The Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of alumni, community members, and business and industry professionals. For more information about the Foundation Board contact Krista Darrah, Interim Executive Director.

Officers

Graduate Year/Degree

BS Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988; JD Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, 1995

Profession

Intel Corporation as Associate General Counsel

Years Employed

I've been an intellectual property and business lawyer for Intel for 16 years, and supported lots of different divisions, including our desktop products group, our consumer electronics group, our wireless group, and our data center group. I'm currently supporting our software and services group. My legal teams negotiate technology agreements, sales agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic initiatives for our division.

Prior Position/Company

Prior to law school I worked as a mechanical design engineer for Intel Corporation and Ford Aerospace.

Volunteer Activities

My other volunteer activities include umpiring little league games, and coaching on a high school ski race team. I am also a high school football referee with the Portland Football Officials Association.

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

President and Executive Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

It's important to me to be involved with Oregon Tech Foundation, because I think the pragmatic, real world (and very affordable) approach to education that Oregon Tech offers is an option that is necessary for many students to succeed. The high cost of most schools that offer the small class sizes and individual attention of Oregon Tech is not attainable for many students, or if it is, then only with a massive and crippling debt after graduation. And many students would not be successful in an education program that is less practical and requires a large number of classes that are not relevant to their career choices, leading to students not completing a degree program. I want to help evangelize the option that Oregon Tech offers, as I think many students don't even know about Oregon Tech or what it offers.

Graduate Year/Degree

Willamette University College of Law, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
George Fox University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude
University of Oxford (UK), Wycliffe Hall, visiting Student Scholar

Profession

Attorney – Lynch, Conger, McLane LLP

Prior Position/Company

Previously practiced at McEwen Gisvold LLP and Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt, each in Portland, Oregon. Served as the State Representative for House District 26 in the Oregon Legislature from January 2013 through January 2017, representing the communities of Wilsonville, Sherwood, King City, Hillsboro, Tigard, Beaverton, and Aloha. In the Legislature, John was an integral member of the House Revenue Committee, with jurisdiction over Oregon's tax policy, and Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Committee.

Volunteer Activities

Founding board member and President of Emerging Leaders for Oregon; Committee member and volunteer leader with Wilsonville Young Life; Member of the South-Metro Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Partnership Executive Committee; Oregon Institute of Technology Presidential Search Committee, 2016; AmeriCorps*VISTA member serving as Programs Director of a nonprofit organization in Southern California serving disadvantaged families.

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Vice President and co-chair of Committee on Directors

Accomplishments/Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014-2017

Graduate Year/Degree

1970, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Oregon Institute of Technology

Profession

President and Owner, Integrated Risk Management Solutions, LLC

Years Employed

41

Prior Position/Company

Vice President of Risk Management and Chief Risk/Compliance Officer, TeleTech International Holdings, Inc.

Volunteer Activities

Board Member, Oregon Tech Foundation; Board of Trustees and Vice President of Innovation, Denver Council BSA; President, Broadband/Internet Svc. Task Force; President, OIT Alumni Association; President, OIT Industry Adv. Council; Distinguished Eagle Scout - BSA (2009); Advisor, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center; Chair, National Camping Task Force - BSA

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committees)

Secretary & Committee on Directors

Accomplishments/Awards

Chairman’s Leadership Award & Chairman’s Quality Award, US WEST; Colorado Legislature Community Svc. Award; Raising Colorado Award, Governor Romer; Silver Beaver, Denver Area Council, BSA; Distinguished Alumni Award, OIT; Service to Mankind, Sertoma of Littleton

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

Personal engagement in sustaining the outstanding work of OIT, which educates and prepares young professionals to succeed in an ever-changing world that is deeply dependent on leading edge technology.

Graduate Year/Degree

University of Redlands, BA, 1970; University of California, Los Angeles, MS in Business Administration, 1971

Profession

Financial Management, Retired; California CPA, Retired

Prior Position/Company

Senior Vice President Corporate Controller and other previous controllership positions with JELD-WEN, inc., 1992 to 2012; Vice President of Finance, Bend Millwork Systems, Bend, Oregon 1987 to 1992 (acquired by JELD-WEN, inc. in 1992)

Current Volunteer Activities

Board of Directors, Oregon Tech Foundation; Board of Directors, Reach, Incorporated

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

When I relocated to Klamath Falls in early 1994, it was obvious that the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) was a very important part of the Klamath Falls Community. During the subsequent years it became increasingly obvious to me that OIT was a special school that provides an outstanding educational environment to dedicated students typically seeking well-paying and relevant technology oriented careers. Since joining the Board of Directors of the Oregon Tech Foundation in early 2014, I have continued to be increasingly impressed by the talented students and learning environment at OIT. I want to be part of and contribute to the success of this impressive educational institution.

Graduate Year/Degree

1968, B.S., University of Oregon; 1974, MPA, University of Colorado; 1983, J.D. University of Denver

Profession

Attorney, retired

Prior Position/Company

Senior Attorney, Intel Corporation and Intel Foundation; Senior Attorney, Mobil Oil Corporation

Current Job/Volunteer Activities

Past President - Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors; Mediator for Central Oregon Mediation; Aspire Mentor at Sisters High School, P.E.O. Education Committee.

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Executive Committee and Finance Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

It is important to be involved in promoting and facilitating higher education because for my family, it paved the way to a better life. Better by developing a profession that afforded a desirable lifestyle, a challenging career that also provided advancement opportunities and worldwide travel, and a stimulating accumulation of friends with diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Because it worked for my family, I am convinced that it will also work for others who grow up with limited financial resources but are willing to work hard and behave wisely to achieve their goals. I believe the American Dream is still possible to achieve.

Directors

Don Boyd Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

San Francisco State University, 1959/Business

Profession

Retired - Owner, Floyd A. Boyd Co.; "Just an old farm boy"

Years Employed

51 years

Prior Position/Company

International harvesting company, Oakland CA

Current Job/Volunteer Activities

Volunteer – Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Gospel Mission, Presbyterian church

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Chair, Scholarship Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

I've spent most of my life in Klamath Falls. I'm involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation because I feel Oregon Tech is such a major part of our community

Profession

Vice President/CFO, SmithBates, LLC

Graduate Year/Degree

1982, University of Maine, BS in Agricultural and Resource Economics; 2005, MBA, Portland State University

Prior Position/Company

Credit Examiner/ NW Farm Credit Services; Bank Specialist/Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC); Financial Consultant/Self-Employed

Current Volunteer Activities

KCEDA Board, Sec; Klamath Works, Inc. Board, Klamath Community Foundation Board

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Committee on Directors

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

To help increase awareness of the role Oregon Tech plays in the local, regional, and global economy, and to continue to grow Oregon Tech.

Profession & Company

Manager of Financial Forecasting and Economic Analysis, Portland General Electric

Graduate Degree/Year

BS Economics, Oregon State University 2001; MS Economics, Oregon State University 2003

Prior Position/Company

NW Natural, ECONorthwest, US DOT

Current Volunteer Activities

Trailhead Credit Union Board of Directors, Oregon Council for Economics Education

Serves as (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Finance Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

It is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation to help advance Oregon Tech’s ability to prepare students with the skills necessary to thrive in the changing structure of our economy and to increase competitiveness of Oregon workforce. I am a strong believer in the value of an applied, STEM education.

James Dehoog Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

1994, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Oregon Tech

Profession

Entrepreneur:
President – Arctic Engineering, LTD. and Subsidiary Spidell and Associates
Vice President – All-Pro Fleet Services, Inc. – Richard Petty Fleet Services
Corporate Trainer, Fleet Services International
Real Estate Investor and Member / Manager of Numerous Real Estate Holding Companies

Prior Position/Company

President and Consultant, ETS, Inc.
Member and Owner – ETR, LLC.
President – Asbury Park Investors, LLC.
President and Advisory Board Member – Oregon Tech Alumni Association
Senior Plant Engineer – Pacific Wood Laminates, Inc.
PM Engineer – Roseburg Forest Products Co.

Volunteer Activities

Oregon Tech Foundation
O.I.T. President's Advisory Council
City of Grants Pass Budget Committee
Pro-Club, Inc. – President

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Committee on Directors

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

My parents had four children and three of them attended Oregon Tech. Oregon Tech has served me and my family well, and I want to be part of making Oregon Tech standing strong, like a Douglas Fir tree, 100 years from now.

Tragically, we lost my sister while she was attending Oregon Tech. I guess a lot of my passion being involved in Oregon Tech the last number of years was due to my desire to be able to endow a scholarship in her name with our family's support and watch those funds allow someone else to earn their respective degree and make the world a better place for themselves, their family, and children with the skills and degree that they had earned from Oregon Tech.

I feel that we need to be focused on making Oregon Tech available to those who may not have been able to attend college on their own, but with the Foundation’s resources, are able to attend one of our campuses, leave and make the world a better place with what they have achieved at Oregon Tech.

Bill Dewitt Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

California Coast University/2000/Bachelor of Business

Prior Position/Company

Current owner of PMDJ Group Inc, a consulting company partnering with businesses across North America to optimize safety, operational effectiveness and maintenance efficiency

Current Volunteer Activities

Oregon Tech Foundation

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

Development Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

My father was a founding member of the Oregon Tech booster club in the 1960's. As his leg man in promoting fund raising activities, riding my bike around town and hanging posters for everything from Portland Wrestling to the Los Angeles Lakers, my blood began to take on a hue of Blue and Gold. Spending countless hours in what is now Danny Miles court, I served as the doorman, ticket taker and locker room door protector. Hundreds of hours on the road supporting Owl athletics defined my youth. A family oriented supportive campus life, and dignified student athletes are two things that epitomize how Oregon Tech functions with a dignity and honor that is somehow disappearing from society. I am extremely honored to be a member of the Oregon Tech family, and proud to support an institution that provides an example for a confusing and self-absorbed world.

Gerald Freschi Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

1965, B.S. Accounting, University of San Francisco; 1966, MBA, Golden Gate University

Profession

Vice President of Investment Portfolio Management, Wells Fargo Bank (Retired)

Years Employed

1967 - 2000

Prior Position/Company

Securities Analyst, Bank of America

Current Job/Volunteer Activities

Ragland Rife Foundation, Klamath Falls Rotary Foundation, grant evaluate for the Oregon Community Foundation

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

Finance Committee

Accomplishments/Awards

Previous member of the OIT President’s Advisory Board

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

To help inform people of the great school it is and to help provide guidance for the Foundation in meeting its goals.

Steven Hyde Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

'04 Oregon State University/ Hons BS Mechanical Engineering

Profession/Company

Project Engineer – Innovation Center/ ESCO Corporation

Current Volunteer Activities

2017 Baja SAE California Sales Judge, Design Judge, Dynamic Events Course Marshal. 2018 Event Committee for Baja SAE Oregon Competition

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Scholarship Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

The Oregon Tech Foundation provides a great way for me to support the world class students at Oregon Tech. It's been thrilling to watch these students succeed and get an insider's view of the growth and positive momentum at Oregon Tech. Go Owls!

Don Johnson Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

  • Ed. D. - University of St. Thomas, 2004
  • M.Ed. - University of Utah, 1989
  • M.Ed. - Brigham Young University, 1989

Profession

School Educator/Superintendent - Retired

Prior Position/Company

Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools - 37 years in public education

Current Volunteer Activities

Oregon Tech Board of Directors, Klamath Basin Trails Alliance

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

Finance Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

Our community and our nation depend upon the success of our youth.  The Oregon Tech Foundation is a critical support for young adults who are committed to make this a more humane, productive, and thoughtful world.  Our investment in Oregon Tech is an investment in our collective future.

Sally Jones Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

PhD - 1976

Prior Position/Company

Organization Management, PeopleSoft; Academic Counselor, Athletic Department – University of Wyoming

Current Job/Volunteer Activities

Aspire, Assistance League of Klamath Basin

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Scholarship Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

Oregon Tech is the university of the future. Faculty is tremendously dedicated to the success of their students. I’m very happy to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation.

Trevor Mauch Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

2005/ Small Business Management – Marketing/Entrepreneurship Options

Profession

Serial entrepreneur. Currently CEO and Co-Founder of Carrot, a Software as a Service company based in Oregon and CEO of Mach One Media Marketing.

Prior Position/Company

Founder of several online startups in the software and real estate industries.

Current Job/Volunteer Activities

Board President of Young Entrepreneur Society of Umpqua, Board President of theLoft Entrepreneur Co-Workspace, Board member Oregon Tech Foundation, Member of Roseburg Angel Investor Network (RAIN)

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

Development Committee

Accomplishments/Awards

Portland Business Journal 40 under 40, Oregon Entrepreneur Network Entrepreneurial Achievement Award Finalist 2016, Oregon Tech Recent Alumni Achievement Award - 2005, Empact Showcase - Top Companies By Entrepreneurs Under 35 in the U.S. , Oregon Entrepreneurial Network Summit Honoree 2015, Have grown the largest and most impactful entrepreneur group in Southern Oregon with the Young Entrepreneur Society of Umpqua and theLoft co-workspace

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

Oregon Tech has been a part of our family for as long as I can remember with my grandfather Howard Morris, and as an OIT alumni myself, I can see huge untapped potential for OIT to really solidify itself as a top tier school for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit over the next 20 years.

Bob Neathamer Foundation Board Member

Profession

Founder and majority owner of Neathamer Surveying, Inc.
Oregon Professional Land Surveyor; Oregon Certified Water Right Examiner

Years Employed

55 years in Land Surveying and Land Use Planning Professionals

Volunteer Activities

Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors, Oregon Director for the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Oregon Specific Land Surveyor Examination Liaison to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors (OSBEELS), City of Medford Oregon Site Plan and Architectural Commission (SPAC), Board Member of Rogue Basin Utility Coordination Council (RBUCC).

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors, Committee on Directors

Also Serves on: Oregon Tech Geomatics Industrial Advisory Committee Member (TAC)

Accomplishments/Awards

OSBEELS Board Member, 1999-2007, last two years as Board President; Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO) Past-Chairman and Life Member, Surveyor of the Year in 2000.

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

To partner with Oregon Tech in achieving its goals to prepare students for successful careers in the workplace and accomplishing fulfilling lives.

Doug Pratt Foundation Board Member

Profession & Company

Retired

Graduate Year/Degree

1972, BS Forest Management Southern Illinois University

Prior Position/Company

President/Agent, Webb Wilson Insurance Agency

Volunteer Activities

Rotarian, 1998 – Present; President – Klamath Basin Sunrise Rotary, 2013-2014 (Paul Harris Fellow x 3, Rotary Foundation – Chair 2010-2016); Ross Ragland Theater Board Member, 2005-2011 (Chair, Facilities Committee; Member, Finance Committee); Ragland-Rife Foundation Board Member, 2010 – Present (Currently Vice Chair).

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee)

Scholarship Committee

Why is it important to you to be involved in the Oregon Tech Foundation?

Great institution; benefits the Klamath area, in general

Darrel Samuels Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

1971: BA English U.C. Davis, 1978: MA Education U.C. Davis

Prior Position/Company

Teacher: Fairfield, CA; extension instructor U.C. Davis

Current Job/Volunteer Activities

ASPIRE program at Mazama High School, Board member, Klamath Basin Audubon Society

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committees)

Scholarship Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

Since moving to Klamath Falls about 10 years ago I have learned more about Oregon Tech each year and attended several showcases and tours and met several faculty. I am particularly impressed with the collaborative and hands-on approach taken by Oregon Tech faculty and with the overall success of the university. For the last two years my wife and I have funded several scholarships to help deserving students pursue their degrees. With the cost of education these days it is vitally important that the Oregon Tech Foundation does its best to support deserving students.

rick whitlock Foundation Board Member

Graduate Year/Degree

  • JD Willamette University, 1977
  • BA Political Science, Willamette University, 1974

Profession

Medford, Oregon City Attorney

Serves as: (Oregon Tech Foundation Committee(s)

Scholarship Committee

Why it is important to me to be involved with the Oregon Tech Foundation

Oregon Tech is an amazing educational institution and as a Klamath native, I am enthused and excited to give back to the community and contribute to the growth and success of the university and its students.

Ex-Officio
Krista Darrah Interim Executive Director
Dr. Nagi Naganathan President, Oregon Tech
Jeremy Morris President, Shaw Historical Library
Ken Vandehey President, Alumni Advisory Board
Brian Fox Vice President Finance & Administration, Oregon Tech
Emeritus Directors
Kristi Redd, 2007-2018 Ted Thom, 1987-2018
Timothy Bailey, 1992-2003 Gary Johnston, 2005-2014
Marge Bocchi, 1993-2000 Susan Laubengayer, 1987-2001
Sherrill Boyd, 1997-2004 Ron Loveness, 2001-2014
Greg Bulkley, 2007-2016 James McCobb, 1979-1990
Nancy Coffin-DeFeyter, 1999-2010, 2014-2016 John Novak, 1986-2002
David Cowan, 2003-2010 Andy Peterson, 2001-2015
Allan Craigmiles, 1991-1998 Jean Pinniger, 1989-2010
William Early, 1979-1991 Richard Siemens, 1999-2015
Mary Farr, 1985-2004 Joan Staunton, 1997-2009
Charles Foulon, 1999-2003 Lois Stilwell, 2010-2017
John Gerbert, 1981-1990 Don VanLuvanee, 2004-2014
Winifred Hood, 1998-2005 Tom Van Thiel, 1989-2010
Gerda Hyde, 1995-2016 Nancy Wendt, 1985-2008
Doug Kintzinger,     -2018