Our Board

Today's Foundation directors and officers, like the founders of the organization, are volunteers. Chosen to represent the diverse segments of the state's agricultural industry, they give generously of their time and expertise in setting policy and monitoring research results from Foundation projects. The directors meet twice each year to review policies, analyze Foundation activities, and plan programs for the next year.

  • President - Phillip J. Walker, Salem, Hazelnuts and Cherries
  • Vice President - Ralph Fisher, Sublimity, Grass Seed
  • Vice President - Lance Lyon, Aurora, Nursery Industry
  • Treasurer/Secretary - Josh Kvidt, Philomath, Banking
  • Appointed Secretary - Charlene Wilkinson, ARF


  • Arnold Appleby, Corvallis, Professor Emeritus - Crop & Soil Science, OSU
  • Robert Bailey, The Dalles, Tree Fruits
  • David Beck, Amity, Wine Industry
  • Barbara Bond, Amity, Forest Research
  • Stella Coakley, Corvallis, Associate Dean Emeritus, College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU
  • Ralph Fisher, Sublimity, Grass Seed
  • Ron Hathaway, Klamath Falls, Emeritus Extension-Animal Science
  • Mike Hessel, Shedd, Fresh Market Vegetables and Melons
  • Tami Kerr, Corvallis, Dairy Industry
  • Josh Kvidt, Philomath, Banking
  • Elizabeth Levi, Portland, Attorney
  • Dan LoFaro, Portland, Farm Service Agency
  • Lance Lyon, Portland, Nursery Industry
  • Mike Macnab, Portland, Senior Director of Giving, OHSU
  • Pat Malone, Philomath, Christmas Trees
  • Jean McKinney, Wasco, Wheat Rancher
  • Bryan Ostlund, Salem, Commodity Commissions
  • Fred Postlewait, Newport, Banking
  • Brenda Powell, Corvallis, Retail Nursery and Garden Center
  • Shelly Sorem, Corvallis, CPA
  • Bond Starker, Corvallis, OSU Foundation Liason
  • Ed Stastny, Jr., Malin, Crops
  • Phil Walker, Salem, Hazelnuts and Cherries
  • C.J. (Bud) Weiser, Corvallis, Emeritus Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU


  • Dan Arp, Corvallis, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Bill Boggess, Corvallis, Exec. Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Edward Ray, Corvallis, President, Oregon State University
  • Russ Karow, Executive Director
  • Yanli Zhang, Manager of Finance & Research
  • Charlene Wilkinson, Office Manager
  • Roy Arnold, Corvallis
  • Lane Borg, Portland
  • Ellen Egan, Salem
  • Larry Kaseberg, Wasco
  • Ken Messerle, Coos Bay
  • Sam Wade, Lostine
  • Roger Detering, Harrisburg, Tree Fruits
For more information about the Ag Research Foundation, contact:
Russ Karow
Executive Director
Agricultural Research Foundation
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 320
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Phone (541)737-4066

Board Committees

Audit Committee - Ralph Fisher, Josh Kvidt, Dan LoFaro, Brenda Powell (chair), Shelly Sorem, Phil Walker

Competitive Grants Committee - Arnold Appleby, Bob Bailey, David Beck, Barbara Bond, Stella Coakley, Ralph Fisher, Ron Hathaway, Mike Hessel, Josh Kvidt, Elizabeth Levi, Lance Lyon, Jean McKinney (Chair), Bryan Ostlund, Ed Stastny, Phil Walker

Executive Committee - Ralph Fisher (VP), Josh Kvidt (Secretary/Treasurer), Elizabeth Levi, Lance Lyon (VP), Phil Walker (chair), Bud Weiser

Finance Committee – Ralph Fisher, Ron Hathaway (chair), Josh Kvidt, Dan LoFaro, Mike Macnab, Pat Malone, Brenda Powell, Phil Walker, Yanli Zhang (Investment Officer)

Nominations – Stella Coakley, Ralph Fisher, Phil Walker, Bud Weiser (chair)

Personnel – Ralph Fisher, Josh Kvidt, Elizabeth Levi, Lance Lyon(chair), Phil Walker, Bud Weiser