives her to give back to the community. When not caring for the residents in her care facility, Linda enjoys working outside, visiting with her family and spending time with her friends.
Gary McDonald is an entrepreneur and non-profit leader. Having founded Nursefinders of Cincinnati and Nursefinders of Pittsburgh (temporary nursing services) as well as his own Australian themed restaurant, he went on to create Feeding America San Diego, the largest food bank in San Diego County. In recognition, Mayor Sanders and the City of San Diego declared April 4 2010, Gary McDonald Day in honor of his service to people residing in San Diego County.
At the request of the White House, Gary participated in a panel discussion for the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives on Hunger and Homelessness. Gary has participated in emergency efforts for the Haymen fire in Colorado – the largest and most devastating wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2007 San Diego firestorms. He has performed humanitarian work in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Thailand. Gary also served as the State Director for MADD California. Later he successfully merged Senior Gleaners Food Bank with the Sacramento Food bank to streamline hunger relief in Sacramento County. Gary has undergraduate degrees in both Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado. Gary currently serves as the Executive Director of Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center.
Raised in Lincoln, Stan worked on the family farm and played football at Lincoln High School. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stan returned to Lincoln where he and his wife Mary raised their three children while Stan became a successful businessman.
Stan’s first experience in public service was serving as a board member for the Western Placer Unified School District in the 1970’s. He was subsequently selected by the California Ag Leadership Foundation, a two year fellowship for exceptional professionals. In 1986, Stan was appointed to serve out the term of a City Council member and continued to serve for seven more years. After taking a break from public service, Stan again ran for public office, was successful, and since 2010 has served as a city councilman.
Edythe was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Mercy High School in Burlingame and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business from St. Mary’s College. Edythe married and they moved to Santa Rosa for many years and raised one son, James. During that time she was a Director of a private Lutheran School for 10 years and brought in Special Needs children in the program. Then she returned to a career in Business. She was very active in the community. She ran Petaluma Leadership for three years, was on the Board for the Sonoma Council on Aging and was President of a Business Club and the Sonoma County Corvette’s Club. Since she retired from being a Community Sales Manager for new home builders, her time has been spent being past President of the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln Foothills, Past President of the Lincoln Hills Sports Car Club and past Vice President for the Lincoln Hills Singles. She has lived in Lincoln for over 10 years and enjoys spending time with family, friends, traveling and volunteering in organizations in Lincoln.