The Oregon State University - Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board is the principal volunteer leadership organization for the campus. Board membership provides an opportunity for alumni, friends and community members to deepen their engagement with OSU-Cascades, and for the leadership of OSU-Cascades to gain advice and support. Members of the Board use their knowledge, networks, influence and affluence to advance OSU-Cascades' goals and help ensure the campus's future success. The Board promotes a positive image for OSU-Cascades, its students, alumni and business partners throughout the region, state and nation.
The board meets four times each academic year. Board meetings are open to the public.
For media inquiries contact Christine Coffin, Director of Communications at 541-322-3152.
Branch Manager and Registered Investment Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services
Former Councilor, Bend City Council
Member, Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors
Former Mayor, City of Bend
Oran Teater has been a financial advisor in Bend for the past 29 years, and is currently the Branch Manager and a Registered Investment Advisor with Raymond James Financial Services. Prior to entering the investment business in the early 1980s, he owned and operated a nationally franchised personnel agency. Oran, a fourth generation Oregonian, has lived in Bend since 1971, following his great-grandparents who immigrated to the area in the late 1800s. He has held leadership positions within many community organizations in Central Oregon, serving as president of the Bend Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), chair of the Growing Tree Children’s Center and president of the Greater Bend Rotary Club. He was elected to the Bend City Council in 1996 and again in 2000, and served as Mayor from 2002 to 2004. In January 2009, he was appointed again to the City Council to replace Councilor Chris Telfer who was leaving the Council to begin her first term in the Oregon Senate. At the state level, Oran has served on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors since 1999. He holds a degree in business from Southern Oregon University, is married to Janie, a teacher in the Bend LaPine School District. Son Kyle is a financial analyst for the Boeing Company in Seattle.
Superintendent, High Desert Education Service District
Mr. Rexford has served as Superintendent for the High Desert Education Service since 2012. He previously worked with Bend-La Pine Schools for 23 years, most recently as Deputy Superintendent. He spent four years in the private sector prior to entering Oregon public school business management in 1985. He completed a BS in business at Oregon State University and earned an MBA from Portland State University. His Educational Administration credentials were earned at the University of Oregon. Mr. Rexford has served in the past as a director in the Oregon Association of School Business Officials, the Executive Board of the Oregon School Facilities Management Association, and currently serves as a trustee on the PACE school risk pool. He led planning efforts in Bend resulting in four successful bond issues to build 13 new schools during his tenure there. John has written and spoken on wide-range of topics, including effective meetings, successful communications, and long-range school planning. His wife, Sharon is a high school math teacher, and they have two adult daughters, one son-in-law and a one grandchild.v
Laura Craska Cooper
Partner, Brix Law LLP
Laura Craska Cooper has practiced real estate, business and land use law since 1991. She assists her clients in structuring real estate and corporate transactions, obtaining development permits and entitlements, secured lending transactions and with the legal aspects of construction projects. She has special expertise in large-scale residential developments, including destination resorts. Prior to co-founding Brix Law in 2015, Cooper was the managing partner of the Bend office of Ball Janik LLP. Before that, she practiced with the real estate group of a prominent California-based firm in San Francisco and Tokyo. She is a former law clerk to the Hon. Charles E. Wiggins of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to serving on the OSU-Cascades Advisory Board, she is an elected member of the board of directors of the Central Oregon Community College, the vice chair of the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and secretary of the Prineville Hospital Foundation. She serves as legal counsel to numerous non-profit, charitable organizations throughout Central Oregon. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A., B.J., summa cum laude, 1988), Cooper earned her J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and California.
General Manager, Hydro Flask
Mr. Allan became President and CEO of Bend, OR based Hydro Flask in June 2012 and subsequently set the company’s successful premium brand strategy. Over the next few years, Hydro Flask was twice named to the Inc 500 and Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Work and Mr. Allan was named the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Northwest. Hydro Flask was acquired by Helen of Troy in March 2016. Mr. Allan was retained as General Manager responsible for the strategy and continued global growth of the business. Previously, Scott spent 15 years in Silicon Valley including roles commercializing Apple Pay technology, as VP/General Manager of the Motorola Solutions payment and kiosk business, and as COO for a Silicon Valley payment and cloud based services venture. Scott also served as CEO of TriniTEQ, a handheld restaurant ordering system developer. Scott serves on the board of Cairn, an outdoor products monthly subscription service, the advisory board of Sudara, a social enterprise offering vibrant India sourced apparel, and the advisory board of the No Bake Cookie Company. Scott earned his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the UC Berkeley and MBA from Northwestern University. Scott enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, golfing, surfing, and travel with his wife Annie and four children.
Owner, Fast Creek Productions, LLC
Erin M. Borla was born and raised in Central Oregon. Her family lived in Bend until the early nineties when they moved to Sisters. Borla is a graduate of Sisters High School. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture from Oregon State University in Corvallis where she focused her studies in Communications and Leadership Studies. After college Borla accepted a position traveling for her Fraternity. Her travels allowed her the opportunity to spend time in over a dozen different states and on over 25 different college campuses coaching and guiding young women through University and College learning programs like leadership development, budgeting, property management and more. In 2003, Borla returned to Central Oregon where she opened a small public relations firm, Fast Creek Productions, LLC. Fast Creek has prided itself on its work with rural non-profits throughout Central Oregon by hosting events, managing websites, drafting press releases, developing social media campaigns and facilitating other marketing programs. Over the past 14 years Fast Creek Productions client list includes the Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters Movie House, Sisters School District, Cycle Oregon, Bank of the Cascades, Eastlan Ratings, Newport Kidsport and more. While operating her business, Borla received her Master’s of Tourism Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. In 2009, Borla took the position of Executive Director of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce. With that position she worked with Economic Development agencies in Central Oregon and statewide, Destination Marketing Organizations throughout the state of Oregon and local businesses and non-profits. Her tenure at the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce showed an increase in Chamber membership by 20% and the Chamber’s budget to be balanced without operating at a deficit for the first time in several years. Borla stepped away from the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014. She now spends much of her time serving as a Trustee for her family’s foundation, The Roundhouse Foundation, and volunteering with various causes in the Sisters area. Along with continuing to operate Fast Creek Productions with a small number of clients; Borla also writes for the local newspaper, The Nugget Newspaper. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Chris, and three children, Charlie (17), Frankie (7) and Nealie (4). She also enjoys riding horses, knitting and reading.
Bruce Cummings and his wife Sandy have lived in Bend since 2006 when he retired from NBC News after 30-plus years as a broadcast journalist. The lion's share of his career was spent at NBC Nightly News, where he worked as a senior producer with Tom Brokaw and then Brian Williams. Cummings spent 18 of those years in NBC's Washington, D.C. bureau, managing the reporting of correspondents and producers covering the White House, the Hill, the State Department, the Pentagon and the federal agencies. He and the Nightly team won numerous Emmys and other national awards. He was regularly called on to manage the coverage of major breaking news stories for all NBC News programs, including the Enron meltdown and the D.C. sniper. He transferred to the Los Angeles bureau of NBC News in 1997, continuing in his role as a senior producer of NBC Nightly News. He oversaw coverage of national stories from Alaska south through the Pacific Northwest, California, Mexico, and inland through the intermountain west…stories as diverse as the Columbine massacre and Michael Jackson's trial to California politics and the west’s legendary battles over water rights and annual rounds of wildland fires. Before joining NBC network news, Cummings was executive producer of the nation’s capital’s evening news at WRC-TV, the NBC-owned station in Washington, DC. He worked prior to that as a news producer for the late Peter Jennings at ABC's "Good Morning America". Cummings began his broadcasting career as a radio show host and then local television news anchor and producer on the east coast. Over the years, Bruce has done extensive work as a narrator of television productions and a voice-over artist for commercials and on-air promos. In Bend he works with his wife, who is the founder of TVStoryteller, an independent video production company specializing in documentaries. Bruce is involved in community service via Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Saving Grace, and Shepherd’s House.
West Bend Property Company, NorthWest Crossing
David Ford is general manager of West Bend Property Company, the developer of NorthWest Crossing, a mixed-use community located on Bend’s west side. Prior to West Bend Property Company, Ford worked for Heery International, an architectural services and construction program management consulting firm, managing capital improvement programs for Bend – La Pine, Crook County and Culver school districts. With broad based experience in real estate and construction management, he has successfully completed of $250 million of public and private construction programs in Central Oregon. Ford completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis and has an M.B.A. from the University of Denver’s School of Business and Public Management. David is currently serving on the COCC Board of Directors. David and his wife, Kitri, have lived in Central Oregon since 1991 and are the proud parents of Harper, their chocolate Labrador retriever.
CEO and Co-Founder, G5 Search Marketing
Dan Hobin is co-founder and chief executive officer of G5 Search Marketing Inc., a Bend-based technology company that manages and measures clients’ online marketing efforts. Prior to founding G5, Hobin was the founder and chief executive officer of SmashCast, Inc., a web-based digital publishing company based in San Francisco. Hobin has held key sales and marketing roles at Beyond.com, a company specializing in online software sales, and in their spin out, CyberSource Corporation, a company that focused on e-commerce services in San Jose, California. Hobin is a managing partner of Bend Capital Partners and a co-founder of the Bend Venture Conference, organizations devoted to fostering the growth of technology companies in Central Oregon. Dan received his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a focus on Japanese business and is a graduate of the Shibusawa International School in Fukaya, Japan. He lives with his wife Sara and three sons in Bend.
Chairman of the Board, Brooks Resources Corporation
After helping to found Brooks Resources Corporation in the late 60s, Mike has had a large influence on the Central Oregon region over the last 40+ years. Mike guided Brooks Resources through the fat and thin years of the real estate industry, creating such memorable communities as Black Butte Ranch, North Rim, Awbrey Butte and NorthWest Crossing. He has also helped to shape a company whose name has become synonymous with community support. His vision is apparent throughout the community and he has positively influenced issues such as transportation, education, economic development and cultural resources. Mike is the convener of the state’s Advisory Board of Regional Solutions team, member of the Oregon Business Council, and serves on several private and public boards and foundations throughout the U.S. He is the former Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission, appointed by Governor Goldschmidt and recently served on the Oregon State University Cascades Advisory Board. Mike was honored by Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management as the 2014 Glenn L. Jackson Leadership award recipient. He and his wife Sue have been honored by the community they’ve served by the Bend Chamber and Central Oregon Builders’ Association, among others.
Loren Irving is a 1966 graduate of Oregon State. After three years of service in the U.S. Army as an officer and serving in Vietnam, he and his wife moved to Bend where he joined the Brooks Scanlon Company. In 1974, Loren and two partners founded Deschutes Pine Sales, a wholesale lumber company. Now retired, Irving pursues his interest in the greater community, and particularly in the needs of families and children. He served on the Leadership Council for the Oregon Community Foundation and on the board of trustees of the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon. He is past president of the Greater Bend Rotary and was named Bend Citizen of the Year in 1997. Irving is one of the founders of the Central Oregon Family Resource Center and is currently serving on the board of the Deschutes Historical Museum. He is the curator of "Finding Fremont, Pathfinder of the West," an exhibit that traces the 1843 travels of John C. Frémont. For many years he has enjoyed being a photographer, fly fishing for steelhead and playing the mandolin. Irving was appointed by former OSU President Paul Risser as a member of the first advisory committee to support OSU-Cascades. Loren and his wife, Sally, have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Retired Chair, Jefferson County Extension Service and Superintendent, Central Oregon Agricultural Research Station
A retired professor emeritus for Oregon State University, Clint Jacks has worked most of his career in the Central Oregon region. He has been an OSU Extension faculty member in Jefferson County with a focus on management of rangeland resources, and was superintendent of Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Madras and Powell Butte, and staff chair of the Jefferson County and Warm Springs Extension offices. He also served as staff chair of Deschutes and Crook County Extension offices. Currently Jacks is working with the Cascades Center for Community Governance on economic stewardship projects and also taken on various rangeland restoration projects. Clint and his wife, Naomi live in Madras and have two married children and two grandchildren. Both Clint and Naomi enjoy traveling, gardening, hiking and camping.
Kathy Klock Persing
Former Co-Chair, Microsoft’s US Partners in Learning National Advisory Committee
Kathy Klock Persing is a graduate of Oregon State University and her career has been devoted to the field of education. Persing spent six years as senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation creating professional development programs across the country and developing high school initiatives in a number of states. She has served on advisory boards that supported the Colleges of Education at OSU and at Washington State University. She just completed work with the Governor’s Office in the State of Washington on a project linking Eastern Washington University and Chaney School District through mathematics. Persing was also co-chair of Microsoft’s US Partners in Learning original National Advisory Committee. She has four children, three sons and a daughter, and several grandchildren. Two of Persing’s children are graduates of Oregon State University; the others graduated from Portland State and Eastern Washington University. She recently served on the design team for Redmond’s new high school.
Principal, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management
Mark Kralj is a principal and a member of the firm’s investment team. Kralj joined the firm in 1989 and is a portfolio manager with clients concentrated in Portland, Vancouver, Bend and Boise. Before joining the firm, he was an equity analyst and portfolio manager for high-net-worth clients at First Interstate Bank. Kralj received his B.S. in business from Oregon State University. He also is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Kralj is a member and past president of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Portland. He serves as a trustee for the Providence Child Center Foundation, the Oregon State University Foundation and the Oregon Symphony Board. Kralj is a founding member of the Professional Advisory Council for the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and is on the Investment Committee & Planned Giving Committee of St. Vincent Hospital Foundation. He is also on the Campaign Committee for the Oregon State University Cascades Campus. Kralj is past chairman of the Board of Trustees and Investment Committee of the National American Red Cross Endowment.
Dr. Rod Ray is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Bend Research, Inc., where he worked for over 30 years. BRI was purchased in 2014 by Capsugel, and Rod remains involved as a member of their Scientific and Business Advisory Board. During his time at Bend Research, Dr. Ray held numerous positions specializing in the development and commercialization of a wide range of products. He was instrumental in directing the management of large-scale programs to advance pharmaceutical compounds through the development process to commercialization, and served as the primary management contact for client companies. In addition to his expertise in advancing pharmaceutical processes and products, Dr. Ray has extensive experience in commercializing diverse products for the electronics, energy, medical, agricultural, and space industries. Rod is currently a consultant and board member for various pharmaceutical and technological companies. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Oregon, holds 23 U.S. patents, and has 46 publications.
Managing Trustee for the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust
Former CEO of BendBroadband
As President & CEO of BendBroadband, Amy built a highly regarded company known for technology leadership, customer service and corporate citizenry. Through industry advocacy she helped shape national telecom policy. Family-owned BendBroadband was sold to Telecom and Data Systems (TDS) in 2014. During her 32 years in the cable industry, Amy served on the boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), CableLabs, C-SPAN and Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association (OCTA). Currently Amy is the managing trustee of the Tykeson Family Foundation, overseeing operations and contributions to education, healthcare and the arts. She is a board member of OHSU and OPB and a member of Central Oregon Regional Solutions Advisory Council. Amy is active with several start-up companies in Oregon. Amy is a member of Looking Forward, and co-founder of Now4 OSU-Cascades, a community coalition supporting the campus. Past board service includes the Catlin Gabel School, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon and Economic Development for Central Oregon. Amy has been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame and has received the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, OSU Cascades’ Distinguished Service Award, COCC’s Citizen of the Year Award, and Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award. Amy lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Dr. John Teller.