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Jan earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Oregon State University. Early in her career, she worked in hospitals as a registered medical technologist. But for almost 20 years, Jan worked in zoos, including the National Zoological Park and the Kansas City Zoo. She focused primarily on animal health, education and public relations. She retired as Director of Community Relations for Kansas City Southern Industries, a transportation and financial services company. Jan’s interests include nature conservation, science education, reading, music and international travel. She spends her volunteer time with Rotary, an international service organization, and The Nature Conservancy. Jan recently became an International Ambassador for The Nature Conservancy. She also belongs to four China-related organizations in Kansas City and is a vice president of the board of the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation and the Society for Friendship With China.
She has traveled all over the world, including Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Europe, Antarctica as well as several African, South and Central American countries. Jan made two trips recently to Zambia to develop a village education project for her Rotary club and District. Jan has deep interests in global wildlife and conservation issues as well as in diverse people and cultures from around the world.
Rich graduated from OSU in 1972 with a degree in statistics. He worked on calculators in the 1970’s at Hewlett Packard and went on to co-found three companies. His latest company is Korvis Automation, a Corvallis-based manufacturer of Life Science, 3D Printing and Energy products, where he has been the CEO for the past 12 years. Rich has four children, all of whom have moved back to Corvallis.
Dr. Keith E. Krueger is a native of Central Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in 1986. While at Oregon State he was a varsity athlete for four years on a wrestling scholarship. He then attended Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry where he received his doctorate in 1989. Following this, Dr. Krueger completed his internship while serving three years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed with the Air Transportable Hospital to the Persian Gulf War.
Dr. Krueger then began his four year residency, pursuing his passion for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He completed his training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey / Rutgers University in 1997. He practiced in Portland, Oregon for over three years before establishing his practice in Bend, Oregon in 2000.
Dr. Krueger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which is the highest level of professional achievement. He has been on active medical staff at St. Charles Medical Center since 2000. He is on call on a monthly basis in the ER for facial trauma and is frequently in the OR performing elective surgery.
When he is out of the office, Dr. Krueger enjoys spending time with his wife and his three children and being active in his church. He is a Board Member for the Kilns College (theology and missions) and Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center. In his free time, he loves the outdoors; hunting, fishing, and running half and full marathons.
Doug has worked for Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. for 40 years and has been instrumental in shaping the organization's direction and growth. As Executive Director of the Board, he focuses on the company’s vision and marketing strategies. Doug also serves as the partner-in-charge for many clients, including national and multinational publicly traded companies. He specializes in client counseling, claims resolution and strategic program development. Woodruff-Sawyer’s approach is to provide information-driven decision-making to achieve the most effective solutions for our clients. By way of example, Doug created the company’s D&O practice using this process. He has also provided the Executive Management of the Oregon State University Accelerator.
After graduation from Oregon State University in 1969, Joel Peterson drove ambulances, travelled around Europe, worked as a research immunologist at the Harold Brunn institute in San Francisco, worked as a clinical lab scientist at Sonoma Valley Hospital and, in his spare time, became a wine writer and wine consultant. In 1976, Joel founded Ravenswood winery and has shepherded Ravenswood from a small unknown winery producing 327 cases of Zinfandel to a respected, high quality producer of approximately 800,000 cases of red wine.
Joel is on the Board of Directors for Sonoma County Vintners and is a current member and past president of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association. He is a founding Board member and former two-time president of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. Joel is also a Senior Vice President with Constellation Brands. In 2010, Joel was inducted into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame, and in 2012 he was voted as one of the “20 most admired people in the North American wine industry" by Vineyard and Winery Management magazine. The magazine also voted Joel as one of the “20 most admired winemakers in North America” in 2014.
Joel lives in Sonoma, California, is married to Madeleine Deininger and has three amazing and talented children ranging in ages from 16 to 42.
Ron Schoenheit holds a bachelor’s degree in math from Oregon State University and an MBA degree from Marylhurst University.
In 1987, he founded Cascade Coil Drapery where he currently serves as President. The successful wire weaving firm is based in Tualatin, Oregon, and specializes in woven wire products for architectural and industrial applications. With more than 55 years of experience in the wire weaving industry, Ron has served as Vice President of Pacific Fence & Wire Co., a major Pacific Northwest chain link fence manufacturer, and cofounder and President of Pacific Fireplace Furnishings, Inc. He has also held facilities engineering positions with FMC (Gunderson) in Portland and with LTV in Dallas.
Ron is also the President of the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, a federally funded organization that provides consulting and assistance to companies in the five-state Pacific Northwest region impacted by import competition.
In the mid-1980’s. Ron was a co-owner of the AAA Portland Beaver Baseball Club.
A long-time resident of Lake Oswego, Ron enjoys gardening and running. He periodically participates in marathons and has completed the Boston Marathon twice in recent years. He enjoys his three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
David Vernier was a physics graduate from Ohio State University who taught science for four years in inner-city Cleveland, Ohio. In 1973, he and his wife Christine came to complete a master’s degree in the General Science at Oregon State. Dave then moved to Hillsboro, where he taught physics for eight years. During that time, computers were just becoming available to the public and to high schools. He started writing computer programs to help him in his teaching. In 1981, he dedicated the summer to improving those programs with the idea of maybe selling them to other physics teachers. This was the start of Vernier Software & Technology, which has gradually grown to provide software, sensors, curriculum, and training for science teachers. The company now employs about 100 people and sells its products in 135 countries. Dave and his wife Christine are still involved in the daily operations of the company.
Brad A. Zenger is an investor and an entrepreneur with a strong passion for business and sustainability and the opportunity for both to help change the world for the better.
Brad is currently working on a new startup. Brad is also a Founder and Managing Director of Pivotal Investments, the Northwest's first venture capital firm enabling the sustainable economy. Prior to founding Pivotal Investments, Brad Zenger, along with four others, founded Pixelworks in 1997. Pixelworks is a fabless semiconductor company that targeted the rapidly growing market for advanced display products such as Flat Panel TV's and Digital Projectors. From its inception, Brad ran Marketing & Sales where revenues reached $140M in 2003. The company conducted an IPO in May of 2000 and is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol: PXLW. Brad left Pixelworks in 2004 to pursue new personal and professional opportunities.
Brad began his career as a naval submarine officer after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Following his military duty, Brad received his MBA from Santa Clara University.
Brad is happily married to Angela and lives in Portland, OR, but travels frequently.