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Executive Committee

Travis Joseph, Chair

Micah Adams, Past Chair
Erik Vos, Treasurer
Matt Dahlstrom, Secretary

Justin Martin, 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
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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
  • 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
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Matt Dahlstrom

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.  

  • Secretary
  • Executive 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

Madeleine (Maddie) Berney

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.

  • Innovative Educator Grant Committee

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Terry Beyer

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.

  • Marketing & Communication Committee
  • Innovative Educator Grant 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
  • Programs & Grants 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.

  • Night of 11,000 Stars Committee
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
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Terry Scherer

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.

  • 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
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Bruce Webber

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.

  • Finance and Governance Committee
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Michelle Webber

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.

  • Executive Committee
  • Finance and Governance 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.

  • Marketing & Communication Committee
  • Innovative Educator Grant Committee
Lisa Barrager

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!

  • Board Member

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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