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 the 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
The governance structure of the Board of trustees consists of 4 standing committees, Finance, Trusteeship, Advancement, and Executive. They are made up of members of the Board, Administration, and members of the community.
The role of the Finance Committee is to exercise oversight over school finances, recommend draft annual budgets for Board approval, and develop a rolling seven-year financial plan for LCS.
The Trusteeship Committee is to sustain an effective Board at LCS to carry out its mission using good governance practices and to ensure that a strong pool of candidates stands for election each year.
The role of the Executive Committee is to give recommendations to the Board of Trustees which arise from standing committees. The EXCOM committee is designed to facilitate communication between and among board committees, as well as with Board membership as a whole.
In any given year the Board may create ad hoc committees to perform specific tasks or goals. Such committees will normally exist for a pre-determined period of time but will follow the same guidelines as standing committees.
Ad Hoc Facilities Committee
- Alberto Wilde, President
- Africanus Mensah, Vice President
- Russ Farnsworth, Treasurer
- Kelly Frahm, Secretary
- Roberto Quiroz
- Esther Roman
- Haim Lewy
- Olusola Ogundimu
- Carlian T. Flormann
- Sheena Nabholz Head of School
Alberto Wilde is the President to the Board and sits on the Finance Committee and on the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force as a member. 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.
Appointed by the Board, Ghanaian
Africanus Mensah is the Vice President of the LCS Board. He is the Chair of the FacilitiesAd Hoc Task Force and a member of the Finance Committee and 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.
Appointed by the Board, American
Russ Farnsworth is the Board Treasurer, 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.
Appointed by US Ambassador
Kelly Frahm is the Board Secretary. She also serves on the Finance Committee and 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.
Appointed by US Ambassador
Roberto Quiroz II is the Chair of the Advancement Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He is a Foreign Service Officer serving as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana. His past immediate assignment was the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon where he served as Public Affairs Officer. He has represented the US Department of State in variety of capacities in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the US, South Korea, Chile and Argentina. Prior to entering the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Quiroz served for eight years in the United States Air Force, where he earned his commission from the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. He holds a B.A. in political science from California State University, Northridge and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swahili, and some Bahasa Indonesia. In Cameroon Roberto Quiroz II served on the Board of the American School of Yaoundé (ASOY) as the U.S. Ambassador’s representative for one year and two years as Chair of the Board.
Appointed by US Ambassador
Esther Roman is a member of the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force and the Trusteeship Committee. Esther is employed at the United States Embassy with the Department of Justice. Prior to arriving in Ghana in 2014, she lived in the Southwestern region of the United States (Texas and New Mexico). Esther holds a BS in Criminal Justice, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Parkville University. Esther is the proud parent of two children, Roman, who is state side and Sarah Roman-Quezada, currently a Senior at LCS.
Appointed by the Board
Haim Lewy is a member of the Advancement Committee and of the Facilities Committee. He is an Entrepreneur Operating in West Africa since 2002. He is a Security and Communication Technology expert with over 15 years of experiences in International sales, technical management and business development with focus on West Africa. Haim is a Creative thinker and a quick learner with excellent communication and negotiation skills, with experience working with divers nationalities and complex organizations. Among others Haim is a Director in the Ghana Israel Chambers of Commerce and an active parent in the LCS community activities.
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.
Carlian T. Flormann
Carlian T. Flormann is a member of the Ad-Hoc Facilities Task Force and the Advancement Committee. A Ghanaian national, she grew up and was educated in Ghana and Germany. Following her British Education and having completed professional training in Germany, she embarked on her career in the world of work, gaining extensive experience, as she describes it, in the “university of life.”She believes that to be one of the best qualifications one can have. Her marketing and advertising career has included managerial roles at DR-Werberagentur, D2 Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH, and Vodafone GmbH in Germany. She also started her own company in Ghana, Biezui Ltd. Carlian returned to Ghana with her family in 2009 where she faithfully served the LincolnCommunity School PTO for several years, including serving as President for two years. Her multicultural background, coupled with her networking and creative skills, were invaluable in promoting the Lincoln Fund, organizing Lincoln’s 45th Anniversary Gala, and naming and designing the logo of the Nkomode Café.
Head of School
Sheena Nabholz joined LCS as Head of School in 2017-2018 coming from Yaoundé, Cameroon where she was Director of the American School for four years. Sheena has worked in international schools for over 17 years on three continents after a 10 year tenure in Alberta, Canada. Previously, she was in Jordan at Kings Academy where she held the posts of Dean of Academic Affairs and Deputy Headmaster for four years. Before that, Sheena spent 6 years in Syria at Damascus Community School as Secondary Principal and teaching assignments in Costa Rica, Egypt, and Canada in the area of secondary mathematic. Sheena has a MA in Educational Administration from Framingham State College and a B.Ed. from the University of Regina, Canada. Sheena is joined in Ghana with her husband, Barry Nabholz. Sheena brings extensive experience, positive energy, and an inclusive leadership style to our school.