Board Members

Britton Adam Reeser, President


Dr. Nathan Heide, Vice President /Interim President

A native Oregonian from Corvallis, Nathan was born into a three-generation military family and has lived in Oregon, Washington State, California, Michigan, Rhode Island, Maine, Georgia, Tennessee, and Italy. He is a veteran (former Naval Officer), an Eagle Scout, Acupuncturist and Oregon MBA Candidate. He is proud to have served his country in the Navy and continues to serve the American people in healthcare.

Nathan holds a National Board-Certification in Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture (NCCAOM 154326), an Oregon Acupuncture license (AC 164157), and a California Acupuncture license ( AC 15688).

He earned his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, his Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California and his Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Social Change with focus on prison education reforms from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

He is currently enrolled in the Oregon MBA program at Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon.

When not busy treating patients or helping the LFS Board, he loves spending time with his family practicing the French language, going rock climbing, and playing Lego’s with his wife, Christina, and five-year-old son, Noah.

Additionally, Nathan has a deep passion for international travel. He lived in Naples, Italy for two years working for the US Navy and NATO, and on weekends, he and the family can often be found sampling some of the fine Italian and Thai restaurants around Eugene and Portland.

Nathan is thrilled for the opportunity to help the Little French School as a member of the Board of Directors.


Marcus Mendelson, Treasurer


Zoltan Varga, Secretary

1967 - Present: I am. Ich bin. Vagyok. Je suis. (Ego) sum. Ik ben. わたし

Christine Sampley, Staff Representative

Being on the LFS Board is coming full circle for me. I first joined the LFS family as a parent with barely 3-year-old twins back in 2004. My children continued their French education in the 4J French Immersion program, which culminated with full International Baccalaureate diplomas from South IHS in 2020. Both continue their pursuit of French, minoring in French in college. I have seen firsthand the value of their early exposure of the language in the caring and engaging environment at LFS. I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of the Little French School to provide an enriching French language education for young children, and this is why I volunteer my time and energy to this program. The staff here are beyond dedicated and put the kids first; this is something I can get behind 100%. I bring to the board my experience in editing, fundraising, and volunteering in the schools. I look forward to continuing to serve on the Board and working to see the school succeed.

John Allcott, Chair Fundraising Committee


Heather Housen, Member Fundraising Committee


Shannon Wallin , Member


Nicholas Ciufo , Member


Katrina Sayre, Member Fundraising Committee

Katrina is a third-year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. She grew up volunteering and later worked at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, WA. Katrina received two bachelor’s degrees from The Evergreen State College, one concentrated in chemistry and the other in math. She originally moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon as a post-baccalaureate student, intending to fulfill the pre-requisites for medical school. Passionate about nonprofits and advocating for survivors of violence, she changed course from medicine to law, and has been living with her partner in the Eugene area ever since. Although she does not speak French, Katrina thinks early-learning language immersion is incredibly valuable. Katrina does not have any human children, but has two dogs who would attend the Little French School if they could. She was lucky to connect with the Little French School in the Spring of 2020 and is delighted to be a member of the Board.



Paul Lord, Member Fundraising Committee

Paul is originally from Omaha, Nebraska, but has been exploring from an

early age. He spent his college years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,

where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Russian with a focus on

linguistics. He has worked in university Residence Life and Housing,

Campus Recreation, and administration, as well as a few stints in manual

labor jobs. After nearly 4 years as a Youth Development specialist with

Peace Corps Ukraine, Paul came to Eugene to pursue a Master’s degree in

Nonprofit Management. He is a passionate learner and teacher, in that

order, and has loved languages since he was in middle school. Learning

languages, as well as helping others to learn, has been a key part of

his life, and as such he was thrilled to be a part of the LFS team. A

proud speaker of Ukrainian and Russian, Paul is also currently learning

French in between all of his graduate school duties.

Belén Vega , Member