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.

Customers can reach Board Members at the individual emails provided, which they check weekly. To submit comments to the Board for the virtual Board meetings, please use

David Willis

Willis photoPosition #1; Term expires 12/31/2020

David Willis has had the opportunity to serve on the SUB board for over six years. During his time of service he has fully participated in many educational opportunities, leading him to become more knowledgeable about power, water, and fiber. He has represented SUB and their clients in Washington DC, Salem, and Springfield. He brings a history of civic engagement through his involvement in both the Eugene and Springfield Chambers, Springfield Youth Day of Caring, and Springfield Twin Rivers Rotary, as well as working on welfare issues for his Church. He tries to apply his business and financial skills from his more than 30 years as a State Farm Agent, and his experience as a  former Certified Financial Planner. 

David is married to Peggy and their youngest son is a graduate of Marist High School. They have a daughter and son-in-law who live in Springfield with a grandson at Thurston High School and a granddaughter studying at Agnes Stewart. Their other daughter resides in Texas with her family, while their other son, who serves in the U.S. Army and who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is awaiting his next assignment.

Robert Scherer

Position #2, Term expires 12/31/2022

As a longtime business owner and lifelong resident of Springfield, Robert cares deeply about our community. He has served on many local Boards, including the Springfield Chamber, Springfield Rotary Club and Springfield Education Foundation. He is also a past recipient of the Chamber’s coveted Business Person of the Year award. Included among his many leadership positions is Robert’s service on both the Lane County and SUB budget committees. He has served on the latter since 2003 and applies a fiscally conservative approach that balances the need for clean water and reliable electric service with affordable rates. Robert is married and he and his wife have two children.

John DeWenter

dewenterChair; Position #3; Term expires: 12/31/2022

A 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

Vice-Chair; Position #4; Term expires 12/31/2022

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

Patt Riggs-HensonPosition #5; Term expires 12/31/2020

Pat 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.