Governance Committee Members

Conner, Roberta

Roberta Conner

Education: Willamette University, Master of Management; University of Oregon, Bachelor’s in Journalism.

Occupation: Director, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.

Biography: Roberta has been the Director of the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute since 1998. She is a well-published writer and lecturer on cultural preservation issues and mentors young scholars who are interested in tribal cultural preservation. In 2007 she received the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award for her work representing the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR).

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Bill Johnson (Chair)

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.

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Cheryl Martin

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

Occupation: Rancher/Owner VP Ranch.

Biography: An Alumni 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.

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Jerry D Pratton (Jer)

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.

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Brad Stephens (Vice-Chair)

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.