Springfield Utility Board

Board Bios

SUB’s services are provided under the direction of five Springfield citizens who are elected to four-year terms and serve without pay. Rates, policies, and procedures for each of SUB’s services are formulated and adopted by the Board. These policies are on file at SUB’s main office and are available for public review.

Virginia Lauritsen

Position #2, Term expires 12/31/2018

A native of Springfield, Virginia’s career in law took her away from the areaVirginia Lauritsen for twenty years. Over those years, she has held titles such as Contracts Engineer, In-House Counsel, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer. Having returned to her home, Virginia’s interest in environmental science and natural resources, plus her business and law background, led her to serve on Springfield’s Drinking Water Protection Task Force. In 1999, Virginia took on a new title – member of the SUB Board of Directors.

John DeWenter

Vice-Chair; Position #3; Term expires: 12/31/2018

dewenterA retired attorney, John has lived in Oregon for much of his life, and in Springfield for the past 40 years. Along with owning his own law practice, John served as legal counsel to the state senate’s Committee on the Judiciary and as Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County. In Springfield, John has dedicated much of his time and leadership skills to the community, serving on the Board of Directors for many local agencies and companies, including the Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics, PacificSource Health Plans, Springfield Education Foundation, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. John is married and has two children.



Michael Eyster

Position #4; Term expires 12/31/2018

Michael Eyster, a longtime Springfield resident, is recently retired from more than two decades at the University of Oregon where he served in various leadership positions. Mike has served on many local boards, including Travel Lane County, Lane Transit District, City Club of Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Mike received the prestigious First Citizen of Springfield award from the Chamber in recognition of his leadership and many contributions to the community. Mike has a strong interest in economic development and looks forward to collaborating with other SUB Board Members and local entities to serve our region. Mike is married and has a son.


Pat Riggs-Henson

Position #5; Term expires 12/31/2020

Patt Riggs-HensonPat Riggs-Henson, an Oregonian since 1975, has a long and distinguished record of public service. She worked for Lane County for 29 years, and taking on leadership roles at several non-profit and government institutions, including the United Way and Lane Council of Governments. In addition, she was elected to represent Springfield on the Lane Community College Board, and was appointed by the governor to serve on the Public Employees Retirement Board. In 2010, she was named the United Way Volunteer of the Year for Education and Schools. Currently, Pat is involved with the Northwest Youth Corps, Lane County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Springfield Rotary, and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She is married and has four children.



David Willis

Chair; Position #1; Term expires 12/31/2020

David Willis, a long-time specialist with State Farm Agent, moved to Willis photoSpringfield with his wife Peggy more than a decade ago to enjoy the beauty of the Northwest. After coming to town, Dave immersed himself in civic duties and, along with owning his own business, served as president of the Twin Rivers Rotary Club and currently serves on the boards of several financial professional organizations. He is a member and dynamic supporter of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, chairs the Springfield Youth Day of Caring, and is an active member of his church. Dave and Peggy have two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren.





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