Current Board Members
Left to right, front: Ellen Fickewirth, Linda Maxwell, Dennis Mayhew
Not in attendance: Stan Nader, Gary McDonald.
Claire Luke, Vice President
Susan Cope, Treasurer
Pam Mathus, Secretary
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.
Susan Cope retired from Hewlett Packard after 28 years as a project and account manager. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has been a board member of LCF for over 10 years and is also a board member of the Friends of McBean Park.
Ruth left Hewlett-Packard after a long career of supporting executive teams in addition to managing the employee giving programs and working in government affairs. That experience led her to subsequently work for the District 3 Placer County Supervisor for 13 years where she was involved in many community affairs. She has also served on the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce for 20 years where she organized the annual 4th of July parade and filled in on several occasions as the interim CEO.
Ruth has two children and eight grandchildren all of whom live in Lincoln.
Ellen was born and raised in Lincoln. She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in agricultural engineering. In her career, she worked in product safety testing and erosion control and water systems in the Napa area. Since 2008, she has worked full time for the family farming business in Lincoln. She currently serves on the LCF Grants Committee, reviewing grants and tracking use of grant funds.
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.
Dr. Dennis Mayhew
Dr. Mayhew retired as Director of Plant Health for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He was also the co-founder and past president of the California Association of Professional Scientists, and in that capacity created the annual State Scientists Day for grades 4-6 and the Outstanding Young Scientist Scholarship for winners of Science Fairs across the state. His passion is encouraging and facilitating scientific curiosity in children.
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. He is currently serving as the mayor of the City of Lincoln.
Kris has lived in Lincoln for 46 years with her husband who was born and raised here. Her family includes two daughters, Amy and Mandy. She retired from Western Placer Unified School District after 37 years as a teacher and counselor. After one year of retirement, Kris was elected to the WPUSD board of trustees. She has served and continues to serve. “I wholeheartedly believe in our mission to ’empower students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes for success in an ever-changing world…'” Kris is involved in the following organizations:
- Rotary Club of Lincoln member since 1994
- Lincoln Community Foundation board member since 2007
- Lincoln Community Resource Collaborative – Chair since 2010 brings awareness to the many resources available to our community in and around Placer County.
- Friends of McBean Park , President since 2017– this non-profit’s mission is to Restore, Revitalize and Rebuild McBean Park.
“As a proud LCF member I believe we are making a difference in our community.”