Sara Healas Anderson

Administrative Associate

Community Economic Development

Sara joined the Foundation in 2023 and brings a unique perspective, hands-on experience and enthusiasm to her work. In her role as administrative associate, Sara’s passion for education and community outreach positions her well to support the Community Economic Development department. She lends her talents to event planning and coordinating meetings and schedules.

Sara holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Central Washington University. During her time in graduate school, Sara was awarded the WATERS Fellowship, a program designed to place graduate students in STEM classrooms in rural communities across central Washington. Teaching about STEM education and career paths in a sixth-grade classroom ignited her passion for education and community outreach.

Before joining the Foundation, Sara served as the village supervisor at Wildlife Safari, where she managed a small team of staff, interns and volunteers who oversaw the care of a diverse collection of animals. Since moving to Oregon eight years ago from Washington, Sara has grown to love the people and community she now calls home and is excited to continue making an impact in rural Oregon.

When not at work, Sara enjoys spending time with her spouse, Eric, and their son, Hudson. It’s no surprise that as a biologist, Sara has birdwatching on her list of hobbies. Other activities she enjoys are hiking and visiting the many wineries of the Umpqua Valley. She also serves on the fundraising committee for Cobb School.

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