We are very grateful to these community leaders for their willingness to share their time and talent as we work to support excellence at the Eugene Public Library. Thank you!
Ellen Todras – President
Ellen Todras has written educational materials for students and teachers in social studies and language arts for more than 30 years. Her young-adult book Angelina Grimké: Voice of Abolition was published in 1999. Ellen received her B.A. from Goucher College and her M.Ed. from Central Washington University. She has served on a number of boards and is a member of the Fortnightly Club of Eugene. She and her husband live in South Eugene.
Sally Claycomb – Secretary
Sally Claycomb is an estate planning and business attorney at Hershner Hunter, LLP in downtown Eugene. She is native to Eugene, but has lived and worked in Southern Oregon, Iowa, and (briefly!) in France. She received her B.A. in History and French from Grinnell College, and her law degree from the University of Oregon. In addition to the Eugene Public Library Foundation Board, she is on the board of the Eugene-Springfield Tax Association. In no particular order, Sally enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, hiking, spending time with her family, photography, music, and above all, learning new skills and expanding her knowledge of our world.
Julie Whitmore – Past President
Julie has served as board chair for the Eugene Education Fund, the Eugene, Springfield Youth Symphony, and Fortnightly Club. She has co-chaired two local option levies for school funding, and been an active volunteer for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Community Foundation and as a yoga teacher at the Juvenile Justice Center. She enjoys writing fiction, traveling, playing music, gardening, hiking and skiing.
Marta Powers – Treasurer
Marta Powers is a CPA and partner with Mueller, Larson, Osterman, Yuva LLP, a local accounting firm. Marta received her Masters in Accounting from the University of Oregon and assists non-profits, businesses and individuals with Tax planning and filings. Marta also serves on the board of the Eugene Estate Planning Council.
Renée Buchanan is an active member of the Eugene community. An avid long distance runner, she loves the many paved and unpaved trails the area offers. An independent consultant, she helps a range of organizations understand their impact, and helps nonprofit organizations improve their administrative functions. In addition, she teaches at the University of Oregon in the Public Policy, Planning and Management program. Renée received a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Lisa Rubenstein Calevi
Lisa Rubenstein Calevi is the Institutional Relations Manager for Global Education Oregon (GEO), part of the University of Oregon Office of International Affairs. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the Syracuse University Florence Fellowship Program in Italy, and completed doctoral coursework in art history at the UO. For 14 years, Lisa lived in central and northern Italy — first as a graduate student, and later as an instructor and program coordinator for several U.S. study abroad programs based in Italy. She returned to her hometown of Eugene, Oregon, passionate about the transformative power of study abroad at all stages of life. In addition to her work for GEO, Lisa enjoys cooking the traditional cuisines of the Mediterranean, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Sarah Coates is a Eugene native and long-time library aficionado. She holds a B.A. in psychology with a minor in English from Portland State University and currently attends the University of Oregon School of Law. She has previously done volunteer work with the Eugene Public Library and Start Making A Reader Today. In her free time Sarah enjoys spending time with her dog Mango, and searching for the best slushy in Eugene.
Ashleigh Maier – Student Member
Matt Keating is a rescue dog’s best friend, proud uncle, and public servant representing constituents of Creswell, Cottage Grove, West Eugene, Oakridge, Pleasant Hill, Middlefork and the McKenzie River communities on the Lane Community College Board of Education. Keating is a three-time elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention (2008, 2012, 2016) recently serving as Oregon’s State Caucus Chair for Bernie 2016. Nationally respected for his political organizing prowess, Keating has provided services for progressive organizations MoveOn.org, CREDO, We Are Wisconsin, and Democracy for America. Locally, Keating serves on the Lane Council of Government executive committee (LCOG), the Eugene Public Library Foundation Board (EPLF), and the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA).
Jane Olbekson has been licensed as a financial advisor since 2000, working independently since 2007 when she moved from Coos Bay to Eugene. Prior to obtaining her license as a financial advisor, she spent several years working as a certified childbirth instructor, and as a program manager for the state Department of Human Services. She has a long history of community involvement serving on boards and volunteering for groups and causes she supports. Currently, she is a Master Recycler, a member of the Eugene Downtown Lions Club, and the local chapter of NAACP. Jane strongly believes libraries and parks are critical elements of healthy communities, open to everyone for life-enhancing experiences.
Alyssa Vitale is a Master of Nonprofit Management student at the University of Oregon. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Loyola University Chicago. Alyssa is passionate about equitable access to education, and believes the library plays a pivotal role in community empowerment. She has a background in communications and recently spent a summer developing equity and asset-mapping toolkits as an Education Pioneers Fellow at the D.C. nonprofit Digital Promise. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys reading, listening to OPB, watching Netflix, knitting, and volunteering with education and advocacy organizations.
Kathryn Weit is recently retired from an almost 30 year career as a disability policy analyst, lobbyist, and executive director of a federally funded state disability council. Prior to the birth of her son, who experiences disability, she was a high school reading specialist in inner city schools in Boston, Arlington, Virginia, and finally at Jefferson High School in Portland. Reading and helping youth discover a love for reading is a passion. Before returning to graduate school for her M.Ed at Boston University, Kathryn worked for the Milwaukee Public Library driving a small bookmobile around Latino neighborhoods, putting on puppet shows, providing functional literacy support and library service outreach. She currently serves on the boards of two local nonprofits, Full Access Brokerage and Ritz Arts.
Monica Wilton – Executive Director
Monica Wilton has served as Executive Director for five years. She received a Masters of Educational Leadership/Administration and Educational Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. Monica brings a wealth of experience in education and non-profit development having held several positions in the development field. She also served as a consultant for the Non-Profit Clinic at the U of O Law School and is currently serving on the board of directors of the Eugene Rotary Club.
Emeritus Foundation Members
Sue Ann Hinman
|Nancy Oft Rose
Shirley Perez West
Kathie WiperCarol Hildebrand