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Lincoln Community School includes a nine member Board of Trustees.  Six trustees are elected for a two-year term by members of the LCS Parent Association and three trustees are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador and ratified by the Parent Association.

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

Eva Turteltaub-Cavanna

Venezuelan, Elected

Eva Turteltaub-Cavanna is the Board President. She is the Chair of the Executive Committee, a member of the Advancement Committee, of the Finance Committee, of the Trusteeship Committee and of the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force. An electrical engineer by training with postgraduate studies in Finance, Eva Turteltaub-Cavanna has held both technical and financial-commercial positions for the past 28 years in different areas, with particular focus during the last 15 years on the oil industry. Her last positions held include Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for International Negotiations. Eva has been living in Ghana since July 2012 with her family.

Paul Weedon

Australian, Elected

Paul Weedon is the Vice-President of the Board, the Chair of the Advancement Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Paul is a geologist by profession. He is the Exploration Director - Ghana for Newmont Mining Ltd. In the last 23 years Paul has held different mining positions working around the world, including the last 10 in various African countries Paul also has post graduates qualifications in both Finance and Management. Paul has served as a Company representative, and chaired several joint venture and other similar commercial boards in a professional capacity over the last 15 years. Paul Weedon and his family moved to Ghana in January 2009.

Alberto Wilde

Bolivian, Elected

Alberto Wilde is the Treasurer to the Board. He is the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Facilities Committee. 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 18 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.

Rick Petersen

American, Appointed by US Ambassador

Rick is a member of the Facilities Task Force and the Executive Committee.  He is also the Board Secretary.  As the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy, Rick has lived with his family in Accra since July 2013.  He holds a Master’s Degree from the United States Marine Corps Forces Command and Staff College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the US Naval Academy. Rick has been living in Ghana for one year.

Alhassan Andani

Ghanaian, Appointed by the Board

Alhassan Andani is a member of the Advancement Committee and Finance Committee. Alhassan Andani, the Managing Director of Stanbic Bank Ghana, was appointed to Lincoln's Board of Trustees in November, 2011. Alhassan holds a certificate in International Management from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (1999), a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from FINAFRICA, Milan Italy (1992 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ghana Legon in 1984. In addition to his role at LCS, Alhassan Andani serves on two other private sector boards.

Laura Coughlin

American, Appointed by US Ambassador

Laura Coughlin is a member of the Executive Committee, of the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force and of the Trusteeship Committee. Laura is the Director of the Regional Program Office of USAID's West Africa Regional Mission.  She has been in the USAID Foreign Service for 12 years and served in the Philippines, Guinea, Washington and now Ghana.  Previously, Laura worked for USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and for several development NGOs.  Laura has a Master's Degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's Degree in History from Brown University. Laura is American but grew up overseas attending international schools. She has lived in Accra for one year with her family.  

Africanus Mensah

Ghanaian, Appointed by the Board

Africanus Mensah is the Chair of the the Facilities Ad Hoc Task Force and a member of the Finance 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

Nigerian, Elected

Olusola Ogundimu is the Chair of the Trusteeship Committee and of a member of the Facilities Committee. Olusola and her family relocated to Ghana in 2005. Olusola studied 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.


Maurice Shines

American, Appointed by US Ambassador

Maurice Shines is a member of the Trusteeship Committee.  Maurice has been the Agriculture/Private Sector Officer at the USAID's West Africa Regional Mission for since 2012.  Maurice held a similar position at the USAID office in Tanzania before transferring to Ghana.  Maurice holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personal Financial Management and another in International Relations from Georgia State University and Morgan State University respectively. He has been living in Ghana with his family for since 2012.

Dr. Dennis Larkin
Head of School, American, Ex-officio

Dennis Larkin has worked in education for over 35 years, including nearly two decades in international schools.  As an administrator, he has been consistently recognized for his excellent leadership in and contributions to the field of international education.  Before coming to Lincoln as Head of School in 2009, Dr. Larkin was the Superintendent at Shanghai American School (SAS), where he oversaw expansion in both enrollment and the physical campus.  Other overseas assignments have included posts in schools in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and India.

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Ghana, West Africa

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