The LCF Advisory Board
The Advisory Board consists of volunteer community members who serve 3-year terms
Board member since 2017
I grew up and went to college in New Jersey. After we were married, my husband, Bill and I moved to Florida where he attended graduate school and I began my elementary teaching career. We raised two children and after they completed high school, we took off on a new adventure to Seattle, Washington. I continued my education career as an elementary school principal, which lasted for thirteen years, until I retired.
I first learned about Lyons, Colorado when my parents built a home in Spring Gulch Estates in 1977. Our family visited this wonderful little town twice a year ever since. When my husband and I retired six years ago we chose to also move to Spring Gulch, as we had long ago fallen in love with the natural beauty of the area.
I have come to love living in Lyons and have become involved in Pilates, Nia, Yoga, hiking, garden club and book clubs; all to improve my mind and body, and to connect with the community. I bring to the LCF board teaching and leadership skills, as well as a strong commitment to giving back to this wonderful community, and helping where I can to be a positive asset.
Board member since 2018
Born and bred in Yorkshire, England, I moved to the US in 2001 and lived in San Francisco for 10 years. There I met my husband, Jay. We decided to move to Colorado 6 years ago but before we settled here we traveled around Australia and Europe in a camper van for 7 months. Something I would recommend to anyone, whatever your age!
We have lived in Lyons for over 3 years and love the community and small town atmosphere. We are very grateful that our son gets to grow up in such an amazing place. I am honored to be part of the LCF board and bring more to the community I call home. I am also a volunteer at the LEAF Food Pantry.
Board member since 2020
I am a technology consultant working with clients on solving their business process needs through system solutions for the past 17 years. Outside my work, I am a hobbyist photographer and videographer. I was born and brought up in India and moved to the US in 2011. We moved to Lyons in 2018. My little family includes my wife Nadia and 2 babies, my daughter, Pia, who is 5 years old and my son, Arian, who is 1 year old. We also have a furry kid named Orca, a Newfoundland dog.
Dr. David Mencin
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 Boulder studying plate tectonics, earthquakes and the Yellowstone volcanic system. His work had 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 amazing wife Andrea Buus, two sons, two dogs and two goats.
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 eight years ago. Born and raised in Canada, Tanya lived in France with her husband and children before immigrating to the USA nine years ago. 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.
Board member since 2017
I've lived in Lyons since 1994, fleeing the cost and density of Boulder, where I lived for 20 years. My husband Edward and our two sons, Eric and Ryan, have been very grateful to have found a true hometown here.
After working for the City of Boulder for many years, I began a career in education, and have now just "retired" from full time teaching. I am still substitute teaching, here in Lyons as well, where I'm able to connect with our local young families. I also run a travel club, 5280 Explorers, with teacher friends. We've taken groups of up to 42 to Ireland, U.K., Italy, Greece, and France. This summer we will head to Australia, and 2019 - Japan! I believe in the mission of nurturing true global citizens, having lived overseas as a young person and realizing how much that taught me.
I am very happy and honored to give back to Lyons through LCF, and I'm excited about the new challenges.
Board member since 2018
I have lived in the Lyons area since 2003. I retired from Keebler Company, located in a suburb of Chicago, as the Director of Finance for the Foodservice Division. I lived in the Chicago area most of my life but when my husband Rick and I decided to retire, we looked for a place that had natural beauty, better weather and lots of sunshine, and less congestion. We found these qualities in Lyons along with many wonderful people we now count as good friends.
I volunteer as a member of the Board of the Longmont Humane Society (2012-2018) and as a recreational activities assistant at LifeCare Center of Longmont (on-going). I frequently take courses at CU through the Senior Auditors program, focusing on the social sciences which was my undergraduate major. I love to travel internationally and to spend lots of time outdoors playing golf, biking and hiking.
To me Lyons is like no other town I’ve known. It has an extraordinary sense of community that I hope to get to know even better through LCF and to make a contribution to its on-going success.
Board Member since 2020
My family and I moved from Park City, Utah, to Lyons in 2019. My husband Brett is a pilot for Southwest Airlines, and we wanted to be reasonably close to Denver International Airport, a Southwest base. While we explored many towns along the Front Range, Lyons was the one that immediately felt like it could be home. We were drawn to the small-town vibe, the town pride that practically exuded from every local we met, and the gorgeous rivers and mountains. We settled into a historic home, right downtown, and have felt embraced by the community from the start.
I have 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, I have been taking on part-time freelance work to allow myself time to focus on our 6 year old daughter, Vivien. I’m excited to be able to use some of the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired in my career to help LCF and the people of this incredible town we’ve come to love.
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 she 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.
Board Member since 2021
Gil 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.
Lyons Community Foundation
PO Box 546 Lyons, CO 80540
PO Box 546 Lyons, CO 80540