• $260,000 Raised for Springfield Students

    $260,000 Raised for Springfield Students

    Donors, sponsors, and friends helped to exceed our fundraising goal by $60,000 at the annual Night of 11,000 Stars Gala & Auction on October 15, 2022! These funds will directly benefit the nearly 11,000 students attending Springfield Public Schools.

  • 2022 SEF Grant Winners

    2022 SEF Grant Winners

    On June 1st, SEF staff, Board members, and supporters visited 12 schools to surprise educators with their funded grants, funding a record $65,528 in Innovative Educator and SELF Grants!

  • Community Unites Around Students

    Community Unites Around Students

    SEF is empowering student success through community engagement, and investing in innovative programs that keep students engaged.

  • SEF Luau BBQ 2022

    SEF Luau BBQ 2022

    Friends of SEF, voulunteers, donors, and board members gathered for a fun-filled night of live music, delicious food, and great company. Click below to see the photos!

Board of Directors

Springfield Education Foundation is accepting applications to join our Board of Directors

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Executive Committee

Travis Joseph, Chair

Justin Martin, Vice Chair

Erik Vos, Treasurer
Cindy Whittington, Secretary

Micah Adams, Member-At-Large
Todd Hamilton, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent

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Travis Joseph

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 was selected as the SEF Board Chair in 2021. 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. 

  • Board Chair
  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
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Micah Adams

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.

  • Past Chair
  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee Chair
  • 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.

  • Treasurer
  • Executive Committee
  • Finance and Governance Committee Chair
Board Member Justin

Justin Martin

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.

  • Member-At-Large
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Todd Hamilton

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
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Andrew Gillespie

Andrew Gillespie received a Bachelor of Science Accounting degree from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Art degree in Applied Economics, Business and Society from the University of Oregon. He was hired in 2021 as an Accountant at Koontz, Blasquez & Associates in Albany, and is currently working towards his CPA license. He has lived in the Eugene area since 2010 and recently moved to Sweet Home with his wife, Mariah, and 10-month old baby. He enjoys watching football, camping, hiking, and socializing.

  • Finance and Governance 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/Communications Committee Co-Chair
  • Programs & Grants Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
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Stephanie Lovdokken

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.

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

Todd Mann

Todd Mann is a Springfield Oregon Native who returned home after spending a decade living and teaching abroad. Todd and his wife own and run the #1 Financial Planning business in town, Todd Mann Financial Services. Along with the Springfield Education Foundation Board, Todd also serves the community as a member of the Springfield School Board of Directors, the Springfield Public Library Foundation Board, the Springfield Chamber’s Education Committee, Leadership Eugene Springfield’s Steering Committee, and until recently the Lane Council of Governments’ Board. Todd spends much of his free time with his amazing children Lana and Paul including coaching Lana’s AYSO soccer team.

  • Development Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Crystal McPheeters

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 Member
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Terry Scherer

After graduating from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) Terry taught for 12 years before completing her degree in Counseling at Oregon State. She then spent her last 18 years of a 30 year career in education as a school counselor, her last 18 being with Springfield Public Schools. She joined the SEF Board in 2016 and volunteered 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 they were adults. In addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys outdoor sports, including tennis, snow skiing, and whitewater rafting.

  • Programs & Grants Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee Chair
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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
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Michelle Winetrout

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.

  • Finance & Governance Committee
  • Innovative Educator Grant Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee

Cindy Whittington

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.

  • Programs & Grants Committee Chair
  • Innovative Educator Grant Committee
  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
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