Dana Fleming, Executive Director


Dana Fleming earned a degree in Art History from Birmingham-Southern College in her home state of Alabama.  She has since been involved with non-profit organizations in Alabama, Nevada, and Arkansas. The variety of services she helped provide through those organizations included: access to art education, facilitation of the creation and exhibition of public art, employment opportunities for youth, and domestic violence support services.  In addition, Dana has been part of the educational community as an art teacher.

After relocating to Oregon with her family in 2012, Fleming served as the head of fundraising for Adams Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization and was co-coordinator of PAR, Roosevelt Middle School’s parent organization. She is currently an active member of South Eugene High School’s Parent Council and is a member of the local chapter of Stand for Children’s Strategy Team. She also serves the community through her board positions on the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and was a founding board member of ArtCity Eugene. Dana is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Eugene Springfield.

Fleming is very excited to bring to EEF her breadth of experience, her commitment to community engagement, and her strong desire to make educational access and opportunities widely available to all students.

Jessica Barnhart, Assistant Director


Headshot of Jessica Barnhart

As Eugene Education Foundation’s new Assistant Director, Jessica Barnhart is obsessed with innovating ways of partnering with parent organizations and schools to create success stories across the 4J landscape. Barnhart has a degree from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in Human & Organizational Development and previously worked with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and as the Development Director of an elementary school. She not only brings passion for enrichment and equity, but firmly believes strong public education is the key to bettering the world we live in today. This fall she will have three children in 4J and is an active volunteer in their schools.

When she’s not at EEF, you’ll find Jessica spending time with her husband and kids, spreading an art project across her dining room table, or working with her therapy-puppy-in-training, Otis the labradoodle.

Ryan Pernell, Operations Administrator