Imagine Corvallis Action Network Advisory Board
The Imagine Corvallis Action Network (ICAN)Advisory Board was organized in 2017 to implement the Vision 2040. The Board, chaired by Corvallis Mayor, Biff Traber, includes representatives of the community’s major institutions and diverse population. As it builds the Action Plan, the Board is seeking to bring new voices with ideas, energy, and talent to the table, as well as to partner and collaborate with the many individuals and groups already working to build a better community.
Mayor Biff Traber, Chair
Biff Traber began his first four-year term as Mayor of Corvallis in January 2015, winning reelection in 2018. He served two terms on the Corvallis City Council in Ward 8 before being elected Mayor, and he currently serves on the board of the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), as well as other local and regional boards. Before entering public service, Traber was an executive in the software industry.
Emily Barton, Member
At one time, Emily Barton was a single mother who struggled to survive in Corvallis on a single income. Her experience has made her passionate about civic engagement, dignity, and amplifying the voices of communities and individuals who are so burdened by their circumstances, their own personal power is subdued. Emily is excited about the prospect of raising the prosperity of Corvallis’s low and middle classes as a means to promote the overall growth of the City of Corvallis.
Emily has been a resident of Corvallis for 12 years. She is the mother of 2 boys raised in the Corvallis School District. At the district, Emily is a parent member of the DELTA equity advisory group.
A graduate of Oregon State University in 2013 as a non-traditional student, Emily graduated at the top of her class with a degree in economics and won the Outstanding Senior Award for her academic performance and her on-campus and community service. With experience in the non-profit housing sector and as a fundraiser and champion for youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Emily is uniquely positioned to recognize the opportunities that exist for those navigating poverty and inequities. She’s excited to work with the Imagine Corvallis Action Network and the City’s Economic Development Department to raise the voices and circumstances of those in need so that we all can bring our skills, abilities, and innovative ideas to this dynamic community and achieve our 2040 vision.
Barb Croney, Member
Barb Croney has spent her career working in healthcare and is currently the Vice President of Research & Education and Oncology Services at Samaritan Health Services. She and her husband’s goal was to live in a vibrant, medium-sized college town and they feel fortunate to have lived in their dream location of Corvallis since 2002. Barb has served on the boards of the Linn & Benton United Way and Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir and has spent countless hours volunteering in the Corvallis Public Schools, for Corvallis Little League and the Gerding Builder’s Marketmen American Legion Baseball program. She is very pleased to serve on the ICAN board with focus on the health and wellness of our community.
LaVerne Keith, Member
LaVerne Keith is a retired entrepreneur and co-founder and former owner/vice president of Zenith Advanced Health Systems, Inc. LaVerne is currently the public relations director for Yogada Kriya Surat Shabda Yoga and assistant costume director for the OSU theatre. She has volunteered with IAE, CDDC and the Bird Garden and lends her expertise in film production, event planning, writing, publishing and administration to a variety of community endeavors.
LaVerne is particularly interested in seeing Corvallis continue to improve its ability to provide a quality environment for all inhabitants into the next millennia and sees this as a key component of the 2040 Vision’s Steward & Sustain Focus Area
Cindee Lolik, Member
Cindee Lolik is the General Manager of First Alternative Food Cooperative and the Board Chair of Visit Corvallis, Secretary of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Team Leader of the Economic Vitality Action Team of the Coalition. She participates in the Benton County CHIP Healthy Food Systems Work Group and in the Economic Vitality Partnership. Cindee has been involved with cooperatives since the early 1970’s and one of the cooperative principles is Concern for Community. Setting an example for this principle is something she strives for on a daily basis. Cindee feels that serving on the ICAN Board is another way to give back to a community actively working to meet the values of its collective vision for 2040 and beyond.
Jennifer Moreland, Member
Jennifer Moreland is the Executive Director of the Downtown Corvallis Association. Prior to her employment as the director, she served on the Downtown Corvallis Association Board of Directors for eight years. In 2016 she created the Corvallis Mural Project and continues to curate and coordinate numerous art mural projects around Corvallis. Jennifer has been a part of many community committees and boards such as the Civic Beautification & Urban Forestry Advisory Committee, the Benton County Cultural Coalition, Economic Vitality Partnership, DaVinci Days, Corvallis Soroptimist International, Heartland Humane Society, Leadership Corvallis, and Visit Corvallis. She was the recipient of the 2018 Leadership Corvallis Hans Neukomm Leadership Award.
Paul Odenthal, Member
Skip Rung, Member
Skip Rung is the founder, President, and Executive Director of ONAMI. Skip is on the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee, and chairs AdCom’s Assessment Working Group. Previously, Skip was Director of Silicon Technology at Hewlett-Packard Corvallis. He has BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University.
Skip is on the Board of Directors of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Foundation, Oregon RAIN, is currently the Chair of the Corvallis/Benton County Economic Development Advisory Board and an elder with the Calvin Presbyterian Church. Skip is particularly interested in lending his expertise to Initiatives advancing the 2040 Visions’s Innovate & Prosper and Create & Celebrate Focus Areas.
Heather Stevens, Staff Support
Ed Junkins, Vice Chair
Ed Junkins is a board-certified pediatrician and emergency physician, and has worked as a faculty educator, grant-funded researcher and executive administrator for more than two decades. Dr. Junkins is a member of the Corvallis School Board and a member of the advisory team of the new Teen Center at the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. He is a recently elected member of the City Council. Dedicated to the wellness and health of children, Ed is excited to serve on the ICAN board, and is particularly focused on the Vision’s Focus Areas of Engage & Support and Learn & Thrive.
Rena Chen, Member
Rena Chen works in the field of college access and enjoys bringing people together to build community, solve problems, and learn from one another. Her academic background is in anthropology, environmental studies, and urban studies while her professional experience ranges from work focusing on startups and social enterprises to nonprofits and educational institutions. Rena currently volunteers for the Benton Habitat for Humanity, the Majestic Theater, and the United Way of Benton & Linn Counties on their Community Impact Committee. Rena is also is a board member of the Corvallis Young Professionals and Engineers for a Sustainable World. She is excited to serve on the ICAN board to help advance the Corvallis 2040 vision.
Jason Dorsette, Member
Jason J. Dorsette is the Director for Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success at Oregon State University and is a faculty member in the College of Student Service Administration graduate program at Oregon State University. He is also a PhD student in the College of Education Language, Educational Policy, and Equity program at Oregon State University. His research interest includes issues of access and equity in the context of higher education informed by race, gender, and the interconnectedness of other social identities. Jason received his BA degree in History and Education and MS degree in Public Policy and Administration from North Carolina Central University, a historically Black college. With over a decade of experience in higher education, Jason has served in leadership capacities regionally, nationally, and internationally in a number of professional associations, as well as published and contributed to several books and articles. Jason serves as the Vice President of the NAACP Corvallis-Albany branch and is a proud active member of his beloved fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Hyatt Lytle, Council Liaison
Sean McGuire, Member
Ryan Noss, Member
Ryan Noss is the Superintendent of the Corvallis School District. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, he served as interim superintendent, as a special education teacher for six years, and a school and district administrator for eleven years. Ryan is a member of Corvallis Rotary Club; System of Care Executive Council, and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators Work Group for Social Emotional Development. Ryan is excited to highlight the articulation of the District’s vision and that of the City of Corvallis.
Kate Porsche, Staff Support
Kate Porsche serves as the Corvallis/Benton County Economic Development Office Manager. Previously she worked as City of Albany’s Economic Development and Urban Renewal Director. She serves as President of the Oregon Economic Development Association, and is a general urban renewal nerd. Her background in the public-sector paired with her work in communications, housing, and real estate have helped her to create strong public-private partnerships, focus on job creation, and guide the revitalization of her communities. Kate is a native Oregonian and a die-hard Beaver, having completed her Master’s degree in Public Policy at OSU in 2012.
Jacque Schreck, Member
Jacque Schreck is a member of the Library Advisory Board (and a former Chair), the Friends of the Library Board (and former Chair) and the president of the Library Foundation. She is also the on the Board of the Benton County Cultural Coalition and philanthropy co-chair of the Assistance League of Corvallis. Jacque served on the Corvallis City Council from 1980-1982. She served numerous terms on the City’s Budget Commission and Capital Improvement Program Advisory Board. Jacque was honored as Corvallis First Citizen 2007. Jacque is interested in all of the Focus Areas of the 2040 Vision, but is focusing her energy to the advancing Initiatives that support the Create & Celebrate Focus Area.
Chris Quaka, Member
For more than 15 years, Chris has served communities fighting social inequality, recovering from natural disaster, and working to solve local issues. After earning a B.S. from Southern Illinois University, Chris joined AmeriCorps NCCC to help people in need across the country. Chris worked in communities from New Orleans, Lousiana, to Camden, New Jersey, later becoming a federal disaster coordinator serving in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. Chris moved to Redmond, Oregon, in 2010, where he started his career in fundraising. Since that time he has raised more than $6 million for communities in Oregon. Chris serves on the board of Leadership Corvallis, Imagine Corvallis Action Network, and is an active Rotarian who lives in Corvallis with his wife Emily, and their children Logan (9), Cady (6) and Ellie (6).
Imagine Corvallis Vision 2040 Partners
The following businesses, organizations, and citizens have made a commitment to seeing the Vision 2040 through. Whether submitting an initiative, sponsoring an event, or aligning their strategic goals to the Vision, these partners are making the Vision 2040 a reality!