Margaret Hallock, Board Chair
Margaret Hallock retired in 2016 as founding Director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon. She also directed the UO Labor Education and Research Center and was a faculty member of the Department of Economics. Margaret worked for several governors in public policy arenas of taxation, workforce development, labor relations, and women and work. She led the successful 1980s campaign of the Oregon Public Employees Union for pay equity for women workers.
Steve Hecker, Vice Chair
Steven Hecker recently retired after a 35-year career as a workplace health and safety educator and researcher at the Universities of Oregon and Washington. He returned to Eugene in 2011 but continues to teach in the Seattle Vocational Institute’s Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training program, a minority job readiness program with a high proportion of people with criminal histories as students. He remains affiliated with the UO Labor Education and Research Center and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center based at OHSU.
Zoe York, Secretary
Zoe R. York is an a Commercial Appraiser at Duncan & Brown Real Estate Analysts. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. She now holds the MAI membership designation of the Appraisal Institute. Having lived in Eugene most of her life, Zoe is very involved in the community and has been on the Sponsors board for over 6 years. She has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Zonta Club of Eugene-Springfield and has participated in the Active 20-30 Club, BNI, Business Networking International, and other local organizations. Zoe is also the current newsletter editor for the Greater Oregon Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. Outside of her professional life, Zoe enjoys swimming with the Aquaducks Masters Swim Team, lifting weights, and participating in a variety of other sports including skiing, triathlons and yoga.
Jason Pellegrini, Treasurer
Jason Pellegrini is CEO of Quantum, Inc., a local natural products company that markets and sells dietary supplements, DEET-free insect repellent, and other goods throughout the U.S. and Canada. Jason has a passion for giving people opportunities to grow as community members. As Treasurer of the Board, he focuses on helping Sponsors with long-term fiscal management.
Tom English serves as Deacon at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon. Tom received a Master’s Degree in corrections from the University of Oregon in 1972, directed programs for female and male adolescent offenders, served as consultant to the U.S, Department of Justice for 35 years, and has served as a volunteer chaplain at the Lane County Jail and the Oregon Department of Corrections for 18 years. He currently is co-chair of the Prison Ministry Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. Tom is dedicated to the notion that people can and do change and that a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system is essential to healthy communities and to a robust local and national economy.
Steve Christiansen has been on the Sponsors Board since 2010 and is currently Chair of the Development Committee. Steve has been a media designer, producer and director for more than thirty-five years and has focused his professional work on developing interactive technology for behavioral health and e-learning. He has owned and managed several businesses in Eugene since 1975 and now owns Nudgently, LLC, a media consulting firm.
Tricia Hedin has been a supporter of Sponsors, Inc. since 1980, when she began her current employment as a legal assistant at Public Defender Services of Lane County. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Tricia has been involved in prison and sentencing reform efforts since the 1980’s on both a state and national level. She served on the Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council for 10 years. Tricia volunteers as a facilitator for an Oregon CURE support group in Lane County for people with incarcerated family and friends. In her work at Public Defender Services, she advocates for both children and parents involved in the child welfare system. Tricia continues to be involved in efforts both locally and
nationally to improve services to children with incarcerated parents.
Kevin Moore, PhD is a senior research associate and an intervention scientist at the University of Oregon. He has over 30 years of experience in juvenile justice and mental health and was the first clinical director at the Oregon Youth Authority. He currently focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed behavior health treatments. He also clinically supervises and teaches graduate courses in school and counseling psychology.
Peter Shannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Clinical Sex Offender Therapist. He has been in private practice for over 33 years, and is one of the original founding members of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Aggressors (ATSA). Peter works on issues in the community related to both sexual assault and addiction.
Richie Weinman is retired from a long career with the City of Eugene and before that Lane County. Among other responsibilities he managed housing, homelessness and human services issues. He served on numerous nonprofit boards and after retirement was twice appointed to the Eugene Human Rights Commission. Richie works as an instructor at University of Oregon, teaching classes in planning and public policy. He and his wife, Linda Garber, have a golden retriever, three married children and one grandson.
David Winett has been a member of the Board of Directors for six years. He served in state and county government for over 35 years. He was an Assistant Director for Treatment Programs for eight years and was a prison warden for twelve years for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. David’s professional passion has been to “correct corrections.” When visualizing Sponsors’ future as a member of the Board, David has emphasized the importance of self-sustaining financial policies and practices. David lives in Eugene, Oregon and Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He is a cyclist and plays blues harmonica.
Darren is a licensed Principal Broker. He owns Jennings Group, Inc. with two partners. The company engages in real estate development, construction, commercial and residential brokerage, investments services, and rental management. Darren also serves on the Finance Committee for the Board of Directors of the Eugene Family YMCA.
Brian is a local attorney, business owner, community member, parent, and life-long active volunteer in our community and throughout Oregon. With prior law enforcement, prosecution, criminal defense, and business and property management experience, Brian brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to the Sponsors Board. He has also contributed to the Lane County Human Rights Advisory Board, has served as a State Commissioner on the Oregon Volunteer Commission, and now serves on numerous volunteer boards.
Guadalupe Quinn has been a community organizer, activist and advocate for more than 25 years. She is highly dedicated to issues of Human Rights & Immigrant Rights. She is a Mexican immigrant who came to the United States with her family in 1951. She grew up in California, and moved to Oregon in 1978. Guadalupe continues her work today with the Immigrant Integration Network, Group Latino de Acción Directa de Lane County (GLAD), LatinX Group, Kids On The Border Committee, Lane County Strong Voices, Sponsors, Inc., and other organizations.
A former client at Sponsors’ Women’s Program, Trina is now a successful business owner and property manager. As a past board member of the Portia Project, a local non-profit, Trina worked advocating for mothers and their children. Her true passion is sharing her experience, strength and hope with women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse issues, especially those with criminal pasts.