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.
Laurie retired to the Ridge after a lifetime of community organizing, culminating her career as an Assistant Secretary of State for California. She moved to Magalia in early 2018, and was spurred into action after the Camp Fire. Laurie finds inspiration in the strength and resiliency of her neighbors as we work together to rebuild and recover.
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.
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).
Jacob Bates is a 30 year resident of Magalia and a new member to the Park board. He’s a disc golf enthusiast and looking forward to serving his community and creating a magnificent park for all to enjoy on the ridge.
After a ten year stint in the U.S. Army, Dave moved to California going to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Initially working as Electrician repairing locomotives, he returned to school completing a Masters in Business Administration degree, then moved into a management position with the Union Pacific Railroad. Retiring in 2010, moved to Magalia where he is active in the community with Sirs local 82 and 135, Red Cross Volunteer and the Upper Ridge Community Council.