Executive Board

2020-2021 Executive Board

Ted M. Coopman, Chair
Vanessa Wheeler, Vice Chair
Sue Cummings, Treasurer
Eric Dil, Secretary
Duncan Rhodes, Member-at-Large
Stephanie Coopman, Member-at-Large
Susan Connolly, Member-at-Large

Meet Your Executive Board

Ted M. Coopman

My spouse, dog and I just moved into the neighborhood in February 2016 although we have owned a home here since 2012. My association with Eugene goes back 20 years with yearly visits with our best friends. I am a college professor by-trade and teach online for San José State University and the University of Louisville where I am an adjunct faculty member. My areas of study are media law and policy and activists use of media and technology. We always knew that Jefferson-Westside is where we wanted to live and are so happy and excited to be here. Eugene is a dog and bike paradise! I have spent the last 25 years working with community and activist groups and look forward to putting my time, energy and expertise to work for our hood. Look for me in the mornings at Monroe Park throwing the ball for the dog (and picking up trash) and say hello.

Vanessa Wheeler


Sue Cummings

Sue has been on the JWN Board for about eight years and has lived in the neighborhood for somewhere around 15 years. She moved to Eugene with Tommy, her husband, in 1991. She would like to encourage everyone in the neighborhood, homeowners, renters, businesses and property owners, to attend JWN events. She feels that having a strong neighborhood association is important for keeping the JWN the beautiful, unique, livable, walkable, vibrant place we call home. She also hopes that everyone will support our special neighborhood businesses and artists, Cesar Chavez School, The Lane Events Center and groups like Friends of Trees and the OSU Extension Service. She really appreciates that so many people in our neighborhood like to walk, bike and garden.

Eric Dil

I was born in the Netherlands. After high school I moved to study in Amsterdam where I stayed until 2016. That year I moved here together with my husband who got a job as assistant professor in Landscape architecture at the University of Oregon.

I received a BA and a MA in biology. After graduating I worked for twenty years for governmental organizations like the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science. During my high school I already was attracted to art history. I choose biology, but I later studied art history alongside my job. In 2009 I left my government job to start working in the cultural sector and in 2011 I took the next step, launching my own company: Eric Dil cultural project management.

As a passionate gardener who grew up in the Human-made landscape of the Netherlands I have developed a special interest in garden and landscape architecture. From October 2019 on I will join the PhD program of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture what offers me a great opportunity for a new chapter in my career.

Around 20 years I was involved in diverse committees serving the little ‘neighborhood’ of the apartment complex of 95 households I was living in. For several years I was in the board of the Amsterdam Graphical Workshop and the board of Dropstuff, a cultural organization focused on digital art. Coming to the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood I wanted to support again my new community. I joined the board of JWN in April 2017.

Duncan Rhodes

I moved to the JWN from Southeast Eugene to be closer to my grandson, who lives a block west of my apartment.  I am 75, retired for a dozen years from a sales, marketing, and engineering career with Reliance Electric/Rockwell Automation and then Siemens. I lived in the Whit for about 5 years, until I moved to Southeast Eugene about 5 years ago to be closer to my grandson’s school.  In the Whit, I served on the Whiteaker Community Council as a Board member and then as Secretary, and was on the NLC CoS.  In Southeast, I served on the board and then as Secretary.

I am interested in how development progresses in Eugene, and follow a few projects, especially the South Willamette Street redevelopment & road diet.

I like to bike, and have been a board member, secretary, & treasurer for GEARs, a Eugene bicycle group.  I split with them because they insist that riders wear helmets on their many club-sponsored bike rides. I argued that this policy excluded most riders, and rather than split the board (I had the younger members on my side of the issue), I quit.  I am now riding an electric bike to help me up the hills here. I remain interested in biking/street rideability issues, & attend most City webinars on these topics.   I follow some of the development plans in Eugene, and am interested in increasing the supply of affordable housing.

Stephanie Coopman

Ted, our dog River, and I moved to Eugene and the JWN at the start of 2016 after visiting for many years. When we bought our house here in 2012 we’d planned on splitting our time between Eugene and Santa Cruz, CA. Then in 2015, with the Bay Area and Santa Cruz getting more crowded and more expensive, we decided to leave our townhouse near the beach for a saner and mellower life in Eugene. Happily, we’ve found a home in the JWN.

I’m a professor at San Jose State University where I teach online courses in communication, primarily in the areas of applied communication and game studies. I started teaching online in 1999. For a few years, I taught a mix of in person and online classes. Then I moved to all online about 15 years ago. In addition to teaching, I served as chair of my department for five years. I’ve also chaired and served on numerous committees and task forces for SJSU and a number of professional organizations.

I attended my first JWN general meeting in February 2016 and soon joined the JWN Outreach Committee. I designed and launched the most recent version of the JWN website that year as well. I’ve written articles for the JWN newsletter and for the past two years edited the newsletter’s paper version. I’m especially interested in getting neighbors involved in the neighborhood and matching up neighbors’ interests and passions with work that needs to be done. I’m here to listen to my neighbors and look forward to hearing from you.

Susan Connolly