Meet the Board & Staff

Monica Koechlein, President
Richmond, Indiana

Photo of Monica KoechleinMonica was raised in Winamac, Indiana. A teaching career in special education that spanned 16 years is what brought her to Richmond in 1996. In 2012, Monica assumed the presidency of SKFF and joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra as its executive director in 2013. She enjoys serving the foundation board, RSO and the people of Richmond in varying roles. Through her commitment to strengthening the leadership of nonprofit organizations, Monica received the  Art Vivian Community Distinguished Leader award through the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy through the Wayne County Foundation in 2020. She remains passionate about strengthening the community by forming unique collaborations to maximize resources and impact. She considers her greatest title to be that of Caleigh’s Mother.


Linda Stamm Johnson, Treasurer
Modesto, California

Photo of Linda Johnson Linda was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana, but headed to Springfield, Missouri to earn her elementary education and Spanish degree from Evangel University. Linda currently works in Modesto, California as a substitute teacher. She and her husband, Curtis, have three children and several grandchildren, and in her spare time she enjoys reading and volunteering.



Curtis Johnson
Modesto, California

Photo of Curtis Johnson outside wearing a hatAfter attending college at Fresno State, Curtis moved back to his hometown of Modesto, California to finish his teaching credential and begin his career. He taught at the same middle school for twenty years, focusing on industrial technology before retiring in 2021. Curtis enjoys hunting, biking, and spending time with his three children and wife, Linda.



Maggie Johnson Sherouse, Secretary
Cary, North Carolina

Photo of Maggie Sherouse Maggie spent ten years working in public affairs in Washington, DC, after graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois. She continues to work freelance, but most of her time is focused on raising her two boys in Cary, North Carolina. As a communications professional, she works with clients to build public affairs campaigns with an emphasis on digital advocacy, grassroots, and stakeholder outreach. She has worked on public policy issues at the city, state, and federal levels in sectors such as energy, finance, aviation, and healthcare. In her free time she enjoys cooking, sleeping, and being outdoors.



Kathy Stamm Gage
Wentzville, Missouri

Photo of Kathy GageKathy Stamm Gage started her career as an accountant at Anheuser Busch for ten years. She later decided to start a residential housecleaning company which has grown to be one of the largest maid services in the St. Louis area. She and her husband sold the business and retired a few years ago. They are enjoying traveling! Kathy loved growing up in Richmond, Indiana and enjoys working with the family foundation.



George Gage
Wentzville, Missouri

Outdoor photo of George GageGeorge was raised in St Louis. After working for over 20 years in industrial maintenance, he went to college to become a high school teacher. George specialized in special education. He and Kathy love to travel and have taken many wonderful trips. He loves family including Kathy, their son Mike and their grandson James. 



David A. Stamm, Chief Financial Officer
San Francisco, California

Photo of David StammDavid Stamm grew up in Richmond, Indiana and attended university at Purdue. He moved to California to pursue a tech career at Intel, eventually leaving to form several successful Silicon Valley start-ups. He is the Founder and CEO of Uptick. He is an active poker player, both online and in tournaments, and once played at the table of a former World Series of Poker Tournament winner.


Foundation Staff 

Alison Zajdel, Philanthropy Advocate
Richmond, Indiana

Alison ZajdelAlison Zajdel serves as a Philanthropy Advocate for the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation.  In this role, Alison helps our nonprofit partners tackle every day problems while looking for ways to help them expand their capacity.  If you are a current SKFF partner and would like free assistance from our Philanthropy Advocate, please email Alison at