Stacey Ray joined Lane Arts Council in November 2016, bringing over ten years of experience in arts management and administration. Stacey served for several art galleries, the Center for Community Arts & Cultural Policy, and as Arts and Exhibits Director for Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU). She also served with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), ArtCity Eugene, and as a board member for Integrated Arts. Stacey has a MS in Arts Management (focus in Community Arts) and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. She has a BFA in Studio Art, and BA in Art History from Montana State University. Stacey practices her creativity through her sketchbooks, guitar, and participating in local arts happenings.
Arts Education Program Manager
Eric Braman joined Lane Arts Council in June 2017, bringing experience in the performing arts and program management. They held positions at the University of Oregon in Experiential Education & Prevention Initiatives, Sexual Violence Prevention & Education, and University Housing; served two years with AmeriCorps at Chemeketa Community College and Campfire USA, Alaska Council; and has led and performed with Rehearsals for Life, Dead Parrots Society poetry group, and the Worklight Improv Team. Eric has completed trainings with the Mandala Center for Change (Theatre of the Oppressed), Second City Chicago (Comedic Improv), and Kelli Simpkins (Tectonic Theatre Technique). Eric earned their Master of Nonprofit Management from UofO and BA in Theatre Performance and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Eric finds their greatest creativity in writing, performance, theatre direction and collaborative leadership.
ArtWalk and Events Coordinator
Jessica Watson is Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk Coordinator. Jessica has been coordinating the ArtWalk since 2008. She graduated with Cum Laude honors in 2009, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and a Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from the University of Oregon. Jessica also currently works at Karin Clarke Gallery. Jessica enjoys many creative outlets, which include sewing (especially dresses), oil painting, gardening and scrapbooking.
Development and Communications Coordinator
Kari joined Lane Arts Council in November 2020 with a BA in Theater and Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. Her professional career includes working with a number of nonprofits including YMCA of Greater Seattle, Washington State Arts Alliance, Very Little Theatre and, most recently, Wellsprings Friends School. An actor, director and choreographer, Kari interned at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and has performed around the country with various theater companies. Upon moving to Eugene in 2011, she worked with Creative Exchange, a resident teaching artist company of Lane Arts Council at that time. She has frequented the local stages of Oregon Contemporary Theatre and Very Little Theatre.
Becca Schaefer, originally from Eau Claire, WI, moved to Eugene after completing a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She joined Lane Arts Council in December 2019. While in Colorado, Becca also minored in mathematics, was a member of the Social Justice Living & Learning Community, taught harp and piano privately, and volunteered with local music therapy programs. In the spring of 2020, Becca completed her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with an Arts Management Certificate at the University of Oregon. Before joining the LAC team, Becca was the Administrative and Operations Assistant at Oregon Bach Festival. Becca enjoys playing music as often as possible and attending and participating in community arts events.
Melanie joined Lane Arts Council in November 2020 with a BS in Accounting from the University of Oregon. She has more than 20 years of accounting experience including 10 years in a non-profit environment. She grew up in Ashland, Oregon exposed to the theatre arts and relocated to Eugene in 2011 to pursue education and surround herself with Eugene’s passion for the outdoors and the arts. She enjoys spending time at home working in her yard alongside her son, cat, and dog.