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, 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 that 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 by any means possible.
Jeff Albanese - Board Member
Board Seat 2
Jeff joined the SETA board in 2022. He currently works for SquareOne Villages, an alternative shelter provider and cooperative housing developer based in Eugene. Jeff relocated to Eugene in 2018 after previously living here from 2013-14. Jeff is a renter and is excited to help promote local renters' rights and interests.
Ellen McKean - Board Member
Board Seat 3
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.
Kevin Cronin - Board President
Board Seat 4
Kevin Cronin is an activist and community organizer that has rented in Eugene since 2010. His lived experience includes being no-cause evicted and having to face many challenges in our housing crisis. He works for a nonprofit that provides industry support for affordable housing developers and homeless service providers. Named one of Eugene Weekly’s best local Hellraisers (2014), Kevin is a founding board member of SETA and is passionate about creating change in our community. He likes gardening, camping and history podcasts.
Brian Josephson - Board Treasurer
Board Seat 5
Brian Josephson (He/Him) was appointed to the Board in December 2020 and re-elected in March 2021. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Planning, Public Policy, and Management. Brian currently attends the University of Oregon School of Law. He’s 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 planning specialist Commissioner on the City of Springfield's Historic Commission. Brian lives in Eugene with his fiancée, Brayley, and their dog, Forrest.
Tara Garkow - Board Member
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 support 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 Vice 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 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.
Stacey Yates - Board Member
Board Seat 8
Stacey Yates (she/hers) was elected to the SETA Board of Directors in March 2022. Stacey’s career includes working as a case manager for families and individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as providing resident services for affordable housing developers. Most recently, she worked with DevNW and St Vincent de Paul to develop financial education and housing programs for youth aging out of the foster care system or utilizing local shelter options. Stacey lives with her family in Springfield and is grateful for this opportunity to serve her community.
Elliott Farren - Board Member
Board Seat 10
Elliott Farren (he/him) joined the SETA board in 2021. Elliott is a Supervising Attorney at the Eviction Defense Project of the Oregon Law Center, where he works with attorneys statewide to defend tenants in eviction cases. 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.
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