New Volunteer Leaders Begin Service

July 1, 2023

New members and leaders began their terms with the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and  the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors on July 1, 2023.

“As we begin the first full year of the public phase of the $1.75 billion Believe It! fundraising and engagement campaign, we are grateful for these volunteer leaders,” said OSU Foundation CEO and President Shawn L. Scoville. "They bring a remarkable breadth of expertise and deep skill sets to our work in support of Oregon State University and its aspirations.”

New leaders of the Board of Trustees will serve two-year terms as follows.

  • Penny Atkins, College of Business, ’79, Caldwell, Idaho, has become chair of the OSU Foundation board and serves as chair of the Compensation and Talent Management Committee. She is the owner, founder and principal for two companies: Alta Consulting LLC, financial and operations consulting, and Alta Land LLC, rental and agricultural real estate.
  • Dave Underriner, College of Forestry, ’81, Honolulu, Hawaii, is chair-elect and serves as chair of the Committee on Trustees, the board’s governance committee. Formerly regional chief executive officer for Providence Health and Services in Oregon, he is executive vice president for Hawaiˋi Pacific Health Oahu operations and CEO for Kapiˋolani, Straub and Pali Momi medical centers.
  • Eric Schoenstein, College of Business, ’88, Portland, Oregon, serves in the role of immediate past chair and, in this capacity, will serve as Foundation liaison to the university’s governing board. He is a managing director and the chief investment officer with Jensen Investment Management and previously served as senior audit manager with Arthur Andersen LLP.

The three are joined on the board’s Executive Committee by new members:

  • Sharada Bose, College of Science, ’84, M.S. ’88, Milpitas, California. A founding member and advisor for, she serves as Alumni Association board liaison to the Foundation board.
  • Kim Casale, College of Agricultural Sciences, ’83, St. Paul, Minnesota. A retired area director for Bristol-Meyers Squibb, she operates the family’s blueberry farm and serves as Campaign Steering Committee liaison.
  • Nancy Fischer, Bend, Oregon. Cofounder of Storables, Inc., she is the Foundation liaison to Trysting Tree Golf Club.
  • Tom Nakano, College of Business, ’89, Spokane, Washington. The executive vice president and chief administrative and financial officer for AgWest Farm Credit, he serves as Finance Committee chair. 

New Trustees are:

  • John Gilleland, College of Business, ’78, Portland, Oregon. He is CEO and chairman of Campbell Global.
  • Mark Giustina, College of Liberal Arts, ’02, Eugene, Oregon. He is operating manager of Giustina Land and Timber and general manager of Tokatee Golf Club.
  • Lan Zhang, College of Engineering, M.S. ’96, Shanghai, China. He is executive vice president of Century 3 (Shanghai).

Trustees returning from sabbatical for third terms are:

  • Leonard Aplet, College of Agricultural Sciences, ’76, Scappoose, Oregon. He is the retired senior portfolio manager at Columbia Management Investment Advisers LLC.
  • Ken Provencher, Corvallis, Oregon. He is the retired president and CEO of PacificSource Health Plans.

The OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors is led by chair Julie Lambert, College of Business, ’85, Aptos, California; she is founder and president of Lambert Group Corporate Solutions. Two new members have joined the OSUAA Executive Committee:

  • Sharada Bose, College of Science, ’84, M.S. ’88, Milpitas, California. She is a founding member and advisor for and serves as Alumni Association board liaison to the Foundation board.
  • Bob Bluhm, College of Business, ’82, Portland, Oregon. He is the retired chief financial officer of Hampton Lumber and serves as treasurer.

New members of the OSUAA board are:

  • Kelley Kaiser, College of Health, ’93, MPH ’99, Corvallis, Oregon. She is senior vice president/chief administrative officer for Samaritan Health Services.
  • Lee Miller, College of Forestry, ’80, Blodgett, Oregon. He is president of Miller Timber Services.
  • Syesha Thomas, College of Liberal Arts, ’02, Seattle, Washington. She is an attorney and founder of Lonely Sinn.
  • Marcia Torres, College of Agricultural Sciences, ’01, Clackamas, Oregon. She is director of talent acquisition for Farmer Brothers.

Learn more about the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.