Board of Trustees

Dr. Mark Cooper, Board President, 2020


Melissa Kinsel, Board Vice President, 2020


Dr. David Browning, Board Member, 2018

Patricia Hicks, Board Member, 2018

Madelene Lyon, Board Member, 2018


Dr. David Browning

I am fortunate to call Lake County my home, to live and work here with the wonderful people that share this community. A solid K-12 education is basis to opportunity for our youth and I am proud to be a part of the process through the LCOE board. Supporting our six school districts and providing direct services to students, pre-school through adult services, is critical to the needs of our county. The organization and effectiveness of the administration and staff of the LCOE impress me. I support continued efficiency and look forward to working on the goals of the LCOE.


  • Wife Peggy married 1976. Teachers Aide and Tutor, Lakeport Unified School District 1989; retired.
  • Son Daniel, CLHS 1998, BA CSU Humboldt
  • Son Benjamin, CLHS 2002, AA Ohio State University - Agricultural Technical Institute


  • CLHS 1974
  • CSU Sacramento BA 1979
  • New England College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry, 1984
  • Practice of Optometry, Lakeport Ca. 1984 to present.

Professional Organizations

  • American Optometric Association since 1980
  • California Optometric Association since 1985
  • Redwood Empire Optometric Society since 1985, Past President

Community Organizations

  • Early Lake Lions Club since 1986, Past President
  • Lake County Area Plan Review Committee
  • Lakeport General Plan Review Committee
  • Lakeport Unified School District Board 1992 to 2000


Dr. Mark Cooper


I was born in San Francisco and moved to South San Francisco while in elementary school. I met my wife, Janice, in High School and after receiving my dental degree, we decided to move to Clearlake. Our decision was based on lifestyle and we both do not regret our choice. I was raised in a blue-collar family where education was stressed as a means to fulfill my life’s dreams. My goal, for the students of Lake County, is to provide each one a quality education so that their dreams are not limited by their circumstances.


  • Wife-Janice, retired 2nd Grade teacher at Pomo Elementary School (Speech Therapy Credential, University of the Pacific)
  • Son-Benjamin, Graduated Lower Lake High School, Bachelors Degree from University of the Pacific, Masters Degree Business Administration, University of the Pacific
  • Son-Brian, Graduated Lower Lake High School,  Bachelor of Arts, graduated magna cum laude, Southern Oregon University, Masters Degree from the Wharton School of Business
  • Daughter-Jacqueline, Graduated Lower Lake High School, Bachelors Degree from University of the Pacific, Stockton, Doctor of Jurisprudence from Empire Law School. An attorney in Lakeport.


  • High School-South San Francisco High School (1960-65) Ranked 6th in class
  • Bachelor of Arts-University of the Pacific, Stockton (1965-68)
  • Master of Arts-University of California, Davis (1968-70) (Emphasis in Histology and Animal Behavior)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery-University of the Pacific School of Dentistry (1970-74) Ranked 6th in Class

Community Service 

  • Board member Adventist Health St. Helena Region Hospital District
  • Executive Committee California School Based Health Alliance (2011-Present)
  • California County Boards of Education President (2001)
  • Board Member, Lake County Office of Education (1992-Present)
  • Board Member, Konocti Unified School District (1977-1989)
  • President, Redwood Empire Dental Society (1998-1999)
  • Member and Past President of Clearlake Rotary Club (1974-Present)
  • Lake County District Chairman, Boy Scouts of America (1989-1998)
  • Board Member, Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council Boy Scouts of America (1989-2005)
  • Assistant Wrestling Coach, Lower Lake High School (1996-2000)
  • Guest Lecturer, Clearlake Community College (History)
  • Drummer, Clearlake Community College Jazz Bank
  • Burns Valley Elementary School Site Council (1974-1976)
  • Clarlake Rotary International Dental Project Chairman (1980)
  • Troop 44, Clearlake Boy Scounts of America Scoutmaster (1993-1994)

Honors and Awards Received

  • Stars of Lake County "Spirit of Lake County" (2013)
  • Recognition St. Helena Hospital Clearlake Doctor of the Year (2013)
  • Lower Lake High School "Parent of the Year" (1996)
  • "Silver Beaver Award" Boy Scouts of America (1996)
  • TKU Dental Honor Society (1974)
  • NSBA Distinguished Service Award (2001)
  • Boy Scouts of America Woodbadge Certification 1994


Patricia M. Hicks

Born and educated in England, I hold a MA degree from Cambridge University in Physical Sciences. I began my professional life as a research metallurgist with Johnson & Matthey, a gold and precious metal company. Soon after our marriage, my husband and I immigrated to Toronto, Canada. My work there was as a process control metallurgist, until I left to start our family. We have two children.

We left Canada for California and settled in Mill Valley. It was there that I began a second career in education. I taught Chemistry and Physics at Jameson Hall High School, eventually becoming its principal. Later I became academic dean at Drew College Preparatory School in San Francisco and continued to teach science courses. During this time, we took out United States citizenship.

Having discovered Lake County, we first bought a summer home and loving it so much we bought land in Upper Lake, built our home and moved here permanently in 1979.

I was first appointed to the Lake County Board of Education in 1981 and have served as the President several times. I have also been the President of the California County Board of Education, and for two years was a director on the California School Board Association.

Over the years, I have been on CSBA's legislative and finance committees and am now chair of the CCBE legislative committee. I believe that I can best serve the educational needs of our children by taking an active part in overseeing proposed legislation and lobbying at both the State and Federal levels on their behalf. My particularly interests are legislation which affects small and rural school districts, county offices of education, the schools and programs they operate, and strengthening the academic performance of all schools within the province of local control.

During my years in Lake County, I have served on the Economic Development Committee, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee, and was on the board of Sutter Lakeside Hospital for eleven years.

I hold a simple philosophy of education. From the day we are born we are learning. The greatest gift we can receive is a sound academic education during our school years, giving us the ability to continue to pursue any field of interest for the rest of our lives.

Melissa Kinsel

I'm originally from Washington State, but my grandparents were born and raised in Oakland.  Their parents built a summer home on Jago Bay in the 1930s and it is still in our family.  My grandmother moved down the road from that home in 1980 and I have been visiting ever since.  In 1991, having driven up for a visit (we had moved to Walnut Creek by then), I had a funny feeling that someday I would be living in Lake County.  In 2004, that "funny feeling" came true & we've been here ever since!  In my personal time I love to swim, cycle, practice yoga, work in the garden, run, hike, read, explore nature, and meet new and interesting people.  


My husband is a dentist, (Jim Kinsel) and together we own & operate Clear Lake Dental.  We have three kids, ages 10 (James), 11 (Noelle) & 13 (Erica) and I love volunteering in their classrooms or at their schools.


I am a yoga instructor, and am currently working on getting my personal training certification. I'm in the process of working on the 2nd annual Tri Uplifting Lake County event; a mindfulness triathlon designed to uplift, inspire, and bring community together.  The three parts (instead of a run, bike, swim) are guided meditation, a yoga session, and a 3k mindfulness walk.  This is an endeavor that I hope to turn into a thriving organization of its own, offering positivity and a lifting up to any communities, organizations, or causes that could use a boost of positive energy and inspiration. 


University of Notre Dame - BS Marketing & certificate in Latin American Studies

Community Organizations

Coyote Valley Elementary school site council

Middletown Art Center volunteer


Madelene Lyon

My parents immigrated from Switzerland and started farming on the ranch where we live, in the year I was born. I was born (1932) and raised on the ranch where I currently live in Kelseyville. Farming has always been my family's business, with dairying, raising pears, prunes, walnuts being the early crops. My husband and I raised wine grapes, starting in 1969, and that is the current crop on the ranch. While growing up in Kelseyville, I was active in 4-H and extracurricular activities at school. Since my parents had a dairy, so much of my time was spent bottling milk and cleaning equipment.


My husband, Walt Lyon, passed away in 2015. He was on the County Board of Education for many years. We raised 5 children in Lake County. They are: Kathy Windrem (Peter), Kelseyville; Thomas Lyon (Pamela), Bend, OR; Marie Kong (Todd), Hopland; Jeffrey Lyon (Jayne), Lakeport; Beth Keiffer (Bob), Hopeland. In, addition, we have nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but here. During the years of 1976-1978, I was a substitute teacher in all school in Lake County. It was a learning experience for me certainly, but I hope some of the students I came in contact with learned something from me too!

I wish for each and every student in Lake County to get a very good education and go on to some kind of higher education. 


  •  Kelseyville High School
  • University of California, Davis - 3 years
  • University of San Francisco - B.S. Degree 1980

Community Organizations

  • President of Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Assn. since 1998
  • Kelseyville Food Pantry
  • Hospice Services of Lake County

Honors and Awards Received

  • Stars of Lake County – Agriculture 1999
  • Hospice Services of Lake County – Volunteer of the Year – Bereavement, 2014
  • Lake County Pioneer Award – Lyon Vineyard, 2011


  • Farmer (retired 2015)
  • Catering (retired 2015)