Mike Schweizer, President/Corvallis Museum owner’s representative

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2015

Career Profile: Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), University of Oregon, 1980. Registered Architect: Oregon, 1993 (No. 3383); Utah 2013 (No. 8701320-0301) National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certified: 1991 Member, American Institute of Architects.
Oregon Department of Transportation- Provide Master Planning services for relocation of ODOT facilities spread over the City of Salem. Provide Master Planning services for new ODOT facilities statewide.
CH2M HILL- More than 32 years of professional experience in project management project development, master planning design services and project coordination. 30 years of experience with an emphasis on Department of Defense (DoD) facilities.

Why are you serving as a Trustee?
"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 new Corvallis Museum."

Tom Gallagher, Vice President

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."

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
2014-2016 - Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU Foundation
2016-2018- Director of Development, College of Forestry, OSU Foundation
2018-present-Director of Development, College of Science, 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."


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 family 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

Susan Klinkhammer

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2019

Career Profile: Elementary and Middle School teacher and reading specialist

Community/Professional Affiliations: OSU Folk Club and OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop

Why are you serving as a Trustee?
"I’m hoping to help continue the fine work of the Benton County Historical Society. I’m sure I will learn a lot and hopefully be able to share my knowledge with the community."

Ron Marek

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2018
Prior board service 1997-2002 (former Board President 1999-2000)

Career Profile: United States Federal District Court 1969-present; Oregon Bar Association 1969-present; Arbitrator, Portland Arbitration Service; Benton County Bar Association 1972-present; General Law practice, Corvallis, Oregon-practice emphasis: trust, estate, probate, charitable planning, medical planning 1998-present.

Iowa State University B.S., University of Minnesota, J.D. 

Community/Professional Affiliations:
Corvallis Chamber of Commerce (President 1992-93)
Corvallis United Methodist Foundation (President, Secretary)
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation
Heart of the Valley Choir Trustee
Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis
Sunset Kiwanis Club

Why are you serving as a Trustee?
“I’m interested in providing inspirational opportunities for youth, the greater Corvallis community, and visitors. I enjoy history and the development of devices created by humans to make things easier or more interesting.”

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."

Lorna Avery Scott

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2019

Career Profile:

Community/Professional Affiliations:

Why are you serving as a Trustee?

Kristin 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

Year Appointed/Elected to the Board: 2013

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

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."

Natchee Barnd, Advisor
Wendy Beck-Nichols, Advisor
Neal Peterson, Advisor/Corvallis Museum owner’s representative
Alice Rampton, Advisor
Lois Rawers, Advisor