About the Friends Board of Directors
The Friends’ are governed by a Board of Directors. These individuals bring a wide array of skills and experience to the organization's vision. Current board members have expertise in natural area management, business, biology, landscape architecture, non-profit management, public planning, youth mentorship, and economic development. Plus, the board enjoys the camaraderie and teamwork that includes outings to the explore and better understand the greater Mt. Pisgah area.
We seek diverse people to serve on our Board and its Committees with a range of skills, such as law (land use, contracts, water law, estate planning), communications and marketing, outdoor recreation management, and fiscal management, and more.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to learn more about serving on our Board of Directors or a board committee (which welcome non-board members).
Kevin Shanley, Board President
Kevin Shanley is currently serving as Board President and has served for five years on the board and in a variety of ongoing hands-on volunteer work in Buford Park. He is currently also a member of the Lane County Parks Advisory Committee. Kevin worked as an urban designer/landscape architect and ran an international design firm for many years. His award-winning work includes numerous public parks and large-scale urban design projects with a focus on water and rivers. His nonprofit experience includes decades as Board President and Chairman for a river advocacy group in Houston. Kevin discovered Buford Park within a week of moving to Eugene in 2014, and decided immediately to work to protect and care for the park as “an opportunity for the whole region.”
Philip Bayles, Board Vice President
Philip Bayles is the current board Vice President. Philip has a distinguished career background in both music and computer-related fields. His conducting has received regional and national acclaim. Mr. Bayles has a second career in computers and networking. He has served on the Board of Directors of Oregon Public Networking, bringing technology to the disadvantaged and taught numerous courses in computer literacy, word-processing, internet research. Philip supports the Friends because he believes that the greater Mt. Pisgah area is so beautiful and beloved and is a place well worth restoring, and preserving, for all.
Christian Fox, Board Treasurer
Christian Fox is currently the Board Treasurer. He works in commercial real estate development and played a key role in negotiating the Turtle Flats purchase. Christian has previous experience serving as a board member for NEDCO. Christian loves the outdoors and drift boating local rivers.
Greg Hyde, Board Secretary
Greg Hyde is the current Board Secretary, has been on the board since 2013 and chaired the Friend’s Trails Committee since 2015. He is retired from Willamalane Park and Recreation District, where he was a park planner for 20 years. Prior to that, he worked as an urban planner for the City of Springfield. He has degrees in Landscape Architecture and English Literature. Greg has been a frequent park user for many years and has fond memories of bringing his now-grown daughter there when she was a little girl for nature exploration and swimming.
Julie Daniel, Board Member
Julie Daniel has been on the board for three years. Julie hails from London, England. She came to the United States in 1971 to seek adventure. Her adventures include homesteading in the Coast Range, volunteering for numerous boards, commissions and non-profits and 20 years as Executive Director of BRING Recycling. She was named 2013 Lane Community College Distinguished Alumni and 2015 Eugene Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year. She is retired, has three grown children, uses a bike for all in-town transportation and is a compulsive hiker and advocate for the environment.
Jennifer A. Haynes, Ph.D., MNM; Board Member
Jennifer A. Haynes is a FBP board member who recently completed her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from the UO and has a wide range of non-profit experience working with groups such as the Sierra Club Many Rivers Group, Portland Audubon, and League of Women Voters. Previous to that, she received a Ph.D. in molecular biology. She currently works as a patent agent for Biotech. Jennifer has been hiking and birding at Buford Park/Mt. Pisgah since she moved here 8 years ago, and she is passionate about our mission to work to enhance native ecosystems and support compatible recreation.
Bruce King, Board Member
Bruce King, President of Image King Signs, grew up in his parent’s sign business. Sweeping floors and sanding letters after school at a very young age, Bruce was immersed in the industry and learned the sign business literally from the ground up. As Bruce grew up, so did his duties and involvement in the family business. Ultimately, becoming production manager of his family’s large regional sign company and erecting large-scale projects all over the PNW. When his parent’s company was sold in the early 1990s, Bruce continued to work for outside owners he opened Image King Signs. Fifteen years later, Image King Signs has grown and distinguished itself as an industry leader, winning numerous national design awards and industry accolades.
Stephen Moore, Board Member
Stephen Moore as an extensive background in leading and educating youth in field experiences in the county, state, and federal public lands. This includes work with Northwest Youthcorps to develop a Charter School based on conservation and land management principles that allow youth to gain the value and appreciation of our shared resources. As a fly fisherman, camping enthusiast, hiker, and horseman, he has a great personal appreciation for outdoor recreation and conservation. With a combination of 16 years working for non-profits and serving on advisory boards, he understands the vital importance non-profits offer the communities they serve and the unique challenges providing those services presents. Steve brings a unique skill set with his background of working with extremely diverse populations of people and is skilled at finding common ground and empathizing with various perspectives. First exploring Mt. Pisgah on horseback when he moved here in 2003, he also utilizes the area for educational purposes and personal recreation with his friends and family.
Anice Thigpen, Board Member
Although Anice’s formal education focused on science, it is her fascination with music that has persisted throughout her life. Childhood piano lessons provided the foundation for her to study music composition and vocal performance. She currently works with her spouse Andrea Halliday to give voice to the unsung and light to the unseen through the works of A-Squared Productions.
Nate Zantzinger, Board Member
Nate was born and raised in temperate, deciduous forests of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he developed a strong connection to the natural world. A native of Paoli, Nate started his westward journey to focus on conservation and outdoor recreation in Arizona. After extensive time in the backcountry, Nate worked in sustainable agriculture where he promoted plant-based nutrition and advocated for permaculture development. Nate has experience with the National Park Service where he collaborated with the National Park Service partners to enhance partnerships while overseeing the volunteer program. He currently serves as the Community Engagement Manager at Northwest Youth Corps. Nate is eager to steward a place as special as Buford Park, and looks forward to continued memories recreating with his loved ones.