Sherry Schaefers, President
Lane County became home when Sherry relocated here, for a job, in 1995. She is a Colorado State University graduate and owns a State Farm Agency in Eugene. Sherry, and her husband, have four children and recently became homeowners on the McKenzie River. Actively engaged in various community organizations, Sherry is honored to serve on the Lane Arts Council Board where she hopes to make a difference.
Tina Rinaldi, Vice President
Tina has been working at the University of Oregon since 2006. She holds an MA in Arts Management and Museum Studies and a BA with Honors in Art History from the University of Oregon, along with numerous certifications in nonprofit management. She has served on the Board of Directors for Oregon Crafted, Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene, Arts Foundation of Western Oregon, Lane County Cultural Coalition, the Hult Endowment Committee, and was the Chair of the Mayor’s Cultural Policy Review Committee. Tina recognizes the importance of arts policy and advocacy and enjoys serving as a spokesperson for the value of the arts in the life of individuals and the community. She has been a resident of Eugene for the past 25 years.
Becky Schwarzkopf, Treasurer
Becky is a real estate and business lawyer at Arnold Gallagher P.C. who has grown roots in Eugene since arriving here in 2006 from Boston. Her husband Alex is a pianist, composer and teacher, and the arts are central to her concept of community and prosperity. Becky served on the Board of the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) from 2009-2014 and currently serves as Chair of the Silva Endowment Committee at the Oregon Community Foundation.
Joe Moore, Secretary
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, Past President
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.
Liz is the Associate Director for Finance and Development for the McKenzie River Trust. For 15 years, she has worked with nonprofits and grassroots community organizations to create meaningful social and environmental change. Liz grew up in Maryland, right on the border of Washington, DC, and spent many weekends and afternoons in high school exploring the world through the Smithsonian’s free art and culture museums. Liz holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Studio Art (sculpture) from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. From 2010-2014, she served as a Board member of MECCA: The Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts.
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.
Julie is a 5th generation Oregonian who grew up in Eugene and a full time artist and volunteer focusing on the intersection of art, technology and community engagement. She spent 15 years in product development, business development and marketing in the tech industry at Hewlett Packard, HP Inc. and several startups. Before that, she put her her BFA and BA in English to good use running her own art studio, and as an art gallery manager, a drama teacher, and a professional writer and blogger. She is on the advisory board for the EugeneTech and Redefining Women in Tech groups, and is interested in helping artists and technologists collaborate to create, innovate and inspire.
Laura is Vice President of Marketing for SELCO Community Credit Union as well as an independent marketing and strategy consultant. Laura has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, branding, strategic planning, executive coaching, and organizational development. She is on the board of Equality PAC, the political action committee of Basic Rights Oregon as well as Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, and has served as a previous board member for the Mother PAC, Parenting Now!, Committed Partners for Youth, the Oregon Pacific Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lane County. Laura was also the Chair of the City of Eugene Budget Committee for three years and a citizen member for six. In her free time, Laura is enjoys attempting to paint and collage, primarily abstract works in acrylic and paper, as well as to enjoy the offerings of Eugene’s many amazing arts organizations.
Michael is a video game Sound Designer and composer. Michael came to Eugene in 2008 to work for Pipeworks Studio, and has since become very active in Eugene’s game development, tech, and entrepreneurship communities. A co-founder and co-organizer of Bitforest, he helps extend opportunities for people to pursue game development through workshops, game jams, meet-ups, and hosting the yearly Indie Game Con event every fall. A musician for 32 years, Michael has a passion for the arts and is excited to represent videogame creators to show how the arts are critical to game development, and how game design thinking can revolutionize other industries looking to innovate.
Noah has worked for U.S. Bank in since 2004. He has held various positions in locations around the community, including Branch Manager, Region Operations Manager and, currently, Assistant Vice President of IT Escalations for U.S. Bancorp. Noah and his wife Chanel have 3 children, who drive their passion for Lane Arts Council’s youth arts initiatives. Noah has served on the Lane Arts Council Board previously as Treasurer.
Kristin Anderson, West Lane County Liaison
President, Florence Regional Arts Alliance
Michele Rose, South Lane County Liaison
Business Owner, The Crafty Mercantile
Gerry Aster, Eastern Lane County Liaison
Arts advocate and voracious volunteer