The Lexington Community Foundation exists to encourage and strengthen philanthropy in order to provide a permanent source of funding for opportunities to improve the quality of life, strengthen the sense of community, benefit future generations in Lexington, Nebraska.

LCF Board & Staff


The board of directors and the executive committee manage the business affairs of the Foundation. Twenty-five voting directors are elected to serve four-year terms at the annual meeting each July. The board of directors meets six times a year, and the executive committee meets monthly to conduct business. Each board member serves on at least one standing committee.

The Foundation’s Board structure includes:
Board & Staff Development Committee
Development Committee
Events Committee
Finance & Investment Committee
Grants Committee
Public Relations Committee
Scholarship Committee

The Executive committee meets monthly and is comprised of the organization’s officers and the chair person of each of the other committees. Their role as individuals is to report on their committees’ activities and ideas and those of our patrons and, as an Executive committee, to make recommendations to the full board based on those reports.

Learn more about each board member: Board Biographies


Stephanie Buell, President
Tod McKeone, Vice President
Steve Heldt, Secretary/Treasurer
Tom Fagot, Past President

Stephanie Buell assumed the role of President of the Lexington Community Foundation at the annual meeting in July of 2017. Stephanie stepped into the position as Tom Fagot completed his 2-year term in the leadership role. Stephanie has 11 years of Foundation Board experience and serves on the Executive and Scholarship Committees. Tom will continue to serve on the Foundation’s Executive, Development and Events Committees.
Tod McKeone was elected to serve as Vice President of the organization in 2017. Tod has served 11 years on the Foundation Board and currently volunteers on both the Executive, Grants and Development committees.

Steve Heldt was elected to serve as Secretary / Treasurer of the organization in 2016. Steve served on the Board from 1995-1997 and then as LCF Advisory Counsel from 2001-2015. He currently volunteers on Executive, Development and Investment & Finance committees.


Abby Brecks, has joined the board of directors of the Lexington Community Foundation. The new board appointment was effective July 2017.

The addition of this community leader continues the Foundation’s long tradition of recruiting committed, talented and successful board members to guide and shape the organization. The perspective of our newest member will further strengthen the Lexington Community Foundation’s longstanding role as the philanthropy leader for families, individuals and businesses in this area.

A HUGE thank you to all past and current Foundation Board members who have served, and continue to serve this organization. Your contributions have shaped the direction of this organization and this community. The success of this Foundation is directly attributed to you.


(Back Row L-R) Tom Feltes, Rob Anderson, Larry Reynolds, Curt Rickertsen*, Dan Clark, Tod McKeone*, Mike Maloley*, (Middle Row L-R) Stephanie Buell*, Jill Denker, Tempie Roberts, Audrey Beck-Downey*, Gail Wightman, Amy Biehl-Owens, Patty Mandelko, (Front Row L-R) Travis Wright, Barry McFarland*, Tom Fagot*, Dave Stenberg, Steve Smith*, Steve Heldt*, Dean Brand, (Not Pictured) Abby Brecks, Sir Keevin Hardiman and Bill Stewart
*denotes executive committee


Jackie Berke, Executive Director