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LCSC Foundation elects new officers; Chavez named president

LEWISTON, Idaho – Retired school teacher and former Idaho legislator Liz Chavez has been elected president of the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation. New officers and board members were announced at a meeting last week.

Chavez (pictured left) earned her bachelor’s degree from LCSC in 1970 and was a teacher for more than 30 years. She was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008, serving a total of four years.

Also elected into office were Mike Tatko of Avista Utilities as vice president, and Lori McCann, who is retired, as secretary. Teresa Cole, controller at LCSC, was re-elected as treasurer. All officers are elected for two-year terms.

Four new board members were also voted in for three-year terms. They are Donnie Ely of Clearwater Paper, Lynne Coleman of Coleman Oil, Christina Metcalf of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Domenick Ochszner of Vista Outdoor.

“The Foundation Board is pleased to have these four new members joining the Board; they bring a variety and wealth of experience to the Board, which will only further enhance the work of the Foundation, providing financial support for students attending LC,” Chavez said.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote access, excellence and relevance in higher education through support of LCSC. More information can be found at

Established in 1984 as a non-profit educational foundation, the LCSC Foundation is dedicated to providing a margin of excellence for LCSC students. In securing resources beyond those provided through the state funding, the Foundation assures an educational experience that is more financially accessible to students, as well as one which is well-rounded and complete. The Foundation currently provides financial support to a number of enhancement activities including the Foundation Scholars Program, Faculty Achievement Awards, scholarships, and other activities and programs that lie outside the traditional role of public funding.

Returning board members include:

  • A. L. "Butch" Alford, Lewiston Morning Tribune
  • Brad Cannon, retired
  • Rob Clifford, CA Financial Services
  • Justin Coleman, Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Marsha Creason, Creason, Moore, Dokken & Geidl, PLLC
  • Shelly DeAtley, DeAtley Family Foundation
  • Karen Evans, retired
  • Howard Hayes, retired
  • Julie Kane, Nez Perce Tribe
  • Carl Koenen, retired
  • Colleen Mahoney, retired
  • William Mannschreck, retired
  • Christopher Moore, Creason, Moore, Dokken & Geidl, PLLC
  • Mike Ripley, retired
  • Eadie Saxton, retired
  • Brian Schmidt, Jurgens & Co.
  • Bill Seehafer, retired
  • Katie Seekins, Seekins Precision
  • Garry Skinner, The Resource Group LLC
  • Kirk Stedman, Inland Auto Glass
  • Dawn Wittman, retired