Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Mendocino College Foundation elects new officers

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Channing Cornell is the new president of the Mendocino College Foundation Board of Directors. Courtesy photo.






UKIAH – Channing Cornell, of Redwood Valley, is the newly elected president of the Mendocino College Foundation Board of Directors.


The Mendocino College Foundation consists of 22 directors, all volunteers from throughout the Mendocino-Lake Community College District.


The foundation supports the college students by providing student scholarships and funds to enhance educational programs and staff development.


Cornell, who previously served as vice president of the foundation board, was unanimously chosen by the directors at the December meeting of the board. Rhonada Clausen, of Ukiah, was elected to serve as vice president. Mendocino College Superintendent/President Kathy Lehner, also of Ukiah, serves as secretary/treasurer of the board and was re-elected to that position for 2010.


Accepting the gavel from Tom Herman of Willits, president for the past two years, Cornell thanked the directors and gave special recognition to Herman.


“Tom has been very conscientious in guiding this board in its fiduciary responsibility,” said Cornell. “You’ve done a wonderful job,” he said, directing his comments to Herman. “We appreciate everything you’ve done (as president) over the last two years.”


Cornell then conducted the remainder of the board meeting, including the scheduling of meeting dates, times, and locations for 2010, and election of committee chairs and members.


The president heads the Foundation’s Executive Committee. Members of the committee are vice president Clausen, secretary/treasurer Lehner who is also chair of the Fundraising Committee, immediate past president Herman, and committee chairs Tommy Thornhill (Scholarship Committee), John Bogner (Land Committee), Gary Smith (Finance Committee) and Richard Cooper (Special Events Committee), all of Ukiah, and Wilda Shock (Marketing Committee) of Lakeport.


Additional foundation board members are Kristi Barrington, John Behnke, Donna Berry, Harry Bistrin, Paul Conrado, Jerilyn Harris, Neelam Salmen, Joan Schlienger, all of Ukiah; Peggy Campbell-DeBolt, Lakeport; Leroy Chase and Christy Scollin, Redwood Valley; David Geck, Kelseyville; and Tod Kong, Hopland.


Regular meetings of the foundation’s board of directors for 2010 are scheduled for Tuesdays, March 2 at the Ukiah campus, MacMillan Hall, 1000 Hensley Creek Road; June 1 at the Lake Center, 105 Parallel Drive, Lakeport; Sept. 7 at the Ukiah campus, and Dec. 7 at the Ukiah campus. Meetings start at noon and are open to the public.


Marketing Committee meetings immediately follow the board meetings on each of the scheduled dates. The Foundation’s Finance Committee will meet Thursdays, Jan. 14, April 8, July 8 and Oct. 14, starting at 3:30 p.m., at the President’s Office in MacMillan Hall. Other committee meetings are listed on the Mendocino College Foundation Web site, http://foundation.mendocino.edu .


For additional information about the Mendocino College Foundation and the efforts of the board of directors, call the Foundation Office at 707.467.1018, visit the Web site at http://foundation.mendocino.edu , or send an email to Kerry McMullen, Foundation support specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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