Human Resources Committee
|Dave Barrows has been a
professional lobbyist since 1959, and has represented a wide
variety of clients, including the Oregon League of Financial
Institutions, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Chemical Waste Management
of the Northwest and OMSI. He represented the savings and loan
industry in Oregon from 1966 to 1999 and served on the Homeownership
Task Force of the U.S. League of Savings Institutions as one
of 23 representatives from across the country in 1983. He appeared
at Harvard University as a guest lecturer in February 1984.
Barrows received his bachelor’s
degree from Willamette University, Salem, in 1957. In 1961,
he received his law degree, also from Willamette University.
While attending college, Barrows worked
part-time as a management assistant at Oregon Fairview Home,
chief page in the Oregon House of Representatives, management
trainee in the Public Utilities Commissioner’s Office,
athletic publicity director from Willamette University and
sportswriter for the Salem Statesman newspaper.
Barrows is a U.S. Army veteran. His past
and present civic activities include: chairman, Freedom of
Expression Foundation; chairman, Budget Committee, Beaverton
School District; member, Governor’s Commission for Women;
chairman, Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council; chairman,
Parents Committee on Sex Education, Oregon Board of Education;
member, Board of Directors, Portland Repertory Theater; and
member, Board of Directors, American Red Cross Pacific Northwest
Regional Blood Services.
Barrows and his wife, Pat, have two
children and five grandchildren.
||Daniel O. Bernstine
Daniel Bernstine was
appointed President of Portland State University, effective
August 1, 1997. Prior to that time, he served as Dean of the
University of Wisconsin Law School for 1990 to 1997. He served
as General Counsel to Howard University 1987 to 1990 and the
Interim Dean of Howard University Law School 1988 to 1990.
President Bernstine graduated from
the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. degree
in 1969, from the Northwestern University School of Law with
a J.D. degree in 1972 and received his L.L.M. degree for the
University of Wisconsin Law School on 1975. He received Honorary
Doctor of Laws degrees from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
in 1999 and from Waseda University, one of the top two private
universities in Japan, in 2003. In addition, President Bernstine
was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from
Nizhmy Novgorod Linguistic University in May 2004.
From 1972 to 1973, President Bernstine
was a staff attorney with the Office of the Solicitor at the
U.S. Department of Labor and from 1974 to 1975, he was the
William H. Hastie Teaching Fellow at the University of Wisconsin
From 1975 to 1978, President Bernstine
was Assistant Professor at Howard University Law School. He
joined the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty in 1978
and was on leave of absence from Wisconsin while serving as
General Counsel and Interim Law School Dean at Howard.
President Bernstine has been a visiting
law professor at the University of South Carolina; the University
of Bridgeport; the Inter-American Comparative Law Institute
at the University of Havana Law School in Havana, Cuba; and
Justus-Liebig-Universitat in Giessen, Germany.
He has served as a hearing officer
for the District of Columbia Public Employees Relations Board,
as a consultant to the American Institutes for Research in
the Behavioral Sciences Clear Writing Program, and as an advisor
to the District of Columbia Public Service Commission.
President Bernstine has served as
a member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners Multi-State
Torts Drafting Committee and the American Law Institute. Additionally,
he has served on the Association of American Law Schools Committee
on Accreditation and the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Board
President Bernstine is a member of
the Board of Directors of the Portland Business Alliance.
He is the former chair of the Board of Directors of the Urban
League of Portland and former board member of the United Way
of Columbia-Willamette. Among his other activities, he served
as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Postsecondary
Education and Financial Aid.
In 2005, President Bernstine was
awarded the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award
in recognition of his work in internationalization in higher
education. He was given the International Citizen Award by
the Oregon Consular Corps in 2004.
||Representative Deborah Boone
Deborah Boone was born and
raised in Portland. She attended the University of Washington
majoring in Oceanography and later changed her major to painting
and transferred to Portland State University. She graduated
from PSU with two Bachelors of Science in Art and Psychology.
Deborah has worked for the last sixteen
years as a legislative assistant to seven individual legislators,
the past eight in House District 32. She is the Co-owner of
a construction company with her husband and she has owned
and operated a restaurant and catering business. She has worked
as a watershed council coordinator for six years, taught parenting
classes and a welfare-to-work program at Clatsop Community
College and worked as an educational assistant in Seaside
Deborah served as a Clatsop County Commissioner
and was appointed by Governors to the Oregon Ocean Resources
Management Task Force, Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee,
Healthy Stream Partnership and the Oregon Children’s
Trust Fund Board. She served on Doernbecher Children’s
Hospital Foundation Board, was a member of Head Start Policy
Council, and was a founding member of the Oregon Chapter:
National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. She
serves her community as a volunteer firefighter.
Deborah and her husband live on the family
tree farm and have raised two children.
Frank E. Brawner served as
the chief executive officer of the Oregon Bankers Association
and independent community banks of Oregon from 1975 to 1998.
He was named Executive Vice President of the two organizations
in 1975. He became President of the Oregon Bankers Association
From 1991 to 1998, he also served as Executive
Vice President of the Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association.
He was secretary and a founder of the Northwest Intermediate
Banking Schools and was a member of the Pacific Coast Banking
School Board of Directors. He was the co-founder of the Oregon
Bank Director’s College.
Frank was Vice President / Marketing for
the Oregon Mutual Savings Bank from 1966 to 1975. He served
as assistant to the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
in 1965. Prior to that, he was a loan officer and manager
of three branch offices, Coquille, Ontario and Portland for
the American Investment Company 1955 to 1964.
Brawner, a veteran of the United States
Navy, was a registered lobbyist in Oregon from 1965 to 2001.
He is past Chairman of the Oregon Capitol Club, an organization
of professional lobbyists.
He has been very active in numerous civic
and service organizations. He is currently a founding Director
for Oregon Coast Bank, Newport and he is Board Member for
the Tillamook Peoples Utility District.
Burns was recently appointed
to the State Board of Higher Education in 2004 and was recently
re-appointed by Governor Kulongoski for another two-year term.
She has previously served as the national Chair of the State
Student Association Alliance and has been involved at the
institution level serving as President of the Associated Students
of Oregon State University as well as the director of the
Federal Affairs Task Force and the Disabled Affairs Task Force.
She is currently on the National Board of Directors for Mobilizing
Burns successfully advocated on behalf of low-income students
at OSU ultimately winning a $2.2 million dollar increase in
financial aid at the institution level. During the ’02-’03
school year she also set up a need-based aid program at OSU
by raising $300,000 for low-income students. Before beginning
at OSU, Burns attended North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene,
where she was student body Vice President. She is the recipient
of the 2004 Jo Anne Trow Woman of Distinction award and the
2003 Leadership in Social Change Award at OSU.
Burns is an All-American in Forensics as well as a top speaker
and state champion in debate. She recently returned from a
two-month tour of the U.K., Portugal and Ireland as an ambassador
of the United States on the two-person American Debate Team.
Currently a graduate student in Public Policy at the Oregon
State University, Burns completed her bachelor’s degree
in Political Science in 2004. A native of Montana, Burns has
lived in Oregon since 2000.
||Jane Hardy Cease
Jane is currently retired,
as of February 1998. Her prior experience includes Manager
of ODOT Growth Management Program 1996-1998; Manager of DMV
Branch, ODOT 1991-1996; Oregon State Senator for 1985-1991
in which she was the Chair of Revenue and School Finance,
Transportation, Joint Water Policy and Motor Vehicle Code
Revision Committees; Member of the Business, Housing and Finance
Committee, Government Operations and Elections Committee,
Sunset Review Committee, Legislative Administration and Legislative
Counsel Committees. She served as an Oregon State Representative
in 1978-1985 in which she was the Chair of Transportation,
and a member of the State and Local Road Funding, Revenue
and School Finance, Legislative Policy, Intergovernmental
Affairs and Agricultural and Natural Resources Committees.
She was a Public Information Officer for the DEQ, Recycling
Information Office in the Solid Waste Division from 1975 –
1978 and a Research Analyst for Transportation and Land Use
Plans for Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall Company, 1973-1974.
Current affiliations and memberships include the City Club
of Portland, Oregon Women’s Political Caucus and the
League of Women Voters.
Past affiliations and memberships include the Women’s
Transportation Seminar; Northwest Citizen’s Forum on
Hanford Nuclear Defense Waste, U.S. Department of Energy;
Portland/Multnomah Commission on Aging; Oregon Commission
for Women; National Highway Transportation Safety Advisory
Committee; Portland Chamber of Commerce; National Women’s
Conference Delegate; Governor McCall’s Community Service
Committee; Mayor Goldschmidt’s City Budget Committee;
and the Legislature’s Legislative Improvement Committee.
Jane has been awarded the Oregon Women’s Political
Caucus - Sue Juba Award and Mary Rieke Award, the ACLU Legislative
Award, the Oregon Environmental Council Legislative Award,
the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors Outstanding
Legislative Leadership Award and the Oregon Transit Association
Transportation Champion of the Year Award.
Her education includes a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from
the Newcomb College of Tulane University 1958; coursework
toward Masters Degree in History of Art at Claremont Graduate
School of Associated Colleges of Claremont, 1959-1960.
Jane was born in Columbus, Mississippi. She attended local
grade and high schools. She married Ron Cease, a former legislator,
now Professor Emeritus, Portland State University in 1960.
They have two daughters, one foster son, one granddaughter,
one grandson and one step-granddaughter. They reside in their
Northeast Portland home and enjoy gardening, opera, reading,
swimming, walking and traveling.
||Kim Skerritt Duncan
Kim Duncan has a long career
in marketing, communications, government relations, strategic
planning and project management. In her current capacity,
as TriMet’s Executive Director for Marketing and Customer
Service, she serves on TriMet’s leadership team with
six other Executive Directors and the General Manager. Her
division is composed of three departments, an annual budget
of eight million dollars and is responsible for all advertising,
promotion, sales, consumer research and analysis, and direct
customer service. Ms. Duncan’s division has twice been
recognized by the Federal Transit Administration as having
the best transit website in the nation, and last year won
the American Public Transit Association gold award for outstanding
Prior to joining TriMet, Ms. Duncan spent
nearly ten years as the Vice President for Marketing and Strategic
Planning at Oregon Public Broadcasting where she was responsible
for all external and internal communications, long range planning
and state and federal government relations. Her department
twice won PBS’s national, coveted “Integrated
Ms. Duncan has extensive experience as a
lobbyist for public agencies including time spent representing
Portland’s regional planning organization, Metro, before
the state legislature. She also served as Oregon’s Deputy
Secretary of State under Clay Myers and as the first director
of the state Government Practices and Standards Commission.
Her career began as an intern with then State Senator Vic
Atiyeh, followed by service on the staffs of US Senator Mark
Hatfield in Washington DC, and in the office of Oregon Governor
Tom McCall. She also has consulted on and managed campaigns.
Ms. Duncan received her masters in public
administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University in 1980 with a concentration in international trade.
She was also awarded a Kennedy Fellowship and had the opportunity
to teach and research as a fellow at Harvard’s Institute
of Politics. Her undergraduate degree in political science
was awarded in 1969 from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Long active in community activities, Ms.
Duncan was twice elected to her local school board and lead
the community effort to create and fund a new high school
in response to Measure 5 funding and school consolidation.
She currently serves on the State Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
Commission, on the board of the Portland YWCA, and on the
Willamette University Alumni Board. She has previously served
on the board of Oregon’s World Affairs Council, created
a business lecture series which continues under the sponsorship
of Willamette University; was an elected Oregon delegate to
the National Women’s Year Conference, 1978; served on
the board of the Oregon Governor’s School and has worked
on numerous ad hoc community committees.
She served on the PBS national marketing
committee, is currently a member of the APTA Marketing Steering
Committee and slated to chair the organization next year,
and represents TriMet on a variety of community and state
organizations concerned with transit. She is a frequent lecturer
and presenter about public sector marketing strategies, and
her division is recognized nationally for the comprehensive
integration of its research results to its marketing programs.
She married and the mother of two
sons: one is in the Peace Corps based in Madagascar and her
youngest son is a college senior. Her father-in-law is a former
two time speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.
Dave Frohnmayer has served
since July 1994 as President of the University of Oregon,
the states 129-year-old Association of American Universities
flagship institution. He formally served as Dean of the University
of Oregon School of Law.
Dave graduated magna cum laude form Harvard
College (A.B., 1962), attended Oxford University on a Rhodes
Scholarship (B.A., 1964; M.A., 1971) and received his law
degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1967).
He holds two honorary doctoral degrees and was elected as
a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002.
Frohnmayer was elected Oregon’s Attorney
General in 1980 and served in this office for 11 years. He
was nominated by both major political parties for his third
term. Frohnmayer is a national prize-winning author on the
U.S. Constitution. As Attorney General, he argued and won
six of seven cases before the United States Supreme Court,
the most cases and best record of any contemporary state attorney
general. Frohnmayer also served three elected terms in the
Oregon House of Representatives, was a law professor at the
University of Oregon School of Law and served as legal advisor
to the university president. He has written and lectured extensively
on state government and the state legislative function.
A Medford, Oregon native, Dave currently
lives in Eugene with his wife, Lynn and three children. Two
daughters have died from Fanconi Anemia. Dave and Lynn Frohnmayer
are founders of the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. This
organization funds path-breaking genetic research and has
sponsored 16 annual international scientific symposia on genetic
research, cancer biology and stem cell transplantation and
therapy. Dave is one of the founding directors of the National
Marrow Donor Program. Lynn and Dave Frohnmayer have won two
national awards for scientific research advocacy.
Currently, Mr. Garber is the
publisher and Vice President for Community Newspapers. This
role includes being publisher of the Gresham Outlook.
He was born in South Carolina, attended
the University of South Carolina and earned a degree in journalism.
He moved to Oregon in 1980 with his wife, Janet Pardo. He
has served as publisher of the Springfield News and The East
Oregonian (Pendleton). He has covered the legislature in some
manner since the early 1980’s.
Mark and Janet have a daughter, Marie and
they reside in Fairview, East Multnomah County.
Community newspapers include 22 publications
in the Portland Metro area.
||Senator Avel Gordly
Oregonians in NE and SE Portland
elected Avel Gordly to the Oregon State Senate in 1996, after
she had served three terms in the House of Representatives.
She was re-elected to a second Senate term in 2000, and to
a third term in 2004.
A native of Portland, Avel Gordly is the
first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Senate.
Widely regarded for her commitment to basic human dignity,
she introduced SJR 7 in the 2001 session, eliminating the
remaining white supremacist exclusionary language from the
Oregon Constitution. Oregonians passed the measure overwhelmingly
Senator Gordly is a vocal proponent of tax
reform and restructuring to provide stable sources of revenue
adequate to meet the needs of our citizenry. She continues
to lead statewide efforts to hold Oregon schools – public
and private – accountable for multicultural competency,
and Senator Gordly has championed efforts to integrate multicultural
competence as a standard for teacher and administrator licensure
through the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
Public Institution Committee
|Hasso Hering, 61 has been
the editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald since 1978. He is a
graduate in journalism of California State University, Northridge.
A native of Germany, he is a naturalized U.S. citizen and has
lived in the United States since 1963 and in Oregon since 1967.
Before joining the Albany paper in 1977, he worked at what now
are the Los Angeles Daily News and the Ashland Daily Tidings.
He and his wife, Kathleen, a retired Oregon school administrator,
have two grown sons.
||James “Jim” Hill
Jim is a board level financial
executive with extensive experience and expertise in the public
sector as a legislator and statewide elected official and
the private sector in the areas of economic development, asset
management, debt management and banking.
He was first elected as State Treasurer
in 1992 and re-elected in 1996 as Oregon’s Chief Investment
Officer and Chief Management Officer overseeing its $50 billion
portfolio and the state’s nearly $4 billion in outstanding
bond issues while coordinating the central banking for state
He was first elected to Oregon’s
House of Representatives in 1982 and then to Oregon’s
State Senate in 1986. He sponsored and passed legislation
that impacted Oregon on a state, national and international
He was also the Hearings Referee for the
Department of Revenue and the Assistant Attorney General for
the Department of Justice.
Other state boards, corporate boards and
affiliations include: Oregon’s Investment Council, President
of the National Association of State Treasurers; Municipal
Debt Advisory Commission; Short-Term Fund Board; Chairman
of the Oregon Growth Account; Chairman of the Oregon Qualified
Tuition Savings Board; Northwest Health Foundation Finance
Committee; Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs; Oregon National
Bar Association; National Black MBA Association and the National
Association of Securities Professional.
Jim has a B.A. in Economics from Michigan
State University 1969, an M.B.A. from Indiana University 1971
and a J.D. from Indiana University College of Law 1974.
The Reed Company, a management
consulting firm, was founded by Barbara Karmel, Ph.D. in 1982.
The Reed Company offers a broad array of services to professional
firms and selected clients. Services range from strategic
planning to conflict resolution and process management. As
principal consultant, Dr. Karmel assists clients in reaching
balanced decisions and developing strategy-based action plans.
Establishment of the Reed Company followed
Karmel’s distinguished career as a professor of management
in graduate business schools at Oregon State University, University
of Wisconsin-Madison and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management
at Willamette University. Dr. Karmel is the author of research
based articles and books on management, motivation and leadership.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University
and master’s degree and doctorate in industrial psychology
and organizational behavior for Purdue University.
Actively involved in business and community
service, Dr. Karmel serves on the Board of World Forestry
Center and has served on the Oregon Business Council Action
Team on Higher Education, an outgrowth of her service on the
Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education. She is former
member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Bankcorp and U.S.
Bank of Oregon. She has also served as Commissioner of the
Portland Development Commission, Commissioner of the Portland
Planning Commission, Director and Vice-President-Small Business
for the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She has
served as a consultant to Oregon Legislative Administration,
Secretary of State, DCBS and DAS, as well as numerous state
commissions established by Governors McCall, Atiyeh and Roberts.
Barbara is the mother of a daughter living
in Missoula, Montana and a son and two grandsons in San Diego.
||Representative Wayne Krieger
|- To be included later.
||Virginia W. Lang
Ginny Lang has been with Qwest
Communications since 1979, currently serving as the Director
of Governmental Relations. She is responsible for developing
and advocating telecommunications policy matters at the state
level in Oregon and with the Congressional delegation, as
well. She is also responsible for local government issues
throughout the state.
Ginny oversees Qwest’s Foundation
Program in Oregon, and has held a variety of positions with
Qwest and its predecessor companies in sales and marketing,
regulatory affairs and economic development.
Ginny received a B.A., and M.A. from the
University of Washington and her M.B.A. from the University
of Oregon. She serves on the Boards of the Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, the Capitol Club and Associated Oregon Industries.
Ginny is involved in many community activities and has been
a board member for a number of organizations, including the
Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is native
of Spokane, Washington and resides in Portland with her husband,
Phil Lang. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling.
Human Resources Committee
Lattimer became Marion County’s
chief Administrator Officer in November of 2003. He served
as chief information officer for the State of Oregon from
2001 to 2003. He supervised a professional / technical staff
of 307 employees organized in nine sections. These sections
delivered a variety of functions from state government. They
include strategic planning; business analysis; voice, data
and video networks; a mainframe and open systems data center;
systems development; digital publishing and distribution;
project management; technical education; geographic information
services; and e-government.
From 1997 to 2001, Lattimer served as Oregon
State Auditor. He supervised an audit staff of 80 financial
and performance auditors. The audit staff preformed approximately
50 separate audits each year. These included individual agency
financial audits; an annual audit of the state’s Comprehensive
Annual Financial Report (including federal compliance audits);
management and performance audits; and for the first time
in Oregon, information technology audits.
He also taught a graduate level class in
Public Policy Analysis for the Atkinson Graduate School of
Management at Willamette University.
In 1988, he was appointed Legislative Fiscal
Officer by the State Emergency Board. Lattimer served in that
position until 1997. He served a staff of 15-21 technical
/ professional budget and fiscal analysts. They provided support
for the Joint Ways and Means Committee, the State Emergency
Board, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Joint
Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology.
He was brought to Oregon to open up the budget process.
In 1995, he was asked by the U.S. Agency
for International Development to present a series of lectures
on performance budgeting in Brazil.
From 1971 to 1988, Lattimer served as the
executive director of the Illinois Commission on Intergovernmental
Cooperation. The Commission’s membership was composed
of the Lieutenant Governor, several state agency directors
and a bipartisan group of legislators. He supervised a staff
of 25 analysts and programmers who analyzed state and local
finance, conducted program evaluations, worked to enhance
the amount of federal funds used by Illinois state and local
governments and calculated the State School Fund distribution
formula. He managed offices in Springfield, Illinois and Washington,
The Honorable Susan Leeson
served on the Oregon Supreme Court from 1998 to 2003 and on
the Oregon Court of Appeals from 1993 to 1998. Before becoming
a judge, she was on the faculty of Willamette University,
teaching both in the law and liberal arts colleges. For several
years, she also directed Willamette’s program in Urban
and Regional Government. She helped initiate the dispute resolution
program at the law school in 1984, participating in the design
of the curriculum, teaching classes and co-authoring a dispute
Justice Leeson has extensive mediation training.
In addition to mediating civil cases pretrial and on appeal,
she serves as a victim-offender mediator and trainer in Marion
County. Justice Leeson’s community service includes
two terms on the Marion-Polk Local Government Boundary Commission
and one term on the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. She
was a Judicial Fellow at the United States Supreme Court,
in the office of Chief Justice Warren Burger. She clerked
in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
She is the co-author of a constitutional
law casebook and has published many articles on law and political
theory. She lectures on the United States Constitution for
the Center for Civic Education and trains school resource
officers for the National School Safety Center on the law
of search and seizure in the public schools.
She earned her Ph.D. in Government at Claremont
Graduate School and her J.D. from Willamette College of Law.
|Hans Linde lives in Salem
and presently teaches state Constitutional Law at Willamette
University College of Law. He was the Legislative Assistant
of Oregon’s U.S. Senator Richard L. Neuberger from 1955
to 1958, and then joined the faculty of the University of Oregon,
School of Law until 1976, where he taught Legislation, Administrative
Law and Constitutional Law. He then served on the Oregon Supreme
Court from 1977 to 1990. He was a member of Oregon’s Commission
for Constitutional Revision from 1961 to 1963 and after 1990
a member of the Commission on Public Broadcasting and the subsequent
OPB Board of Directors until 1999. He has been a member of the
Oregon Law Commission since it was established.
Greg Merten is a graduate
of Oregon State University with a B.S. degree in electrical
engineering with a solid-state physics focus. The early part
of his career was spent in the semi-conductor industry, first
at Fairchild Semi-Conductor and then with Hewlett Packard
Co., which he joined in 1972.
In 1981, he moved back to Oregon with HP
and became involved in the development and commercialization
of Inkjet technology for which HP shares the original patent.
For most of the last 20 years, Greg had been responsible for
producing the Inkjet operations which was responsible for
producing the Inkjet cartridges worldwide, becoming a Vice
President and General Manager at HP. He grew his organization
from about 75 people on a single site in Corvallis in 1984
when the first Inkjet product was introduced, to about 10,000
people on six sites around the world in the year 2001.
Leading this phenomenal growth challenged
Greg and his organization in about every conceivable way.
Greg used this opportunity to become a student of leadership
and organizational effectiveness, focusing on his capacity
as a leader, the contribution of employee development to extraordinary
results, and the nature and design of conversation as a source
of increasing the rate at which people create and deliver
During the last year and a half of his career
at HP (he retired October ’03), Greg focused on bringing
some of the lessons learned in Inkjet to the rest of HP during
and after the merger with Compaq, primarily in the area of
leadership development. He currently continues to consult
in the area of leadership and communications effectiveness
in HP and elsewhere and frequently speaks about the lessons
learned from these experiences to business and government
Oregon State University has recognized
Greg’s accomplishments by electing him to the Academy
of Distinguished Engineers and he was named Business Person
of the Year by the Benton County Chamber of Commerce for extraordinary
leadership in the development of both the business and the
people associated with it.
Greg is married to Diane Frishknecht and
they have six children and nine grandchildren. In his spare
time does woodworking, rides Harleys and John Deeres and serves
in the community. He is the District Chair for Benton County
BSA and he serves on the Board of Trillium Family Services
where he chairs the Capital Campaign Committee.
||Senator Frank Morse
Frank Morse was born and
raised in Lebanon. After graduating from Lebanon High School
in 1961, Frank went on to earn a Masters degree from Oregon
State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Northwest
Christian College. Frank has been married to his wife Linda
since 1965. They have lived in Albany since 1972. They have
two children, Kerry who has lived and worked extensively in
China and Scott, who is a professor at Western Oregon University.
Frank and Linda enjoy their five grandsons. Frank and Linda
attend First Christian Church in Albany where they have both
been active for over 30 years.
Frank Morse entered the Morse Bros. Inc.
family business in 1972. He has been the Albany Division Manager,
Vice President of Operations, Executive Vice President, President
and then Chairman. When Morse Bros. Inc. merged with MDU Resources
Group Inc., Frank continued as President until he retired
in 2000. After retiring from Morse Bros. Inc., Frank then
founded a new business, Environ-Metal Inc. where he serves
as Chairman of the Board. The company manufactures HEVI-SHOT
and supplies Remington Arms, which has an exclusive license
in North America to co-brand HEVI-SHOT in Remington shotshells.
For Frank, community service is not only
gratifying but also an important value to him just as it was
to his family business Morse Bros. The “Building Strong
Communities” theme of Morse Bros. had been his personal
theme as he has invested himself in numerous community organizations
and business related organizations. He has served as President
of the Board of Albany Chamber of Commerce, Board member of
the Albany Boys and Girls Club, Board Member of the Vern Catt
McDowell Corporation, founding Director and Board Chairman
of Greater Pacific Bank, Board member of Western Security
Bank, Chairman of Cascade Employers Association, President
of the Board of Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association
(OCAPA), Board Member of Samaritan Health Services and Samaritan
Albany General Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Northwest
Christian College Trustees and Board Member of the Albany
Boys and Girls Club Foundation.
Over the years, Frank has been honored
for his business experience and community service. He has
received the OSU Family Business Award, the OCAPA Rocky Award
and the Associated General Contractors SIR Award. He received
the Associated Oregon Industries Business Leader of the Year
Award and an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Northwest
Frank loves the outdoors and his passions
are family, fly-fishing, nature photography and vocal music.
As a member of the 73rd Legislative Assembly,
Frank served on the Joint Ways and Means Committee and on
the Ways and Means Subcommittees of Transportation and Economic
Development, and General Government.
Human Resources Committee
Delores was born in Toledo,
Oregon to Alfred and Maude Lane. The youngest of eight children,
lived and grew up at Chemawa Indian School, where her parents
were employed. After graduation from Keizer Grade School,
attending Serra Catholic High School she graduated from North
High School, Salem in 1961.
Delores worked in various jobs throughout
her working career, beginning with Prudential Insurance Company
and retiring from 23 years of work with the federal government
at the Social Security Administration in Salem, as an Operations
As an advocate for the Siletz Tribe, served
on the Siletz Tribal Council from September 1975 to November
1979, when the tribe sought and reversed federal termination.
She has been elected and served from February 1983 to the
present time; she has served a total of 26 years on the council
and has been Tribal Chairman for 20 years. In that capacity,
Delores has been actively involved in tribal government, Indian
commissions and boards, committees and in many other government
capacities throughout her career. She has worked closely with
the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service and Administration
for Native Americans, Department of Labor and several other
Delores has been and is currently a tribal
delegate to the National Congress of American, Affiliated
Tribes of the Northwest Indians, National Indian Child Welfare
Association and the National Indian Gaming Association as
well as the Chief Tribal spokesman. As chief negotiator for
the tribe, has successfully negotiated Memoranda of Understanding,
Self-Governance Compacts, Tribal Gaming Compacts as well as
agreements with local governments.
She is married to Don Pigsley, a member
of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of Wagner, South Dakota, has two
children Timothy and Quanna, a deceased son Troy and seven
||Judge Laura M. Pryor
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Married to Earl Pryor, wheat
and cattle ranch / Pryor Land and Livestock.
She has four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She is fifth generation born in San Diego County, California
and moved to Oregon in 1969.
Her previous employment includes the Oregon
Department of Economic Development, Ports Division, Industrial
Development Division and Oregon Film Commissioner. She has
also been a partner in the Portland Hadfield Graphic Design
Studio, and an Air Force Liaison for the General Dynamics
Corp., in San Diego, California.
Currently she serves as the Gilliam county
Judge, appointed in 1979. She is also the Chair of the Board
of County Commissioners, County CEO and the Juvenile Court
Judge and Probate.
Among her accomplishments and affiliations,
Judge Pryor developed the Gilliam County Community Development
Corporation Project; she is a member of the Office of the
Rural Policy Advisory Board; she developed the Gilliam County
Wheat Quality Initiative Project; is a Founding Member of
Summit Springs Village, Inc.; she is Chair of the North Oregon
Regional Corrections Facility Board of Directors; she was
the President of the Association of Oregon Counties in 1997;
Chair of the Association of Oregon Counties Transportation
Committee for 14 years; she is a Founding Member and Chair
of the Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance; a board member of the
Mid-Columbia Council of Governments; Chair of the Lower John
Day Partnership Area Commission on Transportation; and a member
of Oregon Freight Advisory Committee.
||Sheriff Raul Ramirez
Sheriff Raul Ramirez has
lived in the Willamette Valley for the last 41 years. His
public safety career spans 32 years, including 30 years with
the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and two years as
a Juvenile Probation Officer. Sheriff Ramirez was the first
Marion County Sheriff to have come through the ranks.
His law enforcement and community involvement began at Woodburn
High School, where he was recruited to assist the Woodburn
Police Department with youth problems in the community. Sheriff
Ramirez continued his education at the Southern Oregon College
and the Oregon College of Education. During his career in
public safety, he has participated in training such as the
Oregon Sheriff’s Institute, the Oregon State Sheriffs’
Association Command College, the National Sheriffs’
Institute, Oregon Executive Development Institute and the
American Leadership Forum.
Throughout his career, Sheriff Ramirez has worked to improve
community relations issues between Law Enforcement and the
minority communities. He exhibits his dedication to community
issues by serving on boards and committees such as: the Governor’s
Public Safety Leadership Council, the Association of Oregon
Counties Board of Directors; the Boys and Girls Club; Family
Building Blocks; Salem Exchange Club; Salem Rotary and was
recently named to the Oregon Planning and Management Council,
which deals with mental health issues.
He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and six
children. He also enjoys coaching youth baseball, basketball
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Gretchen Schuette (pronounced
shoo-tee) has a diverse educational background with an undergraduate
degree in English Literature from Smith College, a Masters
of Science in Botany from Central Michigan University and
a Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography from Oregon State University.
She has served as a faculty member and
administrator at three Oregon community colleges and as Oregon’s
Commissioner of community colleges; Dean of Distance and Continuing
Education; Director of Portland Area Programs for Oregon State
University; Superintendent of the Gresham-Barlow School District
and now the President of Chemeketa Community College since
She has taken on numerous community leadership
roles in the college service district of Marion, Polk and
Yamhill counties. She was the first recipient of the Tenison
Haley Outstanding Individual Contribution Award presented
at the Oregon Diversity Institute Conference in November 2002;
she received the Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award at the
2003 American Association for Women in Community Colleges
Conference and was appointed to serve on the State Board of
Higher Education in January 2004.
Connie Seeley got her start
in politics as a student activist at the University of Oregon.
Since that time she has served in various development, organizing,
and legislative staff positions. She has served as an Executive
Director of a not-for-profit, district staff to Congresswomen
Darlene Hooley and as leadership staff in the Oregon State
Legislature. She has worked in five regular Legislative Sessions
and five special Legislative Sessions.
Since her first Legislative session in 1997,
Ms. Seeley has worked for 3 different Democratic caucus leaders,
as well as the Senate President. Before taking on her the
role as Chief of Staff to the Senate President, she was the
lead legislative staff in the successful development of legislation
such as the first College Savings plan bill (1997), development
of a comprehensive Patients’ Bill of Rights (1999),
and the Senior Drug Prescription Program (2001). Today she
continues in her role as Chief of Staff to the Senate President,
she has served in that position since January of 2003 when
the Oregon Senate was evenly divided along party lines and
a historical power-sharing agreement governed the Senate.
Connie lives in Portland area with her husband
Martin Taylor and their 18 month-old daughter Addison.
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As state director to Untied
States Senator Gordon Smith for the past eight years, Kerry’s
responsibilities include overseeing all of Senator Smith’s
Oregon operations, managing a staff of 17 and serving as a
top advisor on legislative and political matters.
A native of Reedsport, Oregon, Kerry is
a 1981 graduate of Willamette University and a 1984 graduate
of Willamette University School of Law.
From 1984 to 1985, Kerry served as a deputy
District Attorney for Marion County Oregon. In 1985, Kerry
moved to Washington D.C., accepting a position as Legal Counsel
and Communications Director for then United States Congressman
Denny Smith. In 1989, Kerry left Congressman Smith’s
office to serve as Special Assistant and Director of Speechwriting
to United States Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole. Kerry
served in that capacity until Mrs. Dole left the Cabinet in
From January 1991 through July 1996, Kerry
served as Legal Counsel and Director of Speechwriting to United
States Senator Bob Dole. Throughout this period, Kerry also
served as a communications consultant to Mrs. Dole, in her
capacity as President of the American Red Cross.
Kerry is the co-author of Senator and Mrs.
Dole’s Autobiography, “Unlimited Partners: Our
American Story”, published in 1996. He also assisted
Senator Dole in the writing of “Great Political Wit,
Laughing (Almost) to the White House”, and in the writing
of “Great Presidential Wit”. Kerry recently collaborated
with Senator Elizabeth Dole on the writing of “Hearts
Touched with Fire; My 500 Favorite Inspirational Quotations”,
which was published in October 2004. Kerry recently assisted
Gert Boyle, Chairman of the Board of Columbia Sportswear in
the writing of her autobiography, “One Tough Mother.”
Kerry resides in Beaverton with his wife,
Becky and their two children, Kate 17 and Clark 7.
Born, raised and educated
in Oregon, Gary was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives
in 1972 from the 53rd district in Klamath County and was re-elected
in 1974, 1976 and 1978. He received the nomination of both
the Republican and Democratic parties in 1976 and 1978. In
1979, he was elected by the House Republican Caucus to serve
as the House Minority Leader. Gary was active in the National
Conference of State Legislatures and served on the Executive
Committee of the National Republican Legislators Association.
Gary retired after 40 years service with
US West Communications and its predecessor companies. His
final role with US West was the Director of Governmental Relations
in Oregon. He lobbied for Pacific Northwest Bell and then
US West for 17 years from 1980 to 1996. During 1991-1992,
Gary served as President of the Capitol Club, the Oregon organization
of professional lobbyists.
In January 1997, Gary was employed by Oregon
Senate President Brady Adams as Special Assistant to the Senate
President. In December 1999, he transferred to the Office
of the Speaker of the House, Lynn Snodgrass where he worked
as the Speaker’s Chief of Staff until the end of her
term in January 2001. At that time, he began his public affairs
consulting business. He worked the redistricting issue during
the 2001 Legislative Session while on contract with the House
Majority Office. In November 2001, Gary returned to work at
the Oregon Legislature as Chief of Staff for then House Majority
Leader Karen Minnis. He continues as Minnis’ Chief of
Staff as she now serves as Speaker of the House.
Carl Wilson, a native of
McAlester, Oklahoma, has been a Grants Pass resident since
1957. Carl joined the navy upon graduating from high school
and spent most of his service time in Subic Bay, Philippines.
After returning home, he went to work in the family radio
business, working for his father at KAJO-AM in Grants Pass.
In 1991, the Wilsons added KLDR-FM and along the way, Carl
and his brother Matt, became majority owners of the company.
Carl works on the programming/operations side of things and
Matt, the sales side. Carl was a member of the Oregon House
of Representatives from 1998 to 2002....including the five
special sessions of '02. During his legislative stint, he
was chair of the House Committee on General Government in
his freshman term and was chair of the House Rules, Redistricting
and Public Affairs committee the rest of the way.
Carl's lifetime hobby is riding motorcycles.
He has ridden his beloved Harley Davidson all over the United
States, especially in the last years...and finds riding the
deep south and the plains states the most interesting of all.
Carl is married to Malinda they have two
grown children living in Salem. They are proud grandparents
of Abigail and Tyler.
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The youngest of seven children
raised in Kyoto, Japan, Junki Yoshida began his life with
big dreams and humble beginnings. At the age of 19, he followed
his lifelong goal and moved to America against his family’s
wishes, determined to make his mark in his new country. Arriving
in Seattle with only $500 in his pocket, Junki immediately
cashed in his return ticket and bought a used Plymouth Valiant,
his “home” for the next several months. He struggled
to make ends meet and was twice hospitalized for starvation.
However, he refused to give up.
After being denied admission to study theology
at Seattle Pacific University due to his limited English-speaking
skills, Junki split time working as a gardener and United
Airlines kitchen employee. He eventually enrolled at Highline
Community College, where he soon met his future bride, Linda
and traded classes for karate lessons, an art he had learned
as a young boy.
Years later, Junki opened several of his
own karate schools throughout the Northwest. As the number
of students in his classes increased, so did his martial art
ranking (eventually earning a 7th degree black belt), leading
to his prestigious appointment as Japan Karate Federation’s
Chief Instructor for the states of Washington and Oregon by
Grand Master Konishi in Japan. Soon after, he was asked to
design and lead a police-training program based on his own
defense-training program for law enforcement officers throughout
the Northwest. The completion of this defense-training program
eventually became a requirement for all correction officers’
certification, police in-service training and SWAT team instructor
courses in both Oregon and Washington.
Despite these accolades, Junki, his wife
and their three daughters desperately struggled to make ends
meet. So, when the family received a stream of Christmas gifts
from karate students one holiday season, the Yoshidas were
forced to get creative with their gift exchange. Based on
his family’s 60-year-old “secret recipe”
Junki cooked up batches of teriyaki sauce, filled empty syrup
bottles and gave them away as gifts. The family was surprisingly
flattered when students began on insisting on refills only
a few weeks later.
As word-of-mouth spread and demand grew,
the Yoshidas decided to follow their friends’ advice
and market the unique product in 1982. With very little help
from banks, Junki managed to raise $150,000 from relatives,
friends, and his father-in-law’s pension. Despite two
near bankruptcies, Junki refused to accept failure with the
hopes of so many loved ones relying on his company’s
success. He continued to work out of his main karate school’s
basement, filling bottles by hand with sauce made in a ten-gallon
Even while facing incredible financial
struggles, Junki never lost faith in the product he based
his family’s entire future upon- Yoshida’s Gourmet
Sauce. With persistence and humor, he eventually convinced
the food buyer of a large grocery store chain to accept his
product. Junki, himself, kept busy cooking samples for in-store
demonstrations, using wild humor and crazy tactics to sell
sauce to passing shoppers. Before long, his gourmet marinade
found its way to grocery and club store chains throughout
Sine the formation of his first company,
Yoshida Food Products, Junki’s momentum and enthusiasm
have never slowed. Over the past 25 years, he has gradually
established a powerful conglomerate of 18 diverse companies
with more than 200 employees under the Yoshida Group umbrella,
generating annual revenue of more than $176 million.
Such a good fortune has allowed Junki the
means to generously support an endless list of community and
charitable organizations including the Kids on the Block Program’s
annual Yoshida’s Sand in the City fundraising event.
In addition to serving as a Port of Portland Commissioner,
Junki contributes his energies as a board member of the Doernbecher
Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House
Charities NW, Mt. Hood Community College Foundation and Children’s
Often awarded for his incredible contributions
and lifetime achievements, Junki continues to travel the globe
as an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, entertainment
and inspiring others in search of the “American Dream.”