Independent Publisher Dick Larson among new board members named to community foundation board
Four community leaders have been named to the Yavapai County Community Foundation board of directors — Michael W. Fann, Richard Larson, Sue Lynch and Dr. Paul N. Street.
Fann has worked for Farm Contracting, Inc. since 1975. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering. As President of Farm Contracting, Inc., he has the responsibility of supervising all estimating activities, management, field operations, purchasing of equipment and all financial aspects of the business.
Larson has lived in the Verde Valley for most of the past 28 years. He moved to Cottonwood in 1972 to begin his career in the newspaper business. In 1984, he was promoted by Western Newspapers, Inc., to be publisher of the Foothills Sentinel, a weekly newspaper serving Cave Creek and Carefree. In 1985, he became publisher of the Kingman Daily Miner for two years, and then returned to his current position, publisher of Verde Valley Newspapers. He serves on the board of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, is president of Verde Valley Rotary and is on the steering committee of Verde River Days.
Lynch, who is now retired from her political life, is currently serving on the board of directors of Sharlot Hall Museum and Karchner Caverns. She is also active as Program Director of Youth Step, a 7-week summer program for adjudicated youths aged 14 to 16. The youths are paid for a combination of study and work, developing job readiness skills to ease them from school into the work force. The program is held on the campus of Yavapai College.
Street has spent the past 34 years in all areas of public education. He has served on the State Board of Education, the State Board for Charter Schools and was Associate State Superintendent of Public Instruction 1995 to 1998. He has been elected twice to the office of Yavapai County School Superintendent — the position he currently holds. He was the president of the National Rural Education Association in 1998 and has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Administrator Award from the Arizona School Administrators. Street was recently inducted into the Arizona Educators’ Hall of Fame at Northern Arizona University.
The Yavapai County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation, is a permanent philanthropic endowment for the enduring benefit of Yavapai County. It secures, manages and allocates donors’ gifts for charitable purposes in Yavapai County, working to improve the quality of life for local residents.
For more information regarding the Yavapai County Community Foundation call Kristi Edwards, North Central Regional Director, at 708-9632.