Community Foundation of NCW Announces New Board Trustees

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce new Board Trustees who have joined our organization: Matt Canlis, Lester Cooper, Leslie Freytag, and Dr. David Kolde.

Each of them brings leadership and expertise from business, faith, and health arenas of the community.

Lester Cooper was born in England and immigrated to North America in 1965. In 1992 he purchased a home in Lake Chelan and is now a full time resident. Lester retired from an extensive career with General Electric and throughout his career traveled the world, gaining a unique understanding of many different cultures and diversity. Lester enjoys everything Lake Chelan has to offer, is active in the community and serves on many boards, and believes strongly in dedication to community. 


Rev. Matt Canlis was ordained in the Church of Scotland, and currently serves at Trinity Church in Wenatchee. Matt has a Master’s of Literature in Theology from the University of St. Andrew’s, a Master’s of Divinity from Regent College, and his B.A. in History from the University of Washington.


 

Leslie Freytag is a highly accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur, and turnaround expert with more than 40 years of success in retail. She is a brand management and targeted sales strategist. Most recently, Leslie was the President and CEO of butter LONDON, where she took an underachieving startup to a successful, global operation. Leslie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Clothing from Colorado State University. She is the founder and Principle of her own consulting firm, the Freytag Group, where she continues to provide advisory services to retail companies. Leslie and her husband Tony live in Wenatchee.


Dr. David Kolde is a graduate of UCLA and Hahnemann University Medical School and has been practicing family medicine in the Wenatchee Valley for 15 years. He is married to Kaye and has two children, a son who is a senior in high school and a daughter who is a junior. He enjoys tennis, the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, and traveling.


The foundation wishes to acknowledge outgoing Trustees for their time and service to the North Central Washington region: Bart Clennon, Lisa Day, and outgoing Board Chair Katie Kavanaugh Pauly. We are grateful for their long-term investment of service with the foundation!

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