Board of Directors

Julia McCain

Board Member since 2022 Julia moved to Hillsboro, Oregon in December 2020. Currently, she works as a Network Performance Engineer. Prior to her engineering career, she worked in the non-profit sector for eight years in varying development and program management capacities. Later she transitioned into account management and device support roles in the technology field. …

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Conan Barker

Board Member since 2022 Conan has over 30 years of experience in corporate strategy, private equity, banking/finance, and management of large corporate enterprises. Since 1998 he has served as Co-President and 25% owner of Velocity Vehicle Group, a privately owned group of companies that serve the truck, bus, and capital equipment finance markets with almost …

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Homer Williams

HOMER WILLIAMS CHAIRMANOREGON HARBOR OF HOPE Homer Williams has been engaged in real estate development for more than forty years. He has been instrumental in the success of the Pearl District and South Waterfront redevelopment projects in Portland, Oregon, as well as numerous development projects in downtown Los Angeles, California. Over the past decade, Homer …

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Laurie Koehler

With years (and years and years) of consumer and business-to-business marketing experience, Laurie has been responsible for creating and delivering marketing and advertising campaigns, developing launch strategies, building new product teams, managing co-marketing engagements, and developing innovative customer strategies for some of the most exciting companies in Oregon, including Intel, Nike and Tektronix. Laurie is …

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R. Scott Werschky

Board Member since 2018 Upon completing undergraduate and graduate studies in economic geology at the University of Colorado, Scott worked as an exploration geologist for 16 years. During this time, he explored for gold in the Western Hemisphere from Northern Alaska to Southern Chile. He has worked in grass-roots exploration as well as pre-mining resource …

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Paula Stewart

Board Member since 2016 Paula Stewart, a native of Massachusetts, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), post graduate work in Art Therapy at Pratt Institute in New York and a Master of Arts degree from the George Washington University in the District of Columbia, with …

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Paul S. Harter

Board member since 2014 Advisory Board for the University of Arizona Mineral Museum Show Chairman, Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2011 through 2015. Paul’s interest in minerals and geology was nurtured at an early age by his grandfather, a mining engineer graduate from the University of Utah.  As with many collectors his early collecting was …

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Bruce Carter, Vice President of the Rice NW Museum

Bruce Carter

Board Member since Spring 2013Member, Geological Society of AmericaMember, Directors Guild of America Bruce is a life-long mineral collector. Growing up in Connecticut, he scoured the local pegmatites and garnet-rich metamorphic rocks for crystals. He did his undergraduate work in geology at Earlham College then earned his Masters degree from the University of Montana, where …

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Lara Brown Rice NW Museum Board Member

Lara O’Dwyer Brown

Board member since March 2014 Affiliations: Society of Mineral Museum Professionals, Mineralogical Society of America, Aarhus University (Denmark) Program Coordinator of Niels Bohr Professorship in Geoscience. Lara received her bachelors degree in geology from Trinity College at the University of Dublin, Ireland in 2004 and her doctorate in geology from the University of California Davis …

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Scott Ankenbrand

Board member since 2016 Member and Board of Directors, Pacific NW Friends of Mineralogy Scott grew up in Spokane, WA and attended Eastern Washington University, where he earned degrees in both Finance and Economics.  Scott also has an MBA from the University of Oregon.  He has spent his professional life in the Financial sector, first …

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