By Lynda Myers
The Mendocino College Foundation Board of Directors recently welcomed five new members: Jamey Gill of Kelseyville, Todd McMahon of Calpella, Lynn Chevalier of Ukiah, Travis Scott of Philo, and Irma E. Turner of Redwood Valley.
Jamey Gill, the Director of Marketing and Community Development for the Mendo Lake Credit Union, also serves on the North Coast Opportunities (NCO) Board. She will be the MC Foundation liaison to the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College affiliate, which will be a very comfortable role for her, since she has been an active member of the affiliate group for four years. Gill has a varied background in education which includes classroom teaching, curriculum specialist at the Mendocino and Lake County Offices of Education, teacher of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), NCO Beginning Teacher Trainer, as well as Beginning Teacher Supervisor for Dominican University, and Director of K-12 Outreach at University of California San Francisco. In the past, she has directed the Summer Algebra Academies held at Mendocino College (MC), and her two sons have taken classes at MC – one of whom was able to graduate early because of this. She said, “I am honored to be a part of the Foundation Board, which does so much to ensure that our students (of all ages) are encouraged, supported, and honored for their accomplishments.”
Todd McMahon, a third generation Mendocino County resident, is co-owner of North Coast Resource Management, a forestry and environmental consulting firm with 24 employees, located in Calpella, which works with the timber industry, utilities, conservation groups, and small, private landowners. McMahon is a licensed professional forester by trade, and previously worked as a logging contractor in his family's business. He graduated from Humboldt University in 1989 with a BS in Forestry. He served on the Willits Charter School Board of Directors from 2013 – 2016. “I feel very strongly about the importance of education and its accessibility for all youth, regardless of economic circumstance,” he stated.
Lynn Chevalier worked at Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) for thirty-three years, in various positions, before her recent retirement. She now serves on the Community Advisory Board at UVMC. She formerly served on the Ukiah Senior Center Board of Directors. While her three children were growing up, along with her husband, Peter, she was active in PTA, Ukiah Little League, Ukiah Soccer League, Mendocino Ballet, Pop Warner, City of Ukiah Softball, and other family-oriented groups. She loves to cook, entertain, spend time in Mendocino, read, paint/draw, run, walk/hike, paddle-board, do Zumba and Tabata, and basically enjoy life. She said, “I am pleased to serve on the Mendocino College Foundation Board because I have heard great things about them being an active Board – that they get together and get things accomplished!”
Travis Scott, Director of Sales and Marketing at Handley Cellars, has worked with the MC Foundation staff and volunteers for the past six years to produce the Gala, the major fundraising event for the Foundation. While he was hired to do this the first year, he has volunteered his time and expertise ever since. He stated, “While working on the Gala, I have been introduced to the amazing work that is done by the Foundation on behalf of students and programs at MC, and I've become personally invested in the projects and programs of the Foundation. In my business, I see the impact of the Foundation. Many of my employee's children have directly benefited from the programs and scholarships. I see what it means to their families to have the availability of education that is affordable. I take great pride in knowing that the support I personally and professionally provide to the Foundation is so greatly appreciated by the students and their families. I look forward to further strengthening and supporting the Foundation and its programs.”
Irma E. Turner and her husband moved to Redwood Valley in 1971. Since that time she has worked at Mendocino College, Social Services, and several school districts. Her last position was as Director of Services for Bilingual Children at Ukiah Unified School District. She has served on the boards of various non-profit organizations such as Project Sanctuary, Leadership Mendocino, Ukiah Community Concert Association, and others. She has held leadership roles such as Inland Chairperson, and she has done grant writing and fundraising. Turner noted, “Both my employment and community activities have served to make me aware of the breadth of issues within the Mendocino-Lake Community College area, as well as the diversity of the population. Spanish was my first language, and I am fluent in speaking, reading and writing. My belief is that community colleges are the best deal in the book for students with limited funds, re-entry students, those who are unsure of their field of interest, or those who are unable to travel afar for a higher education.”
MC Foundation Board President, Charley Myers had this to say: “We are so fortunate to have these five individuals join us on the Mendocino College Foundation Board of Trustees. They bring talent and experience in their various fields that will assist us with our mission: student success!”
For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any of their programs, call them at 707-467-1018.