BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers

Mike Schweizer, President

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2015

"I strive to participate in community activities and developed an interest in the museum when my wife was on the board and 'volunteered' me for a committee. I felt my professional skills and knowledge could be of use as the society is moving forward with development of the Collections Care Facility and new Corvallis facility."

Josh Kvidt, Vice President

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2008

Career Profile:
4 Years at Citizens Bank
Presently Manager of Philomath Branch
Prior to Citizens Bank-Graduated from OSU with Business Degree

Community/Professional Affiliations:
Philomath Chamber
Philomath Downtown Association
Corv-Bent. Chamber Coalition
Ford Institute Leadership Program
Rotary Club
Oregon Bankers Association

Why are you serving as a Trustee?
"I want to support the BCHS missions with my "unique" skills and experiences; particularly my financial background."

Marlys Amundson, Secretary

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2014

Career Profile: 1992 BA in English, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
1996 MA in Applied Linguistics, UCLA
1996-2007 - Development Communications, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA
2007-2014 - Development Officer, College of Engineering, OSU Foundation
2014-present - Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU Foundation

Community/Professional Affiliations: Past member, Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Board
Past volunteer, Willamette Riverkeeper
Past member, Engineering Development Forum Executive Committee
Current member, NuScale Toastmasters
Leadership Corvallis (Class of 2013)

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "I appreciate the role that the Benton County Historical Society plays in preserving artifacts from both the region's past and Oregon State University's, and hope to assist in the organization's mission."

Duane Jager, Treasurer

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2010

Career Profile:1972 BS, Science, Oregon State University
1975 Masters in Educational Technology, Oregon State University
1975-77 Teacher, Dever-Connor School District
1977-87 Teacher, Corvallis School District
1987-2003 Corvallis School District: Resource Teacher, Media Specialist, Technology Integration Specialist
2003-present Technology Services Manager, Corvallis School District

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "As a young boy, I often visited the Horner Museum in Corvallis. I enjoyed this experience very much, and I would like others to have a similar opportunity, especially young kids that don't have an opportunity to have experiences outside of this area."

Neal Peterson, Immediate Past President

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2010

Career Profile: Retired professional engineer: Oregon State University graduate with MS in Structural Engineering. Worked for Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel Company after graduating from OSU. Returned to OSU to teach senior level engineering courses from 1973-1981. Principal owner and principal engineer for Devco Engineering, Corvallis, OR, for 33 years working in Oregon, California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii until retirement in 2005.

Community/Professional Affiliations: former Executive Director for the Metal Stud Manufacturers' Association; former Technical Director for the Steel Stud Manufacturers' Association. Past member of the Greater Corvallis Rotary Club. Member of the Philomath Community Foundation board.

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "To have the opportunity to provide engineering input that addresses the construction of the new Corvallis Museum and provide technical assistance for on-going maintenance and construction issues for the existing museum facilities."

Members

Wendy A. Beck-Nichols

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2009

Career Profile: Worked for 18 years at Blackledge Furniture after 8 Years at Rice's Pharmacy. Owns Corvallis Floor Covering and is an interior designer.

Community/Professional Affiliations: Business member of Assistance League. Member of Chamber of Commerce. Member of ASID and IDS (Interior Design Association).

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "Board member Curtis Keifer and BCHS volunteer Walter Frankel asked me to join and I appreciate their community involvement and decided it sounded interesting and fun. I am a Corvallis native so I want to support my community."

Tom Gallagher

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2011

Career Profile: Tom Gallagher earned a B.S. from Oregon State University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a retired attorney who practiced law for 45 years, the last 32 in Corvallis.

Community/Professional Affiliations: Gallagher was a member of boards of directors of Community Outreach, Inc. and Corvallis Caring Place. He is a former president of Rotary Club of Corvallis.

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "My family has resided in Benton County for over 100 years. I have lived near Corvallis for most of my life. I want to help preserve the history of this very special area."

Sandy Gerding

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2012

Career Profile: Office assistant Dean of Engineering, Oregon State University; 1978-1996-held various positions at a number of financial institutions throughout the U.S. and Germany; 1997-2003- Office assistant at Dixon Creek Dental Center.

Community/Professional Affiliations: As a 30-year Army wife, I served in numerous positions supporting many Officers' Wives Clubs. I led a number of Family Support Groups to assist military families during times of deployment in the U.S. and overseas.

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "Both my family and my husband's have lived in Benton County for four generations. I am especially interested in preserving the valuable history of this very unique area for the many generations to come. This is an opportunity to serve our community in the sharing and preservation of these historical collections."

Rod Harvey

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2004

Career Profile: Public School Teacher and Administrator

Community/Professional Affiliations:
First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis
Board Member Philomath Community Foundation

Janet Nishihara

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2016

Career profile: Oregon State University Educational Opportunities Program Director, supporting first-generation, low-income students, students of color and other underserved populations. Taught courses that develop a deeper understanding of the history of students of color at Oregon State University and in Oregon.
Serving at OSU since 1981.

Community/Professional Affiliations:
NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
AAC&U-Association of American Colleges & Universities
Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs - former member
CARDV, Friends of the Library

Why are you serving as a Trustee?
"Because I am interested in both learning more about the history of our region and in seeing the development of our understanding of the roles that people of color played in our history. I would like to see if there are ways for groups to collaborate even further in re-discovering this information and providing access to it by the public at large."

Lois Rawers

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2009

Career Profile: 1961-1982 Elementary Teacher in Ohio, Michigan, Idaho and Oregon, including Philomath
1984-2006 Elementary School Principal in Oregon, mainly in Corvallis
B.S. and M.A.T., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Community/Professional Affiliations: Corvallis Public Schools Foundation, Board of Directors, Past Chair
U of O College of Education Alumni Assoc., Board member
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
National Association of Elementary School Principals
Phi Delta Kappa, Professional Fraternity in Education
Northwest Women in Educational Administration

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "I have a keen interest in history, and I value documentation of the creation and development of communities, organizations and other social entities."

Marilyn Starker

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2013

Career Profile: Middle School Special Education teacher Greater Albany School District 6 years; volunteer Old Mill Center 10+ years; Parent Educator-Community Outreach, Inc. 4 years; Founder/Director Mari's Place Child Care Center-Community Outreach 6 years.

Community/Professional Affiliations: Board of Directors, Starker Forests, Inc. ; Chair Philanthropy committee Starker Forests, Inc.; Board of Directors, Community Outreach, Christian Education Teacher pre-K and K First Congregational Church, UCC.

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "I am interested in how the Society works and is progressing towards getting a permanent, attractive museum in which to display its vast collection which has been so carefully stored and catalogued. Our family has shown our dedication to it and we hope to see it come to fruition."

Kirstin Starnes

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2013

Career Profile: BA, University of Oregon
Masters in Library Science, Indiana University
Youth Services Librarian, Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, WA)
Early Learning & Child Care Supervising Librarian, Pierce County Library System
Youth Services Librarian, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Community/Professional Affiliations: Oregon Library Association, Oregon Young Adult Network Past Chair
Franklin School PTA, school volunteer

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "I grew up in Benton County and have returned years later to raise my family here in this great community. Past experience volunteering at museums and working in a preservation/conservation department at a university library has increased my interest in historical preservation. I have a passion for being involved in our community and have a growing interest in local and family history. Curtis Kiefer asked me to consider joining the board and I think it would be a wonderful way to give back to the community."

Jo Anne Trow

Career Profile: Resident of Corvallis since 1965 when she joined Student Affairs Office at OSU. Originally from Ohio, she holds degrees from Denison University, Indiana University, and Michigan State University. She worked in student affairs before coming to Oregon. She was OSU's last Dean of Women and its first female Vice President.

Community/Professional Affiliations:
Active in:
The League of Women Voters
First Congregational United Church of Christ
OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop
Willamette Criminal Justice Council
United Way
Corvallis Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Old Mill Center
AAUW

Rick Wallace

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2010

Career Profile: Corvallis School District 1972-2003
Teacher Theatre, Speech, Journalism, history, English, Leadership
Corvallis High School Activities Director 1979-1983
Director of Theatre 1983-2003
Interim Theatre Manager 2006

Bluestone Consulting, LLC 2008-Present
PERS research and education consultant

Community/Professional Affiliations:Benton County Cultural Coalition 2004-2010
Corvallis Readers' Theatre
Active in OSU Theatre productions
Oregon State Scholarship Commission 1988-1990
Oregon State Juvenile Services Commission 1985-1988
Advisory Board to Secretary of State Barbara Roberts for creating teaching resources based on materials from Oregon State Archives

Why are you serving as a Trustee? "I have a lifelong interest in history and have taught the subject on a number of occasions. As a Benton County native, I am particularly interested in the preservation and extension of knowledge about the county's and the state's past. I was initially a History major at OSU, although I took my degree in Speech and Theatre Education.

"It is a particularly interesting and challenging time to join the Board as the Museum and the Society launch the drive to build the new museum building in Corvallis to house the collection and complement the wonderful Philomath facilities. This is a once-in-a-century opportunity for the community and the Society to build a lasting landmark for the county."

Alice Rampton, Advisor