Oregon 150 Board Members: Biographies
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- Honorary Chair: Governor Ted Kulongoski
- Governor Ted Kulongoski was born in rural Missouri. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the 11th and 12th Marine Regiments as a forward observer with the artillery. Following his service in the military, Mr. Kulongoski took jobs as a truck driver and steelworker, saving enough money to put himself through college and law school at the University of Missouri with help from the GI Bill. As a young lawyer, he moved to Oregon and started his own firm in Eugene, where he began a long career fighting for working families. In 1974, Mr. Kulongoski was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, and four years later to the Oregon Senate.In 1987, he was appointed as Oregon Insurance Commissioner. Five years later, the people of Oregon elected Mr. Kulongoski to the office of Attorney General with the highest vote total for any statewide candidate. In 1996, he was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court, where he served with distinction for four and a half years. Mr. Kulongoski’s service on the Court made him one of a rare few who have served in all three branches of government; with every challenge Oregon faces, he has worked to solve as a legislator, executive, and judge. Mr. Kulongoski was elected governor of the state of Oregon in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. He has worked tirelessly to fight hunger, improve higher education, increase accountability and efficiency in government, and ensure that every Oregon child is safe and healthy.
- Chair: First Lady Mary Oberst
- First Lady Mary Oberst worked as a publications attorney for 20 years before embracing her public role as the Governor’s wife. As a lawyer and as First Lady, Mary promotes the Campaign for Equal Justice (funding for legal services for the poor) and the Oregon Minority Lawyers’ Association. The First Lady has actively led campaign efforts to curb underage drinking and promote reading, and she served as Campaign Chair to fund the restoration of the 140-year-old Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in John Day. First Lady Oberst also chaired the committee that selected Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada. She is an Oregon advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- The Honorable Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr.
- The Honorable Wallace P. Carson, Jr., joined the Oregon Supreme Court in 1982 and was Chief Justice from September 1991 through December 2005. Before joining the Supreme Court, he served as a judge for Marion County Circuit Court (1977-1982). Justice Carson has also served in the Oregon House of Representatives, in the Oregon State Senate, and as chair of the Oregon Appellate Judges Association.
- J. David Coughlin
- Mr. Coughlin was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Lincoln High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1966 and graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1969. Mr. Coughlin is currently a shareholder of Coughlin, Leuenberger, and Moon, P.C. in Baker City, Oregon. He was a board member and Secretary of the Oregon Historical Society from 1995 to 2004. Mr. Coughlin has been engaged with numerous civic organizations and projects and has served on the boards of the Silver Sage Council Girl Scouts of America (1997-2002) and the Oregon Heritage Commission (2005-2007). His wife Lisa is a teacher and diagnostician and his daughter, Jennifer Coughlin, is an attorney at Hurley, Re, and Gruetter, in Bend, Oregon.
- Todd Davidson
- Mr. Davidson is the CEO of Travel Oregon and the Executive Director of the Oregon Tourism Commission. Mr. Davidson previously served on the board for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon.
- Loen Dozono
- Loen Dozono is a 3rd generation Oregonian. With her husband, Sho, owner of Azumano Travel, she helped organize the Flight for Freedom to New York after 9/11. She has been active in the Japanese American community and with the Japan America Society of Oregon. She currently serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette as well as on the Board of Ambassadors for Mercy Corps.
- Gerry Frank
- Mr. Frank is author of Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York as well as a volume consisting of many of his Oregonian columns, which he continues to write. He is co-owner of Gerry Frank’s Konditorei, a gourmet cake shop and full-service restaurant. He chairs the Oregon State Police Foundation, and also the Salvation Army (Salem) Kroc Center project for Oregon. Gerry was formerly Chief of Staff to Senator Mark Hatfield. He has many civic and business obligations throughout the state.
- Dr. Emilio Hernandez, Jr.
- Mr. Hernandez recently retired from the Oregon State Board of Education and has served as the director of high school equivalency program at the University of Oregon. Mr. Hernandez has also chaired the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs in addition to holding a variety of consulting, counseling, and vocational positions. Mr. Hernandez holds a doctorate in higher education administration and is currently the Assistant Vice Provost in the Office of Institutional Equality and Diversity at the University of Oregon.
- Bill Ihle
- Mr. Ihle is the Executive Vice President for Corporate Relations for Harry and David of Medford, Oregon, and serves on the Oregon Lottery Commission.
- Stephen Kanter
- Professor Kanter was assistant director and chief attorney for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland. He served as president of the Oregon American Civil Liberties Union and has published several law review articles on capital punishment. He contributed an article on kidnapping for the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice and is coauthor with Chinese law dean Han Depei of an article on legal education and the debate of current legal issues in China. He has recently published an article proposing a model for a more unified theory of constitutional rights. Kanter has appeared as amicus curiae before the Oregon Supreme Court and has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on criminal procedure code reform. He has been active in the American Inns of Court, Oregon American Civil Liberties Union, and Northwest Regional China Council. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the American Bar Foundation and has served on the national board of directors of the Fullbright Association. Kanter spent the 1984-85 academic year in China as Fulbright professor of law and has written about his teaching experiences in China. He served as dean of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College from 1986 to 1994. He spent his 1993-94 sabbatical year in Greece, including one semester as a Fulbright professor of law. Professor Kanter served on a three-member international panel that assisted Kazakhstan in writing a new constitution. He is the author of the children’s book The Bear and the Blackberry, and he serves as the president of the Portland Baseball Group, leading the statewide effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland. He has also lectured and served as a legal advisor in Thailand, Russia and Latvia.
- Thomas Lauderdale
- Thomas M. Lauderdale was raised on a plant nursery in rural Indiana and began his formal music education at the age of six. He has appeared with the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and Chamber Music Northwest and has given recitals throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in Boston and New York. He was Student Body President of Ulysses S. Grant High School in Portland and has been active in Oregon politics since the age of 14, having served under Portland Mayor J.E. “Bud” Clark and Governor Neil Goldschmidt. In 1991 he worked under Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury on the drafting and passage of the city’s civil rights ordinance. He graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in History and Literature in 1992. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Pink Martini, and has performed with the group in Europe, Lebanon, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He studies piano with Sylvia Killman.
- Norm Locke
- Mr. Locke is the CEO of the Columbia Coin Company in Portland, Oregon. He was formerly an administrative law judge, chair of the Portland Building Corporation, and a trustee on the board of the Portland Art Museum. Mr. Locke has been an Oregon Arts Commissioner and was a member of the campaign team to help fund the restoration of the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in John Day, Oregon.
- Jack McGowan
- Mr. McGowan is the executive director of SOLV, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the livability of Oregon through volunteerism. SOLV, founded in 1969 by Governor Tom McCall and other Oregon political and community leaders, has grown to be the largest volunteer non-profit in the Pacific Northwest with over 100,000 volunteer engagements in approximately 250 communities annually. Mr. McGowan, along with his wife Jan, who is SOLV’s Associate Director, is also an author and speaker on Oregon and has served on numerous Boards and Commissions. Among noteworthy awards, Mr. McGowan was honored as “Oregon Statesman of the Year” in 2003 by the Oregon Business Association. The McGowan family’s favorite pastimes are to spend nearly every vacation traveling and camping along the remote back roads of every part of Oregon.
- Randolph L. Miller
- Mr. Miller is the current chairman of the Portland-based Moore Company and is the former chairman of the National Independent Distributors Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of AAA Oregon/Idaho and Air Advice Corporation. Mr. Miller graduated from Lincoln High School and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in 1969 and his Master’s in Economics/Political Science from Portland University in 1977. He has served and chaired numerous boards and commissions including the Oregon Business Association, the Portland Metro Chamber of Commerce, Portland ArtQuake, and the Governor’s Brand Oregon Commission, among others. Mr. Miller is also the Honorary Consolate to the Republic of Lithuania.
- Antone Minthorn
- Mr. Minthorn, a Cayuse Indian, served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation from December of 1997 to December of 2001 and was re-elected as Chairman in December of 2003. Prior to his election he spent 15 years as Chair of the Tribe’s General Council. Mr. Minthorn has played an influential role in many of the Tribe’s successes, including restoration of salmon to the Umatilla River after a 70-year absence, development of a modern Reservation economy, and re-acquisition of the Tribe’s land. He has represented Oregon as a delegate at five national Democratic Conventions and has also served on several additional boards including Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Northwest Area Foundation, Oregon Trail Coordinating Council, Oregon Historical Society, Crow’s Shadow Institute, and the George St. Denis American Legion Post. Mr. Minthorn served in the US Marine Corps from 1957-60, then went on to attend Gonzaga University and graduate from Eastern Oregon State College.
- Norm Monroe
- Norm Monroe is currently the Vice President of Cultural Relations and Community Development for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. Mr. Monroe served on Cascadia’s board and worked for more than 20 years in the Multnomah County Chair’s office. The first African-American basketball player at Oregon State University, he graduated with a degree in social sciences and went on to earn a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University and studied toward a PhD in Urban Studies. Mr. Monroe began his career as a marriage and family counselor and went on to serve four years in the Mayor’s office, focusing on systemic law enforcement issues. In the Chair’s office for two previous administrations, he assisted low income communities in developing goals and programs to improve livability and public safety. In 2004 Mr. Monroe retired and joined the board of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. He also serves on the board of the House of Umoja, Home for Good (a re-entry agency for ex-offenders), and a low income advocacy agency in Oakland, California. Mr. Monroe currently serves as a senior policy advisor to Portland Mayor Tom Potter.
- The Honorable Alice Norris
- Oregon City Mayor Alice Norris is beginning her 5th year as mayor of Oregon’s oldest city. A former English teacher, she also served on the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council which planned the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial. She is a past chair of RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), founding chair of Willamette Falls Hospital Foundation, writer and editor. She served as the executive director/producer of ‘Oregon Fever,’ Oregon City’s outdoor historical drama from 1987-1998.
- Jerry Ostermiller
- Jerry Ostermiller is the Executive Director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon and has held that position since 1989. Mr. Ostermiller earned an honors degree in social science and history from Boise State University and completed his graduate studies in social anthropology and historical archeology at the University of Idaho. Prior to his position as Executive Director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Mr. Ostermiller was Historic Sites Administrator for the State of Idaho. Mr. Ostermiller currently serves as president of the Council of American Maritime Museums and is a member of the board of the United States Lifesaving Service Heritage Association. He is a nationally recognized educator and, as a consultant, he performs workshops and scoping sessions for museums and interpretive centers throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Ostermiller is a graduate of the prestigious Seminar for Historical Administration hosted by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Association for State and Local History, and the American Association of Museums. He has a strong commitment to develop non-profit boards and facilitate planning strategies for museums and is a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council.
- M. Lee Pelton, Ph.D.
- Dr. M. Lee Pelton was appointed Willamette University’s 22nd president July 1999. Under his leadership, the University has increased its academic profile, successfully employing strategies to attract the best faculty and the brightest students from the state, the nation and the world. Dr. Pelton is a recognized leader in higher education and has lectured and written extensively on the topic. He has served as a member of several leading national educational boards and committees, including the Oregon Independent Colleges Association (chair), Oregon Symphony Association, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Oregon Humanities Council. President Pelton holds a doctorate from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Wichita State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1974. His area of academic focus is in 19th century British prose and poetry. He served as dean of the college at Colgate University (1988-91) and Dartmouth College (1991-98). At Harvard he taught in the English Department and was the dean of one of Harvard’s 13 undergraduate colleges.
- Justin Pham
- Mr. Pham was born in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon where he graduated from Century High School as Student Body President. He also served on the Oregon Association of Student Councils’ Student Executive Council as the State President. During his time with Century High School and OASC, he has been involved in a Gulf Coast Relief project, led a delegation of Oregon high school students to the National Association of Student Councils and served on a Hillsboro School District committee aimed at improving high school attendance. Mr. Pham continues his education at the University of Notre Dame, where he pursues degrees in political science and public policy. Currently, he is the University of Notre Dame’s Director of Global Water Initiative, where he raises awareness and initiates clean water projects to provide sustainable water sources to communities in Africa and Latin America.
- The Honorable Barbara Roberts
- Ms. Roberts formerly served as Governor and Secretary of State of Oregon, as a Multnomah County Commissioner, and served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. Ms. Roberts is the former Associate Director of Leadership Development at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government and former director of State and Local Executive Programs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She previously served on the board of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon.
- Sue Shaffer
- Ms. Shaffer currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Among many positions, she has served as delegate to the National Congress of American Indians, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and to the National Indian Women’s Leadership Conference. Ms. Shaffer has served on the Board of Director’s for the South Umpqua Historical Society and on several advisory boards including the Native American Rights Fund, the Oregon Chapter of the National Coalition to Support Indian Treaties, and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Tribal Government in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Ms. Shaffer has fulfilled several special appointments and has engaged in many educational and cultural services including that of lecturer and resource person for courses in sociology and anthropology at the Umpqua Community College, University of Oregon, Southern Oregon State College, and Harvard University School of Government. Ms. Shaffer has also worked with congressional delegations and Oregon state legislators on archaeological site laws, historic preservation legislation, and Indian burial laws.
- Saga Shoffner
Saga Shoffner has 23 years of NIKE Brand Communications and Marketing experience. She worked with multiple countries and regions in her career including Latin America, Canada, Asia Pacific and the USA. Saga has worked with Wieden + Kennedy for 20 years and other talented agencies across the country and globally. She retired from NIKE in February ‘07. After a 2 year sabbatical Saga is now VP Brand Marketing for Hollywood Entertainment in Wilsonvile. She considers herself an Oregonian. She is a graduate of University of Oregon and The Catlin Gabel School.
- Alison Sokol Blosser
- Ms. Sokol Blosser is a second generation Oregon winegrower and Vice President of Sokol Blosser Winery, in charge of marketing, consumer-direct sales, and financial accounting. She holds a BA in Business from Portland State University and an MBA from the University of Washington. She is a founder and current president of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association and serves on the Marketing Committee of the Oregon Wine Board.
- Lee Weinstein
Mr. Weinstein grew up in Salem, and attended high school in Portland, Oregon. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Lewis & Clark College, where he majored in political science. Mr. Weinstein founded Our Children’s Store in Portland in 1993, a non-profit gift store which has now raised more than $2 million to help charities providing services to children in crisis. A 15-year Nike veteran, Mr. Weinstein ran the company’s US public relations, global corporate responsibility and employee communications departments. In the fall of 2007, he launched LWA PR, a communications consultancy with offices in Portland and the Columbia Gorge. The firm specializes in PR strategic planning, employee and corporate responsibility communications, consumer PR, and public affairs.
- Elisabeth Zinser
- Elisabeth Zinser coordinates the Oregon University System campuses in planning their contributions to the Sesquicentennial. She is leading a team of academic officers from the seven Oregon public universities in improving student learning outcomes and evidence-based practices, linking this work to a national initiative (Giving Students a Compass) which is being piloted in three state systems: OUS, California State University System and the University of Wisconsin System. She served as president or chancellor at three universities—University of Idaho, University of Kentucky-Lexington, and Southern Oregon University—and earlier as a faculty member, dean and vice president—California, North Dakota and North Carolina. In the 1970s, she was a member of the team that founded the Washington-Alaska-Montana-Idaho Program in Medical Education through the University of Washington for rural, primary care medical education. She has served as a speaker and consultant in various organizations in this country and abroad. Her volunteer services include the Boards of Directors for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board, Community Works, Inc., and Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. She served two terms on the Crater Lake National Trust Board, and was for six years a member of the Jackson-Medford Chamber of Commerce and the Ashland Coalition. Elisabeth is a member of the Oregon Women’s Forum, linked to the International Women’s Forum.
- Oregon 150 Ex Officios
- Brad Avakian
- Brad Avakian was born February 4, 1961, and grew up in Washington County. He attended Beaverton’s public schools, received a B.S. in Psychology from Oregon State University in 1984 and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1990. After law school, Brad opened a civil rights law practice, serving people statewide who had suffered housing and employment discrimination. Brad was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, re-elected in 2004, and then elected to the Senate in 2006. In 2008, he was appointed Labor Commissioner by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
- The Honorable Earl Blumenauer
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Congressman Blumenauer first served in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1972. From there Mr. Blumenauer went on to be a Multnomah County Commissioner and spent ten years on the Portland City Council as Commissioner of Public Works. He has represented Oregon’s Third Congressional District since 1996, continuing to promote livable communities at the federal level. Mr. Blumenauer serves on the Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Blumenauer was named a German Marshall Fellow in 1995 and has won numerous awards from environmental, education, community, and civic organizations, including 1999 Legislator of the Year from the American Planning Association, the National Building Museum’s Apgar Award in 2000, and the 2001 National Bicycle Advocacy Award from the League of American Bicyclists.
- The Honorable Kate Brown
- Kate Brown was born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain, on June 21, 1960. After spending most of her childhood in Minnesota, Brown earned a B.A. in Environmental Conservation with a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned her law degree and Certificate in Environmental Law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Brown has taught at Portland State University, and practiced family and juvenile law. She was appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1991 and in 1996, after winning election to two more House terms, won election to the Oregon Senate. Two years later, she was elected Senate Democratic Leader and in 2004, senators made her the first woman to serve as Oregon’s Senate Majority Leader. In 2008, she was elected Oregon’s 24th Secretary of State.
In her legislative career, Brown led successful efforts to make Oregon’s state government open and accessible by taking legislative committee meetings to communities around the state. She also ensured funding for a comprehensive review of Oregon’s ethics laws, spearheaded legislation creating a searchable online database of campaign contributions and expenditures and reformed Oregon’s initiative process to reduce fraud and protect the citizen’s right to petition their government.
Secretary Brown lives in Portland with her husband Dan.
- The Honorable Susan Castillo
- Susan Castillo was re-elected to a second term as Oregon’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction and sworn into office in 2007. Ms. Castillo received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Oregon State University. Prior to entering public office, she was an award-winning television journalist for KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon. As the first Hispanic woman in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, Ms. Castillo served in the Oregon State Senate from 1997 to 2002, where she was Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee and was elected an Assistant Democratic Leader for the 1999 and 2001 legislative sessions. In addition to her duties as an elected official, Susan is a fellow in the American Leadership Forum, which is dedicated to bringing leaders together to strengthen their skills and better serve the public good. She is a board member of Birth to Three, a nationally recognized non-profit parenting education and support program dedicated to strengthening families. She is also an active board member of the Council of Chief State School Officers. In 2004, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in America by Hispanic Business.
- The Honorable Peter DeFazio
- Congressman Peter DeFazio was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1986. He is dean of the Oregon House delegation, and represents southwest Oregon from Corvallis in the north, down to the California border-from the west coast to the Cascade Mountains.
The ten-term member sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as Chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. He also serves on the Aviation and Railroad Subcommittees.
DeFazio also serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.
Finally, DeFazio serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, where he sits on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.
DeFazio and his wife, Myrnie Daut, live in Springfield, OR. He has logged over three million miles traveling between Oregon and Washington, DC, about three times each month, to serve the people of Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District in the United States Congress.
One of DeFazio’ s proudest accomplishments is the more than $260,000 in after-tax salary he has contributed to education scholarships and to reduce the national debt. Those contributions have funded 157 scholarships for displaced Oregon workers at the five southwestern Oregon community colleges, and the University of Oregon. Since he took office, DeFazio has refused to accept congressional pay raises while the government is deficit spending, and has linked his pay to Social Security cost-of-living adjustments.
- The Honorable Justice Paul De Muniz
- The Honorable Paul J. De Muniz joined the Oregon Supreme Court in January 2001 and became Chief Justice on January 1, 2006. As Chief Justice, he is the administrative head of the Oregon Judicial Department. Chief Justice De Muniz also served on the Oregon Court of Appeals (1990-2000), and practiced law in Salem. Chief Justice De Muniz has also served as a special prosecutor in Douglas County (1988) and as a deputy public defender for the state of Oregon (1975-77). He also served in the United States Air Force (1966-70), including a tour in Vietnam during the Vietnam War (1968-69). Chief Justice De Muniz was born in Glendale, California, and grew up in Portland, where he attended Harvey Scott Elementary and graduated from Madison High School. He graduated from Portland State University (B.S. Sociology, 1972) and Willamette University College of Law (J.D. 1975).
- The Honorable Jim Fairchild
- Mr. Fairchild has served the city of Dallas as its Mayor since 2001. Prior to becoming Mayor, Mr. Fairchild served on the City Council. He was President of the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) in 2006 and is a member of the LOC Board of Directors. Mr. Fairchild has served on a number of local, state, and national committees and boards. He is a retired high school and community college instructor and the owner of a house painting and remodeling business.
- The Honorable Ted Ferrioli
- Mr. Ferrioli has served as Oregon State Senator; Board Member, Upper John Day Community Development Corporation; Governor’s Task Force on Youth Employment; and on the Economic Improvement Commission. He is the Executive Director of Malheur Timber Operators. Mr. Ferrioli received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and is also co-founder of the Oregon Lands Coalition, and has been a member of the Community Substance Abuse Consortium and Director of the Oregon Logger Training Association. Senator Ferrioli has a long interest in Kam Wah Chung, a National Historic Landmark, and is a founding member of the legislature’s Heritage Caucus.
- The Honorable Dan Gardner
- Dan Gardner was elected Oregon’s labor commissioner in May 2002 and was re-elected in May 2006. Commissioner Gardner was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives to represent the13th House District, a position he held from 1996 to 2002. In 2006, Gardner was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO). Commissioner Gardner is a third-generation journeyman electrician. He has worked as an electrician for 28 years and has served as Vice-President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48. He attended Illinois Central College, Portland Community College, and Mt. Hood Community College.
- Linda Goodman
- Linda Goodman is currently the Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region, Portland, Oregon. In this capacity, she is responsible for the management of over 25 million acres of national forest lands in the states of Oregon and Washington. Ms. Goodman began her career with the Forest Service on the Olympic National Forest in Washington State in 1974. She has worked in a wide variety of administrative and managerial roles in five National Forests in the Pacific Northwest Region. In 1995, Ms. Goodman served as the first Director of the 18 Forest Service Job Corps Centers, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth. In August 1999 Goodman became the Deputy Regional Forester for Pacific Northwest Region. As the Deputy Regional Forester, Ms. Goodman oversaw a variety of programs, including recreation, lands, minerals, property and procurement, information resource management, financial management, human resources, and the fire and aviation program. From October 2001 to June 2002, she served as Acting Chief of Staff for the Forest Service in Washington, DC, and from August 2002-December 2002 served as Acting Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region. A native of the State of Washington, Goodman graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She continued her education in Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
- The Honorable Bill Hansell
- Commissioner Bill Hansell was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch north of Athena. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Political Science. He was first elected to the Board in 1983, making him the longest serving Commissioner in Umatilla County’s history. He has been active on the local, state, and national levels. Bill is a past president of both the Association of Oregon Counties and the National Association of Counties. He and his wife Margaret reside in Athena and have six grown children.
- Dr. Anthea M. Hartig
- Ms Hartig currently directs the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Western Office, the first such office established outside of the nation’s capitol in 1971, which now serves the six continental far western states along with Hawaii and Alaska. Prior to this position, she was Assistant Professor of History at La Sierra University in Riverside and taught graduate courses in historic preservation at the University of California, Riverside from where she holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree. Ms. Hartig has served as a preservation planner for over a decade, most recently at the Senior Planner level for the City of Riverside, and owned a cultural resources consulting firm. She has served on many local, statewide, and national history-related non-profit foundations’ boards of directors, including the California Preservation Foundation and the California Council for the Promotion of History. Most recently, she served as Chairperson of the State Historical Resources Commission, and is currently the co-chair of the Harada House Advisory Committee.
- The Honorable Mark O. Hatfield
- Mr. Hatfield was born in Dallas, Oregon. He graduated from Willamette University and completed his graduate degree at Stanford University in 1948. Mr. Hatfield served in the United States Navy in the Second World War and then as associate professor of political science (1949-1956) and dean of students (1950-1956) at Willamette University. He has had a prolific career in public service in the Oregon State house of representatives (1951-1955), the Oregon senate (1955-1957), as Oregon’s secretary of state (1957-1959), and as its Governor during Oregon’s Centennial (1959-1967). Mr. Hatfield was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1966 and reelected in 1972, 1978, 1984, and again in 1990 and served from January 3, 1967, to January 3, 1997. Mr. Hatfield is a published author and resumed teaching political science and history at Portland State University, George Fox University and Willamette University in 1997.
- Jonathan B. Jarvis
- Mr. Jarvis completed his undergraduate study in biology and graduate work in natural resources management. He has served as the National Park Service Regional Director of the Pacific West Region since 2002, with direct responsibilities for 54 units of the NPS in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Mr. Jarvis has served in the National Park Service for 26 years, starting as a seasonal interpreter in the Washington, D.C. parks, protection ranger, a resource management specialist, park biologist, and Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources through Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and North Cascades National Park in Washington. His first superintendency was at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and he served as the Superintendent of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska from 1994 until 1999. He became the Superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in August of 1999. Mr. Jarvis has published and lectured on the role of science in parks at conferences and workshops around the U.S. In his previous positions, Mr. Jarvis has obtained extensive experience in developing government-to-government relations with Native American tribes, gateway community planning, FERC re-licensing, major facility design and construction, wilderness management, and general management planning. He is married with two children.
- The Honorable Jeff Merkley
- U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is the son of a millwright and the first in his family to attend college. Born in the timber town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Merkley has spent his career fighting to increase opportunities for working families. After earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford and graduate degree in Public Policy at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Merkley worked as a national security analyst at the Pentagon and at the Congressional Budget Office. In 1991 Merkley returned to Oregon to lead Portland’s Habitat for Humanity, which works to empower low-income families through home ownership. Merkley went on to serve as president of the World Affairs Council in Portland before entering the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998. Merkley became Speaker of the House in 2007. As Oregon’s House Speaker, Merkley led the most productive legislative session in decades. The legislature increased education funding, expanded access to affordable prescription drugs, passed landmark environmental and energy legislation, established domestic partnerships, cracked down on predatory payday and title lending, and created Oregon’s first ever Rainy Day fund.
As Oregon’s junior U.S. Senator, Merkley is fighting to curb global warming, increase oversight and accountability of financial markets and banks, provide access to affordable health care for all, and make America work for working Americans. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Banking and Urban Development; Environment and Public Works; and Budget.
- Colonel Steven Miles
- Colonel Steven R. Miles became the Commander and District Engineer of the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 30, 2008. The Portland District has one of the Nation’s most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs. Covering most of Oregon and southwestern Washington, Portland District is operating locks and dams along the Columbia River, managing dams in the Willamette Valley for flood damage reduction, maintaining Oregon’s coastal rivers for navigation, and leading the Nation in hydropower generation, all while ensuring equal attention is placed on environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation. Portland District also serves as the Corps’ Hydroelectric Design Center, a National leader and Center of Expertise. A native of Cherry Hill, N.J., Col. Miles earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University and was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1985 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Miles also holds two masters degrees — business administration from Boston University and strategic studies from the Army War College. Col. Miles is a joint specialty officer and a licensed professional engineer in both Oregon and Virginia. Prior to this assignment, Col. Miles served as Commander of the Northwestern Division from November 2007 to May 2008 and as the deputy from July to November 2007. Earlier assignments include a year long deployment to Fallujah, Iraq as an Area Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in direct support of the U.S. Marines for stability and reconstruction operations in Western Iraq. Other assignments include Commander of the 29th Engineer Battalion in Hawaii and Joint Engineer Officer on the U.S. Forces Japan staff near Tokyo. Col. Miles has served as executive officer and operations officer for the 84th Engineer Battalion in Hawaii that included a deployment to the Balkans during Operation Allied Force. He also served in Korea leading the Camp Casey and Seoul Project Offices for two years with the Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to this assignment, Col. Miles served in Germany for six years in the 130th and 18th Engineer Brigades as a Company Commander and staff officer during the Cold War. Prior to Germany, Col. Miles served as a NATO Project Engineer in Turkey with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His initial assignment was with the 15th Engineer Battalion (Combat) 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a Task Force Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. His awards, decorations, and badges include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (5th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Service Star), the Armed Forces Services Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Sapper Tab and Engineer Regimental Bronze DeFleury Medal. Col. Miles is married and has two children.
- Major General Raymond F. Rees
- Major General Raymond F. Rees assumed duties as The Adjutant General for Oregon on July 1, 2005. He directs, manages, and supervises the administration, discipline, organization, training and mobilization of the Oregon National Guard, the Oregon State Defense Force, and the Joint Force Headquarters. He develops and coordinates all policies, plans and programs of the Oregon National Guard in concert with the Governor and legislature of the State. Prior to his current assignment, Major General Rees had numerous active duty and Army National Guard assignments to include: service in the Republic of Vietnam as a cavalry troop commander; commander of the 116th Armored Calvary Regiment; nearly nine years as the Adjutant General of Oregon; Director of the Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau; over five years service as Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau; 14 months as Acting Chief, National Guard Bureau; Chief of Staff, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).
- Congressman Kurt Schrader
- Congressman Kurt Schrader (Oregon’s 5th District) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. He has been a public servant for over 3 decades. Congressman Schrader became a member of the Canby Planning Commission in 1981 where he served until 1996 when he was elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives. In the Oregon House he served as a member of the Joint Ways & Means Committee. In 2001, Congressman Schrader was one of 5 legislators asked by their peers to guide Oregon through the worst budget crisis since the depression. In 2003, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate and was immediately appointed to chair the Joint Ways & Means Committee. He continued to serve in that capacity until he was elected to Congress. Congressman Schrader is a veterinarian and farmer who lives with his wife Martha on Three Rivers Farm in Canby where they grew and sold organic fruit and vegetables. Before being elected to Congress, he owned and managed the Clackamas County Veterinary clinic in Oregon City. Congressman Schrader still maintains his veterinary license. The clinic currently treats companion animals (dogs and cats). Congressman Schrader attended Cornell University where he received his BA in Government in 1973. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 1977. Kurt and Martha have raised five children: Maren, Clare, Steven, Ryan (RJ) and Travis.
Congressman Schrader currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture.
- Edward W. Shepard
- Edward W. Shepard, C.F., currently serves as the Oregon and Washington State Director for the United States Bureau of Land Management. He received his B.S. in Range and Forest Management from Colorado State University and his M.S. in Forest Management form Washington State University. During his thirty-two years of service, Mr. Shepard has served as the BLM Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning, the OR/WA BLM Deputy State Director for Resource Planning, Use, and Protection, and the Deputy Director of the Office of Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire. Of his many accomplishments Mr. Shepard participated in the development of the Healthy Forests Initiative. He is married with two daughters.
- The Honorable Greg Walden
- Congressman Greg Walden is currently in his fifth term representing the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes twenty counties in central, southern and eastern Oregon, and serves as the Deputy Majority Whip. Born in The Dalles, Oregon, Mr. Walden earned his BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon. He began his public service in the Oregon State Legislature, serving in both the House (1989-1995) and Senate (1995-1997). Mr. Walden was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1998 and was sworn in the following January. He and his wife own and operate Columbia Gorge Broadcasters, Inc. He has served on several boards and participates in local civic groups such as Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Walden is currently working diligently on key legislation he has cosponsored with colleagues from the Northwest such as the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Reauthorization Act.
- The Honorable Ben Westlund
- Bernard (Ben) J. Westlund II was born in Long Beach, Calif. on Sept. 3, 1949, and raised in Lake Oswego. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he earned a degree in education and history. He worked as a business analyst in Portland before moving to Central Oregon, where he helped start a successful mining venture and then became a rancher and agribusinessman, selling cattle genetics through his company, High Country Herefords.
Westlund was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives as a Republican in 1996, where he served from 1996 to 2003. He was a state Senator from 2003 to 2008, and was elected as State Treasurer in 2008. He switched parties to Democrat in 2006.
As a legislator, Westlund oversaw development of the state budget as co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee and was a leading voice for fiscal reform, including creation of the School Stability Fund and state rainy day fund, which improved Oregon’s bond rating and saved tax dollars. He also pushed for financial literacy, corporate accountability and mortgage industry reforms, the Oregon School Bond Guaranty Act and helped create and expand the Oregon 529 College Savings Network. Westlund championed innovative ways to make Oregonians’ lives better and more secure, such as the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Fallen Officers Fund, tax credits to bolster renewable energy development and the state’s Domestic Partnership registry. He and his wife, Libby, live near Bend. They have two children.
- Tim Wood
- Since 2004, Mr. Wood has served as Director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Born and raised in Ohio, he holds an undergraduate degree in Parks Administration from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in System Management from the University of Southern California. Prior to 2004 Mr. Wood served as Assistant Director, Operations, for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, responsibilities he assumed in January 1998. Before coming to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Mr. Wood was the Director of Support Services with Society of American Military Engineers in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1996, he completed 24 years of active duty service with the U.S. Army achieving the rank of colonel. From 1994-1996, he commanded the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon.
- The Honorable David Wu
- Congressman David Wu (D-OR) was sworn in to a fourth term as a Member of the 109th Congress on January 3, 2005. He earned his BS from Stanford University in 1977, attended Harvard Medical School, and received a law degree from Yale University in 1982. After a clerkship with a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, Congressman Wu co-founded the law firm of Cohen & Wu in 1988. For a decade, the firm successfully served the high technology industry and numerous small businesses across Northwest Oregon. Congressman Wu is the first and only Chinese-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently is a member of the Executive Board for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and served as Chair from January 2001 to January 2004. Congressman Wu is also a member of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a group of moderate Democrats in the House.
- The Honorable Ron Wyden
- Ron Wyden holds the Senate seat once held by his mentor, the late Wayne Morse. In the Senate, he serves on the following Committees: Finance, Select Intelligence, Budget, the Special Committee on Aging and Energy and Natural Resources. In addition, Senator Wyden serves on the Forest and Public Land Management and Science, Technology and Space subcommittees.Before his election to the Senate in 1996, he served 15 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He previously served as co-director of the Oregon Gray Panthers. The Senator attended the University of California at Santa Barbara on a basketball scholarship before receiving his B.A. with distinction from Stanford University. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and taught gerontology at several Oregon universities. Senator Wyden’s home is in Portland; he is married to Nancy Bass, whom he wed in September 2005. He has two children: Adam, 21, and Lilly, 16.