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SEF Board of Directors

Springfield Education Foundation has 18 current board members who are incredibly dedicated, hard-working, and excited about education. Our board is comprised of SPS educators, local business leaders, retirees, and other diverse members of our community who are passionate about learning, educators, and investing in Springfield’s most important asset – students!

We are currently accepting applications from enthusiastic and community-minded individuals who are interested in joining our working Board of Directors.
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SEF Executive Committee

Justin Martin, Chair
Stephanie Lovdokken, Vice Chair
Crystal McPheeters, Treasurer
Micah Adams, Member-At-Large
Cindy Whittington, Secretary
Todd Hamilton, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent
Travis Joseph, Immediate Past Chair

Board Member Justin

Justin Martin

SEF Board Chair

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.

  • Board Chair
  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Programs Committe
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Co-Chair
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Stephanie Lovdokken

Vice Chair

Stephanie Lovdokken joined the SEF Board in 2021. Although Stephanie is a new addition to the board, she began volunteering with Night of 11,000 Stars in 2015. She has been a teacher for 21 years, with 20 years in the Springfield School district, and currently teaches fifth grade at Ridgeview Elementary School. Stephanie also enjoys working with teachers, staff, and families as the SPS Talented and Gifted (TAG) program coordinator. A Springfield native, Stephanie attended Ridgeview, Thurston Middle School, and Thurston High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from George Fox University and her Masters of Education Curriculum Instruction and Design from Pacific University. Since 2017, she has been on the Education Consortium Team at Bushnell University working to inspire future teachers. She joined the SEF Board as she is passionate about supporting teaching and students throughout the district to make learning fun and engaging.

Stephanie is married to her husband John, also a Springfield native and history teacher at THS. They have a daughter and a son who also attend THS sophomore and a junior. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys volunteering as a high school leader at FBC, being a senior and ambassador girl scout leader, and being a team mom for Thurston Cabaret. When she isn’t volunteering, she values spending time with her family playing board games, hiking, biking, and going on new adventures.

  • Board Vice Chair
  • Programs & Grants Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Crystal McPheeters

Treasurer

Crystal joined the board in 2021. She previously served on the Ridgeview PTO board for 5 years and is currently the Thurston Middle School PTSA treasurer. She attended the University of Oregon, receiving a bachelor of science degree in general science, and recently completed an associate degree in accounting from Lane Community College. 


Crystal comes from a long line of educators, who instilled a love of learning and the importance of an education. After volunteering in elementary classrooms throughout high school and college, she has seen firsthand how much time, energy, and caring teachers put into their students and classrooms. By joining the board, Crystal hopes to help educators inspire even more students.


Crystal is married to Scott. Together they have three children who all attend Springfield schools.  When not working or volunteering, she likes to bake, play video and board games with her family, walk her dogs, and read.

  • Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
  • Executive Committee
  • Programs & Grants Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
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Micah Adams

Member-at-Large

Micah Adams has served on the SEF Board of Directors 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.

  • Member-at-Large
  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee Chair
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee Committee

Cindy Whittington

Secretary

Cindy joined the SEF Board 2017 and serves on various SEF Committees, including as Chair of the Programs Committee. She is a retired 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.

  • Secretary
  • Executive Committee
  • Programs & Grants Committee Chair
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Todd Hamilton

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.

  • Springfield Public Schools Superintendent
  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee

Travis Joseph

Immediate Past Chair

Travis Joseph is a fifth-generation Oregonian and graduate of Centennial Elementary, Hamlin Middle, and Springfield High. He joined the SEF Board in 2017 and served as the SEF Board Chair from 2021-2023. 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 in Washington, D.C. working on natural resources and transportation issues. 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. Travis holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the London School of Economics. 

  • Immediate Past Board Chair
  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee

Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson, an attorney and Springfield native, joined the SEF board in 2023 after a change in career and relocation from the Portland area. After 12 years as a litigator and an advocate for non-profit organizations (including public charter schools), Adam is now an academic law librarian and instructor at the University of Oregon Law School. Adam has a lifelong passion for education, and holds degrees from the University of Oregon, University of Maryland, and Lewis & Clark Law School. He is also a proud product of Springfield Public Schools – Page Elementary, Hamlin Middle, and Springfield High (Class of ’97). He is grateful for the opportunity to give back to his hometown and the schools of his youth.

Adam is married to Alison, and has two stepdaughters, Alexandra and Evangeline, with whom he enjoys cooking, traveling, and outdoor exploration. In his free time, he is an avid reader, Seahawks fan, and classical pianist.

  • Finance Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Nicole De Graff

Nicole grew up in a small town in Lane County and lived overseas for years before resettling back down in Oregon with her husband and three kids. She has previously worked in the real estate industry. In addition, her experience also includes working in a teen pregnancy center and was a foster parent. Most recently she has worked in grassroots non-profits helping parents and teachers across the state to shape policy. Her passion is to advocate for kids and build trust in her community providing as much transparency and collaboration as possible. ​

  • SPS Board Liaison
  • Marketing Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Evy Hernandez

Evy was born in Guatemala and came to the United States to finish high school, then graduated from Chaffey College in California. She then got married to Baldo Hernandez and together, they moved to Oregon, then Anaheim, then to Mexico City to serve as missionaries for 6 years. They returned to Oregon in 2006, and that’s when her relationships in Springfield and Eugene were strengthened through her work with Lane County Waste Management and HR Block, where she was the only Spanish-speaking tax preparer. Baldo started his business La Granada, which gave Evy a lot of insight into the Springfield Community as the city embraced the business with open arms. Evy joined Springfield Rotary in 2014 and has enjoyed working to enrich lives in our community. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Volunteers in Medicine since 2016. Evy is very passionate about serving the Spanish-speaking community. She currently works for PLAZA as a Business Class Instructor (for Spanish-speaking students).

  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
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Timothy (Tim) Leahy

Tim Leahy was born and raised in Springfield, a graduate of Centennial Elementary, Hamlin Middle, and Springfield High. After graduating in 1998, Tim attended Linfield College for one year, and then transferred to the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a Certificate in Leadership and Communication in 2003. Tim went on to start a career in banking and now works as the Small Business Program Manager at Northwest Community Credit Union.

Tim lives in Springfield with his wife Stephanie and their daughter Eliana. Stephanie has been in education for almost 18 years, the last 6 years with SPS. Stephanie is currently a Special Education teacher at Walterville Elementary School. Eliana will be in the fourth grade this fall at St. Paul Catholic School, and is involved in dance, soccer, and basketball in Springfield. Tim has supported SEF for over eight years, recently as a member of the Marketing/Alumni Committee, and as of July 1st, as a SEF Board Member. Tim is grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the SEF Board, and looks forward to helping Springfield Public Schools continue to enhance their programs and give teachers the needed funding for their classrooms and their students.

  • Marketing Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Malia Martin

Digital Sales Manager, Sinclair Broadcasting Group – KVAL/KMTR-TV

Malia is the former Association Manager of Lane Leaders Association, the largest and  longest-running Business Association in Lane County. She worked for three years as a  Marketing Specialist and Regional Events Coordinator for Columbia Bank, working with  Branch Managers and Executives throughout the Pacific Northwest.  

Malia is highly engaged with the community; she served on the Board for the Women’s  Business Leaders through the Eugene Chamber for two years and is a recent graduate from  the prestigious Leadership Eugene Springfield program, which focuses on creating  passionate community leaders. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Springfield  Education Foundation, which empowers student success through community engagement.

Malia graduated with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Dance and Health with a minor in Business from Western Oregon University. She continued her love of the arts,  serving as Education Director for the Oregon School Activities Association Judges  Association, training Dance Adjudicators throughout the State of Oregon, while also  traveling statewide as Performance Judge for the Dance and Drill Judges Association of  Oregon for eight years. 

Malia lives in Springfield with her husband, Justin, their two daughters, Ava (15) and  Genevieve (12), and their dog Jackson. At work, she has an ID Disc personality style and is a  self-proclaimed master multi-tasker. She’s known for her laugh and her hair! She loves  glamping, Reddit, Taylor Swift, dairy-free lattes, and off-road adventuring.

  • Development Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Adriel Pickar

Adriel is an Assistant Branch Manager with OCCU and a 2023 Graduate of the Leadership Eugene Springfield Cohort. She enjoys quality time with family and friends. Adriel is also a Director for the Eugene Active 20-30 Club where she dedicates her time to helping the quality of life for the special needs of the children of her local community. Adriel is an avid runner and enjoys challenging herself to achieve new personal records. She loves to be out in nature hiking, gardening, and in the summertime floating rivers and lakes. Although Adriel is a native Oregonian, she has traveled and lived in many other states but found her way back home to Oregon, “because there is no place like home.”

  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
  • Programs & Grants Committee

Isaac Rhoads-Dey

Isaac joined the SEF Board in 2023. He is a Realtor at ICON Real Estate Group who’s passionate about working with clients to fit their housing to their lifestyle. He has been helping sellers maximize the value of their homes quickly and painlessly, and buyers find their dream homes since 2008. Before beginning his work in real estate sales, he worked in residential construction and property management. Isaac has previously held several positions on the board of directors at the Springfield Realtors, including serving as the 2020 President.


Originally from Eugene, Isaac attended Churchill High School and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Oregon in 2007. He enjoys remodeling, entertaining, and growing tropical plants.


Isaac is excited to serve the Springfield Education Foundation because he loves Springfield and wants to help our community thrive through helping our students and schools.

 

  • Development Committee

Patty Schulz

Patty Schulz joined the SEF Board of Directors in 2022 and is Vice President and Senior Commercial Relationship Manager with Banner Bank. She is married to Terry and they have one son that attended Springfield Public Schools. Patty is a Board Member of Springfield Rotary and has previously served on the Board of Junior Achievement along with the Springfield Chamber’s Education Committee. In her free time, Patty enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and dogs, including running and hiking.

  • Programs & Grants Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Erik Vos

Erik J. Vos joined the SEF Board of Directors 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.

  • Finance & Governance Committee
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Kelli Warner

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.

  • Marketing & Communication Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

John Wheeler

John was born and raised in Coburg, Oregon, where he resides still today. After graduating high school from Sheldon, he joined the U.S Navy and met the mother of his children in Pensacola Florida. He has three amazing daughters, Juliette, Isabelle, and Emilia. While in Florida 30 years he worked as a General Manager for a pizza franchise where he opened restaurants from Pensacola Florida throughout the East Coast States. From there he got into his career path and became a Mortgage Professional in 2003. In 2006 he started working at a High School in Bradenton Florida as an Exceptional Student Education liaison, and coach. There he coached basketball and tennis for 6 years while also doing mortgages. In 2010, he stopped teaching and stayed in the mortgage field where he still adventures today.

John loves the outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman. At 16 John started coaching basketball his true passion and gift. He coaches in Harrisburg, Eugene, and Springfield areas currently. John also has passion helping children in need. His nonprofit, Wheelers Shoes for Hoopz, raises funds and donations of athletic equipment for those who may not be able to play on the game field because of financial hardship. John also has an LLC, Wheeler UP-N-GO mobile Notary and works for Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers as a Credit Analyst. As a member of Rotary, and both Eugene and Springfield Chambers of Commerce, he is here to be of service to our local community and loves to lend a hand to those in need. With strong faith and perseverance, he hopes to make a difference for years to come.

  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

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