The Board of Trustees

Anna Cavinato

Education: Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Bari, Italy

Occupation:  Professor, College of Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Health Sciences

Biography: Anna was born and raised in Italy and came to the US for a Postdoctoral appointment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  After working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis, she moved west and joined the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry at the University of Washington where she conducted research on non-destructive methods of analyses.  In 1992 she moved to La Grande and has been working at EOU since then, teaching a variety of chemistry and sciences courses.  She has received several research and/or educational grants that have allowed to establish a strong research program involving undergraduate students. Anna is passionate about encouraging women and underrepresented minorities to pursue science careers.  She has been the faculty mentor of the EOU Chemistry Club for almost twenty years promoting community outreach activities such as Girls in Science and Saturday Science that have garnered multiple awards by the American Chemical Society (ACS).  She currently serves as the Program Chair for the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry, leading the organization of the Division’s technical program at ACS national meetings.

Christine Cronin

Education:  B. S. Ed, University of North Dakota. 

Occupation:  former EOU Regional Center Director in John Day, OR. 

Biography: Christine was born in Burns and has lived in John Day for 40+ years.  For twenty-three years she served students in Grant County and beyond, through EOU’s outstanding distance education programs.   She believes that high quality K-20 public education is the key to our success as country, state, and region.  She has been an educational advocate and policy-maker through her work on the Oregon School Board Association Board of Directors, as a current member of her local ESD board of Directors, and as a former board chair and 8-year member of her local school board. She was named EOU’s Distinguished Administrative Professional in 2017.

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Occupation: Owner of Sage Farms; a multi-faceted farm in the Treasure Valley.

Biography: Raised in Vale, Bill joined Microsoft after college where he led the design of early versions of Microsoft Excel. Later, he served as Vice President of Program Management at InterNAP, an internet routing optimization firm. He is a founding member of Malheur County Poverty to Prosperity and serves on several other business and agricultural boards. Sage farms produces crops on over 5,000 irrigated acres.

Tamra Mabbott

Education: M.A. Urban Planning, UCLA; B.A. Political Science, UCLA

Occupation: Planning Director for Morrow County, Oregon.

Biography: Tamra Mabbott grew up on a small dairy farm along the Rogue River in Southern Oregon.  While attending University of California, Los Angeles, she worked full time and volunteered with a variety of political organizations.  Hopeful about a career helping to make communities viable and healthy, she chose to continue her education in Urban Planning, followed by completion of an advanced program in Fiscal Studies.  She worked a short time for the Portland Development Commission and then began a 30+ year career as a land use planner. She spent two years working for a small city as a Community Development Director and then served as the Eastern Region Representative for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development.  While she described her state position as her dream job, traveling the 10 county region and spending time with wonderful people and communities, she returned to serve as the Planning Director for Morrow County where she can focus her time in a smaller community.

Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin (Chair)

Education: Eastern Oregon University, Bachelor’s of Science in Education.

Occupation: Rancher/Owner VP Ranch.

Biography: An Alumna of EOU, Cheryl taught in the Powder Valley School District for 27 years. She was awarded Oregon Middle School Science Teacher of the Year and Conservation Teacher of the year.  She served on the Oregon Science Teacher Board, was president of Baker County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the executive board for Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.  She owns and operates the VP Ranch in North Powder and is the sixth generation to live and ranch in the Powder Valley.

George Mendoza

George Mendoza (Vice Chair)

Education: Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Education Leadership; Eastern Oregon University, Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.

Occupation: Superintendent, La Grande School District.

Biography: George has over 20 years of experience working in education as an elementary school teacher, administrator, and coach. Prior to his current post with the La Grande School District, he was the Assistant Superintendent/Director of Special Education at Morrow County School District.

Lara Moore

Lara Moore, Co-President

Ex-officio Member

Occupation: Co-President, Eastern Oregon University

Biography: A native of Eastern Oregon, Moore was raised in Elgin, and later graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science. She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University in 2011. 

Moore began working at EOU in 2003 where she held various positions within the Division of Finance and Administration and has served as interim director for several areas including Financial Aid, Director of Facilities and Planning, Human Resources Director, and Director of Business Affairs. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Finance and Administration, and has held that position since 2014. As vice president, Moore plays a key role in the comprehensive transformation of the university’s finances, including overseeing $25 million in capital investments.

Today, alongside her duties as Co-President and Vice President of Finance and Administration, Moore acts as the university’s primary representative to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for all state operating funding and funding models, as well as capital project funding. 

Moore is currently a member of the Oregon VPFA Council, and the Oregon Public Universities Insurance and Risk Management Trust. During her tenure, she has served as chair for both organizations.

Cedric Riel

Cedric Riel

Education: Eastern Oregon University, Masters of Business Administration

Occupation: Team Leader Production, Lamb Weston in Boardman, OR

Biography: Cedric Riel recently graduated from EOU summa cum laude in both Economics and in Business. He was recognized as the Outstanding Student within the MBA program, which he completed this last academic year. While obtaining these degrees, Cedric has continued to compete in football, a sport of which has contributed to the development of his character. He is passionate about serving the EOU community and has been involved with ASEOU, serving as Senate Chair in 2019-20 and as Director of Financial Affairs in 2020-21. Now, he is excited to be beginning his management experience at Lamb Weston in Boardman while he also begins a permanent Trustee position this next year. He looks forward to being able to continue to serve the EOU community.

Deidre Schreiber

Deidre Schreiber

Education: Current Student – OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources program

Biography: Deidre is an eastern Oregon native, born and raised in Wallowa County on her family’s cattle ranch. She graduated from Enterprise High School in 2019 and served as the 2019-2020 Oregon FFA State Secretary. She is attending Eastern Oregon University as part of the Oregon State University Agriculture and Natural Resources program, where she will graduate with her Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Deidre plans to obtain her Master of Business Administration. Currently, she serves as the student director of the Oregon State University Agriculture and Natural Resources program and the Eastern Oregon University Ag Club President.

Brad Stephens

Brad Stephens

Education: Harvard University, AB, 1964; Tufts University School of Medicine, MD, 1968; Dartmouth Medical School Orthopedic Residency, 1975.

Occupation: Retired orthopedic surgeon.

Biography: Brad established his orthopedic surgery practice in La Grande in 1975 and was the team physician for EOU, helping teach courses on athletic injuries. In 1993 he was named Medical Director of the United State Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. He returned to Eastern Oregon in 2007 and settled in Wallowa County, where he practiced until 2014. He has served as Secretary to the EOU Foundation Board of Directors for the past two years and is the Chair of Wallowa Resources, a nonprofit dedicated to sustaining the working landscape in Wallowa County.

Kerry Thompson

Kerry Thompson

Education: Eastern Oregon University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, Organization and Management

Occupation: Regional Center Director of EOU Hermiston/Pendleton; Military and Veteran Student Success Coordinator

Biography: Kerry was born in Baker City, Oregon and graduated from Echo High School in Echo, Oregon. He served in the U.S. Army for over 21 years, retiring in 2008. Kerry completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2013 and has worked for Eastern Oregon University ever since. He is a strong advocate for regional online students, and continuously works to grow EOU’s military student population and to make EOU a military friendly institution.

Maurizio Valerio

Maurizio Valerio

Education: University of California, Berkeley Master of Arts in Zoology; University of Parma (Italy) Doctoral Degree in Natural Sciences.

Occupation:  Field Coordinator with The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF); Owner/Manager of the Eccoci Ranch in Union County.

Biography: Maurizio was born and raised in Italy and arrived in the US with a post-doctoral position at UC Berkeley. He taught Cultural Tourism at the University of Verona (Italy) and worked as an Instructor in the Biology Department at EOU for several years. In his current job as Field Coordinator with TFFF, Maurizio supports community building efforts in many rural communities across Eastern Oregon. He is also actively involved in a long-term forest stewardship plan on his own land for which he received the Forest Steward Award for Union County 2019 and is a nominee for the Oregon Tree Farmer Award for 2020.