State Board of Education
State Board Members
State Board Members
Charles R. Martinez, Jr.
4th Congressional District
Term: 11/22/13 - 6/30/17
Charles Martinez currently serves as associate professor and department head in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon, where he also directs the Center for Equity Promotion.
Prior to his current role at the University of Oregon, Dr. Martinez served as the University of Oregon Vice President for Instructional Equity and Diversity from 2005 to 2011 and served as a senior scientist at the non-profit Oregon Social Learning Center where he founded and directed the center's Latino Research team. In addition, Dr. Martinez has served on the local Eugene School Board and has served on a number of other education and civic boards.
He received his BS degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California and earned a master's and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.
Samuel Henry, Chair
3rd Congressional District
Terms: 10/1/2010 - 06/30/2012
7/1/2012 - 6/30/2016
Dr. Samuel Henry has taught and served in a variety of roles in education and academia. He taught in high schools for four years in Washington D.C. and Binghamton, New York. He directed an undergraduate urban teacher education at the University of Massachusetts. At San Jose State University he served as a university presidential assistant, an associate dean, and an assistant vice president for Student Affairs. At the California State University at Northridge he was an associate dean. He is a founding executive director of Portland Educational Network, an educational reform collaborative. He has also served on the City of Portland Children’s Investment Fund, the Multnomah County Commission on Children and Families, and started a study abroad program in Morelia, Mexico for American teachers. Dr. Henry is currently an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Portland State University.
He received his BS degree from DC Teachers College, earned a master’s in curriculum development and a doctorate in urban education from Columbia University Teachers College with a field ethnographic study of the confluence of culture, curriculum, and student’s lives.
1st Congressional District
Term: 3/15/2013 - 3/14/2017
Miranda Summer is an attorney at Summer Trainor LLP. She focuses her practice on represented individuals who have been injured through the negligence of others and parties in family law matters. Miranda previously served as an administrative law judge for the State of Oregon. She is an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Habitat for Humanity Pride Build Committee.
Miranda earned a bachelor's degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law.
2nd Congressional District
Term: 07-01-2014 - 06-30-2018
Jerome Colonna recently retired from a long career in public education after serving as Superintendent of the Beaverton and Redmond School Districts and as Director of Secondary Education for the Eugene School District. Prior to working in administration he was a high and middle school science teacher in Alaska, California and Oregon.
Mr. Colonna was on the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators, was President of Education Northwest (Ed.NW) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and Chair of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. He is a past recipient of Oregon’s Superintendent of the Year.
He lives in Bend with his wife, Linda, who is a retired science teacher. His daughter, Ann, works for Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center. Currently Mr. Colonna is a part-time education consultant for COSA, Ed.NW and school districts in Oregon.
Term: 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2016
Angela Bowen is the Education Director for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. Prior to that, she was a third grade elementary school teacher in the Lincoln County School District. She did her graduate student teaching/ practicum experiences at Spring Creek Elementary School; Maple Elementary School; Harrisburg Elementary School; Meadow Lark Elementary School; and Veneta Elementary School. Ms. Bowen has had extensive experience working in recreation programs and fish and wildlife habitat preservation and restoration.
Bowen serves on the Government-to-Government Tribal Board for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She is also a member of the National Indian Education Association; the U of O Sapsik’walá Tribal Advisory Board, the Oregon Indian Education Association; and she is an (AIO) Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassador Alumnus. She has been trained on the state assessments and DIBBLES reading assessments.
Bowen is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication. She earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon.
5th Congressional District
Term: 3/15/2013 - 3/14/2017
The son of farmworkers, Veliz has always understood the importance of an education. He carried his passion from the classroom to the community where he lives and works today. In the beginning Veliz served as a former school board and city councilor where he earned the trust of the community and worked with diversity, he then became the Director of Parent & Community Relations for the Woodburn School District.
Veliz has an array of work experiences in both the public and private sectors. His work as the former Community Relations Manager for the Beaverton based giant NIKE provided him both local and national perspectives. As the Director of College Access Programs while at Chemeketa Community College, Veliz was able to assist first generation, low-income and migrant students.
Today, Veliz is the founder of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Breakfast and Networkin’it, a diversity and inclusion professional after-hour networking event. Anthony earned a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Portland State University in Portland, OR.
Ex Officio Board Members
Secretary of State (2009-2013)
Kate Brown was elected Oregon Secretary of State in 2008 after 18 years in the Oregon Legislature. She served as a member of the Oregon Senate from 1997 to 2009 and in 2004 became the first woman selected Senate Majority Leader, a post she held until 2009. She also served as a state representative from 1991 to 1996. Brown has taught at Portland State University and practiced family and juvenile law. In her legislative career, Brown led successful efforts to make Oregon state government open and accessible. She spearheaded legislation creating a searchable online database of campaign contributions and expenditures, and reformed Oregon’s initiative process to reduce fraud and protect the citizen’s right to petition their government.
Brown earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Conservation with a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned her law degree and Certificate in Environmental Law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
State Treasurer (2010)
Ted Wheeler was appointed as Oregon State Treasurer in March 2010 by Governor Kulongoski. Previously, Wheeler had served as the chair and chief executive officer of the Multnomah County Commission. He has also worked as the manager and director of Copper Mountain Trust Financial Services Company, owned a small business, and been a college instructor. Among his community activities are the Friends of Forest Park, Portland Mountain Rescue, and Goose Hollow Family Shelter.
Wheeler attended Portland’s Lincoln High School, earned a BA degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.
State Board Advisors
, Faculty, Chemeketa Community College
, Superintendent, Hillsboro School District
Director, Early Learning Division
Government & Legal Affairs - Operations Policy Analyst
Office of the Deputy Superintendent - Executive Support Specialist
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