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State Board Members

Samuel Henry Samuel Henry
3rd Congressional District
Terms: 10/1/2010 - 06/30/2012; 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2016

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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.

Charles R. Martinez, Jr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr., Vice-Chair
4th Congressional District
Term: 11/22/13 - 6/30/17

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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.

Jerome Colonna Jerome Colonna
2nd Congressional District
Term: 07-01-2014 - 06-30-2018
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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.

Miranda Summer Miranda Summer, Chair
1st Congressional District
Term: 3/15/2013 - 3/14/2017

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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.

Anthony Veliz Anthony Veliz
5th Congressional District
Term: 3/15/2013 - 3/14/2017
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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.

At Large

Ex Officio Board Members
Ted Wheeler Ted Wheeler
State Treasurer (2010)
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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.

Jeanne P. Atkins Jeanne P. Atkins
Secretary of State (2015-Present)
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Jeanne P. Atkins is Oregon’s 25th Secretary of State. She was sworn in as Secretary of State on March 11, 2015. Gov. Kate Brown appointed her to fill the vacancy left when Brown became Oregon’s 38th governor.

A veteran state administrator, Congressional staffer and women’s rights advocate, Jeanne is a committed public servant who’s spent her entire career in public service and non-profit organizations. Secretary Atkins, 65, retired in January 2015 from the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., where she served as state director since 2009. Previously, she was chief of staff for the Oregon Speaker of the House of Representatives. Jeanne’s service to Oregonians also includes stints as top staffer for the Senate Democratic caucus; manager of the Women’s and Reproductive Health Section of the Department of Human Services’ Office of Family Health; and staff director in the Oregon Senate Majority Office. She ran for the Oregon House in 1992 and 1994.

During her nonprofit work, Jeanne focused on policy analysis and public affairs at organizations including the United Way of the Columbia/Willamette and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, where she did public affairs work, and, later oversaw seven clinics. Early in her career, Jeanne spent almost seven years in Washington, D.C., working in public policy. Throughout, her advocacy on behalf of women has been an unwavering theme.

At her swearing-in, Secretary Atkins emphasized her commitment to fulfilling the opportunity given her to protect and strengthen some of Oregonians’ deepest values: free and open elections, transparency in government, public access to Oregon history, and accountability by state agencies and offices.

State Board Advisors

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