Board of Directors

Mindy Weber, President

Debbie Nelson, Vice President

Dan Frickle, Treasurer

Linda Klinger, Secretary/Executive Director

Don Ammon

Brent Featherston

Mickey Meyer

Allan Roth

Jaclin Smith

Doug Wells

Keith Wilkens, MD, MPH

 

Doug Wells

Doug Wells has more than 40 years of experience as a public school teacher and administrator. Toward the end of his career he directed the alternative educational programs and also taught at the University of Redlands (CA). Doug is an innovator and he loves pulling ideas and people together. The Foundation has greatly benefitted under his leadership, and his strong vision and hard work bodes well for its future success.

Even though the bulk of his career was in the public education arena, Doug maintained close ties with the Adventist education system. He says, “There has never been a doubt in my mind that Christian schools are where our students receive the best training for life and a preparation for the eternal life to follow.” His service as a member of church school boards made him painfully aware of the huge financial strain that families face when endeavoring to keep their students in “our” schools. Thus, when asked to serve on the FoundationONE board, there was no hesitation—he saw it as an opportunity to pay forward some of the assistance he, himself, received as a UCA student.

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Jaclin Smith

Jaclin Smith brings to the FoundationONE board a wealth of experience in business. She has been working the past 50 years in developing and operating senior health care facilities. She has served on three academy boards (Auburn, Mt. Ellis and UCA) and two terms on the Walla Walla College Board.

The third generation of the Smith family is now attending UCA. Jaclin prays daily for her grandchildren, that they will come away with the same beliefs and life-long friendships that she gained during her academy career.

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Dan Frickle, Treasurer

Dan Frickle, CPA, graduated from Mt. Ellis Academy in 1974, which sparked his passion for Christian education. Early in his career Dan developed a love for the non-profit world when he served as a trustee on the Valley Hospital Foundation Board.

Dan spent the bulk of his career doing accounting and auditing and providing tax expertise for non-profit organizations. He has managed audits ranging in size from $1 million to $275 million in net assets. In 2006 he officially retired, but he continues to work part time in public accounting and consulting with non-profits. Dan and his wife, Vicky, enjoy their two married children, three grandchildren, and travel.

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Linda Klinger, Secretary/Executive Director

Linda Klinger has been raising philanthropic dollars for good causes for more than 20 years. Prior to joining FoundationONE (January 1, 2013), Linda worked eleven years building up the philanthropic potential for Gem State Academy. During her years at GSA, annual giving increased from $125,000/year to over $700,000/year.

Adventist secondary education in a boarding school environment is Linda’s passion. She attributes much of her success in life to the mentoring she received at Adelphian Academy (Michigan). Her more recent interactions with Gem State Academy students have confirmed her conviction that the boarding school experience still holds great value. “It is a great place to grow, make friends, and discover God’s purpose.”

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Mickey Meyer

Mickey grew up in a strong Christian home where Adventist Education was a priority. He graduated from Gem State Academy, then went on to Walla Walla College. During his second year of college he met Verdene Libby. The following summer they got married and began a ranching career with Mickey's parents. Eventually they had three children who all enjoyed ranch life—with cows, horses, haying and farming.

Eleven years later Mickey felt called to the gospel ministry so he moved the family back to Walla Walla College. In 1975 Mickey completed his theology degree and began a twenty year career in pastoral ministry.

In 1995 Mickey recognized that his parents needed help with the ranch, so Mickey and Verdene went back “home” to Midvale, Idaho. Over the next several years, Mickey got involved with a number of entrepreneurial pursuits, and eventually became the owner/manager of Granger Butte Ranch.

In 2012 Mickey and Verdene moved to Hayden, Idaho to work with their son, Skip, at Highpoint Medical, Inc., a medical-dental practice management company in Coeur d'Alene. He is proud to join with other visionaries who want to secure Adventist education for future generations.

Brent Featherston

Brent Featherston is a 5th generation Adventist, a 1983 UCA graduate, and an ardent supporter of Adventist education. He has served several terms on the Sandpoint Junior Academy board where his wife, Robyn (Cawdery) Featherston, ’82, is currently serving as head teacher (grades 5-8). Brent is proud to join with the other FoundationONE visionaries who want to secure Adventist education at UCA for future generations.

Brent has been a partner of Featherston Law Firm for over 20 years. He graduated in 1988, cum laude, from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Arts in history, with honors in general studies and a minor in business administration. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 1992.

Brent and Robyn have two children: Conner (UCA class of 2013) and Micaela (UCA class of 2015). In his free time, Brent enjoys fishing, hunting and anything outdoors with family.

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Allan Roth

Allan Roth recently joined the FoundationONE board. Born and raised in California, D. Allan Roth graduated from Monterey Bay Academy, Pacific Union College, and the University of Indiana Savings and Loan School of Banking. After military service in the U.S. Army he began his banking career at Fort Sutter Savings and Loan in Sacramento. Four years later he was offered a position in Walla Walla at First Federal Savings and Loan which later became Banner Bank. After 35 years with the bank he retired as Executive Vice-president and Treasurer.

He is married to Diana and they have two grown daughters, Cindi Roth Merrills and Stephanie Roth Windemuth. They also have six brilliant grandchildren, one of whom attends UCA. They are proud supporters of UCA, WWU and the Seattle Seahawks.

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Don Ammon

Don and his wife Sharon (Beck) are both graduates of Upper Columbia Academy, class of 1960. Don holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Walla Walla College and an MBA from Andrews University.

Don began his 43-year career in healthcare at Hinsdale Hospital in 1964. Three years later, he joined the administrative team at Adventist Health/Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Oregon. He became president of AMC and served in that capacity until he relocated in 1983 to Roseville, California, to serve at the new Adventist Health corporate headquarters.

From January 1999 to December 2007, Don served as president and CEO of Adventist Health. In this position, he oversaw operations throughout Adventist Health’s four-state service area, which included 20 acute-care hospitals with more than 3,000 beds, 17,000 employees, 16 home care agencies, clinics and outpatient centers.

Don and his wife, Sharon, have a passion for Adventist education. Don recently completed two terms on the UCA Board, and Sharon is currently serving on the Palisades Christian Academy board. The couple has two adult children and four grandchildren. Don and Sharon reside in Liberty Lake, Washington.

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Debbie Nelson, Vice President

Debbie Nelson and her husband, Jeff, are passionate about Adventist education. They moved to the Spokane area in 2004 especially so their son and daughter could attend Upper Columbia Academy. While their son, Christopher, was at UCA, Debbie served as the director of the newly established UCA Foundation (now known as FoundationONE).

In 2008, their son, Christopher, graduated and that fall their daughter, Lindsay, entered as a freshman. That summer (2008) Debbie began working as the VP for Finance at UCA. After seven years of being blessed by the rich, activity-filled life of academy students—experiencing miracle after miracle, and seeing how God continues to care for His school and His kids—Debbie “retired” from UCA. She now works from home for a Boise-based law firm.

Debbie loves hiking, camping, gardening, beekeeping, and animals of all kinds. She values spending time with her family and friends, and she continues to stay in touch with her UCA kids and family.

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Mindy Weber, President

Mindy is a 1985 graduate of UCA and a 1990 graduate of Andrews University (M.S. in Physical Therapy). She has more than 20 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist, Medical Practice Consultant and Office Administrator. In February, 2013 Mindy, her husband and another partner, fulfilled a long-time dream—the opening of a new assisted living community, The Renaissance at Coeur d’Alene. As executive director of the facility Mindy is working to provide impeccable care and highest quality service.

Mindy believes that everyone should have the opportunity of a Christian education. Mindy and her husband, Fred, have two sons, Eric and Jacob.

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Keith Wilkens, MD, MPH

Keith has a passion for Adventist education and a belief that finding Jesus early, and discovering his many faces through K-12 years, prepares a person for a balanced life of service in the Master's footsteps. Keith's wife, Joyce, and their three children, all graduates of UCA, are close reminders of the invaluable experience one is blessed with from their years there. Keith has been involved with the Upper Columbia Conference Board of Education and has chaired the steering committee at Palisades Christian Academy in Spokane. He has served the Spokane community as a family physician since 1985 and been involved in the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. Keith is proud to join this board of individuals working hard to make the UCA experience affordable for every student who wants to be there.

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