Foundation Board

2016-17 Executive Committee

  • Micah Adams – Chair 
  • Brenda Hansen – Chair Elect
  • Travis Fryback – Past Chair
  • Michelle Bassi – Secretary
  • Jeff Heriot – Treasurer
  • Bruce Smolnisky – Executive Committee/At-Large
  • Susan Rieke-Smith, phD,  Springfield School District Superintendent

2016-17 Board Members

Micah AdamsDevelopment chair, active participant in fundraising for the organization. Assistant Vice President and Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo; served the Active 20-30 Club for seven years; Springfield High School alumnus (class of 1990) and parent of a Mt. Vernon Elementary School student. Rotarian.

Carmel Barnhart – Decorations Committee Chair, Night of 11,000 Stars Committee. Chairs Leader of Yolanda Elementary PTA. Store Marketer, Texas Roadhouse

Michelle BassiSecretary. Attorney with Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson, P.C. Creates agenda and keeps board in line with policies and procedures, by laws and other official protocol.

Terry Beyer – Past Chair. Leader, advisor, and spokesperson for SEF. Co-chair the Alumni Committee and serves on the Innovative Educator Grant committee, current chair of the Night of 11,000 Stars gala fundraiser. Retired Oregon House of Representatives District 12, Representative. Springfield High School Grad 1969. Mother of three SHS graduates.

 Tina DeHaven ­– Voting member of SEF Board and current chair of the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education. Mother of four current students.

 Mary Farrington ­– Innovative Educator Grant committee. Provides connections and advice for grant applications and foundation support. Serves on the Innovative Educator Grant committee. Grant Writer, Erb Memorial Union, University of Oregon.

Travis Fryback  Owner, Team Casino Parties and Music. Parent of two current students and one graduate. Event advisor.

Brenda HansonServes on the Innovative Educator Grant committee and the Night of 11,000 Stars Decorations Committee. Exclusive Agent, Horace Mann Insurance. Mother of one Springfield student. Chair of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Member of Oregon Battle of the Books committee.

Jeff HeriotTreasurer. Chairs the finance and governance committee. Director of Administration and Accounting Manager at Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC Attorneys at Law. Certified Public Accountant. Co-owner Washburn Café, downtown Springfield.  Parent of two Springfield High School alumni.

Jake Hoffman – Innovative Educator Grant committee. Owner, Grocery Outlet on River Road. Graduate of Springfield Public Schools.

 Kari IshamSupports all events. Serves on the Program and Initiatives Committee. Teacher on Special Assignment, SPS. Graduate of Thurston High School.

Shelly KrehbielChairs the Innovative Educator Grant committee. Group Manager, Royal Caribbean. Success by Six United Way volunteer. skrehbiel@rccl.com

Judy Leahy – Active participant of the Development Committee. Retired teacher and counselor with LookingGlass. Community volunteer. Mother of three Springfield High School graduates.  Office volunteer.

 Jamie Louie-Smith – Currently, supporting the finance committee and serves as the procurement committee for the Night of 11,000 Stars. Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer, Pacific Continental Bank. Mother of two students at Mt. Vernon Elementary.

Sue Rieke-SmithConnection to the school district board, administration, staff and students. Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools.

Hadee SabzalianNight of 11,000 Stars Committee and Development Committee. Corporate Relations Manager,FOOD for Lane County. Father of two Springfield Public Schools students. Event advisor.

Terry SchererPrograms and Initiatives Committee. Springfield High School alumni, two children are former SPS students. Wildish Theater board member. Retired SPS Educator.

Scott Smith – Chair, Marketing Committee. Consultant. Scott retired after working 35 years in banking and credit unions. Education is very important to Scott and he previously served on the Everett Community College Foundation Board. Of special interest to Scott is making improvements so that Springfield schools are “relevant” for our children. Scott was born in Seattle and met his wife Chris in Boise, after living all over the Northwest they decided Springfield was the place for them to settle down and make their home along the McKenzie River. Scott and his wife Chris have two daughters and five grandchildren. They enjoy golfing, cooking, photography, gardening and camping in their RV.

Bruce SmolniskyServes on the Programs and Initiatives committee and Innovative Educator Grant Committees. Provides advice and support for topics related to the school district. Strategic plan advisor. Retired Springfield Public Schools administrator. Community volunteer and Springfield Rotarian.

Bill Spiry – Member of the Alumni Committee. Springfield Public School parent of current students and graduates, Rotarian. Private practice attorney. Springfield Rotarian.

Kelli WarnerInnovative Educator Grant committee. Serves on the Marketing Committee. Posts information on Facebook and acts as our event emcee. Public relations professional with Turell Group. Mother of two Springfield students.2015-16 Annual Fund Campaign Chair.

Cindy WhittingtonPrograms Committee and Innovative Educator Grants reader. Owner/Operator McDonalds,  RMHC (Ronald McDonald House) Advisory Board member, Advocate of Education.

Bruce Webber Finance Committee. Senior Vice President – Manager, Banner Bank.

Ronnel Curry – Executive Director.

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