Dennis Scott, PresidentDennis was one of the original board members of the Mel and Grace McLean Foundation. He grew up in the Bay Area and came to Humboldt County in 1977, to work for Eel River Sawmills, the company founded by Mel and Grace McLean. He started as the controller, and, after Mel's stroke, became Vice-President and then President of the Company. He worked at Eel River Sawmills for more than 30 years, winding up the Company affairs when it was sold.
Dennis worked closely with both Mel and Grace and developed an understanding and appreciation of the McLeans' philosophy and caring nature. Over the many years, decisions were made to insure that their employees had jobs that paid fair wages and provided security. Mel and Grace deeply cared for their employees and the communities in which they lived. The McLean Foundation carries on their legacy.
Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Fortuna Sunrise Rotary.
Denise Marshall, Director
Denise has been married for 30 years to her husband Rob and they live in Fortuna.
Lauren Correll, Operations Manager
Lauren joined the McLean Foundation in 2015. Lauren was raised in Southern Humboldt and has strong ties to the local area. Upon graduating from Humboldt State University, Lauren starting working at a local non-profit in Eureka and hasn’t looked back. She has over 15 years of experience working and volunteering in the local non-profit sector. Lauren is excited for the opportunity to be able to live and work in the same city and see the differences that individuals and organizations can make when they work together.
Becky Giacomini, Director of Donor Services
Becky is the Foundations most recent arrival, joining the team in January 2016 to become our Donor Services Director. Before coming to the Foundation, Becky worked at Fortuna Elementary School District for over 30 years until recent retirement in 2015. She also has been part of running the family beef ranching business for over 35 years.
Becky has strong ties to the Eel River Valley and the people who live here. She serves as a volunteer for many different local organizations that help the community including Humboldt Sponsors, Fortuna Kiwanis, Humboldt County Author Festival and Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundation. She lives with her husband of over 44 years, Walt. Together they have 2 children and 4 very exceptional grandchildren.
In her spare time, she loves to hike, garden, bake, read and hopefully will be doing a lot more traveling in the future.