The LCF Advisory Board
The Advisory Board consists of volunteer community members who serve 3-year terms
Board member since 2017
Jeanne Moore grew up and went to college in New Jersey. After she was married, her husband, Bill and her moved to Florida where he attended graduate school and she began her elementary teaching career. After their two children completed high school, Jeanne and Bill took off on a new adventure to Seattle, Washington. She continued her education career as an elementary school principal, which lasted for thirteen years, until she retired.
Jeanne first learned about Lyons, Colorado when her parents built a home in Spring Gulch Estates in 1977. Her family has visited this wonderful little town twice a year ever since. When her husband and her retired six years ago, they chose to also move to Spring Gulch, as they had long ago fallen in love with the natural beauty of the area.
Jeanne have come to love living in Lyons and has become involved in Pilates, Nia, Yoga, hiking, garden club and book clubs; all to improve her mind and body, and to connect with the community. Jeanne brings teaching and leadership skills, as well as a strong commitment to giving back to this wonderful community, and helping where she can to be a positive asset.
Board member since 2018
Gail Frankfort has lived in the Lyons area since 2003. She retired from Keebler Company, located in a suburb of Chicago, as the Director of Finance for the Foodservice Division. She lived in the Chicago area most of my life but when her husband Rick and her decided to retire, they looked for a place that had natural beauty, better weather (lots of sunshine), and less congestion. They found these qualities in Lyons along with many wonderful people they now count as good friends.
Gail volunteers as a member of the Board of the Longmont Humane Society (2012-2018) and as a recreational activities assistant at Life Care Center of Longmont (on-going). She frequently take courses at CU through the Senior Auditors program, focusing on the social sciences which was her undergraduate major. She loves to travel internationally and spend lots of time outdoors playing golf, biking and hiking.
To her, Lyons is like no other town she has ever known. It has an extraordinary sense of community that she hopes to get to know even better through LCF and to make a contribution to its on-going success.
Communications Committee Chair
Board Member since 2020
Kate Schnepel and family moved from Park City, Utah, to Lyons in 2019. Since her husband, Brett is a pilot for Southwest Airlines, they wanted to be reasonably close to Denver International Airport, a Southwest base. While they explored many towns along the Front Range, Lyons was the one that immediately felt like it could be home. They were drawn to the small-town vibe, the town pride that practically exuded from every local they met, and the gorgeous rivers and mountains. They settled into a historic home, right downtown, and have felt embraced by the community from the start.
Kate has worked in communications and marketing in the non-profit realm for nearly 20 years, primarily with animal welfare organizations like Best Friends Animal Society and Wildlife SOS. For the last few years, instead of working full-time, she has been taking on part-time freelance work to allow herself time to focus on their 6 year old daughter, Vivien. Kate is excited to be able to use some of the skills and knowledge she has acquired in her career to help LCF and the people of this incredible town they have come to love.
Board member since 2020
Ravi Gandh is a technology consultant working with clients on solving their business process needs through system solutions for the past 17 years. Outside of work, Ravi is a hobbyist photographer and videographer. Ravi was born and brought up in India. He moved to the USA in 2011. His family moved to Lyons in 2018. His family includes his wife Nadia and 2 two children: Pia, who is 5 years old and Arian, who is 1 year old. They also have a furry kid named Orca, a Newfoundland dog.
Board member since 2021
Sara Erickson has lived in Lyons for 11 years, moving here from Boulder in 2010. Sara was born in Welton, Iowa, but moved to Southern California at age 9 and holds a degree in history from UCLA. Sara taught elementary school and then worked as a paralegal for the Boulder County Attorney's Office for 22 years until retiring in 2019. Sara and her husband Keith (a retired teacher) feel privileged to live in wonderful and unique Lyons.
Sara now considers herself a true Coloradan and enjoys exploring all this great state has to offer. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her husband, spoiling her two dogs, gardening, making art, reading, cooking, shopping, traveling, watching movies, hanging with family and friends and sleeping.
Sara has served as a member of the Lyons Prepared Board. She currently serves on the board of the Friends of Lyons Regional Library and is president of the Lyons Garden Club.
Sara is excited to serve on the LCF Board and looks forward to helping LCF in its mission to work for the greater good of the Lyons community.
Board member since 2022
As a resident of Lyons, Dave is thrilled to contribute to the community as a member of the Lyons Community Foundation. A member and former chair of Lyons Sustainable Futures Commission, and Lyons Flood Recovery Housing Taskforce, Dave and his wife Kim feel blessed to live in Lyons surrounded by good friends, the sandstone ridgeline, and the waters of the St. Vrain.
In his “day job” Dave works in Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience supporting the residents and businesses of Lyons and throughout the county to address the changing climate in a manner that is equitable for all. He has an undergraduate degree (Environmental Studies) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a graduate degree (Business Administration) from the University of Colorado, Denver. Prior to moving to Lyons, among other jobs Dave has washed dishes, worked in a soda pop canning facility, cleaned hotel rooms, built concrete foundations and framed houses, taught for the Colorado Outward Bound School and was a professional ski patroller in Steamboat Springs.
Board Member since 2022
Jesse Garland has lived in Lyons since 2013 with her now husband Brian McRae and her awesome fur child "Miles". Though she originally hails from South Texas, Jesse does consider herself a Coloradan as she's been here since 2003 - longest place she has lived to date! You have probably seen Jesse around town bringing jazz to the musical sounds at a Sandstone concert or other local musical stomping grounds. When Jesse is not singing she works in corporate America as a Lead Product Owner, consulting with Fortune 100 and 500 companies across the country in Product Development and building custom applications/ platforms through World Wide Technologies based out of St. Louis, MO. Over the years, Jesse's corporate career has taken her from working with Vail Resorts managing all resort e-commerce websites to working for creative advertising agencies to even a health and wellness company in Denver. Prior to technology Jesse worked in television and film on documentaries (Associate Producer on the award winning "Paper Clips") and live broadcast shows including the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington DC with President Clinton and President GW Bush. All of these experiences have given Jesse the ability to gather unique skills she is excited about sharing with LCF and working with the board to take the Foundation to great things ahead in the future.
Marketing and Communications Associate
The Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) is pleased to welcome our new Marketing and Communications Associate, Tanya Daty. Tanya joins LCF with many years experience in local non-profit organizations. She is delighted to serve her community, especially during this unprecedented time, when it is even more important for us to rally together. It is this spirit that brought Tanya and her family to Lyons in 2012.
Born and raised in Canada, Tanya lived in France with her husband and children before immigrating to the USA in 2011. They chose to raise their three children in Lyons because of the sense of community and proximity to nature in small-town America. It is because their values align so closely with the mission of LCF "to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving and create positive change" that Tanya is excited to work for the Lyons Community Foundation.
Fundraising Committee Chair
Board Member since 2021
Gil Sparks moved to Lyons with his wife, Kay in October 2020 so as to be closer to family. He grew up in Prescott, Az, attended the University of Arizona, took a break to join the Army and did a tour in Viet Nam.
In 1978, Gil moved to Butte, Montana where he worked for six years for one of the two magneto-hydrodynamic facilities in the US as a Human Services Manager.
In 1985, he moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he went to law school. Upon graduation he moved to Wenatchee,Washington where he practiced employment, labor and municipal law.
While in Wenatchee, he served on the Community Foundation of North Central Washington board for 14 years (Board Chair for 2 years). He also served on the boards of the Pybus Market Charitable Foundation, Pybus Public Market, Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, the Performing Arts Center, the Chamber of Commerce (President-2 years), the YMCA, Rotary (President-1 year) and co-founded the Apple Valley Human Resource Association (President-2 years).
Gil looks forward to serving on the LCF advisory board for the benefit of the Lyons area non-profit community.
Board member since 2017
Claudia Kean has lived in Lyons since 1994, fleeing the cost and density of Boulder, where she lived for 20 years. Her husband Edward and their two sons, Eric and Ryan, are very grateful to have found a true hometown.
After working for the City of Boulder for many years, she began a career in education, and has recently "retired" from full time teaching. She is still substitute teaching, here in Lyons as well, where she is able to connect with local young families. Claudia also runs a travel club, 5280 Explorers, with teacher friends. They have taken groups of up to 42 to Ireland, U.K., Italy, Greece, Australia, Japan and France. Claudia believes in the mission of nurturing true global citizens, having lived overseas as a young person and realizing how much that taught her.
Claudia is very happy and honored to give back to Lyons through LCF, and is excited about the new challenges.
Grants Committee Chair
Board member since 2021
Ella Levy has been a Boulder County resident for nearly 20 years, and is a native of Texas. She recently moved to Lyons at the beginning of 2020 in search of a tight-knit community, access to the outdoors and music. A month-long, leadership Outward Bound mountaineering course originally brought her to Colorado. Being outside daily and connected to nature is core to her value-set, and she shares in this love with her husband.
Though Ella specializes now as a sales professional in the start-up Technology sector, she is equally interested in serving her community and is a former non-profit fundraising professional. She supervised a $2 million Grant Program which supported engineering projects in developing countries globally and served as Development Manager & Grants Writer for a local, Contemporary art museum. Ella is also a working artist, focusing on painting, photography and multimedia methods. She excitedly looks forward to affecting change within Lyons, and garnering support for the many vibrant non-profits that we are lucky to have in our backyard.
Scholarship Committee Chair
Board member since 2022
Gwydion Winkelmeyer retired from a long Healthcare Career as an Administrator, ending his career as Director of a large Pediatric Practice several years ago. Gwydion has worked with FEMA and the CDC with the State of Texas on Disaster Preparedness and Response. He has been heavily involved with teens at risk as a member of Boys To Men Northern Arizona conducting men's circles and weekend adventures providing options to teens in crisis. Gwydion moved to Lyons recently and has two teenaged stepsons at Lyons Middle/Senior High School. Gwydion is very much in love with the area and the community. He is looking forward to interacting with people and serving the community on the LCF Board.
Board member since 2021
Dr. David Mencin is the Director of Data Services at UNAVCO (www.unavco.org) and a Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder (https://cires.colorado.edu). UNAVCO is a National Science Foundation funded university-governed non-profit that facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and discovered his interest in Geophysics and Geology early in life reading National Geographic magazines at his grandparents’ house. Dave earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics and his Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Missouri. Dave then conducted his PhD studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder studying plate tectonics, earthquakes and the Yellowstone volcanic system. His work has taken him to over 60 countries, including the re-measurement of the height of Mt. Everest with the National Geographic and Boston Museum of Science as part of the Everest Millennium Expedition (1996,1998,1999) and the identification of earthquake hazards in Colombia and Turkey.
Dave moved from Boulder to Lyons in 2005 and discovered paradise. There is no better town and community than Lyons, especially evident in how the community responded to the floods in 2013. Dave is an avid soaring pilot, flight instructor, mountain biker and SCUBA diver. He currently lives in Lyons, CO with his two sons, two dogs and two goats.
Board Member since 2022
Suzanne Milani grew up in Northern Va. and Maryland until I headed to Massachusetts for college years. She met her husband in Massachusetts where they lived for 17 years.
Her career was in social work as a caseworker helping disadvantaged families and children and teaching parenting skills to teen parents. Eventually, her husband’s employment with AT&T brought us to NJ where we lived for 28 years and where we raised our 2 children. After 10 years of working in the social work field, Suzanne went back to school and obtained her Master’s degree in Child Development and Elementary Education. She taught for many years, from toddlers to 4 years of age up to 3rd graders.
Once her children were grown, Suzanne switched careers completely to work for a large multi- speciality medical group where she coordinated their physician lectures, handled events and company sponsorships.
When it came time to consider retirement, Suzanne and her husband decided to live in Colorado. In 2015, they bought a house in Lyons. They felt very lucky to find this beautiful town where the community is so supportive.
Suzanne looks forward to being a board member of LCF and contributing to the community. Her passions include spending time with family and friends, walking, biking, reading, bird-watching and exploring new towns. She also enjoys other volunteer work such as helping single moms, providing mentorship and support; being on the board of the Friends of the Lyons Regional Library and TRU Community Care.
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