Board of Directors

Paul Lundberg is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He holds the M.M. degree in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He retired in 1999 after 37 years in Church Music, most recently at the First Baptist Church of Merced. He currently serves as Pastor of Atwater Baptist Church in Atwater. Active in community affairs, Paul is a member of the Atwater Chamber of Commerce, Atwater C.A.U.S.E. (Community Advocates United for Safe Environments) and Merced ComVIP (Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Task Force).  Paul is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors and has been a member of the LifeLine Board since XXX.

Jim Kanabay Jr. is married to Dana and have four children and one grandchild.  Jim grew up in Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, School of Engineering on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Upon graduation in 1981, he entered the Air Force and earned his Navigator wings, flying in B-52s until 1999.  Upon retirement from the Air Force, Jim and Dana moved back to her native Winton. Jim has worked in several areas including retail, economic development, and most recently, as an Analyst for Merced County Human Service Agency. In the past two years Jim has been involved in local service organizations including: Hunger Task Force, Family Wellness Council, and the All Dads Matter Program. Jim and his family are members at Yosemite Church in Merced.  Jim has been a member of the Lifeline Board since XXX.

Joy Gort lives in Winton and is a single mom of two teenagers.  She works in the Public Information unit of the Merced County Association of Governments.  She heads the LifeLine Bus Boutique, bringing new and gently used clothing to community members.  She helps stock and organize donated clothing.  People can barter (exchange) or volunteers or pay a small fee for the clothing.  Joy has been a member of the Lifeline Board since November 2011.

Leslie McGowan is a graduate of California State University, Fresno and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Currently, she is the Interim Chief Executive Office for a non-profit Community Health Center which operates two clinic sites in Livingston and Hilmar. She is dedicated personally and professionally to celebrating the uniqueness of the Central San Joaquin Valley and all it has to offer. Leslie has been a member of the Lifeline Board since November 2011.

Mike Truong is married and has three young kids. He has taught composition, professional writing, sociology, and ethnic studies at the university level for over 12 years.  Currently, he is an instructional technologist at the University of California, Merced. He consults, trains, and supports faculty and TAs on the effective use of technologies to improve teaching and learning.  Mike has worked for several missions agencies and has done missions work in Asia, Southeast Asia, and Middle East. His ministry interests include international adoption, college ministries, social justice, and frontiers mission. Mike has been a member of the Lifeline Board since September 2011.