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2022-2022 Executive Board
- Chair: Ted M. Coopman
- Vice Chair: Duncan Rhodes
- At-Large Position 1: Susan Connolly
- At-Large Position 2: Stephanie Coopman
- At-Large Position 3: Sue Cummings
- At-Large Position 4: Joyce Graves
- At-Large Position 5: Rene Kane
Meet Your Executive Board
Susan moved to Eugene in 1979 to attend UO Law Scool and never left. She and her husband, Dan Solitz, have lived, worked and owned
property in JWN for 32 years. They love this neighborhood! Their daughters and five grandkids live up and down the valley and
they feel so fortunate to have them nearby. Susan’s careers include Legal Investigator, Lawyer, Owner/Operator of The Children’s Hour on Jefferson Street and as a Child Welfare Social Worker. Susan said all were interesting and fun except the practice of law; not so much!
Her volunteer gigs include Common Cause, Women’s Space, Habitat for Humanity, The City Club and many volunteer hours in her children &
grandchildren’s classrooms. Susan said working with the dedicated members of the JWN Board of Directors has been an education and a joy
and she looks forward to future challenging and rewarding years.
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.
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.
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.
Joyce Graves is a newly elected member at large of the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood Association. She has lived in the neighborhood for over two years, first renting then became a homeowner. She has been involved in all of the Monroe Park gardening and clean up activities since 2020. She also tends to Monroe Park daily, when she is in town. Joyce is a retired Registered Nurse. The best part of the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood is our proximity to everything. Joyce looks forward to working with neighbors to continue to improve our community.
Rene is a long-time resident of the neighborhood and a former chair/co-chair, volunteer and supporter of JWN. She recently retired from the City of Eugene where she worked as a neighborhood planner for twelve years. Rene believes in Eugene’s system of neighborhood organizations and the unique and essential role they play in grassroots democracy. Rene also serves on the board of Burrito Brigade. She likes to garden. For fun, Rene makes things with fabric and paper.
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.