The responsibility of the Foundation’s Board of Directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the Foundation so as to support the growth of pickleball facilities and programs for the benefit of the public.
Alicia Hays - President
Alicia moved to Eugene years ago because the community offered a great opportunity to play wheelchair basketball—little did she know it would also provide a path to a rewarding public sector career and years of service as an elected official. As an athlete, she played in numerous national women’s wheelchair basketball tournaments, including winning the national title. Professionally, Alicia served as Lane County’s Director of Children and Families, and later Director of Health & Human Services, retiring from that position in 2017. Alicia was elected to the Eugene 4j School Board in 2007, where she has served ever since. While serving on the School Board, she had the opportunity to serve on, and chair, a number of local campaigns including both those for bond measures and levy measures. She has a strong community network, and understands the world of public financing.
Eric Wold - Secretary
Eric worked for 18 years in park, natural area, and recreation management for the City of Eugene and Willamalane Park and Recreation District. He was the Natural Areas and Urban Forestry Manager at City of Eugene and the Assistant Superintendent for Parks, Planning, and Facilities at Willamalane. In these roles, Eric worked collaboratively with other agencies and organizations, and he and his teams planned, designed, and implemented capital improvement projects and successfully managed $10 million in state and federal grants. Eric has been on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations since 1999, including the Emerald Valley Pickleball Club. Eric is dedicated to growing the game of pickleball in the greater Eugene-Springfield area and is excited about the opportunity to construct new pickleball facilities in the area.
Marty Daley - Treasurer
Marty has been Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance for Roseburg Forest Products since 2009. Marty graduated from Boise State University with a BBA degree in accounting. He began his career in 1990 with the public accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand in Eugene and obtained his Oregon CPA license in 1994. Daley joined Monaco Coach Corporation, a publicly traded manufacturer of recreational vehicles in late 1994. He became Monaco’s VP-finance and chief financial officer in 2000 and held that position until Monaco was acquired by Navistar International Corporation in June 2009, when he became VP-controller for the RV division. He joined Roseburg in November 2009. Daley also served on the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center from 2012 through 2016. Marty views pickleball as a refreshing unifier, and he wants to personally do all he can to help broaden the positive influence that this sport brings to our community.
Karen is a long-term resident of Eugene, graduating from the University of Oregon, building a career, and raising her family here, and demonstrating a commitment to community engagement and leadership. After more than 30 years of public service, Karen has recently retired as the Director of Lane County Health & Human Services, leading the County’s largest department, and building strong collaborative relationships with leaders across the community in the public and private sectors. Her work at Lane County included many collaborative capital building projects, leveraging funding from private foundations as well as local, state, and federal governmental sources. After decades of being an avid sports spectator, this year Karen was introduced to pickleball by her close friend, and has enthusiastically been practicing new skills and planning for much more play time during retirement.
Roger served for nine years as Recreation Director of the Quincy Illinois Park District. During that time, he developed a Community Education program that resulted in collaboration between the Community College, Park District, and School District to share facilities and joint programs. He also worked with other staff to plan and develop an 80-acre, multi-million-dollar Park. I and successfully wrote a grant to attend World Congress on Philanthropy and made presentations to Community organizations on fundraising. Roger has been on the board of directors of other organizations, is the founding President of the Emerald Valley Pickleball Club, and is a USA Pickleball District Ambassador. Roger is committed to helping create a new facility that will meet these needs and one that we all will be proud of.
Alan is part of five generations to grow up in Eugene. He has four married children and 12 young grandchildren. He attended public schools in Eugene, including Francis E. Willard Elementary, Spencer Butte Junior High, South Eugene High, and the University of Oregon. After his undergraduate years, he went on to receive accreditations from the Wharton School of Business (UPENN) and Stern School of Business (NYU). Alan worked 20+ years at Rexius Inc, ending as Senior Vice President, before transitioning to becoming a financial advisor within one of the world’s largest global banks. He eventually left this large company to co-found the independent firm of “Sapient Private Wealth Management LLC”, from which he retired 4 years ago. Alan remains the Chairman of the Board for Rexius Inc. As a multi-sport athlete, Alan has experienced most types of competitions, but he enjoys the inclusiveness of pickleball the best and wants to partner in making Eugene “pickleball central” of the Pacific Northwest!
Chris has worked in the healthcare space for 40 years, most recently serving as the interim Senior Director for Oncology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. He also served as the Executive Director for The US Oncology Network for over 20 years. In this role, he was responsible for developing, planning, directing and controlling broad activities needed to ensure the long-term success of community-based cancer practices in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. In addition to working in the private sector, Chris has over 12 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. He has been on the Board of Directors for three different organizations where he focused on designing the organizational structure and generating funds to support the mission of these organizations. Chris is an avid pickleball player and hopes to increase the quality and quantity of Pickleball facilities in the Eugene/Springfield area.