Jun 01, 2017

Oregon State University – Cascades recently welcomed six new members to its advisory board, now named the Advocacy and Advisory Board.  The members were appointed by Vice President Becky Johnson and will serve a three-year renewable term.  Members advise the vice president and advance the institution’s goals. 

The new board members are:

Scott Allan, General Manager, Hydro Flask  A technology leader and entrepreneur, Allan joined Hydro Flask in 2012 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, Hydro Flask was named twice to Inc. 500 and Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Work. Allan was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 for the Pacific Northwest. In 2016 Hydro Flask was purchased by Helen of Troy. Allan now serves as the company’s general manager, leading business strategy and global growth. He serves on boards of Cairn, Sudara and the No Bake Cookie Company. Allan earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a MBA from Northwestern University.

Erin Borla, Owner, Fast Creek Productions, LLC   Borla is a Central Oregon native and an OSU alumna. Her commitment to the community of Sisters and the surrounding region has spanned 14 years. Fast Creek, a communications and marketing company, works with rural non-profit organizations and its clients include the Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters Movie House, Sisters School District, Cycle Oregon and Bank of the Cascades. Borla served as executive director of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2014. She is a trustee of the Roundhouse Foundation.  Borla received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from OSU and a master’s degree in tourism administration from George Washington University.

Mike Hollern, Chairman of the Board, Brooks Resources Corporation  Central Oregon has benefited from Hollern’s visionary leadership for more than four decades. A founder of Brooks Resources, he has guided the company through economic cycles, developing Black Butte Ranch, NorthWest Crossing and other communities. He is the convener of the Central Oregon Regional Solutions Advisory Committee, a member of the Oregon Business Council, and serves on public and private boards throughout the U.S. He is former chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission and received the 2014 Glenn L. Jackson leadership award from the Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Hollern previously served on the OSU-Cascades board of advisors in the early 2000s. He and his wife Sue have been honored by the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Central Oregon Builders’ Association and other organizations for their dedication to the community.

Mark Kralj, Principal, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Kralj is a principal and member of the Ferguson Wellman investment team and has clients in Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington; Bend and Boise, Idaho. Before joining Ferguson Wellman, he was an equity analyst and portfolio manager at First Interstate Bank. Kralj is a member and past president of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Portland, and serves as a trustee of the Providence Child Center Foundation, Oregon State University Foundation and Oregon Symphony Board. He is a founding member of the Professional Advisory Council for the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and serves on the investment and planned giving committees of St. Vincent Hospital Foundation. Kralj is past chairman of the board of trustees of the National American Red Cross Endowment.  He received a bachelor’s degree in business from OSU and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. 

Rod Ray, former CEO and president, Bend Research, Inc.  A native of Bend, Ray joined Bend Research in 1975 as an intern, and starting in 2002 served at the company’s helm for more than 20 years until its purchase by Capsugel in 2014. He now serves on the company’s Scientific and Business Advisory Board. An alumnus of OSU, Ray served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2015 and currently sits on the OSU College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council. His past board leadership has included Volunteers in Medicine, Family Resource Center of Central Oregon and Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation. Ray holds a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado, and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from OSU. He holds 23 U.S. patents and is the author of 46 research publications, and sits on the boards of several pharmaceutical and technological companies.

Amy Tykeson, Managing Trustee, Tykeson Family Charitable Trust and former CEO, BendBroadband  During a 32-year career in the cable industry, Tykeson led BendBroadband and advocated nationally for the industry, serving on boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, C-SPAN and Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association. She was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a NCTA Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership in 2007. The family-owned BendBroadband was sold to Telecom and Data Systems in 2014. As a trustee of the Tykeson Family Foundation, Tykeson oversees contributions to education, healthcare and the arts. She serves on the boards of Oregon Health and Science University and OPB, and is a member of the Central Oregon Regional Solutions Advisory Council. Her past board service has included The Nature Conservancy of Oregon and EDCO. Tykeson is a member of Looking Forward and co-founder of Now4 OSU-Cascades. She is a recipient of the OSU-Cascades’ Distinguished Service Award, Central Oregon Community College Citizen of the Year, and the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award.

For information about the Advisory and Advocacy board, visit http://osucascades.edu/leadership/advocacy-and-advisory-board.

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and four graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in fall 2015; its new campus opened in fall 2016.