Our organization is made up of community leaders who have a vested interest in the success of Magalia. We are also equally dedicated to the development of a park and community center on the former golf course site. Several of us have lived on the Upper Ridge for many years and are keenly aware of the Upper Ridge history and the positive impact that certain economic drivers, like the golf course, had on the community. The skills and background experience of our executive director and board members make for an excellent team poised to manage a Community Center and Park.
Raised in Magalia and a graduate of Paradise High School, Chris has over 30 years of experience in outdoor recreation as a counselor and director at Mountain Meadow Ranch Summer Camp, as well as a credentialed teacher. His fond memories of playing the Paradise Pines Golf Course inspired his passion for re-purposing the site as a neighborhood park, which quickly became a community-led Camp Fire recovery project.
Richard Gingery Jr. has been a proud resident of Magalia since 2000. A graduate of California State University of Chico, he is the co-owner of Whispering Pines Pet Clinic in Magalia and the Treasurer of the Masonic Table Mountain Lodge #124 in Paradise. He has been on the Paradise Unified School District’s Board of Trustees since 2017.
Janet retired from an Insurance Brokerage career to Magalia in 2001. After retirement she volunteered with Paradise Meals on Wheels, working with them until 2018. She is currently a member of the Upper Ridge Community Council and serves as Treasurer for Magalia Community Park.
Richard has been Rector (lead pastor) at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chico for over 22 years. Both Richard and St. John’s have been active supporters of the Recovery of our Butte County communities through collaboration with community partners including the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, the Magalia Community Park Board, Spring Valley School in Concow, and Magalia Community Church, among others.
Lucas Warmerdam Is a Disc Golf enthusiast and newest member of the Magalia community. A new member of the Paradise Pines Property Owners Association, Lucas is devoted building a home and healthy community at the heart of the Magalia Community Park. Having over a decade of experience in the broader Northern California disc golf community, (occupying such positions as Tournament Director, professional competitor, and club treasurer) Lucas volunteers as an ambassador for the rapidly growing sport of Disc Golf in our community.
I am a retired Bakersfield high school science teacher and moved to Magalia after losing my home in Paradise in 2018.. My goal in life has always been to help my community and it is an honor to be a member of the Magalia Community Park board of directors. My love of travel and the outdoors fills my heart as do my family, friends and contributing to my community.
Linda Horton-Lyons was the owner of the Brunch House Diner both in Paradise & Chico. She is married to Paul Lyons, owner of Lyons Express Lube and Oil in Paradise. They share 4 daughters and 7 granddaughters and their doggie, a lab, Miss Houdini (Hoo for short).
Phil is a retired general contractor, Graduate of Cal Poly, SLO, and an outdoor enthusiast. He moved to Magalia in 2005 and has been involved in the betterment of Magalia ever since. Starting in June he took on the task of replacing siding, making repairs and adding a fresh coat of paint to the Community Center buildings. Phil is also a long time active member of the Magalia Beautification Association, and assisted with food and clothing distribution after the Camp Fire.
Our family moved to Magalia from Chico in 2014. I enjoy hiking, mountain biking and gardening. I am a substitute teacher for the Paradise Unified School District. I have participated in many events held in our community and look forward to strengthening the connections with our towns youth.
Roni and her husband have lived in Magalia since 2009. She has her own bookkeeping business, and recently assumed the role of Treasurer and accountant for Magalia Community Park. Roni also currently serves as President of the Board of Directors at the Paradise Pines Property Owners Association, where she previously served as treasurer, and which collaborates with Magalia Community Park on various events through the year. She devotes much of her time volunteering at the POA, the Community Center, and Magalia Pines Baptist Church, and has past experience working on ways to fund raise money.
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