Christina San Filippo
Executive Director, Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
Christina has volunteered with SEF since 2015, serving on the Night of 11,000 Stars Committee. In 2019, she joined the SEF Board and staff as SEF’s Assistant Director. In addition to her work with SEF, Christina serves on the Springfield Library Foundation Board, Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation Board, and Douglas Gardens Elementary PTA. Christina has two children in Springfield Public Schools. Originally from Sacramento, Christina attended UC Davis, majoring in International Relations with a minor in German. She has lived in the Eugene/Springfield area for over 15 years. When she isn’t volunteering, Christina enjoys paddleboarding, skiing, running, tennis, music, and throwing parties.
We are excited to introduce Devin Lewis as our new Foundation Coordinator! He was raised here in Springfield and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in General Social Science and a minor in Planning, Public Policy, and Management. He joined SEF to help improve education in our community.
Devin is married to Torae, who works as a teacher for the Early Education Program. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending his time with his wife and their cat Bonnie, hiking local trails, and reading fantasy novels.
Board of Directors
Board Chair, Finance and Governance Committee
Michelle Webber joined the SEF board in 2018. She is Assistant Vice President and Loan Documentation Supervisor at Columbia Bank. Michelle has supported the Night of 11,000 stars for several years, most recently as a member of the procurement team. In addition to her work with SEF, Michelle is Treasurer of Springfield Rotary and serves as a member of the Wildish Theatre Board. She is married to Bruce, and they have three daughters, one son, and two grandsons. When Michelle finds time to unwind, you’ll find her in her garden or behind her camera. A strong advocate for student success, Michelle joined SEF to help provide innovative programs and opportunities for our teachers and students.
Travis Joseph is a fifth-generation Oregonian and graduate of Springfield High School (where, as a student, he helped organize the first ever Miss Miller Pageant). He joined the SEF Board in 2017. As President and C.E.O. of the American Forest Resource Council, Travis works to represent the forest products industry throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to working with AFRC, Travis was a senior policy advisor for Congressman Peter DeFazio. Travis joined SEF because of his passion for education and its ability to change lives. He looks forward to helping pass on the support he received in his education to our current Springfield students.
Past Chair, Development Committee, Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
Micah Adams has served on the SEF Board since 2012. He was Chair of the 2018 Night of 11,000 Stars Committee. By day, Micah is a commercial banker at Summit Bank. He was raised in Springfield and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Business Administration. Micah is married to Jennifer, whom he met in 7th grade Home Economics at Springfield Middle School. Their daughter is a Senior at Thurston. He joined SEF to help improve education in our community. When he isn’t volunteering, he likes to cook/grill, golf, snowboard, and hike/backpack. He attended two SPS schools that no longer exist, Moffitt Elementary and Springfield Middle Schools.
Treasurer, Finance and Governance Committee
Erik J. Vos joined the SEF Board in 2017. He is CFO of Timber Products Company and has spent nearly thirty years in the wood products industry. Erik comes from a family of educators and grew up learning to give back to the community. He believes that education is key in solving local, state, national, and global challenges. Erik is an avid tennis player and fan, having developed a passion for the sport early by competing competitively starting at ten years old. In addition to his work with SEF, Erik is a volunteer for SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), a former Board Chair of FOOD for Lane County, and a former board member of Eugene Swim & Tennis Club.
Matt joined the board in 2018 and is an associate attorney with Leahy Cox, LLP. He earned his BA in Political Science from Washington State University and his JD from the University of Oregon School of Law. A Portland native, Matt moved to the Eugene/Springfield area in 2012 for school and continues to enjoy living and working in our community. He “believe[s] in the mission and goals of SEF and [wants] to work toward helping students from all backgrounds find enjoyment in education.” Matt is a foodie, traveler, scuba diver, and avid Trail Blazers fan, not necessarily in that order.
Springfield Public Schools Superintendent
Todd Hamilton, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent, joined the SEF Board in 2019. Previously, he was the longtime superintendent in Creswell, where he developed a passion for supporting teachers in honing their craft. Since 1995, Todd has held an array of educational roles, including in the classroom, instructional technology, student services, and curriculum and staff development. In this time, he helped expand programs across the K–12 continuum, including early learning programs, college-level courses, and CTE programming. He also supported a number of community partnerships aimed at addressing the social, emotional, and learning needs of students. In addition to his work with SEF, Todd serves as a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Connected Lane County coalition, the Early Learning Alliance, and advisory boards for the University of Oregon and Northwest Christian University. Todd is committed to a shared vision of success and support across the district, ensuring a system of schools that is welcoming, encouraging, and supportive of everyone.
Madeleine (Maddie) Berney
Innovative Educator Grant Committee
Maddie, a retired high school English and journalism teacher, joined the SEF Board in spring 2019. She and her husband, Joe, have six adult children, three who attended Springfield schools. Maddie is currently the site coordinator for the SMART reading program at her granddaughter’s school, Thurston Elementary. Her previous experience in education includes a year of teaching in Central America and several years working for the Lane Education Service District in assessment and tutoring. Whether tending her garden, creating art projects, or helping students one-on-one improve their reading and writing skills, Maddie prefers to “live life in the trenches.” She is honored to volunteer for SEF, a group that provides “invaluable front-line assistance” to educators.
Marketing & Alumni Committee Chair, Innovative Educator Grant Committee
Terry joined the SEF Board in 2012. Previously, she served on the Springfield City Council for six years and in the Oregon House of Representatives (District 12) for 11 years, retiring in 2012. She is a Springfield High School graduate, as are her three children with her husband Lee. Terry joined the board because her children received an excellent education from Springfield Public Schools and she wanted to help provide the same experience for current and future students. When they are not serving the community, Terry and Lee like to spend time with their grandchildren.
Innovative Educator Grant Committee Chair, Programs Committee
Mary joined the SEF Board in 2014. In addition to chairing the Innovative Educator Grant Committee and serving on the Programs Committee, she helps organize dessert donations for the annual Night of 11,000 Stars event. Mary was born and raised in Colorado, where she received a BA in Social Work from Colorado State University, and later attended the University of Oregon, where she earned an MA in Anthropology. She moved to Springfield to become the first director of Willamalane’s Dorris Ranch, later transitioning to the UO, where she’s been a grant writer and project manager for the past 20 years. Mary is married to Philip, and their daughter is currently in college. She loves gardening, tennis, and traveling, and she’s happy to contribute to a forward-thinking organization that makes a real impact in the community.
Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
Melaney Grenz joined the SEF board in 2018. Her passion for education comes from the life-changing influence of a childhood teacher. Raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, Melaney is a first-generation high school and college graduate on both sides of her family. She has worked over twenty-five years in Oregon Public Schools as a Speech Language Pathologist, earning her Master’s at the University of Oregon. In addition to serving on the SEF Board since 2018, she is on the boards of NCU and Relief Nursery. In addition, she is involved with Camp Harlow. When Melaney isn’t feeding her insatiable desire to help children become all that they can be, you can find her traveling, entertaining, golfing, and attending Oregon sports events.
Development Committee Chair
Judy Leahy joined the SEF Board in 2012. After teaching English at Marist High School for several years, she left and became a general education teacher/counselor at Looking Glass Youth and Family Services’ Riverfront School and Career Center for eight years. She retired just before her first grandchild was born. Judy earned her BA at St. Mary’s College and MA at the University of Virginia. She was born in Chicago, married Joe in DC, and moved to Oregon in 1974. She and Joe raised three sons, all graduates of Springfield High School, who have since completed college, married, and had children of their own. Grandma Judy joined SEF to help students receive the same benefits of a good education that her sons enjoyed.
Night of 11,000 Stars Committee Chair, Programs Committee
Terry Scherer was a school counselor in the Springfield Public Schools. She joined the SEF Board in 2016 and was on the Programs Committee before that. Terry became involved with SEF because of her strong personal and professional connections to Springfield Public Schools. She and her husband attended Springfield High School, and their children attended Springfield Public Schools. A Springfield native, Terry lived only a few blocks from her husband, Robert, while they were growing up, but did not meet him until after they were adults. In addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys outdoor sports, including tennis, snow skiing, and whitewater rafting.
Kelli Warner is Public Relations Manager for Turell Group and has served on the SEF Board and Marketing Committee since 2015. A native Oregonian and mother of two Springfield students, Kelli earned a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oregon, an education that fueled her passion for storytelling. She spent 20 years as an award-winning TV newscaster and reporter and is now an Amazon-bestselling author, writing young adult novels full of humor, heart, and happy endings.
Finance and Governance Committee
Bruce K. Webber, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager at Banner Bank, has served on the SEF Board since 2015. A native Oregonian, Bruce graduated from Sheldon High School and earned his BA in Finance at the University of Puget Sound. In addition to his work with SEF, he is also Treasurer of the Springfield Rotary, a member of the Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation Board, Chair of the Lane Council of Governments Finance Committee, and Treasurer of the McKenzie Brewfest Committee. He is married to Michelle, and they have three daughters, one son, and two grandsons. Bruce joined SEF to help provide innovative programs and opportunities for our teachers and students.
Innovative Educator Grant Committee
Michelle joined the SEF Board in 2018 and works in Communications/PR/Community Relations for International Paper. In addition to volunteering with SEF, she also serves on the Forests Today and Forever board. Michelle grew up in Colorado and Utah, graduating from Utah State University with a BA in Journalism. She moved to the Springfield area in 1995 and hasn’t looked back! Michelle joined SEF to learn about and better serve local students—goals that align with her company’s focus on addressing the critical needs of education and hunger in our communities. Michelle’s interests include wine tasting, traveling anywhere she can snorkel, and watching her teenage son and daughter from the sidelines of all their activities.
Lisa Gay Barrager
Lisa is a member of the SPS School board and joined the SEF Board in November 2019. She serves Springfield as a wraparound facilitator for Direction Service, working closely with students, staff and families.. Lisa is Married to Greg and they have two children and 2 grandchildren. Her family has been in Springfield for 6 generations and her 104 year old grandmother still lives near-by. Lisa believes and shares the SEF passion of student and teacher success made available through unique opportunities. Fun facts about Lisa include her love of music and painting. She plays piano, drums, guitar and paints on canvas and rocks. Her guilty pleasure is eating a super healthy snack and watching reality TV, the trashier the better!
Justin joined the SEF board in 2020 and is an Associate Vice President and Portfolio Manager for the National Healthcare team at Columbia Bank. He is married to Malia, and they have two girls who attend Springfield Public Schools. Justin graduated from Western Oregon University and Pleasant Hill High School. In his free time, Justin enjoys hiking, fishing, and general outdoor activities with his family. He is also an avid Ducks fan. Justin joined SEF to promote learning and encourage enrichment activities for the youth in our community.
Programs Committee Chair, Innovative Educator Grant Committee, Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
Cindy joined the SEF Board 2017 and serves on various SEF Committees, including as Chair of the Programs Committee. She is a McDonald’s owner/operator with her husband, Mark, and a member of the Ronald McDonald House Advisory Board. Her passion for travel is second only to her passion for education.