Mel & Grace McLean Foundation

To Gather. To Learn. To Be.

Grant making from The McLean Foundation has touched all of Humboldt County and continues to support a wide spectrum of needs for the community of the North Coast of California. Providing the Eel River Valley with a community center was a long held dream of Mel and Grace McLean. The McLean Foundation is proud to bring the Gene Lucas Community Center to the community we all care so much about.

Dennis Scott, President

Dennis was one of the original board members of the Mel and Grace McLean Foundation. He grew up in the Bay Area and came to Humboldt County in 1977, to work for Eel River Sawmills, the company founded by Mel and Grace McLean. He started as the controller, and, after Mel’s stroke, became Vice-President and then President of the Company. He worked at Eel River Sawmills for more than 30 years, winding up the Company affairs when it was sold.

Dennis worked closely with both Mel and Grace and developed an understanding and appreciation of the McLeans’ philosophy and caring nature. Over the many years, decisions were made to ensure that their employees had jobs that paid fair wages and provided security. Mel and Grace deeply cared for their employees and the communities in which they lived. The McLean Foundation carries on their legacy.

Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Fortuna Sunrise Rotary.

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Denise Marshall, Executive Director

Denise joined the McLean Foundation in 2011. After graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in Zoology, she and her husband, also an HSU alum, lived in the Central Valley for 10 years before moving back to Humboldt County where they raised their 2 children and have fostered a connection with the community and the natural wonders that populate the diverse environmental elements of the rich local coastal and forested areas. Her broad employment background brings benefit to the many organizations that support the North Coast community. Working for the McLean Foundation has continued to compliment her commitment to the community and as a resource for the nonprofits of Humboldt County.

Denise has been married for 32 years to her husband Rob and they live in Fortuna.

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Lauren Correll, Operations Manager

Lauren started at the McLean Foundation in 2015. Lauren was raised in Southern Humboldt and has strong ties to the local area. She graduated from Humboldt State University with her Master’s in Social Work. She has over 15 years of experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the board treasurer of the Jake Correll Memorial Fund.

Lauren is excited to be able to live and work in the same city and see the differences that individuals and organizations can make when they work together.

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Scott Walsh, Administrative Assistant

Scott has 10 years of business management experience and enjoys volunteering on nonprofit boards. He does professional consulting with nonprofits and entrepreneurs throughout the county. Scott has an appreciation for business structures that are community conscious and sustainable. He has family ties in the Eel River Valley, and is a sports and outdoors enthusiast.

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