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.
Donna brings 32 years of rural community development, non-profit Board development and statewide organizing skills to the Magalia Community Park Board. After moving to Magalia in early 2018, Donna has been actively involved in the Camp Fire recovery efforts and was part of the team providing an emergency food bank immediately afterwards, is one of the founders of the Upper Ridge Community Council, and coordinated the Camp Fire anniversary The Ridge Lives On: A Remembrance and Celebration Fair.
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.
John has been a resident of Magalia for many years. He is a recreational enthusiast with an incredible wealth of knowledge, particularly with regards to trails all throughout the Upper Ridge.
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.
Hi.. I’ m Jill Vought.. I am very excited to be a part of the Magalia Community Park! I have lived in Magalia since the early 2000’s and in Butte County since the early 1980’s. Our home survived the Campfire and I vowed if it did that I would help my community rebuild anyway I could. I am a Paraprofessional Instructional Behavior Aide for a K-8 Charter School in Chico and my husband and two adult sons are all educators in Chico. I love to garden and to be out in the fresh air ! My husband and I enjoy traveling to the coast, State and National Park’s and Disneyland is a top destination yearly for us. I enjoy walking , home decorating and yoga but the best day for me is a day spent with family, the great outdoors or helping families recover from our local challenges. I look forward a positive year and to build back a wonderful community for all of us.