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Life has taken each of us in hand and readied us to walk with open arms toward this opportunity of being on the Wellsprings Board.  We are a very cohesive, mutually supportive group.  We have found clarity of our mission enabled by the redeeming love we experience one toward another in the whole Wellsprings community, students, staff, and Board.  We are grateful for the opportunity we have been given to serve this extraordinary school.  Alphabetically by first name, we are:

Barbara Otonicar comes to Wellsprings with many years of management/executive experience in Human Resources in both the High Technology and Travel and Leisure sectors, most recently with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. She served for 10 years on the Board of Directors for Choice and Consequences, a non-profit dedicated to educating school age youth on making healthy choices and featuring the “Organ Ladies”. She has a degree in Education from Washington State University and has served as a substitute teacher in Washington. She joined the Wellsprings Board in 2013.

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 a regional director of development for Michigan State University.

Wellsprings Trustee Chris Angermayer

Chris Angermayer is a native Oregonian who spent many years in southern California before recently 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.


Wellsprings Trustee James Fox

James Fox is well acquainted with all aspects of life at Wellsprings. His son Mani was a very popular student at Wellsprings, who died suddenly at the age of 16. James and his wife, Miya, set up the Mani Shimada Memorial Fund to support the school and “the golden heart of teens.” Eager to contribute to the welfare of the school, James joined the board in May of 2004. He comes with a firm perspective to support youth, with a history of organizational expertise, financial experience and a deep spiritual and human commitment.

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 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 Shana Eddy

Shana Eddy joined the Wellsprings Friends School Board of Trustees in 2014. Shana grew up in Eugene and has worked with youth and families in the community over the course of her studies and professional ventures for over ten years. Shana is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and she is driven to help youth do better and feel better in the ways that are meaningful to them. She hopes to bring to the Board her knowledge of our local array of youth-serving systems, behavioral health considerations, and overall commitment to empowering youth.

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.