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Wellsprings Trustee Chayla Todd

Chayla Todd was born and raised in the Eugene/Springfield community. Her interests in youth advocacy began while she was a student at Wellsprings and was regularly involved in peer support and mediation. After graduating in 2011, Chayla went on to Lane Community College to begin her studies in Psychology and later transferred to the University of Oregon as a Ford Scholar. At the University of Oregon, she added a second major of Cultural Anthropology and developed a heightened interest in social work and the particular needs of her own community. Chayla credits Wellsprings with allowing her the room to nurture and discover the interests that led her to the work she now knows and loves. Chayla began her career in social work as a relief counselor working with runaway and homeless youth, and currently works full time as a youth development advocate. Chayla joined the Board of Trustees in March, 2017 as the first alumni board member.

Wellsprings Trustee Cheryl Armstrong

Cheryl Armstrong brings more than twenty years of professional fundraising and executive leadership experience with non-profit and higher education organizations to the Board, which she joined in May, 2012.  Cheryl’s passion is building relationships, and linking those who want to make a difference with the opportunity to do so through philanthropy.  She is a trained life and business coach, and has been an entrepreneur.  She is passionate about the mission of Wellsprings and is eager to make a difference in the Wellsprings community.  A native of Eugene, she returned to live here in 2009 after many years living and working in Michigan.  Cheryl currently serves as Senior Director of Development - Western States for Michigan State University.

Wellsprings Trustee Chris Angermayer

Chris Angermayer is a native Oregonian who spent many years in southern California before returning to Eugene.  He has a diverse background including a long career in business and finance.  He is passionate about the Wellsprings mission and is eager to make a difference in the community.  Chris currently works in institutional finance. He joined the Board in March, 2013.

Wellsprings Trustee John Etter

John Etter of Portland, Oregon is a very devoted member of the Eugene Friends Meeting.  He attended Scattergood Friends School in Iowa, which he considers as having yielded experiences that continue to direct his life in positive ways.  To help other high school students gain similar benefits, John has been an enthusiastic supporter of Wellsprings since its founding in 1994.  His younger daughter, Angela, was in the first graduating class in 1996.   John is a retired landscape architect, having spent many years with the city of Eugene planning and designing parks, planning bike paths, and consulting on urban beautification.

Wellsprings Trustee John Morse

John Morse joined the Board in October 2017. A retired California public school educator of thirty-nine years, he has served as a teacher, school principal, director of instruction and assistant-superintendent for instructional services. John has had diverse experience developing and supporting high-quality alternative programs for students. He is very committed to the mission of Wellsprings and in helping all students reach their intended personal, graduation and/or post-secondary training goals. John is a team player and enjoys working positively and collaboratively with all members of this unique school community to ensure student success.

Wellsprings Trustee Lisette Ewing

Lisette Ewing has been a Special Education teacher since 1984. She has taught in Illinois, Idaho, S. Carolina and Oregon, headed a professional organization, and been part of state working groups in her field. Lisette has published articles and lectured internationally about art for blind and visually impaired students. A profile in the newsletter of the Eugene Friends Meeting, which she attends, noted that “those who know her can’t miss her passion and pizzazz!”  The individualized curriculum for alternative learners at Wellsprings fits Lisette's educational philosophy very well. She joined the Board in September 2011. 

Wellsprings Trustee Miriam Whiteley

Miriam Whiteley has been a Waldorf class teacher and served on the governing body of the school.  In addition she led the school through the WASC-AWSNA accreditation process.  Supporting the development of the human being in the education process was deeply rewarding, and she’s excited about the opportunity to continue such work at Wellsprings. Miriam has a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Long Beach, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and advisor. After a chapter of life devoted to mothering and teaching in California, Miriam moved to Eugene, a change that offered the opportunity to pursue her initial vocational intention as a financial planner with an eldercare focus. She is now a financial advisor with Roehl & Yi Investment Advisors, a local independent firm. Miriam joined the Board of Trustees in June 2017, and currently serves as Treasurer.

Wellsprings Trustee Peter Tromba

Peter Tromba has been a teacher in Maryland and California and a school principal and administrator for the last 20 years in Oregon. He currently works as the policy research director at the Chief Education Office in Salem. His key areas of current work involve using an "equity lens" to shape policy and practice, creating systems that support youth engagement and re-engagement, designing trauma informed schools and districts, and identifying and addressing barriers for students in poverty. Peter is a believer in multiple pathways of learning, small learning communities, elevating student voice, and deepening relationships between and among students and staff. His son currently attends Wellsprings and loves it! 

Wellsprings Trustee Susan Macomson

Susan Macomson has worked in the Arts all her life.  She was a pre-school teacher for 20 years, and also taught teachers how to teach art.  Back in the day Susan was a climbing guide as well as a member of Portland Mountain Rescue, and also worked with Portland Juvenile Services helping kids develop leadership skills through outdoor programs.  Currently she is doing a lot of work on environmental and justice issues.  Susan joined the Board of Trustees in February, 2017.  She looks forward to bringing her art and all the parts of her life to share with the Wellsprings community. 

Hanna Still

In Memoriam

Hanna Still, beloved Trustee since the 1994 founding of the school, passed away on July 11, 2012.  For nearly two decades, Hanna provided tireless support and leadership for the Wellsprings mission.  She will be dearly missed.

Click here to read about Hanna's life, see photos, and learn about the Hanna K. Still Memorial Fund, in our Autumn 2012 newsletter.