Janis Ross named to Willamalane Board of Directors
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Janis Ross, a longtime professional in the events and sports marketing fields, has been named to serve on the Willamalane Park and Recreation Board of Directors. Ross was one of five finalists interviewed by the board on March 2, and fills the vacated seat of Gary Ross (no relation).
She will serve the remainder of Gary Ross’ term, which expires June 30.
Janis Ross has served as Travel Lane County’s vice president of convention and sports marketing since 2004, and said this has provided her with the opportunity to work closely with Willamalane staff.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Willamalane staff for over 12 years, bringing sports events to their facilities and working side-by-side on feasibility studies, events and educating local sports event organizers. I am looking forward to contributing to the future growth and success of Willamalane,” she said.
In 2012, Travel Lane County created a dual role for Ross when it named her executive director of the Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports Commission.
Ross said she’s able to bring a perspective of sports tourism to the board, noting that the Bob Keefer Center is “a critical venue in soliciting new sports events, which brings in visitor dollars.”
As a lifelong Oregonian and 12-year resident of Springfield, Ross said she understands the importance of promoting health and wellness in the community and that serving local youth is a
Board President Greg James said they were fortunate to receive such highly qualified applicants for the open position, and that narrowing the field to one candidate was challenging.
However, he said the board was unanimous in their decision to appoint Ross to the vacated seat.
“Janis Ross is known nationwide for her expertise in the field of sports tourism and ability to attract sporting events to this region. Just as importantly, she is someone of outstanding character,” said James. “Willamalane and this community are going to benefit greatly from the leadership, vision and collaborative skills she brings to the board.”
Board members will meet again on March 8, when they are expected to pass a resolution formally appointing Ross to the open position. The seat was vacated when Gary Ross, who served on the board for 13 years, resigned because he is moving outside the district.
The board is composed of five lay members elected by the registered voters of the district to serve volunteer, staggered four-year terms. Each member represents the district at large rather than serving separate precincts.
The functions of the board include reviewing and adopting the annual budget and determining policy for the district, among other duties. Regular board meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Bob Keefer Center.
Willamalane Park and Recreation District maintains and operates five recreation facilities and 46 parks and natural areas totaling nearly 1,500 acres. Highlights include 10 waterfront areas, 29 miles of hiking and biking trails, 9 turf and 4 synthetic sports fields and 27 playgrounds. Willamalane offers recreation programs to people of all ages and abilities. Created by voters in 1944, Willamalane is a special tax district, separate from the city of Springfield, with its own boundaries. It is governed by a five-member, elected board of directors and managed by a district superintendent.
Online information is available at willamalane.org.