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Board of Directors

Jeff Arker


Chairman of the Board

Jeff, a native of Ashburton, New Zealand, has extensive experience in international trade finance and has managed to follow his passion for rugby wherever he has lived in the world. He started his career with The National Bank in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1979 and moved to London in 1987.

When Jeff moved to the US in 1990 he joined US Bancorp in Portland, Oregon for 4 years before spending 17 years in various CEO/COO roles with Arnell Snowboards, Chinook Trading Company and Li-Ning Sports. Jeff currently is Principal Consultant to California based purchase order finance lender, Global Trading Partners.

Jeff joined Oregon Sports Union in 1991 and played until 1998 while also taking over the Treasurer role in 1992. During this stretch Jeff managed a successful bingo gaming operation for ORSU. The income was used to retire all debt on the Fuller's Farm property and to completely renovate the field and playing surface. In 1999 Jeff saw the need for a standalone youth rugby structure in Oregon and Oregon Youth Rugby was born.

Jeff co-founded the Dads Club at All Saints School and Parish in Laurelhurst in 2008. He's an active road cyclist having recently completed the 1-Day Portland-to-Seattle ride. He also recently coached his son's high school rugby team at Central Catholic. Jeff resides in Bend, Oregon with his wife Cheryl and 2 children.
 

Mike Francis


Board Secretary

Mike Francis is a 30-year journalist, including 20 years at The Oregonian, where he has been business columnist, technology editor and an embedded reporter in Iraq. He has also been an editor or reporter at The Business Journal of Portland, the Kansas City Star and The (Bend, Ore.) Bulletin. He has also worked with two technology start-ups and with non-profits such as Lines For Life.

Cleve Larson


Board Member

Cleve was  born in Minnesota and raised in Oregon! After an accomplished career as a NW high school and college scholar athlete, Cleve learned to play rugby in Ireland during graduate school. He went on to a distinguished business career in brand marketing while raising a family of three children. He believes strongly that rugby is the ultimate team sport for America's youth!

Business: 
President: OTD, Inc; 1976-1987. Machinery Distribution and Logistics; Retail dealerships. Various national awards for brand marketing.
President: WVP, Inc; 1991-2009; primary service of dynamic strategy for corporations and business.

Rugby experience: 40 years as player; administrator; USA certified coach. Former Governor to USARFU; former President of NW Rugby Union.