Meet the Board of Directors

Below is the Springfield Eugene Tenant Association Board of Directors, including Board Officers and Board seats. Our Board of Directors is entirely volunteer-run and SETA relies on the expertise of our Board to achieve our mission. If you are interested in applying to the Board of Directors, please fill out this application and follow the instructions to submit your application.

Lisa Oland - Board Member

Board Seat 1


Lisa Oland is a 5th generation Oregonian and local Eugene renter. She is a therapist for a private group practice in Eugene and interested in helping the
community get their needs met. Lisa is passionate about self-care and how culture shapes our lives and decisions. Working with folks who struggle with
housing insecurities, she is aware self-care is often the last thing addressed. In addition to this, she has noted cultural influences and inequities can or will
prevent folk’s ability to remove barriers. Lisa is interested in helping Eugene/Springfield and the outer lying community address these issues in any
means possible.

Laurie Hauber - Board Member

Board Seat 2

Laurie Hauber recently joined the University of Oregon School of Law as the Director of Experiential Education. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at Oregon Law Center/Lane County Legal Aid.  Her areas of focus at OLC included affordable housing production and preservation, protections for tenants as well as residents of manufactured home parks, zoning and land use, and the creation of more shelter and housing options for people who are unhoused.  She has spent most of her twenty-year legal career practicing community and economic development law, with an emphasis on nonprofit law, micro-entrepreneurship, and social enterprise.  


Brian Josephson - Board Vice President

Board Seat 5

Brian Josephson (He/Him) was appointed to the Board in December of 2020 and is the newest Board Member of the Springfield Eugene Tenant Association. He is a senior at the University of Oregon studying planning, public policy, and management. Brian previously served on the Board of Oregon DECA, a nonprofit focused on enhancing business and marketing education for high school and college students, and he currently serves as a Commissioner on the City of Springfield's Historic Commission. Brian is a renter in Springfield and can't wait to continue tenant advocacy as a member of the SETA Board of Directors.

Tara Garkow - Board Treasurer

Board Seat 6

Tara (She/Her) has been a board member of SETA since August 2019. She was born in Eugene, currently works at the local housing authority, and has many years of volunteer and professional experience providing supports to people in need of housing. In her free time she enjoys traveling, crafting, and going on outdoor adventures. Tara is a renter in the Whiteaker neighborhood and is always looking for ways to give back to her community.

Nicole Leseney - Board President

Board Seat 7

Nicole Leseney (they/them) has been renting in Eugene since they moved to go to the University of Oregon. Later, they went back to school and earned a Masters's in Political Science to gain more of an insight into politics and advocacy from an academic level. They also have spent time learning both subjects on a practical level through working with various non-profits to try to better the lives of their fellow Oregonians. That assistance is everything from lobbying to get better training and laws for private agency caregivers to helping Planned Parenthood create a festival to help teach kids civics. They are looking forward to working with SETA to help their fellow renters.

Ellen McKean - Board Secretary

Board Seat 8

Ellen is a law student at the University of Oregon School of Law and is interested in landlord/tenant law. She became involved with SETA to promote tenant access to community resources. Ellen grew up in Portland but has called Eugene home since 2011 when she began her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon. Ellen and her husband rent an apartment in West Eugene, and in their free time enjoy camping, card games, and disc golf.

Elliott Farren - Board Member

Board Seat 10

Elliott Farren (he/him) joined the SETA board in 2021.  Elliott is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Oregon Law Center, where he is a specialist in the Oregon Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.  Through the Oregon Law Center, Elliott represents a variety of low-income Oregonians, including many tenants.  Elliott is a native of Eugene, where he enjoys cooking, hiking, and riding his bike.  He is active in his synagogue and the proud parent of two young children.