FAN Executive Board 2016–17

Lisa Arkin

I've been a Eugene resident since 1987 when I moved here to take a teaching position at the University of Oregon. Both of my children were born in Eugene, and now there are four generations of us living here, ranging in age from 98 to 6 months! I have a long history of volunteerism for county and city commissions, currently serve on the Eugene Toxics Board and direct an environmental health non-profit.

Carlos Barrera

I retired from electrical contracting in 1990 and my wife and I moved to Eugene for the slower pace and friendly community. Soon thereafter I became involved in community affairs and joined the FAN board in 1992. I served as the board's representative to the Neighborhood Leaders Council for four years and have also served as FAN co-chair where I advocated for quality of life issues. I enjoy the outdoors, sci-fi and fantasy, hosting get-togethers, woodworking and tinkering and have been know to fix things just by touching them. I love treasure hunting at garage sales and in dumpsters and have a special affinity for cats.

Lena Houston-Davisson

I am honored to serve on the FAN Board. I have lived in Eugene since 1979 and in FAN since 1993. I am a (mostly) retired physical therapist and enjoy gardening, learning something new, and being amused by my two cats. I love the view of Spencer's Butte, our local businesses, access to parks and green spaces, and all of our friendly neighbors. I believe in democracy and in being of service to our community. Meaningful participation in the decisions that shape our shared environment require citizens to be informed with timely, accurate information. I look forward to participating in this process of keeping you informed and listening to you.

Margie James, Co-chair

As a mostly life-long resident of Eugene, and with most of those years in FAN, I am looking forward to serving on the FAN boar --as I learn about how city government works and how we can work together to create the kind of neighborhoods and city that we want to live in. I have a particular interest in offering a voice for neighbors on the far east side of FAN. I encourage folks to know what is happening in their close by neighborhoods within the larger FAN and to identify activities that they want FAN to support.

Tim Blood

During the time I worked as a Counselor at LCC (1974-2010) my wife, Janet, and I lived on 6 acres in the woods just outside of town. Shortly after retirement, we found a house in the Friendly neighborhood, did a remodel and addition, and moved in November 2014. We like having Monroe Alley bordering our back yard and are enjoying exploring other alleys in this great neighborhood. We love being walking distance to "everything", including Adams school, where I am volunteering. Other volunteer activities include the Oregon Country Fair (since 1980), Madison Meadow, Nature Guide at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Board of Friends of Buford Park.

Nancy Classen


Bernie Corrigan, Treasurer


Grreg Giesy, ENI Representative

My parents moved our family to Eugene and College Hill from Portland in 1954 and except for a few years during and after going to the U of O I have lived in the FAN neighborhood ever since. My residence of 33 years is near the base of College Hill on 19th and is the fourth residence that I have occupied in FAN.


The last two volunteer projects you could have seen me working on were the Friendly Park Little Library Matching Grant and the removing of the wading pool and sidewalks at Washington Park for the spray play installation. I am currently also running the reservoir watch to keep the College Hill Reservoir open to the public.


Deb Jones, ENC Representative, Newsletter Editor

I moved to Eugene with my husband in 2011 and we landed in the Friendly neighborhood. We lived in Vermont for the previous 10 years, and in Bend for the 10 years before that. I grew up in Delaware. I have worked for community nonprofits for the last 25 years in social services, environmental, and community building issues. It's wonderful to live in a close knit neighborhood where people have the relationships to give and receive help from each other.

Matt Lutter

Friendly resident since 2007, board member since 2008. FAN representative on the NLC's Committee on Sustainability since 2010. One interest of mine is food security, so you may see me growing food at home, creating gardens in community projects such as the Common Ground Garden, or helping with FAN fruit growers. Another interest is energy conservation, which I practice through my work at EWEB. I like hiking and biking with my wife and son whenever possible, often just out my front door down alleys; paths to visit what our neighborhood has to offer. I am often thinking about ways to improve our neighborhood and community, and I like to share ideas. Lemme know if you have any!

Pam Wooddell

I came to Oregon from Maryland in 1972 and knew I'd found my home. After thirty-five years I am now recently retired from nursing. I bought my home in FAN in 1989. I love the proximity to Amazon park and the view of Spencer's Butte. My interest in becoming involved in FAN arose with the South Willamette rezoning issue. I realized I did not feel a connection to my neighborhood association and discovered most of my immediate neighbors felt the same. I am interested in improving the pedestrian and wheelchair experience along South Willamette St. and providing for sensible growth while maintaining housing affordability.


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