Bob Keefer, President
Writer and photographer Bob Keefer graduated from Harvard University in 1975 and spent four decades as a newspaper writer before retiring in 2013 to turn his attention to fine art photography. He wrote about art and artists for most of the 30 years he worked at The Register-Guard in Eugene. In 2006 he was a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts’ Journalism Institute for Theater and Musical Theater in Los Angeles. Keefer has shown his hand-colored photography at the Karin Clarke Gallery and the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene, and at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland. You can see his work at He lives on 18 wooded acres outside Creswell with his wife, Lisa Strycker.

Joe Moore, Vice President
Joe is a U of O graduate and Bend, Oregon native turned local architect and City of Eugene Public Art Committee Chair.  Immersed in arts and education while growing up in a teaching family, he continues to pursue the arts through personal practice and public service.  He especially appreciates the ability of the arts to foster community through creative expression and shared experience.  Joe is an advocate for youth, temporary, and public arts, and he hopes Lane County will continue to emerge as a leader in these areas.  He is happy to support the Lane Arts Council as a steward and entrepreneur in arts education and community arts.

Larry Wayte, Treasurer
Larry Wayte lives in Eugene with his wife and two children. Larry is an instructor at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, teaching classes in popular music history. He earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from UCLA (2007), a J.D. from Stanford Law School (1988), and served as Executive Director of the Oregon Mozart Players from 2008-2011.

Frances M. Bullis, Secretary
Frances is retired from Cornell University in New York after many decades in Public Affairs in which she worked with the Cornell Law School, the Johnson Art Museum and the Cornell Libraries as well as with the College of Arts and Science. A native of Seattle, she has recently settled in Oregon where her son is a graduate of Reed College and her daughter of the UO.

Eric Braman
Eric is a Masters candidate at the University of Oregon pursuing a degree in Nonprofit Management with an emphasis in social justice and arts administration. Eric grew up in Michigan, where he also earned his BA in Theatre Performance and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. He has lived in Eugene for the past three years, spending two of those years working as a Residence Life Coordinator at the University of Oregon. Eric is an AmeriCorps alum, has trained with Second City Improv in Chicago, and is a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator. This upcoming year Eric will be serving as the Graduate Employee for Experiential Education and Prevention Initiatives, supporting such theatre groups as Rehearsals for Life and the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team.

John Park
John is a Senior Instructor of Art & Technology at the U of O and a co-founder of the Eugene-based interdisciplinary arts collective Harmonic Laboratory. With one foot in arts education and the other in creating collaborative art installations and performance, John aspires to work with community partners to enrich the arts in Eugene. As a native Oregonian and an alumni of the Eugene public school system, he is excited to contribute to the ArtCore program and shepherd the return of Arts to local schools in our county.

Patricia Skipper
Pat Skipper is a lifelong Oregonian and a graduate of the University of Oregon. She has lived in Eugene since 1980 and began her career in development at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the Oregon Bach Festival and continued with several community non-profits as well as providing fundraising consultant services and board training. As Marketing Director of Tamarack Wellness Center, she managed its art gallery. Pat was Development Director for the Oregon Mozart Players and the Jacobs Gallery. She is an active community volunteer, having served on the Board of DIVA (the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts), as President of the City Club of Eugene and a member of the the City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grants Committee.

Larry Soberman
Larry is a new addition to the Lane Arts Council board. He recently retired from the Eugene School District after a 35 year career in education. He was the principal at Twin Oaks Elementary for the last 10 years where he had many opportunities to work with the Artist in Residence program. He has lived in Eugene since the late 70’s.

Noah Woodward
Noah joined the Lane Arts Council board in 2009. He has worked for U.S. Bank for the past 10 years. Noah has two children a son, Gabriel (7) daughter and Kara (4). Noah and his girlfriend, Chanel live with the kids in the Coburg Rd area of Eugene.

Regional Liaison

Ellen Traylor – West Lane County
Ellen Traylor grew up in Eugene, attending South Eugene High School and the U of O. She is pleased to be working with LAC as a regional liaison for Western Lane County. Headquartered in Florence, Ellen is a writer, publisher and book store owner, at Port Hole Books and Publications. A bestselling author of 19 books, she launched her own publishing company in 2001 to publish new and aspiring writers of quality from around the world. Ellen is on the board of Florence Regional Arts Alliance, which is cooperating with LAC to encourage the arts in the western part of the county. Ellen’s special interest is in the literary arts, and she hopes to encourage this artistic pursuit throughout the county. Ellen and her husband own Port Hole Center, in Gardiner, Oregon, which hosts classes, conferences and seminars in the arts and other interests. She is on the Florence Festival of Books committee, which hosts an annual event featuring authors and publishers of “real books with real pages.”