2019 Fall Board Attendee Photo
Seated L-R – McKinney, Coakley, Fisher, Lyon, Arp, Wilkinson
Standing L-R – Jacobson, Karow, Kvidt, Bailey, Macnab, Hessel, Bond (forward), Weiser, Levi, Elbert, Davis, Nash, Sorem, Vavra, Fisher, Zhu

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 - Ralph Fisher, Sublimity, Grass Seed
Vice President - Lance Lyon, Aurora, Nursery Industry
  Vice President - Mike Macnab, Portland, Retired Nonprofit Fund Raising Executive
  Treasurer/Secretary - Chelle Davis, Albany, Banking
  Appointed Secretary - Charlene Wilkinson, ARF


  David Beck, Amity, Wine Industry
Stella Coakley, Corvallis, Associate Dean Emeritus, College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU
  Tim Elbert, Central Point, Retail Nursery and Garden Center
Ron Hathaway, Klamath Falls, Professor Emeritus, Extension-Animal Science, OSU
  Mike Hessel, Shedd, Fresh Market Vegetables and Melons
  Russ Karow, Corvallis, 
  Loren Kellogg, Redmond, 
  Tami Kerr, Corvallis, Dairy Industry
  Elizabeth Levi, Portland, Attorney
  Pat Malone, Philomath, Christmas Trees and Benton Co. Commissioner
  Jean McKinney, Wasco, Wheat Rancher
Todd Nash, Enterprise, Cattle Industry
  Mike Omeg, The Dalles
  Bryan Ostlund, Salem, Commodity Commissio
  Shelly Sorem, Corvallis, CPA
  Gil Sylvia, Seal Rock
Marty Vavra, LaGrande, Professor Emeritus, Rangleland Science, OSU
  Tricia Walker, Merrill, 
  Mike Weber, Madras, 
C.J. (Bud) Weiser, Corvallis, Emeritus Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU



  • Staci Simonich, Corvallis, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Shawn Donkin, Corvallis, Associate Dean of Research, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Jayathi Murthy, Corvallis, President, Oregon State University


  • Josh Kvidt, Executive Director
  • Ying Wang, Controller
  • Charlene Wilkinson, Project Coordinator


  • Lane Borg, Portland
  • Ellen Egan, Salem
  • Larry Kaseberg, Wasco
  • Ken Messerle, Coos Bay
  • Sam Wade, Lostine


  • Roy Arnold, Corvallis, CAS Dean Emeritus
  • Roger Detering, Harrisburg, Tree Fruits
  • Phillip J. Walker, Salem, Hazelnuts and Cherries
For more information about the Ag Research Foundation, contact:
Josh Kvidt
Executive Director
Agricultural Research Foundation
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 320
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Phone (541)737-4066