Former EOU Trustees


Nicole Almanza (2016-2018)

Student Trustee

Education: Eastern Oregon University, Pre-Optometry and Physical Activity and Health major, with a concentration in Health and Wellness; Chemistry minor.

Occupation: Student.

Biography: Nicole is involved with many clubs and organizations, including serving as President of Latino Impact. She is also a member of the International Student Association and is an EOU Ambassador. Her goal as a trustee is to advocate for the success and well-being of students to help lead the university toward a promising future.


Holly Kerfoot (2014-2018)

Education: Eastern Oregon University, Bachelor of Arts in Business

Occupation: Business Owner.

Biography: Holly’s first job after college was as an admissions counselor at her alma mater. Today she draws on her expertise in management, marketing and promotion operating two personal businesses. She is a current member of EOU’s Malheur County Advisory Board, EOU President’s Circle and Mountaineer Athletic Association. Holly also served on the EOU Foundation Board and is Past-President of the EOU Alumni Association and remains a member.


Linda Reed-Jerofke (2016-2018)

Faculty Trustee

Education: University of Oregon, Doctorate of Anthropology; University of Oregon, Masters of Anthropology; University of Leicester, Masters of Historical Archaeology; Appalachian State University, Bachelor’s of Anthropology.

Occupation: Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Oregon University.

Biography: Linda brings her relationships with regional tribes and federal and state agencies through her work as an applied anthropologist and professor to her new role as a trustee.  She has professional connections with the business community as a Rotarian, detailed knowledge of the Associated Academic Professionals contract, ability to work with EOU faculty across the colleges, and a commitment to provide quality education to students in the region.


Ray Brown (2015-2016)

Faculty Representative

Education: California State University, San Bernardino, Master of Education and History; San Diego State University, Bachelor of Arts in History.

Occupation: Assistant Professor of Education and Secondary Education Program Coordinator at EOU.

Biography: Prior to joining EOU’s faculty in 2004, Ray taught high school history and English for 30 years, was an adjunct history professor and served as a consultant for California’s Department of Education. He is currently working on a joint program where students can earn college credit through project-based learning and international travel.

Pat Hinton

Patricia Hinton (2015-2016)

Staff Representative

Occupation: Print Services Technician, EOU Bookstore.

BiographyPatricia is a classified employee at EOU and member of SEIU 503 Local #081 for the past six years. She is currently serving her second term as Vice President of the local SEIU chapter. Prior to joining EOU, she was a civil engineering technician for the Wallowa Whitman National Forest. She has a total of 24 years of civil service and union affiliation. In 2014 she completed the Oregon Labor Candidate School Program and intends to run for mayor of Greenhorn in 2016. 

Elsie Praeger-Goller (2015-2016)

Student Representative

Education: Eastern Oregon University, Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement.

Occupation: Student.

Biography: Elsie is an EOU transfer student from Mt. Hood Community College. She has been involved with her community college student government and debate team, in addition to working with Oregon Student Association (OSA) on voter registration drives and impartial political education movements for college students.