Board of Advisors

The board of advisors of Oregon State University - Cascades provides support and advice to the Vice President and makes recommendations on strategic direction, policies and programs. By focusing on strategic decisions, the board helps to identify new opportunities and priorities. Board members add to the understanding of the external environment in which OSU-Cascades operates by identifying key stakeholders and building relationships that create support for the campus.

Advisory Board Meetings

Strategic Plan
The 2008 Strategic Plan is an outgrowth of the 2004 and 2006 plans, both of which were created with input from many community members, faculty, staff and students. This latest strategic plan again incorporated feedback from campus advisory board members, members of the local community, staff and faculty, as well as key leaders from OSU in Corvallis.



Oran Teater

Branch Manager and Registered Investment Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services
Former Councilor, Bend City Council

Member, Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors
Former Mayor, City of Bend

oran-teater-boardOran Teater has been a financial advisor in Bend for the past 29 years, and is currently the Branch Manager and a Registered Investment Advisor with Raymond James Financial Services. Prior to entering the investment business in the early 1980s, he owned and operated a nationally franchised personnel agency. Oran, a fourth generation Oregonian, has lived in Bend since 1971, following his great-grandparents who immigrated to the area in the late 1800s. He has held leadership positions within many community organizations in Central Oregon, serving as president of the Bend Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), chair of the Growing Tree Children’s Center and president of the Greater Bend Rotary Club. He was elected to the Bend City Council in 1996 and again in 2000, and served as Mayor from 2002 to 2004.  In January 2009, he was appointed again to the City Council to replace Councilor Chris Telfer who was leaving the Council to begin her first term in the Oregon Senate. At the state level, Oran has served on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors since 1999. He holds a degree in business from Southern Oregon University, is married to Janie, a teacher in the Bend LaPine School District. Son Kyle is a financial analyst for the Boeing Company in Seattle.


John Rexford

Superintendent, High Desert Education Service District


Mr. Rexford has served as Superintendent for the High Desert Education Service since 2012.  He previously worked with Bend-La Pine Schools for 23 years, most recently as Deputy Superintendent.  He spent four years in the private sector prior to entering Oregon public school business management in 1985. He completed a BS in business at Oregon State University and earned an MBA from Portland State University.  His Educational Administration credentials were earned at the University of Oregon.  Mr. Rexford has served in the past as a director in the Oregon Association of School Business Officials, the Executive Board of the Oregon School Facilities Management Association, and currently serves as a trustee on the PACE school risk pool. He led planning efforts in Bend resulting in four successful bond issues to build 13 new schools during his tenure there.  John has written and spoken on wide-range of topics, including effective meetings, successful communications, and long-range school planning.  His wife, Sharon is a high school math teacher, and they have two adult daughters, one son-in-law and a one grandchild.v


Laura Craska Cooper

Partner, Ball Janik LLP

laura-craska-cooperLaura Craska Cooper has practiced real estate, business and land use law since 1991. She assists her clients in structuring real estate and corporate transactions, obtaining development permits and entitlements, and with the legal aspects of construction projects. She has special expertise in large-scale residential developments, including destination resorts. Prior to joining Ball Janik in 1999, Cooper practiced with the real estate group of a prominent California-based firm in San Francisco and Tokyo. She is a former law clerk to the Hon. Charles E. Wiggins of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to serving on the OSU-Cascades Advisory Board, she is a commissioner of the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority and is currently president of the Deschutes County Bar Association. She serves as legal counsel to numerous non-profit, charitable organizations throughout Central Oregon. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A., B.J., summa cum laude, 1988), Cooper earned her J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and California.


James C. Crocker

President/CEO, Crown C Inc.

jim-crocker-boardJames Crocker is a third generation Oregonian and a third generation Oregon State University graduate. He received two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from, and pursued doctorate work at Oregon State. Early in his career, Crocker worked as an OSU extension agent in Deschutes County. He has been involved in farming and ranching activities and served as the GIS manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. For the past decade, Crocker has been involved in renewable energy development, including geothermal, solar and biomass energy. He is currently involved in energy development, carbon sequestration projects and his own ranching enterprise.

Bruce Cummings

bruce-cummingsBruce Cummings and his wife Sandy have lived in Bend since 2006 when he retired from NBC News after 30-plus years as a broadcast journalist. The lion's share of his career was spent at NBC Nightly News, where he worked as a senior producer with Tom Brokaw and then Brian Williams. Cummings spent 18 of those years in NBC's Washington, D.C. bureau, managing the reporting of correspondents and producers covering the White House, the Hill, the State Department, the Pentagon and the federal agencies. He and the Nightly team won numerous Emmys and other national awards. He was regularly called on to manage the coverage of major breaking news stories for all NBC News programs, including the Enron meltdown and the D.C. sniper. He transferred to the Los Angeles bureau of NBC News in 1997, continuing in his role as a senior producer of NBC Nightly News. He oversaw coverage of national stories from Alaska south through the Pacific Northwest, California, Mexico, and inland through the intermountain west…stories as diverse as the Columbine massacre and Michael Jackson's trial to California politics and the west’s legendary battles over water rights and annual rounds of wildland fires.

Before joining NBC network news, Cummings was executive producer of the nation’s capital’s evening news at WRC-TV, the NBC-owned station in Washington, DC. He worked prior to that as a news producer for the late Peter Jennings at ABC's "Good Morning America". Cummingsbegan his broadcasting career as a radio show host and then local television news anchor and producer on the east coast.  

Over the years, Bruce has done extensive work as a narrator of television productions and a voice-over artist for commercials and on-air promos. In Bend he works with his wife, who is the founder of TVStoryteller, an independent  video production company specializing in documentaries. Bruce is involved in community service via Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Saving Grace, and Shepherd’s House. 

David Ford

West Bend Property Company, NorthWest Crossing

david-ford-boardDavid Ford is general manager of West Bend Property Company, the developer of NorthWest Crossing, a mixed-use community located on Bend’s west side. Prior to West Bend Property Company, Ford worked for Heery International, an architectural services and construction program management consulting firm, managing capital improvement programs for Bend – La Pine, Crook County and Culver school districts. With broad based experience in real estate and construction management, he has successfully completed of $250 million of public and private construction programs in Central Oregon.  Ford completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis and has an M.B.A. from the University of Denver’s School of Business and Public Management. David is currently serving on the COCC Board of Directors.  David and his wife, Kitri, have lived in Central Oregon since 1991 and are the proud parents of Harper, their chocolate Labrador retriever.

Dan Hobin

CEO and Co-Founder, G5 Search Marketing

dan-hobin-boardDan Hobin is co-founder and chief executive officer of G5 Search Marketing Inc., a Bend-based technology company that manages and measures clients’ online marketing efforts. Prior to founding G5, Hobin was the founder and chief executive officer of SmashCast, Inc., a web-based digital publishing company based in San Francisco. Hobin has held key sales and marketing roles at, a company specializing in online software sales, and in their spin out, CyberSource Corporation, a company that focused on e-commerce services in San Jose, California.  Hobin is a managing partner of Bend Capital Partners and a co-founder of the Bend Venture Conference, organizations devoted to fostering the growth of technology companies in Central Oregon. Dan received his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a focus on Japanese business and is a graduate of the Shibusawa International School in Fukaya, Japan.  He lives with his wife Sara and three sons in Bend.

Loren Irving

Owner, Loren Irving Photography

loren-irving-boardLoren Irving is a graduate of Oregon State University where he met his wife in 1966. After Irving finished his service in Vietnam, the couple moved to Bend where Irving joined Brooks Scanlon’s lumber sales efforts.  In 1974, Loren and two partners founded Deschutes Pine Sales, a wholesale lumber company.  Now retired from Deschutes Pine Sales, Irving pursues his photography business, Loren Irving Photography, as well as his interest in the community, and particularly in the needs of families and children in the region.  He served on both the Leadership Council for the Oregon Community Foundation and on the board of trustees of the Children’s' Trust Fund of Oregon for many years.  Irving was appointed by former OSU President Paul Risser as a member of the first advisory committee to support OSU-Cascades.  Loren and his wife, Sally, have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Clint Jacks

Retired Chair, Jefferson County Extension Service and Superintendent, Central Oregon Agricultural Research Station

clint-jacks-boardA retired professor emeritus for Oregon State University, Clint Jacks has worked most of his career in the Central Oregon region. He has been an OSU Extension faculty member in Jefferson County with a focus on management of rangeland resources, and was superintendent of Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Madras and Powell Butte, and staff chair of the Jefferson County and Warm Springs Extension offices.  He also served as staff chair of Deschutes and Crook County Extension offices.  Currently Jacks is working with the Cascades Center for Community Governance on economic stewardship projects and also taken on various rangeland restoration projects. Clint and his wife, Naomi live in Madras and have two married children and two grandchildren. Both Clint and Naomi enjoy traveling, gardening, hiking and camping.

Doug La Placa

President, CEO, Visit Bend

doug-laplaca-boardDoug La Placa joined Visit Bend as the president and chief executive officer in 2007 and oversees all departments and operations of Visit Bend including bureau policies, the board of directors, economic impact information, media relations, government relations, marketing strategies, strategic planning, group travel sales and corporate partnerships.  Prior to joining Visit Bend, Doug spent 11 years in the tourism industry as a destination marketing specialist for the American Skiing Company in Steamboat, Colorado, and South Lake Tahoe, California, and as the Senior Director of Marketing Operations for the Grand Traverse Resort & Convention Center in Traverse City, Michigan.  In addition to his role with Visit Bend, Doug serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Bend, and for Ski Oregon.

Kathy Klock Persing

Former Co-Chair, Microsoft’s US Partners in Learning National Advisory Committee

kathy-klock-persingKathy Klock Persing is a graduate of Oregon State University and her career has been devoted to the field of education. Persing spent six years as senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation creating professional development programs across the country and developing high school initiatives in a number of states. She has served on advisory boards that supported the Colleges of Education at OSU and at Washington State University. She just completed work with the Governor’s Office in the State of Washington on a project linking Eastern Washington University and Chaney School District through mathematics. Persing was also co-chair of Microsoft’s US Partners in Learning original National Advisory Committee. She has four children, three sons and a daughter, and several grandchildren. Two of Persing’s children are graduates of Oregon State University; the others graduated from Portland State and Eastern Washington University. She recently served on the design team for Redmond’s new high school.

By the Numbers

Based on fall 2014 enrollment, unless otherwise noted.


enrolled students, including 980 upper division and graduate students, and 192 attending classes at COCC


students engaged in internships, practicums and study abroad programs with businesses, organizations and agencies in Central Oregon and around the world (2014)


students on average in upper-division courses


of graduates are first in their family to attend college (2010)


of students are from Central Oregon. 16% are from other Oregon communities. 4% are from out of state


of students transfer from COCC


of students plan to live and work in Central Oregon after graduating (2010)


academic majors offered


degrees awarded since founding in 2001


in research funding awarded (2014)


awarded in scholarships since 2001 through the OSU Foundation


community members annually attend lectures presented by researchers from OSU's Bend and Corvallis campuses