Helping him focus on his top priorities, jump-starting the economy and creating good jobs, Governor-elect Ted Kulongoski announced his transition steering committee today from a high-tech company in Washington County.
“I’ve always reached out to the best people available regardless of their political beliefs,” Kulongoski said. “The people of Oregon expect the best and this transition team helps me set the table to grow the economy and create good jobs.”
The team consists of leaders from throughout the state of Oregon, with members from Bend, Corvallis, Newport, Echo, Umatilla, Baker City,
Roseburg, Medford, Salem, and the Portland metropolitan area.
Kulongoski will rely on this group to advise him on the creation of his administration and he said he will use them on a regular basis
throughout his term in office.
“Government must be restructured, we must do things differently and this group will help me make the smart choices necessary to accomplish this,” Kulongoski said.
The following is the list of transition team members.
Tom Imeson, Chair. Tom Imeson is a principal at Goldschmidt Imeson Carter, a consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. He was the former vice president of government, public affairs, and communications for PacifiCorp, served as
Chief of Staff for Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt and worked for 16 years for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon. He is a current member and former president of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and a
board member of the Oregon Health & Sciences University, the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Cascade Aids Project and the Portland Business Alliance. He also has been a member of the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission.
Pamela Hulse Andrews. Pamela Hulse Andrews is the CEO of Cascade Publications in Bend, Oregon.
The company’s primary focus is the publishing of the Cascade Business News, Cascade Arts and Entertainment, and the Cascade Discovery. Her
expertise includes nearly 25 years of hands-on experience of designing, marketing, writing and publishing from numerous aspects of the business
community. She is on the board of directors of the Deschutes United Way, the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club of Bend, the
Tower Theatre Foundation and the City of Bend’s Arts, Beautification and Cultural Commission.
Peter Bragdon. Peter Bragdon is the Senior Counsel and Director of Intellectual
Property at Columbia Sportswear Company in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Columbia Sportswear, he was an associate at Stoel Rives LLP, Special Assistant to the Attorney General at the Department of Justice and a reporter for Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. He is a member of the Oregon Internet Commission, Oversight Committee for Independent Panel of ALJs, and the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates.
Thomas Bruner. Thomas Bruner is the Executive Director, of the Cascade Aids Project in
Portland, Oregon. He is a nationally recognized non-profit leader with 17 years experience in health and human services, and 15 years of
successful non-profit management expertise. He was Founding Executive Director of AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth, Texas from 1988-98. He
was recently awarded the Equality Award by the Oregon chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.
Marty Brantley. Marty Brantley is the retired President of KPTV Oregon’s 12 in Portland,
Oregon. He is serving his second three-year term on the Portland Branch of the 12th Federal Reserve District. He is a member of the Mayor’s
Business Roundtable, serves on the board of the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Portland Business Alliance, the Portland Art
Museum, Sisters of Providence Health System, Jesuit High School and the World Affairs Council.
Duncan Campbell. Duncan Campbell is the Founder and Chairman of The Campbell Group, a
timberland investment advisory firm in Portland, Oregon. His passion for helping society’s most vulnerable children grew from his own experience
and eventually led to his founding of four children’s organizations: Friends of the Children, Youth Resources, The Children’s Course and the Institute for Children. In addition to these four organizations, he serves the boards of NW Early Childhood Institute, Citizens Crime
Commission and Citizens Crime Commission Task Force, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Mentors Leadership Council, The Campbell Group,
Columbia Forest Products, Lumber Products, and the PSU Graduate School of Social Work Advisory Council.
Karla Chambers. Karla Chambers is the Vice-President/Co-Owner of Stahlbush Island Farms
in Corvallis, Oregon. Stahlbush is a 2000-acre intensive farming operation and vertically integrated food processing company where over
15 agricultural crops are grown using sustainable farming practices. She is on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Ford Family Foundation and a member of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
Debi Coleman. Debi Coleman is Co-Managing Partner of SmartForest Ventures, in Portland, Oregon. SmartForest Ventures makes seed stage and first round investments in new technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. She was Chair/CEO of Merix Corporation and prior to that, served in a variety of executive roles at Apple Computer. When she was appointed CFO
at age 34, she was the youngest CFO in the Fortune 500. She moved to Tektronix as vice president of Materials Operations in 1992 and
successfully spun off Merix as an independent public company in May 1994. Currently, she serves on the board of Applied Materials, Synopsys, and Teseda (Chair) and Finatus (Chair).
Sho Dozono. Sho Dozono is President and Chief Executive Officer of Azumano Travel/American Express in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the of the Portland Public Schools Foundation, a past commissioner of the Port of Portland, chair emeritus of the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and was the first minority to chair the Chamber in its 110-year
history. He is a past president of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association as well as past chair of the Japan America Society of Oregon.
Gerry Frank. Gerry Frank is a fourth-generation Oregonian with deep roots in Oregon’s civic, political and mercantile history. He is president of Gerry’s Frankly Speaking, Inc. in Salem, Oregon. He served as Chief of Staff to
former US Senator Mark O. Hatfield for twenty years and is an active leader in projects and organizations throughout the state. He serves on
a number of boards, including the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Oregon and Idaho; immediate past chair of the Oregon Independent Colleges Foundation; St. Vincent Medical Foundation; Portland Rose Festival Association; and served as chair of the Oregon Tourism Commission, 2000/01 being his fourth consecutive term. He is a former board member of US Bancorp and Standard Insurance Company as well as the executive committee of the US Committee for UNICEF.
Scott Gibson. Scott Gibson is the CEO of Gibson Enterprises in Portland, Oregon. He is Chairman of the Board of Radisys Corporation. He serves on several boards, including TriQuint Semiconductor, Pixelworks, NW Natural,
CenQuest, Livebridge, Flatrock, Oregon Health and Science University, OHSU Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, New Economy Coalition and
the Oregon Council for Knowledge and the Economy.
Matt Hennessee. Matt Hennessee is the President and CEO of QuikTrak, INC, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He now serves as one of five members of the Portland Development Commission, whose primary function is to provide grants and
loans for urban renewal, economic development, and housing in the Portland area. He serves on the board of Thomas Edison High, QuikTrak,
High/Scope Foundation, GOALS (formerly the Oregon Governor’s School), the Urban League of Portland, Volunteers of America of Oregon, and
Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He is also the Associate Pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon.
RomÃ¡n HernÃ¡ndez, RomÃ¡n HernÃ¡ndez is an associate at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland, Oregon. He focuses his practice in the areas of employment law and business litigation, with a special interest in Indian Law. He is very active in the Hispanic community and has served as its advocate. He is on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Portland, a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and founder of The Latino Legal Society.
Onno Husing. Onno Husing is the Executive Director of the Oregon Coastal Zone
Management Association (OCZMA). OCZMA is a non-profit organization representing cities, counties, port and soil and water conservation
districts on the Oregon Coast. He serves as a gubernatorial appointee on the Ocean Policy Advisory Council. He participated in two of the first community-based wetland planning and natural resource inventory efforts in Oregon. He was appointed to the Lincoln County Planning Commission in 1995.
Jack Isselmann. Jack Isselmann serves as General Counsel and Assistant Corporate
Secretary at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. Founded in 1944, ESI is one of Oregon’s first high-tech companies and supplies high-value, high-technology manufacturing equipment to the global electronics
market. Before ESI, Mr. Isselmann was a Senior Attorney at Intel Corporation. Prior to working at Intel, he worked as an attorney for the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP and with Tektronix Inc. Mr. Isselmann actively volunteers in the community including service on the OMSI Board of
Trustees, Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, Committee for Oregon’s Future and the Campaign for Equal Justice.
Paul Kelly. Paul Kelly is General Counsel for International Law & Government Affairs
to NIKE Inc., in Beaverton, Oregon. Prior to that, he was the General Counsel to the European subsidiaries and affiliates of NIKE and a member
of European Leadership Team which oversees NIKE’s business in Europe, Middle East and North Africa based in Hilversum, The Netherlands. He is
a board member of the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce, the Portland Business Alliance, the Oregon Business Association, Legal Aid Services
of Oregon, Pioneer Courthouse Square and a member of Oregon Business Council.
Robert Levy. Robert Levy is currently involved in several multifaceted agricultural
operations in Eastern Oregon. For the past 27 years he as been the owner of L & L Farms located near Echo, Oregon. The irrigated farm has produced a variety of crops local markets and food processors. He is the current President and major stockholder of American Onion Inc., one of the largest producers of onions in the U.S. and is a board member of a closely held family corporation headquartered in Pendleton, Oregon. He has served on a variety of local and state organizations and is the current Chairman of the Westland Irrigation District and past President of the Potato Growers of Oregon.
Les Minthorn. Les Minthorn is the elected treasurer for the Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Tribal Gaming Commission. He has
participated in the Oregon Indian Gaming Association, helped develop the Wild Horse Resort and Casino and is active in development of the Wanapa Power Project.
Mike Nelson. Mike Nelson is the owner of Nelson Real Estate, Inc. in Baker City, Oregon. He is also a licensed mortgage broker, owner of Nelson Capital Benefits and Baker City Laundry. Until recently, he served as vice-chair of the Oregon State Aviation Commission. He also serves as the President of the Friends of Brownlee, Inc. He was elected to and served as the State Representative for District 59 for the 1989 and 1991 sessions.
Tim Nesbitt. Tim Nesbitt is the President of the Oregon AFL-CIO, a 140,000-member
state labor federation, representing more than 300 local unions and labor councils in Oregon. He served as Executive Director to the Oregon
State Council, Service Employees Int’l Union and the Assistant Executive Director of the Oregon Public Employees Union. He is on the board of
the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and a co-founder of the Oakland Study Center.
Howard Sohn. Howard Sohn is Chairman of the Board of Lone Rock Timber Company, based in Roseburg, Oregon. Lone Rock manages timberlands in Southwestern Oregon. He is the current chairman of the Oregon Board of Forestry, past
chairman and current board member of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, a director of the Oregon Business Council, and past chair of
the Forest Research Advisory Committee, Oregon State University.
Gordon Sondland. Gordon Sondland serves as Co-Chairman of The Aspen Companies and oversees a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate, hotels, industrial manufacturing and mortgage lending. Aspen and its component companies employ approximately 1,000 people in Washington and Oregon. Mr. Sondland currently serves on the boards of Aspen and Hanna Car Wash Systems International. His community involvement includes serving on the Executive Committee of the Portland Art Museum. Mr. Sondland is
President-elect of Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square and also serves as a Director of the Cascade Aids Project.
Nancy Tait. Nancy Tait is currently the President and CEO of Bear Creek Corporation
in Medford, Oregon. She sits on the Oregon Economic & Community Development Commission and the Oregon International Trade Commission, is
a member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yamanouchi Consumer, Inc. She is a previous member of the Oregon
Internet Commission and Southern Oregon Public Television Board of Directors.
Contact: Scott Ballo 503-869-0866