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What, might you ask, is Springfield ready for? It is ready for change! The time has come for a fresh perspective, a fresh set of eyes, a fresh voice to serve parents, students and taxpayers on the school board.

My name is Ruth Linoz and I am running for Springfield School Board Position 5 Director.




Growing up, I fell in love with Oregon’s mountains, fast flowing rivers, lush valleys and diverse scenery whenever my family traveled from the Midwest and California to visit family in Oregon. Fortunately, decades later after living in California’s metropolitan cities, my own family moved to the Willamette Valley in the mid-1980s to live a slower paced lifestyle that encouraged family life and community involvement.

Raising my two daughters in Lane County, I had the opportunity because of my husband’s job to stay at home to care for and teach my two daughters during the early years of their lives. As they grew older and started school, I volunteered regularly in their classrooms, coached their Kidsports teams, and worked part-time in retail while completing my undergraduate education at Lane Community College.

While exploring my career options,I discovered a fit for my life experiences and skillset – the community impact of public transportation! As a part-time bus operator, I felt right at home with this opportunity to serve people regardless of income level, education, culture, employment, age, and status who used public transportation for a variety of reasons. It was also unexpected that I would meet and marry one of my regular bus riders, JD.

During our 23 years of marriage, I’m proud that my daughters earned their college and post-graduate degrees while working and are excelling in the fields of nursing and education. Working his way up the restaurant career ladder, my stepson is the successful manager of his own restaurant. As each married and started their own families, we feel privileged to be grandparents (Tutus) to five, special grandchildren with another one due in August.

Often, I choose to serve in a leadership role on committees and action groups because I’m not interested in being a spectator or adding to my resume. Seeing a project completed or to experience successful collaboration that meets a need is its own reward and keeps me motivated to serve.

Ruth Linoz: Mother, Trusted Non-profit Leader, Volunteer

  • Lane County resident since 1983; Springfield resident for 22 years
  • My daughters completed their K-12 education in Lane County
  • Regular Classroom volunteer
  • Kidsports softball and basketball coach
  • Served on a school district curriculum committee
  • Rotary Interact Advisor (high school program)
  • 10+ years experience managing a private, nonprofit rural transit agency with a $500k budget with state and federal grant funds, contracts, annual audits and periodic compliance reviews
  • Certified Project Management Professional

Community Service, not Politics
  • Public transportation advisory committees
  • Economic and Community development boards and committees
  • Member of Chambers of Commerce
  • Cottage Grove Rotary Club Member
  • Homeless warming center program Volunteer
  • Veteran and First Responder PTSD support program Volunteer

My Pledge as a School Board Member
  • Do what is in the best interest of the students
  • Push for full, 5 day, in-person education and catching up all children to grade standards
  • Fiscal transparency and accountability throughout the district
  • Approve contracts that support the district’s goals and economic stability
  • Inform and engage parents/guardians/taxpayers how state and district policies impact students
  • Help promote Career Technical Education Connections with the Community
  • Support the district continuing its contract with Springfield Police Department to provide School Resource Officers

The list below illustrates the leadership and involvement I believe in as a community volunteer:

Rotary District 5110 Interact Exec. Comm.

Community Stakeholders, City of C.G.
Cottage Grove

Soup Meeting sponsored by So. Lane Sch. Dist.
Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
Cottage Grove

President, Member
Main Street Cottage Grove Board of Directors
Cottage Grove

President, Treasurer
Beds for Freezing Nights Board of Directors
Cottage Grove

Greeter, Tourism Committee
Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
Cottage Grove

Treasurer, Member
Rotary Club of Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove

Club Advisor
Rotary Interact Club @ C. G. High School
Cottage Grove
2012-2015, 2018

Secretary & Treasurer
Cottage Grove Community Dev. Corp.
Cottage Grove

REBOOT Recovery Board of Directors
(merged with Branches of Valor based in Eugene) 

Restoration Fellowship Church

Oregon Crafted Board of Directors

Event Coordinator
Western Oregon Women’s Conference
2005 & 2006

Area 31 Governor
Toastmasters International
District 7

Club Officer Roles
Springfield Toastmasters
District 7


First Citizen Award, Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, 2014

Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration, 2009

American Public Transportation Foundation, Raymond C. Miller Scholarship award, 2008

First Citizens Award for Project Homeless Connect, presented by Mayor Kitty Piercy for helping advance the City Council homeless elimination agenda, 2007

Leadership Eugene-Springfield Graduate, Eugene & Springfield Chambers of Commerce, 2003


Thank you for your interest in getting involved in my campaign for Springfield School Board.  I need all available help as winning won’t be easy and will take a lot of hard work.

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