Sheldon Community Center Staff

Tom Powers with dog Murphy at the beach

Tom Powers - Senior Programmer & Site Manager

Tom started work with Recreation in 1999 as a ropes course facilitator and raft guide and has participated in activities in almost every part of Eugene Rec. He loves creating opportunities and removing barriers to members of the community participating in life-changing experiences. He is proud to be part of the staff at Sheldon Center. When not at work Tom likes to… recreate! Paddling, biking, skiing, hiking with his dogs, attending community events and more. Email Tom

Joanne Whitfield

Joanne Whitfield - Office Coordinator

Joanne started working for Eugene Rec in 2017. From Joanne’s perch at the front counter she gets a front-row seat to all the comings and goings of Sheldon. Greeting patrons by name and seeing them excited about their activity is great but getting a morning high five from our youngest patrons is even better! Away from her perch, you will find Joanne camping, paddling, gardening and exploring the back roads of Oregon. Email Joanne

Ray Cole

Ray Cole - Program Assistant

Ray joined the team at Sheldon in 2019 after working as an instructor at the River House since 2004. His favorite part of working at Sheldon is getting out in the programs to play. The youth at Sheldon bring light and joy to his days. Ray is very thankful to have this as part of his work day, it keeps him young and healthy. Ray also likes to spend time in the outdoors with his family, friends and dogs, especially in and around the water. He is an avid music collector and listener with around 1,000 vinyl records and a ground-shaking sound system. Email Ray

Erinn Ernst

Erinn Ernst - Program Assistant

Erinn began working in Eugene Rec in 2019. She loves how the job changes each day, engages her creativity and the connections she makes with people who are passionate about recreation in our beautiful city. When not at Sheldon Erinn loves to spend time with her spouse and their two dogs (a corgi and a terrier). She enjoys gardening, dancing, making a podcast about dancing, Olympic style weight lifting, doing yoga and playing outside. Erinn believes laughter is the best medicine and the purpose of life it to create and find joy. Email Erinn

Balli Notre

Balli Notre - Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Balli started working at Sheldon in the fall of 2010 and was a long-time parent and volunteer before that. In her role as Pre-K teacher, Balli creates entertaining, engaging and creative classrooms that promote learning and social, cognitive and emotional development through Emergent Curriculum. In fact, she finds that every day brings unexpected learning experiences. When not at work she enjoys walking, hiking, cooking and listening to music. Balli was born in Mumbai and has lived in Eugene with her family since 1998. Email Balli

Linsay Marstad-Hall Early Learning teacher

Linsay Marstad-Hall - Early Learning Head Teacher

Linsay is the head teacher for our Huckleberry Collaborative Early Learning Classroom. She combines a passion for art with understanding the value of having fun. She has worked in all of our programs and counts as a career highlight creating the River Road Park Imagination Bus. In her spare time she enjoys art journaling and gardening. She strongly believes in only wearing play clothes at school and the value of getting dirty. Email Linsay

Heather Ward

Heather Ward - Afterschool Program Head Teacher

Heather was raised locally and loved going to all of Eugene’s parks and the library growing up. She is starting her fourth year of working in afterschool programs and is currently in charge of the Sheldon Afterschool Program that serves three elementary schools. In her spare time, she loves video games, thrift shopping, reading books, and spending time with her family members (human and feline). Don’t get her started talking about Marvel movies. Email Heather