Former EOU Trustees

Susan Corey (2018-2021)

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching, Eastern Oregon University

Occupation: Rancher, philanthropist, former elementary school teacher

Biography: Susan is a lifelong Pendleton resident. She has volunteered with many organizations including the Pendleton Arts Council and as President of the EOU Foundation. In 2016 she received the Al and Pat Reser Civic Leadership Award. Her family has many long-time ties to the region, including Mac Hoke. Her daughter is an EOU online alumna, and Susan is proud of EOU’s commitment to transfer and online students. “I want EOU to become very successful because I feel like it’s a gem to the region.”

EOU Trustee Brittney Hamilton

Brittney Hamilton (2020-2021)

Student Trustee

Education: Eastern Oregon University

Biography: Brittney Puti’on Hamilton was born and raised on the island of Saipan located in the western Pacific Ocean. She studied Business Marketing & Economics while also being a student-athlete on the Cheer & Dance Team. She is the first-generation college graduate in her family and hopes to continue her education. She enjoys spending time out in nature and also involves herself in various activities. 

Quentin Durfee (2018-2020)

Student Trustee

Education: Eastern Oregon University

Biography: As an EOU student, Quentin was involved in school through extra-curricular activities such as Track and Field, Theater, Pre-Professional Health Club (PPHC), and Chemistry Club. He served as the treasurer for PPHC and president or vice-president for the Chemistry Club from Fall 2017-Spring 2019. Quentin has also served in the Oregon Army National Guard.

David Nelson (2014-2020)

Served as Board Chair 2015-2020

Education: University of Montana, Law; University of Oregon, Political Science; University of California Berkeley.

Occupation: Attorney and Former State Senator.

Biography: David joined the Oregon State Senate in 1996, was named the Senate Majority Leader in 2001, and retired in 2013. He served as County Attorney for Pondera County, Montana and has also worked as a wheat farmer.

Jerry D. Pratton (Jer) (2014-2020)

Education: University of Oregon, Ph.D. in Public School Administration; Portland State University, Master’s Degree; Oregon College of Education, Bachelor’s Degree.

Occupation: Retired Hermiston School District Superintendent.

Biography: Jer assisted the City of Hermiston, Blue Mountain Community College and EOU with efforts to design and secure funding for the Eastern Oregon Education Center in Hermiston. He also helped guide the Hermiston School District to passage of a $69 million building bond. Jer was named Man of the Year in 2014 by the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Keller (2018-2020)

Faculty Trustee

Education: Northcentral University, Ph. D. in Business Administration; Cardinal Stritch University, M. S. in Management; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M. A. in History; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B. A. in History

Occupation: EOU College of Business Faculty.

Biography: Dr. Keller joined the Eastern Oregon University College of Business faculty in September, 2012 after teaching 13 years at a private university in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Keller also has extensive international teaching experience. He has more than 29 scholarly articles published in academic and professional journals and won several Best Research Paper awards from international academic conferences. In addition to his teaching, Keller practices his academic skills as a consultant, trainer and facilitator on strategy, project management, and process improvement serving clients on 6 continents.

Helen Moore (2016-2020)

Staff Trustee

Education: Eastern Oregon University, Bachelor of Science in History.

Occupation: IT Purchasing Agent, EOU Information Technology Department.

Biography: Helen is a classified employee at EOU, where she has been employed since 1980. She has been active in the Shared Governance process and served in the local and statewide leadership for SEIU 503 for over 20 years. Helen and her daughter are both graduates of the History Program at Eastern Oregon University and her grandson is a current student at EOU pursuing a degree in Anthropology/Sociology.


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.

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 Trustee

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 Trustee

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 Trustee

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

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.