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Board of Trustees

The LCS Board of Trustees is an integral part of the governance structure at LCS. Overseeing the school's policies, financial and strategic planning this body keeps an eye on Lincoln's strategic well being, setting direction for the school and implementing its mission for both present and future success. 

While they help steer the strategic decisions that chart our school's course, the Board is also part of the LCS community. All current board members are parents with students enrolled at the school. As such, they understand the importance of involving parents, teachers, and staff in decision-making.

The nine member Board of Trustees is made up of four trustees who are elected by parents, two who are appointed by Board members, and three who are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador.

The LCS Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall health and long-term future of the school. This governance role is essentially strategic rather than operational, with broad responsibility for:

  • Establishing policies that guide school operations
  • Maintaining a long-term financial plan and approving an annual budget for the school
  • Hiring, evaluating, and providing feedback to the Head of School
  • Ensuring that the school's Mission is reflected in its programs, and is adequately resourced


Paul Weedon President

Paul Weedon

Elected, Australian

Paul Weedon is the Board President and the Chair of the Executive Committee. Paul is a geologist by profession. He is the Exploration Director - Ghana for Newmont Mining Ltd.  In the last 25 years. Paul has held different mining positions working around the world, including the last 10 in various African countries Paul also has post-graduate degree qualifications in both Finance and Management. Paul has served as a Company representative and chaired several joint ventures and other similar commercial boards in a professional capacity over the last 17 years. Paul Weedon and his family moved to Ghana in January 2009

Alberto Wilde, Vice President

Alberto Wilde

Vice President
Elected, Bolivian

Alberto Wilde is the Vice President to the Board and sit on the Finance Committee as a member. He is a member of the Executive Committee and sit on Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force. Alberto has been living in Ghana with his family since 2011. Alberto Wilde is a business administrator by profession with extensive knowledge in management and financial rules and regulations in the implementation of complex and multi-dimensional projects. Alberto has over 20 years of experience in top financial management both in the public and the private sector. In 2003 Alberto joined CHF International (Global Communities) and has been the Country Director for the Ghana office since 2011. Alberto holds a Masters’ Degree in Corporate Finance.


Russ Farnsworth, Treasurer

Russ Farnsworth

Appointed by the Board, American

Russ Farnsworth is the Chair of the Finance Committee and the Executive committee. He is the Regional Controller – Africa for Newmont Mining Ltd. Prior to his arrival in Accra, Russ worked in the Newmont Corporate office in Denver, Colorado with responsibilities over technical accounting. Russ also spent time at an exploration stage mining company and prior to that worked for Ernst and Young, LLP in Denver, Colorado. Russ also lived 2 years in Venezuela as a volunteer representative for his church and is fluent in Spanish. Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Management from Regis University. Russ, his wife and three sons arrived in Ghana in September 2015.

Kelly Frahm, Secretary

Kelly Frahm

Board Secretary
Appointed by US Ambassador

Kelly Frahm is the Secretary She also serves on the Trusteeship Committee. Kelly grew up as a US Air Force dependent, spending time in schools overseas in Germany and Korea, and has been attached to the Department of State for the last 13 years, adding Azerbaijan, Canada, Namibia and now Ghana as places her family calls “home”. She has previously worked for the United States Senate, the US Secret Service, and the State Department as a Community Liaison Office Coordinator. Kelly has a Bachelor's Degree in Print Journalism and Political Science from American University. She has lived in Accra for a year with her husband and two daughters.

Jennifer Mauldin

Jennifer Mauldin

Appointed by US Ambassador

Jennifer Mauldin is the Chair of the Head of School Search/Transition Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. Jennifer works in Human Resources at the U.S. Embassy. She has served with the U.S. government in Chennai, Rabat and New Delhi before arriving in Ghana July 2015. Prior to working with the U.S. government, Jennifer and her husband Jimmy worked for six years with an NGO providing medical services in Northern Ghana and logistical support from Accra. During that time their older children attended Lincoln in the elementary school. Now Jennifer’s two youngest are in high school, 10th and 12th grade. The older two attend college at the University of Alabama.

Andy Karas

Andy Karas

Appointed by US Ambassador

Andy Karas is a member of the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force and of Head of School Search/Transition Committee. Andy Karas is the Mission Director of USAID/Ghana. Prior to his arrival in Accra in December 2012, Andy worked in the USAID Africa Bureau in Washington, DC where he served as Acting Director of the Office of Sustainable Development, and also, Coordinator of the USAID Forward Unit, advancing USAID reforms. Andy joined the foreign service in 2000, with overseas assignments in Rwanda, Kenya (regional mission), Afghanistan, and Djibouti. Prior to joining USAID, Andy worked with international and local development organizations in Rwanda and Kenya. He also managed community-based assistance programming for low-income and homeless populations in New York City. Andy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya 1985-1988, supporting rural women's groups on income generating activities in the agricultural sector. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Middlebury College and a Master of Science in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis. He is fluent in Kiswahili, and conversational in French. Andy and his spouse Konah Tolbert-Karas, the US Embassy Community Liaison Officer (CLO), are the proud parents of LCS students Zina and Zaiya Karas.

Africanus Mensah

Africanus Mensah

Appointed by the Board, Ghanaian

Africanus Mensah is the Chair of the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force and a member of the Executive Committee. He is the Owner & CEO of Amaja Oilfield Limited, was appointed to the Lincoln’s Board of Trustees in December 2013. Africanus holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, USA. Africanus began his work career with Schlumberger Oilfield Services Limited, where he worked for over 18 years in the Oil & Gas industry and rose to the Vice President for West Africa Operations and also Vice President QHSE for North and South America Region. His career with Schlumberger Oilfield Services spans over 11 different countries, including The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, France, Angola and Nigeria. Africanus serves on a few private sector boards.


Olusola Ogundimu

Olusola Ogundimu

Elected, Nigerian/British

Olusola Ogundimu is the Chair of the Trusteeship Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Olusola and her family relocated to Ghana in 2005. Olusola studied Law as a second degree. As a Barrister and Solicitor by profession, Olusola practiced and consulted in three jurisdictions along the West African Coast and also served as a lecturer in the Department of Law of Fourah Bay College, Freetown Sierra Lone. She currently runs her own law practice in Ghana. For the last five years, Olusola has been acting as both legal adviser and head of the Welfare Department her church. Olusola also serves on the Board of several major companies in Ghana and abroad.

Mohammed Issa

Mohammed Issa

Elected, British/Ghanaian

Mohammed Issa is a member of the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force and a member of the Finance Committee and Head of School Search/Transition Committee Committee. Mohammed was born in Ghana and has lived here most of his life. He earned a Master’s of Law degree from the London School of Economics. He has nearly three decades of successful career experience as an entrepreneur in Ghana and is he's the founder of KimoHome Ltd-a reputable home improvement retailer. His current focus is sharing that savvy with other entrepreneurs, as a Certified Business Coach. In the role, his mission is to combine business savvy and coaching techniques to help other business leaders realize their greatest potential. With his love for Humanity, and as a Founder of the Born To Be Foundation, he is active in the organization’s mission to assist impoverished kids in Ghana to live a better life through a quality education, mentorship and life skills. Mohammed loves to write and visualizes himself as an author one day soon. As a first step, his posts have been published in websites such as: “Rebelle Society” and “Elephant Journal”. He blogs and writes poetry at


Joe Stucker Interim-Head of School

Joe Stucker

Interim-Head of School

Joe Stucker has worked in education for over 50 years with 31 years of overseas school administrative experience, including 18 years as head of school. He joins LCS during the 2016-2017 school year as the Interim Head of School. Mr. Stucker began his career in education in the US serving in senior administrative roles and as a high school teacher. Before joining LCS, he recently worked as a part-time accreditation consultant in Asia for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Prior to this consulting role, he served as Director of International schools in Laos, Ecuador, Tanzania and most recently in China. Before his role as a school director, Mr. Stucker served as High School Principal in Kuala Lumpur and Manila. He joins LCS with a wealth of experience and as the interim he plans to apply this experience to advance the school’s new vision and mission, to support the administration and teachers to ensure that LCS continues delivering on its goal of meeting the needs of all students and to support the board to achieve its goals.

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#126/21 Reindolf Road
Abelemkpe, Accra
Ghana, West Africa

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