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About Springfield City Club

Our Mission

To promote leadership and vision for Springfield by bringing together the community for open dialogue and civic engagement, the Springfield City Club provides its members with thought provoking programs and discussions of community issues.

Officers and Directors

Tiffany Edwards brings 25-years of experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and government affairs to her current role as Intergovernmental Relations Manager for Lane Transit District (LTD).  Prior to joining LTD in 2020, Tiffany held the position of Director of Business Advocacy with the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and remains active with both the Eugene and Springfield Chambers where she regularly participates in their perspective Government Affairs Committees to stay engaged in current events. Tiffany has served on the Springfield City Club since 2021 and is currently serving as President for 2022-23.  Tiffany is a current member and past Chair of the City of Eugene’s Planning Commission, where she was recently appointed to a second term.  She is the current Chair of the City of Eugene’s Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC) and a member of the Historic Review Board.  Tiffany is also a founding Board member of Better Housing Together, former Board member of Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST) and serves on a number of other advisory committees and work groups related to land use, housing and transportation for the Eugene-Springfield metro area.  Tiffany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Advertising from Washington State University. Originally from Bend, Tiffany moved to Eugene in 2012 after meeting her husband Chris when she was working as Chief of Staff in the Oregon Senate. She is a former small business owner of an Advertising, Marketing and PR firm in Bend, where she returned in 2003 after spending a decade working in Advertising in Seattle.  Aside from her volunteer service, she is passionate about her family and friends and enjoys travel, yoga and spending time outside whenever possible.

 

Tiffany Edwards

 

President-elect

Pat Riggs Henson helps coordinate public and intergovernmental relations for the Northwest Youth Corps. She was a career advisor for the Lane Workforce Partnership before retiring in 2008 and has spent 25 years as chief officer Lane County Labor Chapter, Oregon AFL-CIO. Served 30 years leadership positions in the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  Current statewide President of the AFSCME Retirees. She served as an elected member of the Springfield Utility Board for 8 years and Lane Community College for a total of 15 years. Gubernatorial appointment on the Orgon State Public Employees Retirement Board for 10 years.  She is married to Rick Henson and the mother of four children, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Past President

A Pacific Northwest native, Paige is originally from Corvallis, Oregon, but spent most of her life up in Castle Rock, Washington – a small town near Mt. Saint Helens. In 2013, she earned her Bachelors in Business Administration degree, with concentrations in Marketing, International Business, and HR Management from Gonzaga University. GO ZAGS! After working for two years with Leadership Spokane, she spent three years living and working abroad, including two years as a Community Economic Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Namibia. Paige is a strong advocate for community development through programs promoting education and small business leadership. In her free time, Paige enjoys heading over to the coast with her dog Lily. Lily is originally from Namibia, but is enjoying Oregon very much.

 

Director

Kristin Denmark is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson, P.C. Her law practice primarily focuses on business, real estate, and local government law. Kristin is an active member of the community. She has volunteered for various committees and positions with the Lane County Bar, Lane County Women Lawyers, and Lane County Legal Aid. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband and their young daughters.

Treasurer

Bob Fondren is retired from 20 years as the Director of Management Information Services of Springfield Utility Board. Bob is a member and past president of the Springfield Twin Rivers Rotary club and the City Club Treasurer.

 

 

 

Secretary

Len Goodwin operates a consulting practice supporting local governments. Before that, he served as Director of Development and Public Works for the City of Springfield, and worked in the City of New York for City University of New York, The City of New York Office of Municipal Labor Relations, and the New York State Financial Control Board, where he was First Deputy Director and General Counsel.

Len holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, a J.D. from St. John’s University and a Masters in labor law from New York University. He is an inactive member of the Oregon Bar and a number of professional Organizations, as well as serving on the League of Oregon Cities Cable TV and Telecommunications Committee and the General Government Committee, the Veneta Planning Commission and the Veneta Economic Development Committee.

 

 

Director

Whitney Hoshaw leads the marketing and communication team at Willamalane Park and Recreation District. She has a passion for mission-based organizations and impacting positive change in communities.  She has chosen career paths that help bring these passions to life while building on her education at the University of Oregon in journalism, non-profit administration, and geography. Whitney spent much of her childhood moving across continents and has happily landed in the Eugene-Springfield area as the place she likes to call home.

 

 

Director

Nick Nelson was born in California, but soon after, began a whirl wind of adventures with my family moving over 50 times in my life. Moving around made me adaptable and comfortable in my own skin. I have two college degrees and have tested the waters in a variety of professions. After relocating from Alaska to Oregon, my wife and I purchased a few rental properties. I always had an interest in the investment aspect of real estate and decided to work in the industry that I have invested in for my family. At a young age I began volunteering and that tradition has continued into my professional life. I have been a board member of many organizations including Chambers of Commerce, and volunteer at variety of community events.

 

 

Director

Loralyn Spiro has worked in the communications and marketing field for more than 25 years. She is the lead communications coordinator for the City of Springfield’s Development and Public Works Department and the Eugene‐Springfield’s Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission. Loralyn graduated from the University of Oregon with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in marketing and sports marketing. She is from Oakridge, Oregon and has lived in Springfield since 2001. Loralyn is a past member and President of the Emerald Empire Kiwanis Club of Eugene-Springfield, the Willamalane Park Foundation Board, and the Oregon chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. On her days off, she enjoys gardening, fishing, or camping with her husband Scott.

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