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BOBBY LEVY

President

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Over the last 20 years Bobby has enthusiastically planned, designed and hosted numerous parties and events; including graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirement and holiday parties for family and friends. Since 2006, Bobby has been planning and hosting political parties and introductions where candidates, government officials, business leaders, as well as state department directors, have come to Umatilla, Morrow and Wallowa Counties to get to know and be known by the people of Eastern Oregon.  Bobby is passionate about rural Eastern Oregon and sharing information and successes with all of Oregon.

Bobby received her MBA from Portland State University in 1995, as well as an MTE from Eastern Oregon University in 1999.

She is one of the five founding members of Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition. Bobby is the past Chair of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission, serving an eight-year term on the commision.  Bobby has served on numerous boards and committees and is a member of the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and the Hermiston Government Affairs Team, as well as a member of the Umatilla County Budget committee.  She is a past member of the Umatilla County Housing Authority Board.  In addition to her work with EOWC, Bobby also raises sheep and Large Breed Guardian dogs for predator protection for sheep producers in the Northwest. Along with her business partner Joe Benner, BJ's LGD Spike Collars, she is producing and selling spike collars to LGD owners all over the US and Canada for predator protection.

Bobby is currently in her first term as Oregon State Representative for District 58.

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DEBBIE PEDRO

Vice President

 

Debbie Pedro works for the Columbia Development Authority located at the Port of Morrow.  She is involved primarily in Economic Development.  Debbie served 14 years as the Executive Director for the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, as well as in other capacities at the Hermiston Chamber for over 19 years. ​​

Debbie attended George Fox University and graduated from Western Association of Chamber Executives.

Debbie is past President for the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Region 12 Workforce Investment Board, the City of Hermiston Business Advisory Committee, Hermiston Altrusa Club, Hermiston Leadership Alumni.  Debbie received Hermiston Woman of the Year for 2016.  She served on the Port of Umatilla Budget Committee, as well as one of the Founding Members of the Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition.

She has also been instrumental in starting and participating in various

philanthropic projects for the past 30 years.  Debbie has served on the Festival of Trees Committee, American Cancer Society Relay for Life Board, Hermiston Little League Board, past Chairperson of the Hermiston High School Parent Teacher Group and past Foundation President of Hermiston Altrusa.

Debbie and her husband Ed have operated a custom farming business in the Hermiston area for over 25 years and previously operated Aerial Perspectives, an aerial photography business. Debbie was a former business owner of a Home Decor store in Hermiston.

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FRAN RICE

Secretary

Fran is the Facilitator for Leadership Hermiston, a 10-month program with full-day classes each month designed to network local business people while exploring the many unique facets of life that contribute to making Hermiston and Eastern Oregon a growing, thriving area. Fran is a graduate of the Ford Leadership Program through Rural Development Initiative.  She is on a team that is instrumental in bringing Global Leadership Summit, a two day simulcast conference, to the area. She is one of the five founding board members of Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition and a member of the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Team.

Retired from 25 years of homeschooling six successful children, she has owned and operated two small businesses and is actively involved with her church.

Hospitality is a way of life for Fran and her husband, Don.  Their home has been a welcoming place for new and old friends from near and far.  Internationally connected through Don's work and Fran's involvement with Ambassadors in Sport, it is not unusual for them to entertain people from every continent. Building relationships and connecting people and ideas are natural for them. 

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CYNDA VIRGIL

Cynda Cook is a graduate of Stanfield High School in Umatilla County and works in two capacities to provide service and support to the citizens of Northeast Oregon.  She has assisted her former husband in forming and administering Cooks' Land and Water Consulting and runs a home-based business through Arbonne International which promotes and sells natural beauty and home health products.  She balances these efforts with her commitment to her family and two children, as well as to the citizens of Umatilla County with developmental disabilities, continuing her membership and commitment to the ARC of Umatilla County for over 15 years.  

Cynda attended college at Blue Mountain Community College and the International Air Academy while working various jobs to support her education.  Cynda is one of the five founding members and she is proud of her involvement with the partners of Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition. Cynda is also proud to be able to be a part of the regional story of what it takes to raise a family who have the pride, commitment and passion that it takes to make the quality of life better for the next generations in the region she calls home.

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CAM PREUS

Dr. Camille (Cam) Preus is the Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association, where she represents the 17 Oregon community colleges as the primary voice on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level, and advocates for state level leadership for student success and fosters partnerships to further community college interests. 

She is the former President of Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) from 2013-2018. She serves on numerous regional/national boards that champion and advocate for increasing opportunity for post-secondary education. Cam has held other  leadership roles in Oregon in community colleges & workforce development at both state and local levels. 

Cam graduated from Cumberland College (TN), Middle Tennessee State University, earned an MSBA from Indiana University and received her doctorate in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.

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SALLY HANSELL

Sally is a Hermiston native and deeply proud of her rural community. She strives to make it an even better place to live, work, and play for everyone.

Sally and her father own the Hermiston law firm Anderson Hansell PC. She specializes in agri-business, property, estate planning and probate law.  

Sally and her family live on the multi-generational Hansell farm located west of Hermiston. She and her husband, Tyler, enjoy hosting friends hailing from both local and far-flung places into their home to experience rural life

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TAMI SINOR

 

Tami Sinor serves as Member Services Representative and Key Account Liaison for Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC). UEC serves more than 15,000 member accounts and nearly 2,283 miles of power lines in about 2,000 square miles of service territory. She has been with the cooperative since 2008 where she began her career as the Executive Assistant to the CEO moving into the Member Services Department in 2015.

 

Tami plays an active role in many local organizations and activities, currently the Treasurer for the Eastern Oregon Women’s Coalition. In addition, she is a member of the Hermiston and Boardman Chambers, Hermiston Rotary club and a volunteer for anything her children participate in.

 

She was born and raised in Eastern Washington, graduated from Deer Park High School, and attended Spokane Community College.  She met her husband Steve in 2002, as an Eastern Oregon native he inspired their move back to the area. Together they have three children, a wonderful home and a thriving business.  Tami is proud to be a part of this rural community.

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MARIKA SITZ

Marika was born and raised in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in 2011. She completed her four-year degree at Stanford University, receiving a B.A in Human Biology in 2015. Following graduation, Marika spent one year working at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West before returning to Eastern Oregon to take a job at the Oregon Water Coalition in 2017.

As the coordinator of the Oregon Water Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Marika worked to advance education and outreach about water and agriculture issues in northeastern Oregon. She is driven to support agriculture and economic development in rural regions and is currently in her second year of law school at the University of Oregon School of Law.

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CARYN APPLER

Caryn works as the Eastern Oregon Outreach Manager for the Energy Trust of Oregon. She works in communities from Hood River to Ontario to support customers of investor owned utilities. These programs help customer access resources, technical support and incentives to offset cost for energy savings and power generation projects. It is important to her to establish and grow relationships with local leadership, organizations, businesses, customers and contractors across the region to learn about needs unique to Eastern Oregon customers and expand the benefits provided by the program.

 

Originally from Maryland, Caryn moved to Oregon in 2006 and began work at the InterMountain Education Service District in Pendleton, an organization dedicated to providing needed support to underserved school districts. She has worked in media, procurement, management, marketing, technical, training and outreach capacities. Directly prior to working with Energy Trust Caryn worked as a Project Manager for Wenaha Group who specializes in long range facility planning and capital construction projects for schools and municipalities.

 

When not working, Caryn is engaged in local civic efforts in Pendleton, where she resides, serving as a commission member for Pendleton Housing Committee, Parks and Recreation, Pendleton Planning Commission and as a board member and ceramics instructor for the Pendleton Center for the Arts. She and her husband enjoy taking long road trips via motorcycle, sight-seeing, camping and staying in small towns in out of the way places.

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A fifth generation farmer, Erin Hansell-Heideman, knows the value of hard work and has a passion for agriculture, in all facets, unmatched by most.  

Heideman is currently the 4-H educator for Morrow County through OSU Extension after being an agriculture, science and technology instructor for twenty years. Having been raised the eldest in a very traditional farming family,  she and her husband now own and operate a large dry-land wheat farm in Morrow and Gilliam Counties where they are raising the sixth generation of agriculturalists.

No stranger to board involvement, Heideman currently serves as the Morrow County President for the Oregon Wheat Grower's League and is a board member for the Morrow County Livestock Association and Morrow County FFA Auction Committee. She is a past board member for the Morrow County Fair, BMCC Agriculture Advisory group, Morrow County Grain Growers and several youth athletic boards. Her involvement in many different aspects of agriculture is helping create a sustainable farming future for her children and grandchildren.

In her spare time, Heideman operates farm experience stays through Airbnb and Harvest Hosts, enjoys gardening,  coaching basketball and youth shooting sports and being outdoors.  
 

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Dr. Dana M. Young has served as the sixth and the first female president of Treasure Valley Community College since July 2010.  As a first generation student, Dr. Young personally understands the challenges encountered by many students and has dedicated her career to supporting student success.  Under her leadership, and with her more than 20 years of administrative experience working in higher education, she collaborated with college constituency groups and community stakeholders to create an environment of data driven decision-making and ultimately a multi-year strategic plan that connects to the mission of TVCC.
During her tenure TVCC has been successful in its application and receipt of numerous competitive federal, state, local, and private grants.  Specifically, the successful acquisition of federal HEP, CAMP, and Title III grants.  Dr. Young’s vision for TVCC is to continue to be the first choice and the right choice for students by offering quality and affordable academic, career, workforce training and student success programs, creating a culture of inclusiveness, and promoting safety and security on campus. Part of this vision included building state of the art facilities to enhance the student learning environment.  Because of a tradition of community and state support, the Laura Moore Cunningham Science Center was built in 2012 and starting in 2020 the groundbreaking and construction of a new Career and Technical Education Center will further enhance current and future programming opportunities.  Through collaborative efforts the College has made significant strides in building relationships with business and industry, K-12 schools, municipalities, agencies, and other institutions of higher education to prepare for future growth and ensure community educational needs are met.
Dr. Young is actively engaged with the TVCC Foundation to cultivate donor relations and establish on-going endowments for future generations of students. As such, in 2014, Dr. Young created an endowed scholarship in memorial to her mother who was a student in the college’s nursing program in the 1970s.  In 2020, Dr. Young created the Dr. Dana M. Young Presidential Scholarship an endowed scholarship to support women pursuing a career in leadership. She continues to support and advocate for the mission of the Foundation to improve the quality of life for students by creating scholarships and enhancing the environment for student life and activities.
Before coming to TVCC, Dr. Young spent seven years as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Prior to moving to Wyoming, Young worked at Blue Mountain Community College for more than 17 years. At BMCC she held several leadership positions including Vice President/Dean of Student & Enrollment Services, Associate Dean of Enrollment Services and Director of Financial Aid. 
Dr. Young earned her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University, a Master's degree in Business Administration from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Eastern Oregon University.  Dr. Young’s advocacy for Oregon community colleges has included meeting regularly with legislators to advocate for community colleges as well as focusing on current legislation that may impact higher education.  Dr. Young currently serves as a member of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Equity Committee, the Governor appointed regional Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board, the Eastern Oregon Workforce Board, the Snake River Economic Development Association, the Eastern Oregon Economic Summit steering committee, the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce, Lifeways, Inc. as well as other regional and local boards. In 2020, Dr. Young was honored and recognized for her long-standing work in higher education and received the prestigious Oregon Community College Association Howard Cherry Administrator of the Year award.