The 25 Year Club was founded in 1967 by OSU President James J. Jensen to honor those who have provided 25 years of employment service to Oregon State University.

The first 25 Year Club gathering was held on May 17, 1967 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Strawberry shortcake was served with coffee and tea. The contribution of time and energy represented by the 235 charter members' service was duly recognized and sincerely appreciated.

While there have been a few changes along the way, the 25 Year Club still recognizes 25 years of service by our faculty and staff. With the 2003 arrival of President Edward J. Ray, we now acknowledge service at 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years as well.

25 Year Club Dinner
Tuesday, May 21
CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom
5 p.m. Social
6 p.m. Dinner and program
The individuals listed below reached their service milestones (25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50) years at Oregon State between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

Oregon State University asks departments and units to show their appreciation to faculty and staff for continuous years of dedicated University service. Learn more about how we conduct service recognition at OSU. A related memo to HR representatives can be found here.

25 years

Kim Anderson
Title: Professor
College/Department: Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

Director of OSU's Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship Program. Recognized with prestigious awards, including the OSU Alumni Distinguished Professor and the 2017 Innovator of the Year, she authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles and holds five patents. Her expertise extends to serving on esteemed advisory councils and boards, emphasizing her commitment to environmental science. Pioneering passive sampling techniques since 1999, she revolutionized exposure measurement with the personal silicone wristband sampler in 2008. Dr. Anderson's passion lies in exploring the nexus between chemical exposure and health, exemplified by her involvement in MyExposome, Inc., a company dedicated to innovative environmental exposure monitoring technologies.

Denise Ashley
Title: Administrative Office Manager
College/Department: Extension Service, Lane County

In 1998, Denise was hired and became an Office Specialist 2 for the Extension Service in Lane County. In 1999, she became a Master Food Preserver and continues to be one to this day. With the partial closing of the Extension office in September of 2010, Denise transferred to Extension Administration and went on to become an Administrative Program Assistant. In February of 2018, she returned to Lane County and became the Administrative Office Manager. Denise has enjoyed working with Extension faculty and staff and is proud of what the Extension Service in Lane County provides to its community.

Courtney Ball
Title: Director II, Administrative Operations
College/Department: Alumni Association

I began my OSU career in 1994 as a student employee at the Kerr Library. In October of 1998, I joined the Alumni Association team, first as an Office Specialist I, and most recently as Director II of Administrative Operations. During this time I’ve been fortunate to grow from one position to another, work in many different program arears: events, engagement, donor/member acquisition and stewardship and now overseeing the day-to-day management of the coordinator team among other responsibilities. I’m a proud OSU/OSUF employee and Beaver Mom!

Nick Blum
Title: Office Specialist 2
College/Department: School of Language, Culture, and Society

I will always remember my first day at work - I had to leave early because one of my sons decided that was a good day to be born. An accomplishment at OSU which stands out to me was being part of the team that launched the Drupal project which is now used to manage the university's web content.

David Bohnert
Title: Professor & Director
College/Department: Agricultural Sciences; Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

David’s research and extension programs have focused on management strategies that improve the economic efficiency of beef production systems in the Intermountain West. His programs are currently focusing on Precision Technologies for livestock management. Since 2004 he has served as Director at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center.  In recognition of his work he has been awarded the Young Scientist and Extension Awards by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science, the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Briskey Award for Faculty Excellence, and the Roy G. Arnold Agricultural Research Foundation Leadership Award.

Erin Castro
Title: Cashier
College/Department: Dining Centers
Maziet Cheseby
Title: Chief Curator OSU Marine and Geology Repository
College/Department: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Maziet has worked at OSU since 1998 as a Faculty Research Assistant. She initially conducted research at OSU for an associate professor of biological oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences but soon returned to working in the field of marine geology. She simultaneously conducted research for a professor of marine geology while participating in many marine research coring cruises, around the world, spanning over 17 years. Maziet has served as the Chief Curator of the OSU Marine and Geology Repository from 2010 until present and is currently a Senior Faculty Research Assistant II.

Maria Davila-Ash
Title: Financial Strategic Partner for the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
College/Department: Controllers Unit, Financial Strategic Services

Maria’s professional journey with OSU began in 1989 when she was employed as a student and decided that OSU was where she wanted to build her career. In 1998, Maria transitioned to a regular employee role, taking up an accounting position. Throughout her tenure, Maria has provided financial services to various departments, including the Office of International Programs, Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs and University Relations and Marketing. Currently, Maria serves as the Financial Strategic Partner for the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. In this role, she collaborates closely with faculty and staff, offering financial guidance and strategic solutions.

Amy Jo Detweiler
Title: Professor and Extension Horticulturist
College/Department: Horticulture Department

Amy Jo is responsible for teaching and outreach in community and commercial horticulture in the high desert environment of Central Oregon. She works with homeowners and green industry professionals specializing in sustainable landscape practices including water-wise gardening, fire-wise landscaping, and backyard food production. She is also responsible for training and managing an active group of master gardener volunteers for a tri-county region which includes the management of two large community gardens and three demonstration gardens. She most enjoys helping homeowners through her writing of two pictorial plant guides, one on fire-resistant plants and another on waterwise gardening. 

Cass Dykeman
Title: Professor
College/Department: Counseling, Adult, and Higher Education

Cass holds the record for the highest number of dissertations (63) supervised as the major professor at Oregon State University. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia. Prior to his tenure at OSU, Cass served as both an Army officer and a school counselor, experiences that inform his current research focus on the use of AI in threat assessment.

Sabry Elias
Title: Professor
College/Department: College of Agricultural Sciences

Sabry Elias is a professor of seed science and technology at the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences and a supervisor at the OSU Seed Lab. He is a recognized educator and researcher focusing on overcoming constraints that face the seed industry and seed testing organizations. He has critical impact on understanding and enhancing seed quality testing. He is an author and co-author of several books, handbooks, book chapters and many articles. He is the senior author of “Seed Testing: principles & practices”, one of the leading books in this area worldwide. He has been involved in national and international activities.

Theresa Filtz
Title: Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College/Department: College of Pharmacy

My time at OSU as a faculty member, department chair of pharmaceutical sciences and associate dean for academic programs has been spent teaching nervous system pharmacology to PharmD and graduate students, conducting research on intracellular signaling pathways, serving for many years on the OSU Graduate Council with a few years as Council Chair and on various other initiatives, work groups and task forces. Working with and for our students is and has been a great privilege.

Lisbeth Goddik
Title: Department Head
College/Department: Food Science and Technology

Lisbeth served as dairy foods extension specialist for 20 years before moving into the department head role. She fundraised to renovate the OSU creamery twice. She started the Beaver Classic program providing experiential learning opportunities for students. She led the transformation of food science into a program focused on sustainability. She worked with the FST advisory board and with her dean to develop the Resilient Food Systems Initiative that passed the Oregon Legislature in 2023 and created eight positions focused on producing food using less energy, water and labor, while creating less waste, greenhouse gasses and single-use plastics.

Matt Gregory
Title: Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
College/Department: Forest Ecosystems and Society

Matt has been working with the Landscape Ecology, Modeling, Mapping, and Analysis (LEMMA) team as a geospatial analyst since 1998. His roles include creating customized software for vegetation modeling and visualization, web and graphic design, spatial analysis and working with forest inventory data. More broadly, his interests lie at the intersection of geography, ecology and technology.

Burke Hales
Title: Professor
College/Department: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

I have studied the carbon cycle at the ocean's boundaries from the deep sea floor to the ocean surface to the continental margins, and developed the physical and virtual technology to make the necessary observations and interpretations. For the last seven years I have been leading efforts to build a wave energy test facility off the Oregon Coast.

Richelle Hayes
Title: Alumni Center Director II
College/Department: Alumni Association

Richelle started her career as a student worker for the Beaver Club (now Our Beaver Nation). Upon graduating in 1996, she continued her employment with Beaver Club as an Event Planner. In January of 1999, she began her career with the OSU Alumni Association as an Event Director where she planned reunions, tailgaters and a variety of other alumni events. In 2012, she became the Director of the Alumni Center. In her current role, she manages the daily operations of the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

Stephanie Howard
Title: Communication Supervisor
College/Department: Public Safety

I began my career at OSU in 1999 with Security Services. In 2001, we transitioned to The Department of Public Safety. For 19 years, I worked as a dispatcher for the Oregon State Police. A significant moment in 2021 was OSU establishing its own police force, and I now serve as a supervisor in the Communications Center.

Dale Hubbard
Title: Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
College/Department: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

After graduating from the College of Oceanography and Atmospheric Science with a MS in Chemical Oceanography in 1999, my former advisor, Dr. Robert Collier, hired me to manage his lab. This fortuitous arrangement opened the door for me to lead a very interesting and varied career of supporting both field and analytical research efforts at OSU, in pursuits including seafloor sediment coring, moorings, wave energy, ocean acidification, upwelling and many other projects.

Andy Karplus
Title: Distinguished Professor
College/Department: Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science

Andy has enjoyed teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as doing structural biology research. His group specialized in using X-ray crystallography to solve the structures of proteins, which combined with biochemical results and evolutionary considerations, allowed them to develop explanations for how the proteins did their work. Andy was also department head for eight years. Among the many highlights of Andy's 25 years at OSU has been the privilege of joining with colleagues across the campus to serve our students and to care well for one another as we work together to contribute to a better future.

Trina Kudlacek
Title: Instructor
College/Department: Kinesiology

My work at OSU began as an academic advisor in the Athletic Department.  I worked there for the first four years of my service to OSU. After leaving the Athletic Department in 2003, I began teaching for the Exercise and Sport Science Department - now Kinesiology, through Ecampus. I developed the first three-credit hour online course for the Kinesiology Department, which now has a fully online major. I have taught for the department for over 20 years. 

Stephen Lancaster
Title: Associate Professor
College/Department: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

I just came here for a post-doc! But, my department tried to keep me here and succeeded, and now my wife and I have two sons attending OSU.

Scott Leonard
Title: Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
College/Department: Linus Pauling Institute

Scott joined the Linus Pauling Institute in 1998. He worked as the lab manager for Professor Maret Traber for over 20 years developing analytical methods using HPLC and mass spectrometry. Scott has since transitioned to the Core laboratory at the Institute continuing to use the analytical training he acquired in Dr. Traber’s lab and while he was a masters student at OSU in the department of Nutrition. Scott enjoys spending time with his family, trail running, gardening and watching baseball, Go Beavs!

Misty Magers
Title: Associate Budget Director
College/Department: College of Forestry, Forest Ecosystems and Society

Misty began her career working as an Office Specialist 1 and then as an Accounting Tech in the College of Forestry business office. After four years she took a position as a Grants/Contracts Technician in Botany & Plant Pathology. In 2006, she returned to the College of Forestry as an Office Manager and is now an Associate Budget Director.  Her work has primarily been concentrated on supporting faculty, staff and students in the areas of Human Resources, student support, grants and other financial management, course scheduling, travel and assisting Department Heads.

Shirley Mann
Title: Administrative Operations Manager
College/Department: College of Liberal Arts, School of Psychological Science

Shirley started working on the Banner Implementation Team in the OSU Offices of Human Resources in 1998. She moved to the Minority Education Office and Student Affairs in 1999. She then joined the Psychology Department (now the School of Psychological Science) in 2004 where she is currently the Administrative Operations Manager. Shirley is grateful to be where she can apply her 25 years of OSU institutional knowledge and experience while also helping to shape the lives of future generations. She has enjoyed working with incredible leaders, amazing colleagues, wonderful faculty and staff, and awesome students. 

Steve McCoy
Title: Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Operations
College/Department: Athletics

Steve McCoy has been with OSU Athletics since 1998, as Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Operations. Known as "Lightning," he oversees all equipment purchasing and facilitates product delivery to teams. McCoy plays a vital role in introducing new products while upholding sponsor and team guidelines, particularly in fostering OSU's relationship with Nike. He's worked at every Oregon State football game since 1998 (316) and has been part of 14 post-season Bowl games. McCoy's excellence has been recognized with awards such as Equipment Manager of the Year for District 8 and Oregon State Athletics' Employee of the Year in 2017-18.

Andrew Meigs
Title: Professor
College/Department: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

As a geologist focused on earthquakes and mountain building throughout my career, I engaged in both research and teaching while at OSU. Teaching students, particularly in an introductory field geology class, has been a major highlight. I have been on a first name basis with every Geology major since I started the course in 2007. Playing a central role in the conceptualization and writing of the grant that funded the Cascadia Region Earthquake Center ranks as a top research accomplishment.

Lydia Newton
Title: Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
College/Department: Survey Research Center, Statistics

Lydia earned an M.A.I.S from OSU in 1998. Soon after, she began her career with the Survey Research Center in 1999. Lydia has provided survey research design and data collection services to all OSU colleges, numerous OSU programs and their students, and many state and local agencies of Oregon. Lydia is also instructor for the graduate level Survey Methods course that resides in the Statistics, Data Analytics Program. She has loved her time at OSU and appreciates the opportunity to have worked with so many wonderful members of the OSU community. 

V.T. Raja
Title: Senior Instructor I
College/Department: College of Business

Raja’s teaching interests include Business Process Management, Computer Networking and Advanced Information systems. Raja has received undergraduate and graduate teaching awards at the College of Business. He is a two-time recipient of the Bernie Newcomb Award. His research relating to computer networking has been published in journals such as the American Business Law Journal, Computer Law & Security Review, International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making and Telecommunication Systems. Raja is honored to be part of the College of Business at OSU and enjoys working with wonderful colleagues, staff and students. 

Vincent Remcho
Title: Professor
College/Department: Department of Chemistry

Vince Remcho is an Honors College Eminent Professor in Chemistry and in Materials Science. His group develops microdevices for clinical and environmental analysis. This work has been funded by federal agencies, the W.M. Keck Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Remcho is a AAAS Fellow, Oregon Scientist of the Year (2015), Keck Foundation Awardee and recipient of the Milton Harris Research Award, Milton Harris Teaching Award and the Benedetti-Pichler Award for Excellence in Research. He and his student coauthors have 150 publications and multiple patents. He has served in multiple leadership roles at OSU.

Gina Rogers
Title: Lead Student Services Specialist
College/Department: Division of Educational Ventures

Gina started her career at OSU in 1999 in the Department of Horticulture and fell in love with helping students navigate OSU. In 2013, she took advantage of the opportunity to join Ecampus. As a Student Service Specialist, Gina enjoys helping students solve problems and issues. Gina was recently promoted to Lead of Student Services and is excited to see what the future holds. When not at work she enjoys spending time on her 10 acre farm that includes goats, sheep, lambs, cats and dogs. 

Peter Schoonover
Title: Hazardous Waste Operations Manager
College/Department: Environmental Health & Safety

I manage the Hazardous Waste Operations for the university. This program supports the Corvallis campus, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Cascades campus, all Experiment Stations and all the local farms. In 2023, our program received a national award from the Campus Safety, Health and Environment Management Association for Innovation. 

Robbin Sim
Title: Recruitment Services Manager
College/Department: University Human Resources

Robbin started her career with OSU in 1998 - first with Recreational Sports and next with Financial Aid. She desired to use her experience in the staffing industry and found that opportunity in 1999. After serving in various roles, Robbin is now the Recruitment Services Manager for the Office of University Human Resources. Thanks to the reduced tuition benefit, both of Robbin's daughters were able to graduate debt-free from OSU! Robbin is grateful for all of the wonderful people she has had the opportunity to work with over the years and for being able to contribute to this wonderful community.  

Fred Stevens
Title: Professor
College/Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Jan Frederik Stevens holds positions as Professor and Principal Investigator in the Linus Pauling Institute. He received five awards for excellence in teaching medicinal chemistry. Over 90 students and scholars gained research experience in his laboratory. He pioneered in medicinal chemistry research on xanthohumol from hops, which is now produced commercially and marketed as a nutraceutical ingredient. He has brought xanthohumol from laboratory research to three clinical trials. With seven grants from the National Institutes of Health, he has been funded since 2003 with a total of $13.8 million. Dr. Stevens authored 180 papers which were cited 14,000 times.

Christopher Sullivan
Title: Director, Research and Academic Computing
College/Department: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Christopher Sullivan is currently the Director of Research and Academic Computing in the College of Earth, Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. In this position at the CEOAS, he works with different faculty researching a diversity of topics such as identification of plankton in our oceans, or modeling species diversity in forests to assembly of genomes. This macro-level perspective provides a unique opportunity to identify and remove limits affecting all research computing. His work has focused on Computational Science, Biocomputing and life sciences that change the way we look at and interact with the environment. 

Kim Tarrant
Title: Executive Assistant
College/Department: Extension and Engagement

Kim started at OSU in December 1998 for the OSU Extension Service. Serving in a variety of positions throughout the years, she now serves as the executive assistant to the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement and Director of OSU Extension Service. She enjoys being in a support position where she can work behind the scenes to help the Vice Provost and entire division be successful. 

Chris Tasker
Title: Manager
College/Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Rocci Taylor
Title: Budget Manager
College/Department: Extension Family and Community Health

I started as the office manager taking care of everything for the office including hiring paperwork, invoice payments, budget development for department as well as grants, conference planning and the monitoring of the budgets for the department and well as the faculty's grants. As time progressed and the department grew, my job narrowed until today when I manage the Extension Family and Community Health program budget which has grown to over 3.5 million as well as the SNAP-Ed Program budget which has grown to over 9 million. I still do conference planning. 

Robert D. Thompson, Jr.
Title: Associate Professor
College/Department: Ethnic Studies

From fall of 1998 to the present, I have served as a founding member of the Ethnic Studies Department at Oregon State University. Having graduated, with a PhD in Sociology, from the University of California, Santa Cruz I was hired after a national search to teach African American Studies in the Department. I have enjoyed teaching the courses that I developed and the research and publishing that I have done on a range of topics from inter-ethnic cooperation in social movements to public health issues. The students at Oregon State University have been a high point for me at the university.

Shaun Townsend
Title: Associate Professor, Senior Research
College/Department: Crop & Soil Sciences

Over the past 25 years, all of my effort has been devoted to developing new hop cultivars for Oregon growers and the craft beer industry, and investigating the genetic basis for important hop traits. This work has resulted in the release of numerous hop cultivars and breeding lines, three of which are patented with two additional patent applications being submitted soon. Our focus has been Oregon but our impact is worldwide - hops from several of our cultivars are marketed in at least six different countries. 

LaRae Wallace
Title: Fiscal Coordinator
College/Department: Division of Research and Innovation
Kimberly Wallin
Title: Seed Analyst 2
College/Department: Crop and Soil Science

There is so much knowledge in seeds! Everyday, for 25+ years I have learned a new seed, and have forgotten a few! I am thrilled, and proud, to provide a professional  service to our customers at the OSU Seed Lab. I enjoy passing all the knowledge I've learned to entry-level Analysts who come into our Lab to explore the world of Agriculture at a fascinating level! I invite anyone to come in for a tour!

Michael Wing
Title: Associate Professor of Geomatics
College/Department: Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management

Michael Wing is the director of the Aerial Information Systems Lab at Oregon State University and an associate professor of geomatics in the Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management Department. His research interests include unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), remote sensing for landscape and land use measurement and analysis, decision support systems, and geographic information science. Dr. Wing has authored over 70 peer-reviewed research publications and a peer-reviewed textbook. He is also registered as a professional engineer, land surveyor and water rights examiner in Oregon. Dr. Wing teaches courses in UAS, GIS and remote sensing. 

Aaron Wolf
Title: Professor of Geography
College/Department: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Aaron T. Wolf is a water resources geographer and a trained mediator/facilitator. He co-directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediations around the world. He is the author of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict that he uses to bring facilitation and capacity-building to a variety of conflict settings, notably between entities who share water resources, and also in faith and interfaith communities, and within and between government agencies. He still loves teaching and has directed 41 masters theses and 24 PhD dissertations.

Solomon Yilma
Title: Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
College/Department: Crop and Soil Science

I am managing the Oregon potato breeding and variety development at the Corvallis campus. I have contributed in making crosses, producing seedling tubers, as well as testing and evaluating clones for disease resistance. I have served as principal investigator to lead the potato breeding program for three years when the director resigned. I have contributed to the release of more than 20 potato varieties from Oregon & tri-state program. Brought in to more than $4 million funding as PI or co-PI. Published more than 30 refereed journal papers as author or co-author.

Anne Zach Ferguson
Title: Instructor
College/Department: School of Communication

Anne feels very honored to be part of the Oregon State University community. Anne is part of the School of Communication, her main focus teaching Interpersonal Communication. The highlights of her time at Oregon State University have been working with students and sharing the educational experience with them. Anne believes that she continues to learn just as much with the students in every course she teaches. She has had the privilege of learning and working with her many colleagues over the years.