LACF Welcomes New Board Members

(LACF News) – The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Karen Easton and Steven Lynne, as it increases the number of members of its Board.

“Given the increased assets, number of donor funds, and support for our nonprofits, we decided that adding to our professional expertise and insight into our community needs has become a priority,” said Pat Soran, Board Chair. “Karen and Steve are both thoughtful and well-regarded leaders with broad experience in our community. With Liz Martineau recently hired as our new Executive Director, we are poised for even greater impact and value to our nonprofits and our donors.”

“I am excited to work with Karen and Steve as we begin our journey with the Los Alamos Community Foundation together,” added Martineau. “As we approach our tenth anniversary next year, new perspectives and experience will prepare us for our second decade.”

Karen Easton moved to Los Alamos from Oregon 22 years ago, and has raised two sons who both went through the local school system. She has been in the banking industry since 2007, and after more than 10 years at Los Alamos National Bank, is currently vice president and manager of the Los Alamos branch of Century Bank. She serves the community as a board member of the Los Alamos Family YMCA, board member and Treasurer of Los Alamos Commerce and Development, a Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commissioner, and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Los Alamos. In her free time, Karen likes to hike the area trails and is an avid skier.

Steve Lynne arrived in New Mexico Los Alamos with his wife Suzanne and two daughters in 1996.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting, and prior  to coming to Los Alamos County, Steve worked with public accounting firms in Florida and New Mexico, with an emphasis in auditing local governm

ent clients. He began his career at Los Alamos County, where he held a variety of positions, including Chief Financial Officer, Assistant County Administrator and Deputy Manager. His career in public service culminated in his appointment in July 2021 as County Manager. He recently retired from this position, but he and Suzanne love Los Alamos, have no plans to leave, and are looking forward to being retired together here.

For additional information about Easton and Lynne, along with others serving on the LACF board, please visit

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the mission of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to build enduring philanthropy to empower our community’s nonprofit organizations. LACF stewards fifteen permanent endowment funds and supports local nonprofits through training, initiatives and grantmaking. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit