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.

Board Meetings

Board Charter


Oran Teater, Chair
John Rexford, Vice Chair
Bruce Cummings, Secretary


Scott Allan
Mark Copeland
David Ford
Lisa Hale
Dan Hobin
Mike Hollern
Kathy Persing
Mark Kralj
Rod Ray
Amy Tykeson
Alan Unger
Melanie Widmer



Oran Teater

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-boardOran 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.

Vice Chair

John Rexford

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.


Bruce Cummings

bruce-cummingsRetired, 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. 


Scott Allan

General Manager, Hydro Flask

Scott AllanScott Allan became president and CEO of Bend based Hydro Flask in 2012 and subsequently set the company’s successful premium brand strategy. Over the next few years, Hydro Flask was twice named to Inc 500 and Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Work, and Scott was named the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Northwest. Hydro Flask was acquired by Helen of Troy in March 2016. Scott was retained as general manager responsible for the strategy and continued global growth of the business. Previously, Scott spent 15 years in Silicon Valley serving in 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 a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the UC Berkeley and a MBA from Northwestern University. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, golfing, surfing, and travel with his wife Annie and four children.

David Ford

General Manager, West Bend Property Company - NorthWest Crossing

david-ford-boardDavid 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.

Dan Hobin

CEO and Co-Founder, G5 Search Marketing

dan-hobin-boardDan 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, 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.

Mike Hollern

Chairman of the Board, Brooks Resources Corporation

Mike HollernAfter 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-plus 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 the Governor's 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 also served on an Oregon State University - Cascades real estate committee. 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 within the community they’ve served by the Bend Chamber and Central Oregon Builders’ Association, among others.

Kathy Persing

Former Co-Chair, Microsoft’s US Partners in Learning National Advisory Committee

Kathy Klock PersingKathy 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.

Mark Kralj

Principal, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

Mark KraljMark Kralj is a principal and member of Ferguson Wllman Capital Management's investment team. Mark 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. Mark received his B.S. in business from Oregon State University. He also is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Mark 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. Mark 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. Mark is past chairman of the board of trustees and investment committee of the National American Red Cross Endowment. 

Rod Ray

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 Rod Raypurchased 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.

Amy Tykeson

Managing Trustee, Tykeson Family Charitable Trust
Former CEO, BendBroadband

Amy TykesonAs president and 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 in 2014.  During her 32 years in the cable industry, Amy served on the boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, CableLabs, C-SPAN and Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association. 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. She 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, the Central Oregon Community College Citizen of the Year Award, and Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award. Amy lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Dr. John Teller.

Melanie Widmer

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.