Board of Advisors

First convened in 1994, the Lovell Foundation Board of Advisors represents a broad spectrum of professional experience and personal passion for causes near and dear to the Lovell family. The founding advisors were all hand-picked by Lura Lovell, who remained active with the foundation until her death in September 2013. Geographically, current members span seven states – from New York, Massachusetts and Ohio to Arizona, Oregon, California and Hawaii.

Samuel G. Coppersmith

“The Lovell family created a unique foundation – focused, innovative, and making its communities, and the world, better. It’s a wonderful family legacy that this Foundation is so effective in doing good things, especially here in Arizona.”

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Sam Coppersmith is an attorney with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC in Phoenix. His practice centers on business and transactional issues, with an emphasis on business organization, governance, exempt organizations, contract negotiation, land use, and business planning. He has more than three decades of experience assisting both local and national businesses and nonprofits, particularly in the healthcare sector. Sam also has extensive political and governmental experience, serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Arizona’s (then) 1st Congressional District. He has also served as the Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, on numerous state and local boards and commissions, and was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State prior to law school. Sam holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in Economics and earned his law degree at Yale.

Bonnie Kampa

“I have seen firsthand the impact that Lura Lovell’s passion for integrating mind, body, and spirit has had in inspiring an organization to provide important services in mental illness and in reaching vulnerable populations in healthcare.”

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Longtime Tucsonan Bonnie Kampa has managed nonprofit organizations for nearly 30 years. Most recently she was chief executive officer of Interfaith Community Services, a Tucson nonprofit that serves more than 36,000 seniors and other individuals in need. That’s how she met foundation co-founder Lura Lovell. She credits the support of the Lovell Foundation for ICS’s significant work in integrating mind, body, spirit and community into its array of programs. This included producing two conferences and other programming that brought faith communities together around the issue of mental illness. The Lovell Foundation also supports an ICS pilot project – “Faith & Community Health Network” – providing non-medical services for patients transitioning from hospital to home. After 13 years at ICS, Bonnie retired in December 2014. She served as chair of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra board of trustees from 2014-2016.

Francine Lawrence

“Lu and I connected immediately – which led to so much marvelous involvement in the community.  We became very, very good friends.”

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Francine Lawrence and Lu Lovell served together on the Lucas County Mental Health Board. They connected immediately and soon became fast friends, tackling numerous challenging community projects and sharing a passion for golf. Fran has served on the Lovell Foundation board since its inception. She also serves on the board of directors for United Way USA and chairs the Learning First Alliance board, a partnership of 16 education associations dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. Fran also served as executive vice president of the 1.5-million-member American Federation of Teachers, which champions economic opportunity and high-quality public education, plus access to healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. From 1997 to 2011, Fran was president of the 3,000-member Toledo (Ohio) Federation of Teachers. She led contract negotiations that focused on what matters most, student achievement, including a milestone program that provided incentives for excellent teachers to accept assignments at schools identified as high-needs. She co-chaired the Intern Board of Review which governs the district union teacher evaluation peer review program, and co-chaired the Ohio 8, a strategic alliance of superintendents and teacher union presidents from the eight largest urban school districts in Ohio. An experienced educator, she was a speech-language pathologist in the Toledo Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing therapy, and a master’s in speech pathology, both from Bowling Green State University.

John G. Lewis

“We are driving toward clarity – and I’m really excited.”

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John G. Lewis was a tax principal in the Toledo office of CliftonLarsonAllen, one of the nation’s ten largest accounting and consulting firms in the United States, before retiring in 2018. His connection to the Lovell family goes back decades. He completed a bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson College in 1977 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago in 1978. He then joined the Toledo office of KPMG Peat Marwick, where one of his clients was David Lovell and the Coulton Chemical Corporation. KPMG sold in 1995 to Clifton Gunderson, then subsequently merged with Larson Allen in 2012, forming CliftonLarsonAllen. John is a certified public accountant  with extensive experience serving a wide variety of commercial operations, including manufacturing entities, nonprofit organizations, banks and individual taxpayers. Along the way he also met Lu and was impressed with her keen interest in him and his family even as they worked together after David died. John was involved in the formation of the Lovell Foundation and has served as one of its financial advisors ever since. He’s a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as treasurer for the boards of trustees of the United Way of Greater Toledo and Woodlawn Cemetery Association and Foundation.

Jayne Dunford Lovell

“I enjoy the ability to support my communities in their aims for good – and I enthusiastically embrace this calling.”

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Jayne Dunford was born in her dad’s bread truck in Salt Lake City on, Sept. 24, 1944.    Though he did get lost on the way to the hospital, her mother maintained that Jayne was always in a hurry for the next event. In school Jayne loved learning, got good grades and participated in the dance club for many years. After graduation, travel enticed her. In 1968 she went to Europe, learned to drive on the left side of the road and made many good friends. The world became a place where there was always something new to explore. She settled down in Los Angeles in 1972 and went into business with three friends.  They operated several retail linen stores downtown and sold silk screen t-shirts at swap meets and carved redwood signs at fairs up and down the California coast. They did well and began to invest the profits in real estate. Jayne retired early to continue her passion for travel and learning. She met Steve Lovell in Hawaii in 1991 – when she went to see the full eclipse of the sun. It was kismet. They have worked and played together since that day, enjoying homes in Eugene, Oregon and Kona, Hawaii. She became an advisor to the Lovell Foundation in January 2006, and Advisor Emerita in June 2018.

Molly Robertson

“Being involved in the Lovell Foundation over the years has allowed me to witness the power of philanthropy.The most powerful grants to me have been those involving youth in philanthropy. I have been privileged to be able to help others in my generation understand that the power of giving is going to create a future of givers.”

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Molly Robertson represents the next generation of the Lovell Foundation and feels privileged to be able to participate. She is currently a tour guide in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously she worked with Up With People, an education and arts organization where students from many nations participate in community service and tour worldwide. Molly held the positions of logistics coordinator, promotions representative and marketing manager respectively through four international Up With People tours. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Wagner College in 2007. She serves as a board member of the Farkas Center for Holocaust education in Catholic schools and as a member of the Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco.

Linda Sutkin

“This board is so amazing.  It’s rare to see so many people come together, process countless variables and get to the essence – and do so in a thoughtful way.”

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Linda Sutkin is a Vice President at William Blair in New York City. Prior to accepting that position, she served as a managing director/portfolio manager at Wall Street Access Asset Management.  Linda joined Wall Street Access in 2010, having previously spent 20 years at Carret Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager.  She has been honored to serve as an advisor to the Lovell Foundation for over a decade.  Linda is a Cum Laude graduate of the City University of New York at Queens College.