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The Board of Regents is the development advisory group of the Honors College and is comprised of distinguished alumni and friends of Oregon State who are committed to the mission and vision of the Honors College. Board members work with the dean, HC staff, and the HC development officer to promote the long-term success and sustainability of the HC and its programs by serving as external advocates; advisers on fundraising strategies, opportunities, and projects; and direct and indirect contributors to the HC’s long-term goals and stability. Board members’ engagement and leadership is central to the achievement of the HC’s mission.
Kevin Ahern is a professor at Oregon State University, where he has been a member of the faculty since the mid-1990s, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and serving as head advisor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. An OSU alum (Ph.D., 1986), Kevin also served as OSU's Director for Undergraduate Research until 2015. He is well known for his popular YouTube video lectures on biochemistry, which have been watched by students in every country in the world, including Greenland. Along with fellow Board of Regents member Indira Rajagopal, Kevin is the author of Biochemistry Free and Easy, an open educational resource textbook available for the iPad and personal computers. Taking full advantage of electronic delivery, the textbook abounds with multimedia educational content, including full sets of the YouTube video lectures, rotatable 3D molecules, adaptive learning exercises, full electronic linkage to internet resources, and recordings of Metabolic Melodies, an extensive collection of songs about biochemistry that he uses to teach the subject. Kevin has served as editor of Biotechnology Software and Internet Journal and as a contributing editor to Science, Genetic Engineering News, and BioTechniques, and he has written and published over 700 articles. Kevin teaches "Scientists in the Public Eye" and "Sing a Song of Science" in the HC. Kevin joined the Board of Regents in 2014.
Andy Bartmess was a graduate of the OSU Honors Program, earning a B.S. in industrial engineering in 1982. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and has pursued an active and varied business career. He worked for many years with Dawson International PLC, a textile manufacturer based in Scotland and Manchester, serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. From January, 2011 to March, 2013, he was the Director of the Commercial Division of the Rain Bird Corporation. Andy is currently the president of Dawson Forte, a luxury apparel wholesaler based in Boston. He is also a published author in the field of global supply chain strategy and is married with three sons. He joined the HC Board of Regents in 2013.
Belinda Batten, a professor of mechanical engineering, is currently the executive associate dean in the Oregon State University College of Engineering. Prior to this, she directed the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. She has also served as head of mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and the original head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Belinda is internationally renowned for her research in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems and the development of computational algorithms for reduced order controllers. Her research on the dynamics and control of wave energy converters has been funded by DARPA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Belinda graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Maryland, earning her Ph.D. from Clemson University. After extensive engagement with the Honors College as an instructor and mentor, she joined the Board of Regents in 2017.
Adam Bean became a member of the HC Board of Regents in 2011. Adam graduated from OSU with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in 2000. He is now an Industrial Engineer with Fujifilm Dimatix in Santa Clara, CA and has been an active supporter of the HC in a range of capacities for several years.
Cort Brazelton joined the HC Board of Regents in 2014. A 2003 graduate of the Honors College (H.B.A., History), Cort is a shareholder in and the Director of Business Development and International Business for Fall Creek Farm and Nursery Inc., the largest blueberry nursery and blueberry genetics company in the world. After graduating from Oregon State, Cort attended the Monterey Institue of International Studies, with linguistic specialties in Spanish, German, and Italian and a specialization in macroeconomics. He now works closely with business partners throughout the Americas, Europe, and Africa. He previously worked in management at Driscoll's Strawberry Associates and spent a number of years as a partner in a consultancy for agriculture investors. He lives in Eugene, OR with his wife Chelsea, son Rhys, and a crazy Boston Terrier. Cort is an avid flyfisher and musician.
Carol Juckeland is a 1967 graduate from the Oregon State University School of Education. She taught elementary grade school for several years in New Jersey and Florida, and she was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for 13 years in Clackamas County, Oregon, advocating for safe and permanent placement for children at risk. In addition, she has been an award-winning calligrapher and book artist for 24 years. Carol has four children and was very involved with their school and sport activities. She is an avid bridge player, working hard to become a Life Master; she enjoys tennis, swimming, and yoga; and she has been a world traveler, visiting India, Dubai, Australia, and multiple African, European, South American, Asian, and Scandinavian countries.
Kenneth Krane, Professor Emeritus in the OSU Department of Physics, has been one of the HC's most active faculty partners since the founding of the college in 1995. After engaging with the HC as a faculty member, on the OSU Faculty Senate, and on a numer of thesis and scholarship committees, Ken joined the HC Board of Regents in 2011.
Paul Lorenzini joined the HC Board of Regents in 2017 following involvement with the college as a course instructor and guest presenter. He received a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in nuclear engineering in 1970, after receiving an undergraduate degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He also has a J.D. from Loyola University and graduated from Harvard University's Advanced Management Program. He has had extensive experience in the energy industry, and he was the President of Pacific Power and C.E.O. of PacificCorp Turkey and PowerCor Australia. He cofounded NuScale Power with OSU Professor Jose Reyes in 2007, retiring as C.E.O. in 2013. He has been on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the advisory board for the OSU Accelerator pogram, and he was elected to the Oregon State College of Engineering Hall of Fame in 2006.
Eric MacKender graduated from OSU with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2000, and he earned an M.B.A. from Tulane University in 2005. Eric has been with Chevron since 2000. During his tenure, he has completed assignments in manufacturing, products and technology, and procurement. He currently serves as a technical manager for Chevron Oronite Company in Louisiana. Eric is married to a fellow chemical engineer, Heather, and they have two children, Emma and Henry, and a border collie mutt, Maude. Eric joined the Board of Regents in 2014.
Joseph Maxwell is an Honors College graduate, one of the very first, having received his H.B.S. in biochemistry and biophysics in 1997. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from Oregon State in immunology, leaving Oregon for a postdoc on the east coast in 2001. He returned to the west, working in Seattle as a research scientist with the biotechnology company, Amgen, for nine years. There, he initiated early discovery programs for inflammatory diseases and developed a core interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He now is a principal research scientist with AbbVie in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he leads a research group focused on mucosal immunology, working to find new therapies for intestinal disease. He lives with his wife Sarah – who is also an OSU graduate (undergrad and grad school) – in Westborough, MA with their twin son and daughter, two cats, and a dog.
Indira Rajagopal is a senior instructor in the OSU Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, where she teaches a wide cross-section of OSU's student population. Her association with the HC began in 2004, teaching the Honors Biology laboratory sections, a three-term series that she still teaches. She has, since, taught other honors courses, served on a number of honors thesis committees, and was interim associate dean for the college. A co-author, with fellow Board of Regents member Kevin Ahern, of a free electronic biochemistry textbook, Indira is a staunch supporter of open educational resources. She is keenly interested in the improvement of undergraduate teaching in the sciences as well as science communication, and she served as associate editor for Biotechnology Technology and Software Review for seven years. Happiest when surrounded by students, Indira serves as faculty advisor to both the Biochemistry and Biophysics undergraduate club and the Cap and Gown chapter of Mortar Board at OSU. Indira joined the Board of Regents in 2014.
Julian Uselman graduated from the HC with an Honors Bachelor of Science in radiation healthy physics in 2002, then spent a year teaching English in Japan before attending medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated in 2009. After completing his internship and residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson he came back to the Pacific Northwest. He is now back in his hometown of Silverton, Oregon as an osteopathic physician with Silverton Health, specializing in family medicine. After participating in a mentorship lunch with current students, he joined the Honors College Board of Regents in 2015.
Alicia Wendler is currently a counselor at David Douglas's Alice Ott Middle School in Portland, Oregon, having spent over 16 years working in the public school system. She graduated with her B.S. in elementary education from Eastern Oregon University in 1999 and received an M.S. in school counseling from Portland State University in 2003. Alicia and her husband Ian (who graduated from OSU in industrial and manufacturing engineering in 2000) live in Portland with their two children. She joined the Board of Regents in 2017.
Mary Carlin Yates is originally from Portland, and she graduated from Oregon State in English (class of 1968). She is retired from a very distinguished and active career in the U.S. Department of State that began in 1980. She served as Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi from 1999-2002 and Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana from 2002-2005, during which she was recognized with a Presidential Performance Award for Excellence in 2004. From 2005-2007, she served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the United States European Command with an area of responsibility encompassing 92 countries in Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East. After two years as Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Activities of United States Africa Command, Ambassador Yates joined the National Security Council in 2009 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs. She was appointed interim Charge d’Affaires to Sudan by President Obama in 2011, and retired from the State Department in 2012. She joined the University Honors College Board of Regents in 2012, and she supports the Barbara Carlin and Mary Carlin Yates Honors Scholarship recognizing her mother.
Julius "JJ" Young, Jr. currently serves as senior vice president and region head of Wells Fargo's Global Advisory practice. With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Julius has held leadership positions in corporate banking, international banking, wealth management, and global financial institutions. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1994 with a B.A. in economics, and he was a four-year letterman and team captain of OSU's football team. Julius currently resides in Houston with his wife Michelle (also a '94 OSU grad), son, and twin daughters. In addition to the HC Board of Regents, which he joined in 2017, Julius serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston.
Roy Arnold holds an Emeritus appointment at OSU after an impressive number of OSU administrative positions; including Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS), Provost and Executive Vice President for OSU, and Executive Associate Dean of CAS. Roy came to OSU from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he served as the Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. His academic area is Food Science and Technology. He served as national president of the Institute of Food Technologists, a 28,000 member scientific and professional society, in 1994-95. Roy lives in Corvallis with his wife Jane. They spend a lot of time with their grandchildren in Olympia and enjoy hiking, spending time in the outdoors, and traveling. Roy has provides continuing leadership to the HC, the Agricultural Research Foundation, the OSU Retirement Association, and in the community of Corvallis. Roy served as a Board of Regents member from 2009-2011.
Ruth Beyer was the chair of the Board of Regents until the end of her term or service in 2011. She is an attorney in the Corporate practice group for Portland-based firm Stoel Rives. She served as the Managing Partner for the firm’s Portland office from 1995-2005. In 2005 Ruth was selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and in 2006 as an Oregon Super Lawyer. She serves as a Trustee for the Oregon State University Foundation, and is a co-founder of the Oregon State University Women’s Giving Circle. A 1977 alumnus of the OSU Honors Program, Ruth Beyer holds a degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame.
John Byrne Emeritus Board Member, is OSU Emeritus President (1984-1995) and joined the Board in the fall of 2002. Byrne taught a HC Colloquia, Leadership and Personal Success, for many years. Although retired, John continues his involvement with the OSU campus and keeps a busy schedule of professional advising and consulting. John also paints and has shown work through the Pegasus Gallery on 2nd Street in Corvallis.
Teri Calcagno is a college counselor at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. As a counselor to potential HC students, Teri provides a unique and important perspective to the board. She is an active member of both the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) as well as the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC). She served as PNACAC President in 2006-2007. Teri is currently the State Representative for Oregon for ACT providing input to the organization regarding college admissions and workforce development. A 1989 alumnus of OSU, Teri Calcagno holds a bachelors degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Human Services.
James Davis was a member of the HC Board of Regents from 2011 to 2013, following many years of support for the HC. Jim was a family practice physician for over 30 years, and he graduated from OSU in 1951. He lived in Bend, and he was passionately involved in blazing and maintaining snowshoe trails throughout Central Oregon. Jim and his wife created the Jim and Dee Davis University Honors College Scholarship t0 support HC students. Jim passed away in 2014.
Roy Gaussoin graduated from OSU in 1956 with a degree in Business and Technology. He is retired president of Silver Eagle Manufacturing and Silver Eagle Industries, a trucking and transportation products manufacturing company founded by his father in 1933. Roy served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 1985 to 2004 and served on both the Council of Regents Advisory Committee and the BASF Board of Directors from 2002-2006. He is a past president of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Through the years, Roy and his wife Shirley (also class of 1956) have generously supported OSU through Athletics, the Honors College, the University Fund, and various scholarships. Roy served on the HC Board of Regents from 2006-2012. Roy and Shirley live in Lake Oswego and have three grown children.
Mike Hogue is a life-long resident of the Lower Yakima Valley. He has been a board member of Yakima Chief, Inc. since its inception in 1998 and currently serves as Board Chairman. Founder of the Hogue Cellars winery, he was majority owner and Board Chairman until 2001 when the business was sold. His newest joint venture is the Mercer Estates winery. Mr. Hogue was a charter member of the Washington Wine Commission and during the last two years of his twelve-year service performed as Board Chairman. Mr. Hogue currently serves on the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors. Service not so closely tied to his businesses includes twelve years on the Central Washington State Fair Board, on which he currently serves as Chairman, past service on the Prosser School Board, and two terms on the HC Board of Regents from 2005-2011. Mr. Hogue is married and has four children. He enjoys golf, fishing and flying.
Kathy Kralj Emeritus Board Member lives in Gresham, Oregon where she is a College Counselor at La Salle High School. Previous experience has included college counseling at St. Francis Academy and Mt Hood Community College. She and her husband have three children.
Allan Lane Emeritus Board Member joined the Board in the winter of 2003, lives near Oxford, England. He is currently the Head of The Derivatives Research group at Barclays Global Investors. Allan earned his PhD at the University of Washington at Seattle, where he developed his strong affection for the Northwest. Prior to this he obtained a degree in mathematics at Oxford University in the UK.
Norm McKibben who joined the Board of Regents in 2009, retired as a civil engineer after working 25 years with Peter Kiewit Construction and at the time of retirement was president of several subsidiary companies. Norm is currently managing partner and/or consultant for more than 600 acres of the top vineyard sites in Walla Walla (Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, and Les Collines). He is also managing partner of Pepper Bridge Winery and active partner in Amavi Cellars and Artifex Winery. He is a past chairman of the Washington Wine Commission and the Washington Transportation Commission. He has a “no problem cannot be solved mentality,” and has created one of the most technologically advanced viticulture sites in the U.S. As a champion of sustainable viticulture, Norm is a partner in Quality Compost LLC, which produces an excess of 8,000 cubic yards of compost each year. This compost is used in vineyards across the Walla Walla Valley, virtually eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers in vineyards using compost.
Bryce M. Payne Emeritus Board Member is Vice President and Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage. Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage provides lending, servicing and advisory solutions to the commercial real estate industry. He is also a member of the Portland Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Mr. Payne holds an MBA from the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon (2001) and was an undergraduate in the OSU University Honors College with an HBA in Computer Science and HBS in Business Administration (1999). While at OSU, he co-founded The Chronicle (then known as The Ecclesia), launched The Daily Barometer online and studied abroad at Lancaster University in the UK. Today, he lives in the Portland area with his wife, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, photography, and cycling.
Carol Hill Pickard graduated from OSU with a BS in Clothing, Textiles, and the Related Arts in 1976. While attending OSU, Carol was involved with a number of extracurricular activities from the marching band to serving as a Resident Assistant in Buxton Hall. Carol went on to earn her J.D. in 1979 from William and Mary’s Marshall Wythe School of Law. Carol began her career working as an attorney for the U.S. Army JAGS Corps then moved on to the Department of the Navy from 1983-1988 as a civilian attorney. Carol was a partner in the law firm Stenberg, Sunseri, Roe, Pickard and Rudy in San Jose for twenty years. Carol is married with three children. She has remained an active member of OSU’s community by serving two terms on the OSU Alumni Association Board. Carol joined the HC Board of Regents in 2005 and became the Chair of the Board in 2011. Her term on the Board of Regents ended in 2016.
Don Richards lives in Boston where he is Managing Partner of NorthShore Capital Advisors, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in mid-market transactions. Prior to joining NorthShore in 2004, he was Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions of Iron Mountain Incorporated. Iron Mountain is the leading company in records and information management. Before joining Iron Mountain, he practiced corporate law with Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston from 1992 to 1997. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University (1992) and was an undergraduate in the old Honors Program at OSU with a BS Business Administration (1986), and Political Science (1989). Mr. Richards served on the HC Board of Regents from 2001-2011.
Melinda von Borstel Smith received her doctor of pharmacy from OSU/OHSU college of pharmacy in 2008. She currently works as a pharmacist for Safeway, with her daily goal being to help educate the public on their medications and lifestyle choices, hoping to thereby improve long-term patient outcomes. Melinda is a 2006 graduate of the Oregon State Honors College and received the HBS in Nutrition and Food Management and an HBA in International studies with a minor in Spanish. Melinda is thoroughly enjoying being done with school, having time to read books she had set aside for the last 8 years, and having more time to spend with her husband. Together they spend their free time hiking and challenging themselves to undertake new activities, recently having completed the Portland Marathon and with their sights set on competing in a triathlon. They live in Southwest Portland and are actively involved in their church, Cedar Mill Bible.
Tom Wall was a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Seattle. He completed his PhD (1974) at the University of Washington and was an Associate Clinical Professor in both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and the Department of Psychology at the UW. Additionally, he was an Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. For six years he served on the Board of Seattle Country Day School, a private school for gifted children. His wife worked as an Educational Psychologist in private practice and they had two children, both of whom have graduated from the HC. Tom passed away in 2016.
Margaret Walton Emeritus Board Member graduated from OSU (then OSC) (1955) with a degree in Business Education. She was an active member of Mortar Board, Talons, and various other student groups. She married James Walton and has three children and seven grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 1993. She has many active community involvements. She was the first female President of Corvallis Country Club, and President of the Samaritan Village Board of Directors. She has been President of the OSU Alumni Association and received the Dan Poling Alumni Service Award. She was an advisor to OSU Mortar Board for three years and twice served as President of the local PEO Chapter.