Board of Trustees

Charlie Steinhice, Mensa Foundation President
Charlie Steinhice, President

Charlie Steinhice, a Mensa member for more than 20 years, joined the Mensa Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016. Charlie is a Business Analytics Manager of Internal Strategic Analytics & Reporting at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Deb Stone, Mensa Foundation Vice President
Deb Stone, Vice President

Deb Stone joined the Mensa Foundation Board in 2019. Previously, she was elected to positions on the American Mensa Committee — Treasurer in 2017 and Chair in 2015.

Vicki Herd, Mensa Foundation Treasurer
Vicki Herd, Treasurer

Vicki Herd joined Mensa Canada in 1987 and has served in almost every role Mensa Calgary offers, including Local Secretary and Proctor. A chair of multiple Canadian Annual Gatherings, she also served as chair of the Mensa Foundation’s International Scholarship Program.

Jennifer Wise, Mensa Foundation Secretary
Jennifer Wise, Secretary

A second-generation Mensa member, Jennifer Wise is a Seattle-based content writer and editor, and she holds a master’s in literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served as Scholarship Chair at the local and regional levels, Scholarship Volunteer Coordinator, Young Ms Coordinator, and GenY Coordinator.

Marie Mayer, Mensa Foundation Trustee
Marie Mayer, Trustee

Marie Mayer actively volunteered for Mensa for many years before becoming a Foundation Trustee, Vice President, and then President. She currently serves as a Trustee to aid in Charlie Steinhice’s transition to President.

Nguyen Pham, Mensa Foundation Trustee
Nguyen Pham, Trustee

Nguyen Pham, a Mensa member since 2010, was appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2020. Nguyen brings to the Board more than a decade of strategic communications experience and involvement with local charitable boards. He holds an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Michelle Rakshys, Mensa Foundation Trustee
Michelle Rakshys, Trustee

A member of Mensa since 2005, Michelle Rakshys has served as Scholarship Chair and Proctor for Mensa of Western Washington. Michelle the Senior Program Manager for Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Amazon and holds a master’s in business from New York University. She was appointed Trustee in 2020.

Billie Lee, Mensa Foundation Ex-Officio Trustee
Billie Lee, Ex-Officio Trustee

Billie Lee, the American Mensa Committee’s Second Vice Chair, serves the Foundation board as an ex-officio Trustee to help maintain the vital relationship between American Mensa and the Mensa Foundation.

Björn Liljeqvist, Mensa Foundation Ex-Officio Trustee
Björn Liljeqvist, Ex-Officio Trustee

As the Chair of Mensa International, Björn Liljeqvist serves the Mensa Foundation as an ex-officio Trustee. He was the Chair of Mensa Sweden from 2007 to 2011. Professionally, Björn writes and lectures on academic learning strategies.

Jill Beckham, Mensa Foundation Director
Jill Beckham, Director

Jill Beckham was named Foundation Director in 2002 and is responsible for all of the Mensa Foundation-related programs and projects that are handled by the office staff. She also works with volunteers to coordinate other Foundation programs, including the Colloquium and the Foundation’s awards program.