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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


Heather Murphy is the Executive Director of CASA of Lane County.  Prior to that she spent 14 years as the director of the Family Relief Nursery in Cottage Grove.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon.  Heather lives in Cottage Grove with her husband and three children. She served as a Cottage Grove City Councilor for eight years and was Council President for four of those.  Heather has served on numerous committees at the local, county and state levels focusing on child abuse prevention, early childhood programs, rural healthcare and education.



Callie Berry Elliot was born in the beautiful small town of Lakeview Oregon. I spent most of my younger years and education in Eugene. I graduated from Marist High School, attended both Oregon State University and University of Oregon. I graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Psychology with a minor History. I went to work for Pacific Continental Bank in September 1994, I have been the manager of the Springfield/Gateway Office for 19 years. I am very proud of Pacific Continental Bank’s strong commitment to the Springfield community. As of November 1, 2017 Pacific Continental Bank will become Columbia Bank. I am proud to represent Columbia Bank and their commitment to continuing a strong involvement in the Springfield community and its success. I am a proud member of Springfield Rotary and the Springfield Leadership Workshop committee. I reside in Albany and have been commuting to Springfield for 16 years. My immediate family includes my husband, Steve and my daughter Ellie (7 years old). I enjoy sports, eastern Oregon and spending time with my family.


Past President

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, estate planning, and local government law. Kristin has been an active member of the community since moving here nearly a decade ago. 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 daughter.



Bob Fondren is the Director of Management Information Services at Springfield Utility Board. Bob is on the Board of Directors at the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Chair of the Government Issues Committee. Bob is a member and past president of the Springfield Twin Rivers Rotary club and on the steering committee for the Gift of Literacy.



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.


Elizabeth “Terry” Beyer is a lifelong resident of Springfield, graduating from Springfield High School and attending Lane Community College.
Terry has been a community activist most of her adult life. She volunteered in Springfield’s schools and has served on numerous civic committees. She was a PTA President, served on the Springfield City Council and most recently was Springfield’s State Representative for 11 years.Currently Terry is a member of the Springfield Rotary Club and a board member of the Springfield Education Foundation and a member of the Belly-Full Board, feeding children in Springfield.

Terry has been married to Lee Beyer for 48 years, has raised three children, and is spending as much time as possible enjoying her four grandchildren.

Past President

Merlyn Hough was the International President of the Air & Waste Management Association in 2012 and the Co-President of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA, the organization of state and local air directors in the U.S.) in 2015. Merlyn also serves as Co-Chair of the NACAA Agriculture Committee and was recently appointed to a two-year (2016-2018) term on the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.

Merlyn and his wife Martha have five children and eight grandchildren. The family enjoys running, walking and cycling on the paths around Eugene, and flyfishing the streams and lakes of Oregon.  Martha and Merlyn are currently experiencing (since September 2013) the joys of driving electric vehicles. Merlyn Hough is the Director of the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) in Springfield-Eugene, Oregon, responsible for overall direction of the regional air quality agency for Lane County. Before LRAPA, he worked as environmental program manager (1994-2005) and senior environmental engineer (1981-1994) for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in the air quality and waste management programs.

Merlyn is a professional environmental and civil engineer, with B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon State University and the University of Portland. He is a Trustee of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists and a Fellow of the Air & Waste Management Association.


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.


Paige Sharpe Director

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.

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