FOLFAN's Board of Directors

Linda McDonald, President

Linda spent 22 years at California State Parks – in jobs ranging from park aid and tour guide to publications editor and State Park System planner. Currently, she coordinates human resources at the family business, McDonald Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning and also manages income property investments. She has enjoyed Folsom Lake SRA and the American River Parkway for over 40 years and is currently Volunteer Manager of State Parks’ Adopt-the-Parkway program. Once an avid water-skier – Linda’s favorite activities today include walking the dog, kayaking and bicycling. She co-founded FOLFAN to bring a greater level of stewardship and community involvement to her favorite local recreation area.


Paula David, Vice President
Paula David has been a fan of California parks since moving to California in 1989. She has worked 15 years for the State, protecting resources, consumers, and the environment. Currently an energy efficiency supervisor with the California Energy Commission, her former positions at State Parks included Statewide Trails Coordinator and supervisor in Grants and Local Services. Paula is certified in State Parks’ Trails Management and Maintenance. Paula was a founding Board member for a non-profit pre-school and served in several key volunteer positions. Paula enjoys camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, snow- and water-skiing. In 2009, Paula and her family adopted Mile 31 of the American River Parkway.

Beth Graybill, Treasurer
Beth has more than 20 years of experience in state government and higher education, including serving as the Chief Deputy Director of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing from 2012 to 2015 where she oversaw the licensure of public school educators. Beth previously served as the Director of Professional Services for the Commission where she managed the development and implementation of Commission standards for educator preparation and the accreditation of credential programs in California. Beth has also served as legislative analyst and policy advisor to the California Senate Education Committee and to members of the Legislature on various education issues including public school educators, charter schools, and career technical education. Beth enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and is an avid user of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and American River Parkway trail systems as well as the trails throughout the city of Folsom.
Crystal Tobias, Board Secretary & Membership Coordinator

A Sacramento native, Crystal recently retired from UC Davis where she worked since 1977. She has years of experience with animal and non-profit organizations, is concerned about the environment, and believes the world is a better place when people get involved. She began an informal partnership with California State Parks in 2001 and co-founded FOLFAN in 2008. She was involved in the Folsom Lake SRA Long Range Planning Process, the Folsom Historic District Redevelopment Process, and was invited to provide testimony to the legislature on AB951 (banning alcohol on the American River on holiday weekends). She and her husband Eric use the park regularly.

Jim Cassio, Communications, Trails & Recreation Coordinator
Jim Cassio is a labor market and workforce development specialist, consultant, author, sustainability professional, nature enthusiast, and former park ranger. Jim lives in Folsom with his wife, Deb, a professor of history and heritage interpretation at Folsom Lake College. They have two daughters and enjoy daily hiking, kayaking and bicycling in the Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma areas.