Reed Davaz McGowan, Executive Director

Reed Davaz McGowan grew up in Eugene and first fell in love with reading at the Eugene Public Library, She has since built over 20 years of expertise as a nonprofit leader. As an executive director of organizations in San Francisco and Philadelphia, she has focused on increasing access to and funding for innovative arts and educational programming for underserved and often marginalized youth and communities.  Reed received her Master of Arts in Arts Management from the University of Oregon in 2007, earning the Walton Research Scholarship for her research on youth leadership development in the arts. In 2002, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Oregon. She is also multimedia designer and public transportation enthusiast.

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Madison Wilson, Administrative Coordinator

Madison Wilson is an Oregon native with a passion for reading, writing, and communications. Her love for books and libraries began with a trip to the Eugene Public Library’s downtown branch as a young child, where she was taken by the grand rotunda and wealth of information freely available to the community. That love for books and information only grew through her education at the University of Oregon where she graduated from the School of Journalism with an emphasis in public relations. Before working for the Foundation, Madison worked as a communications specialist for the Oregon Department of Transportation and Lane County Health and Human Services. Madison also enjoys taking photographs and hanging out with her two cats.

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Board of Directors 2020-2021

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.

Jane Olbekson – Vice President

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.

Allison Howard – Co-Treasurer

Allison Howard is a CPA and partner with Powers Howard Quimby LLP and specializes in individual, business and nonprofit tax. Growing up in the Eugene area, and then attending the University of Oregon, has given her a desire to support her local community. In her free time Allison and her family enjoy exploring, learning, concerts at the Cuthbert, and supporting local breweries.  She is also an avid reader who knows first hand how important the library is and how reading can change lives.  Allison’s daughter, Sabine, was one of the first to sign up for Imagination Library. You may also recognize them in promotional material as they were asked to share how important reading is to them.

Marta Powers – Co-Treasurer

Marta Powers is a CPA and partner with Powers Howard Quimby 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.

Sally Claycomb – Secretary

Sally is a native of the Willamette Valley and has returned to Eugene after practicing at a prominent southern Oregon firm doing complex estate planning, trust and probate administration, and civil litigation. She is currently an Associate Attorney at Hershner Hunter, LLP. Sally constantly seeks new experiences and knowledge, whether that means experimenting in the kitchen, settling in with a historical biography, or traveling the world. She is an avid hiker and is semi-fluent in French. She cares deeply about our beautiful state and for the family, community, and professional ties we build here.

Renée Buchanan

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.

Rosa Chávez

Rosa Chávez is the Associate Director in the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence at the University of Oregon. Rosa is a “Double Duck”, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Environmental Studies (1996), and a JD from the UO School of Law (2003). Rosa is a first-generation Mexican American and grew up in Medford, Oregon, where her love of libraries first took root. As a child, she was a regular library patron, and then as a teenager she would take her younger siblings to story time.  When she had her own children, she was a regular at story times and other family programming at the Eugene Library. She is a strong believer in libraries as a resource for all and in the power of books to transport and transform. She loves to spend time at the Oregon Coast with her husband and two sons.

Sarah Coates

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.

Michael Dunne

Michael Dunne is a consultant with Michael Dunne Communications LLC. He specializes in public and media relations nationally and in the local markets of Seattle, Portland and Eugene. Prior to this role, he was the communications manager for Columbia Bank. Previously, Dunne was public relations director and spokesperson for national telecommunications companies’ CenturyLink and Cox Communications. Dunne also served as media relations manager for The MWW Group, a full-service public relations agency in Seattle. Dunne is actively involved in the community, serving as a board member for the Eugene Education Foundation, as well as the Board secretary and marketing lead for the KLCC Public Radio Foundation. He’s been recognized as a Distinguished Citizen from the University of Arizona School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and graduated from the Leadership Eugene/Springfield Program offered by the Eugene/Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Michael attended the University of California, Davis, where he received his B.A. in Political Science.

Hans McKnight

Hans moved to Eugene in 2000 to go to University of Oregon and graduated with a degree in Political Science and a Business minor.  After graduation he started working for Summit Bank, where he has worked since 2005, working his way from teller to Treasury Management Officer.  When he is not at work he volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, working directly with the partner families and their finances, and can be found every October pressing cider for the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival.  He also loves going camping with his wife and two dogs while exploring Oregon, or going for a bike ride around town.  When not outside he is inside playing board games or looking for the next good book to add to the shelf.

Matt Keating

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, 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).

Ashleigh Maier

Ashleigh Maier holds a B.A. in Communication from Alma College, and is a student in the Master of Nonprofit Management program at the University of Oregon. Prior to pursuing graduate school, she was an AmeriCorps Volunteer in the realm of college access, and has a passion for educational equity initiatives. Maier is a Michigan native, but as an avid outdoor enthusiast, has easily found a home in Oregon. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and of course, reading contemporary fiction. She strongly believes in libraries and their ability to bring people together and spread a wealth of knowledge in communities.

Becca Puleo

Becca Puleo grew up in Eugene and has fond early childhood memories of the Eugene Public Library, including the day she got her first library card in the EPL Bookmobile one summer day when it was in her neighborhood.  Becca’s love of children’s literature grew when she ran the children’s department at a bookstore during her college years.  She has volunteered with Start Making a Reader Today, and has served as a mentor in Eugene community programs, including Committed Partners for Youth, the YMCA’s Reach & Rise program, and the 4J Middle School Mentors Program.  Becca works at the University of Oregon and is pursuing her master’s in community and regional planning.  In addition to reading, she enjoys hiking and being an aunt to her fabulous, avid reading, niece and nephew.

Sarah Stoeckl

Sarah Stoeckl works at the University of Oregon’s Office of Sustainability. Her work there focuses on outreach and engagement with UO’s academics and co-curricular programming, and with the Eugene community. She earned her PhD in English literature from UO, with a focus in modernist literature, particularly fiction responding to the First World War. Prior to working in sustainability, Sarah worked in non-profits, education, and technology. She is an avid reader and user of the library, and also enjoys trail running, rock climbing, cooking, and hanging out with her partner and their weird dog, Jubel.

Brittany Mattice – Student Member

Brittany Mattice has a heart for developing equitable and accessible
arts and culture programs. A California native, she moved to Eugene from
Los Angeles after spending five years cultivating trauma-informed
community arts programs for trauma survivors. Her fondest memories of
early literacy are those spent at the local library learning to read
with her mother. Brittany is currently finishing her master’s degree in
Nonprofit Management at the University of Oregon in hopes to further
equitable K-12 educational opportunities in Lane County.  In 2014, she
received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Drawing from Arizona State
University. She is a lover of memoirs, flora illustration, and exploring
coastal beaches.

Will O’Hearn – Library Services Director

Emeritus Foundation Members

Marie Baker
Ted Baker
Flossie Barnhart
Cathy Briner
Anne Carter
Joan Claffey
Val Close
Larry Deckman
Barbara Dellenback
Brian Enos

Kim Esrig
Jennifer Geller
Sue Ann Hinman
Kristy Langworthy
Bob Mazo
Laurie McClain
Larry Perry
Sharon Posner
Connie Regali
Nancy Oft Rose

Malcolm Scott
Brad Shelton
Lois Smith
Molly Stafford
Bill Sullivan
Shirley Perez West
Julie Whitmore
Pam Whyte
Kathie Wiper
Carol Hildebrand