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 Vice President 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 three to 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
John Rexford has served as superintendent of the High Desert Education Service since 2012. He previously worked with Bend-La Pine Schools for 23 years, lastly 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. He earned educational administration credentials from the University of Oregon. John 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 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 at Bend-La Pine Schools. 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.
Retired, NBC News broadcast journalist
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. Bruce 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 NightlBrucebrucey 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, Bruce 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." Bruce 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.
General Manager, Hydro Flask
General Manager, 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, David 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. David 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. Dan 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. Dan 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
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. Kathy 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. Kathy 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 Kathy’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
Former CEO, Bend Research, Inc.
Dr. Rod Ray is the former chief executive officer 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, he 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, Rod has extensive experience in commercializing diverse products for the electronics, energy, medical, agricultural, and space industries. He is currently a consultant and board member for various pharmaceutical and technological companies. Rod 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, Tykeson Family Charitable Trust
Former CEO, BendBroadband
President and CEO, Madras Sanitary Service
Former Mayor of Madras
Melanie Widmer worked her way up through the family business (Madras Sanitary Service) since 1995 and now serves as president
and CEO. She also served on the Madras City Council for eight years, and as Madras Mayor from 2008 – 2014. Melanie has held positions on the Madras Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce board and the Madras Redevelopment Commission. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, the EDCO board, Central Oregon Regional Solutions Advisory Council, and Now4 OSU-Cascades committee. Melanie received her Associate of Arts degree from COCC, and is slowly but surely working toward her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from OSU-Cascades (expected graduation: Winter 2018). Melanie and her husband Sid enjoy exploring our beautiful Northwest, as well as the rest of the world.