Meet the Board of Directors
Bill Bradbury grew up in Chicago, and moved to Bandon, Oregon in 1971. In Bandon, he owned and operated a small business before beginning his career in government. He served in the Oregon State Legislature for 14 years and was then elected Secretary of State, Oregon’s second-highest constitutional officer. While Secretary he chaired the Oregon Sustainability Board and served on the Global Warming Commission. Bill was one of the first 50 participants in Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Change training sessions in Nashville, and has given over 500 presentations since being trained in 2006. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in 2011. He was one of two Oregon members on the four-state body overseeing energy development and fishery programs operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.
In 2017 he officially retired, but continues his service on the Artula Washed Ashore Board.
Gleneda Borton grew up in California, Colorado and Kansas. She spent 24 years in International finance, traveling extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America. She was Vice President and Manager of Wells Fargo’s International Correspondent Banking division for many years and had responsibility for billions of dollars in credit relationships world-wide. She served on the Administrative Board of the University of Washington’s Pacific Rim Bankers Program, including two terms as President. Gleneda has a BA in Political Science, minor in Sociology, from Kansas State College, and is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Banking School.
Gleneda is also an artist, recognized with a prestigious Marin Art Council grant in 2000. She has always been interested in nature, and was a volunteer hawk bander and taxidermist with Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. She also volunteered for 8 years at the Marin County Public Defenders Office, working on major cases but primarily specializing in helping people clean up their criminal records via expungement. She and her husband designed and started building their home, GlenMar, on the bluff overlooking the ocean south of Bandon in 1991. She was a founding officer of the Sunset Neighborhood Association in Bandon and continues to serve on its board. While doing beach clean-up in 2017 she discovered a green sea turtle buried in the sand – she participated in its extraction and with other OIMB volunteers worked on its reconstruction – the turtle is now on display at CMLC.
Peter Braun is a graduate of Bandon High School. He studies theater in college, before formalizing his education at the Northwest Film institute. He enjoyed a career in the film industry before returning to Bandon to take over the family business. He helped form The Old Town Merchants Association, while serving 8 years as a board member of the Bandon Chamber of Commerce, and eventually became President of the organization. Peter helped organize the collective advertising efforts in Bandon, and Helped form The Greater Bandon Association. He sits as a board member of the Port of Bandon Economic Developmen fund, which oversees economic development loan to start up businesses on the south coast. He was elected to the Bandon City Council, and is serving as council President in his second term. He continues to advocate for renewable infrastructure within the City of Bandon.
Betsy was a full-time K-8 dance educator in the Vancouver, Washington public schools from 1992-2013. A modern dancer since high school, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, a Master’s degree in Integrating Arts into Teaching, and 8 years dancing professionally with the Wendy Rogers Dance Company, she has experience and expertise as an educator and dance artist.
Betsy was born in St. Louis, Missouri and lived overseas in Iran, Switzerland, and England during her childhood and high school years. She now lives in Vancouver,WA with her husband. She is an avid kayaker, puppet enthusiast, and choral singer. She is delighted to bring her teaching skills, commitment to all the arts, environmental education, and artistic talents to the Washed Ashore Project.
Helen Farr has been an award-winning elementary educator for 25 years in the Coos Bay School District. She is a graduate of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from The University of Oregon. During her teaching career Helen has taught grades 1-6 and in the last few years has focused specifically on 5th grade and in setting up sustainable practices and recycling programs in the schools. Prior to working as a volunteer with Washed Ashore she was teaching her students about marine debris and organizing beach clean-ups. After spending several months volunteering with Washed Ashore, Helen joined the Artula Institute Board of Directors. Both volunteering and serving on the board have given Helen the opportunity to involve many of her students and colleagues with the project, connecting two of her passions.
Ruthie Painter is an artist and an entrepreneur and a resident of Bandon-by-the-Sea since 2013. Painter opened two restaurants in the Fifth St. Public Market in Eugene, OR and was co-owner of a gourmet fast food Deli in the Rogue Valley Mall, Medford, OR for 11 years. Experience in business strategy includes: lease negotiations, design, construction, interviewing, hiring, training, collaborative team management, and the sale of businesses for profit. She has developed loan packages and received SBA funding. Other business endeavors include a literary marketing firm, and the development of a career testing/retraining program for a Vocational Rehabilitation Firm. Painter is a certified Profit Mastery Facilitator and GrowthWheel Advisor. Her current business, Lady of Words, specializes in strategies to minimize risk and maximize success.
Larry Safley was born and raised in Western Oregon, has a BA in Political Science, and has had the good fortune of living and working throughout the state. He currently resides in Roseburg where, most recently, he was the Executive Director of Common Ground Mediation, a nonprofit community dispute resolution center serving Douglas and Coos Counties. He continues to volunteer for the organization as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and coach.
Larry has spent the last 20 years immersed in the visual arts and maker culture, both as a practicing studio artist and arts/maker advocate. Through many volunteer positions he has led and supported several community arts programs including art walks, arts festivals, and the development of the Umpqua Makers Guild.
Larry is honored to be part of Artula Institute and its flagship program Washed Ashore, where art, observation, conservation, education, and participation are bound into one enduring conversation about how we want to be in this world.