Monica was raised in Winamac, Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University in 1996, she began her teaching career in Richmond Community Schools as a Special Education teacher. During her 16-year teaching career, she earned a Master’s degree from Indiana University, and in 2007, was named RCS’ Secondary Teacher of the Year.
In 2012, Monica assumed the presidency of SKFF. She enjoys serving the foundation board and people of Richmond in varying roles.
Monica joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra as its executive director in 2013. She remains passionate about strengthening the community by forming unique collaborations to maximize resources and impact.
“It is a unique experience to work in the non-profit world in two very different capacities. The spirit of this community is undeniable, and I feel blessed to play a role in so many of the positive opportunities that are being created here.”
John H. Koechlein
John Howard Koechlein, III, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but moved to Richmond at the young age of 4. A graduate of Richmond High School in 1973, John then began attending school at IU East where he earned an Associate’s Degree. He worked for the State of Indiana for 30 years.
John and his wife Monica maintain the full-time job of parenthood to their young daughter. They are also active members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Linda Stamm Johnson, Treasurer
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 an elementary Spanish teacher. She and her husband, Curtis, have three children and several grandchildren, and in her spare time she enjoys reading and volunteering.
After attending college at Fresno State, Curtis moved back to his hometown of Modesto, California to finish his teaching credential and begin his career. He has taught at the same middle school for twenty years, focusing on industrial technology. When he’s not teaching in the wood shop, he enjoys hunting, biking, and spending time with his three children and wife, Linda.
Maggie Johnson Sherouse, Secretary
Originally from the central valley of northern California, Maggie moved to Arlington, Virginia, after earning her bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Wheaton College, IL. She is currently a director of public affairs at a PR firm in Washington, DC. Maggie loves obsessively reading the news, exploring the outdoors, cooking, and being a part of her church.
Kathy Stamm Gage
Kathy 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.
David A. Stamm, Chief Financial Officer
San Francisco, California
David 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.
Laura Stamm Paye
Charlotte, North Carolina
Laura Stamm was born and raised in Northern California. She went to UCSD for college, then moved across the country to North Carolina for a change of scenery. After working at Duke University Medical Center, she decided to pursue a career in medicine. She attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She is now in a Family Medicine fellowship program for underserved community medicine and women’s health.
Alison Zajdel, Philanthropy Advocate
Alison Zajdel serves as a Philanthropy Advocate for the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation. In this new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.